Black boy magic on the L train
In NY, one thing tourists never expect while riding the subway are the teenage b-boy pole dancers. I remember seeing this black boy magic for the first time. It was a full show complete with a hype-man, a speaker and mind-blowing talent. It looks like this: boys running into a train, setting up music, hyping up passengers, doing back flips, pole stunts and all types of stuff in the perfectly-timed train ride with enough time to collect small change. All the shows start the same, “excuse us ladies and gentlemen, we’re about to perform for you instead of sell drugs or rob you.” The travelers give a nervous laugh and the show begins. It’s as if the boys are aware of how they are stereotyped, throw it in the faces of the prejudiced and entertain them instead. For only $2.50, no, $2.75, passengers get a dope show on a boring train ride
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Raven Cras is a new New Yorker, author of “Notes from Life,” poet, activist and Spelman College grad. Her objective as a writer and a thought leader is to create a lasting impact on social cultural progress by developing reader content that challenges perspectives and beliefs. But overall she be chillin’. Follow her poems on Instagram at @apoem2go or read her mind on Twitter @apeacee.