In this video the narrorator is saying thing that she wish she can tell her mom. The narrotor speaks about how her mother says negative things to her instead of things that could not lower her self esteeme. The mother calls her s "slut" because of the clothes she wears
Nona Faustine is a visual artist and an American photographer. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was familiarized with photographing all her life, her uncle and father used to take photos of the family a lot. Her first present was a camera. Nona didn't really think about photographing as a future profession, Not until her parents gave her her very first series of Time-Life books. Artist such as Diane Arbus, Ernest Hass, and Richard Avedon inspired Nona. But, the one who inspired her the most was Ernest Hass. Times she didn't really agree with his work, she says that she struggled to find her self in the Time-Life books because there were only all white males. Faustine attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City and received her BFA degree.Then, she attended The International Center for Photography Program at Bard College and earned her MFA degree in 2013. In the Photographs, you will she photographer/Visual artist Nona Faustine posing and exposing her self while she stands on the grounds where slaves had been sold at. For example, in one photo she was posing on a wooden box in front of New York City Hall. In another photo, it shows her standing in the of the street naked standing on a wooden box in high heels between water and pearls streets which used to be a slave market in the 1800s .
In this music video singer/songwriter, Nina Simone describes her women ancestors. In the song, she describes their skin color, Hair texture and gives a brief history of them. For example in the first verse, she says "My skin is black, My arms are long, My hair is woolly, My back is strong, Strong enough to take the pain, Inflicted again and again, What do they call me, My name is Aunt Sarah, My name is Aunt Sarah." Nina Simone is describing her Great Aunt Sarah. It looks like Aunt Sarah was a slave because it says " My back is strong, Strong enough to take the pain, Inflicted again and again." This means that no matter what she is going through she stayed positive, strong and never fell to pieces. In the second verse, she is describing Aunt Sarah's child (Saffronia). The skin color changed and the hair texture, its straight now. Also in the song, it says," Between two worlds, I do belong" Nina is saying that Saffronia is both black and white. Also in the song, it says " But my father was rich and white, He forced my mother late one night" This is saying that Saffronia's mom was a slave and the white man who is her father raped her that is why her skin color and hair texture is different. So, Basically, Nina Simone is just breaking down her lineage by describing her women ancestors and that is why this song connects to the theme Mother and Ancestors.
The definition of lineage is lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree. The poem Lineage by Margaret Walker connects to the theme Mother and ancestors because she goes back to the time when her ancestors were slaves. In the poem, Margaret says " My grandmothers were strong" this means that no matter what happened during slavery they never fell apart they stood tall and did whatever they had to do. In the poem, the author also says " They have many clean words to say". This means that the author that her ancestors never had anything bad to say about what happened to them during slavery. At the end of the poem, the author says " why am I not as they?". The author is probably asking her self why can't she be like her ancestors who were so brave during the toughest times. The author also says " They followed plows and bent to toil"The author is saying that her ancestors always worked hard. The author also says " They were full of sturdiness and singing" This means they stayed positive instead of crying and breaking down they sung.