Inner-course: A Plea for Real Love

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Villard, 2003 - Poetry - 134 pages
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Toni Blackman is an international champion of hip-hop culture, known for her irresistible, contagious performances and alluring female presence. She's all heart, all rhythm, all song, all power-- a one-woman revolution of poetry and microphone. Like Ntozake Shange, Blackman and her cool, musical poetry and prose weave a magical spell around you, daring you to break her hypnotic hold. Toni's themes are: the paradoxes of love; the inspirations and hypocrisies of brothers who rhyme; quiet internal wisdom versus the incessant necessity to have her life saved by a DJ. She explodes at the mic and blooms on the page.
In the poem " inner-course, " Toni challenges the crass commercial culture of love and guides us into her version of real love: the love of self. In another poem, called " well . . ., " she illuminates the pain of a shallow romance in the face of a world tragedy and tries to find meaning in her heartache. In " Getting Open, " a prose piece, Toni teaches us how to free ourselves from fear-- hip-hop style.
Toni Blackman is your guide into the heart and soul of her creative-- and very human-- "Inner-course."

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About the author (2003)

Toni Blackman is an award-winning artist, and her steadfast work and commitment to hip hop led the U.S. State Department to bestow upon her the title of Hip-Hop Ambassador to Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa. She has been featured at the Dodge Poetry Festival and Lilith Fair and has served as poet-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is a professor of hip hop at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and the founder and director of Freestyle Union, a Motown-like training ground for MCs. She lives in Harlem. To find out more about Toni Blackman, visit her website,

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