Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson Poetry

             Sorrow Beyond Syntax*…   Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson

In America things are now absurd

and “Alt-Truth” has become the key word

Innocence citizens were beaten and one murdered by terrorist

and our President took 3 days to denounce this

All I feel is pain

and lack the words to fully show my disdain

This morning’s sunlight exposed all of the above as sad facts

and all I am left with is a sorrow beyond syntax

*Inspired by the murder of Heather Heyer and brutal beating of Deandre Harris

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 Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson has been a Poet and Activist since his Freshman year in High School back in the 1973. The addition of the -Johnson is to his name is to honor is Mother (R.I.P.). She was a Short Story Writer, who taught him 90% of what he knows about writing and 100% of what it is to be a person of faith. In the past 30 months, he has written 200 poems, 98 of which are currently published on-line. He can be contacted via Twitter and via e-mail at husseinhill@yahoo.com
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Education

6 Reasons Why You Should Attend An HBCU! Fatiha Malik

In case you haven’t heard, HBCU’s are at the top of many college goer’s list for where they prefer to receive their college education.

Why? You may ask. 1. HBCU’s have long been known to provide world class education tailored for African Americans and people of color.

HBCU’s came about because people of color were denied an adequate education during and after slavery. Therefore, we were not able to compete on the same level for jobs in the corporate world as our white counterparts.

Thus, we took the initiative and created a safe space for us to get an education despite the adversity we faced.

 

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2. HBCU’s nurture us, and prepare young people to compete in the corporate world. If you haven’t heard African American women are amongst the top graduates, and top educated group in the country.

All we need is for black men to follow suit and we will be unstoppable.

Speaking from experience, there is no substitute for the black college experience.

3. From the culture, to the brotherhood and sisterhood Greek life provides, to the pride it instills in anyone who is a product of an HBCU- I’m telling you, the experience is priceless!

There will be times when you will feel hopeless, while sitting in financial aid and they are telling you there is nothing they can do to help cover your tuition cost, or when you are stuck with a roommate from hell for the entire semester- trust me I’ve been down that road one time too many.

But look at the bright side, these situations always make for the best stories.

4. The quality of education is unmatched. The classes offered are diverse and culturally

relevant, plus there’s no better feeling than chilling on the yard on a random Friday

afternoon, music blasting, no classes, and everyone is dressed to impress.

5. Not to mention the class sizes are much smaller than at PWI’s so in turn you truly get

personalized attention from professors. They know you by name and they are usually willing to help in any way they can to see you succeed.

Think about some of the brightest pioneers, actors, activist, entrepreneurs– majority have gone to, and graduated from an HBCU.

There is no secret that when you give blacks lemons they will make lemonade AND lemon cake.

I don’t know if I would be who I am today had I not attended an HBCU.

6. With the right tools, and the right school you will be prepared for life after college, you will build character, and simply enjoy a time in your life that is supposed to be filled with positive memories that will last a life time!

 

As the school year creeps upon us I hope you are excited, geared up, and ready to attend YOUR HBCU this fall!

There’s so much in store for you, the next four years will go by so quickly My best advice is take every opportunity because you never know where it may lead, and make the best of it all!

About Fatiha

Freelance Writer and lifestyle blogger. Fatiha is a native New Yorker but has lived in NC for 6 years. She loves being a mom, writing, crafting, and traveling. Follow her on Twitter @Destinys_Callin and IG at Halfwoman_Halfamayzin

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson Poetry

    Foot Soldier For Freedom* Poetry by Hussein Ali Johnson

Constantly tweeting to make people aware

of the devils of #Trumpcare

Calling my Senators weekly to let them know

I oppose stealing healthcare from the poor to improve the wealthy’s cash flow

I now write poetry as a member of the resistance

it validates my existence

I battle daily to get people to read um

because I am a foot soldier for freedom

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson  7/20/17

*Inspired by Dr. King and his phrase, “I Am A Drum Major for Justice”

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson has been a Poet and Activist since his Freshman year in High School back in the 1973. The addition of the -Johnson is to his name is to honor is Mother (R.I.P.). She was a Short Story Writer, who taught him 90% of what he knows about writing and 100% of what it is to be a person of faith. In the past 30 months, he has written 200 poems, 98 of which are currently published on-line. He can be contacted via  Twitter and via e-mail at husseinhill@yahoo.com

 

