I’d like to think that my essays/articles have meaning or resonate with a wide circle of reasonable people. However, my unashamed focus is always on helping Black people in particular to “Wake up, Clean up, and Stand up!” Throughout my … Continue reading Who are We? A Question of Identity
It is a phrase many Black activists and Hip Hop artists use with almost obsessive regularity. Indeed, the phrase “Knowledge of Self,” joins other terms in the pantheon of Black expressions that have become cliche. But exactly what is knowledge … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal about “Knowledge of Self?”
I have presented at several panel discussions around the topic of “Black Consciousness.” The term – like many – has become cliche and oversimplified. Naturally, any term we use with such regularity has great meaning for us. The key is to … Continue reading Understanding Black Consciousness
One day, not long ago, the devil had an executive board meeting with his devil’s advocates (those agencies/institutions that enforce and implement the wicked plan of deception, exploitation, confusion, injustice and death). Though generally pleased with their work on his behalf, … Continue reading Conversation Between the Devil and His Advocates
This blog does not contain much writing. Today I’m using poetry to get points across. Some of you may know I’ve been an educator, author and activist, but many don’t know that I grew up in Harlem as an aspiring … Continue reading Why The Negroes Suffer
So many groups seem to have a code or set of ethics that guide their actions. All gangs have a code, much to our detriment, police departments have codes. Sports teams and even the criminal street elements in our communities have codes as well (the most popular being “Snitches get stitches”). Schoolteachers, members of the clergy and parents have codes. Indeed codes seem to exist and co-exist all around us. This realization got me thinking about a basic code of ethics for Black people in general. I know this is impractical given the great diversity of beliefs and values among our … Continue reading The Black Code?
I recently posted an article explaining the concept of political“consciousness.” In this article, I provide basic concepts of Black conscious thinking with the aid of movie and television clips. … ___________________________________ 1. The Matrix: Understanding the ideological nature of our oppression, why some of our own people constitute “the enemy” is and why it is so difficult to overcome our oppression 2. The Lion King: How the oppressors use propaganda to make those they oppress adopt a passive, non-confrontational and apathetic attitude (a.k.a.’hakuna matata’). 3. Star Wars: The need for us to be spiritually connected, unafraid, and faithful. 4. Shawshank Redemption: … Continue reading BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS 101 (using movie clips)