Monday, October 31, 2005

Myths of New Orleans: Poor, Bad Blacks -- Who Got What They Deserved

The attacks of 9/11 tore aside a significant part of the veneer of civilization that had shrouded us from certain continuing, ugly truths about ourselves. In the wake of the attacks of that day, many of us -- led by our president, cheered on by the neoconservatives, and also by many conservatives and liberventionists (those alleged "libertarians," who think government should stay out of our lives at home but should simultaneously seek to rearrange the globe by military force -- and who appear to think it represents the apex of intellectual integrity never to even acknowledge this contradiction, let alone try to justify it) -- enthusiastically embraced a simple storyline: Western civilization, more particularly the United States, constitutes the highest point of possible human development. It is only "freedom" and "democracy" as practiced in the West that can guarantee a future of peace. (Never mind the West's uninterrupted history of warfare within its own ranks, and never mind the West's unending, centuries-long interference with the rest of the world.)

The West has the answer to successful human life. Since it does, and because certain elements in the rest of the world have now chosen to attack us on our own ground (and never mind that we have invaded and ruled over vast portions of the rest of the world since time immemorial), we must enlighten those benighted portions of the globe in our defense. Our chosen method of enlightenment is brute military force, to be deployed even against countries that did not threaten us. The lack of a genuine threat is no argument against spreading our version of "civilization," for our mission is grounded not only in self-defense: it is also a moral mission. Our success and our "peace" directly correlates to our virtue. Those countries and those civilizations that do not enjoy the same success and peace are without virtue. In the most extreme (and, one could argue, most consistent) version of this tale, non-Western parts of the world are less than human -- and they are subhuman by choice. They are immoral, and sometimes even evil. Since we represent the good and they represent the evil, we are surely entitled to improve them, by invasion and bombing if necessary. If they do not threaten us today, they might at some indeterminate time in the future. And while we might kill many innocent civilians in our campaign of civilization, those who survive will be infinitely better off than they would have been otherwise. Besides, how "innocent" can any of them be -- since they are members of inferior, less than fully human civilizations, and since they are so by choice?

Read the rest at the Power of Narrative weblog!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Arnold get back to Terminating

Check out Arnold's Neighborhood!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Stories this week...

I believe that Bush and co. will get off scott free and won't get in trouble for anything. I agree with the quote in the story "Beginning of the End? Watergate 2005? Gotterdammerung for the Bushies?":

Despite all the enormous hopes vested in the Plame affair, that it is playing the same role in the downfall of the Bush administration as did the "third-rate rate burglary" that kicked off Watergate, this could be the end of the story, even if Fitzgerald has said there might have to be further investigation of Karl Rove, identified in the Indictments as Official A.

All this, and I believe this story that soon enough, there will be war with Iran by Christmas. Check out "The Real Reasons Why Iran is the Next Target:
The Emerging Euro-denominated International Oil Marker

In 2005-2006, The Tehran government has a developed a plan to begin competing with New York's NYMEX and London's IPE with respect to international oil trades - using a euro-denominated international oil-trading mechanism. This means that without some form of US intervention, the euro is going to establish a firm foothold in the international oil trade. Given U.S. debt levels and the stated neoconservative project for U.S. global domination, Tehran's objective constitutes an obvious encroachment on U.S. dollar supremacy in the international oil market. A good follow up to this is the article from the Information Clearing House, appropriately entitled "All over the globe, our leaders seem to be suffering from a severe bout of infantilism"

Being that I am in DC, I will have no excuse for paying my respects to her. According to the Detroit Free Press:

The body of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will lie in repose at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington as part of the series of events that will allow the public to pay tribute to her.

The public will be able to pay their respects in the memorial's rotunda Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Karen Dumas, a spokeswoman for the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, said Wednesday night.

Friday, October 28, 2005

50 CENT: Refuse 2 Die. Revealing Unofficial Autobiography on DVD Nov 8th!


Featuring Revealing Footage with 50 CENT’s Grandfather, Treach, DJ Skribble, DMC As Well As All-New Music from TOMMY COSTER, Co-Writer of EMINEM’s Mega-Hit “Slim Shady”.
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 27, 2005) – Hip-hop’s biggest superstar, 50 Cent, shocked the world by defying outrageous odds to become one of the music industry’s most successful crossover artists of all time. The unauthorized documentary, 50 Cent: Refuse to Die, available on DVD on November 8 from New Line Home Entertainment, chronicles his inspirational journey from the streets to the stage and his unprecedented acceptance into the heart of mainstream culture. The DVD features interviews with 50 Cent’s grandfather and DMC from the legendary RUN-DMC, as well as 3-D animated segments and behind-the-scenes footage. The DVD will be available at a $19.97 SRP.

After thriving for several years in the hip-hop underground, 50 Cent’s hip-hop anthem "In Da Club” propelled him to instant stardom. Despite his infamous past and headline grabbing run-ins with the law, fans of all ages and races embraced 50 Cent as Get Rich or Die Tryin’ flew off the shelves, instantly becoming a number one album on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. His current album, The Massacre, was number one on the charts for six weeks straight, the longest streak for 2005. With over four million albums sold and four top 10 hits, The Massacre has gone four times platinum, securing 50 Cent’s place in music history. From multi-platinum selling albums to his G-Unit clothing line and starring roles in television and film, 50 Cent has made an undisputed impact on the music scene and the world at large.

