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  • Today,

  • a baffled lady observed

  • the shell where my soul dwells

  • And announced that I'm

  • "articulate"

  • Which means that when it comes

  • to enunciation and diction

  • I don't even think of it

  • Cause I’m "articulate"

  • So when my professor asks a question

  • And my answer is tainted with a connotation

  • of urbanized suggestion

  • There’s no misdirected intention

  • Pay attention

  • Cause I’m “articulate

  • So when my father asks, “Whakinda ting is dis?”

  • Myarticulateanswer never goes amiss

  • I sayfather, this is the impending problem at hand

  • And when I’m on the block

  • I switch it up just because I can

  • So when my boy says, “What’s good with you son?”

  • I just say, “I jusfall out wit dem people but I done!”

  • And sometimes in class

  • I might pause the intellectual sounding flow to ask

  • Yo! Why dese books neva be about my peoples

  • Yes, I have decided to treat

  • all three of my languages as equals

  • Because I’m “articulate

  • But who controls articulation?

  • Because the English language is a multifaceted oration

  • Subject to indefinite transformation

  • Now you may think that it is ignorant to speak broken English

  • But I’m here to tell you that evenarticulateAmericans

  • sound foolish to the British

  • So when my Professor comes on the block and says, “Hello

  • I stop him and sayNoooo

  • Youre being inarticulate

  • the proper way is to saywhat’s good’”

  • Now you may think that’s too hood, that’s not cool

  • But I’m here to tell you that even our language has rules

  • So when Mommy mocks me and says

  • yall-be-madd-going-to-the-store

  • I sayMommy, no, that sentence is not following the law

  • Never does the word "madd" go before a present participle

  • That’s simply the principle of this English

  • If I had the vocal capacity I would

  • sing this from every mountaintop,

  • From every suburbia, and every hood

  • Cause the only God of language is the one recorded in the Genesis

  • Of this world sayingit is good"

  • So I may not always come before you

  • with excellency of speech

  • But do not judge me by my language and assume

  • That I’m too ignorant to teach

  • Cause I speak three tongues

  • One for each:

  • Home, school and friends

  • I’m a tri-lingual orator

  • Sometimes I’m consistent with my language now

  • Then switch it up so I don’t bore later

  • Sometimes I fight back two tongues

  • While I use the other one in the classroom

  • And when I mistakenly mix them up

  • I feel crazy like … I’m cooking in the bathroom

  • I know that I had to borrow your language

  • because mines was stolen

  • But you can’t expect me to speak your history wholly

  • while mines is broken

  • These words are spoken

  • By someone who is simply fed up with

  • the Eurocentric ideals of this season

  • And the reason I speak a composite version of your language

  • Is because mines was raped away along with my history

  • I speak broken English so the profusing gashes can remind us

  • That our current state is not a mystery

  • I’m so tired of the negative images that are driving my people mad

  • So unless youve seen it rob a bank stop calling my hair bad

  • I’m so sick of this nonsensical racial disparity

  • So don’t call it good unless your hair is known

  • for donating to charity

  • As much as has been raped away from our people

  • How can you expect me to treat their imprint on your language

  • As anything less than equal

  • Let there be no confusion

  • Let there be no hesitation

  • This is not a promotion of ignorance

  • This is a linguistic celebration

  • That’s why I put "tri-lingual" on my last job application

  • I can help to diversify your consumer market

  • is all I wanted them to know

  • And when they call me for the interview

  • I’ll be more than happy to show that

  • I can say:

  • What’s good

  • Whatagwan

  • And of course …“Hello

  • Because I’m “articulate

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

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