Mos Def- Umi says

My Umi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
My Abi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
(I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free)
My Abi said shine your light on the world
(Want black people to be free, to be free, to be free)
Shine your light for the world to see
(Want black people to be free, to be free, to be free)
My Umi said shine your light on the world
(Want black people to be free, to be free, to be free)
Shine your light for the world to see
(Want black people to be free, to be free)

Bigger

Understand the truth ’bout that question in your soul
Look up, don’t look down, then watch the answers unfold
Life is your birthright, they hid that in the fine print
Uh, take the pen and rewrite it
Step out your estimate
Step in your essence and know that you’re excellent
Rise (rise), the spirit is teachin’
Oh, I’m not just preachin’, I’m takin’ my own adviceLet mama let you know (let you know)
Mama’s just tryin’, I can’t get no days off
I don’t get no days off
Truly, I’m feelin’ it, I had to say that thing twice
Tryin’ to be a good wife
Still really hard, I can’t lie
But I promised you I will fight, so I fight
If you feelin’ frustrated and (oh)
You’re sinkin’, I’m jumpin’ in (oh)
Forgiveness is key because we’re fightin’ something way bigger
You’ll never lose, we are winners
I’ll be the roots, you be the tree
Pass on the fruit that was given to me
Legacy, ah, we’re part of something way biggerBigger, you’re part of something way bigger
Bigger than you, bigger than we
Bigger than the picture they framed us to see
Legacy, oh, you’re part of something way biggerLet love be the water
I pour into you and you pour into me
There ain’t no drought here
Bloom into our actual powers
I’ll be your sanctuary, you just don’t know it yet
You just don’t know it yet
No matter how hard it gets
You got my blood in ya
And you’re gonna riseYou’re part of something way bigger
You’re part of something way bigger
Bigger than you, bigger than me
Bigger than the picture they framed us to be, yeah
Ooh, ooh, you’re part of something way biggerUnderstand the truth ’bout that question in your soul (bigger)
Look up, don’t look down, then watch the answers unfold (bigger)
Life is your birthright, they hid that in the fine print
Take the pen and rewrite it
Step out your estimate
Step in your essence and know that you’re excellent
Rise, the spirit is teachin’
Oh, I’m not just preachin’, I’m takin’ my own adviceIf you feel insignificant, you better think again
Better wake up ’cause you’re part of something way bigger
You’re part of something way bigger
I’ll be the roots, you be the tree
Pass on the fruit that was given to me
Legacy, ah, we’re part of something way bigger

-Beyonce

Trust in God

Naw, that ain’t what I’m about
Cee-lo will just continue traveling his route without any doubt
Or fear, I know the Lord ain’t brought me this far so he could drop me off here
Did I make myself clear?

– Get up Get Out, OutKast ft Ceelo

“Dunia me yelema, bi ma de yelemana” The world didn’t change but the people changed.

Ali Farke Toure, Boubacar Troare

MC Solaar -Caroline

“Une pyramide de baisers, une tempête d’amitié
Une vague de caresse, un cyclone de douceur
Un océan de pensées, Caroline je t’ai offert un building de tendresse”

“A pyramide of kisses, a friendship storm A wave of caress, a hurricane of softness An ocean of thoughts, Caroline I offered you a building of tenderness”

Strength, Courage and Wisdom

“Inside my head there lives a dream that I want to see in the sun
Behind my eyes there lives a me that I’ve been hiding for much too long
Cause I’ve been, too afraid to let it show
Cause I’m scared of the judgment that may follow

Always putting off my living for tomorrow
It’s time to step out on faith, I’ve gotta show my faith
It’s been illusive for so long, but freedom is mine today
I’ve gotta step out on faith, It’s time to show my faith
Procrastination had me down but look what I have found, I found Strength, courage, and wisdom
And it’s been inside of me all along
Strength, courage, and wisdom
Inside of me

Behind my pride there lives a me, that knows humility
Inside my voice there is a soul, and in my soul there is a voice
But I’ve been, too afraid to make a choice
Cause I’m scared of the things that I might be missing

Running too fast to stop and listen
It’s time to step out on faith, I’ve gotta show my faith
It’s been illusive for so long but freedom is mine today
I’ve gotta step out on faith it’s time to show my faith
Procrastination had me down but look what I have found, I found

Strength, courage, and wisdom
And it’s been inside of me all along
Strength, courage, and wisdom
Inside of me

I close my eyes and I think of all the things that I want to see
‘Cause I know, now that I’ve opened up my heart I know that
Anything I want can be, so let it be, so let it be”

– India Arie

Prayer song

This morning when I woke up
I walked into a nightmare
And found myself arrested

Before I had my breakfast
I saw they murdered justice
And told me to accept it

Went out to see my neighbors
And saw some demonstrators, and violent liberators
The fire had been raging, where you and I were waiting
Entirely forsaken

Ahmed Nabi Muhammad, Ya Shafi’ul Qiyamah, Alay Salaam Alaika
Ahmed Nabi Muhammad, Ya Shafi’ul Qiyamah, Alay Salaam Alaika

-Prayer Song , Mos Def ft K’naan