Monday, May 14, 2018

Why Do Black women Hate Black Men (Video)

Why Do Black Women Hate Black Women?

The title of this video is "Why Do Black Women Hate Black Men?"
This video is a bit of departure from my usual uploads.  It's a bit raw and uncut.  A few days, I awakened from sleep and this question was piercing my awareness. "You are not married, why is that? Do you hate Black men?

I must say I was taken aback by this thought appearing in my awareness.  In fact it troubled me that anyone would think such a thing.

Typically, I am very meticulous about how I create and present my videos on my YouTube channel, but in this case, I am giving it to you raw and uncut, primarily for effect and specifically to drive home a point.

My voices is a bit gruff, the background street noise is apparent and even some other mistakes may be heard, but I felt this would be the best depiction of my sentiment on this issue.

It's an issue that seems to prevail in today's society here in the US and throughout the Diaspora.  Black women face these accusations over and over, but in this case, being asked this question truly disturbed me.  So, I decided to share my thoughts on it as they flowed from me in the moment.  I just grabbed my recorder and started talking.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Beyonce Phenomenon: Appreciation or Exploitation (Videos)

The Beyonce Phenomenon: Appreciation or Exploitation

"Culture Vultures come in all shapes and sizes, and even those whom you least expect are doing just that, using another's culture and tradition to further their own gain."

Now let me start by saying that it is quite obvious that there are plenty of people who sing the praises of the Queen B.  They shake, rattle and roll at her awesomeness and find her to be a great example for their daughters.  Then over in a tiny corner, far from view are just a few people who are not so taken by her. 

So, if you are in the larger community, the ones who praise and adore her, who are her Church Members who see her as a goddess, who imitate her and blast her songs in your car on your way to work or where ever you may be headed to, then you might want to turn off this video and go watch her instead.

If you are among those Beyoncé Church goers who have an open mind and would like to explore with me some of the kinks in her armor, then stay with me.  And if you are the few in the corner, way over there who can barely get a word in edgewise due to the clamor coming from the crowd, you may find that you may agree with some of what I am about to say, and you may even have something else to think about when it comes to the "Beyoncé Phenomenon."

Anybody who comes to my channel and even YouTube who consistently demonetizes my videos, knows that I "think outside of the box" in my videos.  I was raised by my Mother to be a critical thinker.  She never accepted anything on face value, at least it seemed that way to me.  Then after being indoctrinated for 12 years in Catholic school, I attended a Catholic college and there I learned what critical thinking really was, as ironic as that might sound. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time because the professors that I had, were not part of the status quo and they got flack from the administration because of it.

The "rave" reviews from the mainstream media as you can see here….
And the too many to count YouTube videos spin the top of the cult of personality, idol worship and the main agenda of those in the seats of power over the masses.  Who could ask for anything more than the all out support from the fat cats?

But my mother taught me to question.  She did that by telling me over and over again, "you are so gullible, you believe anything that anyone tells you."  My younger brother used to pull all kinds of tricks on me to the point, that I was threatened with bodily harm if I ever, in life, fell for another one of his tricks.  So I had to begin to think, and rethink and then think again.

Now, I am going to share my thoughts, it's my channel and until YouTube completely shuts it down, I will share what I feel and think on my channel.  If you do not wish to hear what I have to say, then feel free to go, but please do not leave disparaging comments calling me a "hater" simply because I take another stance on this "Beyoncé Phenomenon."  And throughout this video I am going to tell you why I have another stance, and it's not something that I have recently taken, I have daughters and while they are mature adults now, with daughters of their own, I also have sons who have sons.  This Beyoncé Phenomenon" does not just touch on the girls, it touches the boys as well.

Now, folks may have thought that since Obama and Michelle gave Beyoncé and JayZ the red carpet treatment by presenting them at the white house, that made them pass the grade, but that means nothing to me.  Beyoncé is not a good role model for young girls and JayZ is not a good role model for young boys, I don't care how many people say that they are.

They cannot sincerely believe that the violence and sexualization that goes on in their videos is a model for young people, with the explosive instances of police brutality against people of color when they ain't doing none of the stuff depicted in their music videos.

