Saturday, January 16, 2010
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace")
Be Aware that there are a lot of members of the African American community Dying of AIDS or living with HIV. Respect yourself, protect yourself. Know where you stand, take the Test. Spread love, Not death.
My people, Nubians in America it is time we stop burying the truth? It is time we discuss homosexuality and bisexuality in our community. It is time we educate our youth; it’s of the utmost importance they know the truth. Why must they wait, and continue to wait, until it’s too late? Enough of this nativity about AIDS and HIV. It is #1 in our community, potentially infecting you or me. The truth is HIV is preventable. Latex condoms come a dime a dozen. You must use them consistently; PROTECTED sex can and should be hot. Ultimately you are responsible for you. Correct condom use also prevents unwanted pregnancies and transmission of Stud’s, some more commonly known as gonorrhea. Know your status, get tested, prevent it, and DON`T neglects your brothers and sisters with this. Through their journey love them and get educated know the truth; control your fate, SAVE OUR YOUTH! I’m promoting condom use. I’m outraged with child abuse. I want you to educate our YOUTH.
I am trying to break the shackles of our mind. Bisexuality among Black women is very real just take a real good look on Black planet, and around you. I am not against bisexuality; love is love no matters were it comes from. The greatest love is love of self. More black women than you think harbor bisexual feelings, dreams and fantasies. Many keep them at that level. Others express them through close emotional but non-sexual friendships. Still other women rejoice in their bisexuality, whether out publicly or privately, in social or political settings, in their relationships or just through sex. Some women discover their bisexuality at an early age while others find it emerges over time as one becomes aware of and open to life’s possibilities. Some women, as do some men, try to ignore or suppress their feelings and deny who they really are. They may choose to call themselves straight or lesbian to fit the expectations of others or their own need to belong. One should strive to be true to one’s self first through accepting one’s feelings and accepting others. This can lead to more open, honest, caring and fulfilling relationships and an inner peace and happiness.
Bisexual: Indicating bisexuality with the gender symbols can get both fun and complicated. While male-male and female-female symbols are instantly recognizable, bisexual configurations can be confusing to some. Basically, it starts with whatever sex the bisexual person is and puts a male symbol on one side and a female on the other, a combination of the straight and gay symbols.
More women try bisexuality:
More women -- particularly those in their late teens and 20s are
Experimenting with bisexuality or at least feel more comfortable
Reporting same-sexencounters, according to a new report from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey, released by the CDC`s National Center for Health Statistics, found that 11.5 percent of women ages 18 to 44 Said they’ve had at least one sexual experience with another women In their lifetimes, compared with about 4 percent of women ages 18 To 59 who said the same in a comparable survey a decade earlier.
For women in their late teens and 20s, the percentage rose to 14
Percent in the more recent survey. About 6 percent of men in their
Teens and 20s said they’d had at least one same-sex encounter.
While those who conducted the survey took measures to protect
Respondents` privacy, researchers say it’s unclear whether the
Figure for men was lower because they’re more likely to avoid
Same-sex experiences or because they’re not reporting them.
Most people generally have few partners the findings on bisexuality and other aspects of Americans` sexual habits were taken from the National Survey of Family Growth, which included 12,571 in-person interviews, done from March 2002 to March 2003.
Overall, researchers said the report shows that most people have relatively few partners and are at a low risk for sexually transmitted diseases. `Instead of just anecdotes and stories that raise people’s anxieties, I think it’s best to have real numbers, ` said William Mosher, the statistician who oversaw the report. `And now we have those.` In other findings, the survey said that about 10 percent of females ages 15 to 19 and 12 percent of males had experienced heterosexual Oral sex but not vaginal intercourse.
Names We Should All Remember:
Mention the name of James Byrd and people immediately know your are referring to hate crimes. Unfortunately, not so with the names of sexual minorities of African descent who were the victims of similar brutal crimes. Although often victimized because of their race and sexual orientation, they did not receive the media spotlight.
Steen Keith Fenrich, Teenager was killed by his white step father who dismembered the teenager, burned the skin off his head with acid and scrawled racist and antigay epithets on the bleached skull.
Milan, Amanda (Damon Lee Dyer) Transgender, designer. Milan was attacked and stabbed in the neck in front of the Port Authority bus terminal in New York where she was later found by police. Marches following Milan’s death have helped to unify New York’s transgender community.
Tyra Hunter (Tyrone Hunter) Transgender, hairstylist. Hunter was a resident of Washington DC left to die following an automobile accident in 1995. Upon discovering that Hunter was anatomically male, the EMS squad member stopped treating her and laughed out loud. Hunter was pronounced dead at DC General Hospital.
Arthur Warren. “J.R.” West Virginia man who died after being beaten and run over by a car so that it appeared he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, because he was gay. Three white teen-agers confessed to the crime.
