Umar Johnson: Pan African or Pro Black Pimp?

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I have always supported Umar Johnson.  I always thought he was a dynamic speaker and spoke honestly.  I have told people many times that I met Umar back in 2011 at one of his lectures.  I agree with his ideas on being Pan- African,black unity and he’s also against interracial marriage.  So I can agree with at least 80% of what he says.  But he’s been trying to raise money for a school for black boys.  I think it’s a noble idea and it’s something black boys need.  However over the last few years there as been talk about him taking the donation money for himself.   Some say he’s not even a real doctor and that he has no credentials. And many black people in the conscious community are now saying he’s a fraud.  Many say he’s no different than the preacher pimps in the black church.  I was hoping that Umar would be different than the rest.  But no matter how much I may like a person they are not above being criticized.  There’s some things about his history that don’t seem to  add for me. But I want you to read this post that a subscriber sent me.  Check out the videos and read the article for yourself.  Then come to your own conclusion.  You be the judge. The article was written by Mukasa Afrika Ma’at and Chantell Beaty.

 

We are living in a new age where leaders are being made by social media. In this new age, Black leadership has degenerated from the pre-social media generation of great scholars such as Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. John G. Jackson, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, and others. Today, someone can take an idea of a school that never becomes a school and push that idea on social media and become more well-known than someone like Dr. Anyim Palmer who founded the Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles in 1975 or more respected among sadly uninformed masses than someone like Marva Collins who founded the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, also in 1975. A non-educator can become more respected as an educational leader than founders of the East in New York who founded their school in 1970 with a few thousand dollars and provided a national model of Afrikan-Centered excellence that helped guide a movement. Unfortunately, we live in these strange days of social media where the Council of Independent Black Institutions (CIBI) are becoming a fading memory due in part to a lack of financial support. Many of the CIBI schools began in the living rooms, basements, and front porches of great educators with little money and a lot of heart. The schools grew across the country before declining due to lack of support. A few still exists today but are under-funded. Dr. Uhuru Hotep of Duquesne University wrote a great analysis in his dissertation entitled Dedicated to excellence: An Afrocentric Oral History of the Council of Independent Black Institutions, 1970-2000. Another excellent work is that of Dr. Kefentse K. Chike entitled From Black Power to the New Millennium. Although he focuses on Detroit’s Afrikan-Centered school movement, Dr. Chike addresses the national movement. Dr. Hotep and Dr. Chike are the great scholars you never heard of in the non-cerebral social media world. They document a great history of real and some existing schools, many of which are closing due to funding, and they have been around for decades with some of the greatest educators and institution-builders we have produced as a people. Meanwhile while this is occurring, a charlatan calling himself the “Prince of Pan-Africanism” with only an idea that he is pawning off is given hundreds of thousands of dollars without any school while he makes a mockery and often profane caricature of a movement to which he defames. Let us consider some facts and evidence about Umar Johnson.

 

FACTS

Fact 1. Umar Johnson has become a professional fundraiser. He had a deadline of August 21, 2014 to purchase St. Paul’s College without a clear operational plan, staff, potential students, and other necessities for a school. The projected fundraising goal was five million dollars. The goal was not achieved. What most fundraisers do is to either go to a plan B of using the funds for another projected goal, extending the deadline, or returning the money at the option of donors. Umar chose to switch projects and expand the deadline, at least this is what he told supporters. He has mentioned purchasing other properties but not with the urgency of the original project. Essentially, fundraising has become his means of income. Umar Johnson is not an employed professional or business owner. His means of income is fundraising. This is fraudulent behavior. Fundraising is not for personal income. It is for the fundraising goal. If a percentage of funds goes towards other expenses or not, there should be full transparency. Umar Johnson does not provide his supporters with full transparency. The entire project is questionable because Umar is an individual without any significant educational or organizational leadership. Perhaps if the project was sincere, he would start with a much smaller and manageable school to gain experience. However, if money is the goal, then he would begin where he is now which is fundraising and only fundraising.

Various members of the Black community have made requests and demands that Umar provide records from PayPal of his community donations and withdrawals allegedly for his school. He has also been requested to provide records accounting for the monies through his GoFundMe allegedly for the school. The community has asked that Umar cease to collect money in the name of building or opening a school until he provides adequate and reliable financial information which has to date not occurred.

Fact 2. A lack of financial transparency leads to suspicion of fraud. This is basic business knowledge which Umar’s supporters either don’t know or don’t care to know. Umar Johnson has been questioned and has not provided public financial accounts of expenditures of monies collected and monies spent. He has become angry when questioned around collections, plans, and expenditures such as what had taken place on a radio show with a female caller, “Dr.” Umar Johnson Panics When Asked to Show His Accounting, who was silenced by him and the radio host who quickly went to a break while Umar called the sister a “reactionary” for the questions about a clear plan, transparency, and accountability of funds.

Further, there is no financial plan of sustainability to run the school which he allegedly intends to open. A five million dollar school would have significant budgetary expenditures in salaries and facilities, not to mention the start-up costs alone. Depending on student population, a five million dollar school may very well need more than five million dollars annually to run. Tuition costs would be driven in part by the population of the student body. With 35 buildings at St. Paul’s College having over 700 students at one point, tuition may be expected to be approximately $5K-$10K dollars or more to cover expenditures and salaries if Umar actually opened a school. The problem with Umar is that there is no financial plan or blueprint developed for his fundraising supporters or the public?  A lack of financial transparency could mean a few different conclusions, as anyone with basic business awareness would know. 1. There was never serious intent to purchase and run a school in the first place, only to raise money and reputation build. 2. The money is being used for personal living expenses. 3. This phase of professional fundraising was not carefully thought out and maybe he thinks it’s ok to figure it out along the way which is unsound fiscally. I believe it’s a combination of these and it all adds up to fraud. Education leaders who are successful do not operate by chance or without a clear plan.