But in this video I want to focus on Beyoncé, I want to talk about the sexualization of the woman, I want to talk about how this sexualization of the woman is not appreciation but exploitation to the point that women who have been abused, seemed to be brushed off with the adage, "if she didn't want to be treated that way, she shouldn't wear them kind of clothes", yet, it's okay for Beyoncé and her team of soldiers to do so, or Hollyweird personalities over all.  Why is it okay for those in Hollyweird to prance around half clad, barely clad, merely clad or in some instances, uncladded in the public eye, but those poor unknown victims of sexual molestation are considered hoes and told that they asked for it.

We have a rape culture in this country! I cannot speak about any other country but the US.  So on the one hand we are bringing out the Weinstein's and the Cosby's and on the other hand we are lining up blocks and hours long, and spending top dollar to attend a festival, game or concert featuring "Beyoncé'" who in my estimation is acting like a whore on stage in front of the entire world!

Now you might want to get off this video right now, you Beyoncé Muppets, but I am about to get real right here and right now.  My thoughts around Coachella have haunted me for days and days and even more days.  Who remembers how incensed folks got when they saw Malia Obama at Coachella last year or maybe it was the year before, smoking weed and humping?  That image and video went viral.  People were appalled that Malia would be out there "acting" like that and she's the Presidents daughter, yet on the other hand the Obama's invited JayZ and Beyoncé to the white house.  Michelle even said, she saw Beyoncé as a role model for young girls. How do you mix both things together? 

I have read several articles, watch several videos and the voice in the wilderness still continues to be little ole me.  Why can't people see how perverted this is?  Why are people gobbling up this type of performance with no second thoughts or even grievances?  What is it about the Beyoncé mania that makes folks blind, deaf and dumb to what is being blasted in from of their faces?  I am totally baffled by the support that she gets to get up on stage and rock her sacred space in the nearly pornographic manner in which she does.  Has pornography become normalized now, and does an entire show of young ladies dressed in outfits that used to be only seen in "Frederick of Hollywood" become okay?

Now place that within the context of what just happened to Bill Cosby.  What do I mean by that?  What I mean is, I wonder how many people, who blame the women for "making" themselves available to Cosby so he could do what he did to them, support Beyoncé.  I just wonder. 

Now place that in the context of all the stuff coming out of Hollyweird, where women and in some instance men and children are being over sexualized, abused and other criminal acts being perpetrated against them.  How in one breath can one say, they appreciate Beyoncé and in the other breath abhor the Hollyweird under belly of despicable and criminal behavior.  People are losing jobs, being downgraded, being ostracized and criminalized due to their reported, not proven, inappropriate behavior while Beyoncé can flaunt herself and her female soldiers in the manner she does and make millions of dollars!
Is it because she donates to social causes? Does that give her a free ride? 

BTW, I am not impressed with donations.  I am only impressed if those donations are not marked as tax deductibles at the end of the year.  In fact, that simply means the citizens are making the contributions because in some way, it will hit the pockets of every other person who does pay taxes.

Is the community saying that as long as she gives her money away, she can allow herself and her female soldiers to be exploited in the manner in which they were in this last show, and yes I did see it.

ZaZa Ali Live: Beyonce at Coachella, Cardi B & the Impact of Celebrity Culture

I would like to take a moment and give a shout out to ZaZa Ali.  She painfully approached this subject, by consistently giving credit to Beyoncé's performance being impeccable when it comes to the work she had to put into it to pull it off.  I think she did a fine job of tiptoeing over the haters who will come at her saying that she doesn't want another black woman to succeed in life.  But what is the definition of success?  And what is the cost of this success?

And yes, I am harping on Beyoncé and yes I know that other female entertainers have done the same thing, but like my mom used to say, just cause everybody is doing it does not make it right.

I did a video on the Cult of Celebrity.  I also did a video discussing the sexualization of our children.  Along with various references that I made to pedophilia and child sacrifice.

Nowadays, we may not be blatantly sacrificing our children by taking their lives in a bloody ritual, but we are sacrificing them if we allow them to sing some of the Beyoncé lyrics like "Suck my balls, Bitch!"

