Sonia Sanchez

1934- , Birmingham , AL Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver on September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Sanchez has lectured at more than five hundred universities and colleges in the United States and had traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began teaching in 1977, and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English there until her retirement in 1999. She lives in Philadephia.

 

Continue reading

Sourced through Scoop.it from: moorbey.wordpress.com

July Flashback: Michael Franti (Irish, German, French, African-American, Native American) [American]

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

Known as: Poet, Musician, Composer (Founder and lead vocalist for “Michael Franti & Spearhead”; Advocate for many peace and social justice issues; Director of the documentary “I Know I’m Not Alone”, Former member of “The Beatnigs” & “Disposable Heroes”)

Music Videos: Say Hey (I Love You), The Sound of Sunshine, Hey World (Don’t Give Up), Hey Hey Hey, I’ll Be Waiting

See on dailymultiracial.com

Natasha Trethewey (Anniversary Month Rewind) (Black/White) [American]

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

Known as: 19th United States Poet Laureate (Poet Laureate of Mississippi; 2007 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Native Guard”; Holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University; Inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011)

Works: “Native Guard”, “Domestic Work”, “Bellocq’s Ophelia”, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast”
See on dailymultiracial.com

June Jordan

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

“She wrote the truth, she wrote what she saw with her eyes and felt in her heart. But they were not just in her heart: The things that were inside me that I did not know how to say, she knew how to say them and she did.

First they said I was too light
Then they said I was too dark
Then they said I was too different
Then they said I was too much the same
Then they said I was too young
Then they said I was too old
Then they said I was too interracial
Then they said I was too much a nationalist
Then they said I was too silly
Then they said I was too angry
Then they said I was too idealistic
Then they said I was too confusing altogether:
Make up your mind!
They said, Are you militant? Or sweet?
Are you vegetarian or meat?
Are you straight? Or are you gay?
And I said, Hey! It’s not about my mind.”

Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

When I was young I hung onto every critique I heard about myself. Luckily I’ve grown to not put too much weight on what people don’t like about me.

People tend to vent their personal frustrations onto other people :/

See on abagond.wordpress.com

Natasha Trethewey (Black/White) [American] …

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

Natasha Trethewey (Black/White) [American]

 

Known as: Newly Appointed United States Poet Laureate (Current Poet Laureate of Mississippi; 2007 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Native Guard”; Holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University; Inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011)

 

Works: “Native Guard”, “Domestic Work”, “Bellocq’s Ophelia”, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast”

See on dailymultiracial.com

A Black American by Smokey Robinson

Also on Scoop.it below

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

Incredible spoken word performance by Smokey Robinson about being a Black American.
Via www.youtube.com

Poem: In My Life (biracial)

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

… I’ve been told: “You’re Too-Light”,“You’re Not Light Enough”,“You’re Too-Dark”,“You’re Not Dark Enough”,“You’re Too-White”,“You’re Not White Enough”,“You’re Too-Black”,“You’re Not Black Enough”,“You Have An Identity Crisis”,“You’re Not One Of Us, You’re One Of Them”,“You’re Not One Of Them, You’re One Of Us”,“You Don’t Know Who You Are”,“You’re Not White, You Must Be Black”,“You’re Not Black, You Must Be White”,“You’re Not Really White”,“You’re Not Really Black”,“You’re Both Black And White”,“You’re Neither Black Or White”“You’re Nothing Really”. …
Show original

Raza | a poem by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro When I was eight years old I was already astute a smart worm a perceptive cactus who knew at that point that during school recess in order to prevent my classmat…
Show original

Alice Walker reads Sojourner Truth

Via Scoop.itCommunityVillage

Poet Alice Walker reads the 1851 speech of abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Part of a reading from Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Howard Zin…
Show original