Posted by Sawaad Amen Ra at 1:09 PM
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace")
“The kingdom of heaven is within you; and whosoever shall know himself, or herself shall find it.” Sawaad Amen Ra
LONG LIVE OUR PAN-AFRICANIST GENERAL KHALLID ABDUL MUHAMMAD.
Khallid Abdul Muhammad 1948-1998
Like Malcolm X, Khallid should also be considered "Our shinning Black Prince". Minister Farrakhan called Khallid "A Black stallion that no one can ride but God." This dark skin brother epitomized, and was the personification of "Black Is Beautiful". He was close up and "in yo` face". He was real. He was not surrounded by an army of bodyguards, thus making him "larger than life". Khallid was yet another beautiful example of what the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad can do for Black men. Far too many Black boys have the wrong role models to look up to, such as silly gangster rappers with their pants hanging down, or "larger than life" athletes. Black boys need more men like Khallid instead of this growing gangster` thug culture.
The Ghetto is Not Really a Place.
What`s so fabulous about being ghetto? In case you weren`t aware, the ghetto is not a place. It is a state of mind. Negroes are currently stuck in a ghetto state of mind that is hindering us all from achieving our full potential.
How did we get to this state?
It`s sort of like being a black horse in a horse race and your gate doesn`t open. Meanwhile, all the other horses are white and off and running but you`re stuck in the starting block. By the time your gate opens, all the white horses are damn near at the finish line because you didn`t have any W-D 40. Face it, Black people are about 400 years behind the finish line and something always causes our gates to stick. Be that as it may, while we should be trying to mount a come from behind victory, we often find ourselves hanging outside the stables, smoking weed and drinking malt liquor and Alize`.
There are so many examples of fundamental ghetto mentality syndrome (FGMS for short) that I`m not even sure I can list them all. Yet, by bringing at least some of these examples to your attention, it is my heartfelt hope that everyone will take a second look at themselves and at their individual state of mind. For some folks, the following examples will be hard to read. We will surely lose some subscribers because I can spare no ones feeling here. Some folks are what they eat and some folks are what they speak. The truth is only real if you don`t lie about it.
If there is anyconsolation to be gleaned for those who are already suffering from this often contagious condition, please note that there is a difference between regular Black American culture and the Black American ghetto mentality. For starters, eating fish on Friday`s is a part of Black American culture, (yeah I know the Catholics do it too) but eating fish or barbequing on the front porch when it`s not your family reunion is ghetto.
Hopefully you won`t mind, but I decided to preparea short list of a few other ghetto mentions, which if you have done in the past, just might do in the future or have indirectly taken part in as part of a group and/or gathering, you might want to visit your local Ghettologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
What kills Black people the most?
Our Kemetic ancestors were very wise people. They dealt with all facets of life and incorporated their spiritual beliefs into everyday activities. They speak on the subject of tradition in simple proverbs. For instance: “Everyone finds himself in the world where he belongs. The essential thing is to have a fixed point from which to check its realty now and then.” Just because it is traditional for Black people to do something in a particular manner doesn’t mean you should continue to do it because your ancestors did it. This is not progress. The Black Church should speak to Black people in a manner that the times call for. This is why so many youth are turned off from the Black Church. The Black Church doesn’t speak their language. The Black Church doesn’t deal with the issues pertinent to the youth’s survival. Children today do not have the same respect for what adults say. This is a good and bad thing.
For children today is not afraid to question authority. You can’t simply scare the youth today by telling them to not question God and the Church. Its effects are slowly starting to diminish. You have to be more knowledgeable today to deal with today’s youth. We are in the Age of Aquarius (knowledge); it’s time to get with the times.
Children today are learning more and more about the world around them. Today’s youth can put together complex web applications and can hack into big business company files. Children are building robots and have their eyes set on space. Children today are turning their X-Box’s into Windows Servers. You simply can’t come to these individuals with the same old routine that use to work for your grandparents. What are you going to tell your kid about sex and marriage, according to the Bible, when they actually read for themselves and come to find out that sex before a marriage ceremony is not a sin. I have angered many a people with this one because no one can find a law in the Bible that forbids sex before a marriage ceremony, yet we teach this to our children as law. Children are smarter than you think. They are not going for the jive our parents taught us, so let’s not repeat their mistakes. My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Knowledge is what’s missing from today’s churches. Too much emphasis is on preaching than teaching. In a book called The Negro Church in America by Dr. E. Franklin Frazier, he points out that; “...the religious instruction of the slave required preaching rather than instruction in the Christian faith. Preaching meant dramatizing the stories of the Bible and the way of God to man…. Another qualification which the slave preacher must possess was the ability to sing.”
