D’Angelo- Really Love

What’s remarkable about Black Messiah, other than the fact that it actually exists, is how fresh D’Angelo sounds when slotted next to modern R&B artists. It’s the same trick The Roots pull off with every new album—sounding inherently classic yet completely of the present. There’s a thematic and sonic awareness to Black Messiah—credited to D’Angelo And The Vanguardthat makes it so much more than a long-delayed comeback album from an artist widely declared a genius some 15 years ago. It’s somehow the past, present, and future all in one.

Here’s the lyrics:

When you call my name
When you love me gently
When you’re walking near me
Doo doo wah I’m in really love with you, I’m in really love with you

When you look at me
I open up instantly
I fall in love so quickly
Doo doo wah I’m in really love with you, doo doo wah I’m in really love with you
I’m in really love with you

All night beside you I’d lay
I love you deep when you come to my bed
Doo doo wah, I’m in really love with you
Ooh wah, I’m in really love with you, I’m in really love with you

When you touch me there
When you make me tingle
When our nectars mingle
Doo doo wah, I’m in really love with you, I’m in really love
I’m not an easy man, to overstand, you feel me
But girl your patient with me
Doo doo wah, I’m in really love with you, I’m in really love with you

All night I wish for you here
Lay your head beside my hip
Doo doo wah, I’m in really love with you
I’m in really love with you

Doo doo wah, I’m in really love with you
I’m in really love with you
Oh how I love the little things you do
I’m in really love with you

More Athletes need to speak up and stand up!

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose made one heck of a public statement by showing up to a game wearing a t-shirt with the words, “I can’t breathe” on it before a Saturday game against the Golden State Warriors.   The shirt was a tribute to the late Eric Garner, who died at the hands of the New York Police Department.

Of course we know about the protests nation-wide against the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.  ”I can’t breathe” were Garner’s last words before passing.

Derrick Rose is just one of many athletes to take a stand against police brutality, police terror and the mass incarceration of black men.  Millions of black people across America are consistently stopped, searched and questioned by police without probable cause, leading to more police interactions that can result in beatings, arrests and deaths.  The same black kid who might end up in handcuffs over a $5 bag of weed would never be bothered if he were a white frat boy on a college campus with LSD in his bookbag.  Why?  Because police almost never raid college campuses.

Five players from the St. Louis Rams came onto the field with their hands up in protest of the decision of the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. This is part of a long string of protests by athletes and entertainers, including Diddy, who recently called upon rappers to use their leadership role to convince black people to do something other than drink, smoke, pop mollies, shoot each other and waste all their money at the club.

Rose is also joined by LeBron James, who made statements this week about the recent incidents.  James encouraged other athletes to get involved and speak out about the many social problems being faced by our society, particularly those that impact young black men.

As I watch all of this take place, all I can say is “amen,” and it’s about damn time.  I can also say that Rose, LeBron and young black male athletes have become America’s worst nightmare.  For decades, the miseducation of black male athletes served the purpose of indoctrinating them into a way of thinking that was simple-minded, myopic, self-absorbed, materialistic and devoid of social consciousness.  This deliberate effort to keep our most powerful athletes and entertainers distracted occurred for the same reasons that Joe Louis was told that he would only be given a chance to fight if he ensured that he would never behave like Jack Johnson.

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Big, strong, wealthy, famous, influential athletes are an inherent threat to national security and white supremacy.  Thus, there are always those who seek to constrain, misdirect, distract and mute these voices at an early age.  One example is in the film, “The Express,” where Syracuse star running back Ernie Davis was told by his white coach to avoid getting involved in the civil rights movement and to “do his talking on the field.”  All the while, the film portrays the outspoken Jim Brown (who was an even better athlete than Davis) as the “bad negro” because he refused to remain silent about the injustice all around him.

For too many years, we’ve been forced to deal with athletes like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Charles Barkley, who seemed to feel that the life of a privileged, wealthy black athlete was entirely detached from the experience of most black men in America.  All for the sake of tap dancing for money, the richest and most powerful athletes in our communities have been misled into believing that being the silent, polite, apolitical negro is the way to be successful.  So, while a few of these men were living the dream, millions in their commuity were enduring a nightmare.

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Barkley, Jordan and Kobe might be wise to realize that many of the “threatening” black men being beaten, arrested and shot by police are also as physically large as they are.  Both Michael Brown and Eric Garner were seen as threats by police, in part, because they were big black men.  The only difference is that, rather than being accepted as entertaining athletic specimens, men like Brown and Garner have been defined to be menaces to society.

So, like old horses shot in the pasture, uneducated black males who lose their athletic gifts are often marginalized in the same way as Eric Garner.  In fact, Garner was roughly the same size as Barkley himself.  Similar to Garner, Barkley once had a very serious altercation with police that could have cost him his life.  The only difference between Barkley and Garner on that fateful day is that one of these men was accused of selling loose cigarettes and the other was a millionaire NBA star for the Houston Rockets.  Had Barkley been a black man with no athletic ability, he would have likely ended up in a prison cell, hospital bed or a casket.

The reason to rejoice about the presence of brave and intelligent souls like Derrick Rose and LeBron James is that these men, like black athletes of the sixties, fully understand the capacity for black male athletic leadership that goes beyond being able to dribble a basketball in front of a crowd full of white people.   I also give Diddy credit for realizing that, unlike his perpetually muted and hyper-materialistic colleague Jay-Z, his purpose isn’t to simply stand in front of a crowd of white folks and call himself a “n*gger in Paris.”

You see, to get the world to respect and appreciate the humanity of the black male, black men themselves must communicate this humanity.  It’s hard to explain that you are a complex, sensitive, richly-composed human being who is worthy of dignity when you let some corporation market you as a one-dimensional “thug n*gga” or as some kind of big, black buck who carries a ball.  It’s difficult to justify the murder of a human being, but no one feels sympathy for a “thug.”

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These athletes, by using their collective voice, are showing that they understand that power should have purpose, and that this purpose should be greater than buying another fancy car, a big house or winning NBA championships.  These men are meant to be as intelligent as they are athletic, as righteous as they are entertaining.  Their power can be used to lift the same community that made them into who they are today.  That’s what great black men do.

We are seeing, what I would argue to be, America’s worst nightmare, but black America’s dream come true.  We are witnessing the awakening of the black male athlete and entertainer, who is now finding that he was put on this earth for a purpose greater than entertainment.  Now that this power has been unleashed, sit back and watch this country change right before your very eyes.  These brothers are doing something special.

Article by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Wu Tang Clan- A Better Tomorrow

A very powerful video with a great message from Wu Tang Clan.

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Wake up get a hold of your life,go get your cake up, The motto in the streets is you eat or you get ate up Straight up you tired of waiting, go get your weight up
My peoples tired of waiting for reparations to pay us
Screaming Jesus can save us, I, I get the Bentley if I save up
But that’s just another trick to enslave us
Push the minimum wages
Put, put our fathers up in them cages
Then watch out when mother struggled to raise us

But, but my ambition won’t let me live in this poor condition
That doesn’t care about color, creed, or your religion
Priests, politicians gotta listen to opposition
From my position, we still ain’t got a pot to piss in
From my position, we still ain’t got a pot to piss in

Allah said to save the babies from the cold
Pour wisdom in the cup so the truth overflows
Still, knowledge is that bread that keeps us well-fed
Old time religion will not bring us satisfaction
Without action now who can disagree with me?
God is not a mystery, there’s nowhere in history
That you could show and prove to me
But still you face east and nod your head to me religiously
I’m G-O-D, to infinity, for real

[Hook: sample]
The world won’t get no better
If we just let it be
The world won’t get no better
We gotta change it yeah, just you and me

Poor reparations, the Bush administration
Unequality, martial law, segregation
False hood, false teaching, false education
Now’s the time for us to come amongst this nation
They deceiving us, they don’t believe in us
They believe in that Cream like Julius Caesar
I’m like Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X with the heaters
Ripping the chains of the remains of all of the leaders
Never worship the image if we were swine eaters
I’m on the back of the bus with two fine divas
We in the jungle of life, but never jungle fever
I’m God-body all day long, spiritual life lessons
That I recite with song
Trying to wake up everybody, can’t we all get along?
For all my people that’s out there persevering through the storm
Black fist, Staten Island, stand up, stand strong
Penetrate through the gate and bring the Clan along

Wake up and realize the times
That we living in the world is getting more iller than ever
Thought we was chillin’, striving change for the better

But it was a dream like Martin Luther
He had a vision that could move a mountain

Protect one another, that’s world to my brother Malcolm
As-salamu alaykum, alaykum as-salam
We want justice, police supposed to protect and serve
And then they shoot us down like wild animals
The nerve of them cold-hearted killers
With blue suits slaying our black youth
The earth cries from all the blood that’s being spilled

We need a solution fast, get InshAllah bill
Let me educate them, translate it meaning God’s will

It goes all in together, together how we are
To stand with a plan, provided we down to fall
And that’s the Willie Lynch tactics that separated the masses
Taught us all to think backwards

White Egyptians and other Hollywood Myths

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Hollyweird sure does love fantasy. They love to push the idea that Egypt has always been full of European folks. They don’t want to admit that Egypt(Kemet) was started by African people. They had culture,language and civilization long before the Greeks……and later the Romans. This is why Hollywood keeps putting out these films that show white looking Egyptians so much. Of course this is understandable I a system of white supremacy. They have to show films that glorify white power and dominance. So that blacks and other minorities will continue to see whites as superior. And they will feel inferior because whites are in their proper position. There are tons of books by African authors that clearly show Kemet was occupied by Africans FIRST. Other invaders and colonizers came years later. Kemet has had civilizations for thousands of years. Even when invaders like Alexander the Great got there in 332 BC the pyramids were already ancient. When the Greeks got there Kemet was crumbling at that point. All these Hollywood films are designed to push white supremacy. Black people need to wake up and stop supporting these films that insult our intelligence. And is a slap in the face to our great ancestors. These racist bigots in Hollywood are rewriting his-story right in front of us.

The following is supporting evidence from The African Origin of Civilization:  by:  Cheikh Anta Diop

 

  1. Evidence from Physical Anthropology The skeletons and skulls of the Ancient Egyptians clearly reflect they were Negroid people with features very similar to those of modern Black Nubians and other people of the Upper Nile and of East Africa.
  2. Melanin Dosage Test Egyptologist Cheikh Anta Diop invented a method for determining the level of melanin in the skin of human beings. When conducted on Egyptian mummies in the Museum of Man in Paris, this test indicated these remains were of Black people.
  3. Osteological Evidence “Lepsius canon,” which distinguishes the bodily proportions of various racial groups categories the “ideal Egyptian” as “short-armed and of Negroid or Negrito physical type.”
  4. Evidence From Blood Types Diop notes that even after hundreds of years of inter-mixture with foreign invaders, the blood type of modern Egyptians is the “same group B as the populations of western Africa on the Atlantic seaboard and not the A2 Group characteristic of the white race prior to any crossbreeding.”
  5. The Egyptians as They Saw Themselves “The Egyptians had only one term to designate themselves =kmt= the Negroes (literally). This is the strongest term existing in the Pharaonic tongue to indicate blackness; it is accordingly written with a hieroglyph representing a length of wood charred at the end and not crocodile scales,” singular. ‘Kmt’ from the adjective =kmt= black; it therefore means strictly Negroes or at the very least black men. The term is a collective noun which thus described the whole people of Pharaonic Egypt as a black people.”
  6. Divine Epithets Diop demonstrates that “black or Negro” is the divine epithet invariably used for the chief beneficent Gods of Egypt, while the evil spirits were depicted as red.
  7. Evidence From the Bible

The Bible states”…[t]he sons of Ham [were] Cush and Mizraim [i.e. Egypt], and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah and Sabtechah.” According to Biblical tradition, Ham, of course, was the father of the Black race. “Generally speaking all Semitic tradition (Jewish and Arab) class ancient Egypt with the countries of the Black.”

  1. Cultural unity of Egypt With The Rest of Africa Through a study of circumcision and totemism.  Diop gives detailed data showing cultural unity between Egypt and the rest of Africa.
  2. Linguistic Unity With Southern and Western Africa In a detailed study of languages, Diop clearly demonstrates that Ancient Egyptian, modern Coptic of Egypt and Walaf of West Africa are related, with the latter two having their origin in the former.
  3. Testimony of Classical Greek and Roman Authors Virtually all of the early Latin eyewitnesses described the Ancient Egyptians as Black skinned with wooly hair.

After the conquest of Egypt by Alexander, under the Ptolemies, crossbreeding between white Greeks and black Egyptians flourished.  “Nowhere was Dionysus more favored, nowhere was he worshiped more adoringly and more elaborately than by the Ptolemies, who recognized his cult as an especially effective means of promoting the assimilation of the conquering Greeks and their fusion with the native Egyptians.” {Endnote 15: J. J. Bachofen, Pages choisies par Adrien Turel, “Du Regne de la mere au patriarcat.” Paris: F. Alcan, 1938, p. 89.}

These facts prove that if the Egyptian people had originally been white, it might well have remained so. If Herodotus found it still black after so much crossbreeding, it must have been basic black at the start.

