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James Brown bellows I should / "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud"

The Holy Word gently reminds me / That I am a child of the King

 

 

 

Books by Dee Freeman

Poetry She Wrote I: Oh, Magnify Him  /  Poetry She Wrote II: Reflections of the Heart  / Poetry She Wrote III: Love Ever Flowing

Oceans of Love: To Us From Us 

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Who Am I?
 

By Dee Freeman

 

Jesse Jackson tells me "I am somebody."

Michael Jackson sings "I'm the one in the Mirror"

Maya Angelou says I'm a

"Phenomenally Phenomenal Woman"

Yet I despair

Is it because I still hear the voices of the

former slave owners saying that

I am only two-thirds of a citizen?

Aretha Franklin bellows, I should demand

"Respect"

The Staple Singers vocalizes I should

"Respect Myself"

Helen Baylor melodically croons "I've got the Victory" and I agree

So why do I despair,

Why am I despondent?

Is it because

I can't seem to find my right place in society?

My friends say I'm gifted and talented

My husband tells me I'm his beauty queen

My history & heritage bequeaths that

I'm a descendant of Kings and Queens

Yet, I have doubts

That surface and rob me of fully

Realizing

And appreciating my self worth.

Martin Luther King, Jr. shouts from the mountain top

That "I'm free at last"

Malcolm X proclaimed

I have now and have always had "Black Power"

James Brown bellows I should

"Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud"

The Holy Word gently reminds me

That I am a child of the King

So, I look in the mirror

Then delve deep within myself

There I see the birth of a New ME!

A brand New ME.

Now I See Who I Am,

Now I can sing!

Now I can shout to the world!

Now I can stand tall

Yell it from the mountain tops!

Now I can walk proudly, with my head held high.

Now I know that I AM SOMEBODY!

The reflection in the mirror is ME!

I AM ME!

And "I Gotta be me"

I am an intelligent creation of the Almighty.

I am a PROUD African-American!

I am a PROUD Black WOMAN,

Who has found self-love.

The awesome power of Black Love

Opens like a cocoon and awakens my spirit.

It transforms me into

The real me, my true identity.

Source: Oceans of Love: To Us From Us by Dee Freeman

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Delores King-Freeman, (Dee to family), is a motivated and compelling poet, author, producer and host, who is using her love, skills and creativity to help readers enjoy words and rhythmic rhyme.  She left the south during the sixties to follow her dream, which proved extremely elusive.  Now, finally catching and living that dream, she happily immerses herself in her passion-writing.  Freeman has previously published well received books of poetry entitled

Oceans of Love: To Us From Us  and Poetry She Wrote I: Oh, Magnify Him.

Both have been placed in the school system and libraries around town.  She has had a number of poems appear in magazines, anthologies and new papers where some have been recognized with awards for their inspirational, even motivational message.  She was presented with a commendation for the City and City Council during Black History Month in 2005.  She continues to provide the Lansing State Journal with an article, book review or word of inspiration on a monthly basis.  She co-hosts “poetry slams” held at various locations throughout the Greater Lansing area. Freeman looks forward to expanding her Poetree-N-Motion TV program which shares information of community events, history tidbits, book reviews and has guests with current community issues.  It airs in Lansing on Comcast channel 16 -Thursday @ 3:30PM and East Lansing channel 30 WELM on Tuesday @ 7:00PM.  She is also a talented musical lyricist, hoping to have her work recorded in the near future.  

Presently, Freeman is in the completion stage of her first fiction novel-a project in conjunction with a movie producer.  This novelWild, Untamed Michigan: The Way It Wasis scheduled to hit the stores in early or mid 2006, with the second of the “Poetry, She Wrote” seriesfollowing close behind.

Freeman thoroughly enjoys writing and sharing her poetry through presentations at special annual luncheons, tributes honoring the leadership of community and churches, and other venues throughout the region.  She honestly feels her words will benefit all who read them-gently touching, softly soothing, delightfully awakening, enthusiastically illuminating and fervently healing.

As a grandparent of three grandsons, Freeman sees the need for help within the community.  She volunteers for readings and events throughout the Lansing School District.  She works on projects with the Michigan Million Women Movement that sprang out of the MWM (Million Women March) of 1997.  She’s a member of several supporting organizations, such as Delores Thornton’s Marguerite Press, Disilgold Soul and Publishing and Sisterhood of The Written Word. She also sings with a 35 voice group, who continues to keep the Negro Spirituals alive-The Earl Nelson Singers-directed by Verna Holley. 

An alumnus of Northwood University of Midland and former Financial Analyst for General Motors, Freeman continues to reside in Lansing, Michigan with her husband, Attorney Myron S. Freeman Sr.  She is proud of her three adult children, one of whom has attained stardom as an actress on Broadway.

Dee Freeman, Poet, Author, Speaker and Host! / 517 321-3122 / www.deepoette.com  /  deedkfreeman@yahoo.com 

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

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#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

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#13 - The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

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#17 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
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#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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