Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

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

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"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

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network
TOPIC: Same Sex Marriage & Pre- Marital Sex
Thursday, June 25th, 2009 @ 7:00PM (NYC)
Part I

National Action Network and Rev. Al Sharpton


“NAN Talk”

National Action Network’s new and exciting weekly forum, which engages the community in open dialogue about current events and issues affecting our everyday lives.

This week’s topic will focus on the
Same Sex Marriage & Pre- Marital Sex

Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Beginning @ 7:00PM

Our Executive Director, Tamika Mallory, along with our National Director of Membership and first daughter, Dominique Sharpton, will lead this dynamic forum!

They will be joined by other honorable guests:

Rev. Keyshawn White- Pastor of Second Providence Baptist Church- Harlem, NY.

Rev. Darren Ferguson- Pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church-Far Rockaway

National Action Network
House of Justice Headquarters
106 West 145th Street
(@ the SW corner of Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd.
Harlem, New York CIty, USA 10039

For more information please call: 877-626-4651

ROD' Comments: This is the perfect opportunity for Black same gender loving (SGL) people to show up and engage the larger Black community in a discussion about our human rights (violation) and also to show the full dimensionality of who we are as Black SGL folks who are "gatekeepers" within the African Diaspora.

Philadephia QFest
(Formerly Known as the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
July 9th-20th, 2009

Hey Black Family,

I just received an email about the Philadelphia QFest 2009 (formerly known as the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival), a 15th Annual event. July 9th - July 20th, 2009

The link below is a line-up specific to the African Diaspora:
Philadelphia QFest Black SGL Film Line-up

Barack Obama Impersonist! Yo! This Guy is FREAKIN' FUNNY, Man!!!!!

ey Y'all,

Yo, this impersonist (Cory "Zooman" Miller) is so freakin' funny! Truly! LOL!

Check it out: Barack Obama Impersonist!


BIG ROD's E-Move to Nubian Knight Network and Greet The Press with The Future: New Multi-media Company Targeting the Black SGL Consumer

Hey Black Family,
I'm going to be experimenting by moving (or e-moving) all the information I send out to my Nubian Knights Network: Writings on the Black Wall BLOG which has been largely inactive the past year.

The benefit of this change is having all the information I send out archived in one location and accessible by YOU, the Black family. I've been resisting the blog world because, quite frankly, everybody and their damn mother has one, and I really didn't want to add to it. But after serving as a panelist (thank you Cornelius, it was an honor) and also listening as a concerned Black same gender loving humanitarian activist/citizen at last night's (Monday, June 22nd, 2009) Greet The Press with The Future: New Multi-media Company Targeting the Black Same Gender Loving Consumer (at The Brecht Forum), it is imperative more than ever that we as Black same gender loving folks tell and document our stories. And I have to put out a special THANKS to Laurence Pinckney who has been a very good friend to me and constantly staying on my ass for years now about doing this information blog thing because he feels I have a valuable voice in the community.

So anyway, I'll try it and see how this goes. My e-blasts will continue to be routinely posted to my Nubian Knights YahooGroup and the other numerous YahooGroups I post to that a lot of you rely on. That hasn't changed.

Also, to be honest I really get burned out doing this information e-blasting work sometimes. At the same time, the "BIG ROD" persona has grown on-line over the years (beyond my control, too, LOL!) and yet, every so often there will be a different social function I'll attend or that occasional email I'll receive from some brutha or sistah I don't know out there who THANKS me for the information I put out there they otherwise would not have known about. I'm surprised and moved beyond belief by someone I meet in person who is smiling and glad to meet "BIG ROD" face to face and so happy they like my voice in the wilderness and the invaluable info they get from my postings. So because of those experiences and last nights Greet The Press event, I continue to press on (no pun intended) and take breaks whenever I need to revitalize myself.

