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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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QUOTATIONS OF "BLACK"

"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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Theater Play: THE MEETING
A Secret Meeting Between
Malcolm X & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kumble Theater (Bklyn)
Thur, Jan. 13th, 2011


The Circle of Brothers Fundraising Committee
INVITES YOU TO ATTEND
at Kumble Theater



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THE MEETING


A Shades of Truth Theatre and Kumble Theatre Presentation

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
@ 7:30 PM


SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR YOU AS A CIRCLE OF BROTHERS GUEST

ONLY $20.00 WITH PROMOTION CODE – “COB11”

Written by Jeff Stetson
Directed by Eric Coleman
with
Lawrence Winslow as Malcolm X,
Michael Green as Martin Luther King, Jr.
and
Ron Wilks as Rashad





Synopsis:

THE MEETING is an engaging and intelligent play that depicts a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the bombing of Malcolm X’s home and shortly before he was assassinated, Malcolm and Martin meet in a room inside the historic Theresa Hotel. This riveting play deals with issues that are still relevant today, such as war, poverty, racism and the need for Black self-empowerment. They were two men with different ideologies, but a common understanding of the plight of Black America.



THE MEETING by Jeff Stetson
Directed by Eric Coleman
Starring
Michael Green as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Lawrence Winslow as Malcolm X

and Ron Wilks as Rashad



Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Long Island University @ One University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(Flatbush Ave between DeKalb Ave & Willoughby St)

Box office (718) 488-1624
Open 1pm – 6pm Monday through Friday & Weekends of shows.
Purchase tickets online @ www.kumbletheater.org
Use Promotion Code - "COB11"


For more info contact Michael Green @ 212-690-0797/646-488-9576

Email: shadesoftruththeatre[at]gmail.com
Website: www.shadesoftruththeatre.com

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah-AH): Cooperative Economics Has Always Resonated With Me...


Today, the 4th day of KWANZAA which is celebrated with the principle of Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah-AH): Cooperative Economics has always resonated with me.


I hardly ever post STATUS updates on Facebook, but today I will. It's disappointing how our money from the African FAMILY gets enormously spent outside our community, but doesn't funnel back in to us to support our ROOTS, like a tree.

I believe we need to challenge ourselves around this principle. Let's support (and/or continue to support) Black music/spoken word artists such as Yolo Akili, Baron, William Scott (all on Facebook, by the way) and the other great artists out there - let's support Black owned businesses such as Nubian Heritage (aka know Nicholas Variety) in downtown Brooklyn, NY on Fulton Street; Hue-Man Bookstore on 125th in Harlem and the great Sister's Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center on 156th St. & Amsterdam Ave. and all the others around the country - support organizations such as BMX (Black Men's Xchange), Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), etc. and support Black painters, photographers, filmmakers, and other PROGRESSIVE people and entities out there.

The Jews do this for themselves quite successfully ... less cynicism on our part and let's just support and nurture the ones who are willing to do the work with each other in the African FAMILY. PEACE!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Nubian Knight ...
Out In The Snowy Streets of Coney Island Today




ROD, A Nubian Knight Out In Da Snow...














Fine Fare Supermarket Was Open!
You Gotta Eat, Right?




Qool!




Still Looks Like a Oversized Big Ol' Toy Truck I Had As A Kid!
Ulltra-Qool








Snowbound!




Kids On The Snowy Playground





Self-Portrait Of An African Warrior!

Monday, December 20, 2010

44th Anniversary KWANZAA Celebration
With KWANZAA Creator Dr. MAULANA KARENGA
Monday, December 27th, 2010
5:30PM - 9:30PM

The New York Chapter of the
National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO)
presents a
44th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration
with Dr. MAULANA KARENGA
this year's message
Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba:
An Ethics of Sharing Good in the World


At Boys & Girls High School, on Monday, Kujichagalia (Self-Determination), December 27, 2010, the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga will address this year's theme.

TIME: 5:30PM - 9:30PM

BOYS & GIRLS H.S. located at 1700 Fulton St., in Brooklyn (between) Utica and Schnectady Aves.) 11226.

$10.00 Admission $7.00 Seniors & Children

Trave: "A" or "C" train to Utica Avenue

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"...Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense."
Dr. Maulana Karenga
(quote from the Founder's 2010 Welcome statement)

Cultural entertainment will be provided by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble as well as vocalist Camille Yarbrough and Zahmu/Threee

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO)
presents a
44th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration
with
Dr. MAULANA KARENGA
this year's message
Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba:
An Ethics of Sharing Good in the World

At Boys & Girls High School, on Monday, Kujichagalia (Self-Determination), December 27, 2010, the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga will address this year's theme.

