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This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
1. Ramona Africa, Minister of Communications, MOVE organization, joins us to speak about the 30th Anniversary Commemoration, May 13, of the bombing of her home where she is the only surviving adult, along with one child, Birdie Africa. See http://kasamaproject.org/history/2263-95ramona-africa-survivor-of-may-13-1985-move-massacre and http://www.davidsheen.com/sharing/interviews/ramona.htm
2. Munyiga Lumumba, director of Upward Bound at Mills College, joins us along with Val Serrant, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley . . . Music Department/"Caribbean Musics Course", since 2003; Faculty Member of "Vox Mundi School of Voice & Sound," join us to talk about More than a Taste Cultural Explosion, a special all day free arts program at Mills (10-3 Stern Hall, Rm. 100), 5000 MacArthur Blvd., in Oakland, CA.
1 - Our special guest this week is the Beautiful and True Revolutionary Ramona Africa of MOVE. Ramona Africa will be discussing the upcoming 30- year commemoration of the 1985 Bombing of the MOVE Family.
This a show you really do not want to miss!!
My understanding of Malcolm's "THE BALLOT OR THE BULLET" is steeped in the knowledge of the Slave law or Code de Noir. In chapter 7, "FREE SOCIAL WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION PROHIBITED"..The Government not only permits the Master to forbid the free social worship and religious instruction of his slaves, at his pleasure, but it also steps in with direct prohibitions of its own, which even the Master himself may not relax or abrogate..........He is restrained, as we have seen, from bestowing upon his slave, an education that would increase his usefulness, or of employing him to do any kind of writing! The slave may be used so, as to be used up in SEVEN YEARS; may be used as ad breeder, as. Prostitute, as an attendant at the gaming tables, as a subject of MEDICAL AND SURGICAL EXPERIMENTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SCIENCE, an d the Legislature makes no objections against it. "William Goodell
"By ballot I only mean freedom. Don't you know -- I disagree with Lomax on this issue -- that the ballot is more important than the dollar? Can I prove it? Yes. Look in the UN. There are poor nations in the UN; yet those poor nations can get together with their voting power and keep the rich nations from making a move. They have one nation -- one vote, everyone has an equal vote. And when those brothers from Asia, and Africa and the darker parts of this earth get together, their voting power is sufficient to hold Sam in check. Or Russia in check. Or some other section of the earth in check. So, the ballot is most important.
This is the letter of the law by which we must live not by the BLACK CODES LAWS that have reared their ugly heads! "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth , the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes DESTRUCTIVE to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
WE WANT OUR LAND AND WE WANT AN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE OF THE UNITED NATIONS TO CITE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT FOR GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST FORMER CAPTIVES OF AFRICA. Forcing them to give us what was given to the Jews of Germany for the slaughter of German-Jews, REPARATIONS AND RESTITUTIONS. All lands as declared by General Sherman in 'FIELD ORDER No. 15, and for the additional years of hate and murder all the Southern States as our home land. These states are to be ours as a condition of the War Powers Act that gives the President the authorty to honor all treties and resolutions of war, as payment for winning the Civil War for the Union by the Colored Regiments of the Union Army!
Learn how to overcome your doubts and fears by tapping into the power of your inner guidance! Today we will speak with Spiritual Life Coach and Angel Therapy Practitioner®, Ramona Remesat, who shares insights into why it’s essential to use the amazing power of your intuition, how you can squash anxiety, doubt and fear and empower yourself to make confident decisions and how you can learn to trust your inner wisdom.
Ramona has been studying spirituality and metaphysics for over 30 years. She helps women entrepreneurs learn how to trust and follow their inner guidance so they can overcome their fears, make confident life and business decisions, and take Divinely-guided steps toward fulfilling their purpose and having the business and life they deserve.
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The South is on fire right now, I have been traveling in my homeland for 2 days speaking to the Youth about the conditions of the climate of violence that has become the topic of today, in the South. I have heard so much of a news black out that it is as if the White Supremest are blinding the people to the fact that they have declared war on the Black People. Lynchings determined to be suicide, arrested and killed, mysterious church bombings. I am here in the south an observing the real phenomena, of racist behavior.
"The threat to america, however, does not exist in negro america, but rather as a result of negro america. If one examines the structure of this country closely he will note that there are three basic categories: they are white america, negro america, and Black america. The threat to the existing structure comes from Black america, which exists in contradiction to both white and negro america. It is the evolution of these contradictions that has given rise to the present revolutionary conditions. Revolution is indeed inevitable, and, as the cycle of change closes around america's racist environment, the issue of color becomes more pertinent.
Color is the first thing Black people in america become aware of. You are born into a world that has given color meaning and color becomes the single most determining factor of your existence. Color determines where you live, how you live and, under certain circumstances, if you will live. Color determines your friends, your education, your mother's and father's jobs, where you play, what you play and, more importantly, what you think of yourself. " H. RAP BROWN
The Dynamics of Huey P. Newton were more than just the man himself, they were forces at work here, at that time we all should try and understand. If we are to call ourselves true revolutionaries we must change many aspects of life for future existence of humanity, most of all Spirituality and the human Spirit. Through the ages there have been men born like him. “Life does not always begin at birth. My life was forged in the lives of my parents before I was born, and even earlier in the history of Black People. It is all of a piece.