Lastly, MAN(!), I'll tell you what, I was in awe last night with the heavy hitters we had on-hand at Greet The Press. Progressive folks like Toyce Francis, Mike Street, Dwight, Nathan Seven, Cornelius Jones, Jr., Ra-Fael Blanco, Kirk Shannon-Butts, Derrick Briggs and the list goes on was ultra-qool assness! LOL! Also, I was pleased to see Black (SGL) photographers and videographers doing interviews and whatnot. It was so surreal because I told one person the press is usual white... but not last night it wasn't. It was US! As a first time effort, the talent and people at th event last night was never less than fucking POWERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, let me not ramble on. A humbled thanks to Richard Pelzer, Dwight Allen O'Neal, Nathan Seven Scott, Cornelius Jones, Jr. and anyway else I've forgotten for making Greet The Press with The Future: New Multi-media Company Targeting the Black Sam Gender Loving Consumer happen.

To start off my blog again, I have two links for y'all to check out:

The 38th Annual International African Arts Festiva (Thursday, July 2nd thru Sunday, July 5th, 2009)

Employment Listings for YOU and Those YOU KNOW

Take care family and catch y'all on the rebound. Be qool!


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Employment Listings for YOU and Those YOU KNOW

Hey Black Family,

A friend (thanks Stanford) sent the following job employment information to me and I'm just passing it along. Good luck in your job search.


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Full time Program Manager and other positions
available at large, successful and growing workforce development operation in North Brooklyn. St Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation’s Workforce Development Division seeks the following staff:

Program Manager, Skills Training – Oversee all aspects of Environmental Remediation Technician or Commercial Truck Driver technical training program including developing training schedule, recruitment and enrollment, coordinating training with technical training vendors, supervise case management and job development staff, maintain and expand strong partnerships with employers, ensure job placement, reporting and funder liaison. Requirements: 3 years of program management experience; strong organizational skills; BA degree; strong written and oral communication skills.

Program Manager, Green Collar Jobs – Oversee all aspects of new Green Collar skills training program including starting up pilot PV Solar Panel Installation training and designing new training courses in renewable energy, building performance and other green fields. Research potential career tracks. Develop new relationships with employers, training vendors and partners. Assist in securing funding. Requirements: program management experience; interest and/or experience in environmental field; high energy level; BA degree; strong written and oral communication skills.

Program Manager, Dislocated Workers – Oversee all aspects of new placement and job training program for newly dislocated workers. Participate in start up activities, coordinating with other St. Nicks programs and CBOs; supervise staff of 6; development new employer relationships; coordinate reporting; and funder liaison. Requirements: 3 years of program management and supervisory experience; ability to manage diverse relationships; BA degree; strong organizational skills; attention to detail.

Program Manager, Adult Education – New position available overseeing all aspects of our growing employment-focused adult education division. Manage staff that includes DOE teachers. Reporting and funder liaison. Requirements: literacy and adult education technical expertise; knowledge of Adult Ed. funding sources; understanding of case management and/or employment services; BA degree; strong organizational skills; ability to work some evenings and Saturdays; bi-lingual a plus.

Data and Reporting Manager – Responsible for all elements of our internal and external reporting of program outcomes including managing a small staff; using internal reporting system and various government and funder-mandated systems; ensure quality and timeliness of data input and program reporting. Requirements: BA degree; experience with data reporting systems and basic software (Excel, Access); adept and interested in technology; ability to handle multiple projects independently; attention to detail.

Retention Coordinator – Responsible for all post-placement services to ensure job retention including maintaining regular contact with placed clients and their employers; tracking and reporting job retention; determining if customers requirement additional services and coordinating these services with staff and external organizations; and creating programming to help customers keep their jobs and to stay in contact with our organization. Requirements: strong organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to handle multiple projects; attention to detail; Associate degree. Ability to work some evenings and Saturdays; bi-lingual a plus.

