SISTER WINGS & 'LIAS' MOTHER
FEATURED POET @ BIG TRIGGER'S SOUND OF JAZZ & POETRY SHOW
Do enjoy viewing the video's I created with my original spoken word poetry from my independently produced CD "SISTER WINGS, SPOKEN WORD SONGS, BASS & BEATS"
(SR) ASCAP (C) 2005
Download of vocal & music tracks are available at www.CDBaby.com
Please excuse the photos as the pixels are not clear and many were scanned and taken before HD;-)
Teaching the legacy of Martin Luther Kings Jr.
Her Story on the "I Dreamt, MLK Jr." Poem
On July 10, 1999 James Farmer died, he was a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. He walked with Dr. King for full freedom of black folks in America. It just so happened as I watched the news of James Farmers death, I was preparing a school show and researching Martin Luther King, Jr's life.
I shared my findings with my teenage son, (who presently serves as an attorney in human rights) who I felt, viewed Dr. King, the way I saw Abraham Lincoln...as history.
In the moment, I couldn't find the words to explained to my son, why Dr. King was such a courageous visionary. How he was a voice for millions, and his voice made a huge difference, even today. What could I do? So I did what I've often done since grade school. When I needed to express what was in my heart, I wrote a poem. In one sitting, the thoughts dropped in my mind, from my pen to paper.
A video excerpt from Oni's original visionary tribute poem.
Words by Oni Lasana *!* Music by Samori Coles of lil drummaboy, LLC Philadelphia.
To read the full poem, please visit Oni's blog at end of this page.
IS THIS REALLY A POEM?
Writing down whats on my mind is natural, spirit driven.
My poetry teacher is LIFE.
Academic setting is where I lost my mind - good thing I found it in the street.
Regurgitating egos into alphabets...a total mess
Don't trouble me. I'll 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.
I'm a Poet?...maybe...it is free therapy
Cuz even Nikki & Sonia
most every poet who thinks they are a poet
keeps a day jobs.
(c) 2017 Oni Lasana
THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "AUTOBIOGRAPHY PROJECT" WAS A CHALLENGING 300 WORD CONTEST.
ONI'S STORY ABOUT THE UPTOWN THEATER WAS POSTED AT THE BUS STOP SHELTER AT 20TH & WALNUT ST. PHILADELPHIA
To read the story, visit Oni's blog "Adventures In Storyland" at end of this page.
LISTEN TO ONI SOLO RAP DUNBAR'S "WE WEAR THE MASK" ON PAGE 56,
ALSO FEATURED WITH NIKKI & VAL GRAY WARD ON PAGE. 54, GWENDOLYN BROOKS, "WE REAL COOL" & MARTIN LUTHER KINGS SPEECH ON PAGE 64.
PANTENE TOTAL YOU TOUR, ONI RAPS "WE WEAR THE MASK" FOR MC LYTE & AUDIENCE in Philly
Nikki Giovanni giving Oni props on the book project!
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
Philly's First & Finest Female Spoken Word Ensemble
L-R: DEBRA POWELL-WRIGHT ~ ONI LASANA ~ PAT MCLEAN ~ NISH PUGH @ AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF PHILADELPHIA
Please excuse the low pixels in the photos..many were taken before HD. Enjoy the poetry of Oni, mixed over the groove of Samori Coles of lil drummaboy LLC, Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, Coatesville, Pennsylvania