Friday, February 13, 2015

Durham Artists Create New Voices Against Violence Anthem

For many years Durham has gotten a bad rap for being a bastion of crime. The “City of Medicine” has gained a national reputation as being the “City of Violence.” In recent months, the violence seems to have escalated, leaving many residents scratching their heads, unsure of what to do to stop the senseless murders plaguing the Bull City.

However, a Durham musician and producer thinks that he may have the solution.

Marcus Cox, of DreajMusic  has launched the Closed Eyes Project and is making a challenge to other Triangle Area artists to raise their  voices against violence.

https://soundcloud.com/closed-eyes-project

Cox, with the help of  some Bull City artists,  has recorded what they hope will become the official anti-violence anthem of Durham. The project is streaming on Soundcloud.com  and  will consist three version of  Cox’s song “Closed Eyes.” 


The first  release (available now)  is  a Hip Hop version to appeal to Durham’s youth co-produced by Prince 8 and also features Hip Hop artist, Big Lah and Durham activist “TRUTH Minista Paul Scott.


The second release  will be  a “Soul Survivor”  version” featuring Cox along with spoken word artist, Tim Jackson for the “less rap music inclined.  “


https://soundcloud.com/closed-eyes-project/closed-eyes-soul-survivor-version



And thirdly, there will be  a “Make Your Own Remix” version, on which Cox is asking Durham residents to add their own rap about stopping the violence over an extended instrumental and put it on social media under the hash tag #closedeyesproject

https://soundcloud.com/closed-eyes-project/closed-eyes-make-your-own-remix



Cox says that he chose the title “Closed Eyes” because too many people  have closed their eyes to the problems facing the young people on the Bully City streets. He hopes that his Closed Eyes project will make all of Durham’s citizens open their's.

For more information contact Marcus Cox at marcuscox@musician.org  or   919-283-9680

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Cure the N-Word Addiction:

How to Cure the N-Word Addiction:
The 28 Day  Nigga Can   Dare
                                        Min. Paul Scott

Maybe it’s a habit/I gotta use it
              I Ain’t No Joke- Eric B and Rakim


When an intoxicated  D-Money stumbled  into the crowded meeting, he almost tripped over his jeans  that were saggin’ below his knees. As he sat in the back of the dimly lit room listening to the testimony of people who were  all suffering from the same addiction, he could feel the tears begin to swell in the corners of his blunt red eyes. Finally , when he could no longer contain himself, he stood up and yelled. “Whatz Up! My name is D-Money and I’m a Nigga…,” as the audience at N- Word Anonymous clapped in approval…

Perhaps, the most controversial word in the English language is the notorious “N Word. “ Over the years,  there have been hundreds of debates over should we use the word, who should use the word and under what circumstances should the word be used. But after 20 years of endless discussions, in 2015 , if you step on any city bus you will hear somebody shout out with glee, “Yo! my  Nigga !!!”


It is a historical fact that the N-word was not originally a black thing. When the Portuguese explorers stepped off those ships in the 15th century onto the shores of Africa, they didn’t say “look at all of those wonderful kings and queens.” Nope, they said look at all those “”negroes…”  


When the slave master wanted his cotton picked in  Mississippi in 1815, he didn’t  say,  “Excuse me kind sir, could you kindly fetch me a bale of cotton ?”  He  shouted,  “Nigger , bring me that bale of cotton !”  And when Bull Connor, was turning  fire hoses on little black children  who were in the streets protesting in 1960 Alabama, he didn’t say “ Could you all please get out of the road and let these nice white people pass ?”  No, he yelled  “ Hey, you little nigra’s get out the street !”


Even today, when Tyrone shoots Lil Ricky for looking at him the wrong way. He doesn't say “Peace, my Nubian Brother, can I help you?’ Nope, “He asks  “ What you lookin’ at nigga” before he pulls the trigger.


So, we see that although  the spelling might have changed, the meaning has remained the same; a mentally  inferior, social miscreant only worthy of mistreatment and death.


How anyone can still claim  that the word is only a term of endearment “ is beyond me.