Workplace Success Skills Trainer, Bi-lingual – Develop and lead 2-week workplace success skills/job readiness/life skills training cycles for dislocated workers population in English and/or in Spanish; adapt current curriculum to new population; coordinate internal and outside speakers; participate in assessment; case conferencing and job placement for trained customers; ensure participants have resume and other materials to begin job search after training; oversee participants’ structured job search; keep participants highly engaged and motivated. Requirements: experienced in teaching, presentations or training in employment or related field; highly motivated, professional and energetic; ability to train in English and Spanish; knowledge of the needs of dislocated and disadvantaged workers; BA or Associate degree. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

Job Developer – two new positions available to provide job placement services to dislocated workers. Responsibilities include: develop employer relationships and placement opportunities; assist customers in job/career exploration; match participants to job openings, prepare them for interviews, coordinate interviews and follow up with employers; assist participants in their own structured job search. Requirements: 2 years of job development or related experience; able to motivate participants; high energy level; BA or Associate degree; strong presentation and interpersonal skills.

Case Manager/Career Advisor, Dislocated Workers – assess participants’ needs and assist them during employment program and during transition to employment. Responsibilities include: assess enrolled participants; develop Career Plan jointly with participants to identify career goals; identify and build on assets; minimize employment barriers; and coordinate services during participation, job search and post placement; maintain case notes and client file. Requirements include: 2 years experience in case management or vocational counseling; strong interpersonal skills; knowledge and experience with issues facing disadvantaged job seekers; highly organized; expertise in substance abuse, domestic violence, criminal justice system, homelessness, or other specialty a plus. BA or Associate degree. Bi-lingual a plus.

Program Coordinator – provide administrative and clerical support to new program staff of six people including scheduling; testing participants; creating computer and paper customer files. Responsibilities include: strong organization, administrative and clerical skills; strong typing skills; attention to detail; ability to interface with clients and employers; ability to handle multiple responsibilities/projects; strong written English skills; ability to speak Spanish a plus.

Data Clerk – support Data Reporting team including inputting customer information in various internal and government and funder databases ensuring timeliness and accuracy; oversee client paper files ensuring completeness and accuracy; review data discrepancies; follow up on missing client information; run regular internal and external reports. Requirements: knowledge of various reporting systems; attention to detail; accurate typing/data entry skills; Associates degree; strong organizational skills.

To apply, applicants should send a cover letter indicating position desired, resume, and salary history/requirement electronically to St. Nicks Human Resources at HR@stnicksnpc.com or via fax to 718.943.3085 or 718.486.5982. Visit www.stnicksnpc.org to learn more. We are EOE.

The 38th Annual International African Arts Festival : July 2nd - 5th, 2009 (Brooklyn, NYC)

International Afr
ican Arts Festival

Greetings, Working together to continue the legacy of the 38th Annual International African Arts Festival, the 38th Annual International African Arts Festival starts Thursday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 5th, from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, at the spacious Commodore Barry Park at Park Avenue and Navy Street in downtown Brooklyn, NY 11205. GOOGLE MAP Festival goers will gather each day to enjoy live music, dance, spoken word performances, African marketplace, showcase performances, fashion, and hair shows. Children of all ages can enjoy an exciting children’s program featuring storytelling, clowns, and a youth talent search. This year’s theme is “Mashariki” which means The East in the language of Swahili. The 2009 Festival is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the founding of The East, the institution that gave birth to the African Street Festival, now known as IAAF. We also acknowledge everyone, who has helped over the past 38 years to build this institute of culture and commerce. Due to the challenging economic climate, the support of the community is needed to produce this year’s event. Please make a donation and tell a friend to make one too! The IAAF is a non-profit arts organization and all donations are tax deductible. Asante Sana ! “Thank you very much!”


(aka BIG ROD)

ROD's Space: www.myspace.com/nubian_knights_network

BIG ROD's Photography: http://big-rod.jalbum.net (Turn Ya Speakers On 4 Some Bangin' Music While Ya Lookin')

Join ROD's Network: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nubian_knights_network/