I am in shock, & ask you all to keep Scarface in your thoughts. This post is dedicated to him surviving, to serve as a thank you for what he gave me growing up in his music, and still gives me in those same songs… I also want this to be a testament to the amazing things he has done, such as Houston City Council. The most important thing about that was his reasoning… But more on that below.
I had no idea he was this seriously sick… May he be blessed and heal, to see a long life, as he deserves… Ankh Udja Seneb….
That has remained my favorite Scarface album since I first discovered his music. I can relate to the songs so well, especially back then. He cut into me deeply, his voice absolutely unmistakable, I played his album relentlessly. I still do from time to time.
“I’ve got the man in the mirror, so I’m looking at me vaguely, but I can’t seem to fade me.”– Scarface
He remains the one and only Houston rapper I respect as a person and a musician. His sharp, on point lyrical skill, depth and creativity; his confidence in talking about topics many shy from, are but a few of the reasons I love his music.
No nurse rhyme rapper, like most today, he instead used his distinct voice and knack
for telling vivid, intense stories with a beat that somehow melts together with his voice; so many reasons, he has remained in my top 5 favorite rappers.
Then he did a song with my *father* Tupac, Smile, and I decided I loved him. I take music very much to heart and very seriously; as I do most things in life.
I just saw that he has been very ill due to COVID and kidney failure. My heart literally sank. The good news is the 49 year old man is still living, and can make it through. He seems to be optimistic, I think, regarding recovery and I hope everyone will keep him in their thoughts and hearts as he battles his way through this.
He describes for the first time since the announcement of his being ill his diagnosis and condition in the video interview below. A quote from the interview:
“I gotta do dialysis … four times a week, three hours a day. And that’s taking all my blood out, cleaning it and putting it back in my body. Before the COVID, I never had any kidney disease.”
[Regarding being in the hospital] “Everybody they’re putting on ventilators is f*cking dying, bro. I don’t think there’s any real way to treat the COVID. So I would be in the hospital on a fucking ventilator and I would rather died at home, you know? Than a little hospital room with no toilet, no shower, no nothing, have me quarantined at the hospital. I could have just quarantined at the house. So that month I quarantined at my house was hell bro. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t breathe bro. It was the worst time of my life because I couldn’t do nothing. My kidneys failed, bro.”
“Hanging on that string of death will make you appreciate life. If you let the doctors tell it, they don’t know how I’m alive.”
Before I end this, I have to add that I had no idea he had run for Houston City Council and on top of that, he almost won. You can read about his almost successful run for the “fourth largest city in the United States” and can read more about it here.
I will end this with a quote from his campaign, what he says is so true and sadly too often forgotten. It is a message of truth and hope that needs to be spoken of often, and taught to children, youth and even adults, nationwide…perhaps now, more than ever.
“Let this campaign be a reminder that you can grow up and still live in the ‘hood, and still be the mayor of the fourth largest city in the United States of America. My dad and mom said to their nine kids, ‘You can compete. You can do well. We may not have what somebody else has. We may not drive what somebody else drives. But Sylvester, you can still compete.’ And tonight in this city, you have reaffirmed the message of my parents.” ”
I couldn’t get the embedded code to work, so, here is the full interview [5 minutes] where Scarface talks about his medical condition, and his concern over Texas, Georgia and other idiotic places re-opening right now. You can visit video on YouTube by clicking here.
These towns and their self-reliant middle class and affluent residents are documented by the home movies of Reverend S. S. Jones, an itinerant minister and businessman.
Stunning and inspiring! Most of us know about Black Wall Wall Street; but there were many towns across America where Black people thrived. Whites didn’t like that, of course, and as we saw with Black Wall Street, these jealous sick freaks stole by demolishing, because they couldn’t handle not being best. It’s hard to be best when they always had others enslaved doing the work for them. But this is a happy post so!
the video footage by clicking here. I can’t embed it sadly. Article associated posted below.
Part three of a four-part series from the film archive of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
By the 1920s, Oklahoma was home to some 50 African-American towns, in addition to a large and prosperous black community living in the city of Tulsa. These towns and their self-reliant middle class and affluent residents are documented by the home movies of Reverend S. S. Jones, an itinerant minister and businessman. Known and respected by the citizens of the towns whose lives he captured on film, Rev. Jones’s work offers revealing glimpses of these communities as a haven for African Americans who very often faced discrimination elsewhere in America.
The subjects are everyday life: a family on the front porch of their bungalow, shop workers at a storefront, farmers plowing their fields, children playing on seesaws in a schoolyard. Much of the material documents the economic life of the towns, from business districts filled with prosperous merchants to the homes of successful professionals, with an abundant countryside beyond.
As Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, points out in her commentary, here we even find a married couple who were oil barons, proof of the extraordinary progress made in the relatively short time since the end of slavery.
The fashions and hairstyles, automobiles and horses, and even such details as a man manually pumping gasoline at a filling station make the films a fascinating record of the lives of Americans, and African Americans in particular, in the early 20th century.
“Harvard’s refusal to honor our family’s history by acknowledging our lineage and its own shameful past is an insult to Papa Renty’s life and memory.”- See Below
Though this isn’t the first time white people have made money off of the hard labor and pain endured by Black people. So this isn’t a surprise, no. But I believe it is important to keep up to date on what is being done, and in this instance, I’m interested in how the lawsuit goes. How the courts treat this will tell us a lot.,, perhaps we know already… but each piece of evidence we need to ensure we are aware of.
Every day white people are benefiting from the forced labor Black people gave during enslavement while whites sat back, doing nothing but cruelty, reaping the financial gain which was in fact not rightfully theirs. Black men built this country, but this -and so much more- is insulted, disrespected deeply by the lack of reparations and by the lack of acknowledgement. (Black history month needs to be yearly… and real.)
Reparations are due, that is obvious to the intelligent and moral people. But, that’s another post. (I am still in process of moving but it’s almost over and once it is, I will be posting consistently and often.)
Black people are due at the very least acknowledgment, something Harvard is denying just as much as the rest of America.
Reparations isn’t even a question to anyone who has any morals.
Now, with more money being made off of the detestable history of slavery and adding disrespect by be heaving just as low as they are -and no they aren’t alone- but this case should be watched. Not only the case but the behaviors already shown; making money without a bit of care, the refusal to give credit and the lack of sensitivity and respect is disgustingly showing what we have known.
Being that they are being taken to court is what makes this a case so important to watch because most thievery like this has yet to be taken to court let alone noted in the media. White privilege needs to end.
I believe we should use each and every piece of evidence as more fuel to fight evil, to go after justice… Remember, evil cannot last forever. But we also have to acquire unity, end the violence and put true knowledge in the mind… We can remove evil…
In 1850, a Swiss-born Harvard University professor commissioned what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves.
The images, known as daguerreotypes and taken in a South Carolina studio, are crude and dehumanizing – and they were used to promote racist beliefs.
Among the photographed: an African man named Renty and his daughter, Delia. They were stripped naked and photographed from several angles. Former professor Louis Agassiz, a biologist, had the photos taken to support an erroneous theory called polygenism that he and others used to argue that African-Americans were inferior to white people.
Now, a woman who says she is a direct descendant of that father and child – Tamara Lanier, the great-great-great granddaughter of Renty – is suing Harvard over the photos.
She has accused Harvard of the wrongful seizure, possession and monetization of the images, ignoring her requests to “stop licensing the pictures for the university’s profit” and misrepresenting the ancestor she calls “Papa Renty.”
The university still owns the photos. Lanier, who lives in Connecticut and filed the suit against Harvard in Middlesex County Superior Court on Wednesday, is seeking an unspecified amount of damages from Harvard. She’s also demanding that the university give her family the photos.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Lanier said she has presented Harvard with information about her direct lineage to Renty since around 2011, but the school has repeatedly turned down her requests to review the research.
“This will force them to look at my information,” Lanier said. “It will also force them to publicly have the discussion about who Renty was and restoring him his dignity.”
The suit, which lays out eight different legal claims, cites federal law over property rights, the Massachusetts law for the recovery of personal property and a separate state law about the unauthorized use of a name or picture for advertising purposes.
It also singles out the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, arguing that Harvard’s possession of the photos “reflects and is a continuation of core components or incidents of slavery.”
“For years, Papa Renty’s slave owners profited from his suffering. It’s time for Harvard to stop doing the same thing to our family,” Lanier said.
Who was Renty?
Lanier called Renty a “proud man who, like so many enslaved men, women and children endured years of unimaginable horrors.”
“Harvard’s refusal to honor our family’s history by acknowledging our lineage and its own shameful past is an insult to Papa Renty’s life and memory.”
The suit also says Harvard has “never sufficiently repudiated Agassiz and his work.”
Jonathan Swain, a spokesman for Harvard, said Wednesday that the university “has not yet been served, and with that is in no position to comment on this lawsuit filing.”
Lanier is represented by the law firms of national civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump of Florida, who has worked high-profile cases for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, as well as Connecticut-based attorney Michael Koskoff.
