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“BLACKMAN GETCHO MONEY!!”

DISCLAIMER!!!!!!

In no way is this ment to disregard anyones theories and or ideas but it is in fact a theory representing the views of THE BLACK MASCULIST.

By now since the release of Childish Gambino’s video for “This is America” I’m pretty sure you’ve seen at least 3 different explanations to the symbolism throughout. The  video, which is Great!! premiering at the perfect time leaves alot for interpretation.

After seeing him perform on SNL and clips of the video I finally had time to see what the fuss was all about and see what makes this video so great, and I did and I got what everyone was talking about. I too got the gun violence references, and racial undertones but what I also seen opened my eyes and ears to a level I think no one noticed.

Heres 6 things I got from “This is America”
“THIS IS AMERICA: A MESSAGE TO, FOR AND BY A BLACKMAN!”

1). LYRICS:
Just from the lyrics alone this is a song speaking for the Black man. The song starts out as a party but jumps right into the reality of America, BAM! “This is America, dont catch you slippin up!” Throughout the song hes making references to living and surviving as a Blackman in America. “Look at how Im livin now, police be trippin now/I got the strap, I gotta carry em!” Right before he gets into the second verse where he slings drug references and expensive taste his grandma tells him “Black man get yo money!” and in the midst of fun, BAM! This is America!

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2). FEATURES:
Hidden features on the song includes, Blockboy JB, “Slim Jxmmi” of Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, 21 Savage, and “Quavo” of Migos. All these artist have suffered from police brutality and even made songs about it. Some even appearing on T.I’s heavily conscious “Us or Else” album. They also contribute to their communities. You can even check out what 21 Savage is doing for the youth here at The Black Masculist. The fact that they’re featured and not seen could represent either, all Blackmen being lumped together (being his ad libs) or Gambino himself being a representation of all Blackmen.

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3). DANCING WITH CHILDREN:
While some see them representing us, the people being blind to whats goin on around us, I see the children as a representation of  innocence. He always stopped to dance with the children and enjoy youth even though death and destruction was always near. This speaks to everyday life for some where its not always safe but its home. Home being, the hood or America in general.

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4). HE DOESN’T KILL THE CHILDREN!:
With all the killings coming before a verse representing all the tragedies  from gun violence we all were clenching our teeth at the end of the 2nd verse hoping he doesnt kill the children as he begins to point in the direction they’re running, and he doesnt. To kill the kids would be to kill the only innocence he has left.

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5). CELEBRATION BITCHES!:
Huge celebration as he dances and floss on luxurious cars enjoying material wealth in what we believe is success and finally “Making it!” in America as the choir and featured vocals all scream “BLACKMAN GETCHO MONEY!”

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6). RUNNING!!!:
This confuses alot of people when the video ends with him running histericaly being chased by a mob of people and thats exactly what I see, a Blackman “Running for his Life”  Throughout the entire video Gambino plays up to the stereotypes, archtypes, violence and hysteria all while keeping his cool, but in reality like most Blackmen in America we’re terrified everyday and feel America is a place we cant escape. So RUN NIGGA RUN!!!

IN CLOSING:
You cant talk about racism and gun violence without talking about the ones mostly affected, Blackmen. The problems Blackmen face in America  ends up being reduced to an overall black issue, then a National”Human” issue but the problem can never be solved until we deal with the perpetual physical and industrial genocide of Blackmen in particular.

From what I see throughout the video although Gambino may be a successful musician/Actor whose in an interracial relationship he understands he too is running and can’t escape. My Theory

THE BLACK MASCULIST

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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!

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.

THE BLACK MASCULIST

3 THINGS BLACKMEN NEED YO FIX IN 2018 AND THE ONLY RESOLUTION YOU SHOULD HAVE.

Now that January is almost over theres a few things us as Black men need to focus our immediate attention on. Last years controversy in the conscious community with the likes of Dr. Umar and Tariq Nasheed among other beefs, the crucifying of Bro. Polight and such I’ve learned more horrible truths about us that I wish I didnt know. Since I was 12 years old getting my start working for a local conscious newspaper I’ve stood on the front lines against police brutality, economic disenfranchisement and now the Rights of Black men. But Im quickly being reminded of the internal problems we face that consistenly keeps us from finishing and winning the race. Heres the top 3 things we as Black men need to fix in 2018.

1). Supporting things that are not right and exact:

Since slavery we as Black men have lached on to numerous beliefs, policies and social positions that are counter productive to our survival as a race. It is true that you can never rid the earth of the original man physically, but the mind, the source from which everything derives, from the 11 systems of the body to the things we create and manifest can be destroyed if we continue to allow things that are not right and exact to co exist. To sum it up with 3 I’ll say: 1, no right is above Human rights, 2, knowledge of your history is the fuel for a successful future, and 3, Loyalty to your race is 2nd next to the most high as seen in Every race on the planet except us. These 3 are right and exact and absent of bias.

2) We need to stop fighting each other:

I did a post on Black on Black violence. And while many believe the killings in the streets are the problem what about the systematic killings in education, business, and politics? I know Black men who not only want to see another Black man fail but goes out their way to do so and the fact that one may be Godly and rightous matters none. The devils grip is so strong we see ourselves as the enemy in our own house. You see with what happened to Stacy, Dash and Omorosa. No amount of wealth and trinkets is worth sacrificing your own people. The past 10 years not only have we had our coons get just as famous as the snitches in the street but the so called conscious leaders have become the very sellouts they claim the preachers to be. Only here can you find Black leaders hating the 1st Black president the same way racist powerful whites do and then airing out differences on social media. I was here in Baltimore for the riots. The media was claiming gangs were planning to kill cops in retaliation for Freddie Greys death. What the rest of America didnt see was the Bloods, Crips, Black Police officers, Black Clergy, and activist held a “closed to the media” meeting that ultimately ended the violence and destruction of the city. All our differences need to be handled in that manner.

3). Hating our other brothers & sisters:

I had a long argument on social media in two different posts. One post this young brother was trying to convince black people not to trust anyone Half Black. He was young and void of history to know that no “African American” is 100% Black and alot of our leaders, male and female and most of us comes from a mixed background to some extent. But that doesnt define your blackness. The other post was how some “African Americans” dont consider Haitians, and other carribeans as Black. That blew my mind back cause I’ve never heard this in all my 37 years. These kids have no sense of history to know what black is.

As Black men it is our job to make whats wrong and incorrect Right and Exact for the betterment of our race. But in order to do that we must be Right and Exact within ourselves. The men are the foundation of society so there should be no mystery to our plight. Without knowledge wisdom and understanding of our culture we have no power. Every Black mans new year resolution should not be something insignificant or personal cause those are the hardest goals to reach. Our resolution should be the simplest of them all. We need to be who we are and what we are since we were born, a Blackman. Every other “Man” is doing just that, look at how far they’re going!

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