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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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

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Photos by: HouseOfSarah14 Storm. “The Dashiki Trend.”HouseOfSarah14. House of Sarah14, n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2017. <https://houseofsarah14.com/the-dashiki-trend/&gt;.

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Restoring Eldership And It’s Role In The African Community

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Restoring Eldership And It’s Role In The African Community

By Written by: Ini-Herit Khalfini November 5, 2016

“All over Africa, elders are respected and trusted – as mediators, facilitators and repositories of knowledge and wisdom. Indeed in African societies, the elders are considered to be vast reservoirs of the collective wisdom that has been accumulated over time. But despite their wealth of knowledge, the important role of the elders in Western society has been lost. Says Ampie Muller of the SA’s Centre for Conflict Resolution.” Ian Macdonald The Counsel of Elders.

Since being removed from the motherland, it seems we have lost are connections to our traditional African values deeply engraved in our African consciousness. Our traditions, customs, languages, respect for our elders, and Maat were vital practices we centered ourselves around. With the influence of being kidnapped, chattel slavery, rape, public lynchings, self hate, depression, alcohol, drugs, mass incarcerations, lack of education, and so much more it’s easy to lose sight on the things we once held in high regard. Even through all the agony, pain and suffering, intimidation, and mistreatment by our oppressor how did we gather the nerve to disrespect, dumb down, and dismiss our elders?  We have allowed the colonizer to set the rules of engagement therefore we no longer seek counsel from our elders, yet we look to the west in her thuggish  narcissist  disdain mannerism. In doing so, we have become  that which we have grown to resent.

“The elders (Bakulu, Ogboni, nsw, HqA.w, Hogon, etc.) are the embodiment of wisdom and it is wisdom that staves off foolishness which can bring catastrophic disharmonies to a society.” Asar Imhotep Nsw.t Bjt.j (King) in Ancient Egyptian A Lesson in Paronymy and Leadership. Currently we have become a society who refuses to seek wisdom from our elders and now our communities are in a disarray. Have we ignored  the voices of the ancestors and replaced it with  drugs, alcohol, depression, hatred, and grief?

I recall a time when I use to walk to the corner store and would run into a bunch older men in the community who occasionally would hang out drinking, and as I pass by each one of them they would offer me advice about life and the importance of making good decisions. I would look at their situation and just shake my head because I was able to relate but couldn’t relate to their struggle. Today, I have a different perspective because I understand the African principle of eldership. The kids today seem different because not only is there a communication barrier due to age, but they also seem far  removed from listening to anything anyone has to say.

Today’s youth are not only difficult to mentor they are also intimidating due to their fits of rage, anger, and aggression. True Elders have since been phased out and I can’t recall a time here recently that we witness the same level respect we once had. The days when when great grandmothers and fathers would sit at that kitchen table sharing knowledge with their grandchildren seem to be over. My great-grandmother who transitioned a few years ago use to tell me all kind of stories about life, the struggle, the things she endured, the things she seen, and the things she saw others overcome despite slavery.  We called her the “Rock” the families personal savior and our glue. She was more than all of us combined, because she practically instilled all that we know in every one of us. Our children are missing that “Rock” partly because we have forgotten so much about the importance of we. We only know ourselves and we tend to take for granted the knowledge and wisdom of our Elders.

Who are Elders and what role do they play in the African family? They  are believed to be the teachers and directors of the young. Among the Efik it is said: “The words of one’s elders are greater than amulets”,  which means they give more protection than the amulet does. In the same way the Igbo say: He who listens to an elder is like one who consults an oracle. The oracles are believed to give the infallible truths, thus the elders are also believed to say the truth and their words and instructions are heeded to for the promotion of good behavior among the young.”  Matei Markwei, Life in our Village, in African writing (ed), P. Zebala & C. Rossell, London, 1979, P.15. Traditionally the elders carried the “Rock” like quality in the community, we could look to them for guidance and wisdom. It didn’t matter if we knew them our whole lives or only for a few days if we needed them we knew where to find them.

In Nsw.t Bjt.j by Asar Imohotep he argues that elders are like living ancestors in the community  and are advocates of humanity that assist us all with understanding life and it’s lessons centered around moral principles. He goes on to say that “Leadership in the community is always held by wise elders. These are individuals who are masters at building symbolic worlds which aid in the management of the destinies of African wisdom traditions. These sages have learned to the highest degree the secrets of knowing life and stemming the tide of its challenges. It is the reservoir of knowledge that enables elders to be effective teachers.” We are lacking elder-ship in our families, communities, and as a people across this globe period!

