Mother Sonia.
Article Type: Poem
Subject: Singers
Author: Duncan-Fowler, Loretta
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754363
Full Text: Loretta (La-Rue') Duncan-Fowler was born in Boston, MA. La-Rue is an author, poet, singer, songwriter, and performance poet. Her debut book, My Deepest Affections are Yours--Love Poems, received wide recognition. She is a member of the performing groups Born 2 Be Poets, 2nd Born, and Uptown Poets. Born 2 Be Poets and was nominated for the 2001 SOS Music Award in the spoken word category. Her special brand of poetry is often requested at numerous spoken word, juke joints, club houses, churches and state fairs across the country and internationally.

Spoken word is her ministry gift and she uses it to counter the effects of suicide, hopelessness, lack and insufficiency found in the people today and to let people know that nothing that they have ever been through can ever separate them from God's love! Whether it's hosting a Katrina Benefit or organizing community events to inform people about H1N1 and related health issues. You can find her lecturing and lending her gift of poetry to civic, governmental, religious and charitable organizations.

La-Rue has also graced the stage with Grammy Award winning recording artist The Whispers, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, The God Squad, Joanna Rosario, Vicki Winans, and Fred Hammond. Neo Soul/Rhythm and Blues recording artist Bilal and Goapele; Blues Hall of Fame percussionist, vocalist, and blues man Mr. Big John Evans. She also wrote and recorded the song Wretched Man with notable gospel and blues guitarist Odell Ross Jr. La-Rue has appeared as a guest on the international news television program Night Line with Ted Koppel, and several local talk shows including Look Whose Talking and Good Day Sacramento advocating for the rights of her disabled son to attend the Sacramento public school system.

La-Rue' continues to perform and host her own spoken word show, An Evening of Poetry w/Ms. La-Rue', and the Mood Blue's Poetry Series. Most recently she appeared in the national television advertisement for the Kymora Lee Body Slimmer. La-Rue is also a member of The American Poets Society, she has a Bachelors degree in Computer and Information Sciences, and lives in Sacramento, California. The above is from her book In Search of A Father's Love (2010).
Mother Sonia

   Her history was legendary to me
   I had heard and read of her great exploits across the land

   In my eyes and the worlds she was the true Nubian Queen
   The African/Cuban goddess of words

   Her poetry was the original Floetry and I stood now in front of
   her graced
   by her presence

   And she was regal and light and she kissed my cheek and hugged me

   And she said that my work in the struggle moved her
   And inspired her

   And I told her that her words gave my generation voice
   And that if it wasn't for her and The Black Arts Movement my voice
   would have been silenced among the people who said

   "A women is to be silent in the church"

   And therefore I want to know if she can't speak there then where?
   And are all the courage's black women who came before me exceptions
   to the rule? But they said

   As for you my child HUSH!

   So on January 31, 2004, I met Sonia Sanchez and after that first
   I have been screaming ever since

   Screaming out Hate, Bitterness and Injustice, Jealousy, Envy, Deceit,
   Pain, Anger, and Love

   I am no longer silent. I WON'T HUSH!!
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