The photos taken in 1850 of Renty, Delia and 11 other slaves disappeared for more than a century but were rediscovered in 1976 in the attic of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
One of the photos of Renty, showing him waist-up as he looks defiantly into the camera, has four decades later turned into an iconic image of slavery in the U.S.
The lawsuit argues that Harvard has used the Renty images to “enrich itself.” The image is on the the cover of a 2017 book, “From Site to Sight: Anthropology, Photography and the Power of Imagery,” published by the Peabody Museum and sold online by Harvard for $40.
The photo also was displayed on the program for a 2017 conference that Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study hosted on the school’s relationship with slavery.
According to Lanier’s attorneys, Harvard requires that people sign a contract in order to view the photos and pay a licensing fee to the university to reproduce the images.
“These images were taken under duress, and Harvard has no right to keep them, let alone profit from them,” Koskoff said. “They are the rightful property of the descendants of Papa Renty.”
He accused Harvard of not wanting to tell the “full story” of how Renty’s image was seized – against the will of slaves for a professor who sought to “prove the inferiority” of the black race.
“Harvard continues to this day to honor him, and that’s an abomination,” Koskoff said.
In recent years, Harvard leaders have publicly acknowledged the school’s role in fostering slavery. In addition to the 2017 conference on slavery, the school convened a faculty committee a year earlier to jump-start scholarship and research on Harvard’s history with slavery.
Former University President Drew Faust said in a speech in 2016 that Harvard was “directly complicit” in America’s system of racial bondage until slavery was abolished in Massachusetts in 1783. She said Harvard remained “indirectly involved through extensive financial and other ties” to slavery in the South.
“This is our history and our legacy, one we must fully acknowledge and understand in order to truly move beyond the painful injustices at its core,” Faust said.
How the lawsuit began
The suit charts how Lanier, a former chief probation officer in Norwich, Connecticut, has on multiple occasion sought to engage the university about the photos to no avail.
Her attorneys say her effort began in 2011 when she wrote a letter to then-president Faust, whose “evasive response” did not provide an opportunity to discuss returning the photos to Lanier’s family.
Five years later, she says, she reached out to the student-run Harvard Crimson newspaper, but its editor relayed that the story had been “killed” because of concerns from the Peabody Museum.
In the university’s use of the images, the lawsuit says, Harvard has “avoided the fact that the daguerreotypes were part of a study, overseen by a Harvard professor, to demonstrate racial inferiority of blacks.”
“When will they not condone slavery and finally free Renty? Because their actions denote something different than what they might say,” Crump said.
“We are trying to tell as many people throughout America, and especially black people, that Renty does deserve the right to have his image. He was 169 years a slave, but based on this lawsuit, we sought to make sure he would be a slave no more.”
Agassiz was considered one of the greatest biologists and geologists in the world in the mid-19th century. But his record has become problematic over time. He was an opponent of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. And in fiercely subscribing to polygenism, he held the now-debunked belief that white people and African-Americans came from different species.
The photos he commissioned were taken by J.T. Zealy in a studio in Columbia, South Carolina. He published them a month later in an article titled “The Diversity of Origin of the Human Races.”
Agassiz’s legacy still lives on at Harvard. He founded the school’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, and his wife, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, also a Harvard researcher of natural history, was founder and the first president of Radcliffe College, now the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women. A street in Cambridge is named after Agassiz, and so is a Harvard theater, the Agassiz House.
Lanier has spent recent years researching and talking to genealogical experts who she said have validated her ancestry.
Lanier said she began studying her family’s ancestry after her mother died in 2010 to follow up on family stories she heard about Papa Renty. She worked with Boston genealogist Chris Child, who is known for tracing ancestors of Barack Obama, according to a 2018 article in the Norwich Bulletin.
“It was a journey,” she said. “It was important to my mother that I write this story of who Papa Renty was down and to do a family tree.
“I made a promise to my mother,” she added.
According to the newspaper, Lanier said she can trace her great-grandfather, named Renty Taylor and then Renty Thompson, to a plantation near Columbia, South Carolina, owned by Benjamin Franklin Taylor. This is where the photos are believed to have been taken.
She said she started providing Harvard evidence that she’s a descendant of Renty but that the school has been “non-responsive.” “Most importantly, I want the true story of who Renty is to be told. That’s all I’ve ever asked for.”
The Bulletin quoted Pamela Gerardi, the Peabody Museum’s director of external relations, who described the photos last year as “extremely delicate” and well cared for.
