Yasiin Bey Banned from entering the United States

Yasiin Bey Banned from entering the United States


Together Boston, the music festival in the United States that Mos Def Yasiin Bey was set to perform at on May 15th, missed one of its headlining acts because Bey wasn’t allowed back into the United States. An official statement from the organization that curated the festival reads as follows:

We regret to inform you that due to immigration / legal issues Yasiin Bey is unable to enter back into the United States and his upcoming U.S. tour has been canceled, including May 15th, Together Boston’s show at The Wilbur Theatre. Individual ticket refunds for this show are available at point of sale.

Yasiin Bey’s interview w| Rolling Stone on his move to South Africa:

“So many fantastic people in almost every area of endeavor. And yet, I see the same dynamic people, many of them doubtful or fearful, or feeling like what they have to offer is beautiful only to them and not valued by the world, and that there’s not quite a place in the world for it. And I find it curious that all of this enthusiasm that all of the rest of the world has for Africa in general and South Africa in particular is not really shared as heartily by Africans themselves. I find that to be very, very, very curious. Because I’ve seen some beautiful places. I’ve been to Brazil numerous times, all throughout Asia, all throughout the best places in Europe, the best places in the States, even as far as some of Scandanavia. Amazing talent, amazing places. But nobody, excluding any place, is like Africa. Nobody. And that’s not a past-time or history, that’s today—the arts, the crafts, the thoughts, the concepts, the energy, the people that are comin out of this continent are unlike any other in the world”.

Now I wonder why the U.S. government wouldn’t let him back into the country… Maybe because he is a conscious hip hop artist who has something to say about the way in which the United States conducts foreign and at home policies when it comes to people of color and immigrants.

In this video Yasiin Bey demonstrates, and is unable to go through fully with the process of force feeding prisoners in Guantánamo Bay.

He has spoken out loud against this corrupt government, and history has shown that people who do so are titled terrorists / criminals. This country and others alike feel the urgency to label persons who speak out consciously against governmental crimes, yes I said crimes by this government. Yasiin Bey and others who share the same humane thoughts for a better world are targeted and surveilled as if they’ve relinquished their right as citizens, as humans who have a right to privacy, free speech and minds of their own.

The U.S. government is the true terrorist.


Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on “Black Power Mixtape”

Based on the film with the same name, the extraordinary new book “The Black Power Mixtape” chronicles the black freedom movement in the United States using found footage of top African-American leaders between 1967 and 1975. Shot by Swedish journalists and discovered in the basement of Swedish public television 30 years later, the film features some of the leading figures of the Black Power movement in the United States, including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver. Renowned American actor, film director and political activist, Danny Glover; and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film during her stint as communications secretary of the Black Panther Party, talk about the film.

I saw this film at in Los Angeles, purchased the DVD when made available and I try to make as many friends watch it as possible. It is a must see, it is an eye opener, it is my history. These people featured in the film along w| many other names unknown made it possible for my sister, brothers and I to have careers, go to school, sit down in restaurants and much more. We owe much homage to them.

See the Democracy Now video clip here:
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The author, activist, and intellectual Angela Y. Davis is this year’s UC Regents Professor and Professor of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary PhD program, and Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. The event is sponsored by the Gender Studies Department.
She will be giving a lecture titled “Feminism and Abolition: Extending the Dialogue”
at UCLA Los Angeles, Ca in the Royce Hall
Thursday May 8th, 2014
5:30pm to 7:00pm


Black Star Crescent Moon book by Sohail Daulatzai

Black Star Crescent Moon book by Sohail Daulatzai

Had the once again pleasure of hearing Sohail Daulatzai (My sister’s old Professor of African American and Film & Media studies at UC Irvine, Ca) at his book signing at Eso Won Books in Leimert Park. He is one of the most well versed, intelligent, personable, accomplished scholar I have came across.

No wonder my sister loved being a student of his! His new book Black Star Crescent Moon, The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond American just released & is deep look into this political & cultural history of Black Islam, Black radicalism, and the Muslim third world.

In 1962, Malcolm X said “the same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia, is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia.” Fifty years later, in 2012, with a Black President who’s middle name is Hussein as the face of American empire, Muslim hip-hop artists such as Yaslin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Lupe Fiasco have continued to carry on Malcolm’s legacy of Black internationalism in their music, connecting white supremacy/racism in the U.S. with American war abroad against Muslims and other non-white peoples in a post-9/11 world.

As Sohail Daulatzai reveals in Black Star,Crescent Moon, Islam and the struggles in the Muslim Third World have played a central role in shaping the Black radical imagination throughout the 20th century and the global struggle against imperialism. Whether it be through Malcolm X or Muhammad Ali, the poets of the Black Arts Movement or jazz musicians, Black Power activists or filmmakers, novelists or hip-hop artists, Daulatzai tells the story of how Black artists and activists linked discontent and unrest in Harlem, Los Angeles and Chicago to the anti-imperialist movements of the Muslim Third World for inspiration and solidarity in their struggles for social justice.

By resurrecting a past when the national liberation struggles in the Muslim Third World occupied a central place within the Black radical imagination, Black Star, Crescent Moon explores explores the significance of this forgotten history for contemporary politics and arts when Black artists and activists imagined themselves not as national minorities but as a part of a global majority.

Reviews by Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos def), Michael E. Dyson & Robin D. G. Kelley