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Asar Imhotep Joins the 2nd Annual Black Power Awards Celebration Weekend

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Asar Imhotep, the founder of the Madu-Ndela Institute for the Advancement of Science and Culture, Published Author, and member of the Amen-Ra Squad will present at the 2nd Annual Black Power Awards Weekend on November 17, 2017 at the Sheraton Downtown Atlanta. The title of Asar’s presentation is: “An African-Centered Critique of ‘Ra Iz Allah: Why Asar Imhotep is Wrong’ and the Problematics of a Maatic Islam”.

In the first part of the presentation, Asar will critically assess the recent publication Ra Iz Allah: Why Asar Imhotep is Wrong(2017), written by Wesley Muhammad, PhD. In this text, Muhammad asserts that the ancient Egyptian deity “Ra,” linguistically and conceptually, is cognate with the Proto-Semitic *ʔ-l (Arabic ʔḷh “Allah”) “God.” This is a modified position from his initial claim that Ra was an Egyptianization of the Semitic Allah in his publication Black Arabia and the African Origin of Islam (2009). From there, Asar will take a closer look at both texts and assess the merits of Muhammad’s claims against the available evidence to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of his arguments. Asar intends to show that despite his claim, this work doesn’t live up to its expectations and falls short of providing the necessary evidence to validate his hypotheses. This is a precursor to a formal written response titled “A Lesson in the Scientific Method: The Case of Allah” (forthcoming).

The secondary focus is an introduction to the Theory of Afrocentricity as a literary critique instrument, and as a framework by which to judge a phenomena’s value. Asar will utilize the precepts of Afrocentricity to analyze the theoretical construct called “Maatic-Islam” as proposed by Prof. Muhammad. “Maatic-Islam” professes to be a synthesis of Egyptian “Maat” and the Arabic religious tradition of “Islam.” As it regards this theoretical construct, Asar asks, “Are the two themes compatible?” Asar argues that there is a fundamental conflict between the two paradigms that are irreconcilable, primarily because they are grounded in two opposing frameworks and goals.

Asar Imhotep is a software programmer, Cultural Theorist and a researcher in the field of Africalogy from Houston, TX whose research focus is the cultural, linguistic and philosophical links between the Ancient Egyptian civilizations and modern BaNtu cultures of central and South Africa. Asar is a noted speaker and philosopher and is currently organizing efforts in a nation-wide venture titled The African-American Cultural Development Project—a national project aimed at creating a framework for an African-American culture which will help vitally stimulate the economic, political, scientific and cultural spheres of African-American life in the United States.

Asar has presented and submitted papers to such conferences as:

  • National Council for Black Studies
  • National Association of Black Psychologists
  • NBUF National Conference
  • National Association of African American Studies
  • Free Minds, Free People National Conference
  • African-American Student Leadership Conference – Texas A&M
  • Women, Children, War and Violence Symposium – Texas Southern University
  • MAAFA featured speaker – New Orleans
  • African American Studies Research Symposium – University of Houston
  • ASCAC International and Regional Conferences
  • Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference – Philadelphia

Asar is also the author of The Bakala of North America, the Living Suns of Vitality: In Search for a Meaningful Name for African-Americans (2009), Aaluja: Rescue, Reinterpretation and the Restoration of Major Ancient Egyptian Themes, Vol. I (2013), Where is the Love? How language can reorient us back to love’s purpose (2015), and Nsw.t Bjt.j (King) In Ancient Egyptian: A lesson in paronymy and leadership (2016).

The 2nd annual Black Power Awards will include 16 powerful workshops, a cultural marketplace, and a Black Power Convention. Please Join us as we celebrate black excellence. Tickets can be purchased at amenrasquad.org.

Nyah Amara-VOF

Courtesy of Asar Imhotep Institute

African Roots: Ideological Cohesiveness

The ability to design a cohesive culture is not dependent on material possessions, but rather on the ideological core of the people in that culture. An ideological core can be best described as a set of values developed in the very early stages of the group’s history. The ideological core or IC are those shared facts that shaped the identity of a people. The ideological core is important because it sets boundaries based on shared experiences and protects against outside influences. Some common misconceptions are that it’s possible for people to unite while practicing different religions. This is a false because All religions have their own rules of engagement, values, and codes of conduct including business and economics. This reality makes it difficult to unite despite our differences because all human behavior is rooted in thinking patterns that are shaped by past events as well as present experiences, all of which directs our decisions, our politics, and our behaviors.