In the diaspora the Elders are now extinct or outright ignored in favor of a foreign ideology based on rugged individualism. It seems we have lost our sense of community  and a overall connection to the elder. We no longer crave for  personal wisdom sought out by those who wanted council to help during times of despair, joy, or whatever the case may be. It’s hard to say the reasons for the decline but what is certain is the generation of baby boomers do not appear to see a benefit of eldership, wisdom, or traditional African culture. According to  Asar Imhotep “this is important to understand as the job of an elder is to help younger generations to discover new more satisfying dimensions for being human. It is the youth’s job to expand the collective pool of wisdom. Our jobs as elders in training are to travel the shores of eternity and record what we witness and then find ways to translate into experience that which we witnessed (on the shores of eternity) into the material world.” Asar Imhotep Nsw.t Bjt.j (King) in Ancient Egyptian A Lesson in Paronymy and Leadership.

If we were to take a look inside of each african community in america or abroad we could probably count on one hand how many elders are in these  communities . We have a lot of older men and women who have not assumed the role or responsibility of  maintaining order. This reality is two fold because in order to establish an elder as important role models, each African family will need to commit to teaching our children traditional African principles. The back talk, smart mouthing, back turning, door slamming, huffing and puffing attitudes needs to be replaced with Maat guiding principles, and the role of the elder in teaching the youth needs to be restored!

As stated before, it is the job of the elder’s to instill wisdom, truth, perspective, life lessons, and so much more. The role they play in our lives is too significant to allow them to be unheard, disrespected, and not seen. “Elders establish guiding principles, creates the structure of organization, sets up structure of the organization, sets up structure of conflict/dispute resolution, decides how and where the elder’s group will deal with situation, establish an orthodox African Kmt pedagogy, and judgement sessions.” Maat Guiding Principles of Moral Living Tdka & Ife Kilimanjaro Ph.D, Yahra Aaneb Sba, T’Gamba Heru Elder.

We need a Council of Elders in every African community across America. In Philadelphia “The Raising Awareness Group,” seems to be taken on the challenge but we need more to rebuild. They are doing great work assembling like-minded individuals, understanding the importance and the role of an elder,  working together to solve common sense issues, and repairing a bridge between the elder and the community with hopes of restoring something that has long been lost.

We must uplift the principles of eldership and recognize as a people our roles are much more than individualist. Restoring core principles is needed. We have to tackle this issue head on and allow our elders to feel the need to rise up once again. Without them, we will not succeed and everything we have built  will be lost. It is not African to turn our backs on the people who have paved the way for our generation. Our Elder’s are slowly assembling and we should encourage them to congregate so that our fight is fought within the confines of the council of men and women dedicated to truth.

“The Igbo say: “okemmadu wu egbe Okorobia wu igu. Ma igu adighi na egbe o naghiekwu okwu. Ma egbe adighi igu enweghi ebe o ga ano”. That is, the elder is the gun, the young man is igu . lf there is no igu in the gun it cannot fire and sound. If there is no gun, igu would have nowhere to rest, it thus becomes useless. This symbolism is concerned with the complementary roles of the old and the young in the life and in affairs of African People.

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References: “African Cultural Values.” (2006): n. pag. African Cultural Values. Unknown, Mar.-Apr. 2006. Web. 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.emeka.at/african_cultural_vaules.pdf&gt;.

Imhotep, Asar. “Robot Check.” Robot Check. Madu-ndela Press, 1 Jan. 2016. Web. 05 Nov. 2016. <https://www.amazon.com/Nsw-t-Bjt-j-King-Ancient-Egyptian/dp/0692637664&gt;.

Kilimanjaro, Ife, Tdka Kilimanjaro, Yahra Aaneb, and T’Gamba Heru. Maat: Guiding Principles of Moral Living. Detroit: U of Kmt, 2013. Print.

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Understanding The Difference Between Writing Scripts And Language

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“The hieroglyphic writing originated in Egypt around 3,100 BC, at the birth of the First Dynasty, during the reigns of Narmer, Ka, Den, and possibly, Senedj. The hieroglyphic script was not borrowed from Mesopotamia. It was a domestic invention initiated and developed by the ancient Egyptians in their own homeland, on the banks of the Nile. From its origins, the writing system was equipped with a complete array of intellectual and technical resources: ideograms, phonograms, a writing medium, and scribal instruments.”-The’ophile Obenga African Philosophy The Pharaonic Period: 2780-330 BC.