Fact 3. There is and never have been a board of trustees, consultants, or advisors. Umar Johnson does not have any experience as a school administrator or educational leader. He is a professional speaker who makes a living from speaking. He has never balanced a school budget, does not understand leadership dynamics, and with this obvious lack of experience, he would need consultants and advisors if he were serious about the project. He would further need a board of trustees which he does not have. The board would provide governance and checks and balances. A board would have a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and members with expertise in various areas. Consultants and advisors would provide guidance, questions, and insight based on years of experience and accomplishments. Why not have these important people in your corner with such a project? Unless: 1.Umar only wanted to raise funds for personal gain or 2. He wanted popularity instead of achieving a goal.

Fact 4. DISCLAIMER and APOLOGY from Mukasa Afrika Ma’at: An apology is extended to our global readers. It was previously cited as fact that Jermaine Shoemaker (aka Umar Johnson) had without doubt earned his doctoral degree from our research team’s investigation. However, that information is not factual. There is no undeniable information to date that Jermaine Shoemaker (also known as Umar Johnson) earned a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). There is evidence that an “Umar Johnson” earned this degree but evidence shows this was not Jermaine Shoemaker. The research team, led by the excellent Sister Chantell Beaty in this area, has turned up evidence that there is possibly two different people. There is verified evidence that someone named “Umar R. Abdullah-Johnson” earned a Doctor of Psychology in 2012. This individual is Arab and married, and Jermaine Shoemake is neither. To date, there is no evidence that Jermaine Shoemaker ( also known as Umar Johnson, the public speaker) earned this degree PsyD in 2012 or any other year. No degree or transcripts have been provided by him.
Umar Johnson (also known as Jermaine Shoemaker) has not provided proof to date that he is “Dr. Umar Johnson” or that he has a Doctor of Psychology. The only evidence of an Umar Johnson receiving the degree is from 2012, years after the Umar in question began calling himself “Dr. Umar Johnson”. As an important investigatory note, Jermaine Shoemaker had been calling himself “Dr.” Umar Johnson since at least 2006 which is evidenced in public records from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Also, it should be noted that PCOM removed the citation of the dissertation after this essay went public, the 2012 dissertation which Umar claims belongs to him but is not found online, anywhere as of this date. Yet still, the dissertation may be associated with another Umar. Either way, he lied to his followers up to 2012 or he never earned the degree at all. Both are fraudulent acts. If Umar Johnson is THE Dr. Umar Rashad Abdullah-Johnson who earned the degree in 20012, why did he say he had it 6 years before it was awarded? He can easily provide evidence by posting his transcripts, diploma, dissertation, and proof of ID to these documents. To date, he has not provided any of this information. This fact stands as proof of fraud by Umar.

Fact 5. Umar is not as original as he claims. He states that he is the only Black Psychologist to conduct psychological research on Black children and racism. He claims that no leaders are doing what he does! He is in essence discrediting an entire movement for his own purpose of reputation building. Umar states that he is a certified school psychologist and certified school principal, and has a private practice in Philadelphia Pennsylvania where he evaluates children for special education disability determination. He allegedly works with charter schools, public schools, superintendents, principals, special education attorneys, and advocate groups. He states this although he was “canned” from speaking at a Philadelphia high school in 2016. He’s also been canned at universities and other events. Umar states that he has written the only book ever written by a black school psychologist. This claim is fraudulent. Black psychologist have produced a body of works for decades. Some are Dr. Amos Wilson, Dr. Bobby Wright, Dr. Nai’m Akbar, Dr. Wade Nobles, Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing, and many others, none of whom have ever cited or even mentioned Umar Johnson.

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Fact 6. Umar has not proven that he is related to Frederick Douglass. Before Umar became popular throughout the country, he became well-known locally in the city of Philadelphia as a “descendant” of Frederick Douglass. This is how he began to attract audiences who I heard personally excited to “go hear a descendant of Frederick Douglass!” That would be great, except while building his reputation as a Douglass descendant, no proof was ever provided. He has provided some fictitious relationship verbally while speaking. However, like so many things with this “leader,” you must believe him and take his words without evidence and facts. However, facts are not established by words but with evidence.

Ken Morris and his mother Nettie Washington Douglass are true and established descendants of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Birth records, wedding certificates, family pictures, and a family tree in the Library of Congress exist that establishes their relationship to Frederick Douglass and to Booker T. Washington. The same types of records validate Tarence Bailey as a cousin of Ken Morris. Tarence is descendent from Perry Bailey, the elder brother of Frederick Douglass. No such records relate Umar to Ken and his mother Nettie, Tarence, or anyone else related to Frederick Douglass or Booker T. Washington. Ken and Nettie have co-founded the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) of which is supported by Tarence. Their family and supporters are advocates against modern slavery and human trafficking around the world. They are continuing the work of their great ancestor. Neither Ken Morris, Nettie Washington Douglass, Tarence Bailey, nor any other proven descendant have spoken of any relationship to Umar Johnson and he is not a member of FDFI. What has occurred is that Ken Morris issued the Official Public Statement on Umar Johnson and Tarence Bailey issued the Declaration from Elders of the Bailey Family: Disowning Umar Johnson, an Unverified Disgrace to the Family Name. The Douglass Family Initiative is an organization making a real difference in the world by real descendants of Frederick Douglass and his family. They should have your support instead of an idea for a school that doesn’t exist, pawned off by a charlatan. By the way, there was another fake descendant known as Fake Fred IV who has been more successful and prosperous at perpetrating as a Douglass descendant than Umar. For details read Role of a Lifetime.

