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Bill Cosby On Slavery (Black Intelligentsia)

Our struggle for freedom is 500years even if for to many there is a feeling of WHATS GOING ON… Many ancestors, elders and freedom fighters have uses their creative intelligence to educate, transform, inform and heal… Mr. Cosby remains creatively fearless.

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blackpeopledoshittoo:

sensei-aishitemasu:

Rudy Giuliani’s daughter arrested for shoplifting and is labelled ‘rebellious;’

Winona Ryder caught on camera shoplifting and found not-guilty.

Mike Brown ‘allegedly’ steals $.50 swisher and is executed for ‘robbery.’ 

Important.

In addition to that, the officer who murdered Michael Brown did not shoot him because of the alleged robbery and in fact did not even know he was a robbery suspect, which still raises the question.. why did he shoot an unarmed teenager in the back 9-10 times, despite the fact that the teenager had his hands up. 

According to that first article, because he was “walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic”…. 

ALSO HE DIDNT EVEN STEAL IT

THAT WASNT HIM IN THE VIDEO THAT WAS A DIFFERENT DUDE IN A WHOLE DIFFERENT OUTFIT

MICHAEL BROWN WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TIME TO A. STEAL THE CIGARETTE, B. CHANGE CLOTHES AND C. GET ALL THE WAY ACROSS TOWN IN THE FUCKING (6minutes? Check my sources.) BETWEEN THE ROBBERY AND THE MURDER

THATS ANOTHER LIE BEING SPREAD THIS DUDE WAS FUCKING MURDERED FOR NO REASON

AND PS THIS CELEBRATING IN THE STREETS AND SELFIES WITH COPS GOING ON IS BULLSHIT

WHAT A TRANSPARENT, CHEAP ATTEMPT AT MOLLIFICATION

THE REAL PROBLEM HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED DO NOT BE FOOLED AND DO NOT BE CALM

DO NOT REQUEST CHANGE, DEMAND IT!!!!

(Source: New York Post)

The value of safe space; what does it mean to hold a safe space for yourself or another?

Do you remember “home” as a designated location on the playground where you couldn’t be tagged or subject to capture? You could relax there not have to watch your back. You may have even found yourself championing others to reach this space. Extending your self till the tips of your fingers because if they could just touch you as you are touching safety then by extension they   too are safe. This is the most basic example of the importance of having/holding a safe space. Someplace you can breathe easier  and extend yourself. What’s said in such space is sacred, protected, and honored.

When this trust is broken or betrayed it is like a death that individuals need to take time to grieve and then choose to rebirth relationships or let go of the behavior or person you thought was “safe” so you can get back in the game.  Although the next round you may need to reach out to this person again. Funny how that happens .

  In my experience I have found that we to often make excuses for betraying safe spaces and thus our relationships.  Justifying why we just “had to” share with someone other than the owner of a story or experience.  Or listen to someone else’s confidential information or struggle/story for the sake if “knowing”.  We take for granted that someone outside of ourselves whether you’ve known them for 2min or two decades may need more than anything else a trusted space, an honest heart, a sweet word or an ear  that listens without judgement.  

I’ve learned to identify  emotional story eaters as individuals who fish or mine for emotional stories and hold that knowledge as currency. Attaching their own story to yours adding to a storage space of unresolved dramas like a personal Netflix of collected stories disguised as safe conversation. This information is then used  in third party settings to prove that they “know” you better than others… Mixing ones own personal beliefs and judgement with what you think you know about another.  

As an attempt to have clear boundaries as priest we may frame a conversation as “Awo” meaning  sacred  or sensitive to the development or manifestation of a project, idea or healing process of a client or group.

"But it’s natural to share what’s going in your life with your homies!  all this spiritual micro managing can make you self conscious and anti-social. Come on be real."

Well here’s the real…  What you say/ your Ase and the feelings (heart/Ogun) behind those words have the power to heal, curse, bring ease or complicate, provide safety or expose. 

This Is a fact… In a society where so much fiction and entertainment drives interactions between people. This truth can feel isolating but it is still a fact. 

Therefor the habit of speaking only the best about yourself or others is one that is most critical to cultivate early. 

"But that’s not balanced or practical sometimes people piss you off and I lost sleep to waking up extra early to pray and then packing lunch for youth then an 8 hour work day. What he/she said was disrespectful and they needed to be checked. How can you expect us to pray for enemies when enemies fronting as friend are working so hard to block my forward movement???"

There are no simple answers or paths to building character, Here is an analogy.

