By Maria Beale Fletcher:
The outrageous energies of August 2020 can be summed up by the soulful creations of James Baldwin, Walt Kelly, and Michael Jackson. All three were born in August.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." Cartoonist, animator (Pinocchio, Fantasia, etc.), and philosopher Walt Kelly (born August 25, 1913) could have written these words today when describing the behaviors in so many neighborhoods throughout America and the world. Spoken by Pogo, the opossum, in his syndicated comic strip Pogo (1948–1975), Kelly articulated his philosophical outlook through his cartoon animals.
In Sonny's Blues, writer, essayist, and activist James Baldwin (born August 2, 1924) wrote:"The world waited outside, as hungry as a tiger, and that trouble stretched above us, longer than the sky." Baldwin wrote of the abusive horrors of his childhood (beginning with his Baptist minister father, a former slave) and youth in America as a gay Black man. He then escaped to France at the age of 24, hoping to experience a less-painful life, returning to America years later.
Michael Jackson (born August 29, 1958) also wrote of injustice and love. His uncanny ability to imprint his artistic genius throughout his original music (such as "Black or White" and "Dangerous") and moonwalk choreography will forever touch the hearts of generations around the world. Jackson wrote, sang, and performed the many truths of what it means to be human in the body of an international icon. People of all ages continue to idolize the man who tragically died so young.
This August, a piece of wisdom worth remembering comes from the pen of James Baldwin and The Fire Next Time:"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law."
Baldwin, Kelly, and Jackson, all born in August, used their pain as the catalyst to create the art that inspires, entertains and educates the world today. Our lives have been made richer by their contributions and the gifts of all those born in August.
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Number 1, in August 2020 you are convinced of your invincibility and that you are the only one with the right answer! Time to get over that and begin to address new ways of binge working in isolation. You can begin to use those wonderful ideas of yours that seem to evolve when you have your head in the clouds. Your creative abilities are quite remarkable. Therefore, examine your patterns of thought and eliminate those that have never created the outcomes you want. Use discernment with all who clamor for your friendship.