In times of war, we must CREATE!

It’s important that we continue to be creative during difficult times. Art is best produced and received by the people struggling for their freedom. For the past several years, I have wondered what the next hip hop movement will be.  Not creating a new hip hop style or sound but what art form we will create that will come from the guts of black culture that is so raw and uncut that the dominate society will despise it because they don’t understand it and can’t control it.

The American corporation now has a new president.  Donald Trump is making it clear that life will be extremely difficult for anyone that does not follow the rules of white supremacy. His policies include kicking out Arabic and African immigrants, building a wall on the Mexican border, defunding women’s reproductive programs and repealing Obamacare. I will be honest about my thoughts here, with no concern to another person’s parochial opinion of life.

Although these days are dangerous for many of us, we are living in the best part of history. Women, men and child of all races and ethnic groups have hit the streets in protest. People that have never been engaged with politics are now coming out to organizing meetings and stepping up into leadership positions.  For 15 years, I have been conscious and aware of the ugly slave master that is “the system” of white supremacy.  I used to be the crazy person going on and on about the new world order, GMO’s, Black Economics, Moorish Science and Entrepreneurship but now the rest of America seems to be waking up.

During my 8 years laboring as a public servant, doing paid and free work, I have never witnessed so many people wanting to get involved in community and national affairs. This is truly a beautiful thing to experience. Although I have strong reservations on Black people participating in movements led by white liberals, I will concede that baby steps are better than nothing. People want to have their voices heard and fight for their ability to live their truth in peace. What better time to watch a new art form emerge from a generation that has absolutely nothing to lose (but their chains).

I don’t believe that the next art form will be music only, but maybe a mixture of media platforms that is only understood by those creating it. I imagine that it is already in its genesis phase being created over weed smoke and a cheap bottle of wine, shared between people on the edge of existence but still finding ways to survive. The next hip hop is being cultivated right now in a fly over state where Trump won and everyone there knows why.  I imagine it to be so dope and unique that we hear rumors and go searching for it, instead of forcing it to come to us. No matter what it is, this art form will resonate with the people that need it the most.

I am not a prophet. I simply appreciate the power that art has on people in the struggle. This is the time when we need it the most, to uplift us all when we are unsure of the future.  I claim ignorance in knowing exactly what’s in store for America, and my people, but as a person that understands the power of thoughts and words, I declare that we are living in the best time of history and that every day is worth living.

Monica Sekhmet Grant

Empress Rights Press 2017


FUZEDMagazine’s Review on Every Sister

written by Jayshana Roper

FUZEDmagazine is proud to introduce writer, spoken word artist, musician and movie maker: Monica Sekhmet Grant. This black queer woman, and Michigan native, redefines the saying “The sky’s the limit,” and shoots for the stars in all that she does. Her most recent endeavor, an interview-style documentary addressing the intricacies of black womanhood, aired May 30th on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), and we were lucky enough to speak with the artist exclusively.

Monica Sehkmet Grant

Monica Sehkmet Grant

In Ms. Grant’s own words: “Every Sister Has a Story to Tell is my answer to the Black Woman’s call to see more women like themselves on television and film.[…] It was not my goal to create a fairy tale nor a story of victimization, but one simply of truth, which is ultimately the most powerful.”

Every Sister Has a Story to Tell presents seven black women of various backgrounds and representations. The women give their experience with growing up and romance, along with their opinions on success and the state of Black America. Included in the discussion are the effects of the 80s crack era, navigating lesbianism in a heterosexual world, and the changes the ladies feel must come to improve our society.

Tevina, from Brooklyn, leaves a strong mark with her calm demeanor as she discusses the way the neighborhood’s crack use shaped her personhood. Even her own father fell subject to the drug’s pull. However, she grows up to understand that no one is “just a crack head”. As many people who struggle with their own addictions, or loved ones’, she reminds us that addicts are sick, but they are people. These sort of powerful lessons remain constant throughout from all the women.

One of the most impactful quotes comes from Ede Fox in the opening:

Ede Fox

Ede Fox

“[Black women] are called on to do so much… and at the same time be so many things to different people, and not really given the freedom to be ourselves.”

Every black woman; from the inner city to suburbia, and on any part of the sexuality spectrum; can relate to those words. In America, since slavery, black women were forced to be caretakers and sacrifice their individuality for domestic servitude. Nowadays, the black man is just as guilty of being underappreciative and toxic towards the black woman as every other person. Songs about “bad redbones” and “unloyal hoes” paint incomplete pictures of the complexities of black womanhood. However, women such as Ms. Grant and her revolutionary predecessors continue to try and paint the true picture.

“Because they were willing to be open, intimate and vulnerable, Every Sister Has a Story to Tell exposes the raw beauty of Black Women rarely seen in popular culture. I am very proud of this project, and every sister that had the guts to sit in the hot seat because she trusted my vision.”

Thank you, Monica, for sharing your vision with us.

Click Here to Watch Every Sister Has A Story To Tell