“We anticipate they will remain here in perpetuity,” she said at the time. “That’s what museums do.”
If anyone doubted racism in the system, this alone would awaken them; granted they wanted to be woke and were ready to face truth. There is no surprise these psycho’s would get this low; especially when their leader is a white extremist calling himself “president.”
Using the tactic of fear through religion, hate, ignorance as well as the legal lies the mainstream media makes available, they further isolate people when it is uniting that we should be doing. Of course they don’t want there to be peace; what do they have to profit from that?
Not to mention this “has been” a functioning operation and a reality in the not so distant past. To be more specific we know during the Cold War era the CIA controlled the media, forcing everything from false stories and reports be given to the American people all the way to subconscious ‘mind control’ via subliminal messages and images through the media, this also includes more blatant messages through television and other forms of media. There is no way the government truly is keeping other agencies under control; especially when you have a psychopath as a so called president.
Not to mention, it has even become legal for the media to lie, and it actually is but more on that next time, we still have the same hate rhetoric being taken in as fact by either the hate filled or gullible people…or maybe they simply don’t care because it isn’t happening ‘to them’… SMH.
And here we are today. No changes except things have gotten a lot worse because too many are still asleep or unaware of the truth that rests before them if only they were to seek it.
As for this operation, during the Cold War unspeakable things happened to far too many people of most backgrounds… With who is sitting in the white house currently I do not believe the order to end Operation Mockingbird (decided at the 1977 hearings) has been or is honored today. Perhaps it gained a new name…sadly that’d really be all they would need to do, especially given most people say and do nothing.
Below is a piece of the story, followed by the link to the full. This needs to be news everyone is aware of so please share…
In one automated phone call heard by two media organizations, a man pretends to be Gillum speaking in stereotypical Black dialect while jungle music plays during the call.
“Well, hello there,” the call begins as the sounds of drums and monkeys can be heard in the background. “I is Andrew Gillum.”
“We Negroes . . . done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood an’ stone.”
The man promises to pass a law that will allow African-Americans to avoid arrest “if the Negro know fo’ sho’ he didn’t do nothin’.”
These automated calls are designed to promote fear among white voters in Florida and encourage them to support Gillum’s opponent, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who has been endorsed by President Donald Trumpand who supports Trump’s political ideology.
The recording ends with a man saying that the robocalls were paid for by the Road to Power, an Idaho-based website and podcast that promotes white supremacist and anti-Semitic content.
The robocalls are a clear indication of how racially incendiary the Florida governor’s race has become heading into the November mid-term elections. The campaign also underscores how Trump’s ongoing racial rhetoric has encouraged white supremacist groups to become more aggressive with promoting racist fear tactics like the robocalls.
DeSantis’ campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson, called the robocalls “absolutely appalling and disgusting…and hopefully whoever is behind this has to answer for this despicable action.”
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Let met start out with this: I have not been able to write or make videos lately, more so than usual… While this will change in the future, once life settles down a bit, the research and work I am doing now will aid in the fight against these racist, hate filled terrorist organizations…
At the very least, I come armed with truth and knowledge that is in fact extremely and abundantly obvious to those who truly seek wisdom; to those with even a careless soul in them. It takes a special sort of evil to even entertain the idea of removing these hate-filled racists; these true terrorists, from the federal effort to study and neutralize extreme nationalization. And everyone who has any decency within need be preparing and arming with knowledge, and sharing that knowledge. So, I shall. Starting back up with the following…………………
I write this in rage; rage and shock at the silence surrounding these blatant evil, racist pigs in office and their avid supporters. I am going to begin and end my post with the quote you will hear in more detail when you press play below. It is a quote in response to the Trump administration; this quote in particular being from the founder of some neo-nazi site called The Daily Stormer. I am more than outraged; more than ready for seeing these psychopaths be overrun.
And if the following doesn’t make your blood boil, I have to let you know… you are just as sadistic as the racist “Alt Right” as they want to be called, but more accurately known as America’s domestic terrorists; the white nationalists. Ironically, from the start of their jealous hate, these white “supremacists” have yet to be superior to anything.
I am MORE THAN sickened, and infuriated!!!!!! with the audacity of this psychopath to remove these evil, soulless, racist white criminals is absolutely asinine and outrageous. What’s equally as preposterous is the lack of attention all of this is receiving. Let me make this clear: I am aware these shells of people existed prior Trump getting into office…but they were, to some degree, ashamed or at least they understood to stay in THEIR place and pretend to be human. With Trump in office, what do these psychos have to lose?
That being said; if you are not against what Trump is doing for his people, proudly evil, white terrorists, then you are no better than them. Period.
