GLOBAL BLACKNESS: We Are Everyone: Intimidated by the Grandeur of Black World History?

Nayara Justino thought her dreams had come true when she was selected as the Globeleza carnival queen in 2013 after a public vote on one of Brazil's biggest TV shows. Subscribe to The Guardian ► http://is.gd/subscribeguardian But some regarded her complexion to be too dark to be an acceptable queen.

NAYARA JUSTINO (sOURCE:  uol )

NAYARA JUSTINO (sOURCE: uol)

While I am happy for Nayara Justino... and I know that there is a good percentage of the populace that needs to be struck in the head with the reality of that barbaric, satanic, historical experience...
I do not have it in me to watch another TV or Cinema production about the Black "slave" experience.
I just can't.
There are many that are intimidated by the grandeur of Black world history. They are afraid that, to address the whole of Black culture and personality would diminish theirs.
But when has that ever happened?
Where in history have we done anything but enhance and enrich every thing around us?
Who can say that they are not better for Black style and influence... and say it without Black contributions to their "voice"?
We are more than just the result of oppression and abuse. We have more to say than to scream out in pain... 
"We" are everyone. "We" own everyone's stories.
This is why I art.
I want to help to show the world a complete human existence, one "work" at a time...
And help it be made whole.
Ambitious?
So be it.

~ Grey

PARADIGM SHIFT: Remember Who You Are

William Leidesdorff, Jr ::    America's Forgotten First Black Millionaire And Inventor of San Francisco  (SOURCE: THE DAILY BEAST)

William Leidesdorff, Jr :: America's Forgotten First Black Millionaire And Inventor of San Francisco (SOURCE: THE DAILY BEAST)

wILLIAM leidesdorff HISTORICAL MARKER: PHOTO BY CHARLES RIGGS (sOURCE:  WELLS FARGO BLOG )

wILLIAM leidesdorff HISTORICAL MARKER: PHOTO BY CHARLES RIGGS (sOURCE: WELLS FARGO BLOG)

Whenever I look around "the 'hood" and see the Salons, Barbershops and Churches that are Black-owned, I am struck by the false narrative shadowing our view of American Black business culture.
In fact, there are still many other Black-owned businesses in neighborhoods like these, it just isn't publicized.
Why?
This country is built on Black inventions, and many were able to gain patents that provided the beginnings of real wealth.
The "Black Wall Street" and "Rosewood" massacres did not happen because Blacks were unable to build successful business communities.
In fact, many became millionaires deep into the 1800's.
The story has been told and highlighted in a way to convince everyone that investment in a Black-owned business is historically wasted money.
Blacks have even started to believe it themselves.
How is this dangerous image reshaped?
How does a Black person do fair business in an environment that is slanted against perceived investment value?
As a producer, one can only focus on the competitive quality of product and sharper presentation.
Is that enough? Probably not... 
But maybe baring witness to the true reality... being proactive in shaping the perspective... is a step in the right direction.
We will see...

~ Grey

HERITAGE NOT HATE: When Hate is Part of Your Motto

Why we are even debating the displaying of the Confederate flag on public buildings... but here we are. It is 2016, and I came across this classy t-shirt design: 

We fixed their typo. 

Lest we forget:

not a rebel

not a rebel

not heritage

not heritage

KKK

KKK

all heil naw

all heil naw

burn

burn

PRIVILEGE

PRIVILEGE

3959

3959

no service, no protection

no service, no protection

SICk dEM

SICk dEM

not pride

not pride

not militia

not militia

PIONEERS 

PIONEERS 

MURICAN swastika

MURICAN swastika

I don't want to take anything away from Hitler and his Nazis, but I want to give credit where credit is due. 

...the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn’t originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little-known, role in the American eugenics movement’s campaign for ethnic cleansing.
— SFGate, "Eugenics and the Nazis - the California Connection"

Gives new meaning to "California blonde"... I'm not sure if the American pioneers of eugenics branded their movement so, I suppose the swastika and the confederate flag will have to do for now. [Source: SFGate, November 9, 2003]

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So, let's talk heritage. I read this on @aboutdotcom about the origins of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

SOURCE: ABOUT.COM

SOURCE: ABOUT.COM

*Unreliable* Native Americans. Unsuitable climate for Europeans & lazy Africans... *correction. Africans that could be "worked very hard." Damn Natives kept dying of European diseases. [Who wrote this mess?] 

