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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Black Minister Urges Black Exodus of White Moses Movie

Outraged over the use of white actors, a NC minister has called for a national boycott of the upcoming movie "Exodus: God and Kings"

Paul Scott, a Durham NC minister and founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation says that not only is the depiction of Biblical characters as white not historically correct, it is also racist. 

According to Scott, historically , the image of Biblical personages as Moses and Jesus reinforce the idea of white supremacy.  He argues that Exodus: Gods and Kings is just a continuation of the Euro-centric white supremacist myth that has been propagated by Hollywood for  generations.
 
"Black people need to stage their own Exodus from movies such as Exodus: Gods and Kings, " says Scott.

Minister Paul Scott has appeared on numerous talk shows such as Fox New's "Hannity and Colmes" discussing race and religion. He first gained national attention in 2000, when he led a campaign against "Jesus: The Miniseries" for the use of a white actor to portray the Messiah.

For more information contact (919) 972-8305   or info@nowarningshotsfired.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Protect-A-Sista Service

For many people this is a time for joy and celebration. However, with the shorter days and with people doing their holiday shopping, it is also the time of year that the likelihood of women being assaulted or rob increases. This year a Durham NC minister is doing something about it.

Community activist, Minister Paul Scott founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry is calling on men to become part of the "Protect -a -Sista Service." Scott is asking that the men in Durham "deputize" themselves to make sure that women at the mall, parking lots, on the bus, etc get to their destinations safely.

"We must do about job of protecting our women than the secret service does protecting President Obama," says Scott.

Scott also says that in the wake of police shootings, such as that of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO, the African American community must begin to patrol their own communities and protect women from police brutality as well.

"Our women must be protected, whether the person is wearing a bandanna or a badge," says Scott

For more information contact (919) 972-8305  or info@nowarningshotsfired.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Durham Manifesto 2014

The New Durham Manifesto 2014

A Basis for Black Power and Development in the the South


On October 20, 1942, a group of African Americans leaders met in Durham NC as part of the Southern Conference on Race Relations. The result of the meeting was the creation of a document called “A Basis for Inter-racial Cooperation and Development in the South.

Seventy-two years later, we see that the condition of African Americans in America has only gotten worse socially, politically and economically. Therefore, we present a more African-centered document on behalf of the Durham community.


We demand a stake in the “New Durham” that is developing in this community and that our African culture is showcased.


We demand programs that will guarantee full employment for all of Durham’s citizens.


We demand respect for the religious diversity of Durham.


We demand an end to racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.


We demand that our constitutional rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are fully respected.


We demand that African-centered education will play a significant role in the curriculum of all of Durham Schools.


We demand the allocation of resources in the community to develop programs to counter violent activity.


We demand the right to participate in the political process in a fair and equitable manner, including, but not limited to, voting.

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