KRST Unity Center- Kwanzaa Celebration 2017

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Just a week ago I went to a Kwanzaa celebration.  It was held at the KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science in Los Angeles.  It is ran by Reverend Dr Richard Byrd and his wife Reverend Erica Byrd.  The center is dedicated to the principles and practices of MAAT. The event itself was free for all to come.  It was nice to see so many black men,women and children having a great time. There was no drama and no fighting .  There were black vendors and musicians that performed.  There was a candle lighting ceremony that highlighted the principles of Kwanzaa. They explained libation and why our ancestors did it. There was a beautiful poem  by poet Tasha Auset.  A rap performance by a young man named Jeremiah Berryman. He was a real talented brother.  He was dropping positive lyrics with no profanity.   There was comedy by Daryl Mooney the son of comedian Paul Mooney. As well as a Kwanzaa play and African dancing. At the intermission the reggae group Fountain of Roots performed. Guest speaker Michael Imhotep from the African History Network had a lecture at the end of the ceremony. I really enjoyed myself.  You could feel the love in the place. It’s nice to be around black people that are comfortable in their own skin.  Everyone I met was really positive.  The vibe was very positive.  But I had such a great time  I thought I would share some of the pictures and videos of the event.

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This brother(above) is Tony B. Conscious. He’s a very talented rapper and spits positive lyrics.  I was joking around with him the whole night.  He is really cool and a down to earth brother.

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This is Tony’s apparel he was selling at the event.  He not only raps but makes t-shirts,beanies,hats,jewelry and is a painter.  He’s a very talented artist.  This brother does it all!  I bought a beanie and t-shirt from him.

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This beautiful sista is Yendi Serwaa. She is a very talented woman in her own right. She makes all these unique crafts and is also a painter.

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These are some of the products(above) she was selling.  Yendi is also on the Board of Directors at the KRST Unity Center.

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This picture(above) is of Reverend Richard Byrd and Herb Alkhemyst.  Byrd is also known as Meri Ka Ra.  It was a pleasure to meet the elder.  He was a very nice man.  The lovely Alkhemyst is a singer/songwriter and herbalist.

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Koshana Kweli and Kateria Knows also attended the event. Kweli is a spiritual consultant and child care provider. Kateria is an amazing astrologer and creator of the Real Family Reunion. Kateria spoke at the event about the power of purpose.  It was a great speech. They were really cool and down to earth sistas. It was a pleasure to meet them.

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This picture(above) is with Herb Alkhemyst and her sister Kateria Knows.  They’re pictured with Michael Imhotep. He has a blogtalk radio program called African History Network. Imhotep gave a very powerful lecture at the event.  I got a chance to chat with Imhotep for about thirty minutes after the event.  I even bought a few of his dvd’s.

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This was their first annual Kwanzaa event.  They say they will do more in the future. I’ll definitely try to attend the event again.  It was just a really nice way to end the year.  Black people talking about black unity,black economics,African culture,black history,black relationships,black unity and black love.  And those are the things we all need to carry on into 2018. ❤

Milwaukee Charter School-Excellence First!

This is a great video.    It’s by a pair of 11 year old 6th graders from Milwaukee Excellence Charter school.  They borrowed a beat from Tee Grizley’s song,First Day Out.  The two young girls are students of teacher Terrance Sims.  He uses music to connect better with his students. “I wrote this song to get kids excited for the new school year and it picked up steam and turned into a full video,” Terrance explained. “It was a great experience as it kicked off our performing arts club.”  I personally think young black children need more rap songs like this.  They need more positive lyrics that express black pride and to inspire them to achieve greatness.  Too much of rap music today is filled with sex,violence and anti-blackness.  I salute these young black children!  They are already ahead of the game.  This is black genius. This is great to see!  We more hip hop culture to represent like this.

Black Mentacide: Accepting Degenerate Ghetto culture

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Last week a friend of mine asked  me what I thought about the ” Do it for The D” challenge.   I wasn’t sure what he was talking about.  He said it’s a rap challenge that had went viral all over social media. It is where you do a rap and talk what you what do to get penis from a man.  There are also an alternative version in which men rap about what they would do get vagina from a woman. I find this pretty sick and disgusting!  Look how far we’ve sunk as a people.  You have rappers and black actors doing this stupid ass challenge.  Hip hop used to be about educating our people with knowledge.  The golden era(1980-90) of hip hop had artists like Public Enemy,X Clan,KRS ONE,Brand Nubian,The Jungle Brothers,A Tribe Called Quest and Queen Latifah.  At least they were either Afrocentric,pro-black and had conscious lyrics.  But ever since the mid-nineties it has hit an all time low.  I remember a few years back Nas dropped a Cd called Hip Hop is Dead.  I think he may be right. Now the culture is just operating on the lowest frequency.  Now they have children talking about shooting each other,acting like gangsters and being promiscuous.  This is nothing but mentacide.  It is the destruction of the black mind.  And it’s being done intentionally.

