Monthly Archives: January 2017

SO CALLED “BLACK ON BLACK CRIME”

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Peace to you, from the heart: Today’s post deals directly with the stance that radical whites take when dealing with blacks and crime. They always say the number one killer of blacks are other blacks! They are not seeing every race’s number one killer and committer of crimes are the same race! Whites kill whites, Asians kill Asians and so on. See our defense of this old excuse.

The criticism against BlackLivesMatter was on ten! One of the strongest negative points is AllLivesMatter. To this, it’s so obvious that only the racially naïve falls into that mind frame. The second point has a long history of excuses by White America and the conservatives, regardless of color. It’s black on black crime. BLM doesn’t speak on this matter.

“If they care so much about black lives, why do they kill each other”?

“More blacks kill blacks than cops do”.

“Black on black crime is what’s smothering the urban areas”.

There are thousands of phrases people use. The reality and rightism of black on black crime – let’s talk about it. The foundation of any same race crime is lack of respect. For blacks, it’s a deeper self-hate. Many intelligent and wise people take it for granted that the masses have knowledge of the fruits of racism, slavery or genocide. But, the aftermath (fruits) of centuries of racial oppression affects us. There is an overall negative imagery that whites cast on blacks like… black is evil. This is based on religious books. As white as the light… as black as darkness. But in human skin color, the definition of color and labels belong to man not God! I aint gonna go too deep, but just understand where your pain and frustration really comes from!

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Victims of being victims:

During the “seasoning” of slavery, the mental breakdown was geared towards submission without overseeing. It was geared toward mental conditioning.

• Black life is worthless
• Black inferiority (see yesterday’s post about the book “Brainwashed” by Tom Burrell)
• Conditioning Methods
A) The killing of black men in front of their women, especially pregnant women, and children to instill fear.
B) They kept men and women naked as much as possible to induce shame.
C) They limited education and basic principles like reading and writing to produce ignorance on a racial level.
• Killing, jailing and removing the man/father to weaken the family structure.

These things forced the mind set of black inferiority. It’s a conditioning that black life is lesser than the light, right and might of white. Centuries of this went on. Not even black cats are safe from prejudice, lol. They’re supposedly bad luck.

Now, the reality of that and the systematic action, combined with environmental oppression, injects a consciousness of black inferiority. Poor people are living close together (misery loves company) and the frustrations of ghetto life produce crime. The victims are the weak, the old and the very young. They are hostage to the prime predators. Living situations mimic the food chain of the world’s wilderness. The phrase “America feeds off its young” means it feeds off the wealth of the minority’s young. Latin Americans suffer as well and Native Americans suffer from the same fate. All of this resonates in black on black crime.

Yet, this is the natural order of oppressed living. If you over populate any animal in tight living spaces, it will produce fighting. This is the natural order of negative living conditions. That’s why when you go to the suburbs or rural areas, crime is lessened. Its space that mammals need, a territory and area to exist.

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THE FACTS ARE TO MANY OF US, FALL TO US. DESPITE THE OVER DRAMA “THEY” PLAY IT OUT TO BE!

Envy, hate and jealousy are symptoms of the less educated, unmotivated and those whom suffer from self-hate, even self-racial hate. This is what produces black on black crime.

But, whites, Latins, Asians and all races suffer from same race crime. Yes, it’s true that 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crimes. There were 86 percent of whites killed by other whites. Latins were closer at 92 percent. It’s the same for every race. So, why are blacks being posterized as the inventors of same race on race crime? If African Americans are more likely to be robbed, injured and killed by other African Americans, its more because of their living conditions. More often than not, they live in the same neighborhoods as each other. Fact O – of all minority groups in the U.S.A., blacks are more likely to live closer together.

What the hell you think all these rap songs and news reports about the stress and war of conditions in these hoods and ghettos are saying? It’s a message that it’s fucked up round here!

Fact O – African Americans are not more or extra criminal than other race. The nation, as a whole, has actually declined in criminal offenses. That definitely affects blacks. The crime rate amongst African Americans (especially youth) has taken a sharp drop of nearly 12 percent across America. In the historically high crime ridden city of Washington D.C., fewer than 10 percent are in gangs and every major crime offense dropped by 7 to 15 percent. The F.B.I.’s yearly crime report shows that the black crime rate is the lowest it has been in 40 years. The highest was during the Ronald Reagan years of the 80’s.

So, when you hear this argument, raise your voice because WE ARE making strides! Teachers, preachers and parents are taking responsibility. Access to black pride literature and Obama’s presidency has changed the flow of negativity and pushed us with the current instead of against it. By the way, the highest race on race crime comes from Native Americans. They commit 97.7 percent of all violent crimes against each other and 96 percent of that happens on Reservations. Don’t you see, it’s their living conditions!

So, as we travel on this climate of change, let not the myths outweigh the true facts. But, brothers and sisters, there’s room for improvement. Over 90 percent is far too high! Love and respect for all human life is our next goal. Help us improve or move from our harsh living conditions. It’s mandatory for our health. This is our come up, so don’t you dare give up!

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Hustler of Culture
-KJS
#youngblackhistorian
Copyright 2017

FACTORS FOR THE ASCENSION OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RACE


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I wish you safety and security. The #ReconsructionOfTheBlackFamily heading in our website is an aim of BlackAwarenessFoundation.com despite the picture of black life in America that’s painted by Trump and the Republicans during the 2016 campaign. This is more so than any other time in American history, our ascension. Do we, as a race, have room for improvement? Yes, just as all other races do in a free market society. We are further behind by sheer inexperience in basic functions like family structure and generational wealth and foundations in assets that extend beyond one family members’ lives. This in turn elevates a race. What are the factors besides time that have contributed to “our ascension?” I present four changing implications that African Americans have used or taken advantage of to rush our ascension since the civil rights movement and our recent democratic domination post Clinton/Obama eras.

