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Midweek Edutainment #3
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I hope you are in a good place in all dimensions of life. On my end, after two weeks of battling some kind of flu/cold, I’m almost back to full health. I’m still coughing a fair amount, and still getting these energy slumps pretty much every day though. It’s really got me thinking about the way I eat and about steps I can take to keep my energy levels more consistent. Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue our reading of Amos Wilson’s Blueprint of Black Power this Saturday 22nd October, 4pm Eastern Standard Time, 9pm UK time. Please click the image, like the video and click “notify me” so you get alerted when we go live.
Here are some things that have informed, entertained and educated me over the past couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy.
Luisah Teish on the Black Madonna & the Dark Mother - 1992
I stumbled upon this captivating teaching on the power and importance of the so-called “Dark Mother” in African and other First World philosophy. With so much death, destruction and inhumanity raging across this Yurugu-dominated world right now, we sorely need this deep ancestral wisdom. The world will never see justice and peace until we do.
Miss Lou: Fi Wi Language (Jamaican Patwah)
My children are half Jamaican, half Ugandan and 100% African! As to their Jamaican heritage from their mum, I’m happy I settled with one of theirs because Jamaica is a culture steeped in African tradition. In this wonderful snippet, the great Miss Lou schools us on some of the “Africanisms” in the African Jamaican language known as Patwah.
Asian American Businesses in Black Communities
To the US now, and as we’re reading Blueprint For Black Power I thought I’d share this informative video relating to Asian American-African American relations. It briefly explains how White America deliberately prevented Asian Americans from opening businesses in White areas, but encouraged them to do so in Black areas. It’s important to be clued-up on this sort of thing so as to avoid adopting a simplistic anti-Asian sentiment. It’s very similar to how the British colonialists positioned South Asians as a buffer between them and the Africans they colonised in Africa and the Caribbean. They become the face of the oppression, but in reality, it’s the European pulling the strings.
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40 Years since Maurice Bishop assassinated
In the early 1980s, the people of the island of Grenada in the Caribbean had the audacity to seize control of their own destiny and start forging a revolutionary path toward self-determination. On one hand, it’s unbelievable that the colossus to the north would actually invade Grenada to put a stop to it. But on the other hand, in light of the Monroe Doctrine, it’s perfectly understandable. There was no way the US could allow another state in its “sphere of influence” to go down a revolutionary Socialist path. Check out this excellent documentary on the Grenadian Revolution to learn more.
African Music | Endless Beautify
We wrap up this midweek Edutainment with this collection of some amazing music from the motherland. A lot of it is from the Sahel region and is awash with beautiful Koras. As I commented on the video itself, there’s something ethereal, other-worldly about music from that region. I dare you listen and not be inspired and restored. I’ve been listening to this over and over in the past couple of weeks while edging back to full health. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have! See you Saturday ✊🏿
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