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#713 + 12 FEB 2017 / GRAMMYS + Tribe Called Quest Honor Phife Dawg / Get Political: RESIST! RESIST! RESIST! + Birth date of the 16th POTUS: Abraham Lincoln + CECIL TAYLOR

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GRAMMYS:

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Jennifer Lopez didn’t mention President Trump by name,
nor any headline news.
But before presenting the first award of the night,
Lopez said,

At this particular point in history,

our voices are needed

more than ever.”

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She then quoted Toni Morrison:

This is precisely

the time

when artists

go to work.

There is

no time for despair,

no place for self-pity,

no need for silence,

no room for fear.

We speak,

we write,

we do language.

That is how civilizations heal.”

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A Tribe Called Quest honored Phife Dawg
with a politically charged, bombastic medley
alongside Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence
at the Grammy Awards. 
The legendary hip-hop outfit opened with 1993’s “Award Tour,”
while Q-Tip also snuck in the refrain from “Can I Kick It.”

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Paak then joined Tribe,
playing both drums and singing “Movin’ Backwards,”
his collaboration with the group
on their 2016 album
We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service.

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Busta Rhymes opened the final segment of the medley
by addressing

President Agent Orange

and slamming Donald Trump’s Muslim ban
before Tribe launched into their politically driven

We the People.”

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As more people filled the stage in unity,
the most powerful moment came
when everyone suddenly bowed their heads
and
held up a fist while Phife Dawg’s verse
blared over the speakers.

 

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The group invited immigrants onstage to, as the group’s rep says,

represent ALL the people

that are the OTHER.”

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Q-Tip

 closed

the performance

with

the

message:

Resist!

Resist!

Resist!

Resist!

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Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through.”

Cecil Taylor

ANTHONY BRAXTON DECLARED CECIL TAYLOR AS A DEFINING ENERGY/INFLUENCE

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12 February 

The birth date of the 16th POTUS, Abraham Lincoln,
my childhood hero and template of RISING in adversity.

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TONI MORRISON’S BELOVED

http://www.amazon.com/Beloved-Toni-Morrison/dp/0452280621

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Synopsis:

…The scars on Sethe’s back serve as another testament

to her disfiguring and dehumanizing years as a slave.

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From the beginning, Beloved focuses on the import of memory and history.

Sethe struggles daily with the haunting legacy of slavery,

in the form of her threatening memories and

 also in the form of her daughter’s aggressive ghost.

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For Sethe, the present is mostly a struggle to beat back the past,

because the memories of her daughter’s death

and the experiences at Sweet Home

are too painful for her to recall consciously.

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But Sethe’s repression is problematic,

because the absence of history and memory inhibits

the construction of a stable identity.

Even Sethe’s hard-won freedom is threatened

by her inability to confront her prior life.

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Paul D’s arrival gives Sethe the opportunity and the impetus

to finally come to terms with her painful life history.

Like the ghost, the scars also work as a metaphor

for the way that past tragedies affect us psychologically,

“haunting” or “scarring” us for life.

More specifically, the tree shape formed by the scars on her back

 might symbolize Sethe’s incomplete family tree.

It could also symbolize the burden of existence itself,

through an allusion to the “tree of knowledge”

 from which Adam and Eve ate, initiating their mortality and suffering.

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Sethe’s “tree” may also offer insight into

the empowering abilities of interpretation.

In the same way that the white men are able to justify

and increase their power over the slaves by “studying”

and interpreting them according to their own whims,

 Amy’s interpretation of Sethe’s mass of ugly scars

as a “chokecherry tree”

transforms a story of pain and oppression

into one of survival.

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In the hands of the right storyteller,

Sethe’s marks become a poignant and beautiful symbol.

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When Paul D kisses them, he reinforces

this more positive interpretation.

 Paul D comes up behind her and pulls down the top of her dress.

He cradles her breasts in his hands while

he kisses each line of her scars.

Even Sethe’s hard-won freedom is threatened

by her inability to confront her prior life.

Paul D’s arrival gives Sethe the opportunity and the impetus

to finally come to terms with her painful life history.

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This past week has been painful and

one of great courage in “flipping the script”.

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 People, protected by institutionalized power systems,

who physically/emotionally violated

 people who were perceived by the perpetrators

as powerless, vulnerable and invisible

were exposed as who they are: inhumane abusers.

The people who were perceived as powerless, vulnerable and invisible

summoned the courage, stood up,

told their truth

and

flipped the script.

There was an echo of a new hymn of release and freedom

created by the the victims/survivors

who raised their flag of human dignity.

This action is inspired by self-love,

a self-love that was hijacked when violated,

and then silenced by fear and shame.

Anger is the defense and isolation is the refuge

of those who have been abused.

Masked.

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This past year we have experienced and witnessed

many events of personal, public and political revolutions.

The personal revolution ignites public and political revolutions.

To go to places that are raw and bleeding are kept in cellars-

these internal stories are not flaws.

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As Rene Marie sings Stronger Than you Think You Are

from  her Experiments in Truth album

http://renemarie.com/music.htm

Waiting for a story to be told..

Battle scars mean that we survived…

…Loneliness is nothing but the stranger inside…

…once you know that  courage is another word for intuition,

your fears will disappear and your heart will burst out in song…

don’t hide them, be proud of your battle scars..

you are stronger than you think you are..

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Humanity is horizontal.

Power structures are vertical.

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People who have been scarred- visibly/invisibly- by abuse,

betrayal of trust and disrespect

are imprinted with a defensive  and heightened

circuity of neural pathways

that keeps them prisoner-

fearing any actions that may reveal vulnerability,

that “smells” of repeated abuse,  betrayal of trust and disrespect.

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The shame of the abuse holds one/them captive.

The fear of breaking the silence, naming the the truth and

 confronting and experiencing the anger/grief toward the abusers

 (individuals within an  institution-

both private and public upheld and protected systems)

of the violence,

the legacy of the scars

and

those who were complicit-

(those who watched and lacked the guts and moral courage to STOP the abuse)

is the  terrifying  and exhilarating and terrifying

voyage of freedom.

And, the voyage ends the cycle of abuse,

the learned conditioning of communications,

 expectations

and

vision of their life.

Not running away, but moving forward in triumph.

The internal work has been accomplished.

A new life unfolds with  wider possibilities.

Reclamation of human dignity, sovereign grace and value.

Revolution.

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Confronting and stepping up to truth no matter how ugly

creates a template for others

which is the gospel song

of

beautiful humanity.

And, telling the truth is the release to live love,

and to have the capacity to offer and welcome

the joys of personal intimacy-

an intimacy of love and touch that heals broken hearts

with its kind light, compassion and tenderness.

Love listens without judgement nor invokes rejection

nor fear of abandonment.

Love asks questions as invitations to behold.

Love listens/Listens love.

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Love as an energy that does not stare and gashes opens the wounds of a beloved

but  is an offer of consistent presence that softly provokes, calls forth,

their naming of a life, release of abuse and

moving forward with self-love, self-worth

and

knowing you can change the world

by telling the truth.

Provoking the truth.

Provocateur that agitates telling the truth,

that  tumbles the walls of Jericho,

with challenging notions of conventional  “truths” with clarion.

A provocateur who does not hide or humiliates, but

calls out the good wolf to battle the evil wolf inside us all.

Call and response.

A dynamic that opens the hearts and full senses

of both in dialogue

and

celebrates the  inspiring gift of authentic care,

yielding a river

of true blue

candelabras

of

healing

waters

to

drink

from.

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi
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