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

 

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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”

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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.  

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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

Education

Where We Come From…Leena Terese

For so long the history books have excluded our history, and the little that is included is watered down. When I was growing up I always wanted to know more. What I was taught in school about African American history and culture was just not enough for me. It was always briefly touched on during black history month and it usually included slavery, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks. That’s all folks! I wasn’t pleased with that. I knew that the people I came from had to contribute much more to this world and country than what I was being taught in school.

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To get answers and to find out the truth I had to ask my parents and grandparents. I listened to them tell their stories about their experiences and I learned to educate myself. I read the autobiography of Malcolm X and was blown away at the life this man lived. I discovered Langston Hughes and to this day and “Harlem” is one of my favorite poems by him. My cousin got me a tape of Duke Ellington’s songs and I would close my eyes and allow the melodies to take me to another world. All very talented amazing African Americans who contributed a lot to our culture, however, I never learned about them in school. Fast forward to 2017, and most of children still are not learning about our culture in school.

What I have realized is that we have to take on that responsibility. It is our job to teach our children the importance of where we come from. We cannot wait for someone else to do it, because it’s not going to happen. As parents and adults we have the responsibility of letting our black youth know that they come from. I bet half of them don’t even realize that we come from kings, queens, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, inventors, and so much more.

We have to let the younger generation know that they come from an amazing race of people. There is so much more to our history than slavery, racism, and discrimination. Yes that is a big part of our story, but it’s certainly not all of it. Today I challenge you to begin the journey of educating our youth to understand that we have a rich history that they need to know.

 Leena Terese

Leena is a Midwestern girl that believes in being  and speaking positivity in her life. She enjoys writing, being a mommy, and most of all being a child of God and a black queen.

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What Philando Castile’s Shooting Death Reminds Black America…Black Minds Black Voices

When you’re black in America police brutality and harassment is nothing surprising. It’s as common as going to the store and buying a carton of ice cream. For years and years, black people in America have been unfairly targeted and killed by the police. This is nothing new. The only thing that makes it seem new to others is social media. Social media is bringing a lot things to the forefront that this country has hidden underneath a rug. Our society is so good for that. Hiding problems as if they don’t exist, but when it’s on tape over and over again you can’t deny that it exists. You can but the reality is you are in something called denial. As Mark Twain said, “denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” Continue reading “What Philando Castile’s Shooting Death Reminds Black America…Black Minds Black Voices”