The method of teaching found in most churches today, are not the methods of our ancestors. This new form of charismatic preaching does not allow the mind to really concentrate on the teachings. People are too caught up into how the preacher is preaching in the sermon as compared to what the preacher is preaching. The way a preacher teaches should be based on how well the information is transmitted, not how much applause he can obtain or how well he rouses the crowd. Imagine yourself in a college class room for mathematics, do you think you would get much learning done if the teacher brought in an 8 piece band and throughout the lesson shouted at you to get your attention? “Yeah!” “Uuuuhhh!” Most will reply, “It’s not the same!” My point is, in all methods and institutions of learning; this method for teaching is unacceptable, except in the church. Most will agree, I assume that a concert and screaming throughout the lesson would not benefit them in any other place of learning. So why do we accept it at church? I am not saying that music should not be a part of the experience. That is just as African as Africa itself. But there is a time and place for everything and the music and entertainment should not overshadow the teachings. The mind must be in a calm state to really understand what instructions are being given. This is why you study in quiet, so the mind can process effectively the information trying to be understood. I speak about this so vehemently because we have people in the church today who have been going to church for over 30 years who know nothing about Christianity. Most people in the church cannot speak a lick of Hebrew. If I said, “Yahawah Ba Ha Sam Yahawahshi Barak Athah”, most would look at me crazy. Most people cannot speak any Greek or Aramaic. Most people in the church don’t know who Constantine is and how important he is to the church. Most people in the church cannot tell me anything about the five council meetings (Nicea, Constantinople I, Ephesus, Chalcedon, and Constantinople II). Most people in the church don’t know whom Sir. Francis Beacon is and his role in the editing of the King James Bible. These are important people and events that are a direct result of how we perceive Christianity, yet no one knows about them. The reason why is because church is not set up for true instruction. It has become a place to feel good. When Christ went to learn, he learned at a temple, where he could ask questions and they had assignments and could take notes. That is non-existent in the modern church and Sunday school is not the same thing. This stems from our slavery days. It was forbidden for slaves to learn in their traditional methods of learning. The slave masters knew about the education of the Africans. This is why they tried so hard to hide it from us. If we began to read, speak our native languages and could decipher for ourselves exactly what was said in the Bible and its original text in the Torah, it would cause the slave to rebel because the slave sees a contradiction in what has been said and what they see in the actual text and historical documents.
Revolt Aint A Revolution.
Why are we fighting each other trying to overthrow our brother?
Why are we still saying freedom, still freedom can`t come?
We have to learn things from ancient history to help build a new society.
We have to remember Kwame Nkrumah and Marcus Garvey to build our own economy. Now a revolt aint a revolution, a coup is still not the solution.
We have to plant some food on the land, agriculture is the key for building a nation. Why are we measuring` progress as determined by the whites? Why are we still saying yes to all their mess? We have to understand` the times we are living in, and remember where we have been. We have to remember what happen in slavery, so as not to repeat that history.
Now a revol aint a revolution, killing leaders is not the solution.
We have to build schools in the community to get rid of illetaracy.
Why are we listening to these preachers who pose as moral teachers?
Pimp Rev. Senator James Meeks (D-Chicago)and Pimp Creflo Dollar.
Why are we still saying amen to the very thing that put us in this pen? We have to return to ancient philosophy and reveal all of earths mystery. We have to live by our own spirituality to determine our own destiny.
Now a revolt aint a revolution, white foreign aid is still not the solution. We have to overstand Africa for all African to help build a new nation. Why are we discussing our problems with people that will not help to solve them? Why are we still begging for freedom, while looking down the barrel of a gun? We have to seek King Shaka and Hannibal.
In these times of aggression and understand what was their mission. We have to advance to victory with truth and right known that right must overcome might. Now a revolt aint a revolution, building nuclear weapons is not the solution, if some thing is not worth dieing` for its not worth living` for but if it takes war to free us then is just WARRR. By the ballot or the bullet,by the bible or the gun any which way freedom must come.
Posted by Sawaad Amen Ra at 11:39 AM
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").
Black in America
As we are on the verge of going into the year 2006, I have given the matter of race my complete and undivided attention. The black on black on crime, the white on Black racism and the lack of compassion for the hopeless are some of my concerns. We have been trained by the environment to seek out wealth at all cost. We are now seeing that we are and have raised children that are a product of that training.
Being black in this world means seeing us portrayed as people who are second class people by the so called majority. If you want to think that we are only funny or athletic or in some ways entertaining, you should. All media displays of blacks confirm your thinking. We are only on the fringe of the real world when you stop to understand our reality. To have anything of substance you have to imitate and imulate the behavior of the people responsible for your condition. We imitate and worship them by worshipping what they worship. We pursue the same dreams as if we don't have our own dreams. We drag our kids into their institutions and hope our kids are successful by association.