Is that what we want our young children and young girls to say while they are at school or in the play ground, in the gym or at a football game?  To me, that was the straw that broke the camel's back, that hoisted me into the Beyoncé phenomenon at risk of losing friends, family and even a few foes.

Just take a look at this meme and tell me, how can any parent find this to be okay?  Your child is impersonating Beyoncé and while doing so is causing disruption in the classroom and when they call the parent in, the parent is like well………………. What is your problem?

Along with the several "f" bombs in her lyrics why is she allowed to do this, and why are people supporting her and keeping her "rich and famous"? What is it about her mania that makes people blind to the fact that her shows are destructive! I really don't care how much time and effort she puts into her shows, how much practice and long hours, that same time and effort is put into making nuclear weapons and bombs that are created to be dropped on innocent men women and children.

To me, Beyoncé is poison, and poison can be created in a moment or it can be done painstakingly, but it will kill, and that is its purpose.  I don't care about the symbolism that folks like to equate to Illuminati or some occult references such as the eye of Horus (Heru) or 3 sixes, those symbols have also been perverted and yet used by folks behind closed doors, the very folks who tell the masses to shun them.  It matters not to me that those images and symbols are used in music videos.  What matters to me is our children and they are our future.  If we allow this exploitation of our children's mind, body and spirit, it matters not that these so called Illuminati symbols are being used.  The actual behavior of these artists is more blatantly instrumental in their destructive effects than those symbols, believe me.  It's the music, the imagery, the hypnotic trance that comes over the crowd, the acceptance of this low bar of morality and the continued cognitive dissonance that is most troubling in my opinion.

So we get this meme about how she demonstrated her "black culture" unapologetically.  Take a look at this meme.

When in actuality, she never said that she was doing that at all.  She just wanted to be "entertaining" and that was all.  Where does it say that she is or ever has been about "black culture"?  And if she presented that show as some have said, to show the mostly white audience what "black culture" looks like, to me she gave that audience a perverted version of it. 

Are we to expect black women to be engaged with rocking their sacred space?  Are we still expecting black women to be bed winches and is that the message that Beyoncé is giving to this predominately white audience who saw her and her female soldier wag themselves so suggestively it bordered on pornography?

Then other say, but she came back, after having 3 children, blazing, strong and resilient. And my response is so did our Ancestors working in the cotton fields!  They did that with no money, no fame and a whip on their backs carrying their babies all the while.  Why does she get a pass for doing that?

And what really broke my heart was to see Blue Ivy, sitting there in the audience, watching her mother exploit herself in that manner.  I hoped that maybe the pyrotechnics distracted Blue, but she probably have seen some of those rehearsals, so yeah….

I want a show of hands of how many of you out there, listening to my rant, would love to see your mother get herself in tip top shape and then get on stage and do what Blue's mother did?  Would you not be just a tad bit embarrassed by that show of vulgar vagina humping by your mother?  What about your father?  Would he sit there in the audience with the whole family and applaud?

I remember the other meme and viral story about the "Smith's who were at a show where Miley Cyrus was acting completely out of line, and the shock on their face was quite telling. Why and how did Beyoncé get a pass?

So they say, she was showing off her culture.  So that is what black culture looks like?  That is what African culture looks like, that is what spiritual culture looks like?

Excuse me, but I am missing something here.

But, after all of these flash points came, the YouTube tarot reader saying, Beyoncé has Oshun with her, and that she is very spiritual and I was like, wait a second………

Now they are adding to the mix a perverted version of Oshun?  The goddess of love?  From Nigeria west Africa?  And so that gives her a stamp of approval?

So we go from Black panther at halftime, Oshun at the Grammy's and now Nefertiti at Coachella, and folks are drinking and slurping and praising her exploitation of all three, not reading the lyrics, not paying attention to the hypnosis, and certainly not belying the truth of any of these representations.

Yet in the same breath say she is daring to show the world African culture, black culture and the black experience in America.  The dangerous normalization of these stereotypes will replicate and imbed "unconscious bias" towards blacks.

I am appalled that they would even bring Oshun into it, without knowing what she represents.

