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Etheridge Knight with Meshell Ndegeocello – Re-Membering Etheridge Today

This song includes the poem, “The Idea of Ancestry” by Etheridge Knight

from, “Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape” by Meshell Ndegeocello

 

When We Arrived: Re-Membering Etheridge Knight

I have been a fan of Sonia Sanchez ever since I found her in the library book shelf during my sophomore year in high school.  I wanted to know all about her/where she got her name/where was she educated/did she have children/was she married.  And yes she was married twice, once to a fellow poet named, Etheridge Knight.

His name escaped me until I heard mention of him mixed in the music of one of my favorite musicians, Meshell Ndegeocello.  I fell in love with the scat rhythm of his prose.  I loved the decorated rainbow’s bend of addiction he painted and his freed, imprisoned connection to his family.  I met him through the poetic piece, “The Idea of Ancestry”.

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