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Sankofa: An African Collective Company

I’m working on Sankofa: An African Collective Company.

Sankofa, which is Ghanaian for “Return and Fetch It”, will be an African company and the ultimate symbol of togetherness. As Originals, we owe it to our past, present and future to think black, live black and progress black. When I spoke to a good friend of mine and she told me that Asians were taking control of her industry while she watched utterly powerless as blacks patronized their shops, I knew that something had to be done!

Black Family, we control NOTHING!

We own NOTHING!

We produce NOTHING!

Yet be brag about our “purchasing power.” That is utterly ludicrous. The black dollar does not turn over ONCE, not once! Yet we rush to buy Baby Phat clothing, Micheal Jordan sneakers and headphones from Dr. Dre. Ask yourselves one question: What are these Negroes doing for their community? Then why do you continue to patronize them? Why buy from Asians and Jews who give nothing back to your community except cheap materials and foul language when you enter their stores? Buy black and black only!

Shaquanda Mattox, a very talented young woman, will be commissioned for her variation of this icon bird:

Sankofa Bird

Remember her, by the way? She made me this along with X, my good buddy:

Shaquanda and X's Design

Shaquanda and X’s Design

Here is her store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127440527/i-am-not-my-hair?ref=v1_other_2

And there’s the very talented Charmaine of the Tambo Collection:

I brought this from her as my head scarf! I also have her necklaces. Please do not buy from Asians. Charmaine has all that you need in her beautiful African store. Visit her here:

http://www.tambocollection.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/tambocollection?ref=shop_sugg

And the very talented Trojan Pam:

I brought Death of a Dark Nation, an incredible read! Please support her blog and her books. Do not buy from Amazon or Borders. Pam has all that you need to know about the black struggle including ways to uplift and educate yourself.

Visit her here: http://racismws.com/bookstore/

And the beautiful Megan Dorsey:

Megan modeling her clothes

Who searches for vintage finds and brings them to your neighbourhood! Why buy from Jay-Z who does nothing to help or support the black community? Megan is available and willing to give your wardrobe elegance and style. Visit her here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeventhVintage?ref=seller_info_count

And the Goddess herself, Ajua Love:

Who practices deep African meditation and sells healing crystals for your mind and soul. Why shop with Jewish stores for 3 times the price? Keep the money with within our community and visit Ajua here: http://ajualuv.storenvy.com/

Then we have the artistic, curvaceous beauty, NZinga of Infiniteeart:

CHUBB T-Shirt

Who makes prints that will make your jaw drop! I brought this tee from her:

Afro Tee

Buy a tee this summer from her here:

http://www.infiniteeart.com/

Mr. Marcus Kwame, the soulful artist:

Rita Marley

Who deserves to have his pictures and drawings hung from your walls. Why buy from European stores when you can have a piece of authentic black art? Visit him here:

http://www.marcuskwame.com

And for your organic skin and hair care needs, now including pets!

DSCN0306[1] Woof ‘N Hoof: Organic Animal Shampoo

UrbanFire Products is having a June sale on hair care products and soaps. Buy any three products, get a free bar of soap! I need to move my inventory to make room for the fall collection so support my shop! I also have a referral program. Check it out here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/urbanfireproducts

This truly takes a joint effort on all of our parts. When I need fabric, I know where to go. The same for books and jewelry. It is a conscious choice to shop black, think black, breathe black, eat black, sleep black and function black. Other races know, instinctively, that they either stick together or die. They do not need to plead with each other and beg for “assistance” of any kind. It is an almost unspoken rule that they must function together…collectively, like a well oiled machine lest they perish.

Dr. Anderson’s wife gave me grim statistics on our future and it’s not hard to see these changes taking place; from the closing of black schools, to the closing of black-owned farms, to the taking over of the 9th ward in L.A. by rich, white land owners and developers, to our children having nothing to eat but fried, greasy food and finally, to the re-colonization of Africa by the Chinese, the Koreans and the Japanese. We must take responsibility for each other and our actions and consciously Return and Fetch It.

