Book & Art of Twice the First Time

Book & Art of Twice the First Time

From Napoleon Vox

I've created an amazing multi-media show RE: my great grand aunts, conjoined twins, Millie~Christine McKoy. Your support will help document it with books & art. All contributors will receive a copy of the first printing.

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Update #7

about 2 years ago

ESCAPE

don’t let your legs stop moving baby
another step we free maybe
i slipped and tripped on my 2 left feet
couldn’t hold rhythm caught up in the beat

it’s a paradox the best affliction
keepin all connection, from first inception
well aware, omni-directional
crystal clear intersectional

get up
keep up
don’t stop
feet up
we must
keep us
speed up
to free us

but we can’t go no faster (can’t move)
gotta be more clever than the master

we must
keep us
speed up
to free us
but we can’t speed up

can’t go no faster (to win)
must out smart the master

if we run (and we should)
they’ll see we gone (cause they always search good)
then they run (like always)
get their dogs & guns (from the hallways)
if we live, (we might not)
then back we come (to the fight spot)
right where we begun (that’s dam shame)
and that ain’t no fun

heart beat
break beat
Motown
break free
escape crazy
living
making
slavely labor
for the young to be more free
all this pain
so they could just forget me
but if you have to
to grab your break through
I’ll be happy
cut free
let me
leave you
to get your breakthrough

get up
keep up
don’t stop
feet up
we must
keep us
speed up
to free us

but we can’t go no faster (if we can’t move)
gotta out think the master

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In Twice the First Time, Cincinnati-based Napoleon Maddox performs and retells the true story of his great-grand aunts, conjoined twins Millie-Christine. Born into slavery in 1851, Millie-Christine lived an extraordinary life jumping between autonomy and captivity, emancipation and exploitation. Here, Maddox uses the hyphen separating Millie-Christine as a metaphor for "Black" life in America; trapped between two identities, examined and exhibited.

While Millie-Christine were inspected and labeled sideshow freaks, they defiantly self-identified as "beautifully and wonderfully made.” Twice The First Time celebrates this strength, bringing Millie-Christine to life with poetry, song, and scenography that draws on the powerful metaphor present in their story; the truth of Africans living American, captured persons living free, and the objectified claiming dignity. Mining the experiences and documents of Millie-Christine’s performances, speculative fiction will be developed via youth workshops both in Cincinnati and abroad and woven into the narrative, introducing audiences to Millie-Christine as she was then, and would be now.

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Napoleon Vox posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #7

ESCAPE

don’t let your legs stop moving baby
another step we free maybe
i slipped and tripped on my 2 left feet
couldn’t hold rhythm caught up in the beat

it’s a paradox the best affliction
keepin all connection, from first inception
well aware, omni-directional
crystal clear intersectional

get up
keep up
don’t stop
feet up
we must
keep us
speed up
to free us

but we can’t go no faster (can’t move)
gotta be more clever than the master

we must
keep us
speed up
to free us
but we can’t speed up

can’t go no faster (to win)
must out smart the master

if we run (and we should)
they’ll see we gone (cause they always search good)
then they run (like always)
get their dogs & guns (from the hallways)
if we live, (we might not)
then back we come (to the fight spot)
right where we begun (that’s dam shame)
and that ain’t no fun

heart beat
break beat
Motown
break free
escape crazy
living
making
slavely labor
for the young to be more free
all this pain
so they could just forget me
but if you have to
to grab your break through
I’ll be happy
cut free
let me
leave you
to get your breakthrough

get up
keep up
don’t stop
feet up
we must
keep us
speed up
to free us

but we can’t go no faster (if we can’t move)
gotta out think the master

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Napoleon Vox posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #6

I started off wanting to illustrate "Escape" w/ smthg like a GIF of the poem & image of Black feet running, but I ended up with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaPW9FE1SFI

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Napoleon Vox posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #5

Welcome to 2017 everyone!
We have some work to do.
In so many ways ... that statement doesn't require a lot of explanation.
I can just say I am proud and reflective about our ability and responsibility as artists in these times.

Today I will share a few different representations, and considerations of the poem "ESCAPE" that will appear in the book and performance "Twice the First Time" ... This poem speculates on thoughts and words of Millie-Christine had they ever discussed 'physical' ESCAPE ...

The topic is rich. I hope you will share you thoughts, in response to what I share.

Unity & Reflection,
Napoleon

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Napoleon Vox posted a new update:
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Update #4

well on the way to creating literary work that could be on our shelves with these .. to all supporters and motivators present & future .. THANK YOU!!!

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Update #3

This is amazing ... I can see that people are moved and see the potential of this creation ... We launched 3 days ago (Sunday, December 18) and supporters have already pushed us pass 25% our goal. Merci, Danke, Grazie, Gracias THANK YOU!!!
Napoleon

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Update #2

YOOO !! Incredible artist, Mike Fleisch of Chase Public just boosted us up to 12.5% of our goal !! Thanks comrade!

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Napoleon Vox posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #1

A heartfelt thanks to Laura J, Pam K, Chris D, 'Mega K, Donna R, & Anne G. for 7.5% of our goal w/i 12 hours of launch! THANK U & MERCI BEAUCOUP!
#TwiceTheFirstTime #MillieChristine #art, #poetry & #documentation.

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