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Before examining the contradictions circulating in the modern era and resulting from attempts to prove at any price that the Egyptians were Whites, let us note the comments of Count Constantin de Volney (1757-1820). After being imbued with all the prejudices we have just mentioned with regard to the Negro, Volney had gone to Egypt between 1783 and 1785, he reported the Egyptian Race is the very race that had produced the Pharaohs: the Copts (p. 27).

“All have a bloated face, puffed up eyes, flat nose, and thick lips; in a word, the true face of the mulatto. I was tempted to attribute it to the climate, but when I visited the Sphinx; its appearance gave me the key to the riddle. On seeing that head, typically Negro in all its features, I remembered the remarkable passage where Herodotus says: “As for me, I judge the Colchians to be a colony of the Egyptians because, like them, they are black with woolly hair. …” We can see how their blood, mixed for several centuries with that of the Romans and Greeks, must have lost the intensity of its original color, while retaining nonetheless the imprint of its original mold. We can even state as a general principle that the face is a kind of monument able, in many cases, to attest or shed light on historical evidence on the origins of peoples. {End quote}

When Egypt was invaded by Arabs – Egypt suffered turbulent times when, in 609 AD, the country had sided with Nicetas, a lieutenant of Heraclius, in the rebellion against the emperor Phocas. Only shortly after Heraclius overthrew Phocas, the Byzantines were attacked by the Persians. The armies of the Sasanid King Khosrau II invaded Egypt, inflicting cruel suffering upon its some of its inhabitants. This Persian occupation lasted six years.

That’s just a small excerpt from Diop’s book. You need to buy his book and read it. He’s goes into even more detail. His points in the book are very hard to refute. Once you know the truth it’s hard to take Hollywood seriously. Films like Exodus: Gods and Kings are complete JOKES!! A spit in the face to our ancestors!

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As well as the piece of garbage Night at the Museum! just another attempt at brainwashing the masses!

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These guys look like complete fools in Egyptian garb! These people will stoop to anything to push an agenda. And they’ll keep doing it as ling as you buy the tickets to this garbage. Speak with your wallets and purses. Don’t support Racist Hollywood anymore. Peace.

Amara La Negra

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Danelys Diana De Los Santos, internationally known as Amara “La Negra”, has become a real star in 2013 thanks to the success of the superhit called “AYY”, a mix of Dembow and other Urban rhythms that is climbing rapidly the major American and Caribbean charts.Amara was born and lives in Miami, she is 100% American but her parents are Dominican, this strong Latin roots mixed with her purely Yankee style, have allowed her to create a unique character in Urban Music, so sexy and elegant style.

Amara has begun her journey to success, appearing at the audition for a talent show by Don Francisco, “Sabado Gigante” (the most important Latin TV show watched in the U.S. and throughout South America) where she won the first prize. The famous presenter became very close  to the child and included her in the “Clan Infantil” of the show. She has participated every Saturday for six years, practically grew up in “Sabado Gigante“.

She was a dancer of Univisión (the largest Latin television network in the U.S. and in the world), she participated in many Latin Grammy, Premio Lo Nuestro, Premio Juventud. She was testimonial in many U.S. national commercials, participated in music videos for famous artists. She also took part in small roles in series and telenovelas for Telemundo, such as “Perro Amor“, and “Diva Latina“, the first reality show produced by “Sabado Gigante” in 2008. Of the 25 participants, Amara got the third place.She also presented for MegaTV the show “A Tacón Quita’o“, together with the actress Alba Roversi and the journalist Marjorie Rubio.Amara is a charismatic and natural artist, with a stage presence and a voice of strong impact. Her voice is versatile and ranges from the Tropical to Urban Music, from Afro to Soul, to Dance, to Pop and R&B, she has also released a duet with Ricardo Montaner in “Soy Feliz

Natasha Ellie

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They call me the “Haitian Sensation”

My name is Natasha Elie, and of course my Ethnicity is Haitian.
I now reside in Los Angeles, but also travel a lot. I started working in this industry since 2001, and have been featured in several music videos, Ad Campaigns, Commercials, Calendars..etc…

Aja Naomi King

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King was born in Los Angeles, California. She received a BFA in Acting from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA from Yale University‘s prestigious School of Drama in 2010. At Yale University, King performed in a number of productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Shop of Horrors and Angels in America.