50 Cent: Refuse 2 Die is the inspirational journey of the hottest artist in hip-hop, Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent). Adored by fans of all ages and races and the face of hip-hop for both the hardcore and mainstream fan, this gritty documentary tells the tale of 50 Cent’s life and the obstacles he overcame to become an icon of the hip-hop generation. From a life of crime to the recognition of the world at large, the East Coast rapper defied the odds to enter the celebrity lifestyle without losing his street credibility. Including interviews with his closest family members and influential figures who guided his career (such as members of RUN-DMC), this raw documentary presents 50 Cent as he has never been seen before.

- 50 Cent’s mother was 1 of 10 children. When she became pregnant with 50 at 15, she hid the pregnancy from her father, telling him she had a tumor.
- 50 Cent started selling drugs when he was just 12. At 15, he was expelled when school officials found crack in his shoes.
- 50 Cent dropped out of school and sold drugs full time with his girlfriend until they got busted twice in 3 weeks. 50 used to say his girlfriend had "Magic Draws". She hid the crack cocaine in her underwear and delivered it to 50s customers after a signal.
- 50 Cent lifted weights and earned his GED while incarcerated for selling drugs. He also wrote rhymes and learned to box. His boxing name was BooBoo.

You’ll have to check the DVD for more on Hip Hop's rap star...

Check out the Refuse2Die website. Here is the trailer.
Condoleezza Rice: Selling Her Soul For the White Man's Approval

This I picked up from the blog Radical Left:

Like a lot of African Americans, I've long wondered what the deal was with Condoleezza Rice and the issue of race.

How does she work so loyally for George W. Bush, whose approval rating among blacks was measured in a recent poll at a negligible 2 percent?

How did she come to a worldview so radically different from that of most black Americans? Is she blind, is she in denial, is she confused -- or what?

After spending three days with the secretary of state and her entourage as she toured Birmingham, where she grew up in a protective bubble as the tumult of the civil rights movement swirled around her, I have a partial answer:

It's as if Rice is still cosseted in her beloved Titusville, the neighborhood of black strivers where she was raised, able to see the very different reality that other African Americans experience but not to reach out of the bubble -- not able to touch that other reality, and thus not able to really understand it.

Rice's parents tried their best to shelter their only daughter from Jim Crow racism, and they succeeded.

Forty years later, Rice shows no bitterness when she recalls her childhood in a town whose streets were ruled by the segregationist police chief Bull Connor.

"I've always said about Birmingham that because race was everything, race was nothing," she said in an interview on the flight home.

When she reminisces, she talks of piano lessons and her brief attempt at ballet -- not of Connor setting his dogs loose on brave men, women and children marching for freedom, which is the Birmingham that other residents I met still remember.

A friend of Rice's, Denise McNair, was one of the four girls killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. That would have left a deep scar on me, but Rice can speak of that atrocity without visible emotion.

She doesn't deny that race makes a difference. "We all look forward to the day when this country is race-blind, but it isn't yet," she told reporters in Birmingham. Later she added, "The fact that our society is not colorblind is a statement of fact."

But then why are the top echelons of her State Department almost entirely white? "That's an artifact of foreign policy," she said in the interview.

"It's not been a very diverse profession." In other words, there aren't enough qualified minority candidates. I wondered how many times those words have been used as a lame excuse.

One of the things she somehow missed was that in Titusville and other black middle-class enclaves, a guiding principle was that as you climbed, you were obliged to reach back and bring others along.

Rice has been a foreign policy heavyweight for nearly two decades; she spent four years in the White House as the president's national security adviser.

In the interview, she mentioned just one black professional she has brought with her from the National Security Council to State.

As we were flying to Alabama, Rice said an interesting thing. She was talking about the history of the civil rights movement, and she said, "If you read Frederick Douglass, he was not petitioning from outside of the institutions but rather demanding that the institutions live up to what they said they were.

"If you read Martin Luther King, he was not petitioning from outside, he was petitioning from inside the principles and the institutions, and challenging America to be what America said that it was."

The civil rights movement came from the inside? I always thought the Edmund Pettus Bridge was outside.

I know very few black Americans who think of themselves fully as insiders in this society. No matter how high we rise, there's always that reality that Rice acknowledges: The society isn't colorblind, not yet.

It's not always in the front of your mind, but it's there. We talk about it, we overcome it, but it's there.

When Rice was growing up, her father stood guard at the entrance of her neighborhood with a rifle to keep the Klan's nightriders away.

But that was outside the bubble. Inside the bubble, Rice was sitting at the piano in pretty dresses to play Bach fugues.

It sounds like a wonderful childhood, but one that left her able to see the impact that race has in America -- able to examine it and analyze it -- but not to feel it.

If there's a "Rosebud" to decode the enigma that is Condoleezza Rice, it's Titusville.

Eugene Robinson @ Washington Post

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Worlds Greatest Entertainers

You know, if nothing else, you have to appreciate the Bush Administration's soap opera approach to politics. Even if you don't like politics, you would be kept at the edge of your seat with what is going on in the world.

With Iraq, you have your 2,000 soldiers all gone due to this war. But is it really that bad? Check out this comparison of Iraq and Vietnam. Anyways, what remains is more bad news coming from Iraq and not enough good news. Good news for pro-war people would include stuff like building schools, and that kind of thing does not win wars and does not get on the front page of newspapers. So, what you are left with is grimy stuff like soldier casualties everyday. Not exactly entertainment to me, but I'm sure there are plenty of sick puppies in this country who get off on it. After all, this culture produced slasher flicks, WWF Wrestling and porn, so how far off are violent Iraq war headlines from that? It's all the same side of the coin to me.

Harriet Myers quit her nomination today for the Supreme Court...I thought that she wasn't qualified to sit on the Supreme Court anyways. But watching her looking like a deer looking at headlights when the Senators question her would have been classic stuff. Im so sorry I had to miss it. The drawback is that now they are going to dig up some other right wing nut to take her nomination. I'm hoping its not Janice Rogers Brown, she's a real nut. For that reason, the Republicans will love her.

Then there is the whole CIA leak investigation, that's been really funny. I can't wait until the indictments are handed down to Karl Rove and all the rest of these people who broke the law. I don't like Bush; I don't like anything about Bush and seeing all this drama happen right now, all I can say is that I'm loving it. I just hope it gets better.

Check it out; Between Bush One&Two, Ronald Reagen, The Terminator, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney. Republicans are the world's greatest entertainers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

50 Cent and Paramount's ad campaign

I found this on the model's group Mecca's World. Check her out!

I came across this info on the news and just wanted to jumpstart your day with a lil convo. 50 Cent's biographical film "Get Rich or Die Tryin" is slated to be in theaters in November. As part of marketing for the film...there are billboard advertisements that feature 50 with his back turned, arms out-stretched, holding a mic in one hand and a gun in the other. Apparently, the billboards are being strategically placed in communities that are thought to most likely go see the film.

Several residents in LA communities are in an uproar over the billboards being placed in their neighborhoods. They argue that the message in the advertisement only perpetuates what takes place in their communities on a regular basis. The billboard shown on the news was next to an elementary school. The protesters are calling for the billboards to be removed from their neighborhoods and
furthermore taken out of the entire city of Los Angeles.

1.)Do you feel the arguments of the protestors are valid or invalid?

2.)Some individuals blamed 50 Cent for irresponsibility...Others blamed Paramount for their marketing scheme...Then others held both 50 and Paramount accontable. If this is wrong...who is at fault?

I feel that the billboards are inappropriate and perpetuate violence. I don't think that putting them down will prevent violence, and I am all for freedom of speech. But why add fuel to the fire? This displays the power of choices and making the right one, but not everybody will read it that way.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A couple things.....

Check out EMusic's article "Poetry's Bad Rap" about Gil Scott Heron and The Last Poets, two stellar pre-rap artists who inspired hip hop.

The whole Murder Inc thing has gotten away from me, now it seems that there are new developments in that situation. SOHH has a Murder Inc trial weblog, for anybody who actually gives a crap. Looks like Ja Rule might end up on Koch records, which 50 Cent called an "artist graveyard".

RIP to Rosa Parks!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Superstar rapper Cam’ron was shot in Washington, DC this morning (Oct. 23) around 2:30 am sources have revealed to


The Harlem, New York native was leaving club H20 en-route to Love (formerly Dream) when three unknown gunmen approached the rapper.

While details are sketchy, eyewitnesses said the men were seeking the rapper’s pricey Lamborghini, which he was driving while in town for a performance over the weekend.

“They were after that car,” an eyewitness told “Cam refused to give it up and attempted to drive away and they shot up the car.”

Cam’ron was struck at least once and while officials have not released his actual status, Cam's publicist at Susan Blond confirmed the rapper was shot at least twice - once in each arm.

His injures are allegedly not life threatening and the rapper was treated at Howard University Hospital.

“Juelz, Jim [Jones] and other Dip-Set members are with him at the hospital right now,” the source said.

Cam’ron, CEO of Diplomat Records, has been driving the blue Lamborghini since at least June of 2005.

"I bought the Lamborghini especially for New York," Cam'ron told a 106 & Park audience prior to being arrested. “Because we figure that we can only see stuff like this in Miami, but I am bringing it to the streets of New York."

In July, police in Harlem stopped the rapper and arrested him while driving the Italian sports car for driving with a suspended license.

Officials at Howard University Hospital declined comment and police did not comment at press time.

Representative for Susan Blond, the company that handles Cam's publicity issued the following statement to

"Cam'ron was shot in Washington DC. He is currently OK, resting and recovering."

I guess when you do music that glorifies and perpetuates violence, it comes right back to you. What goes around comes around. However, I hope he does get better. What a messed up way to wrap up homecoming.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

50 Cent vs. Dr Dre?

Check out The Tim Westwood Show on the BBC!

I found this on Black Voices:

He told the BBC, “To my knowledge, neither me or Dr. Dre is working on Game’s next album. If I’m not messing with him, how is Dre going to mess with him? Then that means me and Dre got beef. I think everybody sees my pattern.” The pattern is 50 will be dissin’ Dre any day now. Yep, The Game and Dre are already working on the next album called The Doctor’s Advocate. This is about to get interesting – so interesting.

50 Cent's heads gotten too big. I liked the "How To Rob" version of 50 Cent; the "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" routine is getting old. You know 50's fallen off if Eminem produces his next album. Sure, people will buy it but they won't like it. That will be funny. LOL.

Check out: Duo Considered the Olsen Twins of the White Nationalist Movement

So sad. I thought Republicans were all for "protecting the children", so what's up with this crap?
What If . . . .

