BlackBox Basic Concepts 

  • Between power and victimhood lies dignity – this is our essence as black people  
  • The journey we are undertaking is to claim our power, from victim to healer.  But it must start internally.  We must begin with individual responsibility 
  • Hip Hop is the way. It was met with prejudice and fear, but ultimately won, and won resoundingly. there is a power in it, power wrapped in beauty, that became part of the dominant culture, but remained its own thing. Hip hop has taught us how not to be externally defined, and it is the soundtrack for us to do this in every part of the black experience  
  • Our work is to find out what that payoff is.  Our work is to grow what we want honestly, so that we are set free 
  • Any form of victimhood keeps us locked in the very chains we so desperately want to be free of.  We must shake off this childishness, no matter how justified it may seem, to take our rightful place 
  • Taking back our health, and taking care of our bodies,  is key to restoring power and vitality to our communities. 
  • Black activism has focused a great deal on the need for freedom.  There has been less attention on what that freedom implies and what we plan to do with it: take more responsibility. What we want is the freedom to be responsible, responsible for making this a great nation for all  
  • Our ability to multitrack, freestyle, code-switch, and our closer connection to the intelligence of the bodies, our ability to empathize, our connection to community, are all indicators that we lead the culture in flow.  If we can make the switch from complaint to creation, we are poised to spearhead a global phenomenon 
  • We will create our own reparations by returning the black man to nobility
  • There are benefits from remaining in a trance. As well, being in power is a horrible thing. But for the health and future of the nation it is black women who must be in charge