MELO KAN - BLAKK RAMBO
In light of a recent situation in Los Angeles where a rogue peace officer named Christopher Dorner reached his breaking point and took matters into his own hands to hold the LAPD accountable for its racist and corrupt practices, Melo puts himself in Dorner’s shoes and gives a vivid description of the brutality citizens face daily by police officers and the repercussions if this continues to be ignored.
I asked a question like this
Are we a lost generation of our people?
Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal.
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel.
So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?
They keep us underground working hard for the greedy,
But when it’s time pay they turn around and call us needy.
My crown too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
Gimme back my pyramid, I’m trying to free Kansas City.
Mixing masterminds like your name Bernie Grundman.
Well I’m gonna keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman
You can take my wings but I’m still goin’ fly
And even when you edit me the booty don’t lie
Yeah, keep singing and I’mma keep writing songs
I’m tired of Marvin asking me, “What’s Going On?”
March to the streets ‘cause I’m willing and I’m able
Categorize me, I defy every label
And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
Will you be electric sheep?
Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach?
QUEEN - Janelle Monae FT Erykah Badu
“Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.”
“Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.”
“Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being.”
“The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
“The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.”
- Stephen Bantu Biko
Melo Kan - 3rd Child
What you say about the In Crowd?
I been in the “N” crowd
A N-I-double G-E-R, we are
The followers of fashion, the cooners and the dancers,
The shooters of the ball and the servers of the raw,
We the losers in the caskets, the bangers of the colors,
We the movers through the traffic,
We the cornbread and catfish consumers that don’t got shit,
But jewelry and outfits,
Low self-esteem, high confidence is counterfeit,
Cause if we had an ounce of it, we would quit tryin’ to fit
In with the trends and lose touch with the Jones’
Quit thinkin’ rent and start thinkin’ owner,
Quit your lil job and build a business for your own self.
Closet full of names, a name full of debt,
New rims of the whip you just got repossessed,
They say “KAN goin big,” Naw I’m just goin left.
See if all you think is spend, what you savin’ for success, Huh?
Montreality interviews Immortal Tech in NYC
"…we live in an era of dire economic times and whereas there are people out there asking individuals to pay for watered down, one dimensional, garbage club music that is at full retail price, I’m over here offering people quality, hardcore, cultured hip hop music for absolutely nothing…for free. The only thing I ask of them is they burn it for as many people as possible…that’s it."
Download The Martyr…for free
Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.
MARLEY will make its world premiere at the Berlin Film festival this month followed by its North American premiere at SXSW. Magnolia Pictures will release theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.
Black History Month fact #21
The Catholic Virgin Mary was depicted as a black woman during the Medieval times of Europe.
Many Virgin Mary’s were painted Black to match the skin color of the indigenous population. Some of the most famous Black Virgin shrines are Our Lady of Altötting [Bavaria, Germany]; Our Lady of the Hermits [Einsiedeln, Switzerland]; Our Lady of Guadalupe [Mexico City]; Our Lady of Jasna Gora [Czestochowa, Poland]; Our Lady of Montserrat [Spain]; and Our Lady of Tindari [Sicily].
Some writers believe they represent a Christian form of Isis, as a mother with child. This concept of a mythological reflection of Isis is implicitly highlighted by Stephen Benko:
“the Black Madonna is the ancient earth-goddess converted to Christianity.”
In Kemetic spirituality, Auset (aka Isis) represents the goddess of the universe and of earth; she is mother earth. the Black Madonnas are most likely a Christian representation of Auset.
Happy Bday Angela!
Activist, Scholar, Writer, Professor and FBI’s most wanted
When Angela Davis strode on the political stage with her fist raised high and her iconic Afro standing higher, people noticed. She is a rebel and a revolutionary, a bookish philosopher who has lived out her theories with action and purpose.
Smart, stylish, eloquent and fearless, Davis never lets her style get in the way of the substance. Her life’s work has been built around issues of race, community and the criminal justice system. In the 70s, she was involved with The Black Panthers, but much of her energy was focused on what she termed the Prison-Industrial Complex, the systematic privatization of prisons as profit-making machines. This means the more people in prison, the more lucrative the business. Hence, the absurd increase in men (mostly poor, young, black) sent to U.S prisons in the last two decades.
Davis herself was on the run from the law in the 70s, following the murder of a California judge. Innocent, she went into hiding, which sparked a nationwide search and worldwide media attention, propelling her to the FBI’s most wanted list. Two months later, she was arrested in a motel in midtown Manhattan. Despite pressure from famous rightwing fear-mongers – Richard Nixon (who branded Davis a “terrorist”), the then California governor Ronald Reagan and rat-bag FBI director J Edgar Hoover – Davis became an international cause celebre. A global campaign called for her release and Aretha Franklin offered to post quarter of a million dollars in bail. She was acquitted in the end.
Angela Davis inspired people all over the world, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who recorded their song “Angela” on their 1972 album, Some Time in New York City. The Rolling Stones also wrote about Davis, recording the song “Sweet Black Angel” on their 1972 album, Exile on Main Street.
Davis is now a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies Department. She is also the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working against the Prison-Industrial Complex.