Of course,  we have all heard the hypocritical Hip Hop excuses about  how we have taken control of the meaning and how Tupac Shakur said that it really means “Never Ignorant Gettin’ Goals Accomplished.”   Never mind that Pac’s  statement was made 400 years after the fact…


It must be also noted that the excuse that if we said it long enough, the word would lose it’s sting was not created by some rapper. This idea was advanced by white comedian,  Lenny Bruce, as early as 1963 which was 25 years before NWA recorded “Straight Outta Compton.”


Now, in all fairness, we can’t totally blame the young folks as N word usage crosses generational lines. There are senior citizens who can drop  the N  Bomb better than the rapper YG.  Nor can it be chalked up as a money thing.  A rich dude in a 2015 Benzo is just as likely to yell Nigga  at somebody who cuts him off in traffic as the brotha driving the broken down 1994 Hyundai.


Of course over the last decade , the NAACP and other groups have tried to bury the N word, hang the N Word and burn it at the stake, but it still keeps coming back like Jason from those ol’ Friday the 13th flicks.


Why is that?


Maybe it’s  because none of these  crusaders have had the guts to put the word in the context of white supremacy. And like author Neely Fuller said “unless you understand white supremacy, everything else will just confuse you. “  The problem is that too many of us have focused on the monsters instead of the Frankensteins  that created them. This is especially critical in a time that niggas are being mass produced at an alarming rate.


But my greatest concern is not really  the word itself, but the fact that we have used the word so much that many  of our young folk are literally dying to live up to the street code of nigga-ism.  So, the word that was uttered by Portuguese slave traders and the KKK  has become a self fulfilling prophecy. And the “mothers and fathers of civilization” have been reduced to the stuff that they make reality shows out of.  The addiction to the word and the lifestyle is killing us.


So, what do we do?


I am suggesting that this Black History month we start “the 28 day Nigga  Can Dare .”  If you know someone who lets the N-word flow outta his mouth like water,  double dog dare him not to use the word during February. And just to make the bet more interesting , make him drop a buck in a special can  everytime he uses the word. And after the month is over, donate the money to a program that is helping young black boys and girls. (Now, I know some of ya’ll are gonna need a bucket instead of a can. )



Now, I am under no delusion that come March 1st, all the Brotha’s in the hood will pull their pants up and the Sista’s will stop posting half naked twerk videos on Youtube.  But if we can change our vocabulary for one month, maybe we can change our behavior for a lifetime.


Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at (919) 972-8305 or info@nowarningshotsfired.com  Follow on Twitter @truthminista

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

False Gods and Fake Kings

False Gods and Fake Kings:
The Hebrew Israelite Influence on Hip Hop
                                      Min. Paul Scott


“Moses had to be of the Black race/cuz he spent 40 years in Pharaoh's Place”
               Why Is That?  Boogie Down Productions




The new movie,  Exodus: Gods and Kings,  has drawn a lot of heat because of the producer’s choice to, once again, select a white cast to portray the Egyptians and the Jews of the Old Testament.  To make matters worst, media mogul, Rupert Murdoch further ticked people off when he tweeted  the ludicrous question “since when are the Egyptians not white?” I guess if Murdoch decided to do a Hip Hop version of  Exodus,  the movie would star  Macklemore as  Ramesses the Great , Iggy Azalea as Nefretiri and Eminem as Moses.


The question of the color of the ancient Egyptians and the original Jews has long been debated by scholars. Historically, white scientists have chosen to place a lily white civilization smack dab in the middle of the hot sands of Northern Africa.  Thankfully, black scholars such as Cheikh Anta Diop (The African Origin of Civilization) , Yosef ben-Jochannan  (We the Black Jews) and Anthony Browder (Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization)  have dedicated their lives to correcting this misrepresentation of history.  Interestingly enough, several white writers  such as Godfrey Higgins (Anacalypsis) , Martin Bernal (Black Athena)  and Arthur Koestler  (The Thirteenth Tribe) have presented a more ,historically, accurate truth in their works. White authors such as Sigmund Freud (Moses and Monotheism) and Gary Greenberg (The Bible Myth) have even suggested that Moses, himself, might have been an Egyptian.


