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It’s Time to Blame Self

There are two main battlefronts to address when dealing with our disposition in the Black community, not just in America but in the entire African Diaspora.  There is the system of White Supremacy, and then there is the fight we must have with ourselves as a people.  I believe both of these battles must be understood in order to win the war.  These two fronts have an order.  Funny thing is, we’ve always put the system of Racism White Supremacy first and the struggles within our own communities second.

If you’re like me I’m sick and tired of having to always talk about Racism White Supremacy, mainly because it has mostly been used as a tool by myself and perhaps you as well to explain to those outside the Black Community that this system is very real and exists and to explain why things are they way they are from a historical context.  We also discuss it to explain our own systematic demise and weaponry used by the enemy.   There’s no need to explain to those who mean you harm the tools and methods they use to harm you (they already know what they use!).  We primarily use Racism White Supremacy to explain to our own people about its existence so they may quickly learn to navigate themselves and then move on to the more important battlefront, and that is the battlefront within ourselves.

It’s time to blame self.  We are in our current disposition and it’s all our fault.  Yes, we have the chance, the opportunity, everything we need to get ourselves out of this mess without the help, need, or understanding of the rest of the world.  You sir are unemployed and it’s because of you!  You mam went to college and your brother did not because of YOUR family.  We don’t need handouts, we don’t need sympathy, we don’t need your support, and we don’t need your fucking Grammys and Oscars!  If you want to support our cause, then thank you, we appreciate it even.  But it’s not a necessity.

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I propose we change the order of the battlefronts and put MUCH more emphasis on blaming ourselves and fixing it.  The voice the world should be hearing from us on the media is not, “hey look at all the damage White Supremacy is causing”, but rather seeing initiatives and programs about we ourselves fixing our own problems, taking care of each other and rising.  We’ve been beating the odds all throughout history.  Our children should never, EVER hear coming out of our mouths that we didn’t get this job, or win that award because the system of White Supremacy prevented us or held us down.  Our wives should never hear similar things come out the mouth of her strong Black husband.  That’s just WEAK!  Real men stand up blame himself and resolve the issue with no excuses.  When he gets home he only tells his wife he got it done and she responds of course you did.

We have African pride.  We’re all leaders, inventors, creatives, philosophers, students, and teachers.  We’re a magnet to the world around us.  The world sticks to everything we touch and everything we create.  We don’t need the Oscars or Grammys for validation, let’s just create our own and award our own, celebrate our own, reach the level of perfection on our standards and the rest of the world will follow us if they’d like which they’ve always have.  Where do we start, how do we do it?  Simple… unity.  From unity, we have organization.  From organization, we have planning and goals which brings forth fruitful achievements in economy and education as well as measureable progress. We need to work as a collective and things will get better.  Blame self and let’s do it!

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Powerful Men of Color

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Today marks the day it was officially announced that Satya Nadella (Left) became the new CEO of Microsoft replacing Steve Ballmer and John Thompson (Right) became the new Chairman of the Microsoft Board replacing Bill Gates.  The world is made up of two main groups: white and non-white, or people of color (black, brown, red, yellow).  Whites make up about 1/5 (20%) of the world’s population while people of color make up the other 4/5 (80%).  Yet, beyond the overwhelming number of people of color it is not always the case we see people of color in powerful positions especially in Western and European society.  Even President Barack Obama only recently became the first non-white President of the United States and was much celebrated.  In the same way, I want to celebrate and congratulate these two gentlemen on a job well done and give thanks for helping to re-instill the racial pride we need as a people navigating in a world where the 1/5 dominates and rules the 4/5.

Satya Nadella has spent roughly 22 years at Microsoft and not only has the business acumen but also has technical brilliance.  Formerly the head of Microsoft’s most lucrative business, the “Server and Tools” enterprise business, re-branded to the “Enterprise and Cloud Services” business after the re-org, Nadella has proven to be the best pick among virtually everyone in industry for the job as new CEO of Microsoft.  Satya has the brains of Bill Gates and the leadership suave voice of Norm Judah (Chief Technology Officer of Worldwide Services at Microsoft) while at the same time possessing the the fighting vigor of Steve Ballmer.  Even his name having the “-ella” in Nadella is reminiscent of the recently passed Nelson Mandella, also a great leader.

One thing no one is talking about is that Satya Nadella is of East Asian/Indian decent. Internally Microsoft is filled with more of the same people with similar backgrounds and this must be a very powerful morale boost and motivational factor for the company. A departure from your typical Western leadership, this truly shows Microsoft’s diversity and belief of helping the entire world through software!

John Thompson has a very vibrant career.  Thompson, an African born in America in New Jersey is a sort of serial entrepreneur and has been a leader of many companies and organizations.  Among them, Thompson served as CEO for 10 years at Symantec corporation.  He also served 28 years at IBM and was the former Vice-President of IBM for some time.  In April 2006, Forbes top CEO list ranked Thompson #8 among all the top CEOs in the top industries.  For a time he was even being considered for the Commerce Strategy role as a part of President Obama’s Administration.  John Thompson has served for two years on the Microsoft board and now has replaced Bill Gates as Chairman of that board.

Both these men of color are very successful and impactful.  We should feel proud having great representation of what we as a people of color can do and it’s only just the beginning.  I wish them the best and I feel even more motivated to do great things and further help change the world!

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#FFFFFF (Black) = All Colors: The dominant expression of color in Africans

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  We feel uplifted and eager to remember who we are and what we fought for, to express our own identity and uniqueness to the world.  What better way to start the New Year 2014 with some fantastic ideas for us African people around the world.

Allow me to start out with a personal story.  At work I wear Business Casual style clothing.  So dress shirt, slacks, and dress shoes.  I like to experiment with different color dress shirts like pink, green, blue, purple, etc.  I recall once I was boarding the plane wearing my pink dress shirt, and a white lady commented on how pretty my shirt color was.  In fact, I’ve always got compliments on my shirt colors everywhere I went, mostly from white people.  It never dawned on me until later that it wasn’t the shirt color necessarily they were commenting on, it was my skin color, which is black.  I realized that consciously or subconsciously they really enjoyed the way my skin color popped through the colors that I wore.  I never saw them give the same compliments to white people wearing the same color dress shirts.  Here’s a  picture I found on Bing image search to illustrate the point.

45816-283x425-BlackManSuitBlack is actually the combination of all colors.  When our physical eyes look at Black we are looking at all colors, and Black is the color reflected back in our eyes upon interpretation.  White is the complete opposite, or absence of color.  It makes sense then that African people as well as other non-white people (black, brown, red, yellow) would look more pleasing to the eye in a variety of colors than White people.  This isn’t a racist statement, just an observation.  Moreover, white people know this, but the problem is that us African people don’t know this, by in large.  There are two main points I want you to understand in this blog post.  First, us Africans need to embrace all colors and realize how beautiful we express colors with the full spectrum of skin colors we have.  And second, we need to go to market for ourselves and begin setting up African stores which help us to embrace our colors–we’ve been mis-educated and need to reteach ourselves.

Many places in Europe are more familiar with the richness of Black and colors much more so than America even.  This explains why you see a sharp rise and uptake of Black mannequins over white mannequins in clothes sellers–it simply looks better.

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I was born and raised in America, and in the neighborhoods where I grew up, we hardly embraced colors at all. In fact, we mostly wore black and grey colors.  We even preferred black shoes.  That way, since we often couldn’t afford shoes, when they got dirty, you couldn’t really see the dirt on the shoe or clothes because the black color was hiding it.  Beyond this, because we couldn’t afford many clothes, we were safe wearing black cause it matched with any of what little we had in the closet.  These are the very same reasons that brought in the “fresh” movement as we called it.  To wear all white was “fresh.”  If you wore a clean, white-tee to school it showed that you weren’t afraid to reveal any dirt on your clothes, for if you hadn’t any dirt on your white-tee, you were called “fresh” by your classmates.  Fresh, white air-force one shoes follow the same logic.  But to just wear black, or just wear white is boring.  In a society where Black men are being emasculated everyday, we didn’t want to give any excuse to anyone to call us black men “gay”  so no wearing light-blue, pink, yellow, purple, etc. shirts.

This is not just an American thing.  We need to be aware of our rich skin color on an international-level.  Some countries get it better than others of course.  But also, to demonstrate, whereas America has about 14%-20% of the population of African descent, Brazil in contrast has approximately 54% of the population of African descent–yes, that’s right.  Argentina mostly has whites.  The point is, Brazil has more color-rich people than Argentina.  I’ve been to both countries, Brazil and Argentina, more than once.  Let me tell you, Brazil is much more vibrant in colors in clothing than in Argentina.  In Buenos Aires, for example, you mostly see people wear black and grey and have very pale, white skin.  In Brazil, it’s the opposite.

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We all know that in Africa, they wear some of the most vibrant colors of all.  Even in Jamaica, men aren’t afraid to wear crystal blue or green pants.  We think it looks funny, but as Africans, we should be complimenting the people in Africa for their knowledge and expertise in expressing rich colors with our rich skin.

Bimpe-Page-1 thread_art5_large thY5G2IJP9So the next time you go shopping, play with some colors.  First embrace your own skin color, and experiment and shine with the multitude of colors.  And for the business-minded, help teach us Africans around the world how to express and love our own skin color through the richness we bring out in the full spectrum of colors.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of these photos showing the richness and dominant expression of color in Africans around the world.

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Should Your Kids Believe in Santa Clause?

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Some of us are in doubt whether to tell our kids of the non-existence of the fictional character known as Santa Clause.  We’re in doubt because having our kids believe in Santa Clause is part comical tradition but also part flat out lies.  Should we tell the truth now, or should we wait til some future age to reveal the truth, or better yet have the kids figure it out on their own?

The bottom line?  Children will continue to believe in their fairy tales for as long as adults choose to believe in their own fairy tales.  One false or misleading perception or belief (i.e. delusion) breeds other false or misleading perceptions or beliefs in a culture.  Children are conditioned to believe in a sort of holiday savior known as Santa Clause, a white, fat man with crystal white hair and rosy cheeks.  Adults, especially Black people, who endured hundreds of years of slavery were conditioned to believe in a holy savior known as Jesus Christ, a white man with long, furry hair–an ingenious idea to make former slaves worship a man who looks like and reflects the image of their slave masters (who would have thought).

