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Grammy nominated, politically conscious Alabama rapper cited as an "artist you need to know" by Rolling Stone magazine is known for her uplifting lyrics and standing up for what she believes in. She has been open about her struggles with mental health and her music shares that journey.

"We are of a Tribe" by Alberto Rios

From Poetry Foundation, "Alberto Ríos has won acclaim as a writer who uses language in lyrical and unexpected ways in both his poems and short stories, which reflect his Chicano heritage and contain elements of magical realism. Ríos is dedicated “to finding, declaring, and celebrating the diversity and power of community in the experience of those around him." In 2013 he was named Arizona’s first poet laureate."

We plant seeds in the ground
And dreams in the sky,
Hoping that, someday, the roots of one
Will meet the upstretched limbs of the other.
It has not happened yet.
We share the sky, all of us, the whole world:
Together, we are a tribe of eyes that look upward,
Even as we stand on uncertain ground.
The earth beneath us moves, quiet and wild,
Its boundaries shifting, its muscles wavering.
The dream of sky is indifferent to all this,
Impervious to borders, fences, reservations.
The sky is our common home, the place we all live.
There we are in the world together.
The dream of sky requires no passport.
Blue will not be fenced. Blue will not be a crime.
Look up. Stay awhile. Let your breathing slow.
Poem copyright ©2014 by Alberto Rios, “We Are of a Tribe,” from Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, (Grayson Books, 2017).

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