Poet Tyson Amir Releases First Video from "Black Boy Poems" • Word Is Bond

By Jessica Helen Brant

Two minutes into spoken word activist Tyson Amir’s poem “Between Huey and Malcolm,” we hear the poet lay down his bottom line:

“This land is a Robert Kirkman graphic novel, for it feeds f the blood our young.”

Tyson’s poem, the first released in his series video poetry titled Black Boy Poems, is a rhetorically defiant work casting the fever pitch American race relations as a real-life equivalent to The Walking Dead. The Bay area author and musician, whose father was a member  the Black Panther party and whose mother was actively involved in the black liberation movement during the 1960s, sets up a dialogue between two powerful civil rights leaders and opens it up to the rest the country. Through his language literature and knowledge hip hop, Tyson speaks on his experiences as an American black man standing witness to the mechanization a beast. Programmed to feed f class disparages, inflamed racial relations, and the compliance capitalist agendas, the beast goes scavenging for its daily fix:

“Our appendages are the meat fleshy mango stuck in teeth, to be plucked and sucked in moments after the feast.”

In memoriam to some the human beings lost to police violence in America, Tyson voices his disappointment in a broken system, a system that could not and would not spare the lives people like Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, and Walter Scott. Their battles could not be won, but their fights continues on through the work people like Tyson:

“We can’t opt out / we can’t drop out / especially when the cops is out / that index itch you when the gun come out / we go to sleep dreaming at night wishin’ it would all run out and be replaced by something different when the sun come out.”

“Between Huey and Malcolm” is an important piece within the Black Lives Movement, which is larger than us all. For more Black Boy Poems, subscribe to Tyson Amir’s YouTube page: