Pan-Africanism, Womanism

The following are the eighteen culturally derived Africana Womanist characteristics:

The following are the eighteen culturally derived Africana Womanist characteristics:
(1) The Africana womanist can be SELF-NAMING–accessing herself, naming herself and her movement;
(2) The Africana womanist is SELF-DEFINING, which she defines her reality and community in terms of their Africana cultural experiences;
(3) The Africana womanist is FAMILY-CENTERED, as she is more concerned with her entire family rather that with just herself and her sisters;
(4) The Africana womanist is IN CONCERT WITH MALES in the broader struggle for humanity and the liberation of all Africana people. The idea of the intertwined destiny of Africana men, women, and children is directly related to the notion of the dependency upon the male sector in the participation of the Africana womanist’s struggle for herself and her family;
(5) The Africana womanist is a FLEXIBLE ROLE PLAYER. This is a controversial topic today due to the predicament of the Africana man and woman, which dates back to American slavery, when neither partner was free to act out the defined roles of men and women as set forth by the dominant culture;
(6) The Africana womanist GENUINE IN SISTERHOOD. This sisterly bond is a reciprocal one, one in which each gives and receives equally;
(7) The Africana womanist comes from a long tradition of psychological as well as physical STRENGTH. She/he has persevered centuries of struggling for her/himself and family;
(8) The Africana womanist MALE COMPATIBLE, and seeks a relationship in which each individual is mutually supportive, an important part of positive Africana family;
(9) The Africana womanist commands RESPECT for herself in order to acquire true self-esteem and self-worth, which in turn enables her, among other things, to have complete and positive relationship with all people;
(10) The Africana womanist must insist upon RECOGNITION of her humanness so that she may more effectively fulfill her role as a positive and responsible co-partner in the overall Africana struggle;
(11) The African womanist seeks WHOLENESS (completeness);
(12) The African womanist is AUTHENTIC (cultural connected) in her life;
(13) The Africana Womanist is SPIRITUAL and thus, believes in a higher power that transcends rational ideals, which is an ever-present part of Africana culture;
(14) The Africana Womanist demonstrates RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR ELDERS, insisting that her young do likewise. This respect and appreciation for elders is another continuum of African culture;
(15) The Africana womanist is ADAPTABLE, and demands no separate space for nourishing her individual needs and goals, while in the twentieth-century feminist movement, there is the white feminist’s insistence upon personal space;
(16) The Africana womanist is AMBITIOUS and demonstrates responsibility, highly important in the life of the Africana womanist, for her/his family, too, depends on these qualities in her;
(17) The Africana Womanist is committed to the art of MOTHERING her own children in particular and humankind in general. This collective role is supreme in Africana culture, for the Africana woman comes from a legacy of fulfilling the role supreme Mother Nature—nurturer, provider, and protector; and
(18) The Africana Womanist is a NURTURER and consistent in doing what must be done for the survival of the family, a commitment grounded in and realized through a positive sense of history, familihood, and security. (Hudson-Weems, 1998).
By: Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems
Pan-Africanism

The Revolutionary Mind, Body, and Soul!

The human mind has various ways to cope with traumatic experiences. Dissociation is one of those mechanisms. During this process, the victim of trauma develops what are call personas or alter egos that assist them in basic task. It’s a natural process, but extremely destructive. Most of these personalities are driven by the ego and can be very misogynistic, rude, cruel, and violent. Mindfulness is an evidence-based practice that starts the healing process, however many of these people require some type of intervention from a friend, a family member, or the community. In a healthy community the goal is for each member to be healthy in mind, body, and soul, so when you remove this expectation you involuntarily foster mental and physical illness. Don’t be complicit in this trend in the conscious community that rewards unhealthy narcissistic, egotistical behavior driven by self-hatred and internalized racism. Focus on healing, nurturing, and love. An unhealthy personality will display extreme negativity, irritability, back-biting, lying, mental, and poor physical health. As long as we allow these type of personalities into our ranks, the more narcissistic and egotistical our community will become. The only solution is African Centered Psychology focused on the full restoration the African mind evident by a balanced approach to relationships, conflicts, and African liberation. Fake consciousness is a symptom of a fractured consciousness and should not be tolerated. The legacy of the African is one of integrity, resilience, and community. Be excellent, show deference to your brothers and sister, and have compassion, love, and respect for the struggle. #AfricanPsychology

Nyah Amara

Pan-Africanism

United States Politics: The Legacy of Race

The legacy of race in the United States is a permanent reality in the minds of Americans, engraved in the fabric of the culture. The ideology of race superiority was present in America as early as the 14th century, manifested first by the murder and torture of Aboriginals in South America, Native populations in the north, and later the enslavement of Africans. The Declaration of Independence codified the notionof a superior European culture, thereby creating a color cast system based on dichotomous racialized social system that justified colorism, legalized racism, and codified black codes. These codes were adopted by major institutions and shaped the beliefs, attitudes, and social behaviors of all Americans. The Age of Enlightenment also contributed to this process through pseudosciencethat legitimatize ideas of race superiority and those practices that came along with it. During this period, pseudoscientists adopted a deterministic approach, inappropriately designing experiments to support the idea of race as a biological reality. These studies relied heavily on the evaluation of differences in morphological traits such as color, skeletal structure, and geographical distributions of populations in relationships to apes, gorillas, and monkeys. Embedded in this pseudoscience was the idea that non-whites were animals, whereas whites were civilized non-animals. These ideas lead to social polices, laws, and educational curricula that supported mistreatment of nonwhites forever changing the perceptions of race globally. 

Nyah 

Voices of Fire 

Pan-Africanism

Who Is African? 

Race is largely a social construct, therefore the only true race that exist if homo Sapien. Modern Man or homo sapien sapien is the only surviving sub-species of the homo Sapien, however within our sub-species we have different kinds, breeds, variations, and populations. If your your population, kind, breed or variation evolved outside of Africa than you’re “non-African”. Asians, Europeans, Americans, Native Americans, indigenous people of the oceanic, and indigenous Australians are all examples non-Africans who evolved outside of Africa .This is true despite non-Africans shared human history, despite their similarities to Africans, including skin color, or facial features, which are Mostly influenced by environmental factors, including all the mechanism of evolution, diet, and the disease process. As it relates to African Africans or Black people living in America, we evolved inside Africa, making us African. Our ancestors didn’t leave Africa during the first or second migrations out of Africa, but left as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. These facts can be substantiated using proper methods and are not subject to religion, beliefs, oral traditions, or a failure to properly understand or process information. Neither, do these facts disrupt our legacy as Africans, so any claim or tradition that seeks to remove african people from our home and legacy is threat to the survival of African people worldwide. As long as we remember our legacy and what must be done to take back our power, our survival is secured! #selfpreservation  

Nyah Amara

Pan-Africanism

Blak Pantha New Website Blakpanthaserer.com

On September 20, 2017, Blak Pantha published his website focused on solutions using an African Centered Paradiagm.

“In  an effort to solve problems that plague the black community and the Diaspora in general. It is important to create our on solutions from an African centered paradigm” Blak Pantha”.

“Blak Pantha is a Pan Afrikan, Lecturer, Author, proud member of many organizations and Co founder of the Mossi Warrior Clan. Blak Pantha is an advocate of African Spirituality and uses the principle of these ancient practices to solve problems within the black community and in the diaspora worldwide.

Having traveled to KMT and Senegal he is avid researcher and focuses on sound methodology, primary and well verified secondary sources as his means of providing information.

Blak Pantha is a member of The Amen Ra Squad, Raising Awareness Group, Collective Black People Movement, UNIA Division #421 in Atlanta, RBG Nation, and Us lifting Us economic cooperative.

Blak Pantha was given this name and uses it as a medium to strive for excellence in the black community. Drawing inspiration from the classic comic book he seeks to create a united federated union in Afrika(Wakanda) in which the best of science and traditional African spirituality are present”. www.blakpanthaserer.com. Blak Pantha is a strong advocate for the restoration of African culture. Please like, share, and subscribe.

Nyah

Voices of Fire!

Black Power Awards, Conscious, Pan African

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

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

The Concious Community

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-VOF