YBK in New York City

The Young Black Kings recently returned from a historic trip and tour in NYC.  They presented at two conferences, took in sites and tours in New York and appeared on Sway in the Morning with Marlon Wayans and Terrance J.  This incredible experience was sponsored by the Oakland African American Male Achievement Initiative, and they traveled as representatives to present at the 10th Annual National Conference of Schools Educating Boys of Color.  

On arrival to New York, YBK traveled immediately to Sway in the Morning and presented YGB, AAMA, Youth Speaks and their role in NYC.  They also performed several pieces and ripped bars live on air. Their performance was extremely impactful for them and for those they represent. Parents were super excited, other kids in and out of the program were buzzing, and during that time we raised over $15K toward our forthcoming trip to Ghana. Overall it was a great experience.

At COSEBOC YBK opened the conference with a dynamic performance spanning over 50 years of Black History, and featuring pieces by Dudley Randall, Margaret Walker, Tupac Shakur and Artistic Director Hodari Davis.  Their performance received a standing ovation and was a welcome addition to the amazing presentations and workshops that were part of the COSEBOC conference.  

This is the Credo of YGB

YGB the POEM

Hodari B. Davis

 

These are songs

Written for Black Children to sing

Elegies to a forgotten past

These are poems

Written in honor of those warriors, freedom fighters, artists, ancestors

Who did things to put in the minds, mouths, and hearts and souls of our people

These words are mantras

For late night meditation

Written to be dreamed and memorized

Recited and performed

These are lessons

Meant to be taught in real time

The making of heroes requires repetition

The making of sheroes requires consistency, requires reciprocity, culture

To save ourselves,

We must save you

You must save us

We must save them

Requires awareness, acceptance, actual application of what we know is right

Out of the mouths of babies

You’ve got to do better

We must expect better of our selves

We cannot become the wretched of the earth

The forgotten victims of our own undereducation

Willing slaves feeding a system bent on our annihilation

These songs were written for us

So we survive another generation

We cannot afford to not know the words.