African Games for African Self-Determination and Intellect

Great article. Asante sana!

African Blood Siblings

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“Self-Determinant People Seek and Develop their own Peace, Possessions and Consciousness.” — African Blood Siblings Core Tenet

From Ethiopia to Kongo Mancala is a strategic numbers game. In Ancient Kamit, Senet combined luck and strategy in an exciting pasttime. Over a bowl of Joloff Rice two Africans are putting checkers to shame playing Yote. And among many curious minds the difficult magic squares are being made. Yet we colonized Africans play Call of Duty, Madden, Warcraft and the Sims, which not only pale strategically, but rely on us to think like them in order to succeed. Yet we the colonized will be the leaders? Only if we Sankofa first.

Chess (?) in Ancient Kamit

No people will truly be Self-Determinant without thinking like themselves (or as their ancestors thought.) The games assist. The games are…

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Body Talk: A Yoga Experience

After visiting the Yoga exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), I have come to the realization of a divine truth.  Enlightenment, on whatever level, is inevitable. I ask the question:  Is death truly our greatest fear?  I would never want to believe that, but I have recently witnessed some things that may convinced … Continue reading Body Talk: A Yoga Experience

The Warrior Poet – a tribute to Da Ghost

The past few months have been a bit of a challenge.  In fact, this whole year thus far has been more than a challenge, but I am thankful in the moment.  In late April I lost the earthly presence of a friend and brother Rayshawn D. Armstrong a.k.a Jigg a.k.a. Da Ghost, Most Wanted Trapped in … Continue reading The Warrior Poet – a tribute to Da Ghost

The Motor City – A Deeper Perspective

On one of several trips to Detroit, MI, I had the honor of meeting and speaking at length with Dayami Dabl, owner of Mbad's African Bead Museum (mbad.org).  It was such an enlightening experience and we took many photos and notes on our conversation. Here are some camera shots from the visit (find the complete … Continue reading The Motor City – A Deeper Perspective

On the Ngoma Vol. 2 – Umojah Nation at Jilly’s

So, after a small hiatus (it seems), Umojah Nation hit the stage this past weekend at Jilly's  in Akron and we had an amazing time.  I have so much fun with my band mates, we are such a family, and in many ways this has helped sustain my inner being.  I have had periods of … Continue reading On the Ngoma Vol. 2 – Umojah Nation at Jilly’s

Do you see any niggers? No. You know why? Because there aren’t any.

I had to reblog this one. We need a daily dose this message.

Keyamsha

Richard Pryor from live on the Sunset strip describing why he stopped using the word nigga.

“It’s nice to have pride about your shit. I went home to the motherland. And everybody should go home to Africa. Everybody. Especially, Black people.

Really man, there is so much to see there for the eye and the heart of the Black people. Cause white people you’ll go there and you’ll get ideas: “Well that’s where the Black people of America should be walking around with sticks.” You’ll get the wrong idea.

But man you’ll go, I went to motherfucking land of my roots. 700 million Black people not one of them motherfuckers [unintelligible]. I looked in every phone book in Africa. I didn’t find one god damn Pryor. I found one familiar name, “Jabo Walker.” I called that up, they said he was in Arizona.

One thing I got out of it…was…

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Navigating the Arts Vol. 7 – An intro to Afrobeat

I've been slowly creeping into the Afrobeat world lately (at least in Cleveland).  It all started when I went to the Femi Kuti concert at Beachland Balllroom a couple of years back.  We were straight up blown away by the sights and sounds.  It was colorful and loud, but that was okay because there were about 20 … Continue reading Navigating the Arts Vol. 7 – An intro to Afrobeat