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Peacocks and Other Savage Beasts

by Tenesha The WordSmith

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Why White Folks Can’t Call Me Nigga Because you ain't my comrade you have not felt the rage of seeing your people beaten raped hung your outrage shouted down by oppressors claiming victimhood and having no recourse except silence feel your skin grow tight around your body trying to contain anger that has become a family heirloom generation to generation watching from the belly button window born understanding that they will not be understood they will be underestimated underprivileged underserved the anger turns itself inward pushing from within fight or flight I’d rather you called me nigger say what you mean I live as an accoutrement to your life entertainment anthropological study a paragraph in a history book you are Atlas contemplating shrugging my shoulders are heavy but you claim the burden don’t call me nigga you ain't from where I’m from I was raised at the intersection of Frederick Douglas and Marcus Garvey the village warned the children to be careful of what they said in front of white folks so we became bi-colloquial ambrosia and kool aid high rises low rents drinking champagne out of plastic cups whispering the ideals of black nationalist while mouthing the national anthem oh say can you see you can’t see me been living beside you for hundreds of years building communities brick by brick but you can’t hear me been here before Isabella commissioned it we kings we queens among cave dwellers you don’t know me You can’t call me nigga because you don’t believe in black angels haven’t accepted the fact that a blue eyed, blond haired Jesus would have died in the desert you haven’t accepted the fact that black represents the presence of all things black is everything the spirit of god is black You can’t call me nigga because the word is code for brotha and we ain't kin like that your appropriation of my culture has not been by my permission Don’t call me nigga because my humanity is more important than your swag because Dylan Roof was not a lone gunman he walked into that church on a foundation of laid by white supremacist he will be tried by a system that perpetuates white supremacy his actions were motivated by propaganda promoted by pop culture You can’t call me nigga because 5 year olds should never have to play dead on church floors My niggas understand a part of me that rose up from the ashes of the Antebellum South but still feel the rawness of chains my niggas understand that racism is a white man’s madness because the south lost the war because of the Jena 6 Nia Wilson Mike Brown Trayvon Martin gentrification the achievement gap mass incarceration police brutality because the branches of our government bear strange fruit because fuck you White people can’t call me nigga because they don’t know who they are To be a nigga or to not be a nigga that is the question a conversation white folks simply are not invited to
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Tenesha The Wordsmith presents a hard-cutting, gut-wrenching, and extremely moving spoken word album produced by Khalab that brings together different lines of black music – folkloric, jazz, and electronic dance – into an afro-futurist narrative with thunderous results. ‘Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts’ lays bare difficult truths and projects the stories of hidden voices, with a warm and heartfelt delivery that envelops the soul.

The poems are dedicated to the intersection, the places where we contemplate identity, culture, trauma and love. ‘Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts’ is a place where they all meet. “I hope between these lines you find healing,” says Tenesha. “I hope your compassion for others grows. I hope you will make the decision you were afraid to make. I hope you will learn how to turn pain into power and purpose. Decide which type of beast you want to be and if you can’t make up your mind, watch the women…”

Originally from Oakland, California, “a place where revolutionaries are born,” Tenesha the Wordsmith originally began to fuse hip hop and poetry while living in Albany, New York, where she created her first collection ‘Body Of Work’. Her early influences have returned with features from beatboxers and vocalists that give the album a distinctly urban hip hop vibe.

Blending music and poetry is also a distinct nod to the unique rhythm of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is now living. ‘It’s a place filled with art, music and romance,’ says Tenesha.
“I write about what I want to celebrate; family, community, resilience, and hope. I also write about what I want seen; poverty, racism, sexism and trauma. I want to put into words concepts that I struggle with on a personal level that are also concepts that exist on a broader human level. After hearing me perform or reading something I write, I want people to celebrate what is good but under-appreciated and I want people to think about the way they think and question what they value. It seems like I want to do a lot with just a few poems but, words are powerful...”

credits

released August 30, 2019

Words: Tenesha Smith
Music and Production: Khalab (R.Constantino)
Sax on 'Again': Tamar Osborn
Synth and Fender Rhodes on 'Peacocks...' and 'Bastard' by Giovanni Guidi
Mixed by Khalab & Knuf at Snob Studio

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Tenesha The WordSmith Oakland, California

My love for poetry and music was born through my life in Oakland, Ca and the unique rhythm of the San Francisco Bay Area. I loved going to poetry readings at local independently owned book stores and, there were always free concerts in the park. Blending music and poetry is my way of paying tribute to the Bay Area. A place filled with art, music and romance. ... more

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