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And the video(above) shows celebrities like Issa Rae,Regina Hall,Keke Palmer,rapper Tyga,T-Boz, Gabrielle Union and Sanaa Lathan doing the challenge.  It was really disappointing to see Union and Lathan stooping to this garbage.  I have always thought they were beautiful and talented actresses.  They should know better than to do such a degenrate sexual challenge like this.  But the worst had to be Erykah Badu.  She and comedian Michael Blackson did the challenge.  I understand that Blackson is a silly ass comedian that you can’t take seriously.  But Erykah??  I thought she was supposed to be this deeply spiritual,conscious,holistic Afrocentric woman.  This woman is 46 years old with three children.  Is this what she wants her children to see??  Do they want to see their mother doing a “dick challenge”?  This is a new low for Erykah.  She makes good music but she’s not truly conscious in my opinion.  And these other celebrities should know better as well.  They should lead by example.  But the truth is they believe that ghetto ass hoodrat culture is authentic black culture.  They think they’re “keeping it real”.  In a sense they are…keeping it REAL ignorant! These celebrities are paid puppets. They go along whatever their rich white masters tell them to do.  As long as they’re getting paid they don’t care if they’re putting out negative stereotypes or contributing to black mentacide.  Are we niggas and hoodrats?  Do we want our black boys to  view manhood as how many women you can sleep with?  Do we want black girls to see themselves as ghetto hoodrats?  I would think not.  And videos like this show that celebs have no social responsibility.  And we have to protect our children from this madness.  It’s up to us to show a positive examples to our young ones.  This so-called challenge is deplorable in my opinion.

I love this video(above) by Goalden Chyld.  This rapper flipped this disgusting challenge on it’s head.  He did a positive and uplifting video entitled ” For the People Challenge”.  Now others are doing positive videos as well.  I salute this brother!  I hope this type of thing catches on.  But deep down I know it wont be as popular as the “do it for The D” videos.  This proves to me that black people have a serious mental illness.  We have been taught accept disgusting and over the top sexual themes as “authentic blackness”.   This type of mentality needs to change.  We got to do better.

Secrett- Melanin

A friend told me about this female rapper Secrett. He told me about this catchy song she had called Melanin.  I must admit it is pretty catchy.  And of course on this blog we support all things that are pro-melanin.  Here’s a little biography from her website:

Whether she is lyrically lashing out on society and politics over soulful hip hop instrumentals, or keeping it simple and carefree over a hard hitting trap beat – Secrett is sure to move the mind and the crowd.  Though she was born in Chicago, she was raised all over the world due to her father serving in the U.S. Army.  This “military brat” represents the unique community that struggles to call one place “home” – essentially from everywhere… and no where.  Hence, her brand, “BraTT Rap”.

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Secrett currently resides in New York City, where she began recording, and continues to earn respect as a serious up and coming independent artist.  In June 2014 she released her first project – My S.T.U.P.I.D. Mixtape.   Hot 97’s Dj Enuff and Thisis50’s funnyman, Jack Thriller, hosted the tape and release event respectively.  With co-signs from two of NYC’s most respected entertainers under her belt, Secrett gained momentum as a new artist and hasn’t turned back.

Since her debut, Secrett has remained consistent through releasing singles & remixes, self-directed music videos, and mixtapes – Picture Day (2015), Clock Out (2016), and Verbal Warning (2016) – on hubs such as Spinrilla.com. Social media power blogs BallerAlert (@balleralert) and The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc), as well as Vlad TV, are among several media outlets that have featured Secrett’s work.  You may catch Secrett performing live at local open mics, or bigger venues such as NYC’s legendary S.O.B.’s and BlackThorn 51.  Stream & download Secrett’s top singles on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, & Tidal.  Secrett is currently working on her EP, set to release in 2017.

http://www.secrettisout.com/

Sa-Roc & David Banner-The Who

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I love this rap song!  It’s by David Banner and Sa Roc.  It was actually recorded back in 2014.  I meant to post it back then and never got around to it.  It’s a song dedicated to African hero Patrice Lumumba.  I love the lyrics and the powerful statement being made.  More hip hop artists should be doing this.  We don’t want our great heroes and sheroes to be forgotten.  Black children should know the names of the people who fought for their freedom and liberation.