Fact 7. There is suspicious activity around Paypal and Gofundme which indicates fraudulent activity. Paypal froze Umar’s account permanently and Gofundme closed his account down temporarily. There are only a few reasons that Paypal will freeze accounts and Gofundme would close temporarily and they all revolve around fraud protection. They protects the integrity of their service. They have accounts in much greater amounts than Umar. There is no conspiracy against him. If donors have complained about making contributions to a fraud, Paypal and Gofundme will freeze your account. Considering that so much of Umar’s reputation is highly questionable, Paypal could have had any number of fraudulent reasons to freeze his account. On the other hand, Umar also has a GoFundMe account which is different from Paypal. With GoFundMe, you are giving money to the person for whatever reason they wish. With Paypal, there are more restrictions to protect against fraud. Umar’s Paypal was frozen for all reasons that Paypal freeze accounts, suspicion of fraud or actual fraud.

Fact 8. Umar has poor character. The fact that Umar and Khym Ringgold were involved with each other is their business. They were two consenting adults. His character comes into question because he blamed her for the loss of a large donation from an un-named NBA star when the internet became active around their involvement with each other. He didn’t give the identity of this NBA star leading many to believe this was simply a diversion tactic because Khym Ringgold is a stripper. It should also be noted that he called Khym Ringgold several very disrespectful names not worth mentioning. Regardless of Khym Ringgold being a stripper, as brothers we should try to uplift our sisters instead of putting them down. His actions were not those of leadership or a man.

Umar is extremely disrespectful. When complaining about how much money was not raised, he stated, “Trifling ass Black people” didn’t give him enough and if anyone didn’t like what he said, it could be “handled outside”! Educators and leaders of our people do not speak like this about our people being “trifling” because he didn’t get enough money and taking it “outside” to fight if you don’t like what he said. On another occasion, he told a brother who disagreed with him in Texas to “knuckle up bitch”! He has had problems with paying his own child support. Mostly recently he had a video rant meltdown with a fake tough guy phone call that was a viral embarrassment. This is not how great leaders behave and talk. This is how irresponsible and insecure men conduct themselves.

Fact 9. Umar gives selective information to his donors. He was supposedly the principal of a charter school but suddenly resigned. He didn’t give the name of the school or why he resigned. Why? Khym Ringgold supposedly prevented him from receiving a large NBA donation, but he didn’t give the NBA player’s identity. Why? He states that he is related to Frederick Douglass but didn’t provide any records. Why? He states that he has a financial plan but it’s not made available. Why? He claims to have several degrees to which he can easily prove through posting the transcripts or posting the degrees, but he does not. Why? He claims to have principal and psychology certifications, but does not provide these to his followers. Why? Umar has not explained why his Paypal was frozen or his Gofundme temporarily shut down. Why? He can give documented reason from Paypal and Gofundme by posting for his followers. Why hasn’t he? Considering the pattern of selective information, the pattern of suspicion and deceit, a very reasonable conclusion can be drawn that Umar is extremely dishonest, perhaps even pathologically and chronically dishonest beyond his own control. If he is pathologically dishonest, which I deduce from all of the above evidence, he is driven by an insecurity to fulfill illusions of grandeur from his un-questioning, uncritical loyal followers willing to defend him even in the face of logic.

Fact 10. From all of the available facts above, a reasonable conclusion, the only logical conclusion that can be made is that Umar Johnson is a fraud who is deceptive or even pathologically dishonest and fueled by illusions of grandeur partially encouraged by non-critical followers. He seems to suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The fact that he is articulate and has followers is not to his advantage.  He would not defraud people of money and possibly create legal problems for himself if he didn’t have an audience.

He is a professional fundraiser who has been able to raise money based on the desire of Blacks to support an Afrikan-Centered school. The cultural school movement is important for the Black community. We need schools that teach the identity or children, the purpose of education, and the history of our people. Supporting a fraud campaign will only deter people and divert resources from meaningful causes such as CIBI or other independent Afrikan-Centered schools. With Umar being taken with any depth of seriousness will make any and all cultural movements for Blacks look comical.

CONCLUSION

Umar has been able to platform himself into the national lecture circuit with false claims around his ancestry, fake credentials, and a fundraising mission that has failed. Umar’s reputation will become a shadow in the near future. However, other fraudulent leaders, culture pimps, and religious shysters will continue to take advantage of people with good intentions willing to support a righteous cause, but desperate for leadership. We have schools and businesses that need support from our people. Such fraudulent campaigns can be disheartening to many and even turn people away from supporting needed causes. Community support is much needed. Unfortunately, insincere campaigns can become distracting and wasteful of potential and resources that could truly benefit our community.

There are any number of informative critiques on Umar Johnson by informative and insightful Black authors, scholars, and activists. I would recommend for an initial read Deborrah Cooper’s Unaswered Questions About a Five Million Dollar School forBlack Boys and Agyei Tyehimba’s Open Letter to Brother UmarJohnson Concerning Your Plans for a New Boys Academy. Also, those seeking honesty should read Inside the Conscious Stripper, Umar Johnson Scandal: Leadership Roles and the Black Man by Khym Ringgold. There are interesting video critiques but two I would recommend for initial views are:  1. The Advise Show Radio video entitled “Dr. UmarJohnson Exposed Himself as a Hotep Hustler” and another on Boyce Watkin’s YouTube channel entitled “What Happened to Dr. Umar Johnson’s School” by Maria Lloyd. To not question leadership, particularly fraudulent leadership, is ignorance and betrayal. Since originally publishing this essay, I’ve done two other works on Umar Johnson, 1. Who Taught Umar Johnson How to Pimp Culture? Hidden Color’s Tariq Nasheed and His Greatest Hustle along with 2. A Brief Note to the Black Community: Umar Johnson is Neither a Leader nor a Scholar.

