Leontyne’s Heights

Massive dignity even in illustration

“If you are going to think Black, think positive about it. Don’t think down on it, or think it is something in your way. And this way, when you really do want to stretch out, and express how beautiful Black is, everybody will hear you.”

Today we have to many African Americans*, especially in the public eye and especially in academia , pretending being black is some albatross on their necks white folks need to ignore or reward in order for them to succeed. Most will try to cover up those feelings of inadequacies up with false proclamations of pride. Mainly concerning some “radical” Negro telling white people off, “speaking truth to power” or some such, like a rebellious teen does to his momma. But they give away their feelings of inadequacy by showing how worried they are about the Caucasian race’s opinions . Sadly, they don’t know prospering and ascending; taking black culture to new, yet tradition rooted, heights is far more impressive than petty rebellion.  The accomplished Leontyne Price basically understood this and that’s why I decided to highlight her words at the beginning of this post.

* I use African American instead of Negro or Black on purpose.

Me & Mr. Washington

Booker T. and Them a Blues.

Yesterday on Twitter some young “radical” fellow named The Angry Indian, attempted to malign me by calling me Booker T. Washington, I almost idolize Mr. Washington, so to that apt comparison I paraphrase gangsta rapper extraordinaire Ice Cube and say “Do Booker T. have a brother? I’m it, yeah!”
In Cube’s song he actually referenced the deceased Khalid Muhammad,  former Nation of Islam member and founder of the New Black Panthers. Not my sort really, but I always, and maybe alone, preferred him to the new leftist like original Black Panthers.