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
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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
Saturday, July 19, 2014
The new Adult Swim program "Black Jesus" is not scheduled to debut until next month, however, the recently released trailer has already been compared to Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses."
Minister Paul Scott of the Messianic Afrikan Nation says that the show has set the Black community back hundreds of years by making a mockery of the concept of a Black Messiah and is calling for a boycott of the network if the show is not cancelled.
" This show is the "Satanic Verses" of the Black Theology movement," says Scott
Scott argues that the show does a disservice to the Black leaders and theologians who have dedicated their lives to advancing a Black Liberation Theology like Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, Marcus Garvey, Dr. Albert Cleage (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman) and Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango.
Scott says that the Black community needs to see a proper image of a Black Messiah in 2014, at a time when Black children are killing each other in cities like Chicago.
"We need miracles. Not minstrel shows," says Scott
Paul Scott is a minister and activist in Durham NC. In 1999, he coined the phrase "Afrikan Liberation Theology" which he says is the "Black Liberation Theology of the Hip Hop Generation. " He has appeared on talk shows across the country discussing the race and religion. including Fox New's "Hannity and Colmes." He is a contributing writer for teh anthology "Hip Hop and the Black Church, a generational divide."
For more information contact (919) 972-8305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Why We Need a Soul Selfie:
Black Culture Ain’t Hip Hop ! TRUTH Minista Paul Scott
“What’s good for Hip Hop might not be good for my soul” Mt. Olympus -Big KRIT
Back in the day the elders used to tell us about the value of looking at the “man in the mirror” because the image staring back at you doesn't lie. But today in this age of Facebook “selfies” many black people can't see their own images, they see themselves through the distorted lenses of Hip Hop. Call me old fashioned but I ain't wit the "selfies." I still look in the mirror and when I do, I don’t see Hip Hop, I see a Black man… For years, there has been an ongoing argument between those who seek to define the parameters of “Hip Hop culture." Many purists have almost come to blows discussing who is and who ain’t Hip Hop. More recently the racial aspect of the discussion garnered new attention when artists like Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian and Scarface accused white people of the hostile invasion of the Hip Hop Nation. But the reason why the obvious validity of the rappers' points have been able to be shaded by their critics is because of the context of the argument. Many people believe that Hip Hop and Black culture are one in the same. So, the problem is not white people in Hip Hop, the problem is Hip Hop itself. First, we must recognize the fact that “Hip Hop” is not a culture. At most, it is a synthetic sub-culture created out of aesthetic elements of the Black experience. Although, people may argue that Hip Hop started in the 70’s, it did not really become popular until it was stumbled upon by white explorer’s of the ‘hood. Kinda like how Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. So, when the issue of the white theft of Black culture through Hip Hop is brought up, it quickly devolves into a straw man argument over the contributions of a few white rappers to the so called “culture." However, this argument is not totally without merit. In reality, one of the first rap movies, Wild Style was not exactly a Pro-Black Spike Lee- type flick. Also, the influence of the Beastie Boys', Licence to Ill cannot be denied. We must also remember that a white punk rock singer, Deborah Harry of Blondie was the first female “MC” with a #1 record. Even politically, one of the coldest disses against white America came courtesy of MC Search of 3rd Base on "Gas Face. " "Black cat is bad luck/bad guys wear black/ must have been a white guy who started all that…” During the modern era few can say that Brother Ali ain't droppin’ science. But although they may be “Hip Hop,” they still ain’t Black. The sad reality is, “Hip Hop” was never created to be ,exclusively, African. Although many movements have impressed white liberals and scared white conservatives with their super, black militant swagga, Hip Hop has, historically, been more integration-ist than the NAACP. Matter of fact, during the four year reign of Black conscious Hip Hop (1988-92) only the first two years were made to give young black kids a “Knowledge of Self,” the other two years were all about giving white college kids a crash course in Black History 101. It’s almost as if 40 -something years ago, a black Yacub-like scientist in the Bronx had the idea that if he could mix together mc-ing, graffiti, break dancing and dj-ing, he could come up with a formula to destroy the white supremacist gene. Of course, the experiment was a miserable failure. Instead of making white people more righteous, it made the “original people” more unrighteous.