She is a sacred Goddess, the Goddess of love, and to equate what Beyoncé is doing and has done in her performances with Oshun to me is an outrage.  Forgive me, but to me she is presenting a perverted version of Oshun. Understanding the many roads of Oshun, you must first understand the tradition and just because she looked like Oshun does not mean she is representing her, to me she looked more like the statue of liberty, but that's just me.  However, the road of Oshun that she is presenting on stage with the blatant sexuality and sexualization is the road of Oshun that people who know about this goddess tend to avoid or tend to keep under raps, rather than blasting it on the big screen.

Besides, even if she was trying to represent Oshun or Erzuile Freda, could she stand before the Goddess and look them in the eye after she had exploited their legend and misrepresented them in front of the entire world?  And how does being connected to either of these goddesses forgive the exploitation of her femininity in that way.  And by the way, why aren't the so called feminist coming out against this sordid display of femininity.  Are we of the mind that femininity in the feminist movement and exploitation of the female body are one in the same?  She should be able to do whatever she chooses with her body in a public arena because she has a body to do that with?

Then let me say this, what if it was a 300 pound woman scantily clad on stage doing the same thing?
Of course that would never happen in this culture, a 300 pound woman does not fit the profile.  So what are we saying here?  Are we saying that only certain women, with a certain physique and status should be allowed to flaunt their stuff on stage, while the other more comely and not so attractive women should dress modestly? 

And if you do fit the profile and you dress and act like that, it's your fault if you appeal to the "lower" nature of men?  Zaza Ali mentioned this point as well in her video.  She also mentioned how she cautioned her son to be very circumspect about being around such young ladies who may lure him into a trap.  Another women on Dr. Boyce Watkins' channel said she had to have a talk with her husband, about having private lunches with women in order to steer clear of any allegations of in appropriate behavior. 

Additionally, the so called "Me Too" movement should have been outside protesting.  Women are being denied jobs as a result of this movement for fear the establishment or members of it will be drawn out in some high profile allegations of sexual misconduct.  And yet, we have this and all the praise that goes with it.  How do we have it both ways?

Are we saying that it's okay for the rich and famous to do certain things that your regular Joe or Jane cannot do?  Why do we continually give them a pass to do whatever they wish and then throw down the gavel and sentence the average person to a life of scorn and skepticism?  By giving them a pass, aren't we enabling them to continue to exploit us?  We buy their records, watch their movies and share their tabloids.  Aren't we saying that it's okay for them to do it when we support them?  Where is critical thinking, what happened to it, and will it ever return?

I have personally always had a problem with double standards.  And I must give my mom credit for that to, cause she used to always say, "Do as I say, not as I do." And that would enrage me.  Because by the same token she would say, what's good for the  goose is good for the gander,  Now I didn't know what gander was as a young child, but I surely knew what the saying meant.  So what are feminist saying about this, how are they weighing in on this?  Where is their moral compass or their compass of equality I should say. Where is it and why is it okay for Beyoncé and yet, the old lady down the road better keep her
butt in the house, wearing those daisy dukes like she's 20 years old.

In traditional African culture there is what is called "rites of passage" for boys and for girls.  During these right young boys and girls learn about what it means to be a man and woman in the community. They are given specific customs, dances and implements to help them to move up into the position of man and woman in the society.  Many of these dances would be perceived as suggestive to the European onlooker.  In fact, part of the process of colonization of the African was to demonize their sexual expression and draw them away from their customs.  Ever since, Africans have been presented has overly sexed to the point of being a fetish for European men and women.  They expect the black woman to have a high libido and the black man, along with a high libido, to have a long schlong.  How can the show that Beyoncé had at Coachella, change that image?

After the Grammy's of  Article written by CC Saunders entitled "Beyoncé- A Win for White Supremacy" was featured in Kushite Prince article date February 16, 2017.

I wish to present to you a few quotes from that article.

