Lies! Lies! Lies! Lies all around us Lies melting off their tongues like the dribble off a baby’s lip Lies so Profound They dig deep into the hearts and souls of my ancestors, and I hear them scream Lies! Lies! Lies! Lies about where I came from Lies about the mother of civilization From where life sprang in the heart of Alkebulan Lies to get me to betray my brother and abandon my sister Lies that tells me that Black is evil and dirty Lies that crawl into my dreams at night and scrape at the figments of my Imagination Putting me into mental slavery Lies that set us against each other and break us apart Destroying the foundation of our strength and scattering us into strange new lands Lies that coin us stupid Forcing us to depend on their mercy And breaking the spirit and passion of a Black man who was once worshipped as a King of antiquity Lies, I tell you! All lies! Lies that send my brothers running in rage and fear Lies that ripped the child from my sister’s bosom With the baby’s lip still in a suckle, and the drip, drip, drip of innocent milk Splattered what was left of the purity of our Black race As it dries in the same soil that was saturated with my father’s blood Lies, I tell you! You must believe me Black was the first color God manifested Black ruled, created, invented, and reinvented ourselves out of nothing. We were princes and queens And wore our pride in nakedness and were not ashamed The lies they tell us are only a deterrent A misguided sabotage coverup to make us believe we are nothing To steal the fact that we are EVERYTHING! Lies! Lies, I tell you All lies! I tell you the truth They Lies! Ayo Sekai | January 30, 1997
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Ayo Sekai PhD
Dr. Sekai is a Political Science Ph.D. Howard University alum, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, YALE- Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and a published author. She is a Poetical Scientist and Linguistic Activist. You can find her work on YouTube and her website at www.AyoSekai.com. In her book, Afrocentric Before Afrocentricity (2016), renowned philosopher Molefi Kete Asante counted Ayo among the great Griots and “royal panoply which includes Haki Madhubuti, Nikki Giovanni, Mari Evans, Sonya Sanchez, and Langston Hughes” (Sekai & Rosier, 2016).
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