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  1. I don't think it will be effective or productive to post links to Erivo's coonery. You may not like the sources and think they are biased, etc. It will devolve into discussion about those sources versus the matter at hand, despite it being Erivo's own words. But here's a good Twitter thread. Further, Erivo has since bleached her Twitter history to erase the "akata" references and her ancestors being Igbos - slave traders in 1500s Nigerians. It's my personal position on Erivo.
  2. The full quote is representative of my views: "Muhammad Ali was the ultimate activist, entertainer and warrior all in one. That's why he's great." Yes he's the ultimate activist. He voluntarily gave up boxing riches and material title/championship belts. White society forced Ali to choose between fighting for their imperial empire in Vietnam or give up his money and belts. Ali chose the latter. That's admirably, courageous and beautiful. That's why Ali is Ali. Ali may have dogged Malcolm and Frazier. These men were all on levels I've never been. All I can do is objectively look at their conflicts and take them for what they are. I respect Ali as much as I do Malcolm X. They were on the front line in an important phase of black American history. Ali and Malcolm inspired black people to be great. They had disagreements based on numerous things. That's not for me to judge. Both men had influenced me positively. Frazier is just a boxer. A great fighter for sure. But he's not a transcendent figure like Ali and Malcolm. Frazier did not advocate for black people directly or indirectly. He didn't advocate sacrifice for the better good, like Ali and Malcolm. He's not on their level of greatness as men. Frazier is a great boxer though and I respect him very much for that.
  3. There's also speculation that Erivo's Nigerian ancestors/tribe sold black people into slavery to the British. I've heard and read enough to never support that woman.
  4. Mike Tyson is different from all the others you mentioned. Tyson is arguably the best boxer of all-time during his prime. He did something measurable and did it far better, prettier and more dominate than all his contemporaries in the 1980s and early 1990s. Prison and Cus D'Amato's death ruined Mike Tyson. But Mike's accomplishments are measurable and great. "Tupac is the best rapper" is an opinion about an arbitrary position. There are no easily-accessible measurables other than record sales that distinguish music artists. Mike Tyson was the measurable-greatest at his craft for like 8 years; and arguably the greatest ever in his prime. That is admirable and cool. I don't think MLK and Will Smith are in the same category. Mike Tyson and Tupac are both entertainers. Troy mentioned how all these guys are ultimately just entertainers. MLK was an activist, a front-line warrior. Yes, I am on the side that he was soft at times during his tenure. But not because he wasn't acting gangsta. I felt then and now that more forceful tactics and game plans are/were necessary for black Americans to prosper and break the grip of shame. Muhammad Ali was the ultimate activist, entertainer and warrior all in one. That's why he's great. That all said, I'm a big Poetic Justice and Juice fan. I also like that "Keep Ya Head Up" CD.
  5. Whatever nomenclature you choose, Tupac is/was "produced." I've asked probably 30 black folks over the last 15-20 years to name something positive, tangible and/or good Tupac has done for black people to deserve this god status he apparently has. Most just get mad and start attacking me for asking the question. True be told, I've read de-classified FBI documents that say, in so many words, that Tupac's entire family history and shtick were produced by government for manipulation and control. But again, my point just echoes a good point made by @Pioneer1 - that Nipsey Hustle is to Millennials as Tupac was to Generation X. Make sense. I hear the words "legend" and "great" associated with these guys. But I hear nothing tangible. Hell, something as simple as promoting marriage and raising strong, intelligent ladies and gentlemen would be something tangible. Neither of these guys can even claim that. Wish we could expand the music program further. Always about funding. We're forced to choose the most talented kids and let the rest go. We still help them buy used guitars, basses, amp, etc. But the key is respecting and compensating the instructors, who are retired funk, blues and rock-n-roll musicians. They love the program so they do it for [relatively] small compensation and huge impact. Lots of old school black musicians retired in Phoenix.
  6. Hey @Chevdove I know I'm late responding to all this. But this point is very real. @Pioneer1 pointed out how Nipsey Hussle is the Tupac Shakur for Millennials. Sounds about right. I never have and never will understand the obsession with Tupac by black Americans. He's just a typical thug. What has he done to uplift, educate, motivate, etc.? NOTHING. Again, I know nothing about Hustle. But I believe what Pioneer said because it makes sense. Let's face it - many of the gripes African and Caribbean immigrants have against have against the ADOS masses are real. Honestly I don't want to be around a lot of ADOS. We're conditioned to be EMPLOYEES (slaves), but business owners. The latter is what this country is built on. Working for someone else means they own you. Thus slavery never ended. I won't stop expressing these truths and trying to motivate our people. It's just difficult. Ya know? I'm going to dig up this podcast from my uncle in 2007. It addresses these exact points. Not only have dance and dress styles lost creativity. They have devolved into demented sexual debauchery. Disco will always be my favorite genre of ADOS movement for its groovy creativity. Good news is that I help fund music classes for select black youth in Phoenix. Their parents FORCE them into the classes at age 5. The kids hate it at first (they'd rather be rappin and foolin). But they recognize the creativity and the talent/skill they are developing. We're hoping to produce and develop REAL black bands in the next five years or so when the kids are a little older. We and the parents don't want kids being exploited. Must say...they are QUITE good. Our first act has a jazzy, funky yet 2019 sound. Hard to explain. But stay tuned!
  7. We wrote about the Atatianna Jefferson murder. https://opnateye.com/atatiana-jefferson-fort-worth-tx-cop-summarily-executes-black-woman-to-receive-paid-vacation/ It's so sad that the AUNTIE tried to denigrate Ms. Jefferson's father, as the direction of that ambulance-chasing Dallas lawyer Lee Merritt. That whole situation turned into a circus because Merritt wants a large settlement. That typically only happens for cooperative, obsequious black people. Marquis Jefferson, Atatianna's father, told media "I don't want no hug" from the killer cop. I love that man for saying that and for setting up a foundation in his deceased daughter's name with HIS OWN insurance policy. Seems the maternal side of Atatianna's family is money chasing.
  8. First, its good to see the AALBC forums back up and running. Second, Harriet is an ADOS legend. It's sad that Hollywood cast a coon to play her in that movie. Granted I don't watch many movies at all these days. But I definitely won't support that. I don't care that the actress is not American. Many black folks are apparently angry about that. The actress has a history of making Fox News-type comments about black people in America. Who cares that she's an immigrant. Denzel Washington played Steve Biko and did a fabulous job. Denzel is not from South Africa obviously. But that woman playing Harriet Tubman is nauseating on so many levels. She'll say anything to please white people.
