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I try not to read the statistics on Black love, how it / fails at many turns

instead I just strive to read the star dust road that / I walk

 

 

Books by DuEwa M. Frazier

Shedding Light from My Journeys / Check the Rhyme / Stardust Tracks on the Road

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To Hope For

By DuEwa M. Frazier

 

I’ve been alone for a long time

but I don’t count the days

I just live my life

knowing that one day I’ll have the

insperience that I am suppose to have

with you

 

you love me, es-pec-ial-ly , dif-fer-ent,

 

every……time, as jill scott says

 

I want to feel that

I want to know that I don’t have to be

a size 2 for you

I want to know that I don’t have to have

long straight hair flowing down my back

to make you feel that I am a true beauty

that my natural beauty is beautiful, to you

 

I want to know that you won’t feel like less

of a man if I make decisions for myself, or

that you are less of a man or a provider because

your woman is educated and a CEO

 

you know?

 

bear with me 

I don’t have it all figured out

the ones I admired, well some of them have been

separated and divorced…of course maybe that was

their destiny, or they didn’t want it bad enough… or

they didn’t know the other person well enough…or

someone

was imbalanced, mean, abusive…etc., etc., etc.

 

which brings me to…no love is 100 percent perfect

 

I try not to read the statistics on Black love, how it

fails at many turns

instead I just strive to read the star dust road that

I walk

 

on hoping

praying , believing ….

that it will be different for me

different for you , different for us

 

I’m hoping that when you let me love you , that

you’ll let me talk to you in sweet coo-ing tones

that soothe and heal

 

that you’ll let me make you a hearty, tasty,

succulent,

from scratch, home cooked meal

 

I’m hoping you want an empowering love that heals

that makes you feel, ‘damn, my woman is all that…’

 

I hope you won’t get afraid-

when I change

when I rearrange

my mind, my spirit, my inclinations, my

physical frame

 

when our babies call my name, because they’re hungry

and need

their mother’s warmth…I hope you’ll stay secure, just

the way you are

 

I’m hoping that your mama likes me, that you like her,

that you respect her and admire her for all she’s done

for you and if you know your daddy, I’m hoping you’re

cool with him too , it just makes things easier b-cuz

when we have our little ones,

you , hopefully, won’t pass on resentments to them

that you have for your previous loved ones

 

I’m hoping love, that when we lay, it is a spiritual

insperience, not just

a physical one, I’m hoping that you know that I’m a

picky woman, I don’t do this with just

anyone, so I’m hoping that you’ll feel that you’re

special and

that we…can do this…no matter what statistics say

 

I’m not going to say that our love will be an earth

shattering revolution,

that we’ll move planets, or become the epitome of

Black love

that I’m an exception and you’re the acceptance I’m

looking for

 

I guess , I’m really hoping that our love works for

us, and in some small

way, that we’ll be grateful for our time and just

be…who we are…together 

posted 2003

 

DuEwa M. Frazier -- a multi-faceted artist

Her first two names, mean Black Beauty-The One In Whom the Sun Rises in the African, Swahili language. Although raised in St. Louis, Missouri, her life didn't begin there!

Born in Brooklyn, New York on a hot, August morning, to educator/artist/activist parents, in the same year poet and playwright Ntozake Shange launched the acclaimed "For Colored Girls" play- DuEwa seemed destined to take part in the rich tradition of arts and pride from her community and share her creative spirit with others.

Poetry, dramatic performance, dance, playwriting and teaching is a part of the creative world DuEwa lives in. At age 5, this ,'Lady of Words', first stepped on stage, playing activist Rosa Parks in a play called "We Shall Overcome." In grade school DuEwa began keeping journals and writing creatively.

DuEwa took dance training in jazz, modern and African forms as a child and adult. Her most memorable dance performance and training experiences were at: The Katherine Dunham School of Dance, Elegba Folklore Society, Dance St. Louis and as a dancer in high school in Kinesis Dance Company.

Other Books: Check the Rhyme and Stardust Tracks on the Road  / duewa_frazier@litnoirepublishing.com

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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