First we will breakdown an extreme reason for our ascension which is the rise of biracial Americans. They are more readily accepted than darker skinned blacks. They are allowed to shine more in visible America. Do they have an easier path? In some ways, yes. But in many ways and even amongst their own, no! What is amazing is that most biracial people identify with the African American culture despite their white parentage. As you view the chart below, there is division in race identity, yet the population of black in biracial offspring almost doubles any other mixed ancestry. White/Latinos mixed with black (except Mexican) directly identify with their black roots. Asians/Mexicans mixed with black identify with their white roots. The fame of biracial entertainers has spread this factor ten fold in the last 25 years (a generation period). Some examples are Hallie Berry, Jesse Williams, Paula Patton, Blake Griffin and hundreds of others. Oh, let me not forget the impact Mariah Carey had. They all embrace their African American heritage. Grey’s Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams has stepped out and pushed the biracial agenda, speaking up during the summer about racial tension in 2016. He has opened social eyes so I’d like to send praises and props to him for giving balance and not giving to one side of his mix more than the other.

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SALUTE FOR THE STAND AND HAND JESSE WILLIAMS SHOWS TO “BOTH SIDES OF HIS RACE”

The new term is now multiracial Americans which has made it to an option for race on the census list. The term is defined as mixed ancestry of “two or more races”. The population of multiracial Americans is 2.9 percent. That’s more than 10 million. The historical reasons are directly rooted in slavery and also basic human attraction. In 1789, Olaudah Equiano, a former slave from Nigeria and a first generation slave in North America, published his autobiography. In it, he advocated for interracial marriage. His reasons were to break the back of slavery and in his words, “There is a natural attraction between black and white.” The wave of multiracial Americans has given understanding and unity among races in America and has blurred the veil of color in America.

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THE ONLY TRUE LASTING PEACE IS RACIAL UNITY..

The next factor is “new second generation of black money”. Despite the overall state of black American wealth, we only make 10 percent of the average white family’s income. We have closed the gap at a faster rate than any other time in American history. The children of 30-55 year old’s today are growing into new wealth unlike ever before. In a stat put out by “The Nation“, an online magazine, we are roughly 228 years behind in family building wealth. The process has begun the middle class, upper class and elite class. These have all grown in the African American race since 1980. That means the next generation will mature by 2042 and enjoy fruits like never before. Understand real race elevation is built for the future. Our children’s future and their children’s future. We may not see the effort. The fact is we are on the rise. If race was reported in economic terms, we come from wealth riches, then the Great Depression (slavery). We pushed through the recession from the 30’s to the 80’s to become in the red since the 90’s.

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NEW MONEY NEW GOALS NEW AFRICAN AMERICAN WEALTH

The next factor is the black woman and small business. One only has to look at the pure facts of the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, which is the African American woman, to see our ascension! The number of business owned by African American women grew 322 percent since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. It’s not only black women, but African American owned businesses, in general, rose from 7.1 percent in 2007 to 9.4 percent in 2016. Though we, as African Americans, only make up 12.6 percent of America’s population, we rise in every area and hold a major presence in American society. If you’re a regular follower of the B.A.F., you know we have been pushing the agenda of black business and a union of black consumers buying black. A staggering fact to push the factor further is that African American women own 49 percent of all African American business, making African Americans the most equal in business ownership among all races in the U.S.

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IN MANY WAYS ROSE AFRICAN AMERICAN STATUS IN AMERICAN BUSINESS…”Thank you Sisters..Black men..”

Finally in our factors is our new age political power. The achievement of a two term black president has pushed us to the pinnacle of government offices and positions. We are ahead of all other races in that aspect. In the 10 years leading up to Obama’s 2008 epic victory, there has been a steady climb with a strong presence of black leadership in the U.S. government system. Particularly in the U.S House of Representatives during the recent presidency. The first U.S. senator Hiram R. Revels, a Republican (at a time when Republicans were for the minority class) from Mississippi was picked to fill an empty seat. He served for one year from 1870-1871. The current number of U.S. congress members is 114 men and women. Of that, 44 are African American Congress Men/Women and 42 are, of course Democrats, and two are Republicans. There is also a new up swing in black mayors and black governors. They have brought a rise to young black politicians such as Svante Myrick, Louvenia Diane Lumpkin, Micheal Tubbs and many many others who truly have no limits to their ascension in light of Barrack H. Obama. The surge in blacks in positions of government directly improves black life in America.

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THE NEXT WAVE IN “OUR” POLITICAL POWER YOUNG SVANTE MYRICK

All of these factors have let black life in America “ascend” to new heights and new avenues geared towards the pursuit of happiness. The plight has been a hard road and still has a long way to travel for racial equality and harmony within ourselves and other races. Yet, never forget that we were the kings and queens of the world first! Take pride in our upward direction and our history!

We are alive in marvelous times with enough freedom to change our conditions.

Brought to you by the #YoungBlackHistorian
-KJS
Copyright 2017

THE “WHITE LIE” THAT KILLED EMMETT TILL!

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Peace and love. The horrific murder of Emmett Till has effected the whole African American race and gave the Civil Rights movement energy. The same soulful energy that black soldiers felt in the civil war when the word about the Ft. Pillow Massacre reached their ears. It was the shock to the soul that drives your aim! The old saying, “The truth always comes to light” lives today, in 2017, as we discover what Ms. Mamie Till always knew. Emmett didn’t do this! The now 82 year old Carolyn Bryant has admitted that she lied in the 1955 Mississippi murder case that led to one of the most documented beating, shooting and killings in the race filled blood war between black and white in America. The 14 year old boy from Chicago, who’s death galvanized a nation, was savagely beaten. His head and body were displayed in a open casket. This was his mothers insistence. She said at his funeral “I want the world to see what they did to my baby”. The image fueled MLK and a whole movement. It made clear what we were and still are fighting against! Jet magazine printed the pictures and propelled itself into the black consciousness.

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Emmett Till was kidnapped. He was a 14 year old boy in a strange state. He must have been scared beyond what we could ever know, struggling against two grown white men filled with a race hate he never knew was coming. Till was beaten in the head by a rifle, brick and four hands, then shot in the head, had his genitals stomped on and body thrown in the Tallahatchie River. This happened on August 1955. Please see our past post devoted to the history. It’s entitled “Ain’t Nobody As Real As Emmett Till.” But today we focus on the new light of this famed case as Carolyn Bryant has made a new admission. Its been all over social media so we had to post what is important to the black community and those who value the truth over lies and the myths of discrimination. When my mother exposed me to the history of black life and showed me the picture of Emmett Till, a young teenager like I was at the time, it shook me. I walked different in a white world. I’ve since felt a connection to Till that burns in me to this day! It shaped my true passion for black history. Even if it took me years to use my skill. I have a true hunger to bring awareness to our plight. The sad part about this story is Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley will never know the truth, except in her heart, as she died in 2003. The lie has been exposed by the guilt and the heavy heart of an old women staring death in the face. Despite what people say or feel early in their lives, maturity and age brings you to the door of what God’s golden rule is… “You shall all return to me”. When the light of life turns grey, the fear grows and the wonder fills your thoughts. It doesn’t matter how many millions of theories there are on death, one thing is constant. The life you live will reflect and determine your fate. Bryant now feels this fear and clearing her soul means more than the lie. Carolyn Bryant’s then husband, Roy Bryant and his half brother J.W. Miliam perpetrated one of the most sadistic murders in America. They have their justice. The only one left is Ms. Bryant and her reflection pains her days. Her punishment in life is to worry about her death. This is the justice that no man can inflict!

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Her words haunt her. At the murder trial she said “He cat-called me, he grabbed me, he called me a white bitch. I was scared to death.” These lies have followed her. She has just tried to unburden her heart now by setting the record straight. We value knowing the truth. The truth that the black race knew. Hate needs only a little support to live! Now she can join her blood thirsty ex husband and brother-in law in payment for the plot. They designed a lie and a hate filled murder. Was it because of the fear that black Mississippi life was not in Till’s eyes? The women, Carolyn Bryant went into hiding after the 1955 trial. They were surprised by the media coverage and lore of Till. She divorced Bryant, remarried twice and never gave an interview. At age 72, Carolyn Bryant-Dorham started to leak little hints that she had she lied about Till and now, at 82, the full story broke. She has admitted that she fabricated her trial testimony about Till making advances towards her.

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There was a lot of pain and a sting of injustice that, despite overwhelming evidence, Roy Bryant and J.W. Miliam were acquitted. The pain lives in the rash actions of our black community. We are birthed from this plain injustice that has followed our history in America. Now, as a whole, we breath the justice of time. It is how we move now, how we use the information and the truth has no shelf life. It can penetrate the now! We walk with the proof, not from conjecture, but from “her” mouth. Our symbol of “Till” lives with the truth of uprightness as a young man. R.I.P. has new meaning for Till’s legacy. I walk with my head a little higher today and you should as well.

Bringing Awareness to the cause #YoungBlackHistorian and the #SiteWithInsight
We thank you for your time and attention
KJS founder/writer of BlackAwarenessFoundation.com
Copyright 2017

NEW AGE OF THE LATTER DAY ENTERTAINERS – ICE CUBE (Part 3)


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I wish you safety and security. Keeping in line with posting from our original content, we present New Age of the Latter Day Entertainers. We feature another rare talent. Many of our past entertainers had to be multi talented from the slaves days. They had “nigga races” and of course, “slave death matches” to entertain the whites. Then there were the days of vaudeville were the talented had to sing, dance, tell jokes, narrate, and perform. The bloodlines of this craftsmanship lives on in those I have already and will highlight in the future. One of the most successful and versatile is O’Shea Jackson Sr. AKA Ice Cube. In the days known as the “The Chitlin Circuit” performers even made their costumes, traveling from town to town and putting on live performances. Out of that light has born a new generation of skilled craftsmen and women whom have mastered the art of entertainment without the walls of being one sided. One such talent is Ice Cube. He is even more of a shrewd businessmen than performer, but he will be revered as a performer today. I say that because of his creation of NWA. “You let a jew break up MY crew.” His skill for writing scripts and his acting ability round out his versatility, but they all center around his CEO mentality. He has a keen insight to see the whole picture. It’s been said a great mind sees the beginning, middle and end even before it begins! Ice Cube owns this rare quality.

O’Shea Jackson was born in June 15, 1969. He is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, film maker, businessman and so much more. From the growth out of the Hip Hop age, he is a true role model for ghetto to “hello.” He is an example of the black will to succeed. His labels read like a how to manual to elevate out the hood. Cube reported on his environment and lifted the future of his children’s children and took his place in African American History. His accomplishments and versatility are too numerous to list and that’s a credit to his work ethic. He has a deep devotion to his craft, a craft as old as slavery “to entertain the whites and make the blacks proud”. Now you can secure your family with this art form. Cube has produced classics in different areas like music and movies that will live on forever. He is a devout husband and holds respect for the foundation of a strong black wife and a family that moves with pride and respect. He and his wife, Kimberly Woodruff, have been married since 1992. They have five children. There has been no talk of divorce, outside kids or drug use. This is a solid black family. Special shout out to Ms. Woodruff, Lady Cube, for being his support during those dark days when leaving NWA lead to uncertainty.

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His career started with his first love, music. The first group was C.I.A. then came NWA, which is credited as being the founder of Gangsta Rap. Being a true New Yorker, I have to say that label dismisses some that came before it, but were not as popular such as Onyx and Spoonie Gee. Still, NWA revolutionized the genre of Gangsta Rap. After having the business mind to steer clear of Jerry Heller and Eric Wrights’ plans, he stood up and stood out and departed from NWA in 1989. A whirlwind of projects followed as he flooded the industry with music and film. Starting with his first solo album, done in NYC and produced by “The Bomb Squad” was Public Enemy’s team. The album was called “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” and dropped without a word about NWA or anything about contracts or Jerry Heller. After a launched attack in 100 miles and running from NWA, Cube dropped 1991’s solo album “Death Certificate”. In this he wrote “No Vaseline”, a classic that set a new standard in diss tracks. “Damn, glad ya’ll set it off.” In 1996, Cube developed Westside Connection, a collaboration with Mack 10 and the under rated WC. For me, his best music outside NWA was the Lench Mob record label and his creation of Da Lench Mob. Oh, my track was “Guerillas In The Mist”. It was a direct blow to white power just as much as “Fuck The Police.” At this time in his career, Ice Cube was still considered controversial and critics accused him of being anti- white, misogynist and antisemitic. Then came his acting debut in Boyz In The Hood as Doughboy, brother of Rickey. His raw and believable screen presence superseded his image or any Hollywood hang ups.

