So, it's Feb. I have two gigs coming up this weekend-- if weather permits--commemorating Black History Month. For the first one, I am going to do a couple of my poems and an a capella song. I'm torn between "Redemption Song" and my song "All of Me". We'll see The second gig will be on Sunday at the Celebration Center for Spiritual Living and I will be performing with my friend Gary Young who will be accompanying me on Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" and Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds". I wanted to do an original song, but we haven't had enough time to rehearse and practice any of my new pieces.
Michael Jackson's song should be very easy to deliver because I sing a Michael Jackson set almost every day with my daughter who is a MJ fanatic. She adores him and if he were still alive, she would definitely be an MJ stalker. At 6, she knows EVERY song by MJ. How is that possible? I don't even know every song by MJ. We just saw the "This is It" DVD this past weekend and her addiction to the gloved one was even further fed. I admit, I was the same way when Moonwalker came out.
To commemorate Black History Month I've decided to pick an MJ song and create a proverb or lesson so to speak around it for my daughter. Today is "Off the Wall". I'll share with you tomorrow how well this goes over.
I will be honest, Black History Month is pretty much like every month for me because I spend the entire year teaching my daughter things about her heritage as an African-American. I can do a better job always, but I truly believe that for African-American parents, significant parts of of African-American history should be taught throughout the year and extend outside of the four prime topics-- Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver. I love all four of them, but, for real, there are thousands of other significant Black people your kids should be learning about as well. *stepping off of my soapbox*