Today is my birthday. I’m 36, feelin a lot of joy. I wore a nice orange bow tie and some seersucker. Why not. Also: final performances in Oral Interp. It’s pretty tough to process still but these students gave the best performances I’ve ever seen come out of the class. Sade moved from One Flew to death penalty court transcripts to Mumia Abu Jamal. Ashley was reciting Strange Fruit one moment, the transcript of Trayvon Martin’s final phone call the next. Mahamadou was in a line-up whispering What Happens to a Dream Deferred then laying in a cell talking about Darwin. You wanna learn about the power of speaking for others? Listen to these wonderful brilliant people. These students get it in a way that I never will, in a way most people in the academy simply can’t. Ashley points to the seersucker before she lilts southern trees bear a strange fruit, sucking on skittles. The next moment she’s at the Apollo working the crowd and then it’s just another bow tie. But we remember the moments before, pregnant with possibility. These are the special days.
Kanye West “New Slaves”
Meanwhile the DEA/Teamed up with the CCA/
They tryna lock niggas up/They tryna make new slaves
See that’s that private-owned prison/Get your piece today/… . .
Y’all ‘bout to turn shit up/I’m ‘bout to tear shit down
I’m ‘bout to air shit out/Now what the fuck they gon’ say now?
“The African american parrheissate deploys african american truths through African american terministic screens (frames of understanding). Parrhesia requires the rhetor put himself at risk for speaking truth to power to the dominant political rationality, that could result in the loss of status, power, influence, or money. Thus, the African american parrhesiate who wedges in african american truths in the public sphere is highly valued (by african american audiences]” -Vorris Nunley “African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric” p.46, 2011
Antoine on point as always.
“Here take my shirt and just go ahead and wipe up all the
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