Still Living on my Feet is the follow up to Tichaona Chinyelu’s first book, In the Whirlwind, which was rooted in a sense of hard-hitting revolutionary black love. However, in this sophomore effort, Tichaona brings the revolutionary essence from deep within the trough of her Y chromosomes; lacing it with truths, humor and sisterly compassion. Still uncompromising, Ms. Chinyelu overtly articulates the primacy of black women without negating their compliment, black men. Using a sentence she coined a while back; the line of my back needed straightening more than my hair, as her muse, Tichaona retraces the spiritual experience she had in her early twenties revolving around the grandmother she never met. Drawing on her desire to respond righteously, she encapsulated that experience of love and consciousness to produce the progressive, relevant and textured writings of Still Living on my Feet.
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Mar 24, 2011
Tichaona Chinyelu’s ‘Still living on my feet’ is a magnificent visionary work! You will be absorb and enticed with its conscious element as well as the imagery. The book ranges from Black love, humor, racism, and family. She captures the reader with her powerful words of revolution and inspiration leaving you thirsting for more.This is no doubt a page turner. Wonderful job Sistah!Keep them coming.
"Chase von, The Last Panther, Book Review for ~Still Living On My Feet~" In "Still Living On My Feet" Tichaona Chinyelu proves yet again why one can put any of her works up against Nikki Giovanni's and they will more than hold their own. She is a writer and poet that handles words like a fine artist handles paints and she does so with insight, intelligence and mastery of her craft. In reading "Amandla Awethu I", I was taken from my home into the land of Africa to be present for "Apartheid" through its words. Lines like "Our children shamed us" and "Our children shamed us into defending them" seemed to reach out across the vast ocean and slap me in my face. What was endured by our ancestors here is in so many ways what has been, and is being, endured on the motherland as well. In the poem "Daily Grind", she steps away, for a moment, from any "Cause", and simply writes one of the most sizzling and revealing... More > pieces of work on sexual relations between the sexes that will have many of us putting this book out of the reach of prying young eyes. Did I mention yet this book is entirely NOT for children? I personally believe this is a book that is as much for the white race as it is for the black race; in fact, it's for all races as well as both males and females. The greatest need any of us have as human beings, I have come to believe, is to be understood. In order to reach a level where one can truly understand another person's views and concepts on life, one must venture into the realm of another's life and view the world as perceived through their eyes. One person who can take you there in an instance is Tichaona Chinyelu. She isn't screaming at the top of their lungs about injustices and spewing hate in mind altering phrases. This is someone highly educated, well versed, intensely talented who speaks both intelligently and honestly on subject matters she has a complete grasp of in a way that I believe any reader would relate to, regardless of skin color. Recently I saw a clip by a teacher who gave her students a very important lesson in life. The teacher decided to educate her students on brotherhood by telling her class that blue eyed people were better than brown eyed people. The clip ends with the teacher saying she watched lovely, happy, socially accepting third grade children turn into virtual monsters in the span of about fifteen minutes. I don't sense that sort of hate in Tichaona Chinyelu's writing. The overall feeling I come away with is a clearer picture of the way things were, the way things are, and why they should never have been that way to begin with; as well as why the prevention of them in the present is so important. The cover of her book speaks volumes as well with the contrasting image of Dahomey Amazons standing in a line proudly and then underneath it is a picture of Black Panther Party Members standing in a formation at the funeral of George Jackson, Panther party member and the author of Soledad Brother and Blood In My Eye. I highly recommend this book to all adults regardless of race who truly desire to reach a level of universal understanding as enlightened beings. As in any relationship, understanding is key to reaching fruition. Marred by slavery, the relations between blacks and whites may have improved since the days of white only water fountains and white only restaurants or dining cafe's; but to really close the gap, one needs to see through the eyes of another who speaks truths, regardless of whether they are upsetting or not. That is something any race can accomplish by reading the book, "Still Living On My Feet by Tichaona Chinyelu. Chase von, The Last Panther Author Your Chance To Hear The Last Panther Speak Pink and Blue and Green< Less
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