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“Our Struggle” Poem by A. Roze

20 Jan

I will record audio of this poem shortly. But I wanted to go ahead and release this now. I feel like there is someone who needs to read it.

Thank you for my struggle.

The opportunity it brings is like no other.

The growth that comes starts from inside.

At first there’s pain when emotions collide,

But when the pieces begin to fit together,

I understand why you sent the bad weather.

You know I’m not the type who’d rather a handout,

So you give me an experience to make me stand out.

Make me humble like you are,

Make me strong like you are,

Make me deep like you are,

Make me understanding like you are.

You never have to prove anything to anyone.

Because you are in everything and everyone.

And yet when you are disregarded and denied,

You still never lose yourself as The Most High.

So why should I..

Feel less, feel regret, feel like there is no way to clean up this mess..

When really, could I..

Feel blessed by the best, feel loved, since I know my struggle represents

Your way,

Only way,

I got

To say,

No way,

I can’t,

Be brave,

No shame,

I have,

To pray,

On page,

Relate,

Replay,

Repay,

Repent.

Can’t Forget

The struggle

of Yahweh.

~A. Rozier

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“He Said” Poem by A. Roze

18 Jan

Since our 10 year wedding anniversary was yesterday, and our son is 4 months old today, I thought this would be a good one to post 🙂

You need to get out of here they said,

This place isn’t good for you.

What? They said, move across the country?!

Girl- you’d be crazy to!

You don’t know anyone,

don’t you wana have some fun?

Don’t get married yet- 18 is too young!

Plus- he’s black! Your kids will have it rough.

Oh, you’re going to college now? Isn’t it a little late?

It wouldn’t do you any good, they said,

doubt you’ll even graduate.

Start your own business? No way you’ll make it.

Those types are rich, and have an education.

I told you this would be hard, why don’t you get a job..?

Take it easy, slow down, you’re workin’ too hard.

Now you’re pregnant and broke, what you gonna do now?

Ya’ll need to start a business and get some money somehow..

They said.

I say,

I have been blessed beyond measure.

It was in the grace of my trials that I found the real treasures.

It wasn’t my ignorance, stubbornness, or being naive that got me through..

I simply would not accept their fears as truth.

All I knew, was that I would not be held down,

And by remaining calm and cool I found

Experience

Education,

Expression,

Family,

Fulfillment,

Joy,

Life,

Love,

God.

Not by falling for what they said,

Not by rebelling against the living dead,

No- just by standing, by believing

in what He said.

~A. Rozier

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“My King” Poem by A. Roze

19 Jul

He’s a fighter,

he’s a writer,

He’s a caller,

He’s a scholar,

He has passion,

Words to action,

Humble in his ways.

He’s a teacher,

He’s a leader,

He’s a doer,

a believer,

He’s a lion,

Road to Zion,

I’d follow him any day.

Full of love,

He builds me up,

Always learnin’,

Keeps me yearnin’,

Builds a fire,

Makes it higher,

Turns a spark into a blaze.

Gives me hope,

The world will know,

Someone who cares

Is still out there,

My King, don’t you ever change.

~A. Rozier

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“People Watching” Poem by A. Roze

7 Jul

All day, I have nothing to say,

But want to pick up the phone when it gets late.

Everything comes to mind,

The right words, wrong time.

Alone now with my thoughts,

Surrounded by passings souls, forgot.

Main character in my book,

Extra in theirs,

I swear they can’t see me,

Even when they stare.

Am I even really here?

I can feel, I can hear,

Music that’s playing,

But the words they’re saying

Dash in and out of my ears.

One moment a blur, next one clear,

Mind full of stories,

Hours keep pouring,

Minutes so sheer,

So paper thin that they cut,

They never give up,

Coming at me so fast,

but never really last,

Only scary for a moment,

Now everything’s dormant,

How quickly things change.

~A. Rozier

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Styling a Hip Hop Period Piece. BTS of Planet Asia’s Music Video “Mystique”

3 Nov

I LOVE period pieces! I also LOVE hip hop! This music video was an awesome collaboration of seemingly different worlds. And yet it all flows very cleanly. I’m very happy to have worked on the wardrobe, and with some awesome people!

When Varras Tower (the director) approached me about this project, he initially asked about making the costumes from scratch. Of course my immediate concern was time and budget. A period piece set in the 1890s requires a lot of attention to detail on the wardrobe. We were faced with the dilemma of having looks that were authentic to the period, but still in budget and fitting to Varras’ vision. We decided on an original Victorian look with a pinch of goth and a dash of steampunk. The game plan being to purchase and rent reproduction costumes, mixed with some vintage items that I had in my collection, and a few of my hand made accessories to complete the looks.

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Styling a Music Video! E-Turn & SPS “Lucid”

8 Apr

Styling music videos is something I have always wanted to get in to since I started making clothes. I finally had the opportunity when Orlando emcee E-Turn asked me to be a part of her music video for “Lucid”, a track off of her latest album- Dark Trust. Directed by Varras Tower, this project was so fun to work on and came out amazing!

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The theme is that E-Turn and her hip hop crew are hanging out on the Daytona beach boardwalk and arcade when they run into a punk/biker guy and get into a mini altercation with him. He calls his crew in, and it turns into a dance off between the hip hop and the punk/bikers. Continue reading

Orlando MC Eturn on Women in Hip Hop, Underground vs. Mainstream, and her Upcoming Tour!

27 May

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Recently I caught up with Eturn- the quickly uprising female mc, who has been creating an awesome buzz in Orlando’s hip hop scene as of late.

Her debut video for the single “Come Close” with DJ SPS was released last Tuesday. It completes the essence of the song by taking you on a mind bending tour of the contrast between mistrust in different aspects of life, while examining the issue of conformity in politics and in hip hop. I also took notice that in the video, she leaves the psychiatrist’s office the same way she went in, giving reassurance to trust your own instinct. Seeing the video moved me to reach out to her to discuss women in hip hop, the underground versus the mainstream, and what she has planned next.

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