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So... Marvel Finally Made Ya’ll Love Africa ?
Min. Paul Scott
You could talk about Nigeria/people used to laugh at ya
Now I take a look/I see USA for Africa ?
Stop the Violence-Boogie Down Productions
Shanequa Jenkins never wanted nothin’ to do with Africa. When her roommates would demand that she turn off Love and Hip Hop so they could watch Hidden Colors, she would just storm out the room calling them “Hotep Hoes” under her breath. So, it shocked her roomies when two hours before the Black Panther premier she was waiting at the front door in a brand new dashiki with matching Red Bottoms and Coach Bag yellin’ “Ya’ll aint ready to go, yet !?”
Not long ago, if you wore a dashiki or African medallion you had to wade through a sea of hecklers sayin’ stuff like , “ Yo ! You tryin’ to join X-Clan or somethin’ ? VAN-GLORIOUS !” Or any time you dared speak about something Afrocentric, cats would roll their eyes and mumble “there he goes with that black stuff again…” But now with the coming of the new Marvel movie, The Black Panther, even the worst Africa haters have caught a severe case of Jungle Fever.
Historically, many African Americans have had a problem with the Motherland. During the days of slavery, many free black folk ,vehemently, opposed the repatriation movement. While some did see it for what it was, a way to rid America of the riff raff, most felt that they did not want to leave a country that they helped build.
During the early 20th Century, although up to 10 million people supported The Honorable Marcus Garvey’s Back to Africa Movement, many people opposed his efforts as they saw his movement as a threat to their vested interests in the American Dream.
Hollywood didn’t help matters much ,either, during this period as the image propagated of the continent was either taken straight outta a Tarzan movie or a Looney Tunes cartoon with a bunch of cannibals circling a big black pot chantin’ “yum, yum eat ‘em up.”
During the late 60’s , there was a beef between members of the Black Panther Party who embraced a Marxist ideology and Dr. Maulana Karenga's Us Organization who practiced cultural nationalism. This ideological disagreement was intensified by the efforts of J. Edgar Hoover and his COINTELPRO program, preventing any fusion of the two ideologies that could have hastened our journey towards Freedom.
Even though some Hip Hop headz praise the “conscious” era of the late 80’s for bringing African awareness to rap and championing the fight against South Africa’s Apartheid regime, truth is, the era barely lasted four years and by 1992 most Hip Hoppers had traded in their dashikis and sandals for West Coast Khakis and Chuck Taylors.
The best dynamic of that period is perhaps captured in Spike Lee’s classic film School Daze , during the scene when Julian aka “Big Brother Almighty” tells Dap, the Pro Black Brotha that he wasn’t from Africa. He was “from Detroit.”
Sadly, that was pretty much the attitude of many African Americans until the last couple of years. Before the commercialized Black Lives Matter Era, in order to find a decent dashiki you would have had to hit the road and head to a city with predominantly black neighborhoods and hunt down an African clothing store in the middle of the ‘hood. But now even white and Asian owned shops have dashikis and African necklaces hanging in their windows.
What is unfortunate is despite all the master teachers that have gone on to the ancestors; Dr. Chancellor Williams , Dr. John Henrik Clarke , Dr. Yosef ben Jochannan and a host of others who sacrificed their lives to try to teach us about our heritage, it took an old white dude who made his fortune courtesy of a white kid in a red and blue onesie swingin; through NYC to finally make us embrace who we are.
Or perhaps it has something to do with the changing times. Maybe Black Panther Mania is not just a fad and will awaken the African genius that lies dormant deep inside of us.
Malcolm X once said that we left “our minds in Africa.” Maybe the hype over the Black Panther movie is an indication that we are finally getting our minds back?
Min. Paul Scott is based in NC. Phone (919) 972-8305 His website is NoWarningShotsFired.com Follow on Twitter
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Monday, July 31, 2017
Lean Back !
Fightin’ the Biochemical Attack on the ‘hood
Fightin’ the Biochemical Attack on the ‘hood
Min. Paul Scott
“How we stop the Black Panthers/Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer”
Crack Music-Kanye West
It was the eve of the revolution that their grandparents had always dreamed and the Black Lives Liberation Army was gonna set it off bright and early at dawn against the evil forces that were destroying the hood. But during the nightly strategy session, somebody passed out a purple drink in double styrofoam cups and suggested they do a battle toast. So when they finally woke up at noon the next day, the revolution was over...they lost.
