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I refuse to let this thread slip. In 2007, I respect what the original poster was trying to accomplish even more. With that said:

Harlem Sweeties
by Langston Hughes



Have you dug the spill
Of Sugar Hill?
Cast your gims
On this sepia thrill:
Brown sugar lassie,
Caramel treat,
Honey-gold baby
Sweet enough to eat.
Peach-skinned girlie,
Coffee and cream,
Chocolate darling
Out of a dream.
Walnut tinted
Or cocoa brown,
Pomegranate-lipped
Pride of the town.
Rich cream-colored
To plum-tinted black,
Feminine sweetness
In Harlem's no lack.
Glow of the quince
To blush of the rose.
Persimmon bronze
To cinnamon toes.
Blackberry cordial,
Virginia Dare wine"”
All those sweet colors
Flavor Harlem of mine!
Walnut or cocoa,
Let me repeat:
Caramel, brown sugar,
A chocolate treat.
Molasses taffy,
Coffee and cream,
Licorice, clove, cinnamon
To a honey-brown dream.
Ginger, wine-gold,
Persimmon, blackberry,
All through the spectrum
Harlem girls vary"”
So if you want to know beauty's
Rainbow-sweet thrill,
Stroll down luscious,
Delicious, fine Sugar Hill.
I'LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA
(Kenneth Gamble / Leon Huff / Gene McFadden /
John Whitehead / Victor Carstarphen)

The Intruders - 1973



I'll always love my mama
She's my favourite girl
I'll always love my mama
She brought me in this world

Sometimes I feel so bad
When I think of all the things I used to do
How mama used to clean somebody else's house
Just to buy me a new pair of shoes

I never understood how mama
Made it through the week
When she never ever got
A good night's sleep

(Talking 'bout mama)
Oh, she's one of a kind
(Talking 'bout mama)
You got yours, and I got mine
(Talking 'bout mama)
Ah, Hey mama
Hey mama
My heart belongs to you
Oh, yeah

I'll always love my mama
She's my favourite girl
You only get one
You only get one, yeah
I'll always love my mama
She brought me in this world

Hmm, A mother's love's so special
It's something that you can't describe
It's the kind of love that stays with you
Until the day you die
She taught me little things
Like saying hello, and thank you, please
While scrubbing those floors on her bended knees

(Talking 'bout mama)
Oh, she's one of a kind
(Talking 'bout mama)
You got yours, and I got mine
(Talking 'bout mama)
Hey mama,
Hey mama,
My heart belongs to you
Oh, yeah

I'll always love my mama, yeah
She's my favourite girl
You only get one
You only get one, yeah
I'll always love my mama
She brought me in this world

...
Brown Skin Lady

Black Star



[mos def]
Be like yo, let me ask you somethin
I wanna know, I wanna know who you are

*mos def singing*
[mos] brown skin lady, hey hey
[talib] yes
[mos] where you goin
[talib] this goes to the brown skin ladies
[mos] brown skin lady
[talib] yo, indigineous women of the planet earth
[mos] what you doin?
[talib] givin birth to the brown skin ladies first
[mos] brown skin lady
[talib] for what it's worth, from me to you
[mos] how do you feel?
[talib] from me to you, watchin you
I like the, I like the, I like the, I like the
Way you walk, yes, I live the way you move
[mos] I like the way you walk, when you walk on by
I like the way you move, I like the way you move
[talib] I like the, I like the, I like the, I like the
Way you walk, please, wont you do that dance
[mos] I like the way you walk, when you walk on by
I like the way you move, I like you baby

[together]
And everybody on the avenue, I know, when they see us sing
Everybody on the avenue, I know, when they see us sing, there she is

[talib]
Fresher than tony rebels vestibules at African street festivals
My incredible women is, plentiful
Over the years I met a few, none of them compare to you
Preparin you to make food bearable, somethin terrible, lets see:
You fruitful, beautiful, smart, lovable, huggable
Doable like art, suitable to be part
Of my life, coppertone, oh you copyright infringement
Pay you bidness ten cents, way back in the day
Its like I'm standin there you know appreciatin God's design
And then you showed up, it's like you read my mind
Damn she's fine, I think I add the r-e, in front of that
And see if she'd like to get with a cat like me

[talib] I like the, I like the, I like the, I like the
Way you walk, yes, I live the way you move
[mos] I like the way you walk, when you walk on by
I like the way you move, I like the way you move
[talib] I like the, I like the, I like the, I like the
Way you walk, please, won't you do that dance?
[mos] I like the way you walk, when you walk on by
I like the way you move, I like you baby

[together]
And everybody on the avenue, I know, when they see us sing
Everybody on the avenue, I know, when they see us sing, there she is

[mos def]
Ooooh! daring me girl, look at you!
Comin on the block lookin fresh and brand new
Ooooh! headwrap cover your hairdo
Pretty feet peekin through open-toed shoe
Ooooh! no limit to what I would do
Make love to you like long interview
Whooh! is she for real, me like you
Good look champion, win the title
True, many man try invite you
Shot down lyric each time they cyph you
Jewel, what man you get all insides you
Feet they walk way and just that sheik posture
Ooooh! cant be a next one like you
Famous like tapes made by DJ Clue
I tighten up my game as I approach you
Yo check her she the nectar the bee get close to

...

[talib]
I don't get many compliments, but I am confident
Used to have a complex about, gettin too complex
You got me, willin to try, looked me in the eye
My head is still in the sky, since you walked on by
I'm feelin high, got my imagination flickerin like hot flames
It's how it seems, you make me wanna ride the Coltrane to a love supreme
My brown lady, creates environments, for
Happy brown babies, I know it sounds crazy
But your skin's the inspiration for cocoa butter
You provoke a brother we should get to know one another
I discover when I bring you through my people say true, all I can say
Is all praise due I thank you God for a beauty like you

*mos def singing*
[mos] brown skin lady
[talib] yes
[mos] where you goin?
[talib] this goes to the brown skin ladies
[mos] brown skin lady
[talib] on the planet earth today, yes
[mos] what you doin?
[mos] brown skin lady
[mos] how do you feel?

[talib] I like the, I like the, I like the, I like the
Way you walk, yes, I live the way you move
[mos] I like the way you walk, when you walk on by
I like the way you move, I like the way you move
[talib] I like the, I like the, I like the, I like the
Way you walk, yes, please do that dance
[mos] I like the way you walk, when you walk on by
I like the way you move, I like you baby

[together]
And everybody on the avenue, I know, when they see us sing
Everybody on the avenue, I know, when they see us sing, there she is

[mos] there she is, she's a brown skinned lady
Such a brown skinned lady
She's a brown skinned lady
She's a brown skinned lady
She's a brown skinned lady
She's a brown skinned lady

[talib]
You know what some people put themselves through
To look just like you?
Dark stocking, high heels, lipstick, alla that
You know what?
Without makeup you're beautiful
Whatcha you need to paint the next face for
We're not dealin with the European standard of beauty tonight
Turn off the tv and put the magazine away
In the mirror tell me what you see
See the evidence of divine presence
Women of the, Carribean, they got the, golden sun
I know women on the continent got it
Nigeria, and Ghana, you know they got it
Tanzania, Namibia and Mozambique
And Bothswana, to let it speak
About Latinas, Columbianas
...
Tallenas, of course the Brooklyn women walk that walk
And the Bronx women walk that walk
Honies from Queens walk that walk, NYC, ATL, LA
Cincinatti, the bay area...
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