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. 

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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

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.  In a recent video posted by the self-proclaimed revolutionary leader of the conscious community  “General SETI” in a highly charged emotional five-minute response to Marcus, threatened physical violence. In the video, SETI handed down a warning that anyone who dared challenge his information would be subject to physical violence. He also made  insensitive comment regarding Marcus social status in the community stating “the only thing you can do for me is deliver my newspaper and bag my groceries.” He went on to say that instead of debating, Marcus should be in the “in the third grade, shining his shoes.” By the end of the video, Seti warned that the next time he came in contact Marcus in the streets, Marcus should run the other way. He also made a threat against Ankh warning that if he even dared to challenge him on the topic that “he would break his back.” The entire rant was based on a belief/claim that Ankh armed young Marcus with information on evolution that somehow threatened his position as a leader. A claim that seems paranoid given evolution is a topic that is widely debated in the community and one he Is currently promoting with Pharaoh Allah.
This behavior is an example of post traumatic slave syndrome, a condition that impacts your worldview and decision-making as well as the ability to define problems in an effective, coherent, and logical manner. Instead coming us with solutions, people with this condition will attack, use ad-hominems, and use threats of physical violence as a means of maintaining power and control. It is a condition that will cause a person to act in a way that is contrary to his goals. A condition that we must resolve because it impacts our ability to establish a worldview based on African values with the ultimate goal of unity. Seti a Man who was raised up in “the craft” and taught by Dr. Ben and who has traveled the world with many elders, revealed our failed worldview.

It seems the African community world view is in the Dark Ages similar to that of Europe when the church hunted, persecuted, and killed those who opposed religious doctrine. How did we get to this point and most importantly, what is the solution? When did it become acceptable for us to threaten each other over information? We have to demand accountability from our leaders and intimidation should not be tolerated. We must encourage the youth to study, ask questions, and challenge the status quo. We must develop relationships based on respect, good character, and we can’t allow those stuck in the past dictate our progress.

In conclusion, 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”.

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Nyah Amara

Photo Credit:Bavarian State Theater

Gang Prevention

The National Institute of Justice defines a gang as the following: “an association of three or more individuals whose members collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity, which they use to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation”. Gangs became increasingly popular in the 1920s, and over the decades, there have been gangs of all kinds of backgrounds; from the infamous Italian mobs and gangs to the Irish, Hispanic, and African American.

African American gangs make up about 35% of the countries gang, making it the second largest ethnicity involved in gangs (“National Youth Gang Survey Analysis”). The two largest and most known black gangs are the Bloods and Crips; though there are many gangs African Americans gangs all over the country from large cities to small rural towns. No matter where they reside, they are a controversial topic. Gangs are notorious for their involved in violent crimes such as robbery, kidnapping, murder, rape, etc.

The statistics on African American youth gang violence is alarming. Niaz Kasravi, a member of the NAACP, said, “the type of violence we see in poor African American communities of color on a daily basis is heartbreaking and should also be given attention”. In a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics for the year 2009, had 7,391 gun-related cases- of which 90 percent were males and the majority of which was black males. Along the same lines, a study conducted by the Washington D.C. Violence Policy Center showed that African American citizens are four times more likely to be murdered than any other ethnicity. The root of all of the violence being a crippling economic support for the African American communities, which is what gangs stem from. (Schou 2014).

A poor economy leaves African American families struggling, making their family structure significantly weak. Young boys turn to gangs as a means of protection and support. African American gangs. While it may be true that it offers young boys protection and a sense of family, the true reality of a gang is harsh and violent. In the life of gangs, no one is safe. It is not just the people within the gang, but their families as well. In November 2015, Tyshawn Lee, a nine-year-old boy, was murdered by three gang members of an opposing gang to his father’s. Tyshawn was targeted to get back at his father.

The first step is, of course, educating the youth about the risk factors of joining a gang. By helping the youth understand the cons about joining gangs, it will provide the insight to the harsh reality of the life of crime and help our youth understand their lives are much more valuable. Programs such as the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) and Preventive Treatment Programs already exist and are working hard to reach out to the youth in hopes to help solve the youth gang problem. Community programs are other excellent alternatives that in provide hope and sense of belonging and family. By understanding the risk factors and using those to pinpoint at-risk youth, our  communities can prevent kids from joining gangs. The African Centered community should take the lead and develop grass roots gang prevention programs our community.

Works Cite

Gorner, Jeremy, and Peter Nickeas. “Man Charged in Killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee,   Woman in Gang Feud.” Chicago Tribune. CBS Chicago, 08 Mar. 2016. Web. 21 June               2016.

Howell, James C. “Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs.” Juvenile    Justice, Dec. 2010. U.S. Department of Justice. Web. 21 June 2016.

“National Youth Gang Survey Analysis.” Demographics. N.p., 2012. Web. 21 June 2016.

Schou, Solvej. “Here’s Why Gang Violence Deserves as Much Outrage as School Shootings.”   TakePart. Participant Media, 30 Jan. 2014. Web. 21 June 2016.

“What Is a Gang? Definitions.” National Institute of Justice

Double Consciousness as Defined by W.E.B. Du Bois: A Look at the Dynamic, Which Birthed Consciousness in the African-American Community.