I’m reminded of Pastor Creflo Dollar and Pastor Leroy Thompson on the plushy carpeted stairs of their church in expensive suits, nice shoes, Bible in hand, and shouting incoherently as they ran through waves of money given by the congregation. As a people, we must place insight before involvement, education before indoctrination, and never ever suspend critical thought and analysis. I’ll end with this saying: As long as there are fools with money, they will lose it or someone else will take it.

 

Happy Bornday Khalid Muhammad!

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This past January 12th was the birthday of the great warrior  Khalid Muhammad.  He was born January 12,1948. I don’t know if there were any celebrations..but there should be.  Khalid never bit his tongue. He  always represented Black Power and Black Unity to the fullest.  And all who love freedom,justice and liberation should respect him for that.  He was an unflinching warrior in the face of white supremacy.  His speeches always moved me and gave me chills!  As far as Muslims go I like him much better than Louis Farrakhan.  Farrakhan tuned his back on him like a coward when he needed him the most.  That’s when I knew Farr-A -CON was a phony.  Since he passed away in 2001 I don’t hear black people mention him as much. But I don’t think he should be forgotten.  He loved black people,African culture and was not afraid to speak TRUTH to power!  I just wanted to pay some respect to a true African warrior.  May his spirit live on forever!

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Khalid Abdul Muhammad, the former Nation of Islam official during the Million Youth March in Harlem in September, 1999.

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Who killed Martin Luther King?

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Every January, we start hearing Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s infamous, “I Have A Dream” speech, but if you research this still very classified and mysterious murder—and even deeper, the dayz that led up to his assassination—you’ll find this dream is in fact (and continues to be) a nightmare!

This night terror became even more deceitful when white media labeled James Earl Ray the lone assassin. While most accepted, there are those that knew there was another side of the story that was being purposely suppressed.

After witnessing Master Historian, Steve Cokely’s research, we at DGT believe he was able to prove this collusion involved more than Ray. In fact, Cokely points to Jesse Jackson as a pawn used to both murder and replace MLK!

In this conspiratorial gumbo stew, we also find along with the U.S. Government, ‘Gay’ Edgar Hoover, the CIA and COINTELPRO, and countless so-called “Jewish” agents, the Boule’ (aka Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc) also had a hand in it! In particular, we find Boule’ member Jesse having something to do with the changing of King’s room (to #306) as well as putting King’s blood on his shirt once he was dead only to show up later claiming he was the anointed one to lead announcing himself as the heir apparent.

The question that’s been asked but from the wrong context is “why was King assassinated?” See, the MLK whitefolk want people to know about is that he was nonviolent and simply died at the handz of some redneck peckerwood whiteman. What they don’t want you to know is that Martin was changing.

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Having traveled the non-violent route, he realized whitefolk would still continue to be violent. And after Malcolm X was killed, I find King realized the inevitability of his fate; the mortality of his life, yet also understood the important of his last transitioning message; the immortality of self-reliance. This “new” mindset accelerated his death.

In Dr. Kings’ 1967 book, ‘Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community,’ he wrote:

“Black Power, in its broad and positive meaning, is a call to Black people to amass the political and economic strength to achieve their legitimate goals. No one can deny that the Negro is in dire need of this kind of legitimate power.”

King also went on to write:

“Black Power is also a call for the pooling of Black financial resources to achieve economic security. Through the pooling of such resources and the development of habits of thrift and techniques of wise investments, the Negro will be doing his share to grapple with his problem of economic deprivation. If Black Power means the development of this kind of strength within the Negro community, then it is a quest for basic, necessary, legitimate power.”

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The ideas King had on Black politics and economics were the same as Malcolm X. This only heightened the FBIs desire to eliminate King if he were to use Black Nationalist tactics that would be enforced by their Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), a program designed to neutralize, disrupt and dismantle Black organizationz.

March 4, 1968, the FBI released a classified document that included the need to:

“Prevent the RISE OF A ‘MESSIAH’ who could unify, and electrify, the militant Black Nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a ‘messiah;’ he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and [Nation of Islam leader] Elijah Muhammad all aspire to this position. Elijah Muhammad is less of a threat because of his age. King could be a real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed ‘obedience’ to ‘white, liberal doctrines’ (nonviolence) and embrace Black Nationalism.”

April 3, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the speech that is now known as “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top.” In his speech he stated:

“And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from [big corporations]. And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola in Memphis. Go by and tell them not to buy Sealtest milk. Tell them not to buy, what is the other bread? Wonder Bread. And what is the other bread company, Jesse? Tell them not to buy Hart’s bread. As Jesse Jackson has said, up to now, only the garbage men have been feeling pain; now we must kind of redistribute the pain. We are choosing these companies because they haven’t been fair in their hiring policies; and we are choosing them because they can begin the process of saying they are going to support the needs and the rights of these men who are on strike. And then they can move on downtown and tell Mayor Loeb to do what is right. But not only that, we’ve got to strengthen Black institutions.”