According to Marimba Ani, the author of Yurugu Am African Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, ” An ideological Core is the logos of all culture. It’s germ seed of all and the matrix of a cultural identity”.

As African Americans our ideological core begins and ends in Africa, because it’s in Africa that we evolved as a species, it’s where the first civilizations rose to power, developed, and decayed. It’s where business formed, where the first families flourished, and where the first religious institutions organized.  It’s where we the oldest written moral and ethical codes developed, and it’s where our heritage blossomed. Therefore as a group, we should never allow anyone to seduce us into believing that our values are in some twisted way are dependent on how much money we can produce, so that we can live a lifestyle of leisure time activities or that the accumulation of material possessions determines our worth as people.  Instead, we must never forget materialism is a product of 500 plus years of European brutality,  never forgetting that true wealth is rooted in our culture, natural resources, and our Morality.

We can’t afford to allow the European marketplace to dictate our moral consciousness. We must unite under one ideological core based on morals and rules that govern the codes of conduct of our community.

Nyah Amara

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Why We Need African Studies  By Amos Wilson-Transcribed from lecture “History As An Instrument of Power”.

So, we are talking again about ‘why study history? So a lot of people think history is just a study of dates you see and reading information about things that happened in the past. That is certainly not the case. History in the human mind is always present. The past is always present. Things that happened to you at one year old, at two year old, when you were three years old are operating in your right at this moment. And the way you react to other people, the kind of tastes you have, the desires you have, the kind of love relations you seek and all of those kinds of things, are to a great extent determined by your experience before you were three or four years old. In other words, that experience, those experiences between birth – an actually in the womb itself – but between birth and two or three or four years old operate right now to colour your perception of other people, of yourself; to determine to a good degree the nature of your interaction with other people. In other words then, the past is not something that’s dead and gone, and dropped off in your mind, it operates right here at this very moment, this very second; and it will operate until the day you die. (It means) the same thing occurs in the history of a race.

 If you look at the history of a race the way you look at an individual, those experiences that happened to us two and three hundred years ago are not dead and gone by a long shot. The ways we relate to other people many of our political goals today, many of our social goals right now, many of the things that we desire to achieve as a people, come from our experience during slavery. Many of us are sitting here right now wanting to assimilate with white folk, wanting to be what? Many of us are struggling with feelings of inferiority and all those kinds of things. Where did you think that started? You think it started here today? It started as soon as we hit the shores of this country. And so the experience of ourselves as a group is alive in us. Where else can history be alive but in the minds of people? If people were not in existence, what would be the point? We wouldn’t even have to be discussing history. Another indication of the importance of history of course is the fact that those who rule over us and those who dominate us have worked very hard at distorting our history; and at hiding our history from us; and at falsifying our history. So if history was not that important to everyday life, to real life and to concrete activities, why then has this nation and the people who rule it work so hard to destroy African history; Why are they resisting the inclusion of African history and African culture in the educational structure; If they think that inclusion is purely harmless from their point of view. You see? 

In other words then, we need to gain a new appreciation of history and need to recognize that history is always present and that to a great extent if we are to change our present behaviour, that if we are to change the future then we must change the past and change our relationship to it. And therefore the falsification and mislabelling of black consciousness deals with why we should study history; it deals with history as mythology. And you can recognize in your everyday behaviour: If you’ve been given the wrong history about a person how that can change your behaviour toward that person. 

What if people have the wrong history about you; They’ve been given the wrong information about you. If you act with other people based on their history of the other person, you see if people want to change the nature of people’s relationship they will often the falsify the history of one or both of those persons, knowing that one or both of those persons are going to interact with each other differently depending on their history or that sense of the history of the individual. This goes on with groups ladies and gentlemen.