Warriors who carry lethal weapons don’t seek out enemies to fight. That’s what worriers do. The strongest warriors work hardest within themselves to tread lightly and effortlessly across the earth in reverence to and maintaining of natures balance. Worriers put ego before all else making them the center of everyone’s universe.   Warriors are often the first to apologize, the first to inquire what needs to be done to create a successful relationships. Warriors choose the at times discomfort of silence unless they have something to add to the silence that will make it more beautiful. Worriers fill interactions with “just talk” often not confident or trusting of the process of sharing space.

Warriors use exercise to release and channel. Worriers think about what is stoping them from exercising. Warriors use song, touch and food to heal. Worriers use song, touch and food to get attention or chase pleasure and escape.  Warriors use meditation, rest and reflection to replenish, journals to process. We are all the most disciplined warriors who have known the limitations of worrying. It’s your choice…

"I see where you’re going  but I’m not a priest or some monk…"  Incorrect you are the priest of your household. You have the opportunity to step out of judgement, harness and transform the energy of your space to support you and your families highest destiny and reflect the best of all those your represent. Why else did you chose this path? "But  who has time for all that? Everyday I’m hustling. Can’t you be to spiritual?"

What is it about changing the way we think that has us holding on to excuses? Feeding and justifying insecurities?  Paranoid and seeking other to validate our worries. 

Choose the members of your compound/ village / community carefully. If those who surround you are not actively working towards being more compassionate, trustworthy, forgiving and seeking resolution. If your confidants do not support your purpose and the sacrifices you make to realize it. And you for them…How safe are you? How at home can you be? And how does that speak to the spaces you hold for others? 

THIS IS THE WORK! The ritual we get together to do helps support this work but make no mistake the WORK is all of the challenges that come between visits from your Baba or Iya.

I was once told that you Ancestral alter is the safest space because the honorable Egun are behind and in front of you 100%. Ask then them to help you identify who can hold a safe space for you on your walk and to help you become one who can hold safe spaces for others. 

Learn to pray for those who you feel are your enemies… Not just talk about praying for them or how they need prayer but be about extending yourself. 

 Our youth will experience and witness the fruits of our struggle and kwon how to identify safe spaces and those who take responsibility for maintaining it. They will have no trouble finding home.

ONE LOVE,

 Awo Obaniyi Fasanmi Fayemi Adesanya

United states of Fear

Florida is a State of organized money and organized minds amongst many with in this nation with absolutely no institutional respect or value for the body that I, my brother, father, uncle nor nephew live in unless it is performing in a way that diminishes my spirit and the legacy of those who struggled, sacrifice and died so that I could live or exemplifying a sick one dimensional ideas that perpetuates a psychosis. This is proven in the injustice system and the miss-education systems. Every day with every criminal act of injustice this is reaffirmed. How does this truth make you feel? Does it give you to gaul to fix you mouth and utter that this is the “greatest” nation? Morally policing the rest of the world.. How do you reconcile the contradictions? How do you reaffirm life? Do you introduce the struggle into your privileged spaces or justify repeated murder as someone else’s issue? I pray for the soul of this body politic because nature must find its balance and that process is often times disastrous. Rebellion has always been a natural response to prolonged injustice and Amerikkas greatest threat. But what do we really have to loose?

Setting Course for the future

Inspiration !!!! Imagine if this menu of courses were available when you where choosing a college or what college prep for this curriculum can look like for HS students !?!??
Big up Greg Tate for posting this….
Been meaning to post the Core Curriculum of SF State’s Africana Studies Program since I got back from Cali—thanx again to Dawn-Ellisa Fischer for inviting a brutha out to ‘reason’ as Rasta say w/students, faculty and the community. Immediately glamoured by all this unbought unbossed and unafraid Pro-Black Liberation Pedagogy inna 21st century state-sponsored University program. East of the Rockies you’d have to buy out the stock of mad vendors on 125th St to access even half this vital, grounding information for your young adults. Deeper still, total Per Semester fees are only btw $2,076 to $3225!