The significance of this writing system developed in Ancient Kmt has sparked a series of debates among linguists. We have had some who refute it as the earliest writing system, others who refuse to allow Africans to be its owners stating it’s a copy of Mesopotamia, and the select few who says it’s been incorrectly deciphered many of them has never studied the writing system. 

The Hieroglyphs contains 5 different writing systems that existed from the old kingdom during three intermediate periods, late period, and a Ptolemaic era. Those writing systems are Hieroglyphic, Cursive Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Demotic, and Coptic. During the Old and Middle Egyptian eras a total of 700 hieroglyphs existed, but after the Ptolemaic period at least 7000 different hieroglyphs now exist. “The ancestral Remetch referred to the hieroglyphic writing system as Ss mdw-nTr Sesh Medew Netcher- Inscriptions of Divine Words. It consists of pictures of the natural flora, fauna, and man made objects indigenous of the Nile Valley Corridor”- Wudjau Men-Ib Iry-Maat A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher.

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There are four ways we can read the Hieroglyphs and they are: horizontal left to right or vertical left to right. The Hieroglyphs contain 24 monoliterals  25 if you count the double reed leaf as a monoliteral. Monoliterals are one letter words that also help make up what we call the Egyptian alphabet, and along with Bi-literals (2) letter and Tri-literals (3) letter consonants help make up the entire system. “Each sign used to write a given word generally serves one of the following functions: 1) Ideogram, 2) Phonogram 3) Determnatives. The signs that can perform each of the three roles, in different words of course, are relatively few.” Wudjau Men-Ib Iry-Maat A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher. Also the signs can function as Pictograms, Ideograms, Phonograms which deals with either a idea, sign, symbol or sound.

Hieratic writings are usually cursive and are always written from right to left. Demotic is a complicated script it derives from Hieratic and was used for religious text as well it can be written and read from right to left. Coptic has a Greek perspective using most of their alphabet and a few of the Egyptian alphabet as a blend to make up it’s writing system. Coptic came from the Egyptians who had recently adopted the belief system of the early AD period.

People who do not study the language or the writing system will continue to make the biggest mistake you possible can make by confusing one with the other. They are not the same and must not be treated as such. It is very important that we understand the language and the many different writing scripts which are involved with a particular time period. Language is supported by a writing script because it represents the voice and sounds expressed through communication by the way of thoughts and feelings.

“The language of ancient Egypt, in both its pharanoic and Coptic variants, is not an Indo-European language such as Hittite or Greek. Nor is it a Semetic language such as Akkaddian, Hebrew, or Arabic. Neither is it a Berber language such as Siwa Berber or Rif Berber.”- The’ophile Obenga African Philosophy The Pharaonic Period: 2780-330 BC.

In 1974 two of our best African minds entered a conference centered around the history of Africa and it’s owner of languages, history and much more. It was then the name Negro(black) Egyptian was introduced and proven to be the mother of all languages that come from under its umbrella. Two of the most organized Africans stole the show at the Unesco conference going against european minds who refuted the history of Black Africa. Comparative Linguistic studies by Dr. Diop, Dr. Obenga, Dr. Mboli, and a few other American African centered linguist have carried one another’s work an additional step throughout the years. They have all provided evidence that illustrate its historical breakthrough in parenting other African languages and it’s history. Ranykemet or Egyptian Spoken Language is not a dead language persay, Coptic is still being spoken til this day, and unlike the Hebrew language which once was a dead language the process of fully restoring it will take several years to complete. 

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“When speaking of language in general, both the spoken and written forms are usually being referred, however, there are times when one or the other becomes the focus.” -Wudjau Men-Ib Iry-Maat A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher. As new languages are created different writing scripts will emerge that will support them. Since colonialism has soaked itself in grounds of the motherland a lot of what was has been lost. The root of culture is well within the confines of the language. In understanding the customs and practices of the ancestors we must first get rid of the influence of the colonizer, and restore the true meaning of a language that has been lost.

We as a people are so far removed from our native tongue and common practices we tend to not appreciate the beauty of our own language and writing script. To make false claims about translating the hieroglyphs only to turn around and tells story about the same hieroglyphs you’re saying can’t be translated is very hypocritical. With rigorous studies and applied understanding of methodology one can soon learn how to decipher the hieroglyphs with help.

