Fredrick Douglass (1818-1895), a fugitive slave who became the best-known black abolitionist orator and autobiographer, and Herman Melville (1819-1891), a fiction writer recognized for the elusiveness of his meanings, both composed stories about slave revolts at sea. In the decade just before the Civil War, during years of increasingly angry debate about slavery, Douglass in “The Heroic Slave” (1853) and Melville in “Benito Cereno” (1855) fictionalized important slave insurrections. Of the mutiny on the Creole, on which Douglass’s story is based, the editors recount what can be recovered about the slave Madison Washington, who led the revolt, and reconstruct the events before and after the uprising. The editors warn the readers that the official documents about the case are all biased against the mutineers, who were never allowed to tell their story to American officials. Addressing largely white readers in the North, Douglass, to the contrary, speaks clearly as an abolitionist: Slaves wanted their freedom and were justified in using violence to gain it. "Benito Cereno" is based on Captain Amasa Delano’s chapter in his Narrative of Voyages and Travels… (1817) about a slave mutiny off the coast of South America. Writing in part for a northern readership, Melville tells of a mutiny that, unlike Madison Washington’s, was suppressed. Delano’s account shows no sympathy for the slaves. Melville’s view is hidden in ambiguities. "Benito Cereno" is one of Melville’s stories most often collected in anthologies; Douglas’s "The Heroic Slave" is rarely reprinted.
Family, you are not going to believe this… I just found out that ANOTHER beautiful, young and intelligent Sista who inspired black girls and black women to love their natural selves, also died yesterday. There is no such thing as coincidence. Something is going on. Below is a video of the late Dominque Banks.”
"Oni, the Chinese are EVERYWHERE. My buddy just called me after he came up from JA and told me Kingston is swarming with them. Restaurants, spice shops, even the beaches are now privatized and guess what? Blacks ain’t invited in their own land."
truthbetold, emailing me after I wrote, “Too many of us don’t mind not controlling our nation. So others step to the plate.
If we don’t want to define Black on a national level, the Chinese will happily jump into the category while we sleep. First South Africa then the rest?”
In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,
“Each truth you learn will be, for you, as new as if it had never been written.” — African Proverb
The truth is out there. It is often written. It’s upon us to research the writings of our past. There was a time when Africans ruled and Kings and Queens ruled. The time passed. Interracial Warfare took that time…
Acting alone, Claudette Colvin mustered enough courage to defy the segregation laws of Alabama. She could have easily been raped, lynched or both. She had faith in Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth who, she said, directed her to take this “direct action”. She was a teenager and her action preceded the well-publicized arrest, nine months later, of Rosa Parks.
If a teenager, acting alone, can have a “leap of faith”, it is not too much to ask grown men from thirty NBA teams to boycott the “NBA Finals” if the Miami Heat hosts it. Otherwise, they could initiate a general strike. Maat requires it. Currently, there is no demand on the bargaining table against Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Some Blacks prefer an empty table. They also offer no counter proposals.
"The headline of this week’s New York Amsterdam News should read, “More Blacks Watched Knicks-Nets Duel than Listened to Claudette Colvin”. In fact, there were far more paid customers at Madison Square Garden than at a free event at the Brooklyn Christian Center on this past Wednesday evening. We prefer to feed our hearts rather than our minds."
Anonymous asked: Do you think you can identify as a Black Nationalist while dating interracially? I am a Black man who is very interested in embracing the movement/ideology but at the same time I am very attracted to white women and would definitely be interested in dating one.
Research would benefit you if you are seriously considering calling yourself a Black Nationalist. But to give you the answer straight up, no. The inherent definition of Black Nationalism clashes with interracial dating. Modern day Black Nationalists might have different opinions on the matter, but in terms of traditional Black Nationalism, to call yourself a Black Nationalist while dating a non-Black person is a contradiction.
An African company has released the world’s first set of black emojis, following complaints that different races are not represented in the current set used on mobile devices and computers worldwide. Oju Africa, a division of African mobile company Mi-Fone, launched the collection of 15 emojis this week in face of growing criticism of Apple, which introduced much of the current set to the US market.
Oju translates as “face” in the Yoruba language of Nigeria. The emojis are available now for Android (search for “oju emoticon app” in Play Store), and will be released soon for iOS.
“We follow global trends but we are differentiated by our authentic African voice. So as a brand we wanted to do something that only Africa could pull off, something that could become so iconic that it would have the world talking. I believe what we have created will ensure that every African on the planet won’t be able to help but love it!” said Creative director Eserick Fouché.
The announcement comes after a petition was launched for Apple to scrap its list of 800 emojis, of which only two appear to be non-white: “man with gua-pi-mao” and “man with turban”. The list is regulated by the Unicode Consortium to ensure consistency, and though also used across Google and Microsoft platforms, Apple has been the focus of protests as it pioneered their use, and first enabled colour emojis to be used.
Q. Why the huge audience of Black Women to a show as disgraceful as this?
A. Truth is that Black people prefer seeing Black people more than they do White people; and we watch Television. So sure a Black woman can watch “Friends” and “Seinfeld” and not be degraded; but then she is missing out on seeing one of hers—who “made it” no less.
It’s like asking why do Brothers watch BET or Hip Hop videos. We’d gladly watch Soul Train or Black Power programming but neither are on the air.
Black women watch Black women on TV but White men control the airwaves. We can complain or we can build the necessary infrastructure to broadcast. So far, time after time, we choose the former. Hence why Black Women watch “Scandal.”