Also, there have been numerous religious groups that have challenged the idea of white Judaism since the early 20th century, such as “The Church of God and Saints of Christ,” and the “African Hebrew Israelites” who relocated to Dimona, Israel.  We must never forget that it was Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford  who wrote the Universal Ethiopian Hymnal for Marcus Garvey’s UNIA, the largest black movement in American history.


However, the history of Black Jews (correctly known as  Hebrew Israelites)  is rarely discussed in this country. Movies like “The Ten Commandments “ have made Moses look like Charlton Heston instead of Wesley Snipes.


Even in Hip Hop, while rap  historians have focused on the Islamic  influence on the genre, relatively little attention has been paid  to the influence of the Hebrew Israelite teachings. There have been many stories written on Rakim, Brand Nubian and Poor Righteous Teachers and their use of Hip Hop to “civilize the 85” but little has been written about artists like Killah Priest and Hell Razah using Hebrew teachings to “ gather the lost tribes.”


One of the first instances of Hebrewism in Hip Hop was Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew’s  1985 hit, “The Show.” While the lyrics  contained basically, esoteric Hebrew references,  indiscernible to the untrained ear,  Doug E Fresh’s other works such as “All the Way to Heaven” showed the influence of the Torah more directly. By the time he released “ Aiight” there was little doubt that he was reppin’ the 144 (thousand) as he wore  the Star  of David emblem at the beginning of the video and featured a cameo by some Hebrew Israelites at the end.


In 1989 , Boogie Down Production’s  front man KRS One put writer Ella Hughley’s passage from her book,  “The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew-Israelites “ into lyrical form on the song  “Why Is That?.” For many Hip Hop fans that was their first exposure to a black Biblical genealogy. He also used part of the same lyrics during the opening of the video for “You Must Learn.”


Years, later the Hebrew teachings came courtesy of Wu Tang affiliates , Sunz of Man. One of the most instrumental albums  out of the Sunz of Man collective was Killah Priest’s solo joint, “Heavy Mental” which featured the classic cut “B.I.B.L.E (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.)


It must be noted that rappers, Drake and Shyne are also Jewish. However, they embrace a more “Orthodox” form of Judaism that differs from the teachings of the Hebrew Israelites.


So the question must be asked, with the influence of Hebrew teachings on Hip Hop, why has there been no large movement to emerge like the Five Percenters or the Nuwaubians. Although there is plenty of 5% terminology embedded within Hip Hop, where is the Hebrew swag? On almost every award show , some rapper yells  “PEACE! “ after he receives his trophy. But when is the last time you heard a rapper yell out “Shalom ?”


Perhaps the reason is because of the strict laws and statutes attached to the Torah as opposed to the NGE (5%) ideology of being I Self Lord And Master.  Or maybe, it is because the racial identity of the “Chosen People” is still too much of a taboo topic to be discussed in a Hip Hop industry that has no problem promoting black genocide on a continuous basis.


But in a time when movies like Exodus; Gods and Kings, are being released, Hip Hop should be some of the strongest voices correcting the historical errors portrayed in the film. Unfortunately, there has been mostly silence from the usually opinionated rap crowd.


The prophets of the Old Testament talked about how the Children of Israel would be a scattered people. This Is especially true in Hip Hop. However, they also prophesied that one day “ a remnant would return.”  With our people living in almost total darkness, it is time for those who are supposed to be chosen to give light to the world to unite!


As we approach 2015, “the dry bones in the valley”  must  connect so we can stand up and be an exceedingly great army to save our people from destruction.


Shalom!