References: Obenga, Théophile. African Philosophy: The Pharaonic Period 2780-330 BC. Popenguine: Per Ankh, 2004. Print.
Iry-Maat, Wudjau Men-Ib. “A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher – The Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic System Paperback – March 24, 2015.” A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher. Heka Multimedia, Mar. 2015. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. 

By:Ini-Herit Khalfani

November 7, 2016

Nashville, TN

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Photos by: Wukitsch, Tom. “Unit 3: Egyptian Writing — Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Demotic, Coptic.” Unit 3: Egyptian Writing — Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Demotic, Coptic. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. <http://www.mmdtkw.org/EGtkw0300-Unit3EgyptianWriting.html&gt;.

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AMEN RA SQUAD EDUCATES SETI AND PHARAOH ON THE MEDEW-NETER USING SOUND METHODOLOGY!

Some of the main points revealed in last night’s sparring match between Amen Ra Squad vs. Young Pharaoh (YP), and Seti live on Sa Neter TV was the lack of critical thinking and proper research methodology apparent in the conscious community. From the beginning, Pharaoh came out swinging setting the stage for his arguments backed by Chancellor Williams the Destruction of The Black Civilization and Raymond Faulkner’s pyramid and coffin text. And although Pharoah misused many words out of context, he was able to formulate the following claims: A) The Medew Netcher was not deciphered, B) 45-50 percent of the text was inaccurate C) The time-frame between the last Egyptian dynasty and the translation of the text served as a barrier to accurately interpreting the glyphs. Seti doubled downed on YP claims despite the opposition to Dr. Ben work failing to communicate his point accurately using “doe boy” language to describe the Rosetta Stone and how it was so-called “Cut up”, as if he was discussing a drug transaction speaking to his ability to articulate the very difficult aspects of language and its precepts. Seti went on to claim that names of some Kings and Cleopatra were the only parts of the Medew Netcher translated then left the debate leaving YP dazed and confused.

Dr. Oya Maat followed YP by explaining the foundations of proper research methodology. She asked detailed questions on how YP arrived at his conclusion regarding the text and suggested ways he could improve his presentation to ensure accountability, transparency, and visibility given the severe consequences of his claims. Dr. Maat who earned a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University provided bullet points on how to proper approach a research problem, and although she was interrupted more than once, and her time limited, she was able to detail the importance of sound research methodology. Ankh the “God Killer” followed Dr. Maat delivering a powerful knockout punch to YP premise by detailing line by line, bar after bar, dagger after dagger, and checkmate after checkmate how the medical papyrus proved the glyphs was translated  evidenced by it being the foundation of modern medicine. Sonjedi followed Ankh by providing information on critically thinking skills pointing out that remembering(which YP does well) was only the first step in the process. Wudjau followed and provided an overview of the basic writing system, but due to time constraints was unable to complete his presentations. The last Amen Ra Squad member Asar served a major blow to YP argument by detailing the connection between Ancient Egyptian language and breathing African Languages with similar cognates present today, debunking the claims that the Medew Netcher had not been transliterated. Reggie then followed up providing blow after blow pointing out the connection between the Medew Netcher and the English language; further dismantling claims that the Medew Netcher was somehow inaccurate.

As time progressed, YP lost his cool after being called out on his questionable methodology. One thing we can agree on is that the truth is not always sexy nor does it feel good, but it always provides clarity in the face of confusion. Claims need to be absorbed understood and researched over and over until there’s a clear understanding on how one arrives at his/her conclusions. As soon Aliens were introduced into the debate, we got a glimpse into YP Methodology, and although he seemed confident his story began to unravel evidenced by the personal attacks aimed at Dr. Maat credibility. Like most people ill prepared, YP claimed that his questions were not answered. Despite receiving detailed explanations from Ankh, Asar, and Reggie along with examples to support those claim, YP went from confident to disrespectful. In my estimates, this was no debate, but a test of character, the importance of information, references, and proper methodology.