Course Title
AFRS 201 Kemet, Afrocentricity, and the Dawn of Science
AFRS 213 Science and Spirituality in Ancient Africa
AFRS 221 African American Music: A 20th Century Survey
AFRS 225 Images and Issues in Black Visual Media
AFRS 301 Africa in Global Perspective
AFRS 302 Black Diaspora
AFRS 303 African American History
AFRS 305 Ancient Egypt
AFRS 326 Black Religion
AFRS 400 Black Arts and Humanities
AFRS 411 African and African American Literature
AFRS 450 African Philosophy and Cosmology
AFRS 525 Black Child Development
AFRS 551 Fieldwork in Africana Studies
AFRS 665 Black Journalism
AFRS 111
Black Cultures and Personalities
AFRS 125
Black Community Involvement Workshop
AFRS 215
Introduction to Black Family Studies
AFRS 256
Hip Hop Workshop
AFRS 290
Malcolm X in the Context of Black Nationalism
AFRS 301
Africa in Global Perspective
AFRS 310
Anthropology of Blackness
AFRS 320
Black Politics, Mass Movements, and Liberation Themes
AFRS 335
The Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis
AFRS 350
Black-Indians in the Americas
AFRS 376
Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens
AFRS 382
African American Economic History
AFRS 551
Fieldwork in Africana Studies
AFRS 600
Proseminar in Africana Studies
AFRS 646
Frantz Fanon’s Psychology of Violence, Negation, and Liberation
AFRS 660
Civil Rights Movement and Education
AFRS 678
Urban Issues of Black Children and Youth
AFRS 200
Introduction to Black Psychology
AFRS 210
Introduction to Africana Literature
AFRS 266
Black On-line: Cyberspace, Culture, and Community
AFRS 300
From Africa to Olmec America: Ancient African Prehistory and History
AFRS 303
African American History
AFRS 345
Blacks in Urban America
AFRS 375
Law and the Black Community
AFRS 515
Black Family Studies

peashooter85:

The Mino, Women Warriors of the Kingdom of Dahomey

The Kingdom of Dahomey was a small but powerful realm in East Africa located in what is now the present day country of Benin.  A very militaristic society, the Dahomey became a regional power by conquering the many tribes and cities that neighbored it on the Atlantic coast.  One of the reasons for Dahomey’s great successes was a well organized and professional standing army, something rare among the disorganized tribes and peoples of Africa.  One of the most interesting curiosities of the Dahomey Army was an elite corps of soldiers called the Mino, who were considered the best of the best among the Dahomey.

What made the Mino so unique was that it was a unit made entirely of women.  Known as the “Dahomey Amazons” to Europeans, the Mino recruited unmarried women who were often virgins.  They were trained to be tough, disciplined, and fearless.  Often they were unstoppable, and even well equipped European forces such as the French suffered terrible defeats at their hands.   Being captured by the Mino was most unfortunate, as Mino women tended to decapitate captured enemies. According to the account of Jean Bayol, a French officer who visited Dahomey,

I watched as a teenage recruit, a girl named Nanisca who had not yet killed anyone, was tested. Brought before a young prisoner who sat bound in a basket, she walked jauntily up to him, swung her sword three times with both hands, then calmly cut the last flesh that attached the head to the trunk… She then squeezed the blood off her weapon and swallowed it.

Along with their ferocity and skill, the Mino were also successful because they were equipped with the best weaponry in all of Africa.  This included firearms, often acquired from Europeans by trading captured prisoners to European slavers.  Along with clubs, knives, machetes and spears the typical Mino warrior was armed with a flintlock musket.  By the late 19th century the Dahomey had even managed to acquire a number of Winchester repeating rifles with ammunition.  At the height of their power, the Mino numbered 4,000 - 6,000 women, about 1/3rd of the Dahomey Army.

In 1890 the Dahomey picked a fight with an enemy they could not conquer; France.  The French declared war after the Dahomey attacked a city that was the protectorate of the French.  They decapitated the French governor of the city and forced his wife to roll her husbands severed head in a French flag.  At first the Mino won several victories against the French, who were unprepared to fire on women or stand up to their ferocity.  According to accounts from the Battle of Kotonou, at one point a Mino warrior who had been deprived of her weapon killed a man by biting him on the throat.  Despite such ferocity French superiority of arms took its toll, as the French were well armed with modern repeating rifles, machine guns, and cannon.  By 1894 the French had defeated and conquered the Kingdom of Dahomey, turning it into a puppet state called the Republic of Dahomey, later renamed Benin.  The Mino were the last Dahomey to surrender, being reduced to only 50 women out of an original 4,000.  Interestingly, most of the last Mino warriors emigrated to the United States, where they were hired by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.  The last Mino warrior was identified as a very elderly woman living in Benin named Nawi, who died in 1978 aged over 100.

(Source: peashooter85)

African religion was suppressed, often brutally, in the United States, more so than anywhere in the African Diaspora. Despite the ridicule it received from Hollywood and an ignorant media, which still uses terms like “voodoo economics,” the Hoodoo people of the South were able to sustain the faith. Today, African Religion has reemerged in the United States stronger than ever, with followers, students and writers, who are influenced by this powerful force, no longer finding it necessary to camouflage the “Saints,” from the Santeria people in Miami, to the Ghedecelebrants in Brooklyn, to the upscale women in Berkeley who dance to Yemanja….

—Ishmael Reed (via hoodoo-seed)

"The United States Government is offering you a piece of land of your own."

"We have our own land."

"No, it’s not yours. It’s the US Government’s."

— S1E6, “Pride, Pomp and Circumstance

(Source: teacuphumans)