HARRY BELAFONTE on THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

HARRY BELAFONTE on THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

I read that prenatal care included digging a hole in the ground to accommodate pregnant bellies during whippings (If my memory serves me correctly, Toni Morrison wrote about this). And "special needs" children were abused [even more than the average enslaved baby and child] (e.g., used as alligator bait). #childcare And what happened to the people who "aged out" of slavery? #eldercare? At least our ancestors could rest in peace after death, right? #africanburialgrounds

Some female slave owners only whipped female slaves because it was seen as "unladylike" for them to whip male slaves. Oh, these Southern Belles... #legacy #mindyourmanners #butnothumanity

The decision to abort or to give up one's child for adoption is hard for any parent. And to sell your own child into slavery? I can't. And before there was "take your child to work day," there was "take your child to a lynching." I guess it was work for the lynchers. #Howarethechildren? 

EJI  documented 3959 racial terror lynchings

EJI documented 3959 racial terror lynchings

Is it true that the origins of "policing" were rooted in American slavery? So any person with Black skin was targeted to protect the ruling class...back then... #massincarceration

But why focus on race, some argue. Why's it gotta be about being Black or anti-Black? Don't other efforts to combat the ISMs of the world include the fight for the rights of Black people?

2015 #oscarssowhite

2015 #oscarssowhite

#amovieoftheirown

#amovieoftheirown

Ok. It's just a few misguided but well-meaning actors, you say. Not a good example to use as evidence of an agenda to invalidate our movement or in general as "people of color," right? [Prince of Persia, Exodus, Gods and Kings, Goku: Dragonball: Evolution, Akira (no, a backlash after the leaking of a whitewashed cast made Hollywood reconsider)... *sigh... more at ScreenRant]. #oscarssowhite #itsnotdiversification #itsnormalization (h/t Shonda Rhimes) [And for the white supremacists, "diversification" is not code for "white genocide"... one of few instances where "white" is not the default...]

Message heard, but not always loud and clear. Erasure from history, the present and the future... signed #multimedia

And what's that popular presidential slogan? "Make America Hate Again"... Yeah... that's it. #2016

Similar to other deniers/revisionists, I am tired of having to prove the continued impact of our dark histories. Many would like to move on to discussing solutions but it must begin and continue with acknowledging the truth(s). Some say we inherit trauma in our DNA (here and here). Black history did not begin in America, however, 400 years of "trauma" in one of the most powerful countries in the world must have a lasting impact... #neverforget

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
— African Proverb

I will not be silent no matter how much it pains me and I will try and support those who do it everyday. #notmad #woke #teachthebabies 

As my friend, Corey Godwell would say, "It's hate waiting for an excuse." #spreadLOVE #stayWOKE #noEXCUSES

~ Onjena Yo


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Telling All of Our American Story

Source:  slate

Source: slate

I was invited to attend a private viewing of "12 Years a Slave" with a world leader that I greatly respected.

After the film was shown with gasps and sobbing from the audience, he turned to me, surprised at how unaffected I seemed to be and asked me what I thought.

My response was that it was too soft... If you're going to tell the story, TELL the story.

At times, it would probably be more advantageous for me to censor my "honesty", but I haven't completely developed that skill yet.

All I could think of was truths like this, and how enslaved women were mindfucked as well by having to "perform" for their "Massa's" or watch their men and children destroyed for their lack of "enthusiasm".

I have since been criticized for continuing to bear witness to this and other horrific details of the dehumanizing brutality of the African American Holocaust... at times for good reason.

A brilliant filmmaker, who I admire and respect, told me of the greater need to express past that pain into a better reality. I used to feel that way as well. That is where my love for comics and Sci-Fi came from. Another also respected artist pointed out the metaphysical aspect of giving energy to that which you are opposed to, empowering it into a more significant reality.

More truth.

But maybe stubbornly I believe that the history of this has mostly been erased... that an entire generation lacks the perspective of what a people's position in society is and where ours progressed from.


As a writer it is important for me to understand that my people were forcibly taught to sing church hymns while pieces of their relatives were displayed in store windows as trophies.


It teaches me not to gamble on the conscious of people who cut into and burned my ancestors as entertainment for their children. 


More importantly, it educates me to respect the value of history and truth, even when writing ridiculous fiction.

And lastly, without disrespect to anyone else, it is the source of love for my people, who are still here and still glorious.

Stand up.

Protect your neck.