Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Open Letter to Bow Wow

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
                      Durham NC

Min. Paul Scott aka "TRUTH Minista" can be reached at (919) 972-8305 email info@nowarningshotsfired.com Follow on Twitter @truthminista

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Call for Black Power on MLK Day

Although many people are preparing to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's call for racial unity, a NC minister is making another call; a call for Black Power.

Minister Paul Scott of the Durham NC based Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry says that in a time when this country is still feeling the racial tension caused by the police involved deaths of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and countless others, the massacre of nine African Americans in a Charleston SC church  and the lingering controversy over the Confederate flag, King's message of racial reconciliation is outdated.

Scott, who lives in a city that had 42 deaths last year,  mostly involving young African Americans, says that the Black Power messages of such leaders of Malcolm X and Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) are more relevant to black youth today than the "I Have a Dream" speech. He says that only a strong message of Black Unity can stop the black on black violence, racism and police brutality.

"Dr. King had a dream but we need Black Power to stop this nightmare," he said.

Min. Paul Scott can be reached at (919) 972-8305 or info@nowarningshotsfired.com  Twitter @truthminista

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Books or Bullets

A recent study that reports that Durham youth are three times more likely to identify with gangs than their peers in other cities has one Durham minister outraged.

Minister  Paul Scott , founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry is concerned that the report demonizes Black youth in Durham because , according to statistics, the majority of identifiable gang members are African American males.  "What we have is a case of Gangsta Eugenics," says Scott.

Most concerning to Scott is that the report suggests that third graders be assessed for future gang membership and drug abuse.

"In this climate of national police brutality, we don't want our babies stereotyped as natural born killers, "says Scott.

Scott says that education is the key and has started a campaign to put black history books in the hands of young African Americans in Durham.

"It's either the Book or the Bullet," he says

Friday, October 9, 2015

Call for Maafa Memorial

Call for a “Maafa Memorial” for African Americans in Durham
Date: October 12
Place: Old Courthouse 200 E Main St Durham NC
Contact   (919) 972-8305

Over the last few months, the issue of Confederate monuments has generated a lot of heated debates in this country. Durham NC is no exception. The issue at hand in the Bull City is the Confederate soldier statue that stands in front of the Old Courthouse in Durham.  Some citizens want to keep the statue but others want it removed. However, because of  the recent Cultural History Artifact Management and Patriotism Act , moving the statue may be out of the question.

Therefore, Durham minister Paul Scott, founder of The Messianic Afrikan Nation Ministry is asking the county to erect a “Maafa Memorial” in front of the Old Courthouse in remembrance of his African American ancestors who suffered under the Confederacy.  Maafa is a Swahili term translated as a time of great trouble.

Scott, who also gives out free black history books to Durham youth,  is also calling for a great public forum in Durham regarding culture and heritage and has sent his request to public officials .

“Durham is a diverse community and we view things differently says Scott. Just like Columbus Day, For  some it’s a holiday for some it marks the beginning of a Holocaust.”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Group Pushes For Reparations

NC Group Pushes for Reparations Promise from Presidential Candidates 

(Durham NC) For many years , the case for reparations for African Americans has been a controversial topic. Unfortunately, it is never brought up as a serious  topic for debate during the presidential election season. However, with the current heated racial climate in this country following the controversies created over such racially explosive issues as the murder of African Americans by the police and the Confederate flag, the issue is re-emerging with vigor this election season.

Spearheading the effort is  the Moorish Science Temple of America in Durham NC. The group has started a campaign to make sure that the topic of the reparations due to  African Americans because of chattel slavery is front and center during the presidential debates.

The group is going to demand that  all candidates running for political office whether Republican, Democrat or Independent  support the distribution of reparations to African Americans.

For more information contact: (919) 949-8060
email: reparations4us@gmail.com
Also on Facebook under "Race, Rights and Reparations

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Black Minds Matter Challenge

Soon, we will embark on another school year and people are making their last minute preparations to make sure their children are prepared to receive an excellent education. However, one of the problems that  has, continuously,  plagued us is the lack of Black History being taught in the public school systems , not only in North Carolina but in cities across this country. Seems like the only information about black history that our children receive is during black history month. And then it is limited to the obligatory stories about Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

Well. I am tired of just complaining about the problem. This school year, I am issuing the Black Book Challenge. Instead of just whining about the lack of Black/African centered education in the school system, I am challenging everyone to read one book on black/African history along with their children each month.

I am also, challenging citizens, businesses, churches etc to conduct free book giveaways to make sure that every child (and adult) in their community has a book in their hands. 

We are also asking that Hip Hop artists, television and radio personalities and all others with a platform to help us promote the Black Book Challenge.

One of the things that we have been doing in Durham, NC for over eight years is a "street institution", whereby, every Sunday we go into a neighborhood that we adopted and;pass out information about our black heritage. This year, I am asking you to do the same.

While many are chanting the now familiar slogan "Black Lives Matter" it is important that we remember that "Black Minds Matter," as well.

                                           Min. Paul Scott
                                           Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry
                                           Durham NC
                                           (919) 972-8305
                                           Twitter @truthminista

Below are a few suggested books:

The Miseducation of the Negro- Dr. Carter G. Woodson
From Babylon  to Timbuktu - Rudolph Windsor
They Came Before Columbus- Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
Stolen Legacy- Dr. George GM James
100 Amazing Facts about the Negro- Dr. JA Rogers
Before the Mayflower- Lerone Bennett
Black Reconstruction in America- Dr. WEB Dubois
Black on Black Violence- Dr. Amos Wilson
The Psychopathic Racial Personality=- Dr. Bobby E Wright
Race First- Dr. Tony Martin
The Destruction of Black Civilization- Dr, Chancellor Williams
Black Labor/White Wealth- Dr, Claud Anderson
Forced into Glory Lerone Bennett
The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual- Harold Cruse
Criminalizing a Race- Dr,  Charsee C.L. McIntyre
David Walker's Appeal- David Walker
African Presence in Early Europe- Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
Ready for Revolution- Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) 
How Europe Under Developed Africa- Walter Rodney
World's Great Men of Color- Dr. JA Rogers 
The World and Africa- Dr. WEB Dubois

Black Minds Matter

For years ,members of the African American community have complained about the lack of Black History education in the school system. Many say that black history is only taught during Black History Month. This year a NC minister is doing something about it.

Minister  Paul Scott, founder of the Durham NC based Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry is issuing a “Black Book Challenge” to educators, churches , parents etc to encourage youth to read one book about black history per month this school year.   He is also asking that parents set an example by joining young people in the challenge.

“While many parents are putting the latest sneakers on their children’s feet, I challenge them to put some black history in their heads, Scott said.

For the past eight years, Scott has spent his Sunday afternoons passing out information about Black history to the Durham residents. This year he is urging members of the Durham community to flood Durham’s streets with books.

“We can’t depend on the school system to teach our children their history, we have to do it ourselves, says Scott.

Scott also says that he uses black history as a weapon to stop violence.
Malcolm X once said it’s either “the ballot or the bullet” but we say “the book or the bullet.”

He hopes that teachers will join in the challenge along with their students and that area churches will hold free book giveaways.

“People are saying that “Black lives matter” but we have to teach our children why their lives matter so we say “Black Minds matter.”

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