In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, writers, and musicians.

   Maya Angelou   (April 04,1928 - May 28, 2014)   
Maya Angelou (April 04,1928 – May 28, 2014)  

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. 
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them, 
They think I’m telling lies. 
I say, 
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips, 
The stride of my step, 
The curl of my lips. 
I’m a woman
Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please, 
And to a man, 
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees. 
Then they swarm around me, 
A hive of honey bees. 
I say, 
It’s the fire in my eyes, 
And the flash of my teeth, 
The swing in my waist, 
And the joy in my feet. 
I’m a woman
Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me. 
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery. 
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see. 
I say, 
It’s in the arch of my back, 
The sun of my smile, 
The ride of my breasts, 
The grace of my style. 
I’m a woman

Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed. 
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud. 
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud. 
I say, 
It’s in the click of my heels, 
The bend of my hair, 
the palm of my hand, 
The need of my care, 
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me.
 

Listen to Dr. Maya Angelou reading her poem Phenomenal Woman here.

 

Photo Credit: African Queen by Marlene Page, Livingston College, (1969). The African Queen is representative of all Black Women and has occupied a place of honor in every home I have lived over the last fifty years.

  

Listen to Carlos Santana play and Alicia Keys play and sing Black Magic Woman here. 

 

🎂Happy Birthday Robert Nesta Marley, (February 06, 1945 – May 11, 1981) In Memoriam🌹

 

On This Day, February 06, 1956, University of Alabama suspends African-American student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety.