Time Square has the Naked Cowboy. Harlem has the Black Cherokee. Since 1969 he can be found in Harlem. “Tough and strong like George Foreman, fast and small like Mohommed Ali..and I got little bit of Frazier in me. Your not wealthy unless your healthy.” I came across him at 125th & Lenox avenue. Mr. Houston, 58, calls himself “Black Cherokee” because he is, in fact, part Cherokee, has created something of a performance art. He was stopping traffic on 125th.
Many drivers slowed and honked, waved and yelled hello. Many seemed to know him by his first name, or his nickname. Mr. Houston, a vegetarian, talks about the importance of eating right and avoiding liquor, cigarettes and drugs. He often poses with pieces of fruit, he says, to promote good nutrition.
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Harlem on my mind since 1969
My song Hold Up Your Head Black Cherokee
Lyrics – They wouldn’t let me eat the way I wanted to but I used my Head and I made do
They said that I was bad but I knew that I was good so I kept on working knowing I would make it yes I would Hold Up Your Head Black Cherokee hold up your head and smile Hold Up Your Head Black Cherokee you got a right to be proud
The art and music songs go together making something new with you peek a boo
Hey think outside the Box
I never was in the Box
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls
The art in me
Survey say that 85% of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables
I say If a thing is not building it must be decaying
American people equals America
How we gone save the children not taking care of ourselves???
It took work to build America and it’s gone take work to make it a better America
Lead follow are get out the way
That’s all I have to say
The first Shogun