Minister Paul Scott  represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired.com. Follow on twitter @truthminista

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business
Puttin’ the Wrap on the Crack Attack
                                                  Min. Paul Scott

            
“You claim I’m sellin’ crack/But you be doin’ that”
                                          Sound of Da Police- KRS
                                                                                                                                    



The day was a good day...That hot summer afternoon in Compton back in ‘84. As, Egyptian Lover, blasted from somebody’s boombox  the yunguns held a breakdancin’  competition on the sidewalk, while the old folks played dominoes in the shade. But then it happened... A mysterious white cloud descended upon South Central LA. All of a sudden the breakdancers started shootin’ at each other and the the old folks knocked over the domino table and started  stumbling around the ghetto like mindless zombies….


Of course, the drug epidemic didn't quite happen that fast. It was part of a long program that had gone on for decades to destroy black people, mentally, spiritually and physically.  But it just seemed that way...


This month, a new movie is being released called, Kill the Messenger, which tells the story of the late San Jose Mercury News reporter, Gary Webb. In 1996, Webb   released a series of articles called ,  Dark Alliance,  which alleged that the CIA played a role in the crack cocaine epidemic that took over South Central LA during the 80’s.


Like many of my generation, I remember the initial outcry over the allegation that the Feds were responsible for turning good natured Uncle Jimmy into a crack head. There  were numerous talk shows and town forums with black folks expressing outrage but, what happened next is just a blur...


This blur, has resulted in a generation of kids who don’t know how to get out of the drug/gang life because they have no clue how they got in it to start with.


Now, let’s be clear. Talk about the conspiracy to wipe black folks off the planet did not begin with Gary Webb's article. Nor did it end with the release of his book. There has always been talk of a grand conspiracy to kill off the “undesirables. ” Ever since the good white Christian church folks  of this country had the revelation that it wasn't exactly proper to string God’s people up by ropes, new, but equally destructive ways had to be implemented.


Although, Webb may have been the loudest voice who raised the issue of the  drug induced genocide of the ‘hood, he definitely was not the first.


During the early 70’s Samuel Yette wrote, The Choice, which revealed various government programs to stop the rise of African Americans. Also, two years before Dark Alliance was published , Dr. Patricia Turner wrote the outstanding book , Heard It Through the Grapevine, which gave case studies surrounding the various “conspiracy theories” that had circulated around the black community, including the introduction of crack. Not to mention lecturers, like Steve Cokely, who traveled, tirelessly,  around the country trying to warn a skeptical black community that the sky wasn’t fallin’ , but somebody was bombin’ the ‘hood with crack rocks.


So, what made Gary Webb’s revelation so earth shaking?  Who knows?  Maybe a slow news cycle. Maybe the way the planets were aligned. Or maybe, as usual, nobody believes anything until a white man says it.  For a brief moment in time, the plight of the boyz in the ‘hood had finally made front page news in a way that did not make absentee  fathers or the lack of education totally responsible their collective condition.  But those who live by media coverage, die by media coverage, as the suffering of black kids in the ghetto could not compete with John Q. Public’s fascination with the sexual exploits of a sitting US president.  Unfortunately, the Dark Alliance story that could have saved thousands of black lives was knocked off the front page by the explicit Too Short-like ,freaky tales of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky;.





Not that the issue of how drugs got in the hood hasn’t been raised since the 90’s. Every time a superstar rapper gets called out over his lyrics that champion drug dealin’ , he is quick to sing the old familiar ditty about how “ we don’t own the planes or ships that bring drugs into this country..”  ala "Nino Brown" from the infamous court scene in New Jack City. But instead of a noble quest to get to the root of the problem, the statement just plays out as a way to justify genocide.

So, in the aftermath of Dark Alliance, Freeway Ricky  Ross, the man credited for ,allegedly , pushin' drugs for Uncle Sam has become a folk hero to a generation of Hip Hop fans. But instead of having to continuously explain  his bad decision to thousands of grieving mothers, his  biggest concern seems to be  over some rapper swagga jackin’ his style. So instead of debating the validity of Webb's accusations, and more importantly, questioning whether there are other Freeway Ricky Ross’s pushin’ Molly in the ‘hood in 2014 in order to fund a “war on terror," we are stuck with conversations that just make for good TMZ material.

