Images of Strength

I am missing yoga again this morning. My healer admonished me against forcing myself even for things I enjoy and that are good for me. I am so busy that even things I enjoy are turning into burdens. [... sigh ...] So I am taking an open morning as a mental health break.

Later I have an appointment that will get me out of the house, but for right now I am focusing on breathing and hanging out with my cats. ... well ... at least that was my plan.

But you know how it goes … and all at once I was creating a rap in honor of Michelle Obama. I was so unsatisfied with the one from Lady Tigra that I suddenly found myself in full rap mode. It was coming so fast, I had to stop singing to quickly write it down. I still lost some of the lines … oh well. It was fun … and distinctly different from the work-a-day world of the last few months.

I get why so many of us black women are especially excited about Michelle Obama. I even joked that I haven’t been this excited about a potential First Lady since Teresa Heinz Kerry basically told the press to kiss her ass.

And while I still believe that both Barack and Hillary would make fine Presidents, I am oh so looking forward to an image of Michelle wearing her inaugural gown in the First Ladies Collection of the Smithsonian. And to think that I had always viewed such memorabilia as being just plain silly.

Back in the late seventies and early eighties, while recovering from my ordeal, I collected images of strong women on a bulletin board. When I reentered “the life” back in 1986, I did not need that collection as much as I had regained my own strength and was ready to rejoin the battle. But today, for the first time in a long while, I think I know what image I would add to that display.

First Black First Lady
First Black First Lady
First Black First Lady
First Black

She is built for style, speed and range
A power combo of both beauty and brains!

We haven’t seen this level of smarts and skill
Since Jackie O and then Anita Hill!

With their heads together, sifting through the clues,
She says, if it can’t be me then its gonna be you!

Don’t worry yourself about all that flack,
Just remember, Michelle, we’ve got your back!

First Black First Lady
First Black First Lady
First Black First Lady
First Black

Michelle O~ba~ma is the one
Michelle O~ba~ma is the one
Michelle O~ba~ma is the one
Michelle O~ba~ma is the one

First Black First Lady
First Black First Lady
First Black First Lady
First Black

It even has a totally different beat and meter from Lady Tigra's. Who knows, if I get time, maybe I will record it and post it here. Michelle O

Peace Out!
Lady K

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Tigra (not verified) | Fri, 10/03/2008 - 6:13pm

Your song reminds me a lot of the audio recordings Zora Neale Hurston (another of our black first ladies) made as she traveled the south collecting bits of our history, told to her through story and song. Although you were left unsatisfied by "First Black First Lady", part of it's intention was to celebrate this woman who makes so many of us proud and excited again, as well as inspire thought and discourse. The added reward is that it inspired you to write your own celebratory "First black First Lady" song and I hope it continues to do so with many other people, long after her inaugural dress is in the Smithsonian. Thank you for sharing your song with us. I hope your kitties are well and you make that yoga class!
Love and light,
T

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katrina | Sun, 10/05/2008 - 5:52pm

I do not know this for sure, but I imagine that bringing such a positive vibe toward someone who makes a less than positive statement about your music is not something you find a lot of in the music biz.

Thank you, Lady Tigra, for showing up and for being real. I respect that a lot.

And yeah, Zora Neale Hurston is one of our greats.

The older I get, the more I realize how much we older women owe to our younger sisters in terms of support, encouragement and patience. But this time, you gave it to me.

You, my dear, are a class act.

blessings,
Katrina

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Reya (not verified) | Fri, 10/03/2008 - 8:22pm

I dreamed last night that I had been assigned to do a massage for Michelle Obama. In the dream I was nervous. In real life I would LOVE that opportunity. Oh well.

Enjoy your busyness!! love,

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