TIME: 5:30PM - 9:30PM


BOYS & GIRLS H.S. located at 1700 Fulton St., in Brooklyn (between) Utica and Schnectady Aves.) 11226.

$10.00 Admission $7.00 Seniors & Children


"...Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense."

Dr. Maulana Karenga
(quote from the Founder's 2010 Welcome statement)

Cultural entertainment will be provided by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble as well as vocalist Camille Yarbrough and Zahmu/Three


KWANZAA
A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture


Dr. Karenga is Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, at Long Beach. He is also chair of the Organization Us and the National Association of Kawaida Organizations. He has been an activist scholar since the 60s especially in such educational and social movements as Black Studies, Black Power, Black Arts, independent schools, Afrocentricity, ancient Egyptian Studies, Ifa ethical studies, the Million Person Marches and Reparations. He is the author of numerous books, some including Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture; Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle,and; Introduction to Black Studies as well as numerous articles. He has earned two Ph.D.s, one in social ethics (University of Southern California, and the other in political science (U.S.International University).







Thursday, December 16, 2010

RECAP - Nubian Heritage (Nicholas Variety)
Art Exhibit In Downtown Brooklyn


Nicholas Variety Official Website:
NicholasReggae.com


Nubian Heritage (they call themselves Nicholas Variety now, but I prefer to still call them Nubian Heritage because it simply sounds more Afrocentric) had a grassroots art exhibit this past Saturday, December 11th, 2010.

Because I had a birthday party to go to I got to Nubian Heritage early and only artist Baruti Tucker was set up to display his work.

What makes Baruti's work os awesome is that he finger paints all his work without the use of a traditional brush.

Just sharing...

















Art By Baruti (Official Website)
www.ArtByBaruti.com

Check Him Out

I LOVE MY BOO.
GMHC Ad Campaign In New York City
(On The "N" Train)

I LOVE MY BOO
GMHC Ad Campaign In New York City (On The "N" Train)


BIG ROD @ Prudential Center (Stadium) In Newark, New Jersey
On Wednesday, December 1st, 2010



Prudential Center (Stadium) In Newark, New Jersey


My friend Ernest treated me to an NBA game to see the New Jersey Nets in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center (Stadium) on Wednesday December 1st, 2010.

I haven't been to a live sports game in about 15 years and it was so qool to be there and humbled to have such GREAT friends in my life.

Quickly I will say that prices are outrageous and I couldn't imagine bringing a family to see any type of games on a regular basis. The prices for food and drinks could put me on a "fast".

Overall, I had a GREAT, GREAT TIME!! Can you believe that this game ended in TRIPLE OVERTIME!!!! This game was meant for me!!


Foreground (Left to Right): My Friend Ernest and ME (ROD)























Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chocolate Babies (1997) Film Screening
Billy Wilder Theater In Los Angeles, California
Friday, December 10th, 2010 @ 7:30PM





“Chocolate Babies” (1997)
Directed by Stephen Winter
Running Time: 83 minutes (35mm film print)

When a band of HIV-positive African American drag queens have had enough of patronizing activists and politicians, they launch an underground terror campaign to fight for justice. Writer-director Stephen Winter's scathingly funny and tender feature debut hits like a hand grenade, demolishing independent film conventions as thoroughly as the political marginalization and complacency that are its main targets.

Part of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's Legacy Project series, in partnership with OutFest. Chocolate Babies is distributed by Frameline Distribution.


Producer: Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente.
Screenwriter: Stephen Winter.
Editor: Francisco Macias.
Cast: Suzanne Gregg Ferguson, Dudley Findlay, Jr., Jon Kit Lee, Michael Lynch, Claude E. Sloan.


In person: Ernest Hardy, Tisa Bryant, editors, War Diaries; Kevin Simmonds, contributor, War Diaries; Pato Hebert, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA); Keith M. Harris, associate professor, UC Riverside.

Tickets: $10.00
Purchase Tickets...

Archive events FREE to UCLA students with ID.




Purple Galaxy Presents Yolo Akili's
New Black Same Gender Loving
Spoken Word Music Video Concretely


Brutha Yolo,

I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH MY BRUTHA!!

What an INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL and SENSUAL PIECE OF MOTION ART about the Black Same Gender Loving (SGL) experience Concretely is.

MAN! The video is so beautiful. For some reason it reminds me of something the late Black SGL filmmaker Marlon Riggs would have done.






Spoken Word And SGL Artist Yolo Akili


And check out Yolo's website, too. I went to Amazon.com and downloaded Yolo's new CD Purple Galaxy back in September 2010. CDBaby.com and iTunes also has his music as well.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

THANKSGIVING
The National Day of Mourning
A Different Thanksgiving Perspective


Food For Thought On Thanksgiving...