The praise following Beyoncé's long overdue “consciousness” demonstrates that the bar for black allies is impossibly low. Beyoncé as a black activist demonstrates that one or two acts fulfill the necessary requirements to deem someone a black leader. The black collective witnessed this behavior with former President Obama who would often place a single stream of consciousness in his speeches, a consciousness that he would counter with the following sentence. Yet, the allegiance he had for five seconds, overshadowed lesser deeds carried out in the majority of his actions and behaviors. Beyoncé's praise functions in a similar manner, as her seemingly “overnight” enlightenment supersedes past behavior that aimed to present Beyoncé, the black woman as a crossover artist.

Beyoncé, a black woman who gained fame and international stardom for her fair skin, blonde weave, and jezebel-like performances, personifies the height of white male imagination. She embodies what many black women wish they were, conventionally beautiful with full features, fair skin, a curvy yet slim body, an accent that is slight enough to suggest a humble sweetness but a work persona that screams boss. She’s a wife, a mother, businesswoman and all-around superwoman. But she is a fantasy.

Beyoncé exists as a means to control the black female demographic. For example, I can not help but notice that weaves became a more versatile and a more prominent tool in black female hair styling as Beyoncé's popularity grew. The desire for long, full, hair personifies what I like to call the “Beyoncé effect,” an effect mirrored in every popular black female image from reality stars to singers. Beyoncé's power manifests in her ability to generate styles and standards of beauty, and in her losses and wins.

I feel compelled to mention that I reference Beyoncé as a brand and not an individual, as the chief component of Beyoncé's popularity is that she encompasses a larger than life figure– a human canvass of desirability curated by white male imagination. Beyoncé becomes a figure of influence due to a black female collective that largely exists vicariously through their blonde-haired heroine.

Beyoncé personifies what many black females think black female perfection is. As a physical manifestation of black female thought, Beyoncé acts as a pawn to dictate what we do.

Carter B. Woodson conveyed the following excerpt from The Miseducation of the Negro:

"If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one."

Thus, Beyoncé is not an activist or conscious member of the black collective. Beyoncé is the literal and figurative back door of which the black female collective enters into a white male gaze. She is a prevalent form of contemporary inferiority veiled as black excellence. Furthermore, Beyoncé functions as an on-going win for white supremacy, functioning as a string that puppeteers the black female psyche by veiling the poisons of white supremacy with pseudo black femininity.

And finally, let me just add, that while women seem to be the brunt of all types of descrimination and exploitation, every single solitary human has come through the loins of a female, boys and girls are birth through her sacred orafice and to have that orafice defiled in the manner in which it has become customary in Western culture says a lot about the respect that it has for the Feminine Energy, and explains how this culture and defile the planet upon which we all must depend.

Beyoncé Live Coachella Performance HD | 2nd Week | Coachella 2018

Beyonce Coachella 2018 Weekend 2 - WorldWide Entertainment TV

Beyoncé Has Her Own Church?
Atlanta, GA — It is very  true. “The National Church of Bey“, an organization that recently formed the new religion called  Beyism (based on pop star Beyoncé Knowles), based in Atlanta, Georgia. Although Beyoncé herself is not believed to be a part of it, she is the foundation of it and has so far not made a statement denouncing it. 

People Are Going to Church to Worship Beyoncé in San Francisco

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Parents blast 'pornographic' Beyoncé
Shame on Beyoncé as concerned parents attack Beyoncé’s provocative Grammy’s performance.  JAN 28, 2014 4:11PM

Beyonce under fire for releasing “pornographic” new album

Everyones Creeping On Malia Obamas Twerking In This Lollapalooza Video

Sunday, April 22, 2018

2 Black Men Arrested At Philly Starbucks: News and Updates

2 Black Men Arrested At Philly Starbucks:

News and Updates

On April 12, 2018, 2 African American men were arrested at the Philly Starbucks, and of course since then there has been a flurry of news reports on this incident.

What's most interesting is the comment section below these articles.  For sure some folks feel that you should not sit in a restaurant if you are not going to purchase something. And you especially should not use the bathroom if you have not made a purchase.  Now, I am aware that there are some stores that have a sign that says, "Bathroom for Patrons Only". However, this policy while it may be in effect in some places is not readily apparent in most stores.

I have traveled many, many times on the road, and have simply pulled over, go into the store and get the bathroom key.  Never was I made to feel I had to make a purchase.  It sort of comes with the territory.

