Straight from the Heart

from the Ameenah Collection

by Princess Ameenah


Book Details

Bold, sensuous, honest, and enlightening-

This book flows with rhythmic insight. ‘Straight from the Heart’ is colorful, soulful, and socially informative. It covers the dynamic phases of our experiences in a society where institutional racism exists, and poetically explores the challenges Black women are engaged in with ‘How Should I Wear My Crown?’ This is a book of spoken word worth reading. Baba Jabali Wazuri (Educator, activist) “and Princess Ameenah dazzled the audience with her poetry and song.” Healthy Music Matters Ms. Toni Washington (2006) Philadelphia, PA Versatility Entertainment & Image Awards 2006. Sister Ameenah is truly a warrior queen. Her verve and desire to share her poetry bring the readers into a written vortex of ‘Ka Ba’ (soul, spirit) expression that is worthy of the Kentakes (Ethiopian Queens) from which she is ascended. Readers of this volume of poetry will know that they are reading within the realm of an artist whose familiarity with human expression is extraordinaire. This book is a valuable and worthy read.Iya Adjua, Phd (Educator)Philadelphia, PA.‘Straight from the Heart’ is a proud and passionate expression from a true Diva. It is a revelation of our greatness and struggles. I was truly entertained, yet the book was instructional, and taught me what dancing means. Donald Jackson (Educator)Philadelphia, PA


Book Excerpt

How Should I Wear My Crown? My face is ready, set to greet The world and speak it’s part. My clothes are finely tailored And I’m feeling great at heart My body’s set to deal with life - Set for out on the town. Then I look at me and I ask, “How Should I Wear My Crown?” Should I tease it, wrap or curl it, Or braid it a design? Should I shape around the edges? Trimmed or cut it must look fine! Should I loc it, weave it, dress it - Press it - add fine jewels, or pin it down! Clip a bang - or a bun - Don my straw hat just for fun – I don’t know – which style, which one? “How Should I Wear My Crown?”


About the Author

Princess Ameenah

This book is an endeavor to beautify the world... to make it a better place. It is designed to generate enhanced perspectives and perceptions about urban youth and their families. Princess Ameenah is president of a non-profit organization that designs drama programs to address community concerns. She is an Occupational therapist who is also certified in Restorative Practices. The princess sees stories... in people’s eyes, and sometimes tears in the hearts of youth she encounters. Some tears are silver... some are crystal, and some are blue. The tears are shed in 'Straight from the Heart'. Princess Ameenah is an eldest daughter, mother to three sons, godmother, sister, friend, lover and community activist. Her projects and endeavors are heartfelt attempts to uplift the image of African Americans, and particularly to let the world know the beauty and powerful great legacies of African American women... as she creates her own beautiful legend.



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