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One of several poems I learned to love in my childhood, Hey Black Child shaped my youth and my growth, and inspired me to be all that I wanted to be. Thanks to Chicago, Useni Eugene Perkins and my teachers, family and community for laying a strong foundation for this Black Child. And here's to us all doing the same.

About "Hey Black Child"

Hey Black Child was originally a song that was adapted into a poem, written by Chicago-based and -born writer Useni Eugene Perkins (NOT Countee Cullen) for his play "The Black Fairy." It was performed at the Lamont Zeno Theater at the Better Boys Foundation on Chicago's South Side for over 5,000 children and adults in Chicago, and then in Detroit, from 1974 to 1975. So anniversary wishes are in order! And much gratitude to Useni Eugene Perkins for his inspiring work.

Somewhere in me, I knew the author of the poem had Chicago ties (Chi-town stand up!), so I'm glad to have been corrected, so as to continue the thread of honoring Chicago poets in these shadow days of National Poetry Month. ...and who knows? Maybe one day I'll be part of a re-staging of "The Black Fairy" :)

If you're interested in hearing the original song (which my version sounds nothing like), shoot me an email and I'll share it with you.


released April 30, 2015
Recorded and mixed by Edson Sean in Brooklyn, NY.
Mastered by LANDR.
Music by Blackdaylight.
Vocal arrangement and voice(s) by ArinMaya.



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ArinMaya New York

She loved music first. And so music loved her back.
ArinMaya is a dynamic artist, combining elements of soul, jazz, folk and electrobeat in her music that speaks of love, hope, passion, power and everything above and below.
Born in Chicago and residing in Brooklyn, ArinMaya has performed in New York, Chicago, DC, Paris and Berlin and has much more to give. www.arinmaya.com
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