Not to mention that typically, stores that sell food have to have a bathroom that can be used by patrons, but there certainly are occasions where someone sitting in the establishment, may not purchase anything at all, particularly if they have a certain diet, or are simply not hungry or even may not have the money to purchase anything at all.  There are so many different circumstances that can be sited here.

One thing that is certain, Starbucks is known for being a meeting place.  Sometimes folks just go in there to use the wifi, on the real, sometimes Starbucks is a bit pricey. 
I once read a meme that says, "Tired of me pulling the race card, stop giving me reason to use it."

In this video I will site excerpts from several news article.  A list of these article will be in the link in the description below.

The first article I wish to share with you is
'Sitting While Black' latest side of coined indignities

The second article is
A look at claims of racial bias in U.S. restaurants

Next we have
Protesters stage sit-ins at two Starbucks 
Samaria Bailey Tribune Correspondent  Apr 17, 2018 Updated 7 hrs ago

Philly police chief: Officers did nothing wrong in Starbucks arrest

Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias'

Starbucks apologizes, calls arrests 'reprehensible'
Bobbi Booker Tribune Staff Writer  Apr 17, 2018 Updated 4 hrs ago

Next we have
Lawmakers speak out and protesters sit-in following Starbucks arrests
Apr 16, 2018 Updated 7 hrs ago

Starbucks CEO on arrests at Philadelphia store: 'They didn't deserve that'
by Danielle Wiener-Bronner   @dwbronnerApril 17, 2018: 7:25 PM ET

We also have
Protesters Gather Outside Philadelphia Starbucks After 2 Black Men Were Arrested There
One man led a call and response chant: "Today, this space is secure, secured by the people"
Published at 12:30 PM EDT on Apr 15, 2018 | Updated at 6:59 AM EDT on Apr 16, 2018

The next article
Starbucks 'Contrite' in Meetings With Philadelphia Officials as Outrage Persists Over Arrest of Black Men at Cafe
As Starbucks leadership met with elected leaders over last week's incident, a third day of protests carried on in Center City Philadelphia
Published at 5:19 PM EDT on Apr 16, 2018 | Updated at 7:43 AM EDT on Apr 17, 2018

Next we have
What 'Unconscious Bias' Really Is and Its Exhausting Effect

What does the term 'unconscious bias' really mean? And does it even apply to the now-notorious Starbucks arrests in Philadelphia?

Starbucks to Close Stores for an Afternoon for Bias Training

The training program is designed to address "implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion and prevent discrimination"
Published at 6:40 AM EDT on Apr 17, 2018 | Updated at 9:02 PM EDT on Apr 17, 2018


'Sitting While Black' latest side of coined indignities

Lawmakers speak out and protesters sit-in following Starbucks arrests

Protesters stage sit-ins at two Starbucks

Starbucks apologizes, calls arrests 'reprehensible'

Philly police chief: Officers did nothing wrong in Starbucks arrest

Starbucks Apologizes to Philly Police Sergeant Denied Access to Restroom

What 'Unconscious Bias' Really Is and Its Exhausting Effect

Starbucks to Close Stores for an Afternoon for Bias Training

Starbucks 'Contrite' in Meetings With Philadelphia Officials as Outrage Persists Over Arrest of Black Men at Cafe

Protesters Gather Outside Philadelphia Starbucks After 2 Black Men Were Arrested There

Starbucks to Close Stores for an Afternoon for Bias Training

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge review – ‘racism is a white problem’

Starbucks CEO on arrests at Philadelphia store: 'They didn't deserve that'

Philly Starbucks Manager Who Called Cops On Black Men Reportedly Has History of Targeting Non-White Customers

Philly Police Commissioner Admits He Played a ‘Significant Role’ In Making Starbucks Incident ‘Worse’

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Black Panther Movie: NB Commentary (VIDEOS)

Black Panther Movie: NB Commentary

In this video, I wish to present to you, my commentary on the movie, Black Panther.  Many of my thoughts presented in this video have been derived from my initial impressions, articles that I have read, videos I have watch pro and con and a host of other comments from folks in the comment sections under articles, videos and reviews pertaining to this movie.

