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She writes from the heart, with extreme clarity and lucidity. Oceans of Love is

a handy guidebook for readers because it helps them get through the tumultuous

sea of ups and downs.

 

 

Oceans of Love: To Us From Us
 

By Dee Freeman


 

LANSING, MICHIGAN-Ever come across an adage declaring that before a person can truly love others, he must first love himself?   Author and poet Dee Freeman believes that before any person can become delicate and compassionate to another; he must first achieve self-confidence and self-love by having a greater understanding from within.  Oceans of Love: To Us From Us (now available through 1stbooks Library) intends to make readers embrace love on a higher level.

Oceans of Love embodies Freeman's deep and sobering love for fellow African-Americans.  It provides a belief that love for self is the fundamental key to the survival of a people grossly wronged, dehumanized and partially destroyed.  Its passionate plea is universal love.

The poems touch on a variety of subjects as they constantly echo the black experience.  Some highlight the real deal on self-love while others are simply fun loving.  Freeman is convinced that her ancestors are watching and hoping to see signs of victory over indignity embedded within the hearts of her people during an inhumane time in history.  The poems address many current issues needing resolutions for one's growth.  They convey the message that each person has a duty to live, love and leave a legacy.  Freeman enjoins readers to live and relish life fully even if sometimes we must pray fervently, and our prayers become "like a spiraling pyramid, ascend / Each floating upward - skyward / meeting in heaven where every single one / Blends with another."

Freeman's words are powerful and thought provoking.  She expresses different sentiments, poses unanswered questions, and inspires determination if readers will open up and accept what is written.  She writes from the heart, with extreme clarity and lucidity.  Oceans of Love is a handy guidebook for readers because it helps them get through the tumultuous sea of ups and downs.

Dee Freeman is a native Arkansan who left the south during the sixties to pursue an elusive dream.  Finally closing in on that dream, she happily immerses herself in her passion-writing.  Freeman provides The Plexus, a local newspaper distributed throughout Michigan, with its "Poetry Korner".  She enjoys writing and sharing her poetry at functions throughout Lansing and Detroit.  She lives in Lansing with her husband, Myron.

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Oceans of Love: To Us From Us

Table of Contents

 

Following Their Lead

Inheritance

Influences

The Journey 

Without Us

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12

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15

Together We Stand

 

To Us From Us: Black Love Flowing

Love: in the Flesh 

Sistas

Love Your Blackness

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21

Reservations yet We Press Forward

The Question: Will the Ring of Freedom Bring Freedom

Who Am I?

Ain't I Somebody Too

I Weep

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29

Getting into Gear

A Challenge Now Is the Time

Whatz Up Young Man?

Get An Attitude

Free the Mind

Show me the Money: 40 Acres and a Mule

We, as a People, Must Love Us

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A Tribute and Report to "The Drum Major for Justice"

Still, We Wait

I Too, Dream: Ode to Martin

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44

Our Future Seems Bright

Door of Opportunity

Uplift Our Children

My Nubian Prince

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51

Determined to Go the Distance

Oh Freedom

You Got Power, My Brother

Solid in the Skin I'm In

If Not You, Then Who?

Gonna Make It

Freedom: The Prize

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Delores King-Freeman, (Dee to family), is a motivated and compelling poet, author, producer and host, who is using her love, skills and creativity to help readers enjoy words and rhythmic rhyme.  She left the south during the sixties to follow her dream, which proved extremely elusive.  Now, finally catching and living that dream, she happily immerses herself in her passion-writing.  Freeman has previously published well received books of poetry entitled

Oceans of Love: To Us From Us  and Poetry She Wrote I: Oh, Magnify Him.

Both have been placed in the school system and libraries around town.  She has had a number of poems appear in magazines, anthologies and new papers where some have been recognized with awards for their inspirational, even motivational message. 

She was presented with a commendation for the City and City Council during Black History Month in 2005.  She continues to provide the Lansing State Journal with an article, book review or word of inspiration on a monthly basis.  She co-hosts “poetry slams” held at various locations throughout the Greater Lansing area. 

Freeman looks forward to expanding her Poetree-N-Motion TV program which shares information of community events, history tidbits, book reviews and has guests with current community issues.  It airs in Lansing on Comcast channel 16 -Thursday @ 3:30PM and East Lansing channel 30 WELM on Tuesday @ 7:00PM.  She is also a talented musical lyricist, hoping to have her work recorded in the near future.  

Presently, Freeman is in the completion stage of her first fiction novel-a project in conjunction with a movie producer.  This novelWild, Untamed Michigan: The Way It Wasis scheduled to hit the stores in early or mid 2006, with the second of the “Poetry, She Wrote” seriesfollowing close behind.

Freeman thoroughly enjoys writing and sharing her poetry through presentations at special annual luncheons, tributes honoring the leadership of community and churches, and other venues throughout the region.  She honestly feels her words will benefit all who read them-gently touching, softly soothing, delightfully awakening, enthusiastically illuminating and fervently healing.

As a grandparent of three grandsons, Freeman sees the need for help within the community.  She volunteers for readings and events throughout the Lansing School District.  She works on projects with the Michigan Million Women Movement that sprang out of the MWM (Million Women March) of 1997.  She’s a member of several supporting organizations, such as Delores Thornton’s Marguerite Press, Disilgold Soul and Publishing and Sisterhood of The Written Word. She also sings with a 35 voice group, who continues to keep the Negro Spirituals alive-The Earl Nelson Singers-directed by Verna Holley. 

An alumnus of Northwood University of Midland and former Financial Analyst for General Motors, Freeman continues to reside in Lansing, Michigan with her husband, Attorney Myron S. Freeman Sr.  She is proud of her three adult children, one of whom has attained stardom as an actress on Broadway.

Dee Freeman, Poet, Author, Speaker and Host! / 517 321-3122 / www.deepoette.com  /  deedkfreeman@yahoo.com 

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By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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