Once I asked my Chinese friend how her people could just come here with nothing and in 5 years have supermarkets, spice stores, laundromats and the like. Her response? “We don’t compete with each other and there’s no jealousy.” Blacks are the only race who feel angry, envious and competitive when one of us is trying to be successful. Slavery has done a number on us but it’s not too late to fix it. I’ve been told, unfortunately, by the black business owners that I’ve promoted here about other races trying to sabotage them and take business away from them. They only way that can work is if we fall for it! If we do not support other races, they’ll have no economical power over us.

Every other race will promote each other’s businesses by word of mouth. No advertising needed. It is this method that we must employ to have success with each other. Amos Wilson, amongst others, taught us that when you create a black-only organization and keep the money circulating between us, everybody wins. If only one person has 100 dollars they are limited. If 1,000 people have 100 dollars each and pool their money together and buy just from each other, they create automatic wealth.

When you start black owned businesses, no matter how small, everybody wins. When you tell every single person you know to shop with Miss Pam for books or email Shaquanda for graphic arts, or buy from Charmaine for African clothing and prints, we all win. Sankofa will be a work in progress but I cannot do it alone! WE HAVE 1 TRILLION DOLLARS IN SPENDING MONEY YET WE HAVE NOTHING OF OUR OWN! Consumer power is a farce if you are giving money to people who do not look like you! I need your help…ALL of you. Please pass this around to as many Africans as possible and urge them to buy black. If you know of anyone, and I do mean anyone, who has a black owned business, please send them here to this post. When they make a comment, I’ll have their email addresses and I’ll contact them personally and write a post on them. This includes ALL black companies like, plumbing, hair salons, seamstresses, chefs, etc…As long as it’s black, I will not turn them down. And it’s FREE.

Let’s return and fetch it.

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The Fabulous Al Green

Introducing Marcus Kwame Anderson: Painter

Peter Tosh Art

Sun Daughter

I was looking for some African Art and stumbled upon Marcus’ website. After looking into the eyes of this sweet angel, I wanted to know who the painter was. I contacted him and was delighted that he responded.

Makes me wanna holla

It’s very rare that an artist makes you feel life pulsating through the screen. This painting, “Makes me Wanna Holler”, speaks to me on more ways than one. I questioned him on his inspiration:

I feel like creating art wasn’t necessarily a choice. I’ve been compelled to create art of one kind or another since I was very young. I have a lot of ideas and I’ve always been drawn to creating. I find art to be therapeutic. I’ve been making art since I could pick up a crayon. I colored and drew like most children, but I never stopped. In grade school I wrote and illustrated stories, in middle and high school I created comics and paintings. Now I teach art, paint, draw, make comics and a do freelance work. 

I’ve always been inspired by artists who used their creative voice to speak on issues. I draw a lot of inspiration from music. Bob Marley, Nina Simone, and Peter Tosh are just a few of the musicians that inspired me. The way that they incorporated social commentary into their work showed me that I could make art and say something at the same time. I’ve been inspired by many visual artists. Honestly, I find inspiration everywhere: in people that I meet, nature, the city, my children, and the wealth and beauty of the African diaspora. Inspiration is everywhere if you’re paying attention.   Marcus K. Anderson

If that doesn’t make you swoon, nothing will. Please support this very talented artist by spreading the word about his shops:

http://www.marcuskwame.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Marcuskwame

We have all that you need to uplift the black community. Art, T-Shirts, Greeting Cards, Food, Jewelry, etc…Please spread the word and buy black and black only! Instead of buying random art from big box stores, support those that look like you. Buy Black!

Jimmy Cliff Live

Open Discussion #11

Ummmm…Kushite Prince sent me this and asked me, “What happened to India Arie?”

 

India Arie

My answer?

“The pressure of being a dark-skinned, black woman with African features in white Hollywood.”

