Member of #BARS Workshop NYC (3rd cohort)
Founded by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs
at The Public Theatre
Coming soon: "The American Grandson".
First public performance of a piece from "The American Grandson". Poetry intro with the first verse starting at 2:26.
The thing about America is folks like me were born here too. The families of our families aren't white, but they’re important too. They’ve danced in bars, picnicked in parks, they've lived in countries far from view, they've loved, they've lost, they've learned the cost of leaving home for some place new. They traversed the globe in boats and planes, some in hopes, some in chains, took a leap of faith in these United States, with a piece of home stuck in their names.
Now here's the part that's hard to say, they weren’t treated well, and that's okay. It's customary to be afraid, of customs and cultures conveyed, in foreign tongues, in feeling gay, in baggy clothes, in Freddie Gray, always a threat across the sea, always a threat, our families. But they were here, and here to stay, and life was hard, uphill both ways. The sun shines bright but twice as hot cuz we refuse to lose the soul we brought, won't be the ones history forgot, won't be the scapegoats of the lot, won't be the same as what you've got, but we will be felt in this melting pot, we will make marks and challenge thought, we will take start-ups, mom-and-pops, and grow them till we're at the top, look back upon the trail we blazed and wonder if the best of days are still to come or passed away? In this country that's still afraid of families across the sea, of bridges and community, that thinks it's best because it's strong, but treats it's guests like they won't stay long, like they've not defined it's very essence, like liberty was not a present, with broken chains lying at her feet, a statue for the world to see, exclaiming this land is free for all! Inclusive. Not a free for all. A gift from friends across the sea. From families of our families.
God blessed America but it's up to us to save ourselves. God blessed America but it's up to us to share the wealth. God blessed America and gave us eyes so we could see that God blessed America but America’s just you and me.