A project that fuses Maya Angelou’s poetry with contemporary Hip Hop has resulted in an album called ‘Caged Bird Songs’, a title based on Dr. Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. Before she passed away, Maya Angelou worked on the project with producers RoccStarr and Rivera, reciting her poems to the music created by the producers.
The album consists of 13 songs and was released in November 2014. ‘Harlem Hopscotch’ is number 4 on the album and now has it’s very own music video. Enjoy.
In the air, now both feet down.
Since you black, don’t stick around.
Food is gone, rent is due,
Curse and cry and then jump two.
All the peoples out of work,
Hold for three, now twist and jerk.
Cross the line, they count you out.
That’s what hopping’s all about.
Both feet flat, the game is done.
They think I lost, I think I won.
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” – Chuck Palahniuk
(Photography => Aidan Photograffeuse
“Angels are watching over you when times are good or stressed. Their wings wrap gently around you, whispering you are loved and blessed.”
Photography Olivia Bee
“I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore… I want to be magic.”
– Charles de Lint
(Photography: Elisa Böhmisch)
…no we can’t and that’s the gospel. The state of our world today is heartbreaking. It’s so bad that when this photograph was posted some people chose to ignore the point and opted to argue about the fact that the word ‘breathe’ was written incorrectly.