Guys, do you think the sting of losing the role of Nina Simone to Zoe Saldana pushed her over the edge? And why is it that only black females are targeted? Look at my future husband:

*takes a minute to swoon*

He’s dark, right? And no one is badgering him.

The Fantastic Mr. Rawls

Why The Black Male Must Assume His Role as Protector in the Fight for Black Liberation

As I walk down the street of my neighbourhood one day, I lock eyes with a tall, handsome black man walking with his white wife. His pants, low-slung around his buttocks and his extra-large sweatshirt and work boots gave his boyish good looks a menacing echo. He pulls her closer to him, wraps a protective arm around her waist and smiles cockily at me with beautiful white teeth as if to say, “Look what I have.” I know that smile. I’ve seen it a million times and, shockingly enough, I know why he made the gesture. The woman wore an air of arrogance about her. She too is in on the game. But for her, the ball is totally in her court. And she knows it.

Since the time of physical enslavement, the black man has been:

A stud, made to breed with any black female fecund…even his own daughter

Targeted for extermination by slave catchers…now called The Police

Dumbed down in school…if he even went to school

Experimented on and castrated

Denied proper wages to support his family…if he could find work at all

A drug pusher/ addict/ seller…Thank you CIA

A lusty, cocaine-sniffing rapist of white virginal flesh

And a killer of his own race…by ways of the FBI selling guns to young, disenfranchised men with nothing to lose.

Since writing my “Black Female Role” post, I’ve thought long and hard about what to say regarding my black man and his plight; And his plight is a delicate one. The black man, the other half of the black woman’s Spiritual complement, must resist temptation from the perils of a white dominated society where he is intentionally set up to fail and accept his role as a protector and educator of his black family unit.

Perhaps an overprotective mother and an absentee father is to blame. Perhaps it’s the white mis-education system that prepares him for prison. Perhaps it’s the drugs being administered to him in school that wets his appetite for illegal substances. Perhaps it’s the media’s depiction of him as a glorified, piece of chocolate flesh who fulfills carnal fantasies…or perhaps it’s his own disillusionment of what he’s supposed to be fighting for. The black male is born in a society trapped between wanting to be the man, husband, father and role model the Creator wants him to be and having to decide very early on in his life if those noble ambitions are worth dying for. The system and the Evil predators that formulate the system are deathly afraid of any black man who shows love for himself, love for his woman and love for his race. Add intelligence to the mix and he is automatically targeted for termination. That is why they have spent trillions of dollars turning his strength into feminine weakness via the introduction of homosexuality, his passion and fierceness into thuggery via criminality and his sexual virility into vanilla-flavoured debauchery by allowing him to indulge in destructive fantasies.

The black man, who was put on this earth for 2 reasons; to protect his most valuable asset, his woman; and to plant his seed to continue his genetic lineage, has been attacked, cajoled and removed so his task, if he chooses to accept it, is more difficult than ever. As the world awaits the black woman to rise up and assume her role, the black woman is also waiting for the black man to rise up and join her in their task for planetary leadership. She cannot be successful without his support, his love, his acceptance of her and his desire to protect her above and beyond anything else.

How can he accomplish this task?

By accepting who he is, why The Most High created him first as the Original Man and focusing his Spiritual energies on what he was made to do: Protect and love his black family by any means necessary.

Michael Jackson Tried To Tell Us The Truth

Open Discussion #8

Guys, this weekend I shall be snowed in. A blizzard is coming my way but no matter…I have plenty of firewood and hot tea. I am in the process of promoting 3 young Africans! Yes!!! Please keep them coming. If you have anyone that has a business that needs black promotion, send them my way. Having said that, writing up their “Introducing…” post will take some time. So here’s a new Open Discussion Post.

Talk away…

But before I settle in to type, type, type:

Enjoy!