My commentary will present an alternative view. I think that it is important for alternative voices and commentary to be heard for the purpose of balance and introspection.  Indeed, it is clear that the vote is in, and Black Panther has taken the world by storm and has surprised even its makers.  The amount of support, particularly from the Black community has been astounding which implies that more folks are geared up to support this movie than there are those who wish to present an alternate and maybe a somewhat counter perspective on the benefit of this movie to Black folks in general and the image of Black folks, particularly here in America, in general.

Let me begin by saying, now that Africans have a fictitious super hero show, akin to Superman, Batman, and the Green Hornet, please show me how even the slightest correlation will help elevate black consciousness. I.e., how many of these movie goers will boycott during the scandalous Christmas season, starting with Black Friday. In fact, what have the super heroes done for white folks besides give them the "illusion" of grandeur. I don't think we need any more super heroes. We have enough Real ones to celebrate. Malcolm X birthday, almost became a national holiday, now folks at the movies are giving the white man they money. Feeling empowered by fiction. Am I being a kill joy or what?

I really don't care about the celebrity engagement. 
Or the celebrity involvement. 
Or how much money the actors will make, or even how much the movie makers, movie houses, movie concession stands, movie ticket sellers, movie uber drivers, movie dress makers, movie drummers and stilt walkers, movie advertisers and pundits. I don't even care about the fact that people feel that the closed shows were seeped in racist fears that black folks may riot or feel empowered or both.

I don't care if people literally call me a Hater for spreading this hateration. 
What I care about is that this is science fiction. And what I would like to know is how does science fiction seep into the consciousness of white supremacist and change their minds.

I want to know how science fiction will stop cops from killing black children, Monsanto from poisoning our food, big oil from poisoning us with plastics, and pharmaceuticals from poisoning us by selling us legalized drugs. 

How will this hype over shadow our true hero's who lost their lives fighting for freedom and justice like Malcolm X.

Our children are resonating with comics but hey, they don't know who Stockley Carmichael, Marcus Garvey, Huey Newton, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Ben, Ivan Van Sertima, Benjamin Banneker, and a host of real people who made real changes.

I would also like to add a comment that I found in the comment section beneath a video about the Black Panther movie.  Unfortuanately, I do not remember which video it was but I think it is important to share these dates with you.

And I quote "Philly Phil" here.

"The movie was strategically released smack dab in the middle of Black History Month for the end game of DISRUPTING the study by 40 Million Negros of REAL Black superheros. 

2/7 death of Anta Diop,
2/15 birth of H. Sylvester Williams,
2/17 birth of Huey Newton,
2/20 death of Frederick Douglas,
2/21 death of Malcolm X,
2/23 birth of Amos Wilson,
2/23 birth of WEB Dubois,
2/25 death of Elijah Muhammad. 

The comics present a false reality. It's the fallaciousness of this whole thing. Even the movie "The Butler" about that guy who spent decades working in the white house was more historically correct. We don't need more fantasy, we need the real truth, that's all I'm saying. Do the young folks know that there are Black Panthers languishing right now in federal prisons. Do they know about Assata Shakur?

I mean seriously, doesn't it say something that finally Marvel Comics can give a nod to a Black Super hero? When there are African comics and animation creators who can get no backing, but this will?
They knew exactly how to pull this wool over the eyes of the masses for sure.

And if imagery is everything, how can one Black movie change the massive amount of imagery that has been spoon fed to the masses depicting white supremacy? I'm confused. On the other hand, we just came through a season where white supremacy was at its zenith, i.e., a white Jesus born to save the entire world, and not one person, except me, said anything about that image. White Jesus in black churches still tells black folks, that white is supreme and savior, and one movie cannot change what has been indelibly placed in the minds of the people, white and black. White folks have had a ton of white super heroes.. are we saying that their super heroes have and will have the same impact, that is, they will continue to see themselves as superior? It would follow logically that they would if we are going to assume that the imagery in a movie has the effect of changing the image of a people, real or contrived.

It is truly unfortunate that a people has been relegated to such a level of self esteem that they would need a fantasy movie to boost their image of themselves.