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Why speak about Santa Clause in relation to a religious figure such as Jesus Christ?  Well, what is Christmas?  Well, Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  You may say, well I’m not a Christian but I just like Christmas and Santa Clause.  Well, Santa Clause himself is a religious figure.  The name “Santa” means “Saint.”  Santa Clause has other names like “St. Nicholas,” and “Father Christmas.”  We all know of Hitler and the “pure” white race he has tried to create (a direct, outward approach to white genetic survival) in Germany.  It is of no surprise that Santa Clause originally comes out of German, Dutch, background and originally known as “Sinterklass.”

Listen folks, let’s do a quick test.  Close your eyes and say to yourself the word “JESUS” and capture the first image that comes to mind.  If that image is a white man with long, furry hair, and you’re Black, then you likely suffer from post-traumatic slavery disorder.  It is my belief that the image of both Jesus Christ as well as Santa Clause were systematically created as tools for oppression by the system of white-supremacy (racism).  They get you when you’re young, and they get you again when you’re all grown up.  No matter how strong you are consciously, these symbols get at you subconsciously.  We see white snow, white Christmas, white birds, white rabbits, white hair, white clothes, white light, white star, white skin, and colored reindeer workers, and a colored cross.  This imagery is repeated in both Santa Clause and Jesus Christ.

jesus-christ-on-crossSanta Clause and Jesus Christ are both figures and symbols in the system of white-supremacy (racism).  They have similar goals but also have dissimilar messages.  No kid believes a skinny Santa.  Santa is fat.  Santa relates more to the current unhealthy, belly poppin, white-bearded man we see today in everyday life.  Christ is portrayed on the cross as being weak, feeble, and frail.  Two opposites, but why?  I won’t go into the full details of the Symbols of Christ (you’ll have to read Dr. Frances Cress Welsing’s book: “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors”) for that.  But I will at least tell you that the frail, weak look is a reminder actually to white men and women that they are always facing white genetic annihilation.   It’s quite simple.  White people’s genetics are recessive while non-white people have dominant genes.  So if a Black man and a White woman reproduce, you get an Obama.  If we all just threw down our arms and mixed, the white “race” would cease to exist.  Everyone would be non-white (black, brown, red, yellow) like the majority of the world already is anyway.

If you were the one who personally began the portrayal of Jesus being a white man who died on the cross yet you knew for a fact that Jesus was a Black man, let’s say, then the symbol would become totally clear.  If everything we knew that happened to Christ happened to Black man Jesus Christ, then the symbol would say killing this black man ensures the survival of the white race.  Because it is in the genetics of this Black man (specifically in his genitals) that holds the power to annihilate the white race.  Note, when I say Black, I’m really talking about any person of color.  It’s just that the threat level of worse to least worse goes in the order of “Black” (greatest threat to white genetic annihilation) to brown, red, and then yellow.  Other biblical parts then make sense too like the spilling of “blood.”  We know back then they looked at blood as being the genetics where today we know it’s actually DNA.  Did you know that Jesus was castrated?  Yes, many non-whites who were crucified were castrated.  Isn’t the Ku-Klux-Klan a white-supremacist group?  Did you know when they lynched a black man they also castrated him?  It all represents the annihilation of white genetics.  Why did the KKK often burn the cross during lynchings?  If White Jesus is really as he is portrayed today then what beef would the KKK have against White Jesus that they had to burn a cross?  You see, they know the truth in the symbols.

So, going back to Santa Clause.  Should your kids believe in Santa Clause?  My obvious opinion is no, they should not believe in Santa Clause in the same way adults, especially non-white adults, should not idolize and worship a similar white-man imagery when praying to Jesus.

Checkout the video below if you want to see what white-supremacy looks like in 2013.

Melanin: The Chemical Key to Life – Dr. Llaila Afrika

The objective of science is to never use the word melanin.  Why is that?  We give all these names and numbers to things yet in school you never hear your science teacher mention melanin yet it’s the basis to everything in our body and in our universe for that matter.  The comical, and very intelligent Dr. Llaila Afrika does a fabulous job explaining melanin.  I had to post two videos.  Before I discovered these videos I had purchased his book “Melanin: What Makes Black People Black!

The more melanin you have in your body the more civilized you are, the more psychic you are, the more information you can store in your memory, the faster your nerve transmissions, the more you can absorb the full spectrum of sound, color, taste, smell, and touch.  In the following videos Dr. Llaila Afrika explains the meaning of convergent reactions (using less energy to produce more energy).  He also explains drugs.  A drug that does not affect melanin is no drug at all some say.  In fact we measure the effect of drugs based on how it affects our melanin.  To create a drug you have to  destroy, speed up, or slow down melanin.  It’s no wonder in the system of white-supremacy (racism) they use chemicals as one way to attack us; it’s an attack on our melanin.