Monday, July 31, 2017

Lean Back


Lean Back !
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.
https://www.facebook.com/kila414/videos/1636093903084894/

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…”


Min. Paul Scott is founder of the Black Messiah Movement. He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired.com Follow on Twitter @truthminista

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Attack of the Bad and Bougie

Attack of the Bad and Bougie
The Lynching of Dr Umar and Black Nationalism


                               Min. Paul Scott



“Call up the gang and they come and get cha…
                                 Bad and Boujee- Migos



Professor Afrika Jackson had just finished a two hour lecture in front of a packed house discussing how African American parents could prevent their sons from dropping out of high school when someone handed him a strange note warning that “they “  were out front waiting for him. Fearing that he was surrounded by the KKK or the Skinheads, Professor Jackson, cautiously headed for the auditorium door. But when he got to the parking lot he didn’t find Neo Nazis,  just a bunch of Bougie black folk in throwback Gordon Gartrell shirts and ascotts  yellin’ “ Go Back to Africa...”


Recently, popular lecturer and black youth advocate  Dr. Umar Johnson, made an appearance on  The Breakfast Club Morning Show. In an era when the airwaves are filled with either violent or barely decipherable  lyrics , you would think that a black man droppin’ knowledge on a Hip Hop radio station  would be a breath of fresh air..


Nope.


By the time Dr. Umar had even left the studio, the attacks had begun. The first shot was fired by the Root.com , as the site  launched a vicious attack on Dr. Umar’s credibility. Next came the now infamous triple team on Roland Martin’s show on TV One. And that was followed by , yet another attempt by The Root to throw shade at the good doctor. Looks like the “Bad and Bougie” have declared war.


Now, don’t get it twisted. I am not a cheerleader for #TeamUmar.  But I am a strong proponent of Black Nationalism and I refuse to let an ideology that has meant so much to so many be disrespected  under the guise of a petty, personal attack on an individual.


Historically speaking, the attack on Black Nationalism did not start with Umar Johnson, it goes back almost a hundred years.


During the early 20th century, the Honorable Marcus Garvey was attacked by WEB Dubois and his Talented Tenth team. Members of this squad started a “Garvey Must Go” campaign which contributed to the fall of Mr. Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association.
The attack on Black Nationalism was peppered with black classism , which, besides the works of Dr. E. Franklin Frazier (Black Bourgeoisie ) and Harold Cruse (Crisis of the Negro Intellectual) has been rarely discussed in the black community.


There was even some serious hatin’ going on during the Black Power Era. This is best exemplified by the treatment of the militant “Abdullah” by “Daddy Rich (Richard Pryor)  and the Wilson Sisters (Pointer Sisters)  in the 70’s movie Car Wash as they danced around him bashin’ his revolutionary ideology.


However, in recent years  the cries of a more white liberal friendly Black Lives Matter have replaced calls for Black Power in the media, And as aging civil rights leaders such as Rev.Jesse  Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton no longer dominate the news shows, there has been a mad scramble to be the new spokespersons for all black folk or as the older generation would say “ the new HNIC.”

In the past it has been pretty easy for the pseudo-revolutionists to have a monopoly on the media and sell their  white corporate sponsors on the idea they are the authentic voice of African Americans. They have served as gatekeepers, blocking anyone with, as Dr. Umar would say, an “unapologetically black” ideology from reaching the masses.  But thanks to Youtube, Facebook and other social media platforms, the playing field has become somewhat level. Examples of this are  the popularity of YouTube Channels such as BlackNews102 and the blockbuster-like success of Tariq Nasheed’s Hidden Colors series , which owes much of it’s popularity to social media promotion.


So, as we see with the attack on Umar Johnson, the Bad and Bougie have been engaged in an uncivil , civil war against  those who they,  unflatteringly,  refer to as “Hoteps” or “Dashiki wearers.”


But what the attack on Dr. Umar has done is unify the Black Nationalist community in ways not seen since the Million Man March. Even those who have not exactly been fans of Johnson are taking  exception to the blatant attack on a Pro-Black ideology.   Looks like the Bad and Bougie have told one ankh joke too many.

So, don’t worry about it Dr. Umar we are ridin’ with ya. As the rap group Migos might say, you keep throwin’ up the Black Power fist and “dabbin’ on them like the usual.”


Min. Paul Scott is founder of the Black Messiah Movement. He can be reached at (919) 972-8305 or info@nowarningshotsfired.com follow on Twitter @truthminista