  9. I wish I could disagree with this, but I cannot. I will qualify my position with the fact that black people succeeded in building our own cities in the 1910s and 1920s, only for white people to destroy them. Black Wall Street (Tulsa, OK) gets most of the press in this regard. Rosewood, East St. Louis, Omaha, Kirven, TX...there were probably 100 cities/neighborhoods that former slaves built from the ground up from 1870-1930, only to have them destroyed in "race riots," meaning feral, jealous white people torching and looting the cities, and killing thousands of the ancestors. I think after that, ADOS collectively gave up. We're damned if we do, damned if we don't. But nothing you said is inaccurate. Its the main reason I don't watch TV and movies. I just can't stand seeing black people as willing, bojangling coons. This is very important. I've argued with many brothers and sisters that we were FAR better off before so-called "integration." The statistics don't lie. 89% of black babies were born to their married mom and dad in the 1960s. Black business ownership (meaning businesses that creates jobs in black communities and had black patrons) peaked in 1963. There were fewer than 150,000 black people in prison/jail in 1960. Today there are over 2 million. The most chilling stat of today - 80%+ of black babies in the USA are born to a single mom. Instead of improving ourselves, we pick a master (liberals or the Trumps) and try to be the best slave possible. That means alphabet-cooning for liberals and shoulder-monkey-cooning for Trump. Those who don't succeed at one of those end up in prison and drinking 40s in front of the liquor store. The remaining 20-25% (you, I, Troy, Chev, etc.) are going to be extinct by 2050. I've maintained that forever. The black man and woman in the USA will not exist in 30 years. This was the white imperial plan since 1619 and its come to fruition. Troy mentioned how I'm out of the loop for not knowing what Wakada is. I don't know anything about any of these rappers today; couldn't name one song by any of them. When Nipsey Hussle (sp?) died, that's the first time I heard of him. A lot of black folks seem to respect him. I'm curious of your opinion of him? I NEVER understood the obsession with 2Pac. I mean, he's a typical nigga to me. Rappers like KRS-One, X-Clan, Chuck D/Public Enemy, Paris, etc. were who got me into rap. I mean, I'd listen to Sir Mix-A-Lot, Too Short and other stuff because I'd hear it played around the house. You also notice how disco was the last CREATIVE genre of black music...where we actually played instrument and MADE music? Today disco is clowned as some circus act. They made stop MAKING music and created "rap" where you sample other people's music and talk over it. They even steal our creativity. You are absolutely right re: hood movies. Seriously, all these black filmmakers can't come up with black love stories, business stories, intelligent comedies, etc.? Hell, when I first saw Boyz in the Hood and Menace 2 Society, that shit shocked me. I'd never seen anything like that in real life. When I started trying to "talk black" after seeing those films as a kid, my dad and uncles beat my ass! This is true. But we know its coming. Bottomline is that we're still trying to impress a master, whether its liberals (probably 60% of ADOS) or Trump (probably 15% of ADOS). We've been conditioned to beg them for paychecks, for dignity, for respect, etc. We have no way to counter it. The most powerful black people in America are pushing white agendas. I'm going to be so sad when Minister Farrakhan passes away. He's the last of the true black power movement. the destruction of black America will accelerate quickly thereafter. That and the fake preachers like Creflo Dollar, Sharpton and Jakes will keep flying around in private jets preaching fear and submissiveness to poor black folks. Now I'm feeling depressed!
  10. @Pioneer1 Before I address everything else, I want to point out another black cop story. "Officer" Gerald Goines (Houston) shot and killed two white people in a raid last month. He was IMMEDIATELY charged with murder. https://abcnews.go.com/US/houston-police-officer-gerald-goines-charged-counts-murder/story?id=65165276 I don't want to keep beating this horse. But I think its foolish for black people to join these imperial gangs. We all know if Goines was white, he would be sitting at home on paid vacation. Is what it is. You don't need a permit in Arizona to open-carry. In fact you don't even need a permit to conceal-carry in AZ. I don't even bother with their little "2nd Amendment." I own several firearms and never had a background check. All private sales, which is legal in Arizona. You and I both know laws in the USA are fickle at best. Further all so-called "gun control" has ALWAYS been about keeping guns away from black people. California was an open-carry state until 1967 when former GOP god before Trump, Ronald Reagan, signed the Mulford Act into law as governor, banning open carry. He had the full backing of the NRA. He did so specifically to disarm the Black Panther Party of Self-Defense and stop their armed Copwatch patrol and stop them from walking around with their guns. In other words, white people will sacrifice their precious "2nd Amendment" laws allowing open carry to ensure black people ONLY use firearms to kill each other; not for protecting themselves against imperial government.
