Category Archives: ISSUES

THE CASE OF MARIELLE FRANCO

Its a sad day as thousands mourn the death of Human Rights activist and council women of Rio de Janeiro who was gunned down this past march 14 while leaving a council meeting. Marielle Francisco de Silva, a council women for the socialsim and liberty party of Rio stood for womens rights as well as LGBT Rights and the rights of all Afro Brazilians. Born in one of the poorest “Favelas” in Rio, Franco took to the streets to begin a career of civil service after seeing her friend gunned down by police. She rose up the political ranks becoming one of The most popular politicians of the city and a champion of the Favelas, or inner city. She stood up to the city when they felt the need ro bring in the army to “Take back” the Favelas from gangs. This woman will be remembered as a embodiment of resistance to government control and a Queen not just of citizens of Rio but of Blacks, Women, and the LGBT community around the world. Bullets recovered from the scene indicated they were from the federal police of Brasilia. That and the fact she was hit execution style clearly points to an assassination. We beed to stand with our brothers and sisters of Rio as they fight for truth and bring her killers to justice!

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JA RULE FIGHTS FOR BETTER PUBLIC HOUSING

February 20th, rapper JA Rule gave a riveting speech as he led a rally to city hall in NYC to address to the public the problems surrounding public housing. Apparently 143,000 apartments went without heat and hot water between October and January. Child services even took one woman’s children including a newborn because of the conditions. Rule cites these as third world conditions and feels the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Mayor and the Governor should be ashamed of themselves. Check out the Full press conference below!!!!!!!!!!!!………

 

THE BLACK MASCULIST REVIEWS THE BLACK PANTHER

This past weekend my family and I joined millions of Black folk in the premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther and was blown away. To date I’ve been waiting around 25yrs for this to drop, yup! Since Wesley Snipes attempt and eventual refusal to purchase the filming rights. Amd although I enjoyed the movie when I walked out I felt, different.

The movie was great by the way. Everything from the fight scenes to the cultural representation, from the #BlackExcellent cast to the sly and subtle “counter racist humor” but what I got out of the movie was something I wasn’t expecting or even ready for: Michael B. Jordan’s “Killmonger”

 

***SPOILER ALERT!!!***

If you havent seen the movie yet, stop here.

Every facet of Black character was captured in the film, sassy tech girl, bad ass independent woman, the hero who has every thing and the hero who has nothing.

I was shocked how rather quickly they got rid of main villain “Klaw” (who clearly represented white supremacy) but I see that there was an issue more important to tackle and that was the unspoken issues between Africans and African Americans.

For too long there has been tension between Africans and African Americans due to the “alleged” notion that African Americans feel Africans only help the Africans on the continent (Killmonger view) and that Africans feel Americans are still too brain/Whitewashed to lead a successful revolt like many of them did and thus wants to keep that bad influence away (T’Challa’s view, somewhat)

In the comics Killmonger andT’Challa are not related but were made cousins in the movie. This showed the relationship between the “American” and an “African” The relationship between their fathers summed up the difference in opinions when fighting the same cause. The relationship between Killmonger and Klaw showed how through history whites have used our knowledge, bodies and resources to further their agenda. The ease and masterful betrayal of Killmonger to Klaw showed that our issue with  “The White man” can easily be solved and should be done quickly because of the Real issue at hand. I especially loved when Klaw thought he was just “Another crazy American” as opposed to the “savages” of Wakanda untill Killmonger revealed who he really was

What hurted to watch but was needed was Killmonger’s hatred as well as his cultural consciousness. He and only he spoke for every so called “African American” and his skill allowed him to take what he felt was his, and it was more than the throne, it was his identity.  I could go on  & on because the movie was so deep but I’ll close in saying that his death and what T’Challa did in his honor should symbolize the end to our self hatred and realization that all of us are family, Africans on the continent as well as the diaspora and we should help each other instead of seperating ourselves cause in reality we are one.

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THE BLACK MASCULIST FEATURE: APPOLITION.US

Inspired by the work of “National Bail Out” an organization helping to raise funds to bail out and reunite family members with their loved ones, filmmaker Kortney Zeigler created Appolition.us, a system in which like the “Save the change” option which some banks offers to round up change left over on credit card purchases and deposit them in your savings, Appolition.us uses that change and deposits into an account to help release innocent people. Everytime you use your card the change, once it reaches 50 cents goes towards inmate bail. Learn more at the site

http://www.appolition.us

83% OF BLACK MEN MARRY BLACK WOMEN

A study done by researchers from Morehouse college and Howard University discovered that contrary to popular belief 83% of Black Men earning  $100,000+ are in fact married to Black Women! Not only that! 88% of married Black Men regardless of income or education are indeed married to Black Women.

This info came from “Top 4 myths about Black Marriage” by Nadra Kareem Nittle http://www.thoughtco.com

RAPE Pt2

Growing up as a man we’re taught how to take care of woman 2 ways. One way is respectable, like a queen. Someone whos to be protected as they nurture the planted seeds. Then theres the other way, like trash, to be used abused and thrown away. To be used only for procreation, and/or pleasure neglecting any mental stimulation they might harness. The first way is they way that I was raised. I soon learned that this was in “theory”, the second way sadly is more rooted in harsh realities. Its said that this treatment was taught to us by the white man and by all accounts you can see that but alot of those ways were with the original man for quite some time. I’ve read about the normalcy of polygamy and young marriages in some cultures but nothing shook me more than when I seen the movie “The Color Purple” Set after slavery ended in a still racist America the movie’s main theme was about rape and molestation among the black community which as a kid was very disturbing but eas very real. It was my first look into a hidden disgusting world with layers to frightening to peel back but is unraveling more and more with time.  This was new to me as a kid because I’ve always heard stories of false accusations of rape to destroy the Black male. In most of the cases I heard or read the Black male was innocent to a degree. The bombing of Tulsa’s “Little Africa” was due to false accusations. The death of Emmit Teale, the Trial of Tupac Shakur, and Director Nate Parker. To this day numerous men have been released after serving years behind bars for crimes they didnt do. This has become apart of the system, a tactic used to destroy the original man. Put them in a position where people will feel disgusted by their presence. Innocence or guilt, doesnt matter. The average man isnt just the only ones that goes through this, celebrities, clergyman and conscious people are enough for another article. Stay tuned for part 3

“RAPE!” THE WORD EVERY MAN FEARS!

Yes! That word is the most feared word by man in the dictionary. The accusation of rape is an unforgettable stain on your life that will haunt you till the end of time. People will forget a murder accusation but not rape. Why?

The shear thought of hearing the word brings either anger or fear, and it brings about feelings towards people whether its true or not. Whether guilty or not your life is doomed to a degree. But its a double edged sword.

On one end, although the accusation of  this heinous act could bring down mountains, ending careers and tear families apart alot, if not most go unchecked, so much that it becomes a part of our society.

Rainn.org. The largest anti sexual violence organization states that on average there are 321,500 victims of sexual abuse ages 12 and older. Women are more at risk. As of 1998 17.7M women have been victims of some form of sexual assault.  The unreported cases as well as the stats could be an indicator of meny mental and identity disorders.

But meny still gets swept under the rug like the ones that happen in the home. But what can we do? Stay tuned to the rest of this 3 part series where we’ll dig into, rape in the Black community and how the accusation of it was and is used to destroy the Black man, the entertainment industry, homosexuality, prostitution, sex trafficking and the case of Cyntoia Brown.

Hopefully this discussion will shed light to the self distruction of a people that goes unnoticed.

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