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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2005
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The first time I heard this album, and the previous Like A Ripple on a Pond, I was a freshman at Ohio State University, away from home and on my own for the first time in my life, and living around more white folks than I could imagine inhabited the planet. As only one of less than 1500 minority students of all races at a university that had over 40,000 students on its main campus, I felt as powerless and as insignificant as a gnat facing down a 100 watt light bulb. But then the word came down that Nikki Giovanni would be performing her poetry at the student union. I got to hear the sister speak live the words that I had repeated over and over as I listened to the albums on my record player. It was so good to be in a room full of folks like me who could speak every word of the poetry we had memorized as we played the albums over and over, time and again. The sister was church, a soulful experience. The gospel of Bernard Diggs and the New York Community Choir, the power of Sister Nikk's poetry made my small, cramped dorm space bearable. Nikki Giovanni, along with Dick Gregory, made the experience of being a speck of color in a sea of white bearable. Her poetry renewed my strength, gave me courage, and made me want to get past all the hurts and insults too often black students on all white campuses had to endure in those early days when we were the first vanguard of blacks that walked through the doors the civil rights movement had opened just a crack. And now years later I am a professor of English. I use the sister's peotry as often as I can, both Truth is on Its Way and Like a Ripple on a Pond. They are my most vibrant teaching tools as examples of free verse, imagery, rhyme and meter. I am happy to say that it is my younger white students who are the most swept up in the spirit after hearing How I Got Over or a Ripple on a Pond for the first time. I get the same reply, "Don't turn that off. I want to hear the whole CD." I am glad I can tell them where they can get it. Lord knows, a sister is tired of making copies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 1999
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I used to have the original albums of this and a couple other of her works with the gospel choirs. Nikki's poems have a kind of flair that not only tickle your funny bone but also make you think. I am glad that my search has brought me here. Now I will be able to share with my children what I enjoyed when I was younger. This young lady has a lot of love and it shows in what she has shared with us. Her poems are so colorful that you could close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on the porch next to the "lady of leisure" (you could see the pride and years of survival in her eyes) or standing right there as she brings the scene to life in the "Alabama Poem" (my favorite*). Ms Giovani is to poetry what Minnie Ripperton is to music. The music and poetry will take you to a place where you can truely feel all of your senses. Play it, then play it again and hear (see) something beautiful! Thanks Nikki, from Midas in Okinawa, Japan. This review is from what I remember hearing on the albums. I will revisit this review after I receive the CD's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this ALBUM 31 years ago, when I was 13. I memorized every poem on it. I played it so much, I wore the poor thing out. I was delighted when I came across the CD. I can't begin to express how this collection of poems touched my life. There is something for every mood and feeling. If you have never heard it, get it and get uplifted!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2000
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I bought the LP years ago and loved it. I played it so much that the sound quality is poor. I feel blessed to be able to own the CD. And now, years later as I listen to it with more mature ears....words cannot express the power and love I feel. Nikki's words fill me with a true sense of pride to be a beautiful African-American woman, proud to be who I am and where I've been. Her words help me understand what it means to learn from our older family members and friends. Unless you have a heart of rocks you will love this CD. You will find yourself singing along with the choir, LOUD, and lifting your hands in praise!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2003
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I first heard this in LP form at my grandmother's home when I was a child. Then, it was very popular in our family as well as our neighbors' families, especially Nikki being a Chicagoan. It was nice I thought, but I did not realize how important this work was until I grew into adulthood. The music is music for the soul and second to none. Superbly arranged and performed. The poetry is right on point, comforting, informative, and distressing but mostly comforting . Every American should have this work in their home and introduce it to their family and community.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2000
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Truth is on the Way is predictable yet astounding!Its the perfect paradox, everything wonderful you wouldexpect of Nikki and didn't.I didn't expect to love Nikki anymore did i already do , neither appreciate her morebut beware, absorbing this piece will leave you asking, "Now how the hell did she do that?" Simply amazing. Get it, feel it, cherish it.If you dig chamomile tea, hey need i say more. Ahhh! so nice to be free...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Nikki Giovanni is a Ground-Breaking Poet.Taking Her Work to the CHurch gives it even more Power&Light.You Feel The Force of Her Words&Emotions.this will tap into your SPiritual Soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2010
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Truth Is on Its Way
It was inspiring hearing Ms. Giovanni's words again!I couldn't find my LP to play for my nephew & neice in Tennessee, so I ordered the CD.The poems helped me explaine a movement and the responsibility we have for our actions. As for me, well, I am moved to action once again. . .women. . .health care reform. . .education! We have come full circle and Nikki Giovanni is once again inspiring a new generation.

Linda Fowler
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2008
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WOW! I'm still shouting and crying. The intertwining of the Gospel songs with Ms. Giovanni's poetry was so heart warming and inspirational. The selection of songs were perfectly matched with the poems and opened my mind to a better understanding and appreciaton for both. There is nothing left to say but AMEN!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2004
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This is one of the greatest albums of any genre. The poetry is outstanding and so is the gospel music. You will listen to this work over and over again.
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