Chi-Raq

Message – In theaters now!

The Black Struggle – Black Lives Matter – Black Women – Black Men

I have not yet seen the movie, but some natives of Chicago, IL are not big fans of this film. As stated in the Chicago Tribune:

“So after all of the fighting, name-calling and political wrangling over the film’s title, “Chi-Raq” fails to illuminate the lives of the many Chicagoans who go to bed with the sound of gunfire outside their windows and wake up to the news of yet another murder. While critics have hailed the satirical film as a victory for Lee, Chicagoans go home empty-handed”.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-chiraq-glanton-talk-20151124-story.html

Me personally, I think all the cast for this film should have came directly from Chicago. I remember the casting calls for Straight Outta Compton – the casting calls were done in Gardena, Compton – areas where real blacks in the struggle, who knew first hand resided. Unfortunately, this film seems to have a lot of big Hollywood names.

But, I commend Spike Lee for shedding light on an issue black communities across the United States deal with on a daily – gun violence.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – Dr Joy de Gruy Leary

The Sojourner Truth show (Margaret Prescod) on http://www.kpfk.org covered Dr. Joy de Gruy Leary and this discussion which is a fundamental part of our history, present and future. Not only black people, but whites have been affected and infected as Dr. de Gruy states with slavery in the United States.

This discussion touches deeply the direct and indirect trauma African chattel slavery has had on our generations. How do we, how can we ‘completely’ be made free of the remnants of post-traumatic slavery syndrome?

First key is Self Love – Black people must love themselves, ourselves before anyone else could open their hearts & minds to our sole being.

Second key is Education – The clouded history taught in American classrooms are full of lies with so many gaps in the people that made this country.

Third key is Acknowledgement – To no longer mask the truth about the lives which were forced upon these lands along with the lives taken. The lives which set the soil, the lives which built the railroads, the lives which fed the said ‘settlers’ who are truly terrorists children, the lives which kept homes clean, the lives forgotten.

Those are a few things if were practiced could help in bringing a conscious to America – to help in removing the facade this country has been existing under for centuries.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A Tribute

DemocracyNow shows a speech heard by few.

The United States government murdered him, but his legacy will never be forgotten along with all the other Black names unspoken in the struggles of racist oppression. Civil rights has been a never ending fight for laws that still hold Blacks in shackles.

R.I.P. to one of great ones.

Kerry Washington – Sojourner Truth

Born in New York circa 1797, Sojourner Truth was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Her best-known speech on racial inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.