Art and Poetry
Art by:Salaad Muhammad
Poetry by:Tamyara Brown
Words I heard
Before the age of five, I was branded as a Nigger with an attitude. Judged by the color of my skin, the texture of my hair and the hood I lived in. Yet, in my ears my mother whispers and reminds me I am a Nubian Prince.
I was told I wasn't meant to be intellectual and learning was for fools. I might as well accept failure because it is not meant for me to succeed.
My father pulled me to the side every night instilling in me I was a scholar and I was born to be successful.
He read to me and with me Langston Hughe's poetry, James Baldwin's novels and W.E.B. Dubois articles. I listen to Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Eric Thomas, Les Brown and Trent Shelton reminding me I am Greatness . The most valuable lessons I learned from my father who inspired me to always be coachable. To study and work hard. Stereotypes and statistics was meant to be rewritten.
I was told I would be incarcerated by the age of thirteen and live the life of crime.
My uncle sat me in front of a mansion and said, "Prison is not in your destiny.Mansions and kingdoms will be ruled by you. They can't lock your mind or arrest your soul unless you give them the key." The words if negativity was meant to break me but the words of strength restored and reassure me I am a King.
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Author Tamyara Brown
My love for writing is unconditional. It is my sanity in this crazy world.