What I am trying to say here is this. If one black superhero can change the mindset of a people toward empowerment, than surely all the tons of white heroes and saviors in the media, have certainly done their job in promoting and sustaining white supremacy. So to me, this movie is just a drop in the bucket compared to the avalanche of white themed movies since movies even became something to watch. And we are gonna need more than one black movie to change the predominance of white supremacy in the culture and minds of people globally.

 Why can't they tell true stories of real heroes who really did something. Like the Black inventors who's inventions were co-opted to the point that nobody knows who invented simple things like the stop light. During black history month, we need real history, not a fantasy. I don't care if the fantasy was created by a black man and directed by one.

Make a movie showing Africa for real, this movie is fantasy. If folks go to Africa looking for what they saw in this movie they will be sorely disappointed. 

Black people need reality after being brainwashed for hundreds of years.  They need their real history not a made up fairy tale of "could be some how might have been".  If we were not such a broken people, we could take the risk of a few fairy tales, but we are, and we need to heal, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

 This movie will only lure more and more people into some pseudo empowerment, but when they are looking down the barrel of a gun held by a police officer trained to see "black people" as dangerous, even if they are unarmed, they will not be able to pull "vibranium" out of their pockets. 

We live in real times that are dangerous, and being socially engineered to sleep through a movie such as this one, is like pumping massive amounts of sedatives into the hearts and minds of a people who can not take the risk of even blinking much less, going off to sleep.

If it truly mattered and would actually make a difference in the consciousness of African descendant folks, it would not have gotten past "go."

Think about it. When have they lauded any real freedom fighters.

Superman ain't real.
Batman ain't real.
Ninja Turtles are not real.
But the Matrix is. 

And this is social engineering and a major distraction that people are actually in national TV fighting over.

Once they mainstream it, it loses its power, like how they mainstreamed Mandela. People don't see how they do this over and over again. It's their way of rewriting history. Where is this done except with Santa Claus and the tooth fairy?  When the babies grow up will they know about the Real Black Panthers or believe this fiction?

I have always been one to wonder about the hidden agenda. Storytelling since the beginning of human experience on this planet has been used to mold and shape or socially engineer the masses. I proceed with great caution when it is mainstream. 

Time will tell what the impact will be, however, the "escape" to the movies and this one in particular, will certainly line some pockets.

Will they simply be inspired to wear the Black panther costume and purchase memorabilia that I am sure they have all ready, and lined up for sale. 

We need discretionary spending, and less unwashed consumerism. Can we get these folks to study African History, read books about Africa's real contributions. Or will they just fill their houses with more fanciful junk!

One thing's for sure this movie is bringing forth a lot of dialogue and that's a good thing.

I love sci-fi, however I realize that it's the imaginings of a mind guided by a creative spirit. 
I also am aware that movies and the media, just like ancient story telling have design and purpose. 
I simply don't trust Hollyweird.

There's a serious and nasty underbelly that paints a skewed reality over the lives closely and not so closely connected to Hollyweird. 

To me supporting it needs to be done with knowledge of the true intent. Are these folks really about empowering black folks and divesting the hundreds of years of racist overtones that have been injected into the film industry thus far?

Are they really about taking that step towards equanimity or is this being used to pacify the masses? As they have done time and time again. Give the "darky" a little limelight here and there but never enough to release him from mental slavery.

Why do people, like lemmings, buy into stuff that is put forth to exploit them. Is there no resistance to the con? All of a sudden after decades of ridicule, harassment and abuse, now Black Panther is something to celebrate. 

This is how they normalize and trivialize threats, especially those of Black Empowerment. 
I just shake my head and wonder why. Then it comes to me, clearly we are in a matrix that is constantly remolding and shaping us to remain, blind, deaf and dumb to the mockery.

Did they use an all black starstudded cast to reel in the unsuspected? Or was there a sincere intent?
It certainly has some revealing overtones but again, I just don't trust Hollyweird, I don't trust Disney and I don't read comics. I also am a very round peg who does not fit into a square hole too well. 
But I thank all of you for your comments.


Minkah Makalani – Rutgers University


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