“Colors”: Spoken Word Performance
I’m grateful every morning I don’t wake up a #hashtag A trending Topic of tragedy A black and brown body Outlined in white, red blood watering concrete Because of shades of blue White lies defining how Black Lives Matter My God There’s a war on colors Ever since we been coloring in coloring books They been booking colors in books of obituaries You should be worried (no text needed) Cause even those that survive Lose years of their life In beige and gray boxes With no windows When they come out You can barely see the souls through their windows They look lost And I’ve lost myself in tears Found myself here Crying ‘Cause I haven’t yet Grieved over Trayvon He look so much like me When I saw him I thought I died Became a #hashtag In the morning A trending Topic of tragedy A black and brown body Outlined in white, red blood watering concrete Because of shades of blue White lies defining how BlackLivesMatter My God Let’s raise Sons (suns) like morning Too many Sons we’re mourning Too many raisins in the sun Too many raisins in the sun Let’s raise Sons (suns) like morning Too many Sons we’re mourning Too many Son’s we’re mourning Let’s raise Sons like morning Too many Son’s we’re mourning My God Please don’t let me be a #hashtag in the morning
LindoYes is a Def Jam poet, spoken word artist, actor, and emcee born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. His work takes the beat of the city streets and transforms it from a sunrise to a starry throne. Paying homage to the wordsmiths that surround and inspire him daily, he embodies their character and champions their unique stories to audiences of all varieties. Seeking to create larger conversations with his art, LindoYes addresses the constructs of love, gender identity, and social injustice. LindoYes talents have allowed him to travel across the east coast featuring at various colleges such as Bucknell University, Haverford College, Ursinus College, Drexel University, Lincoln University, Community College of Philadelphia and Cheney University of Pennsylvania to name a few. He has also been a featured performer at venues such as BusBoys and Poets and SpitDat in DC and Virginia, The Drunken Retort in Michigan, and Urban Grind, Apache Cafe and Do You Lyrics Lounge in Atlanta. When LindoYes is not performing he operates on the organizational team for local Philadelphia open mic; Breedlove and the Freedom Party. He also works as a teaching artist helping youth express themselves through the mediums of creative writing, visual art and performing art linked to activism. They have taught at the following organizations ArtWell, EducationWorks, and Congreso. He has also done advocacy work with SoulsShot, Refuse Fascism Philly, Sunrise Movement Philly, and Moms Demand Action PA. LINDOYES! Create images with words, taking audiences beyond their immediate experiences, he makes the world his canvas.