Awa  (2016)

Footage of Trayvon Martin inside 7-Eleven, alive;
Michael Brown face down on Canfield Drive;
Babygirl, Aiyana Stanely-Jones sleeping…resting in peace;
white Black-body snatchers rewarded with Life, paid leave.

Oh, America, vilifying Black sons and Black daughters,
Black mothers and Black fathers for breathing.

Awa, the Yoruba term from We, manifested after
the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
I sought to counter the images new outlets circulate
of Black folks as a rebuttal. As a statement of our
poise and dignity.




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