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Happy Birthday #28

Happy Birthday #28

Ms. Solange Knowles!!!

http://www.solangemusic.com

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Juneteenth

Juneteenth

To this day, we still have a caste system… Across the world, the hunger for control over people has plagued many communities. From here in the states to Egypt to Palestine & any land where man finds monetary gain as his number one goal.
My ancestors built this country, but the white oppressors did not break their backs.

Via Pulitzer Winner & Author of The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson:
On this day, June 19, 1865 — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation — word finally reached the last of the enslaved people that “all slaves are free.” Union General Gordon Granger read these words from the balcony of the former Confederate Army headquarters in Galveston, Texas, 80 miles west of the Louisiana line.

There are several theories as to the two-and-a-half year delay that left slaves in Texas toiling for under the lash for so much longer than they should have. One theory is that a messenger had been killed on the way to read the Proclamation. Another is that slave owners purposely withheld the news (which would have been all too easy in the days before the technology we now take for granted).

In the end, it took 2,000 union troops to capture the state to enforce the law. Only then could General Gordon read the Proclamation stating that the enslaved people were now to be employees rather than property. The reactions among the newly freed people ranged from shock to jubilation. Some stayed to see what employment would mean. Others left the plantations immediately and set out to find family members spread out over the region.

Slavery was quickly replaced with sharecropping and a Jim Crow caste system that would hold formerly enslaved people and their descendants in the grip of a brutal new social order which millions would ultimately flee.

Here in this photo, survivors of slavery soberly observe Juneteenth in their hats, canes and bonnets in Austin, TX, 1900. In the early years, the newly freed people and their descendants took pains to dress up for Juneteenth, as laws had forbidden slaves to do so in certain jurisdictions, even in the rare instances when owners would have been so inclined to provide them with decent clothing.

Juneteenth has been a state holiday in Texas since 1980, and has long been celebrated in California, where many Texans journeyed during the Great Migration. Now, a total of 42 states and the District of Columbia recognize it as a state holiday or special day of observance. Celebrations now often include parades, storytelling, barbecue and red soda pop, prayer and recognition of the elders. And the building from which General Granger read the Proclamation all those years late is now a historic landmark.

Happy Freedom Day to everyone, in honor of the last enslaved Americans to be set free…..

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Displaced New Orleans Poet Sunni Patterson: I WIll Bring a Light to Every Injustice

Poet and performer Sunni Patterson gives another beautiful piece which sheds light to this country and land’s beyond façade.

We have not always found comfort in killers.
We have not always found solace being rocked
in the bosoms of those who silently pray
and openly destroy.
No, not always have we mistaken mimicry for mastery
or pretending for knowing
or enslavement for freedom.
But across my memory —-
across my memory marches millions -—
bold, regal, resilient, confident —-
unshackled feet stumping up spirits
to guide us through this fickle material world.
We like sun and moon folk,
universal souls praying our prayers,
singing our songs.
Eshu, Ogoun, Shango, Yemaja, Oshun, Obatala, Oya,
Damballah, Ayida Wedo, Loa, Nkongo, Olodumare and Yami.
We know all of you by name.
We are people of beginnings, of culture, of strength.
Not always have we given into the empty threats
and scare tactics of the powerless ones.
Not always have we allowed the blood of our sons and daughters
to color the streets while we’re walking asleep,
marching to the beat of that siren song.
They’re still wearing their sheets,
with nooses in reach,
showing their teeth and smiling, it seems.
But I hear in the breeze
in the rustle of the trees
and the dangling of the feet,
they say, please, don’t let them ever forget.
You see, not always have we suffered from amnesia.
Not always have we forgotten how to conjure up spirits,
ancestor wisdom,
fix up a mixture,
spiritual elixir,
ancient traditions.
We, like magicians,
god-like vision, we -—
we are people of sight.
So, no, not always have we fallen
for this okie doke
or inhaled the hazardous smoke of the manipulators
or been satisfied with crumbs for meals
our hands have prepared.
Hughes said life for us ain’t been no crystal stair,
but at least the steps are there
to push us up higher,
teach us how to go beyond the destroyer’s disguises,
look them in the eyes and be able to see.
Because what’s surprising when you know the nature of a beast
and especially when they’ve shown the same face for centuries?
So you tell me,
what’s the difference between two sisters in New Orleans
shot point-blank in the back of the head,
and two women bound in their car in Baghdad?
Or government-sanctioned killings in Kenya,
and a sister held hostage in a house in Virginia?
Or poverty in Haiti, poverty in Jamaica,
rape in Rwanda or rape in Somalia?
A sweatshop in China or one in Guatemala?
Or small pox and blankets, syphilis and Tuskegee,
formaldehyde and FEMA, ethnic cleansing and Katrina?
I recall within a speech Dr. King made us aware,
he said injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.
So they can spare us their drama, huh?
We got the heart of them field working mamas.
We carry the torch of that ancestor fire.
So with every fiber that flutters in our being,
with every find that comes from our seeking,
with every hearing that comes from our listening,
and every sight that comes from our seeing,
we must be faithful, strategic, victorious and free.

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Black Fraternities & Sororities Come Together To Shut Down Mona Scott-Young’s Latest Project

Black Fraternities & Sororities Band Together To Shut Down Mona Scott-Young's Latest Project

I learned of Mona Scott-Young a couple years ago when researching the hip hop music scene and it’s leading forces. I most recently seen her work w| Nicky Minaj on the Myx Fusions wine.

She has a long resume when it comes to entertainment; Working behind the scenes with artists such as Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent to name a few. She is the CEO of multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment—home to Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott and VH1’s most popular docu-franchise “Love & Hip Hop.” In addition to “Love & Hop Hop,” the film and television division of Monami Entertainment has produced the spin-off “Chrissy & Mr. Jones” and “The Gossip Game”—both on VH1.

She has most recently been working on a new reality show titled Sorority Sisters which has received a backlash amongst black fraternity and sorority members due to its misrepresentation of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho members highlighted in the show’s trailer, which has since been removed from the web due to the uproar.

Now, I don’t really watch reality shows which usually show people through a negative lens, whether it be partially or totally scripted. So I’m not going to assume this would be one of these cliche ‘Bad Girls Club’ type shows. But, I can say this, a lot of these reality shows seem to pick people who are willing to do or say anything to be on television. They don’t think about how they may look or sound to the world. I would hope for this show, if it airs to be in a positive light for my black people.

Now I am all for be who you are and don’t give a fck what people think. But, there is a line people should not cross. A lot of women after being on reality TV consider themselves stars, usually at the cost of being half naked, acting ignorant, fighting, constantly arguing or talking behind other women’s back – all for the sake of ‘I’m a reality star’….

Following the negative reaction to the “Sorority Sisters” preview clip, Reynoir Lewis launched a MoveOn.Org petition in an effort to axe the series from airing on television:
Stop the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter organizations. Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish those aims and goals we all abide by. If this show airs, we will boycott any and all advertisers affiliated with the show through commercial advertising, product placement and/or location use.
*I, Reynoir Lewis, will be personally delivering these signatures to the President Philippe Dauman and the Executive Chairman Sumner M. Redstone.* Thank you for your support.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/end-mona-scott-youngs

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/11/mona-scott-young-sorority-sisters_n_5484726.html