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Nikki Giovanni: African-American poet who helped birth modern black consciousness


Today marks the birthday of one of the world’s most well-known African-American poets.

The writer, commentator, activist, and educator was born on June 7th 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She studied history at Frisk University where she developed her interest in activism. She graduated in 1968, the height of the Civil Rights movements and the year of the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and started publishing poetry around this time. Her works quickly became a significant contribution to the Civil Rights movement.

From Black Feeling, Black Talk

Her first book, Black Feeling, Black Talk, came out in 1967, and her second Black Judgement, a year later. In 1970, she released her work Re: Creation. Together, these books made her one of the leading voices of black…

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Elgin ministers reflect on assassination that shook ‘the consciousness of our nation’


The Rev. Nathaniel L. Edmond of Elgin’s Second Baptist Church recalls April 1968 as a time when, as a Birmingham, Ala., high school student, he watched as his mother was rejected time and again as she tried to register to vote.

“My mother went to the courthouse seven times, on seven Mondays, before she was allowed to vote. I remember it very vividly,” Edmond said.

Before that, the Rev. Don Shank, a twice-retired Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren minister who is now a chaplain at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, said he joined members of his Elgin congregation for both the March on Washington in August 1963 and the march to Selma, Ala., in 1965.

Both longtime Elgin ministers and activists are reflecting this week on the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin…

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Black Panther Serves To Inspire In A World Built On Fantasy

Black Panther Fantasy

I hold my clenched fists across my heaved chest and as I summon the power of a thousand Afrakan warriors my arms become heavy like the hammer of the mighty Thor times two. I am ready to pound the hell out of every white racist and race destroying Black person that crosses my path. I know it’s just a fantasy but I feel exhilarated, inspired, and powerful. Now I’m ready to take on the world.

Every dream begins as fantasy, an exaggeration of the actual outcome. There is no explanation for it. That’s just the way the human mind works. But if you think that it’s foolish to dwell on fantasy, who can tell me that god is not a fantasy? Yet he/she/it is the key drivers of the human psyche, providing hope, inspiration, and courage to billions to alleviate their fears of a hostile world. God has been insufficient however therefore; Black people still continue to search for any form of inspiration we can find.

That is why when a movie like Black Panther comes along to offer inspiration in the form of a fantasy, Black people have responded with overwhelming support. In fact, I have never seen Black people all across the globe get so excited about a movie before. Like Trekkies or Star Wars fanatics who get dressed up in fan gear to attend a showing, Black Panther supporters came out in all sorts of Afrakan themed attire. The result is that the movie has now broken sales records in numerous countries and is predicted to become one of the top grossing movies of all time.

In the months prior to its premiere, anticipation for Black Panther never wavered, it grew bigger by the day, which was a good sign for its creators, Marvel and Disney, that they had a hit on their hands. Personally, after witnessing the blind obsession on social media over what I saw as no more than a fantasy, I wrote it off. My consciousness does not allow me to get swept up in consumerism, which is a factor in all movie and product debuts.

So here we are, a week after the premiere and Black Panther has actually lived up to the hype but even it wasn’t a good movie in terms of its entertainment value, just the representation of Afrakans in positive positions of power was good enough for most Black folks. A new term has even been coined called “Afro Futurism” to classify movies in which Black people are set in leading positions of power.

On the other hand, Black Panther has got every major news organization scrambling to understand its success. They are wondering how Black Panther, a lesser known figure in the Marvel Universe is able to outsell all other movies with major characters such as Iron Man, X-Men, Thor, Spider Man, Captain America, and Avengers. Its success came because Black people were given a chance to Direct, Act, and create a story about us for us. The result is a product that inspires greatness within us. 

Main-stream media is hearing from us how just seeing other Black people in positions of power is inspirational yet many of them are still confused. They say, “but it’s just a movie, a fantasy”. What they refuse to acknowledge is the power of inspirational figures even though they draw inspiration from statues and portraits of Jesus and movies about Super-man, James Bond, and Luke Sky-Walker.

Those inspirations make them feel that they can dictate the policies of the world, travel to the Stars, or become super sleuths that solve complected crimes. For us, Black Panther serves to inspire in a world built on fantasy. What world am I referring to? I’m not referring to the world of Wakanda; I’ am referring to the world we face every time we open our front doors.

4 US Troops Killed Helping Afraka Heighten its Security Consciousness

African military

Recently, it was revealed that Islamic militants in Niger, West Africa, had killed 4 elite US soldiers. US troops are killed in action all over the world on a regular basis, mostly by friendly fire and in covert operations that go wrong. While news of military casualties is often mentioned in the news, they are so common that most people barley notice.

