Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved<br>The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

Followers of Nubian Knights Network
"Thanks For The Support Everybody!!!"


"Whenever I use BLACK it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color BLACK as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of BLACK- BLACKNESS - and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race..."

- Fred Wilson

"Most of my fortitude to continue doing the work comes from the moral outrage I feel about the injustices that Black people endure disproportionately daily."

- N. Abdul-Wakil

"In the end, what matters is not skin shade but pan-African consciousness. Loving your complexion, your nose, lips, hair length and texture, no matter what the politics or trends decide, and simply be. That's the problem with us (African folks). We're still learning how to love ourselves. So used to glorifying others and putting others first..."

- Dredlocks Tree

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)
Click The Pic To Access The Film Library Database! (166 Films)
LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Monday, May 19, 2014

OKON Underwear
New Black-Owned Fashion Underwear Company Needs Our Support: "LIKE" Them On Facebook and BUY Something!

Through LinkedIn I came across brutha Azi Okon who has his own new fashion underwear business in London, England. We've conversed a bit, and in the spirit of the 4th KWANZAA principle of "Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah-AH): Cooperative Economics", I wanted to spread the word about his new underwear line which frankly looks HOT (I proudly confess to having a huge fetish for male underwear for eons now! LOL!) Check out the website and support if you can.

The following was an email that Azi sent to me regarding some questions I asked him:

Hello Mr Risbrook,

Thank you for the kind words and compliment, i deeply appreciate it.

I am glad you love my design style, its my debut collection, do let me know which style you desire, i need all purchase support.

(ROD'S QUESTION: So are you a Black-owned company or aka a company of African descent owned?)
- Its African owned

(ROD'S QUESTION: What does "Okon" stand for or mean? Is it African based?)
- It's an ancient African male name.

(ROD'S QUESTION: What sizes do your undies generally run in? I see only small, medium and large. Will you offer extra-large and 2XL???)
- I shall offer all sizes in the following (next series) collection.

(ROD'S QUESTION: What is the inseam length of your undies? They seem more like trunks(?). I preferably like a 6" inseam, but they seem shorter than that.)
- The inseam for the modal boxer is 5.5", and the Mesh boxer is 4.5", its very comfortable plus fits African males perfectly.

(ROD'S QUESTION: Do you ship to the United States? And by what method do you use? And how long for delivery?)
- Yes, I ship to the US by Air, and it takes a maximum of 5 working days.


- Thank you, the "About Us" section plus everything that makes it warm your heart, comes from my essence. Am glad it touched you as i have more to offer.

Thank you for the LIKE, please make a purchase to support, and if there are any opportunities in NY or anywhere else in the States, to get orders for my brand with its uniqueness for *condom-vaults* on the undies as stated on the "scroll", owing to HIV, please let me know. I need all the support to succeed.

Warm regards from Europe:
Please reply here: info@OkonOnline.com



Sunday, May 18, 2014

The DL Chronicles RETURNS - EPISODE: Thomas
World Premiere Begins Streaming
Monday, May 19th, 2014

Thank you for your former support of The DL Chronicles RETURNS.

We would like to apologize for the extremely long delay. The project faced many unexpected setbacks and false starts over the past two years. However, we are happy to announce that those obstacles have been cleared. Perseverance pays off!

On Monday, May 19th.
We will be releasing Episode Thomas to the public.


Vimeo is available online and through a variety of broadband devices such as Smart TV's and BluRay Players, as well as Apple TV, ROKU, Google TV, XBox Live, Amazon Fire TV, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows phone, Samsung TV, Samsung BluRay, Panasonic Viera HDTV and more. So watch the show the way it was intended to be seen... everywhere!



As dedicated supporters of this project we would like to share with you our plans for 2014.
Due to the fact that this project did not meet it's original funding goal, we were not able to complete the full trilogy. Many of your perks pertain to the completion of the trilogy. We will contact you as the additional promised perks are made available. We are working hard to get you everything promised!

Therefore, we are releasing the first film for streaming rentals online on Vimeo On Demand. The profits collected from rental views will go towards funding the 2nd film; Episode Harvey!

If we can garner over 25,000 rentals, Episode Harvey can begin pre-production! The sooner we can make that goal, the sooner we can begin!

So we need your assistance spreading the word! Tell your friends!


Please discuss this series with friends and share our link http://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/dlchronicles

Please write a review at Vimeo
Post a video review on Youtube, Vine, Instagram ‪#‎dlchronicles‬ - NO SPOILERS.
Please add us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dlchronicles
Please add us on Google+ http://www.google.com/+DLChronicles

Please follow and tweet us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedlchronicles

Once again, thank you for your long-suffering and patience!

