We are still thrilled and stocked about our new Blog that will reflect the true image of an African woman whether home or abroad.
We have come to terms that as our 1st article should show appreciation to none other than Maya Angelou for her work and inspiration to many of us for decades.
Maya Angelou born as Marguerite Ann Johnson is an American author and a poet. Her work can be seen all over and she has written numerous books that can decorate your shelves as well as inspire your soul in every day’s life.
Personally I remember back in 2008 I gave my mother a book called “Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me”. My mother being a black woman in Africa, she was happy and inspired as well.
Maya Angelou poem ‘Still I Rise’ will be a perfect poem to kick off this blog as she’s the true image of The Pure Black Rose.
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Recently, Common, a Hip Hop artist has featured Maya Angelou in her album. If you get a chance to listen it, it’s actually the 1st song called ‘The Dreamer’. Maya Angelou recited a well written prose. I won’t quote it all but I will give a glimpse of it.
“You can build a better future when you join the winning team
If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream
Dare to let your dreams reach beyond you
Know that history holds more than it seems
We are here alive today because our ancestors dared to dream”
Thank you very much, remember you are beyond what they thing you are. You are The Black Rose, a shining star.