This current generation of millennials is , arguably, the most “woke” group of African Americans since the conscious Hip Hop Era of the late 80’s and some would say, with their skills at social media, since the Black Power Era. Since the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, there has been an awakening of the masses and the high profile police involved shootings of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and many others have fast tracked us on the road to the revolution that Malcolm X talked about 50 years ago.
But as in science, for every action there is an opposite reaction. So, for everything that wakes us up, there is always something to put us back to sleep.
Drug use has always been glorified in Hip Hop to a certain degree. After all, when the early rappers said “ski” they weren’t talkin’ about a vacation in the Aspens .
But this new generation is on a whole ‘notha level.
Thanks to mainstream Hip Hop, getting high off of prescription medicines seems to be just what the doctor ordered.
The past decade has seen a rapid increase of rappers being self medicated via prescription drugs. You can hardly listen to the radio without hearing artists like Future rappin’ about pills like they just raided Grandma’s medicine cabinet.
Much of this madness originally came out of the Dirty South as rappers from Texas to Tennessee bragged about sippin’ on that Sizzurp aka Lean and some have died from takin’ too many sips of that Purple Drank. For the less hip, Lean is a deadly combination of soft drink, Kool Aid, codeine. cough medicine, Jolly Ranchers and anything else somebody feels like throwin’ in a cup.
Now enter something called “Legal Lean.”
Either some mad scientist or some hipster with a determined idea and too much time on his hands has come up with a way to push that potion in the hood, legally, by substituting codeine
with natural stuff. The ingredients are different but the effects are supposed to be the same.
Now, while legal lean may be available near some college campuses so some wealthy white coeds can vicariously live out their Lil Wayne fantasies, most of the stores that sell this are in the hood.
Of course, the makers of Legal Lean think they are providing a service by giving cough syrup junkies an alternative. To hear them tell it, Legal Lean is to Purple Drank what Methadone is to Heroin.
After all it is 100% natural. But so are psychedelic mushrooms and if you really want to get funky with it, cocaine contains a 100% natural ingredient, as well.
So, once again the Black community is under a biochemical attack at a time when we need to be in our collective best state of mind to survive the Trump Era.
Fortunately, some groups around the country are not giving up the hood without a fight.
In Wisconsin, the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee have staged successful campaigns against stores selling Legal Lean.
Also, in Durham NC, activists have started Operation #LeanBack to have the product permanently shut down, nationwide.
Every community activist should be fighting to get Lean up outta here, whether legal or illegal.
As always, you are gonna have some to defend destruction to the grave. But those of us who aren’t “gone off that Lean” have a responsibility to raise our voices in protest.
As Kendrick Lamar said on Be Humble
“I let my soul speak, you let the meds talk…”
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Dear Mr. Moss aka Bow Wow
Recently, you made a comment on a clip for the new BET series "Music Moguls" that premiers June 28th, dissin' my city of Durham, North Carolina. In the promo clip with Jermaine Dupri (So So Def Records) you said, "ain't nothin' crackin' in Durham." I am so tired of people disrespecting my city and for you to do it on a national platform is outrageous.
Granted, like many cities, Durham has its share of problems. But kickin' dirt in the face of town already known as "Dirty Durham" ain't helping. Now, it is true that in some hoods you can hear gun shots ringing through the air almost every night. And the self hatred that some of our young people feel does result in teenage kids being shot down in the street. However, Durham has a rich historical legacy and since you seem to be ig'nant of that history, allow me to hit you with some #FACTS.
Durham NC was once known as "Black Wall Street," the Mecca of Black economic empowerment. Although many people believe that Tulsa Oklahoma was America's only Black Wall Street, history teaches us that Durham also held that prestigious title. Durham is also the home of North Carolina Central University and Duke University. Not to mention, Research Triangle Park, one of the largest high tech development centers in the country, lies with the boundaries of Durham County. Furthermore, many famous people have roots here, including Ernie Barnes, the artist who created the paintings featured on the 70's sitcom Good Times and Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States.
Most importantly, there are many people in Durham who are working, tirelessly, to make this city one of which our children and our children's children will be proud. Recently, we launched the Black Durham Is Beautiful Campaign to show the world that Durham is more than just murder and mayhem and is one of the greatest places to live on the planet.
Instead of of making negative statements about this city, why don't you use your platform to make things better for the youth?
So, "Mr. 106 and Park," you owe each of the 250,000 residents of Durham an apology. (Or at least a heartfelt "my bad.") And until we receive an apology we will not support Music Moguls or any other project even loosely associated with the name "Bow Wow" nor "Shad Moss."