Quincy & Deondray Gossfield

Friday, February 21, 2014

WE NEED YOU!!! Please Take The African American/Black LGBT Community Survey

Greetings Folks,

Global Network of Black Pride (GN-BP) would like to invite you to take the African American/Black LGBT Community Survey. Participating in this study helps open minds and doors around the world, influences positive changes for our community, and will help provide valuable insights for Black Pride organizations and LGBT media around the U.S.

Everyone who completes this survey by March 8th, 2014 may enter into a drawing to win one of five US $100 cash prizes (or you may elect to have the prize donated to a charity of your choice).

Click here to begin, or copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://survey.communitymarketinginc.com/se.ashx?s=359D342B1FE0DDD5&CMID=CMI

And don't forget to forward the survey link to your LGBT friends, and post to your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn accounts! We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to be counted.

We respect your privacy! Your answers are completely confidential, and will never be used for sales or marketing purposes. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  

Thank you very much!
Richard & Ulysses
GN-BP Executive Team

Richard E. Pelzer II
President & Managing Director
Global Network of Black Pride
1633 Broadway, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Office: 212-537-4069
Cell: 929-841-6541
GN-BP.com (Launching August 2013)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ROD PATRICK RISBROOK Photographic|Imagery
MLK, Jr. Celebration $ALE | 20% OFF
For 6 Days ONLY!!! Use Coupon Code: MLK20

From today, January 15th until midnight on Monday, January 20th, 2014, I am running a continuous 6-day $ALE on everything on my photography website at 20% OFF in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Choose from traditional photo paper prints with optional choices of metal or wood frames with a mat and museum glass, aluminum and glass prints, specialized standing desk prints, wall canvas prints, hanging wall canvas art, and custom design cups, travel mugs and more. At checkout simply use coupon code MLK20. You must do this at the time of checkout in order to receive the discount! Don't forget! :-)

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah-AH): Cooperative Economics


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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Kinsey Collection
Where Art and History Intersect
African History & Heritage


We strive to live our life guided by two principals: to whom much is given much is required, and a life of no regrets. We are compelled to give back, so we set about to document the African American experience through original documents, manuscripts, photographs, paintings and sculptures.

Our intention is that this work allows people to develop a deeper relationship to the pieces in our collection that bring African American history to life. Having that connection with the past creates this sense of strength, identity and lineage that is so powerful in each of us.

- Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

VIDEO: The Kinsey Collection Introduction

About The Kinsey Collection...

The Bernard and Shirley Kinsey collection contains a wide range of art and artifacts that bear witness to the multilayered intersections of the past and present. From a curatorial perspective, the correlations of seemingly disparate objects and their historical moments are both purposeful and necessary to form a holistic understanding of the Kinsey's mission. In aggregate, these intersections that are sometimes confrontational become a celebration of the diversity of African and African American experience in the world.

Very little is consoling about the artifacts that are contained in the collection. The context of each piece is complex, giving light to the difficulties of being black, and also, illuminating the brilliance, sometimes tragic, of exceptional people whose contributions add enduring force to the often undervalued collective history of a people. 

Buy The Book...

Official Website: www.TheKinseyCollection.com

The Kinsey Collection:
Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

Where Art and History Intersect

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Letter To My Same Gender Loving Ancestors
By Louis "Azucar Negro" Farmer


A Letter To My Same Gender Loving Ancestors

by Louis "Azucar Negro" Farmer

(A Guest Nubian Knight's Perspective)

I don’t know you, but I feel your presence.

You, my ancestors, the ones who loved the SAME gender.

You, my ancestors, who often were the ones that possessed the ability to communicate with the dead or offer spiritual harmony to family, tribes, villages, the physical and spiritual world. Yet, able to love the same gender with no questions or frowns.

You were respected, revered, considered sacred, admired, sought after, and most of all LOVED by our people.

You were called many spiritual names by others since the beginning of time, before slavery, during slavery and after slavery: sooth sayer, gate keeper, priest, priestesses, sangoma, elder, mambo, iya, babalao, houngan, mambo, santero, ialorixá, babalorixá.

I feel your magic, power, supernatural abilities, love for nature and animals in me.

Thank You!

You, like your other tribe members, were captured by the so called “God Fearing Europeans” and by our very own misguided, greedy and foolish hearted brothers and sisters.

You also had wives, husbands, boyfriends, a mother, a father, siblings, aunts, grandmothers, grandfathers and clans. How did you keep their memories as you were torn away from them, never to see them again?

You, my ancestors, loved the same gender before the identities to ‘explain’ who and what we are were given to us. Yes, there was a time before we felt the need to identify as

Some of these words  make many cringe, while others celebrate being associated with them.