Moving on to the point. Here is part of one response to Trump’s racist action. These white racists (who murder, promote superiority, hate, death, etc) are no longer extremists, despite the fact that all domestic terrorist attacks and terrorists in America have been and are white; while people with a conscious, a soul, are murdered down by slave patrols or locked away as political prisoners for wanting equal treatment.
Hell, in too many cases this means dying for simply wanting to have the equal right of doing something as simple as eat skittles or hold a pokemon card without being murdered by one of the so called “protectors of peace”………..
The video has actual facts and the history behind what is going on, has been going on, and more. Please watch… It goes without saying, then, their hate organizations and their ‘people’ are celebrating in their natural hate and menace:
“Donald Trump wants to remove us from undue federal scrutiny by removing white supremacists from the definition of extremism……. Yes, DONALD TRUMP IS SETTING US FREE.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY A SIGNAL OF FAVOR TO US.
We may truly under estimated Trump’s covert support of our cause, but after this proposal I am fully ready to offer myself in service to this glorious regime.
Amazingly, my government no longer treats me as an enemy. It’s now officially understood at one of the highest levels, that we are so much better than the kidnapper, terrorist, pedophile left.” – Founder of Neo-Nazi Daily Stormer
I end this here….Watch the video. Educate. They will NOT rise. Make sure you are a part of educating the people if nothing else. And again, for more information, I truly urge and plead with you to take a few minutes and make sure you are aware of yet another evil going on; thanks to the extremists in office.
Please; get involved… Edcuate yourself; educate others, at the very, very least… Fuck every last racist, white psychopath and their delusional thoughts of superiority; what a DISGUSTING and SAD JOKE they are!
Ask the majority of teens, adults or seniors about the pineal gland, most won’t have a clue what you are talking about…but this 8 year old precious Black child not only knows the answer -deeply- but he knows this and more at such depth most adults would struggle to keep up with him- as the interviewer proves to show… This child is amazing, and note worthy. He should be getting national attention but…
SO, in the video interviewer is taken aback, unnerved and really thrown off by his knowledge and readiness to speak on issues of importance. The child is clearly far more intelligent and advanced than her; this is made blatantly clear when she realizes he is more advanced than herself. She does what most people do when they are intimidated or self conscious; and this beautiful, insightful little boy seems to grow frustrated towards her awkward and embarrassed behaviors. He sets the interviews tone and gets it back on track, real quick and is more the adult than her! He proceeds to educat her on everything from how we can make the world a better place, his stance on guns and video games, and spiritually, he speaks of the pineal gland (our third eye) in great depth.
Clearly, this brilliant little boy is not the average 8 year old and remember; he is the future. With that said, he gives me a little bit of hope towards the future. Thus I share his video, which is well worth your time as it was mine. Seeing such an exceptionally intelligent and intuitive child of only 8 years can only make one wonder what his future holds, for it undeniably is something unique and special.
This has sparked a new project in my mind…. Aiming to have it done within the next few days, so probably next week lol. TIME TO GO THROUGH THE HISTORY OF WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT; WHY IT MATTERS THAT YOU DON’T SELL OUT FOR A NUMBER – REMEMBER, THEY’LL GET MORE THAN YOU DO… THEY WANT IT FOR A REASON- DO NOT SELL! BUY BLACK; BUILD BLACK; STAY STRONG !!!!!!!!!! CHECK OUT THE BUY BACK THE BLOCK WEBSITE FOR LEGIT INFO, HELP, ADVISING, ETC! And please contact this man below so he can help it get going…
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Reposting for my personal hero, I’m honored to also say my fam and a dear friend; Bashir. Every Thursday you can go and learn new things that you won’t learn anywhere else…. Below is this weeks info; please spread it around and check it out if you in NYC or Newark, NJ, or anywhere else making Newark accessible. His PR begins:
“I was told tonight by the Vice Chairperson of POP, Ms. Ingrid Hill, that sister Durden will be at this Thursday’s POP meeting. She will be reaching out to the mighty Newark Anti-Violence Coalition (NAVC) for additional support. Let see if support is there for an action. If you are serious about justice, then we will see you at POP’s weekly meeting this Thursday! POP’s meeting place is at Abyssinia Baptist Church
224 West Kinney Street, Newark, New Jersey, 07101. The meeting starts at 6:30pm.
Stop the Violence!!! Black Power!!! All Power to the People!!! Hotep!!! Peace in the Streets!!!
Bashir Muhammad Akinyele
-Member of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition (NAVC)