Black History Month – Langston Hughes – Madam and the Phone Bill

 

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The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is Madam and the Phone Bill. During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.

I am sharing the following video of me reading the poem. I am sure you will be able to see how much I enjoyed it from my expressions in the video. If you like the poem, record a video of your own performance of it and share it with me in the comments or email it to me at : janeanedavis@janeanesworld.com . Let’s have fun with it!

 


Madam and the Phone Bill

You say I O.K.ed
LONG DISTANCE
O.K.ed it when?
My goodness Central
That was then.

I am mad and disgusted
With that Negro now
I don’t pay no REVERSED
CHARGES nohow.

You say I will pay it-
Else you’ll take out my phone?
You better let
My phone alone.

I didn’t ask him
To telephone me
Roscoe knows darn well
LONG DISTANCE
Ain’t free.

If I ever catch him
Lawd, have pity!
Calling me up
From Kansas City.

Just to say he loves me!
I knowed that was so.
Why didn’t he tell me somethin’
I didn’t know?

For instance, what can
Them other girls do
That Alberta K Johnson
Can’t do – and more too?

What’s that Central?
You say you don’t care
Nothing about my
Private affair?

Well, even less about your
PHONE BILL does I care!

Un-hummm-m! . . . Yes!
You say I gave my O.K. ?
Well, that O.K. you may keep-

But I sure ain’t gonna pay!

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Black History Month – Langston Hughes – Dream Variations

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The poem of the day for today’s Black History Month Langston Hughes celebration is “Dream Variations.” During February each year, people all across the United States celebrate Black History Month. Things are no different here at Janeane’s World. This month I am copying an idea I got from my friend Pammy Pam over at An Unconventional Librarian and I am devoting the entire month to the poems of my favorite author and poet, Langston Hughes. I will share a poem a day for the entire month.

 

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You may ask what place does poetry or celebrations of Black History month have in this blog that was created to encourage, inspire and motivate women to be their best at work and home. I would answer that I am an African-American woman so black history is my history and when you understand and appreciate it, you come closer to understanding and appreciating me. I would also answer that poetry, like all forms of artistic expression fuels our passions, gives us hope makes us think and makes our lives richer and better.  

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3 Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Langston Hughes “Mother to Son:

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Langston Hughes is an iconic figure from the Harlem Renaissance. His poems, letters, short stories and books gave voice to an entire generation at a pivotal point in American History. He is worth celebrating because his work was just that good. He is worth celebrating because he influenced generations of poets, writers and essayists who followed him. He is worth celebrating because he is my favorite author of all time.