Some have found solace with the various sexual identities, while others have fallen further into an emotional hell because of them.

You must be shaking your heads while seeing many of us follow more of an often constricted, culturally insensitive and manipulated sexual identity  while  wandering aimlessly, spiritless and empty seeking approval and acceptance from others who give less than a damn about us, your children.

You, my ancestors were in the bowels of the slave castles, asking yourself, like the others around you “why?”

Both men and women regardless of sexual orientation were raped at the hands of savages who saw themselves as saviors spreading the word of Christ or Allah.

Many of you fought, more died and countless survived the Middle Passage.

How did you do it? How did you deal with a once alive but now dead body chained to you on the ship headed to the new world, as it rotted and gave a toxic odor in front, behind, above and below you? How did you deal with seeing your brothers and sisters die one by one on a ship bound for the new world? How could you stomach the scraps and moldy food given to you for nourishment while smelling feces, urine, puss, blood, vomit and peeling flesh?
How did you my ancestors, handle strange hands touching your body, every crevice being  pulled, tugged, pinched, sometimes burned?

How did you keep faith, or did you lose it?

No, you didn’t lose faith because the Orishas and Loas came with you during this horrible, heinous, and soul wrenching trip. Many African Gods and Goddesses wept with you. And many more spirits sank to the bottom of the ocean with the dead Africans thrown off of the ships, as well as those that chose death over slavery, and jumped to the depths of the ocean to be in the arms of Olokun, Yemaya, Mami Wati, Agwe, La Sirine and many more.

My same gender loving ancestors what was it like to be pulled up from the hull of the ship to a new land? I can only imagine what it was like to see a sea of White smiling faces surrounded by angry, sad, sullen and strong Black faces.

How did you handle being forced to worship a God that looked nothing like you? When the Catholic priests threw ‘holy water’ on you as you marched in a line chained to one another and branded, were you confused? What went through your mind as your  natural beliefs had to stop or be hidden behind Catholic saints?

Were you angry or did you laugh at the idiot slave masters who had no clue that you were indeed establishing another way to preserve OUR Gods and Goddesses?

I have read many slave narratives that many of you left. Often the meanings about same sex relationships were discussed in secret and hushed tones. When you talked of slavery you probably already felt that discussing being a slave was enough, let alone discussing loving the same gender to a Christian White person recording your experiences.

I know that many same gender loving men were forced to fuck, suck and feed their male masters.  Oh the anger I feel for ALL of my people.

I know many of you lived openly in a same gender relationship, living together as a couple. Oh yes, it was documented. Yet, many don’t want to believe it.

How horrendous was it for my female same gender loving sisters alongside with their straight sisters to be treated as cattle, forced to “breed” with and/or marry men.  I know that many of you were raped mentally, sexually and physically just like your non same gender loving people at the hands of overseers, masters, mistresses, owners, slave traders and slave catchers.

But I also know many fought, maimed and sometimes killed those that dared to touch you!

What was it like my same gender loving ancestors if you were deemed effeminate or soft by your master and made to be a house slave? You had to have been upset, hurt and angry. But this is not to say that some of you weren’t field slaves too.

How did you, my more masculine male and female same gender loving ancestors, handle often being a field slave because you were deemed to be a stronger ‘buck’ or ‘wench’, when often your ‘lover’ was in the big house, or even working next to you picking cotton?

Are you upset that so many so called Afro centric speakers and writers today dismiss your existence during slavery, minimize your presence or claim that White people ‘made’ you gay? I can only imagine what it was like for you to hold your head up high as you long to be next to the one you love, while being forced to ‘make babies’ with a stranger and not losing your mind when the children are sold away, abused or even killed.

You were clever my same gender loving ancestors when many of you used the bible to free your people. You were called preacher, prophet, minister and other names. Dispensing advice, solace and encouragement to your flock.

Yet, still a slave.

When you ran away with your boyfriend or girlfriend, holding hands in the dark, avoiding the slave catchers with their barking dogs, how did you know to wrap hot peppers on the bottom of your feet and on your clothes to throw off your scent from the dogs pursuing you?

How did you know how to make the Voodoo bags called gris gris to protect the runaways including yourself from being caught?

How did many of you feel participating in slave rebellions and dying for freedom?
My same gender loving ancestors, I have vivid dreams about being a slave. I have visions of being at a camp fire and instructing others what to do as we plot our escape. I have also had dreams of being a slave and sold away as a teenager screaming and begging to stay. I have had dreams of running away for freedom with a blue black muscular man, who loves me with all of his heart, both ready to die for our love and our freedom.

Are you trying to send me a message?

Is it to not……….forget?

I shall not.

I shall not.