The magnitude of errors in YP argument was staggering. The claim that the Medew Netcher could only be read diagonal, back and forth up, down and criss-cross are untrue. The truth is that there are four ways to read the signs, which are horizontal, vertical, left to right or right to left not criss-cross or diagonal as was stated. In Wudjau’s book “Sesh Medew Neter A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher,” he addresses how the Medew Netcher can be read On page 38 and 39 he discussed the correct direction to read the glyphs. And then on chapter 3 he provided definitions on pictograms, ideograms, logograms, and phonograms. Wudjau also addressed the difference between Hieratic and Hieroglyphs in his book, but again was not able to present due to time constraints. For those who are knowledgeable of the Medew Netcher, It was difficult to hear YP butcher the information, but could easily point his mistakes. One mistake was timeframes and their relationship to the text. Sonjedi pointed out this discrepancy when he pulled out his notepad and wrote down some signs and showed the different periods of the writings, which immediately debunked YP argument. It’s hard to glorify  YP skill set when debunked his own  claim by stating that the glyphs were not deciphered using deciphered text to support the claim. The debate went from a discussion regarding ancient writing systems to extraterrestrial beings. The longer he stayed on the build, the worse it got for him. Ankh challenged YP by stating that if he proves that aliens were on the glyphs, and he would stop teaching in the community. Bad move for YP to use a well know pseudo web instead of the glyphs as proof of the existence of extraterrestrial beings in the Medew Netcher.

At the end of the day, the community needs to understand how to choose method over madness, science over stupidity, research over rhetoric, and scholarship or foolership. We need to determine the real from the fake, the truth from the lies, the preacher from the teacher, and the liberators from the instigators. We can’t afford to have hustlers invading our community robbing, raping, and polluting the minds of the youth/community using the same techniques as the enemy. This conversation was very necessary and it needs to be had once more, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions still on the table. Can we decipher the glyphs? The answer is yes, if you disagree subscribe to the Seshew Maa Ny Medew Neter youtube channel and watch every Wednesday and Fridays as a group of like-minded individuals let the ancestors speak by showing the work, or sign up for Wudjau (www.mdw-ntr.com), Sonjedi, or Asar’s class to learn how to read the language.

Black African Power!!!!!!!!

Written: Shawn Phillips

References: Men-Ib, Iry Maat Wudjau. A Beginner’s Introduction to Medew Netcher: The Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic System. Atlanta: Heka Multimedia, 2015. Print.

Neter, BLACKNEWS102 Sa. “BLACKNEWS102.”. YouTube, 5 Sept. 2016. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.

“Amen-Ra Squad.”. The Real Black Atheist, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 06 Sept. 2016. http://amenrasquad.org;.

Editor: Nyah Amara, Voices oF Fire

Economic Survival: Escaping Capitalism Racism and White Supremacy 

la-na-tt-history-hinders-black-americans-20140-002Before America was Ameria, it harvested the indigenous people who had no notion of an economy built on capitalism. What is capitalism one might ask?  According to Merriam Dictionary capitalism is,  “A way of organizing an economy so that the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) are owned by individual people and companies rather than by the government.” WEBSTER MARIAM. “CAPITALISM.” To understand capitalism we must understand the history. According to University of KMT press, an “Economic systems are different in history. Capitalism grew out of feudalism.” “Feudalism is a social system that existed in Europe during the Middle Ages in which people worked and fought for nobles who gave them protection and the use of land in return. WEBSTER MARIAM. “Feudal System.” Before capitalism, many people bartered which is engraved in the cultural traditions of people. The originators never valued anything outside its function or it’s need. Bartering catered to the necessity of the community meaning what one family couldn’t harvest or have access instead they traded amongst each other as it meets the needs of the entire community. What is a bartering? “According to Investment Answers, “Bartering is an exchange between two parties using goods and services for payment instead of currency.”

For centuries since being kidnapped and brought to the Americas, our ancestors have struggled to gain wealth and equality. After hundreds of years slavery and enriching the lives of others,  we continue to be shackled, and empty handed. Despite all our hard work and millions of hours of free labor,  Americas new economy “capitalism” has generated  a wealth system we have yet to become full beneficiaries.  A system that has proven catastrophic to our community as a result of economic castration preventing us from fully engaging in this economic system built by our ancestors.

According to Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro Yahra Aaneb in Bak2. “Economist say the Great Recession lasted from 2007 to 2011. In 2004, the median net worth of white households was $134,280, compared with $13,256 for black households, according to an analysis of Federal Reserve data by the Economic Policy Institute. By 2009, the median net worth for white households had fallen 24% to $97,860; the median Black net worth had fallen 83% to $2,170. In 2009, for every dollar of wealth the average white household had, Black households only had two cents.”‘

Many people believe we should compete in this capitalist society to fix our community, while others  disagree pointing to its past tracked record of  addressing the problems of  black social injustuce, racism, and white supremacy. However, Dr. Claude Anderson seems to accept certain aspects of the economy system, stating capitalism creates job. Dr. Anderson pointed out in his book that job creation was the first step in political empowerment. He encouraged us not to depend on the government for support and maintained that we have always been the losers of captlism a system built on inequality . “as 2nd class citizens for 500 yrs we got absolutely nothing, soon we will be 3rd class citizens, and in the future, we’ll be 4th class citizens. If we didn’t get anything as 2nd class citizens what make you think we will get something as 4th class citizens”. He encouraged us to create jobs, business and take social responsibility by creating programs that foster growth and community development. Dr. Anderson believed at the core of our success is the development of an independent economic structure, a code of conduct economically, and group economics. He also encouraged block voting, which he maintained took discipline and accountability.

