Will you go see Birth of a Nation?

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I know this might not be a popular viewpoint so let me state that this is simply my position. I do not condone, nor can I excuse the actions of Nate Parker when he was a younger man. As a survivor of sexual assault I understand first hand that it leaves scares that one must learn to live with. I can only hope that he has learned how devastating his behavior was, and become an advocate against sexual assault. I must say my concern is that personal issue with Parker threatens to take away from a film that we need to see. Too many of us have supported people that have done very terrible things in the name of being entertained. However, this isn’t just about entertainment but a story that needs to be told.

I personally find the timing of the Nate Parker story interesting. It came and caused some to say I won’t see the film because I refuse to support Parker. I truly believe this was the overall agenda of the media. Think about it… how many films do we have that depict the enslavement periods? We have quite a few, varying in accurately, but how many depict uprising? To many say we should move on from this period because it is in the past. We need to put slavery behind us we are told.

However, no one tells Holocaust survivors and descendants to move on. Yet the bottom line is there is plenty of accepted open dialog on the Holocaust. Germany has had to reckon with that history. Truth be told… the reason we can’t just move on is because America has never reckoned with the enslavement of black people. It has never been dealt with. Yes, we are aware it happened but the ramifications of it have never been dealt with.

Right now we have schools trying to rewrite history in an attempt to erase the evil of Americans past. Instead of facing where we have been as a nation… we are trying to wash it away. That is simply impossible. We need the arts (film, literature, art, music) to tell our story. It’s important that it be told all of the enslaved did not accept their condition lying down. It’s important for the very psyche of American born blacks to know yes we did fight back. The depiction of us in the world is not always accurate. It’s important that other people of color, as well as our African brothers and sisters, know our plight. It needs to be our story told by us.

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This film is bigger than Nate Parker, and its need is great. I don’t condone his behavior as a man, yet I appreciate his courage to make such a film. As one who majored in English, and History, I will be going see this film at least twice. I will view it once for myself, and once to write a review. I support the telling of our stories. The voices of our ancestors have been silenced from us for far too long. We need to feel their strength and understand their sacrifice. I’m going see Birth of a Nation, and I hope many of us will be in the theatre to support the telling of our history… by us. Birth of a Nation releases in theaters nationwide October 7, 2016.

Article written by Christian Starr

Divine Feminine Principle: How Black Women can become Queens (Part 1 of 5)

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I love the idea of Sistahs being Queen. However, I must put emphasis on the word idea.  The problem that arises is we seem to have many misconceptions about the word, or title, Queen.  We must realize that in order to be respected as a “Queen” verses merely throwing the word around we must enter a regal state of mind.  Queens are: rulers, decision makers, calculated, poised, graceful, leaders, examples, the standard, intelligent, and persuasive.  Ladies it is not enough to say we are queens…that is lifestyle.  The power and strength of the title has a lot to do with our feminine grace.  We have been deceived to believe grace and class are a weak woman’s commodity. No Ma’am…may I suggest that they are our greatest assets.

We will NEVER beat a man at being a man.  No matter what the books say, No diss to Steve Harvey, but we must think like queens and act accordingly.  Men don’t need to be strong armed…they need to SEE a better way.  A true Queen can affect the hearts of men in her calculated presentation, understanding of self-worth and her standard…which she lives.  When a woman is the walking embodiment of power under control she doesn’t have to curse out a soul.  Her very presence will command the respect and audience she requires.

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You see ladies we need not think like a man, because we cannot function as one and get his results.  Many sistahs have the best intention, and heart…but lose ground one they open their mouths and lose composure.  Let’s be honest here…how we engage a matter will determine our outcome.  We don’t like to be told this because it means there is no excuse for irrational behavior.

It’s time to actually walk in our Queendom.  Sistahs it is leadership at its finest.  Our lives teach inspire young queens to come, and build the expectation of young kings. Our regal nature cause young men to think “I have to marry a woman like her when I go up”.  We have it in us to be the ultimate chess piece…the most powerful piece on the board.  However, this cannot…and will not happen as long as we allow our hurt, past and circumstance to become the excuse for subpar behavior and a non-existent standard.

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The idea that we don’t have control over our emotional state to the point we hurt ourselves, each other, our men, and children is scary.  No everything is NOT our fault…however we are the mothers of the community…the mothers of a nation so we must trust in our ability.  Yes we have been hurt, abused, neglected and mistreated.  Yet, we have the power and strength to enact a change that will live beyond our generation.

Let’s stand together and become true Queens in title, and right. When we own our Queendom as our lifestyle our men will guard us, and our children will bless us.  Sistahs I believe in you. The change begins with the bearer of life…you.

Article by Christian Starr