If we take a look at history and consider the influential characters that found purpose in explaining our social structures and social organizations, we are doing ourselves a favor – chasing a special type of knowledge that provides us insight into understanding and explaining these structures even today. Like many other concepts and theories that have taken hold and claimed a spot in the explanation of sociological structures and circumstances, the concept of double consciousness as defined by W.E.B. Du Bois can be studied and analyzed to gain a greater understanding of ourselves, those around us, and our general society. As defined by Du Bois, an American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist, double consciousness is the concept that gives a definition and name to the feeling an African American as a result of being black and American. His explanation took a particular look at the sentiments felt by black Americans during and leading up to the time that he wrote his first book in 1903 titled The Souls of Black Folk. His writings took into careful and thoughtful consideration, the difficulties in identity that were being felt in the African American Community. He introduced the idea that Black people often experienced many challenges when it came down to the development a sense of self because of the trials we face and the confusion experienced as a result of being both black and American in a white supremacist society. His ideas highlight the sentiment that African Americans felt as a result of being oppressed and devalued, while living in a country that, on the contrary, encouraged equality and dignity.This contradiction, according to Du Bois, led to our inability to unify a proud African identify with an American identity in a meaningful way. If we fast forward more than one hundred years, we can still analyze this concept of double consciousness and look at how it has impacted the conscious community today. We can look at the Hebrews and see this confusion, we can look at the so-called black Natives and see this confusion, we can look at those who are enmeshed in the religious indoctrination and see this confusion, and we can look at those who practice pseudoscience and see the same confusion, all examples of failed attempts to successfully integrate one’s consciousness in a hostile society. The tension that is felt can be understood in light of Du Bois’ theory. Africans American today, like in the early 1900s, are also finding difficulty unifying these two very different identities. We instead are forced into stereotypes of the athlete, the rapper, the criminal and even in some circles we have taken on the characteristics of the oppressor, by claiming other oppressed people culture, creating fake story’s, and narratives in order to avoid the reality of being black in American.In many ways, we have lost contact with reality, our true identity, and our true purpose. Instead, we have replaced it with story’s that support our own flawed logic and low self-esteem. It seems we are content with simply “dipping it in chocolate” to satisfy the very basic human need to feel valued and accepted. As a result, we have lost our way and have forgotten those ancestors like Dubois who addressed the need to develop an African conscious and who understood its relevance and how the concept perfectly explained the dynamic and confusion that persist even today. He understood that the primary way to overcome this obstacle was through the proactive development of a congruent self. This means that, in order to create a personality that is organically unified, we have to make sure that our beliefs align with our actions creating an integrated self.
 In conclusion,Though this tense dynamic persists and has the potential to persist, understanding it through the lens of Du Bois’ teachings and his idea of double consciousness can eliminate the fear, thus allowing us to focus our efforts towards building a sound community. Our efforts, during this time, should be focused on the organization and implementation of programs that facilitate awareness, understanding, and support. We can’t afford to point the finger or blame. We must take an inventory of self, our anger, our resentments, and our grief and start the process of healing. By defining double consciousness, understanding the dynamic, and becoming aware of its impact, we can slowly start to can change the paradigm to positive awareness, which will create change in our community.
Citations: Aiston, Chevette. “Double Consciousness and Du Bois: Definition and Concept.” Study.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 June 2016. Bruce, Dickson D. “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Idea of Double Consciousness.” American Literature 64.2 (1992): 299-309. Web. Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1993. Print.

Defining Pan-Africanism

Defining Pan-Africanism is a complex task due to the intricate nature of its being, but can best be described as a philosophy which advocates for the fellowship of Africans in culture, politics, and ideology. One of the founders of Pan-Africanism in its modern form is a man named Henry Sylvester-Williams. In 1897 he created what was called then called the African Association while in England in order to promulgate the interests of African people and the horrid injustices they were facing around the globe, and later organized the first Pan-African Conference. While Sylvester-Williams was an originator of Pan-Africanism, possibly its most prominent leader was Kwame Nkrumah, a teacher, politician, and activist who was vital in helping Gold Coast (now Ghana), secure its independence from the British empire. As the country’s Prime Minister, he held up Pan-African values by working to establish cultural and educational opportunities for men and women alike.Pan-Africanism was championed by men like Nkrumah, but the ideology has taken on other forms over time, including Afrocentrism, which in basic terms is an outlook that calls upon people of African heritage to appreciate and acknowledges traditional African values, which were thought to have been pushed to the side or outright ignored in the face of European slavery.Modern Afrocentrism is an intellectual and academic ideology which has its roots in the United States following the end of the Civil War and the new freedoms afforded to slaves, who worked to create their own communities and become educated. American civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois is often credited with coining the phrase, but today, the individual most associated with Afrocentrism is Molefi Kete Asante, professor of African American studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.One of the often heard criticisms levied at Asante and Afrocentrism in general, is that it is a pseudoscience, which is defined as a system or claim that is supposedly scientific but does not adhere to the scientific method. Critics have said that Afrocentrism shouldn’t be rooted in academia because it promotes historical inaccuracies, vague generalizations, and racism, which are all counterproductive. Instead, the proper methodology should be used in order to understand fully and gain awareness of the history of African people. Despite, Afrocentrism continues to thrive as a sound practice which supports the scientific method,  defined as a formula which develops an hypothesis, experimentation, gathering the data, and then examining it to form a conclusion. Pseudoscience, on the other hand, does none of this, and in fact, can be extremely dangerous. One need only looks at the denial of the link between H.I.V. and AIDS or the refusal of vaccines and medical treatment for children by their parents to see the truly deadly consequences of pseudoscience. These examples are a reminder that failing to maintain a proper academic standard and balanced approach to intellectual literacy has real consequences, even if they are not yet fully apparent. Rejecting pseudoscience and religious “spookism”  will be important in redefining what it means to be conscious in the true legacy of Pan-Africanism and men like Sylvester-Williams and Nkrumah.