Like Dr. Anderson, Dr. Amos Wilson took a similar approach. He Also believed Africans must maintain integrity economically, while understanding survival was the key to our growth and development. He suggested that short-term solutions and long-term initiatives could liberate us from the economic stronghold of capitalism. He stressed the European could not help us solve our problems.  “We create jobs, but we are not in a position to own that job that we created.” Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro of University of KMT press echoed these same beliefs in a similar way but placed emphasis on overthrowing the system using group economics stating we must “take advantage of All our resources.” All three scholars agreed that we should  pull our resources and then  develop a plan based on cooperative economics.

As  Africans living in American, we have to come to grip with our position and realize this was the hand we were dealt. We were kidnapped, and deprived of our culture, language, spiritual system, and identity. Therefore,  we must come together collectively to gain economic ground by setting an economic agenda. I read a study that stated we are 300 years behind in wealth compared to the majority. Take a look around at the wealth disparities in this country, predatory lending, and a look at all the new millionaires, all which that look like them.  Our leadership has failed. Our community lacks the same education opportunities faced with very few options other than Section 8, welfare, and minimum-wage jobs as a means of survival.

The states are high, and we must look critically and how we addressed these problems and ask how can we design an economy built for us, what would it take, what would it look like, how could it benefit everyone, what would keep the economy afloat?  All of these questions have to be answered, evaluated, and solutions must be designed based scientific methods  that focus on economic survival that are deeply engraved in the fabric of American culture. Once we can answer these questions and devise a plan,  we can then design a economy based on meeting the needs of our community. “We need a social/economic system that allows every person to have equal food, clothing, shelter, technical applied education. Second, we need the extraction and modernization of the very best of African culture–minus anything myths/mysticism forced on us by invaders.  Self respect, self-value, and self-reliance is the foundation of happiness. Justice is the basis of equality and freedom.”- Tdka Kilimanjaro Ife Kilimanjaro Bak2.

If we want to have our own “Pie”, we must create the best bakers on the planet. We must be willing to inherit the ideas of a Claude Anderson, mixed with Amos Wilson Black Power approach, and incorporate them with Tdka Kilimanjaro using nothing less than our best, brightest and wisest minds. This will take sacrifice among like-minded individuals who can incorporate and see things from beginning to the end. We have very little time, no time for finger-pointing or blame, and we must be willing to dedicate our lives to the liberation from the horrors of  500 years of systemic racism in America.

We didn’t come to America looking to build our families or looking to create financial freedom. Instead, we came naked, bruised and confused on boats full of urine, blood, mucus, disease, and death.  One by one, trip after trip we were captured against our will and thrust into an unfamiliar place to bend over backward to our death for the greater good of someone else’s dream. In return, we got absolutely nothing, not one red cent, not a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of!

Everything we got we earned under very strict and harsh circumstances which we made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our women, men, and children from the oppressor. Capitalism was built on these sacrifices with the purpose of destroying our will to live. How dare we fix our problems,  how dare we accept this path for our children, and how dare we fight this economic bully that has created social, economic, and spiritual decay in our community?

We have to work hard and study the past to advance the future. But we must not only study, but we must also test our solutions, critique the flaws, and repeat the process to ensure our success. Then improve our existence by fostering relationships between like-minded individuals who are committed to advancing our sociopolitical position in society that was created to ensure we remained death, blind, and ignorant to the reality. In order to restore what was lost we must empower our people using strategies based on sound economic principles employed  when we were in the land of our ancestors.

Written

Shawn Phillips

Voices  of Fire

References: Tdka Kilimanjaro Bak2, Claude Anderson Powernomics book and lectures, Amos Wilson The Blue Print to Black Power lecture and book. Video references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCQ9gh8EcY8  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m4lY5IQZgQ

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Editor: Nyah Amara

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