Now, the multi talent of Cube ran rampant in Hollywood. He was more focused on writing scripts and a foresight to reinvent himself propelled him to new heights. It was the first choice to star opposite Janet Jackson in the 1993 film, “Poetic Justice”. But Cube turned it down. The careful craftsmen knew his progression had to be a slow climb. Make’em laugh first. Going from NWA to becoming a household name took an artistry in which he changed his lane in life, which we all must do in maturing! He was the founding father of “Gangsta Rap” and ranked number 8 on MTV’s Greatest M.C’s of all time. Snoop also said, “Ice Cube is the greatest of all time”. The Source Magazine ranked Cube number 14th on its Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. Becoming an asset in the world of film gave him a green light on any project that came across a Hollywood desk! He’s made his way to even family films and all without selling his soul to do it. A Cube project maintains his roots and is all done his way! He’s transformed himself in what is called “Bankable” in the industry.

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The Business Mind Of Cube; In true expression of his entertainment worth, Cube rounded himself into the role of a true craftsmen with versatility and range. Cementing a “brand”, he also has a clothing line called SOLO by Cube. He’s the past spokesman for St. Ides malt liquor and now the BIG 3 (plz. see our post on BIG 3 business). His life is a walking progression of black talent beyond the norm. “Friday” is a movie comedy classic! Cube is a HUGE part of pop culture in America! From the days of having big dreams while writing lyrics with his cousin Del, the Funky Homosapien, to being respected in the highest offices in Hollywood, visiting the White House and being one of the first to call out Oprah, he embodies the essence of a talent taken for granted and even neglected by us.

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Ice Cube is the bloodlines of that inspiring class of gifted performers! Make no mistake, you’re witnessing greatness in the realm of entertainers!

Product Of Determination
-KJS
#YoungBlackHistorian
Copyright 2017

Lyrics From The Streets – Fight The Power


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I wish you safety and security. The staff at the B.A.F. would like to thank all of our audience for making January a record month for viewer statistics! Special shouts to all the love from outside of America. We’re poppin’ all over the world. We’re keeping in tune with posting from our original series, like yesterday’s post #NewAgeSellOutsBookerTWashingtonSyndrome. Today we post another B.A.F. original series #LyricsFromTheStreets. This is a breakdown of the lyrical content of classic Hip Hop and R&B tracks. In light of the political pressure African Americans are under from Trump and his next 4 years, we highlight past footprints that still hold relevance today. “Fight The Power” with the hypnotic voice of Hip Hop Activist Chuck D. Please join us tomorrow for another original series #New-AgeOfLatterDayEntertainers as we focus on the unlimited energy and thoughts from O’Shea Jackson Sr. (Ice Cube). We’re gearing up for the 28 days of “pure profiles” for Black History Month. We take a unique look at obscure, but nevertheless, great contributors to the African American Culture. Stay stuck to the #SiteWithInsight!

In this presidential year and a year when African Americans finally are standing up against police brutality, verbally and physically, BlackLivesMatter has a very verbal stance. Young black men are physically striking back at officers now. Unique are the times, but despite our many advances, some things Chuck D and Public Enemy uttered in 1990 still ring true and have an underlying meaning.

Here we go;

Artist: Public Enemy
Album: Fear of a Black Planet
Released: 1990
Awards: Grammy for Best Rap Performance

Lyrics and breakdown of “Fight the Power”:

1st Verse:
1989 the number another summer (get down)
Sound of the funky drummer
Music hittin’ your heart cause I know you got soul
(Brothers and sisters, hey)
Listen if you’re missin’ y’all
Swingin’ while I’m singin’
Givin’ whatcha gettin’
Knowin’ what I know
While the Black bands sweatin’
And the rhythm rhymes rollin’
Got to give us what we want
Gotta give us what we need
Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We got to fight the powers that be

Chorus:
Lemme hear you say
Fight the power (3x)

Chuck D was at the point of the Black Nationalist Movement in Hip Hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He became a black leader to urban youth. Groups like X-Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers, KRS-One, Rakim, Native Tongues, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Tribe Called Quest and Zulu Nation made up the culture at the time.

“And the Rhythm, Rhymes Rollin” was a memorable line. Everyone screamed out. Even though I was young, I remember how my brothers and sisters banged that album. That song and the video became an anthem for blacks, both young and old.

“Got to give us what we want. Got to give us what we need”.

What we needed, then and now, is equal justice. Not this bias, unfair representation in criminal courts.

“Our freedom of speech is freedom or death. We gotta fight the powers that be”.

Public Enemy, the group, was being banned from certain arenas. Chuck D referred to his constitutional right of Freedom of Speech! Without that freedom, that liberty, “WE” would rather have death!

The Chorus was like a calling card. It rose with every utterance. Three times in between the lyrics, and it rose each time, building in volume and belief. So lemme here you say “Fight the Power”!

The opening, the head base, line drove this track. It bled soul and communicated the feeling that most people had in the inner cities.

2nd Verse:
As the rhythm designed to bounce
What counts is that the rhymes
Designed to fill your mind
Now that you’ve realized the prides arrived
We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
From the heart
It’s a start, a work of art
To revolutionize make a change nothin’s strange
People, people we are the same
No we’re not the same
‘Cause we don’t know the game
What we need is awareness, we can’t get careless
You say what is this?
My beloved lets get down to business
Mental self defensive fitness
(Yo) bum rush the show
You gotta go for what you know
Make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be
Lemme hear you say
Fight the Power

Chorus:
Lemme hear you say
Fight the power (4x)

The second verse gets deeper with its message. Nobody came off, at the time, with mental food like Chuck D. In the first verse, he acknowledges that music is meant to make us bounce (dance). As African Americans, our music was always meant for more like giving hidden messages in the cotton fields. “What counts is that the rhymes are designed to fill your mind. Now that you realize, pride’s arrived.” In this line, Chuck D shows that our music is instilling pride in our past and race. “We got to pump the stuff to make you tough”.

From his heart, passion and pride of his (our) race, he delivers his epic verses to improve our condition. Chuck D goes in on his 2nd verse. “People, people, we are the same. No, were not the same cause we don’t know the game”.

He speaks on the fact that the white race and liberals say that we’re all the same, humans. We know that’s not true. Despite God’s plan, we’re not the same. In many areas like Wall Street, the Government and Corporate America, we know not of the game (structure). So, in that aspect, we’re not the same on equal levels. Finally, in his masterful 2nd verse, Chuck D says, in probably the sickest line of 1990, “My beloved, let’s get down to business. Mental self-defensive fitness”.

He addresses his race as “my beloved”. I truly believe that his love for African Americans is matched by few in history! He sacrificed money and industry love for the sake of delivering a message in the form of Hip Hop, the new media information center. The line “mental self-defensive fitness” was so profound for the minds of urban youth that it made “us” understand we have to prepare our minds as well as our bodies in this fight! It made it cool to read and study our history.

3rd verse:
Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant, to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother, him and John Wayne
‘Cause I’m Black and I’m proud
I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped
Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps
Sample a look back you look and find
Nothing but rednecks for four hundred years if you check
Don’t worry be happy
Was a number one jam
Damn if I say it you can slap me right here
(Get it) lets get this party started right
Right on, c’mon
What we got to say
Power to the people no delay
To make everybody see
In order to fight the powers that be

Chuck D brings it home to the soul of what it is to be black in America in his 3rd and final verse in the anthem, “Fight the Power”.

“Elvis was a hero to most”. That’s so profound and shocking that they repeat that line. “But he never meant shit to me you see. Straight up racist that sucker was. Simple and plain. Mother fuck him and John Wayne”.

He kills the quiet reverence that America had (and still has) for symbols of excellence in Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll and John Wayne, a Western Actor. Presley constantly voiced racist values in many t.v. appearances. He said “The only thing a black can do for me is buy my music”. His style was stolen from the likes of Jackie Wilson (dance). Chuck D points out the fact that Presley and Wayne were symbols in America, real symbols, but were openly racist!

“Most of ‘our’ heroes don’t appear on no stamps. Sample a look back. You look and find nothing but rednecks for four hundred years if you check”.

This means that there is a lack of historical account of African Americans’ constant contribution to American history. It’s not taught or focused on in the curriculum in American school systems.

The song “Don’t worry, be happy” went to number one when the industry tried to combat the black pride movement in the 90’s. Alarms went off in middle America cuz young white kids loved Public Enemy, which really meant that they disagreed with and maybe even hated their ancestors’ past racial injustices! How can you send the message “don’t worry, be happy”? That’s the same thing as saying “nigga calm down”. The same talk Booker T. Washington used to spit!

“The power” then had little to do with us (pre Obama). The power that the government or even what many believe are secret societies that really move America like the Illuminati, Masons or small white groups of billionaires are the ones that run the world. I say it’s more the oil tycoons, software giants, investment groups and fortune 500 CEOs that have the real power. The head of Wal-Mart has more of a say than our president does. Now, since we’ve elected and had a black president, you see how little or spread out the power really is.

Chuck D was and is a new cultural leader. Stay tuned for a profile on him. He has quietly escaped the fate of most blacks who have such a wide platform to speak from. The brother is wise and intelligent, beyond rap lyrics.

Hustler of culture (a line from Chuck D)
-KJS
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NEW AGE SELLOUTS – THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SYNDROME “MIA LOVE”

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I wish you safety and security. In these unsure political times for African Americans it’s just been made harder by a sell out position within the government. It’s a time when we need to know who’s with us and who is against us! I am also getting back to BlackAwarenessFoundation’s original series with Black History Month coming up fast. I will be immersed in 28 days of profile posts on mainly more obscure contributors to our plight and a true understanding to Carter G. Woodson’s Aim. Today B.A.F. brings it back to a series that is the root to our foundation. I’m exposing the fakes and sell outs. No longer do they get a pass and slide through our plight without being held accountable! Mia Love represents the 180 of a strong black woman. She has shined bright in recent years in business and publicly. Yet of that birth are the Stacey Dash’s of the black women’s world as well and Mia Love, through politics, is exactly that! She is a Republican, which goes to the direct question of “Can an African American be a Republican in this day and age”? I say that in this day and age because, as a historian, I know the Republican party was the first party of blacks/slaves and the Democrats were the founders of the KKK. Times have changed and party lines have changed since the Civil War. Now that that is in place, can an African American be a Republican without being a sell out? If you look at the faces and stances of today’s black Republicans…

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The resounding answer is hell no! The question is loaded however. Not every black family is born from urban roots. There are more middle/upper class African Americans and that is not a negative thing. In fact, it’s what we should all strive for. These people look at life differently. Their agendas are not the same as a single mother desperately needing Obama care. It’s the same old trust. Don’t make it out and forget or not lend a helping hand to one still engulfed within the walls of poverty! Even if you were born in a middle/upper class family, you own a responsibility to the whole of who you are! Yes even if the ghetto is not or never has been your environment, could it be that you were blessed with that life to strengthen the whole of a financially crippled race? You can bring some sense of balance to the unjust numbers of systematic discrimination. So I say you cannot be a black Republican without being a “sell out.” Why would you be a Republican? That is a question for any African American unless you feel you belong more to the white washed world. They do not represent the African Americans’ best interests and that’s a fact! No party is totally invested in the betterment of blacks and we cannot look to the government to solve all our problems, but through legislative branches of government we can reverse some of the injustice that befalls us.

Let us deal with Mia Love herself. She is an American politician, a Republican congresswomen and a U.S Representative for 4th district of Utah. She is historic in government as the first Utah African American woman elected to Congress ever! But where are her roots? How did she come up to emerge to this status and does she carry us with her or look to shake us? She is the daughter of Haitian parents in Brooklyn N.Y. (unfortunately I am as well). So she was born of the urban experience. There’s no excuse for her not being aware of the struggle. Her family moved to Connecticut where she went to college. Love then converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Yeah a Mormon, a black Mormon! This is a group who, 40 years ago, wouldn’t allow Blacks to join and thought we, and Africans in general, were evil by nature and were sub human! Written in their text was “Black is the evil of the earth.” This is the so called religion to which she belongs. She has established herself in the white world as a shining puppet. She reps well for Mormons and Republicans to show diversity. Love became the Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah from 2010-2014 before running and winning a seat as a Congresswoman for the state. This is an example of making it out the hood and doing no good! As I said, she made history as the first African American woman from Utah to be elected to Congress (Rep.). We should be celebrating this victory, but instead, she does not connect with the black population. It’s clear she doesn’t have the African American masses in her forefront. She seems to try to move away from black issues and agendas. There’s more to being black then just your appearance!

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What makes her a sell out on her stance? You cannot call some one out where I am from without paperwork and facts. So what stance does she take that makes my statements facts? Well, her strongest anti black stance that makes it fact is Love has been assigned to the House Committee on Financial Services where she will deal with our real soul sister of Congress, our beloved Congresswoman, Maxine Walters (Dem.). Walters is the face that represents the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C. Even before Love was elected, she said a few words about the Black Caucus, which was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and built from within the government for the betterment blacks to attain positions in government. She expressed that she would join the Caucus if elected and said “Yes, yes I will join the Congressional Black Caucus and try to take that thing apart from the inside. It’s no longer needed.” Wow really? Maybe her name should be changed Mia Love to Mia Sell Out. She went on to say, about the Black Caucus “Its demagoguery. They sit and ignite emotions and ignite racism when it’s not needed. They use their positions to instill fear so hope and change is turned to fear.” So now we, as African Americans, ignite racism? Now we instill fear? Its plain to see her stance on a historic movement as the Black Caucus.

There will always be blacks who think success is being more white to be accepted by whites for validation. Love is the latest version of it….. I present to ya’ll a New Age Sell Out, Mia Love. She can’t hide anymore. If you want their love, be all the way gone from the tree from which you sprung.

Thank you from the consummate writer
-KJS
#YoungBlackHistorian
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Copyright 2017

THE “CRY” OF THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON 2017!


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I wish you safety and security. The sheer strength of the world women’s movement has wowed me. The females of this world stood up to injustice and a leader who seems to condone this old attitude. On the past Saturday, just one day after Trump’s inauguration day, millions of women gathered for the Woman’s March On Washington. They marched for many issues like awareness, equal pay and protection from sexual assault. But make no mistake, this was a counter-inauguration inspired movement and how most women feel. They are not represented by this President. This movement has cut through racial lines, generational lines and even the lines of distance! The rally was near Capitol Hill when the three main organizers knew Trump would be in D.C. It was a show of force in the face of a president who devalues the true nature of a woman and uses his power to subject woman to sexual assault on some old value system. He devalues when it comes to racial dealings as well. His thought process is that of his time frame and money. How is he our President?!! Trump has shown the world his disdain for the equality for women. It has been talked about with words like sexual misconduct and sexual assault. In America, the center of the march and problem, women have inspired world unity. Right here, at home, famed women have showed up and showed out. Entertainers, sports figures, government and business women came with the masses of common folks to protest a danger to our mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers and sisters. Singer/activist Janelle Monae highlighted issues of American police brutality with shouts from the podium “Sandra Bland, say her name.” Remembering our beloved sister that was killed in police custody in Texas in 2015! Ashley Judd and Gloria Steinem spoke as well. Reppin’ for the Latin women, actress/activist America Ferrera. She reminded us “The president is not America.” Actress Scarlett Johansson spoke on the hot issue concerning Trump and Planned Parenthood. Our SoulSister singer/actress/activist, Alicia Keys performed a soulful rendition of “Girl On Fire” She spoke strongly as well which included verses from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”

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The three women above are the co-chair founders and organizers of the “Women’s March On Washington”. Trump has called them the Black, Latin and Muslim. They are Tamika Mallory (right) Carmen Perez (left) and Linda Sarsour (middle). They have inspired a Worldwide Movement of Protesters in solidarity for all women. Women throughout the world know if American women are feeling threatened by Trump’s presidency, then women worldwide are threatened as well! Cities like Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris, Nairobi and even Capetown marched for women’s rights and opposition of Trump as well. Women in Mexico City were the most vocal and radical, shutting down the U.S. Embassy by shouting “Say it loud say it, clear, migrants are welcomed here.” The movement reached Antarctica on twitter and pictures were posted of women standing in line with peace signs saying “pro environment”, “pro peace” and anti Trump signs. Girl Power vs. Trump Power was the theme in Sydney, Australia. The “Pink Pussy” knitted hats were everywhere in protest to Trump’s remarks “Just grab em in the pussy.”

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The Women’s March is more than just Trump. The attitude that has forever discriminated on women is always the plight of our female loved ones. Today, the main agenda is the reproductive rights which Trump and the Republicans threaten. The core of the Women’s March has outlined a platform on issues even before the online inspired movement. The four page document titled “Guiding Vision and Defining Principles” says 1. Accountability/justice for police brutality 2. Freedom from sexual violence 3. Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to write in women’s rights 4. Affirming that all domestic work is Work and issues tax return. 5. Equal pay for equal work. 6. Immigrant and LGBTO rights.

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What does this mean for our African women?? If women are the class that are secondary to men, then minority women are at the very bottom of the scale. African American and Latin women are demoralized daily. They had to build small business for their lane of respect! This March represents you more than any other part of the women’s march. This movement directly effects you the most. So BlackAwarenessFoundation.com strongly and loudly supports this movement of women and we share the pains and concerns of a president whose unafraid to openly discriminate on gender and racial classes.

The Man on the March for Awareness and the protection of our earned right to life and the right to prosper!
#YoungBlackHistorian
-KJS
Copyright 2017

INSIDE THE INSTITUTIONALIZED MIND


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I wish you safety and security. We have much more to solve than a new president. We are in a position, as a race, to now help ourselves. This is a problem born out of an unjust laws, which has conditioned us to a state of “Loving Our Hell”.

Today, the B.A.F. focuses on a terror group that has existed long before ISIS, a shameful mental bond, long before the hot topic of PTSD. There exists a syndrome that has ravished minority communities, a conditioning that embodies the term “love your hell”. Ever heard of someone saying “Oh he’s just institutionalized”? Everyone has some working understanding of this or a family member/friend or maybe some of you ladies live and love with such a mind. I feel for the patience you ladies have. The simple Webster definition for institutionalized is “established in practice or custom”.

This community crippling endangerment walks among us. This mind thinks differently. Society is a stranger. The activity, noise, and mainly responsibility is abnormal them. Even eating is a tactical maneuver. The openness of the world is stifling to one with this mind.

Not only have these men/women been imprisoned by the body, but no matter where their physical form may be, their mind is still in prison, broken. They are pushed beyond the limits of coping. Snapped in silence, while waiting at pill pass, in the van ride after a conviction or while reading that Dear John letter for the 13th time at 4:00 a.m. It is the most self-loathing condition.

You hear verses like “no rent, no bills, no struggle to make it or 3 hots and a cot”. You see those homeless people and nobody’s in real world life. Kings, Queens and shot callers on the other side of the fence with respect and admiration. You have love for them but, that title, that praise comes with aggressive actions and animalistic responses to minor mishaps, overblown reactions to small situations. It’s living with an unpredictable monster.

Basically, an institutionalized person one who is more comfortable living incarcerated than free. It’s hard for the majority to fathom, but they are casualties of the justice system. The world of prison can be so pressurized with nowhere to run to. These murderers, thieves and masters of assault are your neighbors every day! One thing about prison, it strips down all the masks you wore in society. It will get to the real of the man/woman exposed to the population of convicts.

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The workings of an institutionalized mind…

• Eating in public with your back never to the door. Eating fast with an arm encircling your food and your leg posted out, not under the table.
• A quick scan of any area you enter for anything around that can be used as a weapon.
• An assessment of every exit in the building or area.
• A weapon on one’s person, even in your pocket. A pencil or pen is ready to act as an assault aid every day.
• Lights, noise and the busyness of a Wal-Mart or Mall may overwhelm the senses of such a mind.
• Verbalization and the abilities to socialize become damaged.
• Sleeping with shoes or sneakers on is normal.
• A sixth sense of impending danger or explosion of aggression is posed.
• Always protecting the ones around them. Watching and treating everyone as hostile is common.
• Observance of every car or passerby. Looking behind and doing a quick assessment, up and down, before walking. Standing with your back against the wall.
• Saving little throw away things like plastic wrap on a sandwich.

There is a need for structure, where day in and day out, your life is basically the same. The surprises of real life, the unexpected is too much for the institutionalized mind. The small window of prison life is just enough for them. The real shame is the acceptance of this as true life in so many ways. Giving up on trying to be someone greater than you are today. It’s submission of the journey of struggle. It’s the forfeit of discovering whom you truly are. It’s the weakness of responsibility. It’s the ultimate feeling sorry for yourself. Dare I say, it’s the element of weakness, no matter how physically strong or intimidating they may be.

The true danger is in the community. Someone whom has no fear of the criminal justice system and feels more at home in prison or county jail than anywhere else is an extreme menace to society. They are capable of uncharacteristic violence at any time or place. An over reaction is just a story to tell his true family, those that are locked up.

We need to develop a care house, a whole new structure to help those minds. All those places deal with are the outside problems like jobs, housing, family and getting settled. The real issue is deeper. But, thankfully very few are truly incarcerated scarfaces, true cell block boys or Queen of the Pen types.

May you find harmony and meaning. It will never be found thru your children or an ex, your sick mother or sibling. Because life goes on while you’re inside. No, the change must happen from within. No force, not even outside love can overcome it. No, it has to be love of self. They will say “I love myself”. Love yourself to want the most sacred of all, our black cultural struggles.

“I speak for the tongueless”.
-KJS
#youngblackhistorian
Copyright 2017

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LAST HAIL TO OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND “THE FIRST BLACK FAMILY.”


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I wish us All safety and security. We head into the unknown, politically and racially, with a president whom does not have the best interests in equality and rightness for the minority classes in his forefront or plans. We take the time to reflect and not let the moment pass without humble extreme acknowledgement of the “Culmination of all the Civil Rights Movement.” What it intended it to become is the victory in our plight. Fifty years ago, the unimaginable was achieved and done so well he had to do it twice!

At 6:30 A.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017 will officially end Barrack Obama’s presidential run of eight years. An American lifetime for African Americans’ resolve. Much is to be said in the closing of Obama, but to get it from the source of the African Americans perspective is the true measure and no one will bring it like the B.A.F. What it meant for America is just as imperative. He brought calm into chaos in 2008. We were held in a recession, the greatest since the 1920’s Great Depression. (Remember how bad it was in 2007-08?) He stopped the war built on lie’s and calmed the waves of frustration amongst the minorities, which held the belief that no matter what we did we could not win in this system. Obama represented the movement of young white America and ushered in the college life to the political arena like Dr. Martin Luther King inspired the SNCC. It sent waves of hope and accomplishments for so many who paved the way for African Americans to overcome. You saw it in the eyes of ones like John Lewis who walked with King. You felt it in Jesse Jackson’s spirit as tears of a long road fell from his face in 2008. Hope lived in the eyes of the biracial bonds that stood on stage as Obama took office. It was a feeling of universal racial solvent!

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“The First Black Family” led a standard of being a unit in the face of tremendous possibilities to do wrong. They held themselves in the structure of man, woman and children above all the extras. They showed the world dignity and uprightness under the world view. The ground work is “home training”, a level of family before everything. They raised two daughters through their teenage years and were always on guard for the reflection of the family. This woman maximized the efforts of her historic man and gave balance to the first black family in the White House. A true family, correct in its aim and drive. A working unit beyond the unconditional love. Theirs is a family goal, a family plight and now a legacy!

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Power and Grace: The love, they share and it radiates outward. You can feel the bond they had before the fame, before the daughters. They were a team that conquered the world. Love defies all obstacles and they embody that. Power that no man, let alone a black man, makes it to without drive, ambition and intelligent planning. That power comes from a backbone to ground and surround you! The grace behind the power to the door of the White House. The foundation of him being the leader of the free world came from his trust in the leader of his closed door world. The beauty and grace of our first African American First Lady is the Power behind the man. This gave way for the essence of who black women can be. Michelle Obama will go down as one of the most dignified First Ladies of all time! The support and belief that her man could be the first Black President showed in her actions as she went beyond expectations that others had for her as she galvanized the world with grace!

Obama’s legacy is deep with accomplishments. He was not a puppet president, but did solid work in his eight years. Obama’s Accomplishments: Passed Health Care Reform, the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care). After five former presidents, over a century, failed to create universal health insurance. Obama achieved this whether you agree or hate it. It cut costs for the average American. A plan for the long term in its fiscal problem. He passed Stimulus and signed a $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. It has brought all Americans out of a Bush led recession that was the greatest since the 1920’s Great Depression. He ended the Iraq War, ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country December 18, 2011. This saved hundreds of American lives from a war built on lies! He ordered the elimination of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, repealed the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy which ended the 1990’s era restriction in the U.S. military. He formalized a new policy allowing gays/lesbians to serve openly. He reversed Bush’s torture policies as well. Only two days into his first term, Obama nullified the policy that allowed detainees in U.S custody to certain “enhanced” interrogations. He created race to the top so for you those of you who ask what he has done for blacks. Obama appointed over 500 jobs, many in government, to African Americans. I could go on for days! There is the Federal Student Loan Program that kicked banks out of that office, he has improved America’s image abroad, increased support for Veterans and passed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010.

The legacy of Obama lives in every black soul throughout the world. He created a vision of what we can do in spite of the overwhelming odds against us! Pride and Precision! Thank you Obama and good night from the plight!

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Product of all our determination!
KJS
#YoungBlackHistorian from #TheSiteWithInsight
Copyright 2017

Black Women – Still The Pearl Of The Black Race (Part Two)

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I wish you safety and security. Today, part two is coming at you for the new in 2017. In part one, I covered a history of the black woman. Now we will look at the state of the black woman now! I combine part two and three cuz so many things are happening this week. Obama is leaving office and a legacy behind. Trump will be sworn in on Friday the 20th, 2017. Does that mean the pain begins? I’ll be there with you every step of the way. I think this will be a test of our resolve! This is ulike any time since the Reagan era. But, to the point, getting back to the basics means focusing on the foundation of our life and human life, the black woman.

The black man is under pressure, a direct response to Obama’s presidency. The power behind America, once again showing “true power” to mentally say “Despite a black president, our power is unquestioned in America”. What does that mean for the black woman in the age of information?

It means the black woman must once again bear the burden of the black race in America. There are many trends for our sisters. The percentage of African Americans enrolled in college is increasing (thank god) from 10% in 1976 to 15% in 2015. Of that increase, black women make up 3.5% across the board.

To put you up on what’s really UP, it was reported in fortune magazine, “The number of woman-owned firms grew 1.5 times the national average and black women blow that statistic away.”

So, the number of businesses owned by African American women grew 322% since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entreprenenurs in the United States!

I know we keeping this in the now, but a little history is in store here. Many know of the early business power moves of Madame C.J. Walker (inventor and business woman). Born December 23, 1867 in Delta, Louisiana on the Burney family plantation and passed May 25, 1919. She became a self-made millionaire in a time when a million dollars was real big money, regardless of gender or race… She invented “The Walker System”. It was a conditioning treatment for straightening hair (a relaxer). Yet, did you know Madame C.J. Walker’s birth name was Sarah Breedlove McWilliams? But that’s not my exact point, who was Walker’s role model? The incredible Ms. Annie Turnbo Malone.

Yes, before Madam C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks and Mary McLeod Bethume, Oprah Winfrey, Cathy Hughes and Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter!

Annie Turnbo Malone was born August 9, 1869 in Metropolis, Illinois and died May 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. In the mid 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, Malone (African American educator, entrepreneur and inventor) rose to success. With a new found freedom came business and financial success for many women in Missouri. One of the nations wealthiest African American businesses was Malone’s Poro College (cosmetic school) that began in St. Louis but flourished and occupied an entire Chicago city block. Some of her achievements are:

She was one of the first female millionaires
First in Missouri to own a Rolls Royce
Paid over 40,000 in taxes in 1926
Owned a whole city block in Chicago, IL
Gave employees diamond rings after five years of service
Trained well over 75,000 women entrepreneurs
Trained Madam C.J. Walker to be a “Poro Agent”

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But, let me bounce back to the now. Sorry, my passion is African American history! So, the history of your success is based on facts.

From a black man, I tell you it’s a calculated plot to destroy us physically and more so, to separate us from family. It’s mental torture for us to grow up in the hood and know we’re a target like “prey” in a concrete jungle and you know who he hunters be! There’s no excuse, but the savagery against us is real.

The trends of our black sisters ain’t all for the positive however and you know I deal with the HARD TRUTHS……

This whole young girl bi-sexual thing is deeper than the social acceptance of alternative sexual preference. Yeah, it’s all over Hip Hop and all over movies, yeah I see. But, never just look at anything on what’s on the surface. Sure, social media and natural progression of the times have a lot to do with this old, but now public vibe of girl on girl. Niggas feelin it, I know. But, deeper is the absence of black men, the black men whom are chasing white girls has led black women to find comfort in the arms of other black women. Yo, I was just in my old hood and the number of young black girls dressing and talking like black men and attracting young pretty girly girls was shocking to me. I’m talking high school girls to 30-something black women.

The most disturbing trend is the failing confidence black women have for black men. We are behind in home ownership, enrollment in college and the ability to adjust to a prejudice justice system. The black woman vibe is that black men will never be the fathers, providers and protectors of the essence of black women and it translates in looking for other outlets for their love.

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But, as a black man, I say on behalf of the brothers on a struggle, we see ya’ll. We will get back to ya’ll as a beautiful and strong race of women. I say often, “It’s not the biggest, strongest or fastest mammal that survives, but it’s the one who adapts to change”. We will figure out this change and its attack on us. But, not without you.

A product of determination
KJS
#YoungBlackHistorian
Copyright 2017