Of the blatant pro-Afrikan jeweled instruction/solutionz he courageously mentioned, these were tangible thingz that could be done non-violently. Such as:

“I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank. We want a ‘bank-in’ movement in Memphis. So go by the savings and loan association. I’m not asking you something we don’t do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We’re just telling you to follow what we’re doing. Put your money there. You have six or seven Black insurance companies in Memphis. Take out your insurance there. We want to have an ‘insurance-in.’ Now  these are some practical things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here.”

This speech would become King’s last public wordz. April 4, 1968, precisely one month to the day after the COINTELPRO memo was released, Dr. King became a victim of American terrorizm.

But as stated, this was orchestrated by more than just James Earl Ray, and even COINTELPRO. See, we don’t look at the direction the next so-called “leader” took.

Historian, Anthony Browder had this to say in his book, From the Browder Files:

“…[T]he memory of King’s life and struggle is slowly being diminished.

Several years ago, on Dr. King’s birthday, I was invited to discuss his life on a radio program. I arrived early and sat in the waiting room and listen as the host played a recording of Dr. King’s “I See The Promise Land” speech. This was King’s last public speech and it was recorded the evening before his assassination.

I had brought a book of King’s speeches for the interview and read along with the recording. I was shocked to discover that the most significant portion of King’s speech (over one page of text) was edited out of the recording. I noted that this speech was recorded on Motown records, with liner notes written by Mrs. King. The text omitted from the recording was of a different image of the King that we now know. This King discussed the power of the black dollar and urged the citizens of Memphis to take their money out of the white owned banks and insurance companies and put it in black owned institutions. This King called for an immediate boycott of Coca Cola, Sealtest Milk and Wonder Bread. This King never got an opportunity to implement his new strategies because he was killed the following day.

Recently I’ve learned that King and Malcolm had talked of developing joint strategies for combating racism in the north and south. But Malcolm was assassinated before they had formulated a plan of action. King later became a marked man when he spoke out against the Viet Nam war in 1967, and advanced the call for human rights just as Malcolm had done.

Since Dr. Kings assassination and the establishment of his holiday, his legacy been reduced to one speech and four simple words…”I have a dream.” Now Malcolm’s image is being watered down so that it is more palatable to America’s tastes.

If we want to know the real Malcolm or Martin, or any other African or African American hero or shero, we must be willing to dig deep into their past. We must read their writings, listen to their speeches, and not be mislead by Hollywood productions and made for TV movies of their lives. We must study the treasured lives of those near and dear to us and we should not expect their stories to be handed to us on a silver platter.”

[Excerpt from ‘Fakin’ Jack(son)‘:

August 19, 2003, The Final Call printed a piece entitled, “SCLC Returns to Memphis”. Many are not aware there are those who believe Jesse was involved in Martin Luther King’s death and that there was an investigation—even the late Corretta Scott King (later retracted by the Final Call the following week. Why really? Don’t know)!

Remember back in 1998, right before the alleged assassin, James Earl Ray, met with the King family? Many don’t know that the following year there was a conspiracy trial (King vs. Lloyd Jowers and other unknown conspiratorz) for King’s death in 1999, where a jury consisting of six Afrikanz and six whites concluded King’s death was in fact, a result of a multi-tiered government conspiracy.

At the end of the trial, good ol’ Jesse wrote an editorial that appeared in the Los Angeles Times, where he stated, “For those of us who were with Dr. King in Memphis, the ‘lone assassin’ theory always seemed suspect. James Earl Ray had neither the means nor the method nor the motive to stalk Dr. King, shoot him and arrange his own getaway. Despite these misgivings, the lone assassin theory became the near universal explanation. Deviation from it was too forbidding, for any conspiracy would point directly to government involvement, or at least acquiescence, in King’s murder.”

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A panel consisting of Cokely, Dick Gregory, Martin King III, Rev. Bernice King, attorneyz William Peper and Lewis Garrison and otherz—was put together by the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) entitled, “Fact or Fiction: The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.”, where they talked about the setup that had MLK on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel (in Memphis, Tennessee) at 6pm as a sitting duck for a bullet.

It is alleged 15 minutes before King was shot, Jesse removed a community group from the hotel that was there to protect King. Why? And why hasn’t anyone questioned him about this? In addition, the evening before that fateful day (April 3rd), the night he performed his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”, it’s believed a ‘practice run’ was conducted where King, Jesse and party was pictured outside the motel on the second floor at 6pm on their way to dinner.

It is also believed by some that MLKs room was mysteriously changed from the ground floor to second floor that same evening. 6:01pm the following day, a .30-06 caliber rifle bullet rang out entering King’s right jaw, traveling through his neck, severing his spinal cord, stopped in his shoulder blade, and shortly thereafter, ended his life.

If you look at the pictures from the day King was killed, none have surfaced (to my knowledge) that show Jesse on the balcony with King’s right-hand man, Ralph Abernathy and Boule’ member, Andrew Young. But somehow, the picture from the day before became the ‘official’ candid moments before King died. As well, amongst the chaos, Jesse’s career just so happened to take off…

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After the ambulance took away his body, all that was left was a massive amount of King’s blood. Abernathy, in a state of shock grabbed a jar and started scraping up the blood, crying how it was King’s blood and precious, “This blood was shed for us,” he allegedly stated.

Nearly a whole half-hour after King was shot, Jesse comes on the scene, makin’ his way to the balcony—many thought he was hiding down by the pool. Young rememberz seeing Jackson dip his handz in the huge pool of blood and after raising them to the sky, wiped the blood on his shirt. Young stated, “people freaked out and did strange things… it was… it was… I mean, what do you do in a moment like that?” If you’re Jesse, you take advantage!

