Bygbaby.com MindspillTonight I was watching “Madea’s Family Reunion” & I absolutely loved it. We got the DVD a little over a month ago & I am just getting around to watching.

There were so many stories going on that were just intense like the abusive relationship, bas assed teenage child, childhood abuse skeletons, a fucked up mother & finding love again to name most.

Anyway, my point in this post is to point out a soul stirring speech given by
Cicely Tyson when she broke everyone down at the family reunion and a beautiful poem performed by Maya Angelou named “In and Out of Time”.

Cicely Tyson – Breakin’ Down the Family
Family reunions are about uniting the family… bringing together the young and the old. singing and dancing and thanking God, giving Him the glory. Thanking Him for getting us over. As we marched up the road this afternoon what we saw were young men gambling, fighting, cussing. Women with no clothes on gyrating all over on this land.

Do you see this shack? The man and woman who were born here gave birth to this generation. They were slaves. They worked this ground. But they bought it from the widow of the slave owner. And that’s the kind of blood we have running through our veins. That’s the stock we are made of. What happened to us? What happened to us?! I mean, who are you? Do you know who you are? What happened to the pride and the dignity and the love and respect that we had for one another???
Where did it go? And how, How do we get it back?

Young black men take your place. We need you! Your sons and daughters need you. Did you understand what I just said? You were sold off and had no choice, yes, but now it’s time to stay. TAKE YOUR PLACE. Now! Starting now! Starting now!

Young black women, you are more than your thighs and your hips. You are beautiful, strong, powerful. I want more from you. Take your place. I want every single one of you, young man, young woman, turn to the next person standing alongside of you, grab them and hug’em and tell’em that you love’em. Tell them “If you need anything, come to me.” “If you need someone to talk to come to me.” “I’ll give you the shoulder, the hug. I’ll feed you. I’ll clothe you if you need it.”
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Back to me: This is deep & I was like damn, more if my peeples need to hear and live this. HEELER!
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Maya Angelou – In and Out of Time
The sun has come
The mist has gone
We see in the distance…
our long way home
I was always yours to have
You were always mine
We have loved each other in and out of time
When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I had always loved you more
You freed your braids…
gave your hair to the breeze
It hummed like a hive of honey bees
I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….
Mmmm…God how I love your hair
You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance
Lost, injured, hurt by chance
I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….
Trying to change our nightmares to dreams…
The sun has come
The mist has gone
We see in the distance our long way home
I was always yours to have
You were always mine
We have loved each other in and out
in and out
in and out
of time
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Back to me: My favorite staza is “You freed your braids… gave your hair to the breeze It hummed like a hive of honey bees I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….
Mmmm…God how I love your hair”

OK, I am out, I’m bouts to watch “Madea Goes to Jail” with Suite Suzy.
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