Ashay Speaks: Poetry on Courage and Black Survivors of the Holocaust is a unique and timely literary contribution to the humanities of the twenty-first century. It is a result of research she conducted, while in an Art and Humanities graduate program. Her emphasis is on the black experience both here in the U.S. and Europe. Ashay Speaks about life and love as she tells the stories through her poetic ventures. She focuses on her ancestry and create art that edifies the African American community, with a rich tapestry of language, that engulfs the brains of the reader, with the nuances of her literary style. Ashay uses the imagination to bring fourth images that satisfies all levels of poetic intrigue. Her works brings The Black Victims of Hitler out of obscurity, which is a little-known fact among the general public and rarely part of the African American History discourse in academic settings and cultural events. Ashay Speaks will become a catalysis to change that educational dilemma by giving voice to the understanding of the Second Diaspora of African Americans. Written to encourage the human intellect to excel during difficult times, is her poetry on courage. Ashay’s passion for poetry provides her a platform to disseminate information, and teach lessons of tolerance and humility, as it fuels the flames of creativity. Her poetry is a reflection of a keen sense of responsivity to the African American’s Diaspora celebrating a legacy of triumph and acknowledging the contributions, to the humanity by other artist such as: Miles Davis, Phyllis Wheatly and Dr. Mae Jamison. Her poetic pen is persuasive; becoming a counter-narrative, to the hegemonic discourse of historical and present day oppression and misrepresentation, of the Black community in America. Ashay writes because her pen is a powerful tool for liberation. In the pages of Ashay Speaks, lies the birthing process and labor of poetic love. The Ekphrastic poetry is based on the art work of visual artist, black Holocaust victim of Jewish descent, Josef Nassy. In this work she pays tribute to another, black victim of Hitler’s, Valida Snow, as a musician herself, Ashay’s rhythms and timing with words are evident in the way her verses flow. Read to learn, as you are uplifted and catapulted to a new level of understanding and wisdom, as Ashay Speaks with her pen.
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6/15/2020 My cousin said, “those Eady men aren’t no good.” My thoughts about grandmother’s shame I understood. My grandmother pacing back and forth on wood. Back and forth from room to room she’d roam. Back and forth sighing and crying with a moan. Back and forth side to side she would pray. Lawd let grandmother see…