In The News/Media/Entertainment

Please…Stop the Sh** Hop…Leena Terese

I remember as a pre teen and as a teenager, putting my headphones on and pressing play on my disc man (Remember those…LOL). I would listen to my music and drift off in another world.  From Nas to Bone Thugs to The Fugees, I remember when rap was  real. I remember when it was authentic and not a gimmick. Rappers actually took the time to put lyrics together and come up with a concept. They spoke from their experiences and they shared their own story. It was more than just putting words together that rhymed with a hot beat. It was more about telling a story. Whether you loved or hated the story, you had to respect the stories authenticity and realness. Continue reading “Please…Stop the Sh** Hop…Leena Terese”

In The News/Media/Entertainment

The Most Influential Black Woman In My Opinion…Fatiha Malik

The most influential black woman in my opinion would have to be Beyonce’ for my generation. I grew up  during the Destiny’s Child era, basically loved every song they put out, formed my own girl group with my closest friends to mimic DC, and learned every lyric to their songs. I must admit as I grew older I wasn’t equally a die hard fan as I was when I was younger, however, I still felt and witnessed the influence Beyonce’ single-handedly had on my generation, the generation before me, and the millennial
generation. Continue reading “The Most Influential Black Woman In My Opinion…Fatiha Malik”

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson Poetry

I Am the Existential Poet…Poetry By Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson

I am the existential poet

the lines on my palms show it

My coming was foretold

back before the days of old

I am a member of the 7th tribe

sent here to be their scribe

I am here to herald the awakening

which will begin with the quickening

When we the people with Melanin

break out of the mental hell we’re in

The battle of good vs evil rages on from here to beyond the sun

but, our side will be the victorious one

We will board the mother ship, we the Agents of light

and faster than a blink we will be out of sight

 

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson has been a Poet and Activist since his Freshman year in High School back in the 1973. The addition of the -Johnson is to his name is to honor is Mother (R.I.P.). She was a Short Story Writer, who taught him 90% of what he knows about writing and 100% of what it is to be a person of faith. In the past 30 months, he has written 200 poems, 98 of which are currently published on-line. He can be contacted via  Twitter and via e-mail at husseinhill@yahoo.com

Black in America

Black in America…BJ Henderson

That being said, one of the frustrations of being black is the fact that there are so many people that see our skin as an immediate handicap.  When you say “Being black in America is tough”, you’re only partially correct.  Being anyone in America can be tough, and the reason for that is simple.  We live in a country where in order to achieve success, one must work hard, with diligence and dedication.  This is something that all people of all races from all walks of life have to deal with.  
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Now, it is true that there are some people – black, white, asian, whatever – that draw a good lot and have a step up on others when it comes to getting closer to their goals.  But the level of work needed for success isn’t any harder because a person is black, or female, or whatever.  Let’s ask a white rapper not named Marshal Mathers how hard it can be to get big in the hip hop industry.  Ask Jeremy Lin how hard it is for an Asian to achieve even benchwarmer status in the NBA.  Try being a white politician in majority black cities like Atlanta, Detroit, D.C. or Baltimore.  

Continue reading “Black in America…BJ Henderson”

Black in America

Being a Black Man…Darious Hart

Sometimes I find being a black man in america very difficult. Most of the difficulties come from not knowing how to act in different situations. As a black man, who is trying to make it in america, I have to have at least 10 different faces that I can be able to use at anytime.

What I mean by I having ten different faces is, that at certain times I have to act a different way in a different situation, because I have to match the perception of the people I’m around. I can’t be the black man I am with my friends, with the rest of the world. I have to change how I am based on the situation. I can never be who I really am unless I’m alone.

Continue reading “Being a Black Man…Darious Hart”

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson Poetry

300 Years a Slave…Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson

Instead of hanging us from trees
they shoot us dead in the streets whenever they please

Or lock us up in cages
and take away our humanity  in stages

Their chains are no longer on our ankles above our feet
there in are our brains  buried deep into the grey meat

We finally get a Black President
and their disrespect for him and us is evident

Until  last year they were trying to give him the boot
4 days ago a White guy told me it was him he wished they would shoot

They work us hard on their high tech plantations everyday
but, will not give us equal pay

The road to our real freedom they refuse to pave
as we remain-300 years A Slave!!

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson has been a Poet and Activist since his Freshman year in High School back in the 1973. The addition of the -Johnson is to his name is to honor is Mother (R.I.P.). She was a Short Story Writer, who taught him 90% of what he knows about writing and 100% of what it is to be a person of faith. In the past 30 months, he has written 200 poems, 98 of which are currently published on-line. He can be contacted via  Twitter and via e-mail at husseinhill@yahoo.com