To borrow from the infamous words of Birdman, who is also featured on Music Moguls, "you are gonna learn to RESPECK my city!"
Min. Paul Scott
Messianic Afrikan Nation
Min. Paul Scott aka "TRUTH Minista" can be reached at (919) 972-8305 email firstname.lastname@example.org Follow on Twitter @truthminista
Monday, August 3, 2015
Straight Outta Con Man:
Exposin’ the Truth About NWA
Min. Paul Scott
“Fool me one time shame on you/Fool me twice can’t put the blame on you”“
No Role Modelz- J Cole
I’d be lying to myself and you if I said that the trailer for the new NWA (N*** With Attitude) movie, “Straight Outta Compton” didn’t make me wanna stand in line and drop 10 bucks to see the flick. The trailer suggests that the film centers around a group of young men experiencing the trials and tribulations of being black in America during the 80’s, who used their fame to become the official spokes-homies of the ‘hood. In the aftermath of the deaths of Mike Brown, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose and numerous others who died mysteriously after confrontations with CWA (Cops With Attitude) , who wouldn’t want to see a film about a bunch of rappers throwing up their middle fingers in the face of authority and inspiring a generation of black youth to become revolutionists ?
Interesting story, indeed. But it’s just not the story of NWA.
The real story of NWA goes more like this…”During a period in the late 80’s when rap artists like Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions were succeeding in getting a nation of millions to stop selling crack and to stop killing each other, out of nowhere a group of rappers came along and destroyed the foundation that they were building and leaving as their legacy the broken bodies and shattered dreams of millions of black men and grieving mothers...
For those of us who were fortunate enough to live through the Reagan/Bush Era, we know the truth. The problems facing African Americans in 2015, are no different from the problems that we faced during the 80’s with police brutality, white on black violence, black on black violence etc. And just like during the 80’s, when black political awareness was rising here comes NWA again to lower the intelligence bar and turn potential revolutionists into apolitical thugs.
I must admit, the way the music industry used NWA was wickedly, brilliant. While Public Enemy was trying to save black lives, they created a group to destroy them. So NWA’s two politically aware songs served only as a Trojan Horse to bring people into the real agenda, profitizing the destruction of the black community.
Matter of fact, NWA did not even deny the nefarious plot to overthrow conscious Hip Hop with gangsta-ism .They bragged about it!
According to Vibe magazine writer, Cheo Hodaria Coker, Dr. Dre even admitted that NWA was created to be an alternative to music that promoted black power. So. this was no accident.
No one is denying that F*** the Police set a new standard in articulating the frustrations of young black men who were constantly being harassed by the cops . But the problem is, if you take “F*** the Police (and the contradictory Express Yourself) out of the equation , what are you left with? You are stuck with two albums and one EP that glorified black death and misogyny and inspired rappers of subsequent generations to follow their lead. Just listen to “She Swallowed it” off of their second album where the Pied Pipers of Pedifphellia rapped about the sexual gang bang of a 14 year old girl and the other subject matter did not really differ from that formula.
Now, there are some who would argue that NWA was not really a symbol of black genocide. But that’s just like saying that the Confederate Flag was not really a symbol of white racism. So, we are clearly dealing with revisionist history.
Now, ultimately, I don’t blame five black kids from the hood for hatching such a genocidal plot, I blame the music industry and in this case Jerry Heller, who is credited as being one of the co-founders of NWA. In my opinion, Heller is a war criminal and should be charged with war crimes against the African American community.
In his autobiography, Ruthless, a Memoir, Heller even confesses that based on the historical conspiracies by the “powers that be” to exterminate black people, “ if these conspiracies are true...then Eazy E and I were just pawns of C.I.A machinations too vast to contemplate.”
Therefore, if Eazy, Dre, Cube, Ren and Yella are guilty of anything, it is the sacrifice of young black lives on the altar of the Synagogue of Satan for the reward of riches beyond their wildest dreams.
So, no I won’t be watching Straight Outta Compton and if you care anything about the state of Black America, neither should you. We cannot allow history to repeat itself where the revolutionary spirit of black youth is channeled into self destructive behaviours and the “enemy” ultimately becomes other black men.
Instead of spending our money on Straight Outta Compton , we should be buying books to teach the youth about The Black Panthers and other revolutionists who really stood up against police brutality.
The blood of the thousands of young men who died over the last 25 years trying to be “N**** demands it !
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Min. Paul Scott is founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at email@example.com Follow on Twitter @truthminista