July 31st

July 31st marks the day of my birth. It also marks African Women’s Day. This is the perfect opportunity for me to pay tribute to an amazing African woman. After all, birthdays shouldn’t be a celebration of ourselves (for what did we do aside from being born), but rather a celebration of the phenomenal women who carry us around for nine whole months, endure countless hours of hard labour, bring us into this world, pamper, nurture, and shower us with unconditional love, deal with our nonsenses and make immeasurable sacrifices. Today and always, dearest momma, I salute you. You are truly a phenomenal woman. I am where I am because of you, I am nothing without you. I pray that the ALMIGHTY showers you with long life, good health, countless blessings and infinite happiness. I wish you all your heart desires and much more, because you deserve nothing less.

Dearest momma, I love you more than you know, and I love you with a love I will never outgrow.

Today, and always, I salute you momma.
You are a phenomenal African woman.

Dear Mama

Lyrics for Tupac’s “Dear Mama”

You are appreciated

When I was young me and my mama had beef
Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets
Though back at the time, I never thought I’d see her face
Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place
Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool
with the big boys, breakin all the rules
I shed tears with my baby sister
Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids
And even though we had different daddy’s, the same drama
When things went wrong we’d blame mama
I reminice on the stress I caused, it was hell
Huggin on my mama from a jail cell
And who’d think in elementary?
Heeey! I see the penitentiary, one day
And runnin from the police, that’s right
Mama catch me, put a whoopin to my backside
And even as a crack fiend, mama
You always was a black queen, mama
I finally understand
for a woman it ain’t easy tryin to raise a man
You always was committed
A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it
There’s no way I can pay you back
But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

Lady…
Don’t cha know we love ya? Sweet lady
Dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don’t cha know we love ya?

Now ain’t nobody tell us it was fair
No love from my daddy cause the coward wasn’t there
He passed away and I didn’t cry, cause my anger
wouldn’t let me feel for a stranger
They say I’m wrong and I’m heartless, but all along
I was lookin for a father he was gone
I hung around with the Thugs, and even though they sold drugs
They showed a young brother love
I moved out and started really hangin
I needed money of my own so I started slangin
I ain’t guilty cause, even though I sell rocks
It feels good puttin money in your mailbox
I love payin rent when the rent’s due
I hope ya got the diamond necklace that I sent to you
Cause when I was low you was there for me
And never left me alone because you cared for me

And I could see you comin home after work late
You’re in the kitchen tryin to fix us a hot plate
Ya just workin with the scraps you was given
And mama made miracles every Thanksgivin
But now the road got rough, you’re alone
You’re tryin to raise two bad kids on your own
And there’s no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

Pour out some liquor and I reminsce, cause through the drama
I can always depend on my mama
And when it seems that I’m hopeless
You say the words that can get me back in focus
When I was sick as a little kid
To keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
And even though I act craaazy
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me
There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate, how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away
If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day
Everything will be alright if ya hold on
It’s a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
And there’s no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand

You are appreciated
Sweet lady
Dear mama

Ain’t Nobody Worryin’

Lyrics for “Ain’t Nobody Worryin” by Anthony Hamilton

Aint nobody worryin, when the shots fly high and the sirens start to ring,
aint nobody worryin, when the kids die young and the mothers are suffering,
aint nobody praying, when they kneel down low
all they doin is tyin their shoe strings,
aint nobody worryin no more, no more, no more, no more

The homeless have no where to turn when their stomachs start to burn
cause they aint got food to eat,
and how the children gonna learn, when they gotta take turns
cause they aint got books to read,

then our babies turn to crime, started gettin high
cause the job trades kinda slow,
Cause aint nobody worryin no more , no more, no more, no more

When the tears start to fall, and you can’t see your way,
the just will carry on come on judgement day,
you don’t have to moan, helps on the way,
cause aint nobody worryin no more no more no more

These are our precious times, diseases takin lives,
medicaid ran out, showed me a weapon line,
there’s a mother on her own, tryin to beat the drought,
tell me when will this end, all the sufferin,
my faith is runnin low,
aint nobody worryin no more, no more, no more, no more, no more

Aint nobody worryin no more no more no more no more no more
When the tears start to fall, and you can’t see your way,
the just will carry on come on judgement day,
you don’t have to moan, helps on the way,
cause aint nobody worryin no more no more no more

Aint nobody worryin, when the shots fly high and the sirens start to ring,
aint nobody worryin,
when the kids die young and the mothers are suffering,
the black man doin time and nobody cares for him,

the governments on the grind, and tryna fence him in,
(our babies are gettin high) while drugs in the school
we need to pray again, when will it end will it end will it end, will it end
Cause aint nobody worryin
shots fly high and the sirens start to ring
Aint nobody worryin
when the kids die young and the mothers are suffering
Aint nobody worryin (prayin)
when they kneel down low all they doin is tyin their shoe strings,
aint nobody worryin
no more no more no more no more no more no more

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