This I got from the Yahoo group Revolutionary Minds:

Let’s digress for a moment and play the What If Game. We all play this game from time to time. Some call it scenarios, or in business, plan A, or plan B or just plan speculation.

Sometime next week Patrick Fitzerald, the special counsel investigating the CIA leaks is planning to hand down incitements after a 22-month grand-jury inquiry.

Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, (The President’s brain) and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Dick Chaney may be indicted.

Now here is where the What If . . .game comes into play. This president despite his blind loyalty to his support group will have no choice but to ask for resignations. Dick Chaney, after seeing his chief of staff indicted would be hard pressed to remain in his position as Vice President since the cover up smear would certainly tarnish his office and image.

We are playing the game now, but let’s assume Chaney resigns. The closest person to Bush in that circumstance is Condolezza Rice. It is speculated that Mr. Bush will more than likely appoint Condolezza Rica as Vice President making her the firs woman VP and the first African American VP. Bush, despite his failed war effort, will have a lock on history comparable to Lincoln, or Jefferson. With the election in 2008, there would be ample time for Condolezza to grow into the job and run for president.

Pushing the What If out there a little ways, we may see Hillary Clinton going against Condolezza Rice and the resulting race precipitating a major change in American politics. Hawk and Dove, black and white, Lib and Con with a feminine twist.

The wife and I were playing this game the other night. I found it difficult to resist the intriguing possibility of having a black woman Vice President and or possibly president. Even as a candidate, it would challenge this country’s major theme of being the greatest nation in the world. All the racist would be flushed out of the closet on this one, and if Condi is elected, it would pave the road for African Americans being slotted into highly visible private sector or government positions.

What do you think you, revolutionaries. Can you deal with the prospect of having a black female, republican, hawk as president?

Friday, October 21, 2005

Howard U Homecoming 2005

I don't think I will be doing much with this Homecoming. As it is, since Biggie (AKA Notorious BIG) talked about the HU Homecoming and now Luda has talked about it, it has become bigger than life.

When I first started at HU in the year of 1988, it was much more smaller; a cozier, more controlled event. In the late 90s it started to get outta control, like another Freaknic or something; people rolling in from other states and especially from Florida and NYC and the whole DC/MD/VA area. It's gotten outta control.

Case in point; all the activities are sold out. They were like sold out the second day. Usually its pretty much about hangin' on the yard, and hoping to bump into an alumn that you haven't seen in ages, or bumping into Jay-Z and of course you know P-Diddy be having crowds around him, signing autographs and whatnot.

But the weather sucks tonight, it will probably suck tommorow, so it won't really be the best experience, but I figure as long as people make the game, kick it on the yard, and go to the step show, it will be all good. But I would've hated to have come from like Florida and NYC to crappy weather and sold out events. Oh well. Maybe next year will be better. And I'll be 36. Yikes.
20 Ways to Tell If a Female Might Be a Bird (Chickenhead)

Had to post this, I found this on HBCU Connect!

1. If she is in her 20's, her mother is in her 30's, and her grandmother is in her 40's.
2. If she enrolled in school strictly for the student loan money.
3. if she is over the age of 30 and still wearing "baby hair"
4. If she lives in the projects, but has a big-screen tv.
5. if she thinks she looks like Halle Berry just because she's light skinned.
6. If she thinks she looks like Naomi Campbell just because she's dark skinned.
7. If she thinks she looks like J.Lo just because she's Hispanic.
8. If she has had 4 or more home numbers, cell numbers, or pager numbers disconnected in a 3 month time span.
9. If she weighs 93 pounds and still has a beer gut.
10. Any black girl with blonde hair.
11. Any white or asian girl with braids.
12. If she claims she doesn't have a job because she doesn't have transportation or a babysitter, but she always seems to find a babysitter and transporation to get to the club every week.
13. If she drinks Sunny Delight.
14. If she has "combination hairstyles" (braids/fingerwave, or Press-n-Curl/feathered, etc)
15. If she's at the club crip walking in high heels.
16. If she doesn't work out at the gym because she doesn't want to sweat out her weave.
17. If she knows how to play spades.
18. If she thinks people who make more than $10 an hour are "bougie"
19. If she has to run errands for the day and they all take place at the swap meet.
20. If she puts hot sauce on potato chips.
My tribute to William Bennett

Monday, October 17, 2005

Stanley Crouch izza bytch.....

...and an ugly one too. He delivered this ugly tiradein the New York Daily News about the Million More Movement. A couple of quotes:

Louis Farrakhan proved again Saturday in Washington that there is nothing particularly original or insightful about him. He is a highly refined demagogue who has learned much since the Million Man March 10 years ago, when he bored perhaps 2 million in attendance and millions more who nodded off as though they had taken heroin as he gave a profound lesson in how to bungle a recruitment opportunity. Even knuckleheads were disappointed by Farrakhan's ludicrous reading of the numerlogical meanings hidden on dollar bills.

What is he talking about? Farrakahn the first time made a excellent speech. And why are the people who attended "knuckleheads". Way to lump all the attendees into one group.