 That’s why those in power then rewrite history. Because in rewriting history they rewrite the person’s perception of himself whose history they’ve rewritten. They also then change that person’s behaviour and relationships with other people given the history that they’ve come to believe; and they also change the way that other people interact with those people, you see, based on the history that they’ve learned about the people. You see, that’s why any group has to take command of its history  to make sure that it projects the kind of history that operates in its best interest; it cannot let another people write its history and let another people determine the nature of its history. And it must also know the history of other people as well if it is to maintain self control and self determination.
But history is not a mere remembrance of experience. Everything we’ve learned we’ve learned in the past. You’ve learned to talk, you’ve learned to walk ….you’ve learned it when? Not today. You’ve learned it years ago. So if you in a purely theoretical sense forgot all of your history, all of your experience, you would return then to foetal state of existence; to a state of immaturity; you would be reduced in your capacity to deal with current and present realities. Many of the coping techniques and things that you have learned in your past would not be useful to you because you would not have them at hand. The same thing is true then in the life of a people; we learned a lot of things as African people; we learned to cope with a lot of things; we learned a lot of methods and techniques for solving problems. The forgetting of African history, the not knowing of African history then, breeds in us a certain levels of immaturity and incapacities to deal with problems which confront us today.

So you see history is not just a game of remembrance. History is an instrument of power. And when you let another people (as I said earlier) falsify your history, they then will destroy your power and your potential as a people and your capacity to solve your problems as a people. So we’re going to be talking about this. We’re gonna talk about how European history’s mythology organized our mentality today as African people and how we have to see European history as a mythology and get a more correct and realistic knowledge of European history as a way of getting a more correct and realistic knowledge of ourselves and as a way of getting in control of ourselves. We are also going to talk about in that book a psychology. Why are we labelled as maladjusted and so forth? and why do we allow another people to place labels on us? Why do we let another people call our children learning disabled? Why have not we examined those definitions?

To a very great extent, the destruction of our children is taking place because we have accepted without opposition or critical analysis the definition of other people of their behaviour; A people who have falsified our history do not know the psychology of our children nor of us but yet who are arrogant enough to feel that they can label our behaviour and then impose programmes on them. You must understand, you see, the labelling of behaviour is not a mere designation of certain forms of behaviour but is a form of domination. So when you are permitted to label other people, you are also authorizing certain types of behaviour toward those people; you are authorizing the withdrawal of certain rights; you are authorizing restraints and constraints on their behaviour; you are authorizing, you see, the taking away of privileges and authorizing the imposition of all of kinds of punitive and other so called measures. So labelling children and labelling people’s behaviour is not something that should be taken easily; something that should be looked upon as truly the work of experts. As a people then we must regain the capacity to label our own behaviour and to deal with that behaviour within our own context.

Transcribed from lecture “History as an instrument of Power on: April 07, 2011, 04:23:27 PM » 

Conscious Perspectives: Why We Can’t Afford To Paint Everything Black! 

Often, we hear that Africans civilized the world after populating the planet and migrating to other places. In so doing they carried with them all they knew. Since Africa is the birth place of humanity some people tend to think that Africans brought forth all things. One reason for that is because, our existence exceeds any other sub species, another reason people do this is because they believe since we were here first, and people came to Africa to study that’s enough evidence to blacken every other civilization across the globe. That would be disingenuous to belittle other people’s culture and their evolution.
What hominids or early Homo Sapiens Sapiens that migrated out of Africa and populated the rest of the world did was, take pieces of what they knew and developed it according to the environment around them to survive. Due to that and other conditions such as the weather, different environmental circumstances, and other situations one would have to adapt and adjust what they knew to fit into that paradigm.

What people established in other parts of the world that left Africa over 50 to 100 thousand years ago according to Nature would be considered foreign to the African. What they developed in that period before back migration belonged primarily to that people in that specific region of the world, and with the information available to us today we can trace back a lot of these origins and show that they are indeed foreign to the continent of Africa.

In tracing the roots of some of the admixture of cultures that have invaded the continent of Africa and continue to confused the indigenous spiritual practices we don’t have to go back that far to observe its infiltration. Several gods that belong to the people who came in kidnapping Africans brought what they knew in peace like wolves in sheep’s clothing. Under those garments existed a multitude of confusion that we still haven’t been able to remove from our lives hundreds of years later.