The majority of hedz from the SCLC quickly followed King to the hospital leaving Jesse Jackson behind. This is where Jesse seized the opportunity! He told otherz not to say anything to the Media. Once the Media arrived at the hotel, they quickly focused on Jesse, now with King’s blood all over his shirt. With the rest of the SCLC at the hospitial, Jesse pretty much anointed himself—with the sacrificial blood of King—as the media spokesman stating to the press, “The black people’s leader, our Moses, the once in a 400 or 500-year leader has been taken from us by hatred and bitterness. Even as I stand at this hour, I cannot even allow hate to enter my heart at this time, for it was sickness, not meanness, that killed him. People were, some were in pandemonium, some were in shock, some were crying, hollering, “Oh, God!” And I immediately started running upstairs to where he was and I caught his head and I tried to feel his head and I asked him, I said, “Dr. King, do you hear me? Dr. King, do you hear me?” And he didn’t say anything and I tried to hold his head.” So noble of him to come on the scene after everything went down!

(Exceprt from, ‘And the Walls Came Tumbling Down‘ by Ralph David Abernathy, “It seems that shortly after the ambulance had left, the press had converged on the place, camera crews and reporters, local staff and network, all eager to put someone on camera to tell the story. Jesse and Hosea had both agreed that until they knew what had happened, they would avoid the press and stay out of sight. At least that’s what Hosea had thought was the understanding.

So he was more than a little surprised to look out the window and see Jesse, standing in front of several cameras, speaking into a microphone that a reporter was holding in his face. Curious, Hosea slipped outside and eased up behind Jesse, though on the other side of a chain-link fence.

“Yes,” Jesse was saying, “I was the last person he spoke to as I was cradling him in my arms.”same story, or very nearly the same, that morning on The Today Show.” (end Excerpt)

While the rest of SCLC was back at the motel trying to figure out their next steps, like Bobby Brown leavin’ New Edition, after meeting with reporterz outside the motel, Jesse quickly left Memphis, makin’ his way back to Chicago where in 14, I repeat, just 14 hourz after King’s death, he appeared on the Today show with his bloody shirt while a newly hired booking agent got him spots on other TV showz. You mean to tell me in the midst of all this chaos, this cat found the time to hire a bookin’ agent?! King just died, yo!!

And the show didn’t stop there! Later that afternoon Jesse appeared before the Chicago City Council wearing a blood-stained shirt and saying that it was the same shirt he had been wearing the previous evening when he had held Martin.

Now ask yourselves, why else would he wear a shirt with blood on it from the previous day? He surely didn’t wear this shirt as he travelled back to Chicago from Tennessee! In addition, why would he tell bold-faced lies of him bein’ the last person he spoke to when he showed up 30 minutes after he was shot? As many believe (and some can prove), this wasn’t Jesse seizin’ an opportunity that just so happen to fall in his lap, this was planned! Overnight Jesse Jackson became a nationally known figure, self-appointing him as the next leader of the Civil Rights Movement!

Oh, Jesse wasn’t alone! Many hedz know he was a gangster (had affiliation, along with half-brother, Noah Robinson, with the notorious street gang the Blackstone Rangers and leader, Jeff Fort, who was later convicted of killin’ more than 200 people). So we can assume Abernathy, Young and company feared Jesse’s constituents with some not make waves; to go along to get along.

Several hedz, along with Young created the historical photo-still that fooled the whole world, they pointed in what’s believed by several hedz, in the wrong direction of where the shot came from. One other jewel is the allegationz of King tellin’ his close friend, Ralph Abernathy, not to trust Jesse, suspecting him to be an agent.

What fellow Boule’ member Andrew Young said and what we know of Jackson’s steps hourz after King was dead, it’s quite obvious a blind-eye was turned enabling the collaboratorz and possible true gunmen were able to get away. The following actionz of Jackson are what standz as a reason questionz remain:

  • Jesse had MLKs room changed from the first level to the second level floor at the Lorraine hotel, room 306.
  • Orchestrated or partook in pointing in the wrong direction the alleged shots came from.
  • Didn’t wear a tie coding him as a “friendly” as assassinatorz were told not to wear a tie (see in Cokely’s video, pt.2)
  • Rubbed his handz on King’s bloodied chest, saturates them then rubz his handz on his shirt later to show up alleging him the next anointed one.

From what we know tracking Jackson I pose this question: why didn’t this self-anointed protege of MLK carry on the new agenda King spoke of in his last dayz? We know both were in Boule’, but with MLKs certain transformation and knowing what we know of the Boule’ and how their known and written allegiance to GWS (Global White Supremacy), it’s easy to suspect why Jesse did what he did pre- (spying, not having MLKs trust), during- (pointing in wrong direction of shooter), and post- MLKs death. I can only imaging had he lived at least one more year what we would’ve learned about the U.S. government, Jesse, and the Boule’.

Despite his rep of short-lived boycotts; despite being part of the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott, he has yet to implement any of the clear win strategies MLK laid out in his last speech and book.

With the official record files on King and his case to be “fully” released to the public around the year 2028, I ask this last question, what kind of justice system waits 60 yearz to release publicly when at this point, the culprits and co-conspiratorz will long gone?!

As you enjoy this King Holiday, take a few moments to reflect and educate yourself on the story they don’t want you to know by watching Cokely’s lecture and learn just who actually killed MLK, or at least has blood on their shirt—I mean handz!

Know that what they want you to know is not what you should know.

Dua, MLK for your courage to accept your change and be vocal about it and Bro. Cokely for your research and courage to share!