Farrakhan has been able to gain acceptance among people who should know better but who don't feel that knowing better has done them any good when it comes to facing the plight of the black underclass. Such people are joined by all of those struggling at the bottom who feel that little has been achieved through conventional politics or Christianity or the civil rights establishment. Then we have the erroneously labeled "authentic" knuckleheads and lightweights of the "hip-hop generation," who have embraced a man they see as uncompromising in "speaking truth to power." The question of whether Farrakhan has sold out is easily raised by his alliance with rappers, the vast majority of whom create material that is diametrically opposed to the Nation of Islam's morality. But many suspect that entrepreneur Russell Simmons, the "godfather of hip hop," is a strong financial supporter of the Nation of Islam. Perhaps that explains why Simmons can support and promote cultural monstrosities such as 50 Cent and be sure he will hear nothing derisive from Farrakhan.

All I can say is that the Minister has always been a big advocate for spiritual and positive hip hop, and this theory that he has regarding Farrakahn's and Russell Simmons compromising the Minister's message is hogwash. What a bunch of bull.

I did not find Saturday's gathering depressing, however much I deplored all of the old rhetorical soup warmed over by poseurs or naifs. At some point, people will begin to notice those who are managing to educate kids despite the worst circumstances and who are bringing order to their neighborhoods by successfully discouraging gang activity, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. They are out there and they will be noticed sooner or later.

Name calling? Im just wondering who are the poseurs? I think it is safe to say that Stanley Crouch is posing as a conservative intellectual.

Then the black middle class and those at the bottom will find something other than a demagogue to listen to, if only for what amount to gigantic rhetorical picnics where the assembled are served hot air instead of potato salad.

It could be worse. The black middle class could be forced to listen to you, Stanley.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Kicking KKK/Nazi azz

Yesterday, while brothers Marched in Washington DC, brothers in Toledo, Ohio were stomping a bunch of Nazis marching. Predictably, they were labeled gangs by the media and the punk-azz Mayor.

I would've loved to give up the March in DC to go upside the head of a Nazi with a baseball bat :) But I don't promote violence, I promote self defense!

As Malcolm X once said: "It doesn't mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time, I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don't call it violence when it's self-defense, I call it intelligence."

And if anybody knows anything about violence, its the Nazis.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

I went to the Million More Movement and all I got.....

It was amazing how many brothers where out hustling at the Million More Movement. I went to the event with $40 and spent most of it on:

3 T-shirts for $20 (we got a really good deal since the vendor had no change)
1 Millon More Movement button for $2.
1 magazine from some guy reppin' the Nuwaubian Nation, a black religous group whose beliefs are hard to explain, but the book was $2.00.
2 pictures taken at the 1995 Million Man March for $1.00
1 poem entitled "Arise O Ye Black Men of God" for $1.00
1 CD;P-Cuttas "Art of War: The Worlds First Conscius Mixtape Vol II"-$5.00
1 Phen Cake for $5.00
2 Sodas $1.00 each
1 Pen for $1.00 (I got ripped off on that one, it was only worth 50 cents, but its all good)
1 CD; A Long Way From Home, the New Orleans Evacuee Anthem, check it out at; I got it for Free, but I owe these brothers.
1 Promo CD; Styles P'snewest song "Can You Believe It" w/Akon, Free
1 Million More pin for $1 each
1 Autograph from Al Sharpton, priceless

Underlying Farrakahn's message of self reliance, brothers were displaying their ability to get money, and I find that more important than the government or any politicians lies or deception. Screw the GOP and the Democrats, get yours! That to me was the most important underlying message of this event.
From the March

The day of the March back in 1995, it was to me really serious. It was a time when there was a big racial divide. Alot of it stemmed from the OJ trial and the outcome of the trial. It was like, there were strong opinions on either side of the debate.

Another thing that I remember that was another show of disunity was the East Coast/West Coast so-called "rap wars". True, it was blown out of proportion by the media. To me, this was another factor in why the Million Man March was so important.

The last time, Farrakahn gave a very interesting, moving speech that confused the media (they just weren't feeling the numerology and the UFO talk of Farrakahn). It lead the media to dismiss Farrakahn's importance to the March. It was amazing how they found 15 year old kids who would say, "Well, I didn't come for Farrakahn.."

Fast forward to 2005...and you got the issues of Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Bush, and alot of other things that motivated Farrakahn's safer approach. What I think he did in bringing in Latinos, gays, and liberal whyte Bush haters is an attempt to create like another "rainbow coalition". A big part of his plan was the creation of "Ministries" that would cover the needs of people taken for granted by the US government. I liked his proposing of a third political party to create an alternative to the whole GOP/Democrat scheme of AmeriKKKan politics.

There were fewer people, of course, and the way some of the women had their jeans on, Im glad they were excluded from the MMM in 1995 by Farrakahn. They were too much of a distraction! If I wasn't married I would've been trying to get some #'s for sure.

Plus, there were lots of Latinos, but I don't recall any prominent Latino speakers being focused on...but I don't know, maybe I missed them. I got there at about 4 in the afternoon, and taped the rest off CSPAN, the only channel which bothered with the event.

So, all in all it was a worthwhile event......

Friday, October 14, 2005

The First Million Man March

I participated heavily in the first Million Man March. I met one of the volunteer organizers and told him I wanted to help in bringing this thing together. The LOC (Local Organizing Committee) met at the Phi Beta Sigma office near Kennedy Street in Washington DC. Being a numbers man, I volunteered with the Treasurer of the group.

The closer the March came, the more I put myself out there to volunteer. I would hand out information. At one point I was discouraged because it didn't seem like people, especially black people, were interested. Alot of those who were not in that line of thinking were sick of hearing about the March and Farakahan.

