Crystal Belle

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Crystal Belle is a poet and English teacher in Brooklyn, New York. She has done extensive research on hip-hop as a Watson fellow, in which she traveled around the world exploring the significance of hip-hop in urban communities. Her travels took her throughout West Africa, South America, Europe and the Caribbean. Since completing her fellowship, Belle has been worked in the journalism industry and is now an English teacher. She performs at several performance poetry events in New York City on a regular basis. She recently published her first collection of poetry, Woman on Fire, which captures themes such as body image, self-love, urban education, feminism and Africa/Diaspora relations. Her poetry is featured on her blog at http://crystalbellepoet.blogspot.com

Spalding

Niggas are playing basketball

Standing tall in public stalls

Of exploitation

Led by NBA commissioners

Positions allow players

To point guard layers

Of paychecks

That scream:

Run nigger, run!"

Don't stand under the forward sun

'Cuz you'll get blacker

And blacker only means

You'll run up and down the court more.


Don't forget your athletic chores

Score at least 15 points per game

In order to claim the bodies of your groupies

For you are a trophy Black star

And in this arena your tar

Is

Accepted

Expected

Respected

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Description: Dedicated to my father Clifford A. Belle. May your soul rest in peace.
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John Updike
“We are fated to love one another; we hardly exist outside our love, we are just animals without it, with a birth and a death and constant fear between. Our love has lifted us up, out of the dreadfulness of merely living.”
John Updike, Brazil
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James Baldwin
“Those kids aren't dumb. But the people who run these schools want to make sure they don't get smart: they are really teaching the kids to be slaves.”
James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk

James Baldwin
“Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.”
James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk

Arundhati Roy
“There is a war that makes us adore our conquerors and despise ourselves.”
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Mao Zedong
“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.”
Mao Tse-tung

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Z. thanks for the add. i'm feeling your poetry.
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