Maybe, the movie Kill the Messenger will open up a dialogue in the African American community, where we can use it as a platform to re-examine the question of biological and chemical warfare waged on us. Maybe we will finally ask the right questions to get the right answers so we can tell our children to “Say no to drugs” and not come off sounding like clueless, hypocrites.

My generation has some unfinished business to take care of. 
Yes, the “conscious Hip Hop  era of yester- year raised questions but  it did not create the organizational structure to demand the answers. So, 18 years after Dark Alliance ,as Fred Hampton once said , we are left "with answers that don’t answer, explanations that don’t explain and conclusions that don’t conclude…"

Maybe, one day we will be able to place the blame for the destruction of our families  where it rightly belongs instead of , like Pac said, “blamin’ mama for turnin’ my brother into a crack baby…”

Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired.com or (919) 972-8305 Follow on Twitter @truthminista

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Men Lecture

In the wake of the recent police murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, The Black By Nature/Conscious By Choice Campaign is posing the question, "Is somebody out to get Black Men ?"

On Thursday evening October 2 at 7PM at the Stanford L Warren Library , 1201 Fayetteville Durham NC, Min. Paul Scott, founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation, will give a lecture titled "The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Men."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact (919) 972-8305

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Open Letter to Aaron McGruder

Open Letter to Aaron McGruder
What Would Huey Do?


Dear  Mr.  McGruder,


Without a doubt, you are one of the most brilliant satirists that the black community has ever produced. The first season of your Boondocks series was pure genius and the creation of the militant, socially conscious  “Huey Freeman” character was  instrumental in raising the consciousness level of many African Americans, especially those with short attention spans or weak bladders who could never sit through a two hour -plus black history documentary like Hidden Colors but would watch a 30 minute cartoon. Your impact was especially felt during this season’s Boondocks, as your departure has left the show extremely lacking in the social relevance department.


However, I am concerned about your latest venture on the Adult Swim Network, Black Jesus,  that preaches a ghettoized gospel to your former Boondocks congregation. I don’t find a Messiah who turns water into malt liquor entertaining. Of course there will be many people who will find Black Jesus hilarious, especially Adult Swim’s predominately white audience.  So the fact that many people will find humor in the comedy  is not up for discussion. After all, many white folks thought that lynchings were pretty funny…


But I digress.


I have read that some white Christian groups are protesting the show. Let’s not get it twisted. I couldn’t care less what the white Evangelical Right Wing thinks about the show. In my opinion, the only thing worst than a black Jesus that endorses drinkin’ and smokin’ is a white Jesus that endorses slavery. I am concerned about  black people, especially black children.


The image of a “Black Messiah” has always been controversial in this country. Since the inception of the Black Theology movement over 150 years ago by people like Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, there have only been a handful of black images of Yeshua. ( Jesus was just his proverbial slave name) Unfortunately, since your new character is already  the most widespread image ever, when my grandchildren Google “Black Jesus” years from now the image that will pop up will not be Yeshua feeding the multitudes but your lead character ,Gerald “Slink” Johnson,  puffin’ on a blunt.

You have the opportunity to go down in history as one of our greatest  thinkers who, at a critical moment in time,  had the courage to speak truth to power. I would hate to see you go the route of so many of our biggest and brightest (cough..Kanye West) and become dumbed down to nothing more than a lawn jockey on the  front yard of Ted Turner’s plantation.


I am clear that if you weren’t producing  the program, the powers that be would just find someone else to accept the blood money. So, the focus should not be on the “Judas” but those who paid him the 30 pieces of silver to sell the Messiah out.


I was watching the controversial, “Hunger Strike” episode of The Boondocks earlier today , where  “Huey Freeman” went to war against  Black Entertainment Television for plotting to destroy the black community via it’s questionable programming. Are you holding the Adult Swim/Comedy Network to a different standard?


There is an old cliche that asks, “what would Jesus do?” I ask you, sir, in the case of Black Jesus, what would Huey do?


                     Your Brother in Struggle,
                                                      
                      Min. Paul Scott, founder
                      Messianic Afrikan Nation
Durham NC