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20 Reasons We Love “REBEL”

Being a woman is not a story, we cannot be placed as non-fiction on your shelf
It is a movement
a dance
an expansion of bones.
being a Woman is a lesson in astronomy.
cooking chili is a recipe and then it is done
being a Woman is not a story.
We are not dialogue to be used in moving a plot forward
We are more than fixtures in the home after work and school
We hold more than bedtime consultation sessions
We are not chili to be written as a recipe and then close the book once the dish is done.

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And this is what “Rebel” is about

      1. She is beautiful hairstyles and more
      2. She has impeccable taste in good looking men and more
      3. She is fearlessly learning the tango in predominately male environments
      4. in a home life with a father and brother to the military to the police force
      5. She is showing the peculiar walk of being African American in America
      6. the tightrope performance of being a Woman with self determination
      7. She speaks the language where

    “Im ok”, means terrified
    “And I’m good”, means I’m paralyzed
    but She makes it look like manicured oak trees on an antebellum tour

    8. She’s a mixture of Big Mama with a Ph.D. in Street Knowledge
    9. demanding that profit in death precedes her brother, not with or after

  1.          /his slain will not be in vain / this can’t be another Emmett Till / another                        Medgar Evers / another Oscar Grant
  2. we now know when we refuse to be silent
    10. we shut down freeways! block bucks that drench downtown power
    we raise bail money for the forgotten
    we move our stories from the page to the stage
    from minors to the big leagues
    we make everyone Say Her Name
    We tittie to mouth our babies at the pews on Sunday and at tea time on Monday
  3. We hold writers accountable to tell our truths / color our beauty, litter her with life

    11.  And they show Her allowance in letting Her body being pleased
    12.  Her occasional leisure in blowing trees to the wind

    being a Woman is not a story that is non-fiction and simply closed.

  4. This show insists we talk about
    13. care for the elderly
    14. the vulnerability of our Veterans
    15. homophobia
    16. when children become the parents
    17. when being black is stronger than blue
    18. when being black is stronger than making green
    when right is stronger than wrong
    19. when persistence forces police lieutenants to make night calls
    knocking on doors like parental phone calls after 9pm / humbling
    20. We love Rebel because she fights like            the race of stretch marks across once raised wombs
    She fights like lightening stripes, thunder bolts and tiger claws
    She is full of mistakes but not abandoned from perfection.

    If you haven’t seen “Rebel” you DO WANT TO BINGE WATCH the series before the finale on Tuesday.  The finale is an edge of the seat 60 minute ride! Go to BET.com for episode information.

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A Night of Rebels

I sure hope you tuned into “Rebel” on BET tonight!  I hope you enjoyed the excerpt of my poem, “and you say, Make America Great Again” as well as my acting chops 😉

Here are some shots from my time on set:

w/ lead actress, Danielle Mone Truitt and director, Sheldon Candis
w/ actor Dwight Hicks (also ex-NFL player for 49ers and Colts and Super Champion!)
w/ Danielle and showrunner/executive producer, Randy Huggins

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SHE CHRONICLES: “bang bang” a poem by Nikki Skies for “Rebel Yell”

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“Got me  / living life like a suicide note found
every morning at 7a.m.
bang! bang!
can’t remember anything else but staying steady,
ready / like mother’s equipping
their children with breakfast bars   backpacks    and  dash cams

bang! bang! bang! bang!” – by Nikki Skies for “Rebel Yell”

Click the link and enjoy!

the Greatest Threat

 

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“The Black Panther Party is the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.  Schooled in the Marxist-Leninist ideology, leaders travel extensively all over the United States preaching not only to ghetto residents, but to students in colleges, universities and high schools as well.” – September 8, 1968, FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover

This was stated during the murder trial of Black Panther cofounder Huey Newton.  The communities were at a battle for public consciousness and the saying, “Free Huey!” were on t-shirts, pens, posters and cars.  To protect and defend and demanding we feel human was a threat?… mind blowing to me.

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Now the plan to disguise our struggles as gain is polluted everywhere.  What a clever plan of attack to make the most popular songs about, “I got mine, get yours”, “I’m free”, “Do you and I do me”.  Clever plans of attack huh?  The old divide and conquer tactic!  To think just 46 years ago, our unity was ‘the greatest threat’ to the United States.  Now, we are each other’s greatest threat?…

(takes a seat, sighs and picks up her pen and pad. it’s not over…)