What becomes of a people with absolutely no understanding of who they are culturally or spiritually? A people who are completely removed from a place where they use to carry themselves with the utmost confidence and respect. Historically we can look at the past 100 years and get a very good example of what would happen. You become a shell of yourself and start to cling to anything that feels good and seems like it belongs to you.

Amid of adopting something foreign what we try to do is paint Jesus, Allah, and Yewah black, or try to make East Asian cultural practices African. When you rather submit to what feels good than understand what is rightfully yours you begin to show a level of ignorance. Even the so-called conscious act unconscious when our minds dwell in a realm of spiritual beliefs that take them from being centered in African spirituality to the Middle and far East Asia.

Fortunately, due to the trauma the African has faced and the scrutiny it’s culture has been put through not all Continental Africa Spiritual systems fell at the hands of its kidnapper and enslaver. The Bamana and Akan spiritual systems still survive and thrive on the Continent to this very day. “The Akan are one of the best known cultural groups in Africa. Currently 4 million strong, they are the largest cultural grouping of Ghana, representing approximately half of the country’s population. The Akan Abusua (family), or clans, includes the Akuapem, Akyem (Abuakwa, Bosome, Kotoku), Asante, Brong-Ahafo, Fante, Kwahu, and Nzema. Although Christianity and Islam attempted to colonize their spirituality, the Akan have not departed from their ancestral and spiritual culture, which defines them as Akan. Spirituality is the foundation on which Akan society and culture is built.” Molefi Kete Asante Ama Mazama Encyclopedia of African Religion.

The Bamana people belong to the Mande group and can be found primarily in Mali. However, sizable Bamana communities also exist in neighboring West African countries, in particular in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Senegal. There are about 2 million Bamana, making them one of the largest Mande subgroups, as well as the dominant ethic group in Mali, where about 80% of the population speak the Bamana language. The Bamana, as they call themselves, are often referred to as Bamabara, which is likely an inaccurate rendition on the part of the French of Bamana. This entry looks at history and social organization, and then it turns to their religion and ritual. The Bamana religion is based on the belief in one supreme God, Maa Ngala, “Lord of All,” or Masa Dembali, “Uncreated and Infinite Lord,” God is responsible for creating the world and all that is in the world.” Molefi Kete Asante Ama Mazama Encyclopedia of African Religion.

As descendants of kidnapped victims, we have completely lost our identity in a shuffle forced on us. Invaders separated families by mixing those who spoke different languages, also by spiritual practices which they did not allow to a controlled degree. In doing so the indigenous African language and spiritual practice over time suddenly desecrated. In return, they handed us their version of religious practices, language, and rules to follow to survive.

We deliberately survived by adopting Greco-Roman, Judea-Christian, Indo-European, and Arabianized cultures who all played a major role in dehumanizing our spiritual and cultural concepts. What we did was used what we had and painted it black instead of holding on to what we knew and continue the teachings and guidance of our ancestors. Venerating ancestors, pouring libation, the worship of nature, defying what we knew by telling mythological stories of this unexplained natural phenomena are centered in African spirituality. What came into Africa had absolutely nothing to do with Africans at all. It taught us to submit, obey, and see ourselves as the cursed people of some biblical story.

Africa did not acknowledge any outside creator gods nor did they subscribe to anything rooted in Hinduism which included this new phoneme called Kmty yoga, 3rd eye, kundalini, astral-projection, tantra, aliens, and the liking. This new age information crept on the continent by the way of foreigners covered in missionary worked determined to control the spiritual message. But like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam we have painted them black, and now argue that we are the creators of all things.

Making a statement like that is not true nor accurate and to make such a claim it would require extensive research backed by hundreds of primary references to validate it. The argument is not over what one decides to practice the argument is over its origins. If we are to claim Africa as our birthplace and call ourselves practicing African spirituality then we must really return to the source. We can no longer attest to feel good rhetoric then turn around and dip it in chocolate like that will justify its meaning.

Prancing around in Dashikis with crystals and red dots on our foreheads screaming black power praying for aliens to come help us is not consciousness. Attending Saturday or Sunday services being preached at about how great this god is and his son still doesn’t make it African because you are black. Allah is not an African deity and shouldn’t be semantically assembled as such. Astral projecting to the 5th dimension and vibrating on at different levels is not a true concept of African spirituality and anyone passing it off as such is playing to the ignorance of many. By simply believing in such practices without knowing makes one Unconscious, and having such a perspective will only prove without any doubt that its origins are outside the continent.

We need to withdraw from this spell that theosophical minds such as Madame Blavatsky and others have cast on us. We need to remove this ignorance by applying the proper methodology to expose its roots. By doing this we will then determine what is ours and what simply is borrowed. Then we can finally put away the paint brush many have used to re-create the images of deities that foreign to the continent of Africans.

Written By: Ini-Herit Khalfani

June 24th 2017

Nashville, Tn

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Picture sources: https://wallpapersafari.com/african-wallpaper/

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The Commercialization Of African Culture And Spirituality

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6-african-gods-you-can-find-in-beyonces-lemonade-2-19163-1462114045-0_dblbigFor the past few thousand years an attempt to demoralize, erase, and sweep under the rug the presence of African culture has been in play. With the rise of Greco-Roman influence worldwide it gave them power to re-write history from it’s perspective. The Hellenistic period of ancient times was a tide turner. It gave people with no previous history beyond 8-10 thousand years an opportunity to caste it’s influence on the world.

In recent years the same system that tried to erase and change history is now watering down and demonizing historical views by controlling  things through the commercializing of African cultures. The 1st to face this problem of course is African Kmt whose history is well written by The Ancient Remetch that left millions of clues about its past. The past few years you have seen The Music Industry, Hollywood, and pseudo-scientific marketing strategies promote the glamor of African Kmt without promoting it’s true history from an African perspective. Today you’ll see hip-hop artist and rnb artist wearing Ankhs with crosses or tattoos of mAat, Ankhs, and King Tut. You even have Chinese, Arab, and Jewish companies selling all kind of Kmty materialized practices such as yoga, food, clothing, and even toys which has created a fad surrounding such a historic civilization that brought forth all we know today.

A few nights ago sister Beyoncé performed at the grammys one of her songs off her Lemonade album. It was not her song or performance that sparked a worldwide Internet frenzy it was her costume. Dressed as beautiful West African Yoruba Orisa Goddess her stylist nailed the essence of bringing forth a historical presence of a culture unlike Kmt that has not been disrespected or commercialized. In her attempt to raise awareness of our African ancestral practices and spiritual systems she by some instances exposed the ignorance in the African American communities and it’s religious followers of the Abrahamic faith. Some demonized her, others praised her, some in the conscious community who practice faithfully the West African spiritual system found it a bit disrespectful. Now, with all these different personalities and opinions one can see the grip racism white supremacy has on the views and opinions of African in America and abroad.

You can not blame the Ife community for feeling the way it does due to recent commercializations of Kmt. Playing with African spiritual systems have consequences one may never consider to take seriously. We can question if Beyoncé is genuine in her attempt to expose our brothers and sisters to our Ancestors,however one thing is for certain her influence on her followers is significant. This could have 2 outcomes  on our brothers and sisters: expose them to who they really are or start another commercialization of a African paradigm with a rich tradition in culture and spirituality.

Society has a problem targeting us as a people and our struggles. They make it easy to promote our history for its own personal gains while many of those who are not quite aware of their history see it equally from the perspective of the oppressor as entertainment, fiction, and culturally unacceptable. When you can control the initiative you can control the agenda,  and we as a people have grown accustomed to following suit ignoring the message and meaning behind our lives being their entertainment.

One way to combat any attempt of commercializing our culture is raising awareness and promoting our culture on a grand scale. Using idols such as a Beyoncé or the music and movie industries as a opportunity to teach not preach to our children using proper methodology to expose them to where they really come from and who our true African Gods and Goddesses are across the continent. We can no longer stay silent allowing fads to control the narrative using each trending topic as a teaching opportunity to encourage our people to get to know more about who they are, where they come from, and what they knew not believed before our lives changed at the hands of our oppressor. Remaining silent will allow those who have controlled the narrative for far to long to continue to commercialize our culture and demonize our spirituality and continuing to push their faith and beliefs on us for their economical control and spiritual gain.

 By:Ini-Herit Khalfani

February 14, 2017

Nashville, Tn

#Beyoncé #Grammys

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Voices of Fire Presents an Interview with Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz- Where Do We Go From Here?

The first step in changing our circumstances is to identify the problem. In any process we have to first understand the issues, how to resolve our issues, and implement a plan of action.  Please join me on February 17, 2017, as I interview  Attorney Malik Shabazz on my Youtube Channel Voices of Fire Channel at 7 PM EST regarding his updated debate with Cornel West on various Topics including where do we go from here, Black Nationalism, and Law and Action.  Malik Zulu Shabazz is the National President of the Black Lawyers for Justice and Founding Member of the New Black Party. Mr. Malik Zulu Shabazz graduated from Howard University and Howard University School of Law and is one the most respected members of our community.  He is currently the national president of the Black Lawyers for  Justice who’s vision is to ” To build a network of conscious, committed and capable Black lawyers that possess both character and vigor to lead in the ever-present struggle for justice.” The  Black Lawyers Mandate is to “To establish and fight for Truth, Justice, Balance, Order and Reciprocity in the American legal system, society and the world at large” . The organization was  “Founded in 1966 by Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq., Founder and National President, Black Lawyers for Justice (BLFJ) has the culmination of vision, background, activism and expertise and is the go-to legal organization for superior litigation services from the best-experienced attorneys throughout the country. Black Lawyers for Justice exemplifies zealous advocacy, attorney activism, and dedicated work ethics and principles”. Black Lawyers for Justice is a nationwide network of the best legal minds in the country, fighting vigorously in and out of the courtrooms of America for their clients. We have over 50-years combined experience in all aspects of the law; particularly complex civil litigation. You can trust attorneys in our network to deliver superior legal services and diligently pursue justice on behalf of our clients. http://www.blfjustice.org/

As of you know, Malik will be Debating Dr. Cornell West a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. His resume includes tenures at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written over 20 books and has edited 1.

The debate will be held in Washington D. C on February 21, 2017 at the National Press Club. The Topic of Discussion is “Which Way Under President Trump-Resist, Revolt, Demonstrate, Separate or Should We Compromise and Start Begging”.  The Event will be live streamed Live streamed and tickets will be Eventbrite Under “Debate of The Decade”

Please Join Me on my Youtube Channel Voices of Fire. Please like, share, and Subscribe!

Nyah Amara

VOF Editor-Founder

Tri-City Visionaries & Dagger Squad Meet with Community Leaders in KY  To Discuss Community  & Crisis Planning 

Press Release-“It takes A Village to Raise a Child- African Proverb”

December 4, 2016

By: Nyah Amara

St. Louis, Mo

On Saturday December 3, 2016 Monika Lamb of Tri-City Visionaries, LLC and Garfield Reid Founder of Dagger Squad LLC meet with the Louisville KY-Chief of Police  Steven Conrad & Other community leaders to discuss community & crisis planning. See Enclosed Video for details. The event was success according Inhert-herit-Shawn to in his Facebook post her writes

“Brother Garfield working the panel yesterday he had an excellent dialog as well as topic. I’m proud of the brother he could’ve waivered and let the chief off the hook but he stuck to the his points he got his information out and the way he did it was dope! Thanks my Brother continue the work we need you out here”.



This year we have seen the development  of fantastic organizations dedicated to community engagement and action in the concious community. Although each these organizations have  very different  missions,  all have made tremendous  strides towards transforming the community through grassroots planning. Its seems like everyone from, Tri-city Visionaries,  Dagger Squad , New Era-Atlanta and the African Action Coalition have taken the necessary steps to transform the community.

This is important accomplishment given the wealth, the Heath, sand educational gaps in the US. It seems that we are losing in every major category . Our children are suffering, our families broken, and our community are in shambles. With the new year, I challenge each of you to organize, support, and get involved in your individual communities. I challenge you to be proactive, take  initiative,  and engage in all 9 areas of human activity. We can’t sit idol and intellectualize as our children fall behind. There has always been strength in numbers and the only path to success is together. Let’s get organized!  Black African Power!!

Kedric Smith of African ActionCoalition


Its Takes a Village

Nyah Amara

Voices of Fire

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