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“Octavia” by Jamila Woods

“Don’t ever let ’em knock the way you talk. The language you evolve your natural genius. Merch it.”

Don’t ever let a textbook scare you
You the missing piece, OG technology, they stole you
Don’t ever let ’em knock the way you talk
The language you evolve your natural genius
Merch it

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

I’m the truth, I am a fact
They lie on me, I have to laugh
I write it down, it happens next
So be it, see to it
(Their science is a’lyin’ on me and you
That don’t make it true)

I’m the truth, I am a fact
They lie on me, I have to laugh
I write it down, it happens next
So be it, see to it
(Their science is a’lyin’ on me and you
That don’t make it true)

It used to be the worst crime to write a line
Our great great greats risked their lives learned letters fireside
Like a seat on a bus, like heel in a march
Like we holdin’ a torch, it’s our inheritance
They tease our pronunciations then try to mimic our greatness
We are a precious creation, our black has no imitation

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

I’m the truth, I am a fact
They lie on me, I have to laugh
I write it down, it happens next
So be it, see to it
(Their science is a’lyin’ on me and you
That don’t make it true)

I’m the truth, I am a fact
They lie on me, I have to laugh
I write it down, it happens next
So be it, see to it
(Their science is a’lyin’ on me and you
That don’t make it true)


JAMILA WOODS’S CELEBRATION OF SELFHOOD

“Octavia” (Octavia Butler)

I was very inspired by her notebooks and how she manifested things for herself through her writing—literally, writing it down, but also through being a writer. I’m really fascinated by learning because, even in some movies about slavery, you’d see that reading and writing was illegal. And then thinking of how there’s schools now that have textbooks that are super old. There’s still these ways where language and education is being held back from black people in very intentional ways, and there’s insecurity and this way that black people are made to feel like our language or the way that we wield the English language is inferior, when, really, going back to Miles and Muddy, it’s the cool.

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