Bless…

Article written by M’Bwebe Aja Ishangi

Ana Nzinga Mbande-Queen of Angola

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In the 16th century, Portuguese slave traders turned to the Congo and southwest Africa, after their stake in the slave trade was threatened by England and France in the northern part of the continent. Their most stubborn opposition came from an unexpected source: an Angolan queen who ruthlessly maneuvered her way into power, fought off the slavers for decades, and, rumor has it, immolated her lovers.

Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, also known as Nzinga Mbandi, Anna Nzinga, and Rainha Ginga, was born in 1583 to the king of Ndongo, a kingdom of the Mbundu people in modern-day Angola. The story goes that Nzinga was so named because she was born with her mother’s umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, and the Mbundu word for “to twist” is kujinga (an alternate spelling of Nzinga is “Njinga”). This circumstance was believed to indicate that the child would grow to be proud and haughty.

The king, Ngola Kiluanji, allowed Nzinga and his son, Ngola Mbandi, to witness his governance of the kingdom, which included numerous guerrilla raids against Portuguese invaders who were trying to infiltrate the territory. His children, as a result, grew up with a sharp understanding of the horrific implications of Portuguese colonization, which depended on slavery to expand its reach and riches.

According to Joseph C. Miller’s Nzinga of Matamba in a New Perspective, Nzinga first appears in the historical record in 1622, when she arrived in Luanda as the emissary for her brother, the ruler at the time. He had been dedicating all of his efforts and forces to keeping the Portuguese out of the highlands east of Luanda. During her visit, Nzinga converted to Christianity, and was baptized as Ana de Souza, a fact that would help her in her later negotiations with the Portuguese. Within two years of his sister’s visit to Luanda, Ngola Mbandi had died under unknown circumstances, and Nzinga had staked her claim as ruler of the kingdom.

Though Nzinga was about to revolutionize diplomatic relations between the Portuguese and the Mbundu state, she seized her title with great opposition from the internal political factions in the kingdom. The 17th-century Mbundu kingdom was made up of a hierarchy of linked political titleholders each with their own followings. After Ngola Mbandi’s death, the king’s title would normally have gone to the leader with a combination of the most number of followers and the most deft political maneuvering.

“The scant evidence available on Nzinga’s place in this general structure indicates that her claim to the royal title of the ngola a kiluanje violated established Mbundu norms,” writes Miller. “The Mbundu harbored strong feelings against females assuming any political title and explicitly prohibited any woman from assuming the position of the ngola a kiluanje.”

Initially, the Portuguese did not recognize Nzinga as the rightful ruler of the Mbundu people, either; they suspected that she was somehow implicated in her brother’s death and refused to honor her right to succeed him. They instead assumed that the heir apparent to the Mbundu throne was Ngola Mbandi’s son.

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As a result, Nzinga was forced to turn to support from outside the state: from a band of Imbangala warriors who inhabited the borders of the Mbundu kingdom and had expressed hostility against both Mbundu and Portuguese armies in the past. She also offered asylum to slaves escaping from Portuguese territories, eventually recruiting them as manpower.

The Imbangala in particular were crucial to increasing Nzinga’s position in domestic politics. Not only were they notorious for their fierce ways and highly effective war strategies, they did not have the same hierarchical structure as the Mbundu and frequently recognized women under the title of tembanza: a leader in both war and politics. Nzinga manipulated the Imbangala’s readiness to accept a kinless woman as their leader by assuming the tembanza position in a group of Imbangala lead by the kaza, one of the most powerful warlords in the region.

The Mbundu recognized Nzinga’s situation with the kaza as a marriage of sorts, and so did the Portuguese. According to Miller, Nzinga then used the kaza to help her kill her brother’s son, the heir apparent, in an effort to secure her position as the leader of the Mbundu. However, eventually the Imbangala left Nzinga and defected to the Portuguese due to her lack of Imbangala ancestry. By 1629, Nzinga was left without allies, with the Portuguese army in hot pursuit.

She fled to the old Mbundu kingdom of Matamba, a safeground that had in recent years been ravaged by Portuguese and Imbangala raids. In the 16th century, Matamba had flourished under the rule of several queens, although they had long since ceded rule to Nzinga’s father, Ngola Kiluanji, and later her brother. The disarray after his death and the various raids had created a political vacuum which Nzinga was quick to fill, using their willingness to accept female rulers to buttress her position as leader of the Mbundu.

Nzinga increased her wealth, her armies and her power by blocking Portuguese access to slave trade routes and diverting the slaves into Matamba. She continued to resist Portuguese troops well into her 60s, and it is said that she would wear male dress and lead her armies into battle herself.

Legends of Nzinga extend outside of her brilliant military tactics and political strategy. In Philosophy in the Boudoir, the Marquis de Sade wrote that Nzinga “immolated her lovers,” obtaining a large, all-male harem after she became queen and having each man she slept with killed after their carnal encounter. Though there is no way of knowing if there is truth to these rumors, there is no denying Nzinga was a ruthless ruler, unafraid of sacrificing men who came in her way.

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In 1657, at the age of 74, Nzinga entered peace treaty talks with the Portuguese, after having fought and been worn down by colonial and slave raiding attacks for decades. After conceding much of her power, Nzinga devoted her efforts to rebuilding her war-torn nation. Following her death in 1663, the Portuguese lost their most valiant opposition and were able to accelerate their colonial occupation.

As Donald Burness points out in “Nzinga Mbandi” and Angolan Independence, up until the 20th century, not much had been written by African writers on historical African revolutionaries. But during Angola’s fight for independence from the Portuguese in the 1970s, an MPLA leader named Manual Pacavira wrote a novel about Nzinga called Nzinga Mbandi while imprisoned by the Portuguese, drawing many parallels between her fight and the ongoing civil war.

