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Sha Rene' performs"A Black Woman's Song"@Clef Club July18.08

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Published on Jul 29, 2008

"A Black Woman's Song"
A dose of Reality from Sha Rene's poetry book "Words Can Explain"
Article by Elaine Stevenson
July 25, 2008 Sometimes you come across and artist who captures things you are feeling but afraid to say. Her poem, "A Black Woman's Song" found its way into her book, "Words Can Explain" at the last minute. Sha describes all that we are as Black Women and how we do everything. To hear everything all at once takes your breath away as the list is so long. Not only is it long, her poem puts you in the place of performing all of these tasks simultaneously. Imagine as Sha speaks, "I am the man and the woman, the king and the queen; I am the sun and the moon, in the same scene. Sha Rene' has this to say, "I always wondered why you see a landscape painting and its either morning or night or dusk or dawn and you never see both in the same painting when I know there is this moment one is risen and one is fallen and both are bright. I feel that is what we are, the sun and the moon." Sha Rene's poetry is made for stage and as we listen to the roles that black women play it is a painting in words to hear, "I am the book and the bookmaker, the idea and the dream, I am the Chef and the Secretary, I am the Mop and the Pail and sometimes I go and get my nails done. Getting our nails done is the one luxury we have after a hard days and nights work. It is the one thing that can make us feel feminine again as the media continues to portray the Black woman in as Sha Rene' says in her poem a "vile light." Count the times you see a Black women on TV in 2008 look like Angela Davis. No offense she is beautiful but not all we are. Media wants to strip us of our womanhood and when we are shown as feminine it's a role in prostitution so to speak. So where is the Million Black Women's March? It is time. Black Women are dying young because we can't do it all!

This week was an important week in Cable Television. CNN aired, "Black in America." The reporter Soledad O'Brien noted the stats. The stats were unbelievable as everyone I told the stats to refused to believe the numbers. I said to Black friends, Black women out-number Black men 70-1 and they refused to believe it. 90% African Americans in DC with HIV, my friends said, "No Way!" "The numbers must be wrong!" So as the Black family becomes extinct, Sha Rene' in her spoken words means for people not only to be inspired but aware, enlightened, amazed. Sha recites, "I am the one who comes from "The Largest Land, from where makeup comes and kohl and diamonds in the mine" Sha says, "Be proud Black Women and stay sweet along the way. Society makes it hard to do so. And to the strong black brothers holding it down I Thank you!

You can buy Sha Rene's book, "Words Can Explain" at Barnes & Noble and hundreds of retailers as well as around the world on line.

Visit her at http://MySpace.com/Sha_Rene

Sha Rene' Thanks the strong Black Men who own and run The Philadelphia Clef Club!"They are a positive role model. Keep the spoken words and neo soul alive!"

A Special Thanks to Charles Gindraw and my lovely new friend Arden for making this nite possible!

Check out pics from the show at NightlifeLink.com at http://www.nightlifelink.com/eventpho...

Sha Rene's performance was on July 18, 2008

Videography by: Marcellus Cason

Summer's Day Publishing - Copyright 2008

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