Learning, reading and listening

I love to learn from, read and listen to other intellectual and creative beings. If you like that sorta thing too, you’re in luck. Just keep scrolling…

This jawn goes hard and heavy…Mortal Man by Kendrick Lamar

Excerpt…

I (Kendrick) wanted to read one last thing to you (Tupac). It’s actually something a good friend had wrote describing my world. It says:

The caterpillar is a prisoner to the streets that conceived it
Its only job is to eat or consume everything around it, in order to protect itself from this mad city

While consuming its environment the caterpillar begins to notice ways to survive
One thing it noticed is how much the world shuns him, but praises the butterfly

The butterfly represents the talent, the thoughtfulness, and the beauty within the caterpillar
But having a harsh outlook on life the caterpillar sees the butterfly as weak and figures out a way to pimp it to his own benefits

Already surrounded by this mad city the caterpillar goes to work on the cocoon which institutionalizes him
He can no longer see past his own thoughts
He’s trapped
When trapped inside these walls certain ideas start to take roots, such as going home, and bringing back new concepts to this mad city

The result?
Wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant
Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations that the caterpillar never considered, ending the eternal struggle
Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.”

Color Without Complex

What exactly is Blackness? What does it mean to be Black? Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? Who determines who is Black and who is not? Who’s Black, who’s not, and who cares? This discussion with Michaela angela Davis and Dr. Yaba Blay focused on shifting the lens on race – seeking to challenge narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality.