“BLACK GOD THEORY” is the first single from her new album “Nebuchadnezzar”
trayvon martin was lynched. before you rush to correct me on my facts or check to see what era i’ve been whisked away to, let me stop you and repeat myself. trayvon martin was lynched. see, i am well aware of the facts but the motivation behind his shooting death echoes eerily of a time where a strange type of fruit hung from the branches of trees and simply being black in amerikkka made you a potential victim.
there are almost 3000 documented victims of lynch mobs killed between 1882 and 1930 in just ten southern states. 2500 of the victims were black. of these black victims, 94 percent died in the hands of white lynch mobs. If these numbers don’t astound you, let me break it down a little further for you. this means that on the average, a black man, woman, or child was murdered nearly once a week, every week, between 1882 and 1930 by a hate-driven white mob. and that’s just at the turn of the century! this does not include the many undocumented cases of lynchings that occurred through the era of Jim Crow, which didn’t officially end until 1965. and among the many bulls–t excuses used for lynching a Black person, including “being obnoxious”, insulting a white man, or frightening a white woman, was ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY. sound familiar? the astronomical numbers previously stated don’t even reflect how many cases went undocumented due to fear or just plain coverups by the police and racist media. trayvon’s case could’ve gone the same route had it been up to fox news. in the entire 3 weeks following his murder, fox reported on the case ONCE. a heartbreaking story that became a trending topic on twitter, was irrelevant news to the media giant, notorious for its vehemently racist “journalists” and pro republican leanings. seemingly reflective of the lackadaisical attitude of racist amerikkka towards the loss of black life, fox chose to effectively “coverup” the murder of trayvon martin. but what’s their motivation?
the real motivation behind lynching was simple: Show the niggers who’s boss. For this was THEIR land, and their security(be it financial, regarding racial purity, or otherwise) was tantamount. lynching was used as a habitual tool of state sanctioned terrorism against us to establish the lines of power and show us where we shouldn’t cross. even now, with the shootings of sean bell, amadou diallo, and oscar grant making headlines through the years, the lenient prison sentences handed down to the police make it clear that the murder of black people is STILL state sanctioned. how else do you explain the killer of oscar grant receiving less than 2 years for shooting this unarmed, handcuffed young man in the back? the uniformed murderers of sean bell shooting 50 bullets at sean and his friends because they “believed” they were armed, being cleared of all charges? or trayvon’s killer still 3 weeks free after murdering the young king because he was suspicious of his clothing choices? even if the threat is imaginary, in the eyes of white amerikka a black life is worth every bit of the message it sends-that our lives are dispensable. no matter that some of the perpetrators these days are people of color. the caste system created by racism and colonialism has caused the colonized to identify and align with their oppressors and for the rest of us to be pushed further outside the margins. hence, zimmerman, the hispanic man who killed trayvon, was identified as white, and was protected by the establishment as a reward for his protection of white land.
but even deeper down the rabbit hole it goes. black manhood was, and still is, seen as an affront to white society. the deeply melanated skin was a visual threat to white society. it, along with the black man’s physical prowess, was a symbol of dominance, a threat to the “purity” of the white race. so, like the epic battle of ausar and set, where set usurped power from his brother and finalized his murder by cutting off his penis, many black men were castrated after lynching to effectively eliminate the threat of their power. This fear is still so deeply ingrained that a 250 pound and armed zimmerman was “shook” and angered by a young black teenager who was 100 lbs lighter and 11 years his junior. trayvon’s life was ended not because of his color, but because of his melanin. sidenote: people with direct afrikan ancestry, no matter what complexion they are, carry copious amounts of a specific type of melanin called eumelanin. this form is more genetically dominant and establishes physiological differences between races(check vitamins and minerals from a to z by dr. jewel pookrum). while trayvon wasn’t technically castrated, he was done so metaphorically, because of the effective sterilization caused by his murder. are you still with me?
although we hear that the times have changed, with magazines trumpeting the emergence of one colorblind human race, it seems that black people are still subject to state sanctioned abuse, terror, and murder at the whim of the oppressor. though the weapons have advanced from rope to 9mm, black people are still being lynched and put in their place by perpetrators who seek to eliminate any potential threat to their economic, social, and racial security in stolen land.
my womb, yet to bear its own fruit, aches for sybrina fulton, trayvon’s mother, who had to listen to her baby screaming for help while she was helpless to save him. i am angered and pained along with tracy martin, trayvon’s father, who son was denied the chance to father his own seeds, his life cut tragically short.
ironically, the hoods have changed colors and wearers, from white to black, from klan members to 17 year old boys. previously worn by open perpetrators of racial violence and now worn by the victims of it, the hood, or hoodie now has a somber connotation. as i mourn for this young king’s life, i rock a hoodie, not as a potential victim, but in solidarity with thousands of black people. formerly strange fruit hanging from southern trees, they are now, like trayvon, cut down before their time. unripened towards the ground.
rest in uhuru trayvon martin. ase.
chimamanda is an excellent author who weaves her unique cultural perspective into her work. politics, religion, and culture are dissected in her literary masterpieces, inviting you headfirst into a dialogue with her characters. all of her books are good, but half of a yellow sun made me ache with compassion and love for the characters and also informed me of the biafra war in nigeria. she’s dope. anyway, here she’s building on the danger of telling a single story.
so i successfully finished my 2 week raw food detox. YAY!!(sound of roaring applause) i can honestly say that i’m extremely proud of myself. i feel GREAT! i have boundless energy, much improved digestion, and i just feel LIGHTER. there was never a day where i was hungry, or felt that i was missing something. yes, there were days where i wanted to eat cooked food with my family, but that was more habit than anything. i realized that we’re trained to eat at certain times, so even if we are completely nourished, our body, through habit, sends us signals to eat. often times during the detox, i would be finished eating at 7pm. i began to completely redefine my relationship with food, breaking habits and addictions i knew that i had, but unwilling to break until now.
while i am not going to continue to be 100% raw, i will at least make my diet 75% raw. that’s two raw meals a day(breakfast and dinner), with lunch including a healthy and predominant portion of raw greens. i feel like that will allow me to maintain the health benefits of a raw diet while also satisfying my professed love for cooked food.
i’m so glad that i finally tried the living foods diet. it can be delicious(with the right recipes),it’s healthy, and completely satisfying. i have definitely strengthened my will power and discipline when it comes to food. who knows? in twenty years, living on an island in the caribbean, i just might decide to completely raw again. but for now i’ll go with the best of both worlds. peace and light
this was a great performance. poodie and rasheeda are two amazingly talented sistas. AND beautiful!
Prana is the Sanskrit word for “vital life”. Similar to the Chinese notion of qi, prana is the notion of a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy. Prana is a central concept in Ayurveda and Yoga, where it is believed to flow through a network of fine subtle channels called nadis. Its most subtle material form is the breath, but it is also to be found in the blood, and its most concentrated form is semen in men and vaginal fluid in women.
Prana was first expounded in the Upanishads, where it is part of the worldly, physical realm, sustaining the body and the mother of thought and thus also of the mind. Prana suffuses all living forms. In the Ayurveda, the Sun and sunshine are held to be a source of prana.
There are five pranas or vital currents in the Hindu system:
Prāṇa : Responsible for the beating of the heart and breathing. Prana enters the body through the breath and is sent to every cell through the circulatory system.
Apāna : Responsible for the elimination of waste products from the body through the lungs and excretory systems.
Uḍāna : Responsible for producing sounds through the vocal apparatus, as in speaking, singing, laughing, and crying. Also it represents the conscious energy required to produce the vocal sounds corresponding to the intent of the being. Hence Samyama on udana gives the higher centers total control over the body.
Samāna : Responsible for the digestion of food and cell metabolism (i.e. the repair and manufacture of new cells and growth). Samana also includes the heat regulating processes of the body. Auras are projections of this current. By meditational practices one can see auras of light around every being. Yogis who do special practise on samana can produce a blazing aura at will.
Vyāna : Responsible for the expansion and contraction processes of the body, e.g. the voluntary muscular system.
Pranayama is the practice in which the control of prana is achieved (initially) from the control of one’s breathing. According to Yogic philosophy the breath, or air, is merely a gateway to the world of prana and its manifestation in the body.
enjoy. and remember to BREATHE.