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!

Pan-Africanism, The Concious Community, Violence, Poverty, Criminal Justice, Racism, Police State

The Black Power Awards Celebrates Black 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

Nyah

African American, Pan-Africanism, The Concious Community

A FAILED WORLD-VIEW!

Our worldview is greatly influenced by our life experiences and early in childhood. Our parents greatly influence how we perceive the world around us and our relationships with others. If raised in a home that was unsafe, it’s likely that we would develop mistrust in our relationships. Similarly, if raised in an safe environment where we felt nurtured, loved, and protected than it is likely that we will learn to trust others. This is a very basic understanding of the Nature vs. Nurture argument that specialists have been arguing about for years. Author Joy DeGruy seemed, to sum up, this theory when she stated in her book that: “We carry our painful experiences into our adulthood, and they become the basis for our worldview,” which is defined as our beliefs, our attitudes, and our response to the natural environment. Just as our parents influenced our worldview, historic racism also influenced our environment. An environment that is unsafe will always produce insecurity.

The topic of Evolution exposes the  our insecurity because it forces us to address the nature Vs nurture argument. Most of us reject evolution in favor of a feel-good explanation of life, not because we understand evolution, but because of hate science, and the premise of a gradual development that is categorally opposed to intelligent design.  We are much more comfortable with pseudo claims of extraterrestrials, astro-projections, and gene splicing than science because it allows us to escape and avoid taking responsibility our problems using science that forced is evaluate what does and what does not work. Scientific literacy is defined as “knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.”

In itself the rejection of evolution does not equate to scientific illiteracy. However, the implications of having leaders who are scientifically illiterate is  detrimental to our survival and growth. The community must achieve a level of scientific literacy; otherwise, we will never progress. According to the National Science Education Standards defines scientific literacy means that a person can ask, find, or determine answers to questions that are derived from curiosity about everyday experiences. Therefore a scientific literate person can do the following:

• Describe, explain and predict natural phenomena.

• Identify scientific issues underlying decisions and express positions that are scientifically and technologically informed.

• Evaluate the quality of scientific information using sources and identified methods used to support a specific position or ideas.

• Form arguments based on evidence and apply conclusions based on the evidence. (Wikipedia)

In the past 10 years the standards used to describe, identify, evaluate and then form conclusions have been greatly diminished by scientific illiteracy. We are no longer encouraging scientific discovery and innovation. But have allowed our hatred, fear, and obsession of the oppressor to dominate our discussions and created an environment where intimidation is used as a way to maintain the status quo. Instead of using scientific problems solving methods, many of the leaders threaten physical harm to resolve conflicts.  How we perceive the world around us is substantially influenced by our worldview, childhood, and environmental stressors, therefore it’s important that we adopt sound ideological practices. The human psyche is fragile and highly influenced by our experience. A person who is willing to die with a plan is not a warrior; he is a psychopath with nothing to lose. The only strategy against oppression is a strategy. One of my favorites quotes is “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak”.

Voices of Fire

Nyah Amara

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