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I Dream of a Time

I dream of a time when my kids or I can wake up without a care in the world. Imagine being able to learn or do everyday things without being judged by the color of your skin. The air these people breathe must be amazing. Unfortunately, I’ll never know.

Being a Public Figure.

It’s tough being a public figure. You have to mitigate what battles you want to take on and which ones are less advantageous. I’ve gone through times in which I’ve said nothing to “protect the bag,” as the kids would say. The older you get, the more your priorities shift. Sadly, I dream of a time when I don’t have a care in the world.

My Great Awakening.

You ever felt like your life meant nothing to others? Most wouldn’t know that feeling. African Americans make up only 13.4% of the total US population, but we know that feeling all too well. Moreover, the fact that my life is in constant danger because of the color of my skin is and will always be unsettling for me. I dream of a time when I don’t have a care in the world.

It Starts with Us.

Serious question to my white friends. Do you talk to your kids about racism? I mean, how not to be racists. Do you speak to them about the level of privilege that they are born with? You know that privilege that no matter how successful a person of color becomes, (they) will never know. I dream of a time when I don’t have a care in the world.

Real Conversations that lead to action.

We have a real problem with race in the US. Sweeping it under the rug isn’t a solution. The only way we begin to heal these wounds is by having tough conversations about race.

But beyond just conversations, liked tweets, and retweets, we need a National Call to Action.

Last night on the 8 Blackhands Podcast.

We had a fantastic show on which some awful yet honest things came to light.

1. People may be desensitized yo the deaths that occur to innocent black people.

2. White folks (some) still remain quiet and view this as not being their problem.

3. Black people need to mobilize financially and create banking systems and financial opportunities that benefit PoC.

4. PoC need to #Getthestrap.

Ep. 63: The School-to-Activism Pipeline 8 Black Hands

In this episode, we honor the work of our co-host, Sharif El-Mekki. We learn about his organization, his life's philosophy, and how his time growing up in Iran. Yes, our co-host is an onion with layers. You'll definitely enjoy hearing these stories. For more access, join our Patreon at Patreon.com/8BH. Find us on twitter at @8BlackHands1 — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
  1. Ep. 63: The School-to-Activism Pipeline
  2. Ep. 62: Typos and All… feat. Dr. Brian Stanley
  3. Ep. 61: R.I.P. Ahmaud Arbery
  4. Ep. 60: Student Homelessness during COVID-19
  5. Ep. 59: Live with Google's Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap
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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott

Tonight, Erykah Badu is my favorite to win her versus matchup against Jill Scott, aka “Jilly from Philly.” Both are incredibly talented artists that have a neo-soul sound. The two are well versed in their ability to use the pen to motivate their fans to groove. Given the current state of our country, as we navigate through a historical pandemic, we all need this tonight.

Acknowledgment of Bodies of Work.

Erykah Badu is my favorite in this matchup because of her body of work. This is not to say that “Jilly from Philly” isn’t a fantastic talent, but hit to hit, I don’t see Jill being able to match up with Badu. My guess is that it would depend on the total amount of songs played. I feel like in a versus matchup of five songs, it would be a closer matchup.
However, the closer you get to ten songs, Erykah Badu becomes the favorite to take this home.

Why Erykah Badu is my favorite to win!

Erykah Badu spits bars.
It’s sort of like your favorite rapper that uses metaphors to make you think. Badu is kind of like the “Andre 3000” or “Black Thought” of R&B. If you ever break down her songs and search through the meaning and symbolism, you’ll understand my argument.

Decoding the Bars.

I have four examples of what I mentioned. They are as follows:

  • “Three dollars and six dimes.” Representing the 360 degrees of life, coming full circle in your personal evolution.
  • “Looks like I sampled true love, but the shit didn’t clear.” This bar represents one’s commitment towards friendships and relationships and speaks to co-dependence.
  • “I can make you make you put your phone down.” Given our current dependency on electronics, the mere mention of folks putting their focus on things that are more than just momentarily necessary is a bar.
  • And lastly, “To catch me is to catch a leprechaun.” I could have said, “Hold on to your rabbit’s foot.” But this is important as it symbolizes those that add value to your life.

Final Thoughts on Why I favor Erykah Badu.

  • Bar for bar, she’s doper.
  • Sound and movement that helped to transcend neo-soul.
  • Longevity in the game.
  • Stage show.