One thing I noticed was that there was subtle division. Even though Christians and Muslims and rich and poor wanted to come together, I saw subtle signs that those differences could not be overcome. There used to be this organization called Cease Fire: Don't Smoke the Brothers. I liked what they were about. They went into the black community and recruited and counseled gang members and so called "violence prone blacks"

Also, there was Benjamin Chavis of the NAACP. At around that time he was in trouble for sexually harrasing secretary. However, he was a Christian Minister at the time, and the NAACP I guess he felt sold him down a river. He was going through much drama but I felt that the Million Man March had such an affect on him that he went from being a Baptist minister to being a Minister in the Nation of Islam.

But, there were many memorable incidents in helping to organize. I helped reporters get their credentials. One black reporter needed them, I helped him get them. Another white reporter was acting extra bitchy, I didn't know what his problem was. I helped do all the envelope stuffing, all the organizing, disbursing the money, and I got to know quite a few folks along the way.

The day before the March, I was part of the welcoming committee, welcoming people to the District. I don't know what the Washington Post's problem was, saying that only something like 100,000 people showed up, but I saw many, many more. I designed a flier that broke down when stuff was going to start. I gave it to all the brothers coming in to the city. For the first time I felt like a real brotherhood, a camraderie of sorts.......Next: The day of the March.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The original MMM's intent

I just read this quote from the Pacific News Service:

The first Million Man March targeted for spiritual redemption and self-help uplift the thousands of young black men who had turned to gangs, crime and drugs and who preyed on black communities. The problem was the march drew largely middle and working-class black business owners, professionals, academics and students. They were not the ones terrorizing their communities. It had no ongoing program or structure to energize violence-prone blacks and give them hope for the future. They had no real reason to lay down their guns.

From: Millions More March, Many More Problems

The problem with this quote is that it is not even true, really. I was in the mix of the first Million Man March, and I did not even really see anybody from Farrakahn to the NAACP saying that this was the case!

Granted, there was much representation from many sectors of the black community. The purpose of the orginal march was not to bring "violence-prone blacks" and make them change their ways. It was people coming together to work toward a common cause of unity, community uplift and strength. It was more about people uniting and getting beyond culture, skin tones, and other aims.

I guess you had to just be there, and apparently, this writer, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, was not.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

A disturbing trend

Check out:Citizen Subject

Im surprised that anti-Bush rappers like Dead Prez, Paris, Public Enemy, Immortal Technique and Mr Lif have not been harrassed by the feds more:

Webmaster of porn site jailed:Chris Wilson, a 27-year-old former policeman from Lakeland, was taken into custody Friday night on one felony and 300 misdemeanor indecency counts unrelated to the grisly pictures from Iraq. The charges come a week after his site made national news and launched a Pentagon investigation into how war zone photos of bodies described as victims of U.S. attacks could have surfaced. Read more in The Miami Herald.

Civics Student...or Enemy of America? According to Jarvis, the student, who remains anonymous, was just doing his assignment, illustrating the right to dissent. But over at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart, where the student took his film to be developed, this right is evidently suspect.

An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service. On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.

"At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster," Jarvis says. "I didn't believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn't there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others."
Read more on Alternet!

Woman bounced from Southwest flight for T-shirt: A Washington state woman intends to press a civil-rights case against Southwest Airlines for booting her off a flight in Reno after fellow passengers complained about a message on her T-shirt.
Lorrie Heasley, of Woodland, Wash., was halfway home on a flight Tuesday that began in Los Angeles, wearing a T-shirt with the pictures of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a phrase similar to the popular film, Meet the Fockers.

Heasley said she wore the T-shirt as a gag. She wanted her parents, who are Democrats, to see it when they picked her up at the airport in Portland, Ore.

Read more on USA Today!

Looks like AmeriKKKa is imploding. People are scared, they want to believe in something, so these attacks on other people's rights to free expression, though astounding, come as no surprise to me. As long as the AmeriKKKan people keep on being hoodwinked, they will turn on one another with this "patriotic" BS.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Rastafari-A breakdown

Language As the movement of Rastafarians became more distinct, Rastas inherited and formed their own language. While the widely known fluid dialect of Patois is known–African in rhythm and English in interpretation, Rastas took the diction of Patois and English and formed their own translations, meanings and words. It was necessary for Rastas to use a language that was inclusive, positive and uplifting to the mind. English words connoted backward, negative and often evil thoughts and ideas. Words are living entities and have power by effecting the way one thinks, sees, hears and receives enlightenment. Instead of saying we, our, mine, you and I, Rasta affirms I’n’I, leaving no separation in the identity of things. Instead of saying "understand," Rastas say "overstand," as to not be under anyone’s definitions. Instead of saying "dedicated," Rastas say "livicated," (using the prefix live instead of die). Instead of saying "manifested," Rastas say "I-nifested," to incarnate the I is in everything. Foods are also given new meaning, as "ital," for "vital," means a strictly vegetarian diet, "Inana," is banana, "I-go" is a mango. The I is the spirit of Jah and the spirit of man, and the unification of that divinity. Many Rasta words begin with I and many words also project a positive twist to a word to give it a higher meaning than its regular English comparison instead of "hello," Rastas either say "greetings," or "irie." This language would be called the Kings Iyriac, to distinguish from the British English, which is seen in the culture as Babylonian, and causing all the negative problems in the world.