This incident is different because it is getting major buzz due to controversies involving the president. I won’t dwell on the controversies here because that is not the purpose of this blog. The purpose of this blog is to point out the deficiency of Afrakans to manage security threats on the continent due to a lack of knowledge and unity.

Details about the incident revealed that the US soldiers were part of an intelligence force that had been operating in the region for years. Their work involves training local armies while gathering intel on the growing problem of Islamic extremism in the region. It was also revealed that private US military contractors were involved in recovering the body of one of the dead soldiers.

Do most people know what a “Private Contractor” is? They are former US soldiers who work for paramilitary corporations, some directly for military purposes in place of formal troops and some for private corporations who want to protect their financial interests. They have no accountability therefore thay operate with impunity.

Private Contractors have the ability to dictate the political and economic policies of countries by disrupting populations and creating fear and distrust among individuals within those societies. Using divide and conquer tactics to stoke tribal conflicts, they create conditions where the people cannot rise above a fight for survival to focus on profiting from the enormous value of the resource around them.

On a higher level foreign governments manipulate elections in Afraka using systems that ensure that Dictators stay in place. They know Dictators are easy to corrupt and will sell out their country’s resources to make themselves rich while the people suffer.

While US military expertise is useful, Afrakan countries must not let the US scare them into believing that they are the only solution to Islamic Terrorism. It’s time to step up and build a system that is better than the current world system. As is evident, the US is the “Police force” of the United Nations, whom they once manipulated into pursuing a “new world order”.

The US once embraced the title of world police because it covertly helped them to spread their economic empire. However, the US is currently locked in an internal struggle for identity. I call it “Pinky’s Betrayal”. It is a situation where low and working class America, who feel the big corporations have left them behind, has rebelled under the influence of a narcissistic leader.

So while the US is struggling with its conscience, Afrakans must work harder to build their self-awareness. Consciousness is a dynamic force that grows with knowledge to improve self-awareness. Afrakans must rise collectively to a level of self-awareness where we recognize the things that are beneficial as well as the things that are detrimental to the continent.

Such issues include managing Religious, Economics, Cultural, and Tribal disputes. All these things can easily digress into terrorism in the absence of knowledge, awareness, and conscience. Afraka must step up to fight terrorism or remain undignified pawns of world powers.

Beware Of Humanism

Beware of Humanism

Beware of Humanism; it is an unconscious corrupter of Life.

This is not about condemning any one person or group of people. Instead, it is a commentary on the state of humanity. It may seem inhumane to some but I have lived long enough and experienced enough of life to comment on that which I am a pert of, which is humanity. I am a Free Thinker who once believed in the ideals of humanism. However, I have come to the realization that Life must beware of Humanism.

Humanists typically do not believe in a creative force other than “chance” therefore they believe that they only exist by the chance of nature over Time. Humanism is an ideology that forces the mind to focus on the wants and needs of Humans and Humanity, often at the expense of the rest of Life. Invariably, Humanists believe that they are now the creative force that will shape the planet and the universe.    

Humanism has hijacked the original premise of “Human Rights”. Once an effective tool in fighting Racism, Colonialism, and the exploitative tendencies of Capitalism, Human Rights has become a shield for the unconscious. Now you have Gay Rights activists comparing themselves to the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s, in which brave Afrakan Americans stood up to racism, discrimination, and police brutality.

Humanism gives Humans an arrogant sense of entitlement. For instance, Humanism makes people more willing to kill their brains with drugs because it is their individual right. Then when they become addicted and dysfunctional in society they are defended by other Humanist sympathizers who help them by petitioning the government to provide food, shelter, and safe places for them to get high. They don’t know that Addiction is unconscious love.

Humanists will also defend the rights of people to explore their unnatural sexual desires such as pedophilia, homosexuality, incest, and bestiality. They do not believe that these things are unnatural therefore they focus on the “Right” of the individual to live according to their natural inclinations.

Who should decide whether sexual perversion is wrong or right? No one!

It’s not about what is wrong or right, it’s about a pursuit of “knowledge”, which no one is doing. We must explore the fact that things are going wrong in the genetic blueprint of human life. Unfortunately, no one wants to focus on the possibility that unnatural substances are affecting human DNA in adverse ways. That is why blind Humanism will turn humans into a race of hormone-confused mutants.

Do you have sexual desires toward children or animals? Do you believe that your desires are natural or unnatural? Do not let anyone tell you that you don’t have the right to life because just like you, they don’t know how and why you are the way you are. Just like you they refuse to seek real understanding. On their part, it’s easier to hate and on your part, it’s easier to rebel and sink into the shadows of society.  

Recognize that Life is a single conscious entity. The prerogative of Life is to survive and thrive at all costs. It uses mechanisms such as Risk Reward and Desire Fulfillment. Life is conscious but not fully aware therefore it learns as it goes. Due to lack of awareness, Life will take you in any direction you want to go till death exhausts you. At which point it simply recycles and starts over.

