Piece of Meat or Piece of Mind.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Kujichagulia, Phavia
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
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: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754406
Full Text: Phavia Kujichagulia is an author, educator and Griot (musician/oral historian). From 1990 to 1999, she wrote for Jazz Now Magazine and was Resident Literary Artist at San Quentin Prison. Phavia Kujichagulia has been recognized as one of the Kings & Queens of Black Consciousness along with Dr. Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka. In 2002 she was a member of the United States Delegation to the 2nd World Conference Against Racism in Barbados. A former professor of African Civilizations and Ethnomusicology, Ms. Kujichagulia currently writes for the SFExaminer Online.
Piece of Meat or Piece of Mind

   woman gives birth to life but racism and science
   want to abort her role
   trying to find another way for human kind to be born
   genetic rearing, no longer god fearing
   but ... no matter what
   they can't replace us
   got to have a uterus to reproduce life
   from eve to evil
   genesis of the world ... made
   maid a material girl
   programmed to buy
   programmed to die
   searching for some superficial pie in the sky
   the hype of insecurity and low self-esteem
   it's all psychosomatic ... we think we got to have it

   it's all psychosomatic ... we think we got to have it
   face lifts and collagen lips
   nose jobs ... boob jobs ... cosmetic facade
   misinformation ... dermabrasion ... hot bikini wax
   colored contacts ... false lashes and nails ... self-hate for sale
   tummy tucks ... they all charge big bucks
   and detrimental to our spiritual potential
   the fashion industry barbie mentality
   promotes youth to deny the wisdom of age
   inside the beauty of truth
   so don't submit
   don't submit to the myth of bimbo charms
   cause it hurts and harms
   our mothers ... daughters ... sistahs ... and others
   don't feel inadequate
   we ain't having it
   love and respect yourself
   don't be a piece of meat
   seek peace of mind
   don't be betrayed and blinded by false desires
   love and respect yourself
   don't be a piece of meat
   seek peace of mind
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