The role of women in Rastafari has been a complex, yet orderly system of knowing one’s place. Though man is seen as the head of the home, and of his community, women in Rastafari are greatly respected as queens, and their duty is to raise their children and provide a stable community for the men. By teaching health, nutrition, and various elements of life, women contribute greatly to Rasta culture. Though the rules for women seem strict, a Rasta woman has to be able to tell herself apart from the larger society of women in Babylon whose ways, style of dress, and approach to life is all together different. Rasta women realize their potential as queens and honor that title with respect: no short dresses, no pants, no adding chemicals to the hair, and definitely no make up or artificial cosmetic use. Rasta women maintain a sense of identity with nature, their community and their children. The faith requires women to know their place when they are amongst men, while being as wise as any man. In Rasta culture women are not geared into vanity, and are frowned upon when it comes to exploiting their bodies. This exploitation destroys the great potential that women have to become leaders, and becoming closer to God. You can’t travel two roads and expect to get to Jah. You have to travel the narrow road, and for women in Rastafari, this is often not easy. For the temptations of western society that says a woman can dress any way, show her flesh, she can talk any kind of way, and use obscene words to express herself, or she can denounce her community and her children for vanity are misleading concepts that tear the nation apart. The Rasta woman is the holder of the nation, and her awareness of this allows her to live a simple lifestyle while upholding her duties as a woman; she is always revered for that.

It is safe to say that women who recognize Rastafari as their faith do not have to be told what to do, but have learned what works for them. It’s unimaginable that every woman will adhere to every single law of the culture but it is imaginable that Rastafarian women have found a faith that brings them closer to Jah, and binds them to uplifting themselves toward positive I-spirations.


The mainstay of Rastafarian diet has a lot to do with laws that are innately divine to man’s nature. The prohibition of many foods and the strict dietary laws that Rastas are known to have keep in tune with many biblical references to stay clean, healthy and unpolluted. Rastas often use herbs for medicinal purposes, to strengthen, heal and cleanse the body. They refrain from eating red meat, pork, chicken, fish (for some), eggs, cheese, white flour products and processed foods. The purpose is to keep a dietary law that is more in harmony with the Earth. It also is to keep them from digesting any part of blood of animals or their flesh, allowing a more human quality to always be present in man instead of the animal/flesh driven passions that pervade western culture.


Since the early sixties, Jamaica has produced some of the most stellar music and artists in the world. Out of the constant struggle for independence, survival and truth, reggae music emerged--a music that has its roots in R&B, Rock Steady and Mento. However, reggae was a force with which to be reckoned because of its political messages.

Music was seen as a way of staying out of trouble, and not getting caught up in the "rude boy" lifestyle that led to violence, jail or death. The Rasta impact on reggae music would cover a book, but it is clear that the influence of the elders and the teachers of the faith deeply influenced artists who were seeking to distinguish themselves in a business that faded artists out as quickly as they made a hit. For many of these artists, being poor was a daily reality and it became a necessity to address it instead of creating escapist music to deal with it. Rastas, in the early years, were forbidden in many studios and were not allowed to express their creativity. But all that would change as the movement of Rastafari became more appealing to young aspiring singers and musicians, and the voice of Rasta began to take over reggae music.

Rastafarian’s native son, Bob Marley would change the direction in which Reggae was destined to go, and his talent and inspiration created an overwhelming international market that suddenly became interested in Rasta culture, ideology and Jamaica. From the time of Marley’s sudden death in 1981, the world would forever know about Rastafari, and would be intrigued and inspired by reggae and its powerful artistry. The list of artists that contributed to this great music of this unprecedented era include the original Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus, Yabby You & the Prophets, Michael Rose, Junior Byles, Big Youth, The Abyssinians, The Ethiopians, The Pioneers, Augustus Pablo, The Congos, Lee Scratch Perry, The Mighty Diamonds, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Prince Far I, U Roy, I Roy, David Jahson, Johnny Clarke, and a host of others whose works and names would fill the books. Reggae music, as a genre, has gone through many phases and changes as the modern era approached, however, the 70s will always be remembered as the "golden era" of the music because of its content, intensely rich and vibrant harmonies, melodies and creative sound. The reggae music of the 1970s was deeply influenced by Rastafari, and remains to this day some of the best work to come out of the island.


The future of Rastafari, like any group, rests on its youth and their distinct relations with their elders. The elders of Rastafari have been the backbone of the culture since its inception, and have led a strong force around the globe teaching the works, mysteries and divine theories of Haile Selassie, Jesus Christ, and most notably, Jah. It’s not important whether one believes in Haile Selassie, as it is important for one to know. Salvation rests in one’s own known destiny with Jah. For Rasta’s sacred forward movement, the elders have always been the most instrumental influence on the young generation and their inspiration to spread the message. Since Rastas don’t consider Rastafari to be a religion, political group, or social campaign, their plight remains illusive, yet straightforward. It is obvious that Rasta culture is no longer a Jamaican ideal, but has now gained international intrigue and followers. Everywhere there are social injustices, there will be a Rastafarian sense of purpose to correct those wrongs through a divine force.

It is also important for Rastas to find their rest and dwelling--a place that they can ultimately raise their youth, protect their elders and have a communal way of life where dependence, self determination and unity are identifiable. It is the ultimate goal to see the total unification of Africa.