While life is self-destructive it’s also self correcting with the help of the Spiritual essence of the universe. So listen to your conscience and help Life to correct the corruption being fuelled by unconscious humanism.

How To Avoid Becoming A Terrorist

Afraans must avoid becoming terrorists

A terrorist is a Devil who seeks to kill innocent people as well as to instill fear in society. AfRAkans must avoid becoming terrorists.

As we observe the carnage being inflicted by terrorists on innocent civilians in several European countries, the Middle East, and northern AfRAka, we may feel that it may never affect us however, terrorists are made, not born, therefore anyone can become a terrorist.

Terrorists believe that the destruction that they inflict on their victims is for a noble cause. The base of their motivation is a Bond between themselves and that cause, be it Racial, Religious, Political, or Territorial. We know this as fact because in each region the primary target of the terror is different.

In Europe the primary target of the terrorists are European. Islamic terrorists view European as the primary cause for the destruction of their Spiritual homeland in the Middle East. To them, acts of terror are a continuation of a two thousand year old religious war between Jews, Christians, and them for control of the so-called Holyland.

Furthermore, Muslims perceive that Christians and Jews are actively disrupting the development of productive self-sustaining societies in the region so that those societies will never be able to form any type of formidable force to keep others out. They believe that Islamic sects and countries that welcome foreigners are puppets controlled by Money and Western ideology.

In AfRAka, Islamic terrorists are wreaking havoc in many Sub-Saharan countries. The most terror prone country is Nigeria where the terrorist organization Boko Haram has been responsible for thousands of bombings, shootings, and kidnappings of innocent people over the past decade.

Lets not forget that Christian terrorists exist too. In the Congo, for instance, Christian militias are responsible for killing thousands of innocent Muslims. In fact, terrorists come in all religions and ideologies. We are mostly hearing about Islamic terrorists because of several factors, which include media source and control as well as government oversight.

All acts of terror are deplorable and we sympathize with the victims and the families of those affected by it. We know that most of these incidents of terror involve AfRAkans, either as victims or as the perpetrators. We know it may be hard to avoid becoming a victim of terror because you never know when or where a terrorist will strike.

The primary consequence of terrorism is the destruction of Life. Life is a single entity in the process of developing a consciousness. It uses mechanisms such as Risk reward and Desire fulfillment, which without the control of Conscience, manifests itself in humans as Sins or (Devilish) behavior. The lives of AfRAkans will only improve when we learn to control the Desires of Life, not through Humanism but by returning to the Spirit.

The Spirit of the universe created Life therefore; it is the influence of the Spirit that generates Conscience, individually as well as the collective consciousness of Life. Conscience is a force similar to common forces in nature such as Electricity and Magnetism. It is not physical therefore it cannot we measured in size or weight. Conscience can only be measured by the influence it exerts on physical matter, namely Brain Cells responsible for thought and reasoning.

In order to avoid becoming a terrorist there are several variable that AfRAkans can control. One of them is to resist adopting the religious ideologies of others. By adopting the religious ideologies of others we invariable begin to sympathize with and defend their territorial bonds. Ultimately, we will fight for Rome, Mecca, and Jerusalem while dismissing our own AfRAkan Spiritual traditions.

Another way to avoid becoming a terrorist is to be Conscious about your AfRAkan Pride. When we see the levels of despair that continues to plague many AfRAkan countries we naturally seek to blame. AfRAkans have concluded that Racism and Colonization by others are the main factors. Animosity for Europeans grows, driving many AfRAkans to adopt the ideologies of others who also hate Europeans. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.  

Listen to and obey your conscience by protecting the sanctity of Life. Avoid giving power to supernatural beings such as gods and demons that would entice you to sacrifice your Life to gain a reward. Although those beings are abstract, their energy can become influential forces by way of the energy we feed them.

Evil energy is a contagious disease. Doing evil to others also generates evil in them, especially when they have substituted true Spirituality with a god. The collective evil energy humanity creates is the entity that is referred to as the Devil. Now imagine a world where everyone has to use evil life destroying mechanisms as protection against each other. (Guns, Bombs, and Missiles) Sound’s like Hell doesn’t it?

Terrorism is an evil product of Life but we cannot blame Life since Life lacks universal awareness. We are Life therefore we can only learn from our mistakes and strive to become better people by listening to our conscience. Know that those who persist in doing evil do so to please the illusions they have created to comfort their disconnection from the Spirit.

Do not fear evil people or terrorists. They will perish and their consciousness will never know the Spirit. They think they will meet their gods but the only thing that will happen is their Souls will die and its energy will serve to replenish the cycle of Life until they learn otherwise.