  11. I think it needs to be a little divisive. I am torn on the subject. But there are in fact a lot of Nigerian and Caribbean immigrants who belittle and disrespect ADOS. In fact they even have their own derogatory word for us - akkaka or something like that. Many of them believe they are better than us. I read that they had a black immigrant play Harriett Tubman in a forthcoming movie. That would be like casting me to play Patrice Lumumba in a movie. Black movie critics rightly attacked the casting. Like you said, the term is necessary to differentiate people like you and I from Barack Obama. That is VERY important. Agreed 100%. I don't know much about Carnell and the lawyer you mention. I do see Tariq Nasheed being the primary voice of ADOS and I respect that. I also read that Carnell is a "lady lover," which in my opinion is counter to what ADOS is about. But she doesn't go around flamboyantly flaunting it and spewing radical feminist crap. I don't know if its true or not. But even if it is, as long as she sticks to the cause and doesn't start preaching that alphabet stuff, I'm cool with her and her (alleged) lifestyle.
  12. I honestly think it was deliberate. The 1980s is/was the closest the USA will ever get to racial harmony and its because of television. The powers-that-be recognized that too and realized capitalism doesn't work unless you have people to capitalize on. "De-chattelizing" black people was a bad business move for them, so they quickly reversed course. I never cared for Oprah. But you're right about Arsenio and Montel. In fact Arsenio's show was cancelled because he had Minister Farrakhan on as a guest, against the network's wishes. He knew he was going to get fired too, but he chose blackness over bucks. Bill Cosby also threatened to quit his show when it was at its peak in the late 1980s. Theo had "End Apartheid" posters on his bedroom walls in the show. The network ordered him to take them down. Bill Cosby told them the poster stays or I go. Guess who won that battle. Loved Bill Cosby for that. You're more hopeful than I am brother. Some of the worst cases of police brutality and police state murder with black victims was done by black cops. The Dymond Larae Milburn sexual assault (Texas) and the Sean Bell murder by NYPD involved black cops. I'd rather we get back to the Huey and Bobby method, and police our own communities. Cops are paid to kill and terrorize. The US Supreme Court has rued multiple times that cops have no obligation to "protect and serve." I was part of Phoenix Copwatch. We used to film cops during arrests. Man they HATED it. But we were organized and armed with knowledge and protection (Arizona is open-carry). I would bet we prevented several murders and assaults just for being there. The community loved us. Coincidentally or otherwise, one of our Copwatchers (and a good friend of mine) was killed by Mesa AZ cops. Another was framed for a crime and sent to prison for 20 years. Just is what it is. I've been following that story in North Carolina that you posted closely, and have been in contact with a city official down there. Thanks for the update. We'll be publishing a story on it tomorrow.
  13. I already explained this in the other post that you didn't read and refuse to read. The big image of the Washington Times headline, the second-largest newspaper in DC by circulation then and now, grabs attentions. That's what headlines do; that's what "covers" do. That's Journalism 101. The Times, again as I explained in the other post that you refuse to read and are allergic too, is the newspaper equivalent of Fox News. Thus them writing a story like that about Reagan would, AGAIN, be like Fox covering Trump's rapes. Can you at least acknowledge you read this to avoid further repetition? Willie Lynch is the most popular black cultural reference in recent memory? Guess I'm out of the loop. I also mentioned in another thread that I don't own a TV and don't watch TV. The last movie I saw in a theater was "American Reunion." As you have said a few times, life is short. I don't waste it in front of TVs and movie screens. I'd rather be fishing, reading or blogging. Ok. My point is that you sell it but don't believe in it. That is the definition of capitalism (capitalizing on a product) and that is fine. That is America. If you dislike the book because of one reference to Willie Lynch, that's your prerogative. No sense in critiquing one another back and forth. I exist to protect, defend and fight alongside my brothers, in fox holes and forums! 😀 I don't mind the disagreements. This is healthy among brothers!
  14. Of course. I'm happy that terminology is catching on too. I mostly meant that she was the first female PM of Britain, like Obama was (allegedly) the first black President of the USA. Of course Bill Clinton also got that "first black President" designation in the 1990s too. Just shows the surrealism of the USA.
  15. @Chevdove up in here writing books and breaking down history! Great info.
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