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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

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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

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 » 

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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Medieval Upheaval-A Catalogue of Bloody European Evils

After reading Dr. Marimba Ani’s excellent book, Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, I felt compelled to write Medieval Upheaval, A Catalogue of Bloody European Evils for 4 specific reasons:
1) I wanted to outline specific cultural actions of Europeans that challenged their eternal lie of being morally pure and intellectually superior.

2) I wanted to challenge the cultural stereotypes leveled at African descended people thereby helping to boost self-esteem in African people.

3) I wanted to underscore the Europeans’ skill at myth-making and story telling specifically highlighting their “gift” of manipulating audiences, (because African Americans and American whites, too, are prone to believe what they hear without doing follow-up work).

4) For the purpose of remaining vigilant in the face of numbers 1, and 3.

Europeans trace their version of democracy back to circa 6th c. BCE Athens. But, the western version of democracy has been unsteady and erratic, punctuated by long, and disturbing outbreaks of dehumanization and barbarism. Athens persecuted free thinkers like Socrates. In America, leaders have clung to their “shining nation on the hill” fantasy despite using torture, despite having the world’s largest prison population, despite gunning African Americans down in the streets, and despite using American drones to murder suspects on foreign soils without due process. Pretending to be something it is not – including flat-out lying – is a large part of the European ethos. The culture girds itself with well-managed mythologies. In fact, I believe that the myths that mold reality for Europeans and their white American children are the single most significant (and destructive) characteristic of European nations. That’s because myths have been used as tools of manipulation to bind the collective white psyche to common causes.But, there are signs that Europe’s many myths are fraying around the edges as long held fantasies give way to some stark realities:the world’s white population is not only the minority population, but it is in obvious decline (so much for white supremacy); people of color have made, and are making significant contributions to the world (so much for white supremacy); and white is not the brightest color in the crayon box (so much for white supremacy).

Africans – both past and present – have had no real potent defense against Europeans, operators of the largest shell game in history. In fact, African nations – who watched their sovereignty destroyed under European rule, still provide far too much access to Europeans at the expense of their own citizens’ well-being. Likewise many nations have fallen prey to European hucksterism, opening their doors just wide enough for whites to enter and plunder valuable resources. Cultures – that are made up of individuals – have the capacity to learn and grow; Africans have maintained successful ones for a longer period of time than have Europeans. But, that is to be expected; Africans have had 10’s of thousands of years to learn how to survive, and to work out any bloodlust and hoarding tendencies, if such traits ever existed in our African natures. It’s not surprising that 90% of African Americans favored progress over authoritarianism in this last election. In American politics, we have always voted for constructive programs. (“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African proverb).
Europeans are much younger, less sophisticated cultures based on regressive notions such as individuality and ravenous greed, at whatever the cost. They do not feel there are any chinks in their cultural armor to be worked out. Election results show that two-thirds of white voters desire to hang onto their fake (IRL)reality show called America (aka The Experiment), while slightly more than a third of white Americans seek progress. Also, white women voted to secure the futures of their white men and sons at the expense of their own fates and those of their daughters’.As many commentators pre and post-election warned us voting for the oft-romanticized in European history “strong man” can only lead to things burning down. Self-destruction is another hallmark of European cultures. We have only to look at their history of torture, blood lust, and self-inflicted calamities to draw this conclusion. (“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -Thomas Jefferson”). Where do we go from here? Well, past is prologue. People who don’t know history are doomed to be scammed by those who do know it. Study and learn history; watch for repetition. European symbols work alongside their myths; as the days and weeks progress watch for ones that come from the Trump team. Also, for 100’s of years now, African-Americans have allowed the world’s least mature members – socially, culturally, intellectually and emotionally – to define our world for us. This has allowed Europeans to run the tables as they’ve slaughtered people and other animals into extinction, and turned our Earth’s environment into a literal cesspool.

We can be proactive in calling out the dysfunctional white culture for the sociopathic, narcissistic, and psychopathic construct that it is, every chance we get. The sooner we stop normalizing abnormal behaviors, the better. Once we can clearly define what the European and white culture is all about, we’ll surely  know who we are not. We can proceed from there. We have a lot of work ahead to repair centuries-long damage done to our psyches and to our beloved Mother Earth.

Peace,

Sheshet Kemet

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The Black Power Awards Celebrates Black Excellence In The Community.

By Nyah Amara

November 11, 2016 10AM

The Black Power Awards Celebrates Excellence In The Community.

One of the most important keys to restoring Black Excellence restoring a sense of community whereby we support, inspire, and celebrate the achievements of others. In many ways, the internet has prevented us from connecting  and establishing authenticate relationships based on mutual respect, honor, and accountability. Instead, it has encouraged hate, ridicule, and has become a safe haven for individuals looking  to minimize the achievements of others. In the past, we believed in community,  therefore we fostered relationships, we encouraged face to face contact, and we believed in good character and accountability. Today, it’s seems the internet has become a breeding ground for people suffering from internalized racism, mental illness, PTSS, and all sorts of character issues  looking to project their internalized hate to the world. If we haven’t learned anything from this cyber community, by default  we’ve learned to  appreciate the value of face to face contact, love, commandery, respect, and community engagement. All of  which, has always served as the backbone of our culture. This week,  let us step away from the chaos of the internet and break free from the hatred to reflect on what needs to be done. Let us reflect on the past and  identify ways to restore our heritage. This week,  let us take the time to reflect on the importance of relationships and communities. This week, let us celebrate the men and woman who have worked tirelessly to improve our community by educating us on our health, on condition as Africa people, and  educated us on ways to overcome racism and white supremacy. This week, let us celebrate those who advocate for social justice, education, and cultural rejuvenation.  This week, let us reflect on the community, the family, the men, the women, and the children who depend on us for answers. This week, let us reflect on solutions. This week, let us ponder on the wise saying  that half of being successfully is just showing up. Understanding that being in the moment has the power to change relationships, open doors, and restore broken hearts. This week,  let’s us take the time to be present in Atlanta and support the Black Power Awards. Remembering  the African Proverb “if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” . This week, let us network, celebrate each other, and acknowledge our accomplishments. This week, let’s us Support DJ and the Black Power Awards family as they acknowledge excellencey in the Black Community.

Peace

Voices of Fire

Mission: Voices of Fire blog purpose is to educate, inform, and the persuade the reader towards adopting a more sound approach to history with the overall goal of redefining what it means to be conscious.