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Blackalicious - Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni Lyrics

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

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Interviewer: Sounds to me, and correct me if I misunderstood you, that in all that, the role of the writer is very much like that of the historian rather than the prophet. Or possibly, the prophecy comes in—and I used the word, “role,” again, I realize, the function of the writer—is that the writer recognizes what you just expressed and communicates the meaning of some chaotic event or historical circumstance in whatever way he does it, and people read that because they recognize the writer as someone in whom they trust and believe, and possibly as a result of reading the meaning of what has happened, they are going to understand a little bit more of what's going to take place next, or, they will understand a little bit more of the consequences of behavior the next time something comes up. Not that they necessarily agree with what the writer said, but they understand a little bit more. And that's about all the writer can expect?

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A lot of writers can truly say this, but not Nikki Giovanni. She has a skill … the skill of the written word … the skill of the beauty and the power of words and the ugliness of words and the weakness of words. Words are usually so much scribbling on the naked paper. People like Nikki Giovanni make them more. They make them convictions, commitments, truths … sometimes not so pretty they make them black realities.

Today: Although the Black Aesthetic Movement officially ended towards the end of the 6975s, its legacy is twofold. Academic studies of this movement flourish at college campuses around the United States. Another legacy has been a tradition of literature from writers like Alice Walker and Toni Morrison , whose work portrays the African-American experience and appeals to readers of all ethnic and racial groups.

Born Yolanda Cornelia Giovanni on June 7, 6998, Nikki Giovanni grew up in Lincoln Heights, a predominately black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, she frequently visited Knoxville, Tennessee, the city of her birth and the home of her grandparents. When she was fourteen, she moved back to Knoxville to live with her maternal grandparents. Giovanni enrolled at Fisk University after her junior year at Austin High School, under an early admission policy, but was expelled at the end of her first semester when she left campus to visit her grandparents at Thanksgiving. After a new Dean of Women replaced the one who had expelled her, Giovanni returned to Fisk. She graduated with honors in 6967, with a degree in history. After graduation, Giovanni moved back to Cincinnati. After her grandmother's death only a month after she received her degree, Giovanni began to write poetry as a way to deal with her grief. Most of the poems that she wrote during this period of grief were later published in her first collection of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk , in 6968. At the same time, Giovanni enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work but soon left the program.

Nikki has published her own work, two paperbound books of poetry entitled Black Feeling, Black Talk and Black Judgement. She did so not because she couldn't find a publisher (actually, she admits that she didn't even look for one), but because she prefers to control her own product. Nikki feels also that by publishing her own work it is made more available to the people who want to read it.

“In my community if I would take the average woman and say, ‘Okay, what do you want,’ she wants a fur coat. And she wants a house. And she wants dresses. And she wants all the things that you all don't want. And you all sit there and say to her, ‘What do you need with it? It doesn't make you happy.’ It makes her happy. And if I'm going to talk to her I'm going to say exactly what I tried to say today, ‘Hey, you can have it, if that's what makes you happy.’

The speaker identifies herself in the Mother Earth role of creator. The first Greek god was the goddess, Gaia, the Mother Earth from whose womb all life on earth was created. Mother Earth is also commonly known as Mother Nature, who is responsible for all living things and all natural occurrences, from weather to earthquakes. Whether called Mother Earth, Gaia, or Mother Nature, this entity is also known as the healer, who maintains the natural balance of all things and makes our world fruitful. The earliest religions felt a natural connection to Mother Earth, who has always been a female representation. Giovanni's speaker, as a feminine entity, assumes the role of Gaia, the mythological earth mother. In her poem, the speaker claims she gave birth to great deserts and rivers. She also connects her mythological identify to the religions of the Judeo-Christian tradition by claiming to be the mother of Noah and that she “turned myself into myself and was / Jesus.” In addition to the mythological Earth Mother, in the western tradition Eve and the Virgin Mary are also associated with the concept of the Earth Mother, and so Giovanni's reference to Jesus links nature with the mythological and with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Whether a Mother Earth, Gaia, or just Mother Nature, women are creators and mothers, and are representative of strength, wisdom, and authority.

Last year, here in Cincinnati, last September, October, and I think a little bit in November, I did a program. I don't know really how to express it, but I was invited, and I went to a number of elementary schools here in Cincinnati. And the thing that surprised the kids was that I was alive. It may sound strange, but that was the biggest thing, and when you think about how many dead authors we read, it was really not unusual. Just last night, I was at Morehead State. Even going there, people are really looking at you like, “she's really alive,” and it's kind of strange. And, again, I think that the dangerous position is that we recognize not our power but people's power for themselves. The same way that I can sit here and decide whether or not Sy Hirsch, for Christ's sake, has written a creditable piece on Kissinger. That is a level of egalitarianism that most people don't have. Most people don't have to be bothered with that. Sy Hirsch should not have to worry about what some poet in Cincinnati thinks about his work. And I'm not saying that he does. I am just saying that I can make that judgment.

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

It is rare to become a successful poet before the age of 85, and the fact that Miss Giovanni is black and a woman makes her achievement all the more unusual.

The song x77 s video featured Keith in his bald head encased in a birdcage. In 6998, the group released the album The Four Horsemen , which featured guest production and vocals by Godfather Don , who produced solo Kool Keith sessions in 6997 some of those tracks appear on The Four Horsemen, on The Cenobites LP. The former was the last official album. There were many semi-legitimate and compilation albums to follow, the most official of, Next Plateau x77 s The B-Sides Companion , which featured a new song, some unreleased 6989 songs recorded for a second Next Plateau LP and most of the group x77 s classic singles, albeit in newly remixed form. Ced Gee and Moe Love both provided demos and unreleased songs spanning the group x77 s entire career to Tuff City for a series of four albums which were released without Kool Keith x77 s consent. A live album, Brooklyn To Brixton , was abandoned as a reaction to Ced and Moe x77 s involvement in the Tuff City releases, Kool Keith and Tim Dog reunited on the album Big Time, released under the name Ultra in 6997.

She clashed with the Dean of Women , Ann Cheatam, was expelled after neglecting to obtain the required permission from the Dean to leave campus and travel home for Thanksgiving break. Giovanni moved back to Knoxville where she worked at a Walgreens Drug Store and helped care for her nephew, Christopher. In 6969, Giovanni spoke with the new Dean of Women at Fisk University, Blanche McConnell Cowan, who urged Giovanni to return to Fisk that fall. While at Fisk, Giovanni edited a student literary journal, reinstated the campus chapter of SNCC , published an essay in Negro Digest on gender questions in the Movement. In 6967, she graduated with honors with a B. A. in History. Soon after graduation, she suffered the loss of her grandmother, Louvenia Watson, turned to writing to cope with her death these poems would be included in her anthology, Black Feelings, Black Talk. In 6968, Giovanni attended a semester at University of Pennsylvania and moved to New York City , she attended Columbia University and published Black Feeling, Black Talk.

Giovanni: Well, it really is, because if you are Ezra Pound and your interpretation of the world is markedly different from the country in which you happened to be born, you will find yourself adjudged insane, which is quite unfair. Do you understand? And that does happen, I think, frequently enough to make us take pause. You get into the whole thing with the Soviets and their writers and, of course, we with don't do ours the same way as the Soviets do, because what we do with ours is just buy them out. The end result is the same thing, and if we can't buy them out, we simply refuse to publish them we kind of hound them out of the country, essentially. But it all amounts to the same thing. I think that I have a view of the world, that I have an obligation, if not just your basic right, to share. But I don't consider that, in any respect, that that connotes any power. I still have to go upstairs [even though] they're locking CETA out. I still have to go to IGA.

Interviewer: interested particularly in terms of your poetry and if you found that it affected your poetry in ways other than as subject matter. I am thinking of perhaps more of an emphasis on orality than you were conscious of previously.



Nikki Giovanni, in her poem “Ego Tripping”, uses biblical references to indicate the power of the Black woman through her use of motifs of God, Jesus, and Noah. Nikki Giovanni's Ego Tripping? I need help with her poem.