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Tongo's ability to speak to the nation's most ignored resource relies on his sharp wit and honest pedagogy. He combats a system designed to violate the civil and human rights of the ignorant through poetry and music, he analyzes our very core. Tongo teaches the voiceless with the truth of Detroit Red and mind of Malcom X, how to take back back what is inherently ours.
-- Mahogany L. Browne (author of Swag, #Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books), Publisher, Host/Curator of Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Owner of PoetCD.COM)
With his staggering debut collection, Tongo Eisen-Martin combines the political urgency of the Black Arts Movement with the razor-sharp lyricism of Golden Age Hip-Hop. Here we have a young political poet who insists on telling the complex truth about everything—from addiction to 'hood contradictions; from police abuse to the machismo-soaked allure of the underground economy; from self-sacrificing mothers to brothers languishing on lockdown. This isn't a volume for the "no dirty laundry" set. It's a work that makes beautiful, common sense and reminds us that the personal is indeed political.
-- Akiba Solomon, co-editor of Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts.
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