#FindingMeBeforeHe: Strange Fruit

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“Southern trees bear strange fruit, Blood on the trees and blood at the root…”
Strange Fruit, by Billie Holiday

I smell the aroma of precious fruit with the sweetest scent, and it hurts me. It is the scent of strange fruit whose cherished nectar wasted and I must talk about it.

To my father, my brothers, my nephew, my uncles, my sons, my lover…we realize who you are. We really understand the power of your being. We truly realize and are outraged in knowing that you are at war with a sector of society that cannot understand you, an entity that feels threatened by you.  I see humans of all ethnicities, religions, nationalities and persuasions taking a stand and I smile. And as a sister on the journey of finding myself, I embrace the truth of the mocha skinned, naturally born kings and princes, black knights in shining armor. Yes you…

Stand strong in your spot…

Tormented by the world for centuries, leaving you bare and scarred, the mysterious sparkle of your crown never ceases to shine. Your knowledge, power and strength is misunderstood, feared and too often disrespected. Like our healers of the world, dear Malcolm and King, some desire your life. Extinction is the goal but your divine destiny says NOT SO! IT AINT GOIN DOWN LIKE THAT!!! 

I refuse to give into the fear of the blessing of giving birth to my mocha skinned prince.  Sometimes I wonder. Do I have the strength to mold him into another persecuted leader of the world? Will his undeniable royal presence be equated to threat? Will his walk to school be a threat to his life? Like a wife and mother to a Spartan or a Mandingo warrior, we prepare our men for greatness. We send our love, prayers, and support to hold them up. We protect your dignity, your life, your sanity and your freedom…

I must remind you that the world is yours too, your crown sometimes denied but the glow is inevitable. THERE ARE THOSE WHO FEAR AND DESPISE YOU BUT KNOW THAT WE LOVE YOU, WE NEED YOU, YOUR LIFE MATTERS TO US…

We need you to hold us together. From leading the fashion world, music world, and even the nation into more glorious victorious days…you are the reason for a better living. 

Madam Billie Holiday sang of strange fruit hanging from trees and she ain’t never lied. I, Miss Chloe Howard had to speak of strange fruit dropping on the streets, its rich nectar spilled leaving a nation malnourished. I am angry, I am hurt. I can’t sleep on it, I can’t ignore it because I CAN’T BREATHE…

You are our beginning, middle and end…  Our lives starts and begins with you… Modeled after our Father Himself, God has given you the greatest task and test to be a warrior in this world. From corporate suites to barbershop chairs you are the chosen ones. Even without words from your lips, your swagger, your presence alone brings that chilling effect that leaves us all… Speechless…

Keep leaving us speechless. Keep them wondering, be untouchable, be the greatest, take back your crown, never forget who you are, be eloquent, be strong, be fearless, walk in peace, be at peace, understand the test, keep loving, take care of your own and take everything back that was stolen from you…No matter what my brother, YOU WIN, YOU WIN, YOU WIN!!!

Finding me before He… Finding me today it’s all about loving him… Be strong.

As always I love you and I’m praying for you…

~ Chloe’ ~

(Photo via Hands Up United




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