Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film, Theatre & Communication Arts


Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Major Professor

Gery, John

Second Advisor

Murphy, Kay

Third Advisor

Lavender, Bill


"Sweet Black Pussy for Sale" sets the stage for this very feminine and colloquial laced collection of verse. Both figuratively and literally, the voices of a seldom-traveled African-American culture are depicted through these songs. In this thesis, I consider myself a GRIOT, sworn to tell nothing but the truth. These poems speak from places some might consider sacred and others quite sinful. These poems moan out the anthems of those unsung heroes and heroines from my family lineage. The voices of my long dead grandfather, grandmother, aunts and great uncle haunt poems such as "Blues," "Salvation," "A Memorial for Lawrence," and "Apartment 12 B Dwight D. Eisenhower Street." These poems say, "Even when it's sunny on the other side of town somebody could be wearing a frown. It's because the blues don't mess with folks who ain't got anything to lose.â"


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