Just the Two of Us

This song has *ahem* special meaning…hehehehe

Enjoy…

Wise Intelligent Speaks the Truth

If Jah is Standing By My Side

{Thanks Onitaset}

Earth Song

Which One Sung it Better?

or……

Kushite Prince’s New Blog

Kushite Prince has a great new blog on black survival. Please check it out and support his efforts to help the family.

http://rbgsurvival.wordpress.com/about/

Here’s a taste of what you’ll read:

Amos Wilson- Wholistic Self Concept

The individual of Afrikan descent who may be designated as demonstrating a
wholistic self-concept is one who exhibits the following characteristics:

– He has consciously and unconsciously rejected White racist stereotypes of
Afrikan people as fact.
– He does not reactionarily define himself but proactively defines himself in
terms of his Afrikan culture, heritage and reality, and in terms of the reality
of his personal and social experiences and expectations. Thus he defines
himself in ways which permits him to assume an authentic, coherent, cohesive
Afrikan and human identity.
– He builds his identity on both intrinsic and extrinsic factors; on his
association with Afrikan-centered persons and those who respect his Afrikanness;
on consumption and cultural symbolic displays which uplift him and his people
and maintain their mental and physical health and welfare; on pro-social
behavior and dress.
– He develops and appropriately transforms his attitudes, associations,
perceptions, ways of defining himself and the world which permit him to directly
comprehend and confront reality and to take personal responsibility for helping
to rectify his, and his people’s problems as well as problems common to
humankind.
– He is ‘centered,’ balanced between a wholesome drive for self-preservation and
continuing positive evolution and a wholesome drive for group preservation and
evolution. His love of self and group are synonymous and he maintains a healthy
sense of social interest, responsibility, and priorities. He recognizes that
his personal health and powers are finally dependent on the health and power of
his ethnic group. The priorities of his ethnic group come first. He is
dedicated to the liberation of his people from bondage of all types.
– He is motivated by his self-determined needs based on accurate, realistic,
self-examination; self-knowledge and self-acceptance; on self-actualization,
task-oriented problem-solving drives to resolve conflicts which bedevil him and
his ethnic group.
– He is realistically self-confident. He does not doubt his capacity nor that
of his people to equal or surpass the accomplishments of others. He feels that
his talents are best displayed and utilized in the service of his people and
against domination by other people.
– He realizes knowledge of truth and the continuing, joyous pursuit of knowledge
are liberating. He is deeply aware that Afrikan peoples have the longest
scholarly and intellectual tradition, that scholarship and intellection are
Afrikan traditions and inherently Afrikan. When he practices mathematics,
science, philosophy, etc., he celebrates the best of Afrikan tradition and
through such practices maintains Afrikan cultural identity and consciousness.
He recognizes that there is nothing foreign or alien about his pursuit of the
highest level of cognitive competence of which he is capable.
– He avidly seeks self-knowledge, knowledge of his and other cultural groups;
knowledge of the world and of reality in general. He seeks to be productive and
contributive. He continues to integrate into his personality and self-concept
an honest knowledge and self of ethnicity. The infrastructure of his personal
and social identities consist of a resolute and unassailable sense of ethnic
pride, ethnic and human connectedness.”

Amos N. Wilson

Let’s support him and subscribe!

A Warning To The Family

Finish This Sentence #4

Let’s take a much needed break and have some fun…

If I could be any musician/singer/songwriter, I’d be…

I’ll go first…I’d be none other than….Ella Fitzgerald!

Who would you be?

Ai Du

Lupe’s Explanation

Have I ever told you that Jah speaks to me. He “tells” me what to write and what words to use to reach out to my readers.  On Sunday, I was outside, tending to my garden, soaking up the sun when I asked God to give me another idea to discuss and evaluate. Then, out of the blue, HungLikeJesus contacted me and asked me to watch a video and possibly use it on my next topic.

The Most High sure does work in mysterious ways.

Question time:

1. What messages did you get from this.

2. Are the videos that show “Coonin’ Time” to be blamed for the breakdown of little black girls and boys’ morale and self-image? If so, where are the parents?

3. Why aren’t more videos like this one in the mainstream media? Is it because the “need” isn’t there or because blacks aren’t interested in this type of hip-hop?

All My Life

One of my favourites:

 

 

 

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