Category Archives: THE BLACK MASCULIST


Just a couple of days ago Comedic actor Orlando Jones announced his firing from the popular show “American Gods” based off the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman. Orlando’s character “Mr. Nancy” was axed from the cast for the upcoming season 3 and Jones believes it was racially motivated due to the characters strong Black presence.  Here’s a clip from the show as well as his response.

So who actually is Mr. Nancy?

The character whose actual name is “Anansi”  is based in Ghanian folklore and is a God represented by a spider. He is known to be the master of all knowledge and stories is quite a trickster.

Anansi reminds me of another “pre religion” character, Exu (Ezu)  who is a Yoruba God who appeared in the movie “Besauro” (Beetle) a Brazilian movie about the Black hero who used capoeira to defeat Portuguese in post slavery South America.  This clip is in another language but Besauro who was careless comes to terms with responsibility after he failed at his job of protecting his mentor the elder and former hero of the people. Exu uses his trickery to drive him mad only to prove certain points that keeps him focused on his path

Both these characters are ancient and pre religion. Some may call them pagan but they’re original and explains more about the soul and your connection to something greater than anything else. Both Anansi and Exu are personifications of the hurdles and brick walls in our lives that are only a hindrance to those who can’t see or don’t want to.  They show us the truth with no filter and laughs at our foolish attempts to withdraw from our responsibilities.

In Besauro the God Exu and his actions make him seem like an undefeatable foe but it shows he was really Besauros conscious, the God within fighting to come out. In real life Mr. Nancy or “Anansi” was one of the oral traditions that made it to America by way of the first wave of slavery and it is said that that spirit is what drove the early slave revolts.


Watching Byron Allen’s interview on the Breakfast club had me open! I knew of his case against Comcast and Charter communications but how Many of us knew of the Civil Rights act of 1866? How many of us knew of the 1990? 91? How bout the act of 57 or 60?

All we know of is the Civil Rights act of 1964 which ended segregation and discrimination in schools  and employment but non of that wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the 1st act ever passed after the Civil War, The Civil Rights act of 1866.

The 1st United States Federal law to define citizenship and to protect those citizens in accordance with the law was intended to protect newly freed Blacks born in America and those brought here. The law initially was vetoed twice by Prez Andrew Johnson, the former Lincoln VP who succeeded him yet reversed everything Lincoln put in place including the reparations given. It was finally passed to support the new 13th amendment. It was passed without a presidential signature.

The act gave Blacks rights equal to whites in contracts, Business, own and sell property, sue, give evidence in court, etc; But the law was federal so U.S. states didn’t really have to comply and as we see this has been an issue for over 100 years.

I understand Allen’s case more now and why the Department of Justice is attacking that particular act. By destroying that act, the 1st Civil rights act or affecting it in any way could undo all the changes made, make all the fight and cases won irrlavent and possibly send us Blacks back into slavery.

Immigration is not the problem, the infringement on our rights is and always have been the problem!

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