Even though you may enjoy the great meal and the coming together of family on Thanksgiving, please be aware of this historical significance of this holiday. For the descendants of the indigenous people of "North America" (originally called Turtle Island), this holiday is represented by the sadness the Native American monument below speaks of.

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As time has evolved, pagan rituals have been used to instill a revisionist sense of history in us all. It's cool to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family, friends and loved ones. However, please don't forget the atrocities committed against Native Americans in the name of imperialism. Their losses were to the same people that held our (African) ancestors in the most barbaric form of race-based chattel slavery the world had/has ever seen. The losses of the Native American people are also our losses. Our losses are also their losses.

It is the worst form of ignorance to be unaware of your history. It insults the memory and sacrifices that your ancestors made so that their descendants might have a better life.

- N. Abdul-Wakil






The National Day of Mourning

A Different `Thanksgiving' Perspective
by Terri Jean


"Brothers, we must be one as the English are, or we shall soon all be destroyed!"-- Miantinomo (Narraganset) 1642. (He was executed by the colonists and their Indian government allies in 1643).
It's that time of year. The holiday originated by poor Pilgrims and their neighborly Indian friends is about to be set again on Americas' kitchen table. With televised parades and football games, families gather together to give thanks for the previous year, and to inject heartfelt hope into the year to follow.
All the while a growing number of protesters gather yearly in Plymouth, Massachusetts to mourn the traditional feast. Well, not the feast itself or even the thankfulness it is meant to instill; they grieve the fictional foundation the national holiday sits upon, and with each passing year those protesters continue to feel the incessant societal slap dispensed to this continents first people.
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Where's the 'Thanks' in Thanksgiving?

One of the most cherished American holidays is Thanksgiving, a day that Abraham Lincoln officially declared in 1863, in praise of "our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." In the early 1900s, Gimbels and Macy's saw dollar signs and commandeered the celebration, evicted the heavenly Father altogether, added a parade with Santa Claus, and the rest, as they say, is history. Or is it? Every American school child learns of the harvest feast where the friendly local Indians broke bread and shared turkey with the black-hatted, big-buckled European Pilgrims in a festival of interracial harmony and mutual respect. Yet, there is almost nothing true about this idyllic scenario--not even the turkey. This comforting mythology has concealed some of the bloodiest acts of race hate in American history. Let us pull the stuffing out of this Thanksgiving myth and get down to the bones of the Thanksgiving idea, which has some harsh and disturbing truths...

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In order to whet the appetite of the fierce Spanish dogs
for human flesh, New World natives were chopped up and
fed to the dogs!!!!!



The New World Holocaust!!

"From all this it is clear how a virtuous life in the preachers of the faith takes the place of miracles, so that unbelievers readily hear the words of life and see that it is reasonable to believe them, and thus finally they gain these men for Christ. But it will be just the opposite if their lives are stained by crime, especially by devastating their lands, by looting, invading and unjustly seizing the domains and properties of these same unbelievers. And if for this reason a countless number of them are killed and slaughtered, as we have always done and continue to do in the Indian lands of the west, nothing can be clearer than that we have become an effective obstacle to their conversion"
--(In Defense of the Indians, de Las Casas, p. 136). This is a famous quote from Don Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, the Defender of the New World people from his own rapacious countrymen. All we need to do to make it applicable to today is to change a few WORDS:

"But it will be just the opposite if their lives are stained by crime, especially by devastating their lands, by looting, invading and unjustly seizing the domains and properties of these same unbelievers. And if for this reason a countless number of them are killed and slaughtered, as we have always done and continue to do in IRAQ, nothing can be clearer than that we have become an effective obstacle to their conversion."

--The Hounds of HELL!!



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"[The Spaniards] took babies from their mothers' breasts, grabbing them by the feet and smashing their heads against rocks. . . . They built a long gibbet, low enough for the toes to touch the ground and prevent strangling, and hanged thirteen [natives] at a time in honor of Christ Our Saviour and the twelve Apostles. . . . Then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned alive."


Mandating Indigenous Holocaust EducationDr. June Terpstra

On yet another USA manufactured “holiday” where schools close to honor the savage conquistador, Christopher Columbus, who ushered into history the holocaust of approximately 11 million native north American “Indians” I propose a mandate for indigenous holocaust education, K-12. Like the new federal legislation introduced in congress to mandate education of the Jewish holocaust, I also propose we replace not only senior citizens arts and crafts but pre-school arts and crafts with education workshops developed to examine the denial of Indian genocide and removal; the denial of African Diaspora genocide and slavery, past and present; and, the genocide of Arabs and Muslims occurring in Palestine today.

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Who's The Real Terrorist?