Storytelling...everything is possible!
Nikki Giovanni on the making of "Hip Hop Speaks To Children" & giving Oni her props!
Create yours with the first initials of your name!
SISTER WINGS & 'LIAS' MOTHER
FEATURED POET @ BIG TRIGGER'S SOUND OF JAZZ & POETRY SHOW
Oni produced and created this video. An excerpt from the spoken word tribute poem,on her independently produced CD "Sister Wings, Spoken Word Songs Bass & Beats"
ASCAP (SR) (c) 2005 Words by Oni Lasana - Music by Samori Coles of lil drummaboy, LLC Philadelphia.
Please contact Oni for permission to use in classroom.
full lyrics are enclosed with purchase of CD. If digitally downloaded, contact Oni for the poem.
Please excuse the photos as the pixels are not clear and were published before HD.
IS THIS A POEM...probably not.
Writing down whats on my mind is natural, spirit driven.
Taught by Professor LIFE.
Academic setting is where I lost my mind -
and found it in the streets.
Regurgitating egos into alphabets...a total mess
Don't trouble me.
I'll will write you out in a poem!
What poet makes money?
What poet has a career in poetry?
This ain't even rhyming
Marry poetry to music
own your publishing.
YOU are royalty
I'm a Poet?...maybe...it is free therapy
Cuz even Nikki & Sonia
every poet who is a poet
keeps a day job.
(c) 2017 Oni Lasana
THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "AUTOBIOGRAPHY PROJECT" WAS A CHALLENGING 300 WORD CONTEST. ONI'S STORY ABOUT GROWING UP GOING TO THE UPTOWN THEATER WAS ONE OF THE 20 WINNERS. HER POSTER WAS POSTED AT THE BUS STOP SHELTER AT 20TH & WALNUT ST. PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
PANTENE TOTAL YOU TOUR, ONI RAPS DUNBAR'S "WE WEAR THE MASK" FOR MC LYTE & AUDIENCE AT CONVENTION CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
Thanks to Debra Wright, also a poet and founder of the For Woman Collective, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for bringing the Sonia Sanchez Mural Arts Haiku project to my attention.
Haiku's is a form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, & 5
The following are my submissions for the project.
(C) 2012 All Rights Reserved
Make me dance all day
See me reach out in to the light
Know me in a song
Stereotypes fall apart
Releasing our fears
More than blood thru veins
Family hopes tears joys and pains
Connect in one love
Peace, silent words heard
Inside our mind space in time
Whispers unknown ...ssssh
People make money
Money makes people mo' friends
Money goes friends end
Old houses light up
Walls reflecting our history
Murals tell stories
INDEPENDENTLY PRODUCED ORIGINAL POEMS SET TO THE BEATS OF SAMORI COLES OF lil drummaboy music, Philadelphia, SOUNDBOY of Coatesville, PA, DENNIS THOMPSON of Jamaica & ONI'S on BASS GUITAR.
FEATURING: WHY I WRITE, LOVE MUST FALL, OUT OF THE PHYSICAL, ALL THAT, ANOTHER WOMAN THANG, HIGHER EDUCATION, I DREAMT, MLK JR.
AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD @ CDBABY.COM
ONI'S STATEMENT POEM ON THE POWER OF WOMANHOOD, IS PUBLISHED IN THIS BOOK OF SHORT STORIES AND POEMS, FOR WOMAN, EDITED BY DEBRA POWELL-WRIGHT
Oni as "Story Poet" with Philly's First & Finest Female Spoken Word Ensemble
L-R: DEBRA POWELL-WRIGHT ~ ONI LASANA ~ PAT MCLEAN ~ NISH PUGH @ AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF PHILADELPHIA
Spoken word from Sister Wings, CD. A experimental collaboration. Please excuse the low pixels in the photos...many were taken before HD. Oni wrote and delivers this mix over the groove of Samori Coles of lil drummaboy LLC, Philadelphia
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