Raw Talk with Raw the Poet

So this time around I got a chance to talk to a New York native and dope poet. Her birth name is Radhaysa Guzman, but she goes by Raw the Poet. That is exactly what she is bringing to the table a Raw flavor that you can feel in your spirit. Whether she is speaking of break ups, women empowerment, or social injustices the connection she makes between a paper and pen is able to directly connect with your soul. I enjoyed talking to Raw; now I want you to jump into our talk, and hopefully you’re inspired by the end. 

Q: Can you please give use your name, background, business name, and business background. 

A: My given name is Radhaysa Guzman, Brooklyn born and Manhattan raised. I am a proud female, from New York, who has taken to writing as her passionate lover. I am currently working on many business ideas, while earning my business communication degree at the lovely Berkeley College.

Q: What made you choose the name Raw the Poet?

A: Raw the Poet became my alter ego, but in all reality, I saw the alter ego become an expression of my soul. Raw being what I want to manifest and Poet being who I was born to be. I chose this profile name in a mental fog and it stuck. I found it pretty cool since I chose my own name. I want to be criticized, but for, what I know everyone wants to say and feels. I am willing to be completely naked (raw) for the people or public.

Q: In Entry #197 Rare Event who was the beautiful bandit and what feeling was it supposed to evoke?

A: I spoke about my own experience. The experience of a sudden break up where I was proud of leaving. I felt free of displeasure, but angry at the same time, because of the time invested into a relationship myself conscious could not agree with. It was almost as if the universe traveled through me and knocked my head on straight. I hope a female or man feeling undervalued can read Rare Event and feel evoked to walk away from a situation tat cannot serve them. 

Q: In Entry #196 Sun Child you spoke of a woman with sun kissed skin, so beautifully and fluid, what did you want women, especially of color, to take from this?

A: I wanted women of color (tribal women) to realize their skin is a trade mark, a beautiful trade mark. In America it seems as if your skin color defines your status, I wanted women, of color, to know we are the flowers the sun is looking for. Brown to black skin, we are rich in beauty and no historical book written by prejudice people can change my perception on the beauty behind “colored skin”. Taino or African tribes. We are euphoric beauties and should accept the way we walk, talk, dress, and continue to reinvent the beauty quota.
Q: I love Entry #155 Life Comment because it leaves room for the imagination, but what is It? What does it be like to you?

A: I meant to evoke the imagination of my readers. It became a regular statement for me living in New York. When I say “it be like that” it means things cannot be changed. For example cycles and build in society ideas.

Q: When people read your words what is the overall message or feeling you want to convey?

A: I want people to feel moved from their deepest emotional mind, so they can heal. I feel the biggest help to an emotional situation, which is a situation faced by everyone, is knowing you’re not alone with your crazy thoughts or mixed emotions. I want people to get, IT IS OKAY TO FEEL AND QUESTION!!!! PLEASE QUESTION! EVERYTHING THAT COMES INTO MANIFESTATION.

Q: Through your writing your gender is ambiguous, is this intentional?

A: It very much is. I know myself to be ambiguous, even with my taste in fashion. I honestly believe I am a split soul. A combination of two souls who wanted the same exact life experience. Some people will call me crazy and that’s fine as well. (This question made me smile).

Q: How do you see your poetry evolving in time?

A: I see my poetry evolving into books and artistic work.

Q: For your fans, where can they find your work? Do you perform live?
A: My supporters can find my totally free material on Instagram @ rawthepoet were I am constantly dropping poetry and they can give a Facebook like to my Artist page @ https://www.facebook.com/rawthepoet. I am working on an Etsy idea were specific pieces can be bought. I will let your reader know and of course anyone following my poetry will be notified how I will go about special material. It might me very artistic… You guys have caught me early in my communication career.

That was our Raw Talk with Raw the Poet. If you found interest in her work, or want to explore her artistry more connect with her on social media. She is personally and professionally on Facebook. If she has interested you as a person and you want to know more about Radhaysa; you can search her at Radhaysa Guzman. If you are interested in her artistry you can find that at http://www.facebook.com/rawthepoet! Tune back in on Saturday to catch Mr.Roundtree’s interview about real hip hop. Thanks for tuning in, and I’ll leave you guys on a poetic note. 



Value the Past by Aliya Garfield

It is said that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. Notice the quote says doomed rather than fortunate. It is not a good thing to have to cycle repeatedly through the past but that is exactly the case. The problem is we don’t know our history. ‘Blacks’ and other so called ‘minority groups’ are held down by a system of oppression whether you want to believe it or not. This system has painted a rosy picture of “Americans” and a negative and often shameful history of blacks and others. The way the system works is the power group feels that they deserve the privilege of being in the power group for no reason other than that they are a part of the power group. This message is received from parents and is passed down the generations and is manifested in the patriarchy, white privilege and nepotism. The same thing is happening on the flip side with the oppressed group. Oppressed people internalize negative myths about themselves and pass that negative thinking and the negative effects of this thinking to their children. This is manifested in lost identity, self-hate and group hate, low self-worth, as well as assimilation to power group. All these things each come with their own sets of issues that are super effective at perpetuating the system. The only way to stop the confusion is to bust the myths and educate ourselves and each other. Instead of continually perpetuating the confusion learning our past and leaving our piece is of grave importance. Everyone has opinions and ideas about what we need to do in order to make changes or up our status in The United States as the black community. Well I say the first thing to do is learn yourself both individually and as a whole community. Studying the past helps you see patterns in the present guiding you on how to deal and maneuver. People who pay attention to history are not surprised by black men being shot down in the street and their white murderers walking away with no sweat off their brow. This has been happening and will continue to happen if everyone wants to act stunned every time they hear about it on the news. The shock is being stirred up by the media when in reality this has been the norm in America since before the first Fourth of July. Slave laws are on the books in the colonies as early as the 1640. More than 100 years before 1776 slavery was an institution in what would become the United States of America. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Beautiful words written by Thomas Jefferson that he did not apply to the people of his time that looked like me or my family members. Any country that can claim all men to be equal in the first line of their Declaration of Independence and at the same time sanction the institution of racial slavery is deceitful in its inception. This country never meant to include us as anything other than a silent labors force so don’t make the mistake of thinking the value of black life should have gone up in American standards just because of the civil rights era. It is time to recognize what is going on here so we don’t have to repeat it.  Don’t be a passive critic of life. Document your stories, the stories of your elders and help your children start their chapters. Teach them to leave their piece of history. This is important because this is how the future children will know what we did and how we lived and dealt with our problems and what were our successes. By creating primary sources that document our time our progeny won’t face the issues of only learning half a revised history. They also won’t have to deal with being forced into a box. When you don’t know yourself you believe the labels forced on you. All of this can stop the cyclical pattern of oppression. When all the negative myths are abolished we can work to together as a community without having to grapple with all the effects of oppression. This is the Black history month challenge, learn your history that the revisionists don’t want you to know. For the month of February I pledge to give up all the hours I would have spent watching reality tv to studying, writing and sharing with others. By putting a higher value on history I am committing to change. How will you commit to change?