Ebony’s Flaws: Spoken-word Performance
See black is beautiful, I'd never change my color for another But sometimes I feel like I can’t trust the others or my brothers so it’s hard for me to stand here screaming black lives matter When genocide became a cycle since that crack pipe shattered And it’s so hard to show the world the proof of black girl magic When love n hip hop made the world think all the black girls ratchet Mumbles flooded the culture with pharmaceutical drugs And bottle service at clubs And giving praise to the plug We’re influenced by these actors who lie and pretend As if those gangsters in the movies never died in the end This drug culture celebrates the one who turns to the scale As if we don’t have family out here burning in hell Each time they burn and inhale Handing that money the dealer that he earns from the sell Just to exchange that for the jumpsuit that he earns in a cell And he face the moment where he run out of time for repentance. And the jury tells the judge just how they find the defendant And he spends the time of his sentence being treated like a pet dog Subjected to those mess halls, fences and collect calls And by the time he wisens up and get tired of prison Can’t get a decent job because of your prior convictions It’s the the cycle in this war of black against black Where men cornered by those corners and get trap by the trap Remember brother malcom tried to warn us right before he past right And Plymouth Rock landed and we smoked it through a glass pipe This slave mentality keeps us in chains with padded locks While cops pull automatic weapons out at traffic stops And as they continue killing these sisters and brothers of ours We throw up signs and shed blood over the colors of scarves All these mothers are scarred, all these fathers are absent All the homies are dead we speak about them in past tense Shyt if I got shot today and my soul left for departure 9 out of 10 my killers probably my complexion or darker You see the way we treat each other it’s kill each other like melanin is completely irrelevant This black lives matter movement strikes me as a phase .. Cuz how these rappers tour the world then lose their life where they were raised You realize what this industry had come to..in hip hop We glamorize what leads us to those jump suits and flip flops He idolized the hustler and since that was the case Now all these junkies mumble rap with senseless tats on their face And then they step on stage they jump around and lie in your face With puppet strings around their necks to keep their diamonds in place See the agenda’s attached to every word in their bars And ig models who get Tats to hide the surgery scars Teaching our women that they need injunctions for their imperfections Or Climb the stripper pole until they reach the center fold It’s like The one who’s made of plastic is the baddest And and everything is fake, from their lashes to their asses How can our ppl focus on the topic of the enemy If we haven’t dealt with toxic masculinity We don’t deal with the pain, why don’t handle our self hatred Brothers posting bail, and sisters posting themselves naked See the truth is..we committed crimes that keep us in this mental prison Shyt.. we sold drugs to our ghettos and we pimped our women Like it’s ok to treat each other like we’re savages but if someone else does it well boycott the whole establishment Y’all seen Colin Kapernick And that wall that they had his back against Due to the peaceful protest demonstrated as an activist We act like we’re just waiting for a change to happen some day But everybody still watching the football games on Sunday I guess The Super Bowl is way to hard to resist But will complain when cops kill us and get their charges dismissed So Tell me what was worse, was it brothers selling the crack rock Or the racial injustice that was ignored by black cops Yea not all cops are bad that goes without question but I’ve never heard a cop tell his partner to lower his weapon Tell me Are you willing to bring to light what they keep in the darkness Would you stand up for what was right against the whole department Do you have the heart to take what you’ve learned to prepare To make a statement on record with internal affairs If not then don’t tell me that law enforcements in our favor If that’s the case arrest the cops that killed Brionna Taylor Arrest your partners who are killing our loved ones Who Empty the clip when all he had to use was a stun gun ...see Make no mistake ppl oppression is real “Feared for my life” is the excuse for an intentional kill But I’m also aware the media will trigger emotions With the intent to spread the hate causing a bigger commotion The wall of ignorance divides the public and they love it The perfect way for them to turn the public into puppets..understand This country runs off its bigotry and intolerance And yes blk ppl we have played a part in this But for the sake of argument Let’s say this big change did occur Tell me blk ppl do we go back to the way we were? Would we support treat each other like we’re human beings or Would we still kill each other and blame it on the Europeans And I know that black on black crime is not an excuse But at some point they taught how to tie the knot on the noose And we started hanging each other Gotta change for your brother Gotta change for your sister Listen you could march till your feet have started to blister But if we don’t play out part and take heed to the bigger picture And start addressing the toxic behavior that’s in the cavalry In all reality where just marching to burn the calories So understand this isn’t checkers it’s chess We keep waiting on them to change things we’ll never progress And in the minds of black ppl we ain’t made it in life Unless we wake up in a suburb where our neighbors are white So how can we come in to terms with unity When we’re afraid to raise our children in our own communities So if the topic at hand is about our pigment We should start with these Flawz and maybe then things would be different
About Corey Riotz
Corey Riotz is a spoken word artist who likes to use a mixture of vulnerability with raw content to create an overall message to those who are able to receive it.