We are in denial about why we pursue wealth and power. We see it as defining how far we have come in America. I see it as defining how far away we are from who we should be. The rules of conduct used by the people we seek to emulate are unnatural for us as non Europeans. The whatever it takes mentality has spread to include murder etc. to get what you want. For those us who have the ability to lead, we are too busy trying to live the American nightmare or so called dream to effect any change. We make the mistake in thinking that our folks that aren't doing as well should follow us to the PROMISED LAND. Maybe part of the problem is that these same people won't sell their soul from the motherland for some wealth in America. Some of the slaves threw their babies overboard rather that subject them to the ways of some real savage people that don't value human lives the way we do.
We do everything in our power to get out of the ghetto only to reunite with the class of people responsible for the ghettos. There was no ghetto in Africa; it is a creation of the European mind to have a lower class of people to make them feel better. How good it must be to see Blacks portrayed as murderers after the atrocities that you have committed on mankind. How good you must feel to see us not taking care of our families when you are the original separator of the family. How good it must feel to see us with guns when you are the makers and prime destroyers with these weapons. How good it must feel to see drugs destroy us when we seek escape from your wrath. To not have us here would put white America more in touch with reality. As long as you have people that you have mistreated so badly still want to be like you is a testament to our own self hatred.
We have been victimized by our love for all people even our oppressor. They taught us to love them through our religious devotion. We have always loved GOD so they turned into god. They are our GOD and so we worship on their command and by their doctrines. We act as if we have no idea about our Deity other than what was given to us by them. How can we accept so readily the religion and ways of a people that to this day won't sit in a church of God with you? Sunday morning the day of your lord is the most segregated time of the week. How godly that must be that on the day of worship we all choose to do it so selfishly and in contrast to the WORD. Is it that you would not feel as accepted among so called Christians in white America as in your church? If the people who claim Jesus (both Black and white) would stand up and admit that it is religion that has paved the way for our oppression we could start to heal. As long as we continue to deny that, our people will continue to seek relief by any means.
We look for our salvation to be delivered by a Blond Blue Eyed Scandinavian. How foolish we are to think that way. That image is what makes us so accepting of a people that have never had our best interest at heart. We think if there is a heaven white folks must know the way. We follow their example and teach our children their ways. Well take a look around, after four hundreds of years of hoping and praying we should look at them and ask how come there is still no equality. I guess you know the answer; it will come in the next life. Why must our salvation wait for their benefit? We all know that they are not waiting but didn't they teach us well. Get in line and wait for your reward. Is that your only motivation in life, a reward? Our presence here in America is proof that a crime was committed and until White America deals with that constructively we can never have equality. The wealth that this country has can never pay back the lost and stolen lives it caused to gain the wealth. This is beyond money, this is about humanity. To be Black and thriving in America is a to defy logic. Our youth see it as a losing game that only has one winner, them. We have never had the generational foundation in which success is usually bred from. Our youth have never seen us embrace our own Blackness. They see us with a white Jesus and white angels and us in the church singing and praying for a better day. We have to be better than that for them to be better. To see nothing but devastation from violence, drugs and self hatred will only serve as the lesson for the next generation. To have any chance to turn this around must mean to turn away from the very people and ways that caused it. We didn't show up here as dysfunctional people .We were made dysfunctional for the use of others. We didn't show up as drug addicts we were introduced to it to placate us. We didn't show up as violent people we were taught to be that way. We didn't show up here waiting on Jesus THEY told us to wait on him. We didn't build liquor stores on every corner, they did. We keep reading the directions from the people that got us lost in the first place. America knows one thing for sure. Black people must remain intoxicated by church, drugs and alcohol. If we ever reach the day when collectively we all awaken sober and ready for the battle, then there will be a new America. Can you began to imagine our real power when we gather with our sisters and brothers with a plan for now and not later because later never comes?
Can you imagine our youth when they see us taking matters into our own hands?
Can you imagine our unity when we start to spend our money with us and not on drugs and alcohol etc? Can you imagine our youth joining in the fight because it involves their future? Can you imagine them having schools that embrace them for who they are and not who they want them to be? Can you imagine their rejoice at having a GOD that they can believe in? America has already imagined it and decided to never let it happen. They will keep us drunk with intoxicating things to keeps us from imagining anything other than our next fix. Will YOU just say NO or will you continue as in the past and hope and pray for change. It is my dream that we all arrive together sober and ready. For those that think the current plan is working and needs no adjustment, you have been bought. There have always been some of our folks who think it's all going to work out by itself. I love you too in spite of yourself. After all it's the African way.
Hotep, Brother Sawaad
Posted by Sawaad Amen Ra at 10:58 AM