Unfortunately, instead of admitting the failure, many Hip Hop apologists have insisted on “integrating our people into a burning house,” as Dr. Martin Luther King is said to have told Harry Belafonte regarding the Civil Rights movement. What we must realize is that there is a non- compatibility factor between the cultural norms of the African and the European that makes any attempt to reform white supremacy via an artificial culture doomed to failure as Michael Bradley discusses in his book, The Iceman Inheritance. Two turntables and a microphone cannot erase cultural norms that existed thousands of years before RunDMC brought their first pair of Adidas. What Hip Hop has produced is a “Negro-pean” or what historian St. Clair Drake would call a “creole culture” that is neither black nor white. This has made Hip Hop a major deterrent to the Liberation of black people. Suppose instead of reppin’ Hip Hop culture for 40 years , we had put all of our energy into reppin’ Black culture? When Black people embrace Hip Hop as a “culture” they ignore the warning of former Black Panther minister of Education George Murray who said, “ The only culture worth keeping is a revolutionary culture. Our culture must not be something that the enemy enjoys, appreciates, or says is attractive. It must be repelling to the slave master..” But in the “Hip Hop Matrix” anything goes. So much so that a white radio personality like Hot 97’s , Peter Rosenberg can feel comfortable questioning the contributions of the legendary Chuck D to Hip Hop. And also, Justin Bieber could be given a 'hood pass to use the N-word. This could not happen under the auspices of black culture. Remember Kwame Ture did not say "Hip Hop Power," he said " Black Power." And James Brown did not say "I'm Hip Hop and I'm Proud." He said "I'm Black and I'm Proud!" So, this being Juneteenth week, I am not saying that Black people should kick white folks out of Hip Hop, I am saying that we should leave it. I am calling for a mass exodus of Black people from the “Hip Hop Nation.” Take a good look at your selfie, you ain’t Hip Hop, you are Black! Like Lil Boosie says “ We gonna show the world, the definition of real….my Brotha..
Sunday, June 15, 2014
This week, a North Carolina minister is calling for a mass exodus of African Americans from what he calls a "white controlled Hip Hop Nation."
Minister Paul Scott of the Durham NC based Messianic Afrikan Nation says that the main prblem facing African Americans, today is that they identify with "Hip Hop culture" more than they identify with Black culture. So, Scott is asking that African Americans secede from the "Hip Hop Nation."
According to Scott, Black children know more about Eminem than they do the late Maya Angelou. He also says that "Hip Hop" gives white artists like Justin Bieber a "'hood pass" to use the N Word.
"James Brown said 'I'm Black and I'm Proud,' not 'I'm Hip Hop and I'm proud" says Scott.
Scott's call comes during the week of Juneteenth, an African American celebration commemorating the official end of chattel slavery in the United States. June is also Black music month.
Scott has appeared in media outlets around the world including Fox News, MSNBC, USA Today and The Christian Science Monitor discussing rap, race and religion.. He is a contributing writer for the anthology, Hip Hop and the Black Church: a Generational Divide.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Saying that Hip Hop has swayed from its spiritual path , a NC minister is calling for a "Rap Revival" this Easter weekend.
Minister Paul Scott , founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation is calling on the Hip Hop Nation to return to its spiritual roots. He says that Hip Hop culture is spiritually based but today's artists have deviated from that path and only worship the almighty dollar. Scott is asking that Hip Hop artists make a "covenant" this weekend to return Hip Hop to its spiritual genesis.
For many fans, Hip Hop and spirituality had become a topic of a bygone era but the recent controversy following Jay Z's wearing a Five Percent Nation medallion at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game has sparked a renewed interest in the subject.
During the early years of Hip Hop there was a spiritual component, and the persuit of Knowledge was a key element. Rappers, such as KRS One, Brand Nubian and The X-Clan included forms of spirituality in their music. However, Scott argues that the rap music of today is spiritually void.
"Somebody stole the soul of Hip Hop, its time for us to take it back," says Scott. " We need a Rap-ture."
Min. Paul Scott aka TRUTH Minista is based in Durham NC. In 1999, Scott coined the phrase "Afrikan Liberation Theology" which he says is the "Black Liberation Theology of the Hip Hop generation."
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Last night, I was on Militant Minded Radio and we had a powerful discussion of the Son of God Movie and the impact of the White Jesus image on Black people. Podcast link below