In this book by Maya Angelo, we learn more about how mothers act with their children and the cause and effect of their actions. In the book 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' we learn that Maya's mother sent her away several times but we never learn the real reason why. Maya allows us to learn more about mothers are matter what happens. She tells us about her life and about when she meets her mother, "I knew immediately why she had sent me away. she was too beautiful to have children. I had never seen women so pretty as she who was called 'mother.'" ( Angelou, 1969). This shows how we get to see her side of the story about how her mother was heartless, but to Maya's eyes, Vivian was still her mother. This can be further evidence that mother is still mothers, even if they are cruel. Maya feels her mother's love in a form that the audience will agree is how a mother treats her kids. Vivian Baxter's reason for being 'nice' to Maya, was nothing more than her way of making up the other times that she was not there when her kids were sick. We also know that Maya doesn't let others in easily; and we know this because of how she responded after being raped and told, "Remeber don't you tell a soul.' ... 'No, sir Mr. Freeman, I won't tell" ( Angelou, 1969). In other words, she is a very obedient child, because she did not refuse even for a second after being told not to speak to anyone about it. Although this may be a good thing when you have a mother like Maya's she never had the chance to learn how to open up to other which is a mother's job. Nevertheless, Maya teaches us that a woman is beautiful in more way other physical.
history is made everyday by everyone some just stand out more than others. the Black panther made history in different way but most of all the allowed other to want to fight for their rights too, and learn their rights so that they couldn’t be accused of anything without proper warrants. Many panthers had learned their rights because police seemed to have it out for the panthers and would do nothing but try to take them out, “Bobby seal asked to have his.. to postpone the trial until he got his lawyer, charles Gary to come to Chicago the judge refused, then bobby said then I’ll reprecent myself...accusing the judge of denying his constitutional right of defending himself” (Nelson,2015). Because they knew their rights it made it harder for a jury to charge them as guilty and it made it easier for them when it came to people being arrested with inside the party. There was many arrest through the history of black panthers most of which were unjust and completely uncalled for; there also includes tradegy as does any event that cause a large impact in history. this on let a lot of people down because when they played their fainal cards they ended up loosing and with a what seemed to be mentally illed leader, Huey Newton. At the end of the movie the ember of the black panthers that are still alive said what they wanted from being with them, “we want decent housing fit for the shelter of human beings. We want education for our people. We want an immigrate end to police brutality, and murder of black people...clothing justice and peace” (Nelson,2015). There is many that think that the black panther were just a violent group of people that wanted everything for themselves when in reality they just wanted to be equals. They did not throw the first punch most of the time it was the police making the counter attack self defense. While the black panthers party broke a apart long ago there is still a lot of things that started after in a way to keep fighting for freedom.
Firelei Báez is a women that uses anthropology to attempt and bring together all communities. She makes her panties on canvas and also on paper while also making large scale sculptures. Most of Báez painting are inspired by her uprising which began in Dominican Repub. with a Haitian father and a Dominican mother. Firelei Báez moved to Miami at around the age of ten allowing her to have some memories of her uprising but mostly know the American culture. She uses her experiences and what she sees in the world to bring more awareness to them; she uses her interest in different thing to make her art more unique. Most of Báez's work are females and their inner beauty with different surrounding but in all, they are as beautiful as flowers. Everything is beautiful from the inside out. Firelei Báez seems to use followers to draw the message that she is trying to send; most of the time this are women with the body of a women of color. In this specific picture she draws a ‘big’ women with flower, that is mostly likely of color considering that she is very interested in black womenhood. In addition there is also a little men drawn out of flowers with a double sided axel. But the man has very few flower while the women has many; this maybe showing that women are are beautiful aside from what men with little ego have to say. The title, ‘man without a country’ shows that he might have come from somewhere else to a place that has people with ‘big’ beautiful bodies. This could have a relationship to the past and how the Italian-Americans went to Africa and took people from their land with weapons.
The people before us are the ones that make us. This is something that she expresses very much in this spoken word she says, "our great-great-grandfather and grandmother that came here, they found some kind of way to make the rhythm and you know they kept it no matter what." (Solange, 2016). She shows how our ancestors are examples to us that we should follow and not allow other to make us change our mind on our ways. While she uses analogies to discuss this topic Solange discusses how the ancestors were brought here by force and made to live here as slaves but the still found a way to be happy in the mist of all pain and then rise like a Phoenix to be better. She speaks of this as a way to tell other to go ahead and make a better future for yourself to prove Caucasian people wrong. Throughout the spoken word, there is a trumpet that is sometimes hitting the notes of a song of victory; and sometimes hitting the notes for the fallen one. The music behind a spoken word is always thought through to specifically mach the mood that you want it to be like once is published. Solange uses this two different tune that sometimes sound similar to give respect to the once that were before us and to show that people of color are rising again like phoenixes.
The author of the poem 'Things I Wishes I Could Tell My Mom' express how she feels completely lonely and receives what seems like no love from her mother. In the poem, she walks into her room while saying something that her mother has said to her like, "Why do you say such hurtful comments to me? How can you do me like that? You look like a slut in that dress./ Those yoga pants say that you want much more..." (Edewi 2015). In other words, she is expressing that the love her mother tries to give her is not what she is receiving making her feel lonely and as if she was getting no love from her mother. In addition, she says, "I'm either your little good girl or that slut who likes it rough" (Edewi 2015). This would make Daysha Edewi feel like she has to act a certain way to be able to receive her mother's love without trying out new things that might be 'slutty' according to her mother's point of view.
In this excerpt there is not a lot of details as to what the mother's and daughter's relationship actually was, but we can still tell that an ongoing theme throughout this first chapter is that mothers are mothers no matter how cruel they may be. Throughout the excerpt, Yaa Gyasi shows how Effia and her mother's relationship worked this shows her as a mother that doesn't want her daughter to be happy or to be around for too long. While Effia questioned her mother's decisions she still follows her every command because that her mom, "...' you will tell me when she is ready,' he said...'when your blood comes, Effia, you must hide it. You must tell me and no one else," (Gyasi, 2016). Effia was waiting to get her period to be married to someone in the village her mother had other plans and Effia wasn't going to disobey her mother even if she didn't like it. furthermore her mother shows no love for her when she sells her as a bride to the British man, "Cobbe, big, strong man that he was, began to weep openly, but Baaba stood tall... leaned into her until her lips were touching Effia's eat.. And when Baaba finally pulled away, Effua could see something like relief dancing behind her smile." (Gyasi, 2016). Baaba feels triumphant after finally getting her daughter to be sold to the British as a bride for unknown reasons that she doesn't want to share with anyone even her daughter who had not agreed to it. But Baaba was her mother, and mothers are still a mother even if they are cruel.