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Claude McKay

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Dontae Ealy

on 18 October 2016

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Transcript of Claude McKay

HARLEM RENAISSANCE
THEN VS. NOW
Born in Sunny Ville, Claredon Jamaica (Predominately Black)
Parents: Malagasy and Ashanti Heritage (African Pride)
Lived in Kingston, Jamaica (Predominately White)
Studied English Poetry (Walter Jekyll)
Studied All the British Masters, Romantics, and European Philosophers
Moved to American (S.Carolina, Alabama, Kansas, Harlem, NY)
Visited Soviet Union (attended the fourth congress of the Communist International in Moscow
Lived all through Europe (Holland, Belgium, London, Paris)
Spent time in North Africa

Studied at The Jamaican Institute of Art and Science
Moved to America (1912)
Tuskegee Institute (now University)
Attended Kansas College and
TRAVEL (CULTURE)
PASSING IN AMERICA
GROWING UP
CLAUDE MCKAY
EDUCATION
Born September 15, 1889
Grew up in Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Parents were Peasent Farmers
FESTUS CLAUDIUS MCKAY
IDRISSA AKUNA ELBA
GOES BY: CLAUDE MCKAY
GOES BY: IDRIS ELBA
NINA SIMONE
"It is an artist's duty to reflect the times."
Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Civil Rights Act
WALK WITH ME By: Dontae Ealy
Come take a walk with me/ through the streets of Comp-town and LBC
Where we breathe debris/ from the smog and the ashes of lost soldiers
Who hand over their lives/ for their lack of focus
I notice the heartless way these streets mold us
To fend for self and trust no one/ and anytime beef comes
You gotta approach and dead it/ and make everything copacetic
Cause if your hesitant/ you meeting God, you heaven sent
Lord Bless Him/ lost child, scared to use his weapon
Neglected streets/ So they won’t protect him
They expect him to learn his lesson/ you gotta respect it
Code of the streets/ Its such a focus in me/
I dodge that and chase the beat
And keep my rap notebook next to me/
No stress in me, No need for nicotine
Like the smokers who need there fix/
addicted to the cancer stick
They goin’ end up just like Nixon/
no kidding, a blinded victim
Listen, I’m what street’s missing/
and I’m clinching my mic til’ you see my vision
With every sentence I mention, things I’ve Witness
Like Bush and his faulty system
Man, what’s the Business/ We at war with Saddam
And we killing women and kids in the midst of bombing
I’m like what about Bin Laden/ In my eyes he’s the Problem/
So many disguises and things aren’t always what they seem/
We still fighting for Martin’s Dream
Real Talk, Man it just ain’t me? The signs are so evident
Cops stay harassing/ Still No Black President
And I’m wise like a veteran
There’s no equal rights/ Believe Me there has never been
Momma said it’d be days like this/
The terrorist got it filling like the Schindler’s List
And even though seems wrong/
and the hard times and the fight is long
I won’t Break, man my Pride’s too strong
Its Like even when the rain is pouring
I man up and I face the storm
I’m a lesson in human form
The best thing is to just move on
I'm tryna be here to raise my son
Get him prepared for the evil
Raise him like me, so he can be the sequel
Give him the eye of the eagle
So the real show up clear, and the fake get seen through
So him how to turn beef into beef stew
If my fam sheds blood, Yo people goin bleed too.


Why?
Things in common
Writing (Artist)
Education
Travel
Culture (Open-Minded)
Contribution to HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Poetry and Writings
Upbringing
Experiences
Travel
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