To truly identify Rastafari, one should never check the external dress of an individual but s/he should always check for the heart.
Bill Bennett, Young Jeezy and the Politics of Genocide

Min. Paul Scott

How we stop the Black Panthers?
Ronald Reagan cooked up the answer.

Crack Music -Kanye West

Rollin' through my 'hood, yesterday I stumbled on a NPR radio program discussing Bill Bennett's comments about how the abortion of Black babies would lower the crime rate. As my heart began to race, I grabbed my cell phone to alert the Brothers that our worst fears had been realized and that "the man" was really planning to kill us all. Just as I was trying to tell the comrade on the other end to grab every Black man that he sees and have them meet us at 8PM at our secret headquarters in the back of Soul City Seafood Restaurant and Juice Bar , my voice was drowned out by the Brotha with the snowman T-shirt in the car next to me bumpin' Young Jeezy's Thug Motivation 101......

Bennett's comments just help to confirm rumors of genocidal plots to destroy Black people that have been discussed in barber shops and book stores for years. I remember building with a Brotha on the subject one day for hours until old man Johnson interrupted the conversation and started babblin' about how his Cousin Leroy died from a heart attack back in '72 when the government sent infrared rays through his TV set during the Big Money Grip episode of Sanford and Son.

The historical reality of genocide cannot be ignored. After all, the west wasn't won by diplomacy but by the genocide of the indigenous people of this country. For Afrikan people, the threat of genocide has been present since the end of slavery. With the so called Emancipation Proclamation, the problem of what to do with the thousands of suddenly unemployed "slaves" caused many plantation owners and politicians many a sleepless night. There are also tales of medical experiments being performed on Black men in the 1900's that still send shock waves through the bones of Brotha's, even today. Try asking the average Black man over 60 about going for his annual physical and watch him mumble something about the Tuskeegee Experiment and march out of the room cussin' like a sailor.

Towards the end of the initial Black Power Movement, the introduction of large quantities of heroin into the Black community is credited with transforming Bro. Raheem Mustafa, Black Revolutionary into Jimmy the Junkie from down the block.

With Reaganomics came crack. For some it was the road to the riches but to others it was a path to destruction. As times got tight, once close nit Black communities began to turn on each other. You were either the predator or the prey. However, tired of the death and destruction in the hood, Hip hop artists got together and did a massive anti-crack marketing campaign. Almost spontaneously, "Crack Kills" and other subliminal messages started showing up in music videos on Rap City and Yo' MTV Raps. It was not uncommon for an MC to end his set with an impromptu redemption of "Leave them Drugs Alone." Hip Hop's biggest and brightest got together and established a code that if they couldn't keep crack out of the Black community, at least they could keep it out of Hip Hop.

But in 2005 with the success of Young Jeezy and Boys in the Hood: Crack is Back! While it was not unusual for a rapper to spin tales of rap sells from his distant past, Young Jeezy, the Snowman (Get it? Get it ? Jeezy the Snowman.) talks about it in real time. Not only is his 18 track CD solely about sellin' rock or " trappin'" , he has a nation of black boys walking around with snow man T-shirts yellin' "Trap or Die."

The question should be, with the recent trend for Hip Hop to again become political and the threat that the recent happenings in New Orleans will make even the most stuff shirt conservative , Barry Manilow listening Brotha go out and get an Afro pick, what is behind the recent influx of crack music back in the game.

This question makes the recent comments coming from right wing politicians talking about how the drowning of hundreds of Black folks was the wrath of God and Bill Bennett saying that abortion of Black babies will prevent someone from breaking into your crib while you're on that Disney World vacation even more disturbing.

For years we have heard Brotha's slangin' crack on the block parrot the familiar phrase "we don't own the planes, trains and ships that bring drugs into the Black community' and Brotha's in Hip Hop saying they are just reflecting what's goin' on in the streets. Unfortunately, these statements often remain eternal rhetoric and are never viewed within context of the global condition of Afrikan people. While most people would automatically assume that politics of Right Wing Conservatives and Trap Rappers are in opposition could the two entities actually be in cahoots?

While we are quick to check the politics of another Brother or Sister, we never question the political ideologies of the Jimmy Iovines, Lyle Cohen's, Steve Gotlieb' s and others who are really responsible for the state of Hip Hop. We never question their ultimate vision for the future of Black people. While it is easy to pretend that all of the problems facing the Black community; the gun sales, liquor stores on every corner, unemployment, the prison industrial complex, etc are accidental, what if there really is an effort to remove Afrikan people from the face of the planet? Could it be that Bill Bennett's words reflect a larger master plan of both prebirth and post birth "abortions." Within this context, is the conspiracy theory that levees could be blown up to drown undesirable Black folks in New Orleans , really that far fetched?

I wonder if the Boys in tha Hood who sell crack in the hood and on wax have ever thought about their role in the genocide of Afrikan people. Have we ever taken the time to slip them a book or CD by one of our scholars or expert researchers on the subject? ? Maybe they're unaware.

Maybe, the reason that we are still headed down the role of destruction over 15 years after the Stop the Violence Movement recorded "Self Destruction" is because the destruction is not originating from ourselves.

To borrow from a Young Jeezy ad lib, "That's real talk, right there."

Minister Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation in Durham NC. He can be reached at (919) 451-8283. Email website