Hollywood…it’s TIME for “MAMA AMERICA”
“MAMA AMERICA”…AFRICA IS GRANDMA,NOW !…MAMA…MOMMIE…WE NEED YOUR MILK OF UNDERSTANDING…WHILE WE LEARN TO UNDERSTAND OURSELVES. WE NEED YOUR…UNCONDITIONAL LOVE… AND THE MAGIC MERCY OF YOUR MATERNAL INSTINCT…LET US SHOUT WITH JOY AS WE PASS THROUGH YOUR GATES… AND KISS THE GROUND, WHERE YOU GAVE US BIRTH AND BREATH.
“MAMA AMERICA”…”MAMA AMERICA”…SHOW US YOUR FREEDOM MOUNTAIN… HELPS US CLIMB THE STAIRS…GUIDE US ALONG YOUR LIGHTED PATH…THAT LEADS TO OUR TRANSCENDANCE… MOTHER…WE WILL BE …GOOD CHILDREN… PROUD SONS AND DAUGHTERS…JUST LET US REST…AND GROW…CLOSE…SO CLOSE… UPON YOUR BREASTS. BY Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, North American Maroon Descendant.
The poem above, was written with many agendas. The first agenda, is that as an African- Native American, when I look at African-American economic stagnation in comparison to some immigrant groups, that seem to come to the U.S. and hit the ground running, I always wondered why were they able to, make use of the benefits, of physically being here and we, some of us, seemed not to have mastered that track to success. One idea, occurred to me is that because, of being brought here as enslaved kidnap victims, even after we were freed, we as a group, never experienced, an “Emotional Coming To America”.
Another agenda, for me was, that as an African-Native American, featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s book and exhibit, entitled: :”indiVisible”, African-Native American Lives in the Americas, I knew, that my Ancestors were not, all directly, from Africa (not to dispute, the Out of Africa Theory for humans). I felt for the tremendous population lost of the group, of my Ancestors, that most of us recognize as Indigenous Peoples. It was truly wonderful when ,the Smithsonian Institution, created the “indiVisible” show, which spoke to the history of mixed-race peoples, like myself, so eloquently.
Another agenda, that I confess to, is, as a Tri-racial, person , I should, in my musings, take note of the fact that , part of my genealogy, includes the Blood of European Colonizers. So, how do I conceive of something positive for today, that is ALL-INCLUSIVE for all Descendants. When the Old Atlantic World, in their millions, began their trek across the New World , it was already populated. That westward movement created a myriad of genetic combinations.
So what, about Hollywood and “Mama America”! Well, the Americas, including, North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, is ,well over 950 million people, with a plethora of racial and cultural mixtures, It’s beautiful. In my poem, I said, “Africa is Grandma Now”! I’m, expressing my view that, it is important for us to see the Americas as our “Motherland”. In addition ,the fact, about the USA, is that, one thing that continues to EXPORT, is our CULTURE. A TV series combination Game show, where each week we feature a new “MAMA AMERICA” would and could tell and teach our Western Hemisphere Descendants (with a velvet glove), the truth of the past and how families overcame, New World obstacles and struggled toward victory, success (and with the on-air presentation of some consumer products”) “RECOGNITION”. Language will not be a problem, as family interpreters and sub-titles- combined with contextual photography, should make for an” Emotional Hollywood, Feel Good , Big Finish. “Who is the Mama America” in your family? Lights…Cameras…ACTION!!!
“Through Warm Tears Of Gratitude”
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, North American Maroon Descendant, and Private-Sector- Partner, for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act