If they only knew 

 

Just don’t shoot his bronze tinted feet officer

For that would be blasphemous

And leave the blood streaming from his crown

For that is your appetite

Dripping drop by drop on hot pavement

Quenching the thirst of dead kings rebranded

He struggles but a moment

Reluctantly giving up the ghost

Whilst the bystanders scramble to earn their likes

Woe unto them …

If only they knew that he hid himself amongst the despised

 

Not for sale (by Y. Shabazz)

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Started off as a king
Found in future times
Shocked
Being dragged behind
What momma nem hands wrought
Defined
By who papa nem soul fought
And now there’s love
conditional love
or so they say
If the black that papa held
dear
dies
a conditional death
you must kill the black
the black must die they say
just like papa died
then and only then
will doors be open
even if slightly
and you will inhale
and feel redeemed
momentarily
then they
then we
will make mockery of your foolish sacrifice
your gesture
your hope
and your attempt to kill
what mama and papa nem found
in past times
a beauty in the darkness
of flesh
of soul
of spirit
of Black
mama and papa strong though
they held what you sell
all while
being dragged behind
they kept the Black
they kept the soul
and the spirit
pride intact
soul enriched
and defined
beautiful they were
dying with honor
never taking a coin
or a nod
in exchange for their honor
beautiful
NOT FOR SALE

Calm (By Y. Shabazz)

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Original Photo by Y. Shabazz

The sands beneath my feet,

the sun upon my face.

The clouds above my crown,

drifting out into space.

 

The winds against my breath,

cool off with water spray.

The never ending horizon,

inhale…another day.

 

The sun is gone adrift,

the moon will take its spot.

I learn to live the now,

and love the day I’ve got.

Still Wearing The Mask (Excerpt) By Y. Shabazz

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We grin when we hear our spirit manufactured for pleasures sake
We even find ourselves moving shamelessly according to these false vibrations seeking something familiar, something…..true
Yet you still look upon us an uncouth while we shimmer, pop, lock, and dance to shake away the pain
we sing to empty our  lungs so that the coughs born of smoldering legacies feel somehow justified
still
      while
               wearing
                                 THE MASK
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In honor of  Mother Maya Angelou and Paul Lawrence Dunbar

It was all a dream…

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It was all a dream

–Big

Quote from the legendary Biggie Smalls

A moment in hip hop history captured in a brief quote by one of Brooklyn’s greatest MC’s

9.6″ wide
5.3″ Tall
1″ Thick

Carved into beautiful Black Cherry wood with a complete finish (front and back).Cherry is rated one of the favorites because of its beauty and versatility… it has warmth, personality, and charm.

 

Adrinka Dreams (War Horn) Wall Hanging

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This is a beautiful unique custom piece of art that you cannot find anywhere else. Both bold and serene it adds a beautiful and elegant statement to any space and its perfect for your home, office, or living space.

MADE FROM RECLAIMED BLACK WALNUT

Black walnut is a great wood to work with, so much so that it is hard to know which characteristic to like more — its beauty or its workability. I tend to treat it (Black Walnut) more like a rare exotic lumber — saving it for accent pieces or small components in a bigger piece however this piece is one solid block of Black Walnut. I like to finish black walnut with a clear finish, and I think it looks especially good with a rubbed oil finish as opposed to chemical treatments.

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[AKOBEN]
“WAR HORN”
Symbol of vigilance and wariness

Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

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[AKOBEN]
“WAR HORN”
Symbol of vigilance and wariness

Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

 

Muhammad (Arabic Calligraphy on Black Walnut)

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Muhammad Wall Hanging beautifully crafted into a large piece of reclaimed Black Walnut.

14.1″ Tall
12.7″ Width

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Muhammad Rasul Allah (Messenger of Allah) in reclaimed Black Walnut

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Arabic calligraphy is one of the most beautiful form of art. Kūfic script in calligraphy, earliest extant Islamic style of handwritten alphabet. This beautiful piece makes a for great wall art but is small enough to function as a unique desk topper.

3.5″ Tall
7.7″ Width
1″ Thick
(SMALL)

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