I have little knowledge of my grandparents or those who went before. Racism destroyed my family history. My father’s father was a white rapist.
Both of my parents were born in the Deep South, my father in Alabama, my mother in Louisiana.” Huey P. Newton, Revolutionary Suicide pp.9……….” I was born in Monroe Louisiana, on February 17, 1942, the last of seven children. Like other Black People of that time and place, I was born at home."
There was a very good reason for that the Slave Code, that allowed experiments on Blacks for "medical education." This kept many Black Americans out of hospitals and away form white doctors. Let's read further about Huey's STARTING CHAPTER I.
Move To Amend brings you the voices from the movement to amend the Constitution and end corporate rule. This week we will be broadcasting LIVE from the US Social Forum in San Jose and Philadelphia, where we will talk with Move to Amend National Board members David Cobb, George Friday, and Jerome Scott!
On the question of taking down the Dixie flag, it is an insult to our 54th that it still is flying! " The men of the 54th were outgunned and outnumbered. Two hundred and eighty one of the 600 charging soldiers were killed, wounded or captured. Shaw himself was shot in the chest on his way over the wall and died instantly. To show their contempt for the soldiers of the 54th, the Confederates dumped all of their bodies in a single unmarked trench and cabled Union leaders that “we have buried [Shaw] with his niggers.” The Southerners expected that this would be such an insult that white officers would no longer be willing to fight with black troops. In fact, the opposite was true: Shaw’s parents replied that there could be “no holier place” to be buried than “surrounded by…brave and devoted soldiers.”
Our People fought for the freedom of this country twice without question or pause, yet we are still treated as Chattel. I do not care how many Civil Rights laws are passed the fact remains that we are Human Beings without equality to the White Man as long as he can kill us with out impunity. In the years since the Panthers were hunted down and the people's vanguard Party disbanded by Bobby Seal officially, the murder of Black People has skyrocketed. Every day at least 30 Black People are killed by the Police and other White Supremacist without any accountability. We are a people totally oppressed because we simply have not fought for the Panther's ideas. We have established programs in this country that the government has officially taken over and we are determined to be a nonessential part of the people? What are Black People thinking "The State of South Carolina and the City of Charleston in particular hold the spirit of great Black History. N
THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY
PLATFORM AND PROGRAM WHAT WE WANT ANT WHAT WE BELIEVE
WE WANT FREEDOM. WE WANT POWER TO DETERMINE THE DESTINY OF OUR BLACK COMMUNITY. We believe that Black People will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.
WE WANT FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE. We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or guaranteed income. We believe that if the white American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community can organize and employ all of its people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.
WE WANT AN END TO THE ROBBERY BY THE CAPITALIST OF OUR BLACK COMMUNITY. We believe that this racist government has robbed us and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules were promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of Black people. We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed to ur many communities. The Germans are now adding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people . The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over fifty million Black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.
WE WANT DECENT HOUSING, FIT FOR SHELTER OF HUMAN BEINGS. We believe that if the white landlords will not give decent housing to our Black community, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our community, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for its people.
Our final reading from Huey's chapter on Patrolling on today's show will be delayed until 11pm daylight savings time. Because of the nature of this broadcast I choose to share this information with those who are really intrested in the 10 point plan and how it was started. "I started rapping off the essential points for the survival of Black and oppressed people in the United States. Bobby wrote them down and then we separated those ideas into tow sections, "WHAT WE WANT" and "WHAT WE BELIEVE." We split them up because the ideas fell naturally into two distinct categories. It was necessary to explain why we wanted certain things. At the same time, our goals were based on beliefs, and we set those out too. In the section on beliefs, we made it clear that all objective conditions necessary for attaining our goals were already in existence, but that a number of societal factors stood in our way. This was to help the people understand what was working against them.
All in all, our ten-point program took about twenty minutes to write. Thinking it would take days, we were prepared for a long session, but we never got to the small mountain of books piled up around us. We had come to an important realization: books could only point in a general direction; the rest was up to us. This is the program we wrote down:
They projected Africa always in a negative light: jungles, savages, cannibals, nothing civilized. Why then naturally it was so negative [that] it was negative to you and me, and you and I began to hate it. We didn't want anybody telling us anything about Africa, much less calling us Africans. In hating Africa and in hating the Africans, we ended up hating ourselves, without even realizing it. Because you can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate your origin and not end up hating yourself. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself. You show me one of these people over here who have been thoroughly brainwashed, who has a negative attitude toward Africa, and I'll show you one that has a negative attitude toward himself. You can't have a positive attitude toward yourself and a negative attitude toward Africa at the same time. To the same degree that your understanding of and attitude toward Africa becomes positive, you'll find that your understanding of and your attitude toward yourself will also become positive. And this is what the white man knows. So they very skillfully made you and me hate our African identity, our African characteristics.
You know yourself--and we have been a people who hated our African characteristics. We hated our hair, we hated the shape of our nose--we wanted one of those long, dog-like noses, you know. Yeah. We hated the color of our skin, hated the blood of Africa that was in our veins. And in hating our features and our skin and our blood, why, we had to end up hating ourselves.
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