I am thankful for you.
You have compassionately listened to my suffering. You have set me free from pain. You have transformed me in love and helped me to develop the courage to try to transform the world in love. You have given me a community of souls to travel with, cry with, and eat with. You have helped me become myself., understand the world, and make decisions. You have helped me create and find language to honor my thoughts and emotions. I am grateful.
It is because I care so deeply that I am concerned, I have seen you be mistreated by media and materialism. I am afraid you are becoming like Hip Hop, another love of mine, corrupted by the suffering of lovelessness and the allure of money, power, image, and status. I see hope for you in thinkers like Bell Hooks. I see hope in community, matriarchy, and sisterhood. I see your demise in business ventures, corporate contract,s, and marketing.
I write to warn you.
Rember that we must battle as we build. We must deconstruct as we reimagine. Sometimes we deconstruct so much that it leaves a rotting emptiness in our souls that we try to fill with the world. We must remember to always see this emptiness as a canvas; to create instead what makes us fill human- free from anger despair, or other poison. We must stay soft, stay people of service, stay sisterly, and keep laughing.
WomYn Of God
P.S. Curious about what happened to Hip Hop? Click Here and Listen.
“I used to love H.E.R” by Common
Common tells a metaphorical story that tells the history of Hip Hop. The woman Common loves is from New York’s ghettos. She is lead by men in the community who teach her about love, about using one’s voice for expession and activism. But soon, She becomes widely popular and shifts her values from love, expression, and activism to image, power, money, materialism, and consumerism. The change in the woman represents the shift from the origins of Hip Hop as communal to Hip-Hop and a national and now global phenomenon. Common talks about how these shifts have changed his relationship to his art as a Hip-Hop artist himself. He speaks of reclaiming Hip Hop for its original Afrocentric values, reuniting with the original woman in the story.