In the spirit of kujichagulia (self-determination), I offer you Gil Scott Heron's remake of the Marvin Gaye classic- Inner City Blues. Makes you wanna "holla" and throw up both of your hands. See, most don't understand the role of the blues to take us through despair. Gil helps the uninitiated, guiding us like the blues so that we throw up both our hands - not in despair, in Black liberation and Afrikan sovereignty.
Listen to the end. He'll take you back to the block and back to New Orleans, back the future!
Kujichagulia is not something that will be given by those who profit financially and psychically from your misery. Self-determination is not something that you beg for. It's not a concept as much as it is a verb - both an action and a state of being!If you're going to determine the education of your children, you don't beg others for permission to shape their course or method of study. You do it.
Of course, there is a price to pay, for over the years since New Orleans and before, we have accumulated lots of equity in our escapism.
Hear the sounds of trinkets falling to the ground - the rattling of our shiny chains dropping with each step of kujichagulia!