Angelita Hampton is a writer, visual artist, activist, sister, and daughter. She identifies as a Black feminist revolutionary inspired by and dedicated to social justice.
U.s.urp We are the natives unborn, the flag that is torn from green plains and yellow sun, as the red gold of tribes undone.
Making a Home
Making a home I use the erotic while Audrey Lorde’s fingers write across my back, letting me feel the words of black women coming home to roost,
On the porch I sit in the deepening black of the sun, kettle waiting for the bloom, whistling like Summertime and Nina Simone, full and in color,
Love Child of Frida Kahlo and ROY G. BIV
Love child of Frida Kahlo and ROY G. BIV Dear Frida, If you “paint your own reality,” will you paint me, please, in blues, yellows and greens? I want to be primary and secondary and tertiary as teal and vermilion. You are vibrant violet sunsets on the bank of indigo rivers of ink washing over me. Will you be cool cups of blue water held in my hands, refreshing green pastures of my soul as the golden yellow glow of your spirit dances in ripples of the sun? Your burnt sienna orange embers linger like my red lips kissing envelopes sealed in memories of you. I see your painted heart, pressed like flowers left in books with stacks of the world weighing down on us both. You have covered me in acrylics as the art of your hand captures moments of time in still lifes that move off canvases. From a distance, you color me, twisting like kaleidoscopes in my mind, arranging brilliant, bold and bright hues of myself in petals of inspiration, as I walk the long brown roads of Mexico, looking for you.
I took this series of photos at 3:00 AM. Long day, calmer night. My low tech friend request earlier in the evening was not to connect with someone while scrolling Facebook. It was a request to a friend, long lost lover, to share any words of wisdom or solace as a balm for my rough day. His response was Kung Fu Panda, a series of YouTube Music meditations from the Taoist teachings, including being like water, and two laid back hip hop beats, one about relaxing and one about talking to God.