“The spirit of Rainha Ginga is not dead; it serves as a source of inspiration and pride to a people and its leaders who face new challenges and new opportunities,” writes Burness. Angola is now independent, and a statue dedicated to Nzinga in Luanda serves as a tribute to one of the first people to have fought for its freedom.

Article written by Urvija Banjeri

Kushite Kingdom Awards 2016

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Welcome to the first Kushite Kingdom Awards! I usually deal with a lot of current events and topics my subscribers like to discuss.  But I’m not serious all the time.  I like to laugh and joke around like everyone else.  So I thought I would do something a little fun.  I also wanted to show a token of appreciation to all the black bloggers who have given me great information and food for thought. It’s a real battle out here in the blogosphere. And I appreciate all the words of encouragement from fellow bloggers.    This is not a real competition.  This is all meant in fun.  As you will see from some of the categories. But let me know your picks in the categories.  If enough people like this awards edition I may make it an annual event. So be sure to cast your votes and add anyone to the list I may have left out. My apologies to anyone that didn’t make the list.  Don’t hold it against me.  I appreciate all my subscribers. Peace.

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Nat Turner Award-Favorite Male Blogger

1.Land of Kam

2. Onitaset Kumat

3.Black My Story

4.Nidotopian Warrior

5.Lumumba Afrika

6.Hung Like Jesus

7.Moorbey

8.Aniga Shakur

9.Amos Magazine

10. Melanated Man

11. AfrikaNeeds

12. Wyzedome

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Harriet Tubman Award-Favorite Female Blogger

  1. Diary of a Negress
  2. TruthAngel07
  3. Kelley
  4. Original Black Woman
  5. Sunny D
  6. Malaika Mutere
  7. Roshumba Monique
  8. Trojan Pam
  9. Shelby Courtland
  10. Tired Sista
  11. C.C. Saunders
  12. Cree7

Favorite Post by a Male Blogger

  1. Globalization and Religion of Scarcity- BlackMyStory
  2. War on Black People Part 1:Education- Black Eyebawse
  3. An Ode to the Lost Children-Nidotopian Warrior
  4. So What is Human?- One Tawny Stanger
  5. The Black Man-Black Woman Relationship-Melanated Man
  6. Black & Brown Coalition- Authentic African Vanguard
  7. Eyes a Free Man Massa!- Cliff Green
  8. People trying to escape their Ancestry-Afrika Needs
  9. The Rape of Horus- Hugh Cipher
  10. They care more about Harambe than Michael Brown- 4th Angels Bowl

Favorite Post by a Female Blogger

  1. Manifestation for a New Mother- Tahtahme
  2. Hillary Clinton,A Nasty Woman!- Shelby Courtland
  3. The Beast and The Goddess-Roshumba Monique
  4. Locked,Stocked and Ready to Roll- Diary of a Negress
  5. Lipstick and Heels: Black Business Spotlight- C.C. Saunders
  6. Is the Roots remake a History Lesson-Trojan Pam
  7. Mother-Kelley
  8. The White Bitch!-TruthAngel07
  9. Original Black Beauties of the Day- Original Black Woman
  10. Vital Note to Melanin People- Queen Adira

 

Favorite Musician

1.Watoto from the Nile

2.United Front

3.OSHUN

4. Richard Raw

5.Maafa Sankofa

6.Tahir RBG

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Most Beautiful Female Blogger

  1. Nekisha Lewis
  2. Sunny D.
  3. Kelley
  4. Chantel Keona
  5. Jeanette Ayala
  6. Eileen Dautruche
  7. Malaika Mutere

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Best Athlete

  1. Lebron James
  2. Derrick Rose
  3. Serena Williams
  4. Usain Bolt
  5. Allyson Felix
  6. Floyd Mayweather

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Most Beautiful Black Woman

  1. Sira Kante
  2. Yaya DaCosta
  3. Emayatzy Corinealdi
  4. Teyana Taylor
  5. Nandi Mngoma
  6. Lesliana Pereira
  7. Nomzamo Mbatha
  8. DeWanda Wise
  9. Simone Missisk
  10. Lerato Kganyago

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Most Outspoken Mulatto

1.Colin Kaepernick

2.Jesse Williams

3. Zaza Ali

4. J. Cole

5. Barack Obama

Favorite Sellout Buffoon

1.Kodak Black(watch the video)

2. Roland Martin(Buck danced with Hillary Clinton)

3. Lil Wayne (said ne never experienced racism)

4.Mary J. Blige(singing to Hillary Clinton)

5. Stephen A. Smith(always defends white supremacy,attacks black people)

Biggest Interracial Sellout

  1. Tika Sumpter(white baby daddy)
  2. Eddie Murphy(white baby mama)
  3. Alfre Woodard(white husband)
  4. Nate Parker (white wife)
  5. Charles Barkley(white wife)

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Most Honest White Supremacist

1.Tomi Lahren

2. Hillary Clinton

3.Donald Trump

4. Ann Coulter

5. Sean Hannity

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Best Impersonation of a Black Person

  1. Shaun King
  2. Kim Kardashian
  3. Iggy Azalea
  4. Rachel Dolezal
  5. Robin Thicke

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Biggest threat to Black Liberation and Unity

1.Interracial Marriage

2. Feminism

3. Homosexual Agenda

4.Misogyny

5. Negrophobia(Black self hatred)

6. Fake Black Leaders

7. All of the above

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Lifetime Coon Achievement Award: Morgan Freeman (Honorable mention: Charles Barkley,Don Lemon and Jesse Lee Peterson)

 

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