Oyotunji Village: A Trip To Africa In The United States

April 25, 2017

Nashville, Tn

By: Ini-Herit Khalfani

The oldest living African tradition on stolen soul exist in the small county of Sheldon. It is home to the Yoruba and known as the Oyotunji Village. It’s minutes off the highway, a half mile off a dirt road, and sits on about 15 acres of land. To the east of the Royal family lives and the west of the village several Priestesses and Priest live. In the center is where all the activity takes place and to the north of the land sits a rice plantation. The village still harvest its own food growing the essentials necessary to sustain life through farming. The spirit of the ancestors still dwell along an area not to far from the coasts of the Atlantic ocean where it is known in history as some of the earlier ports where our Ancestors entered onto this stolen land. Out in front of the Village before the gates sits a sign and that sign reads ” You are leaving the U.S. You are now entering the Yoruba Kingdom. In the name of his Efuntola, Peace welcome to the sacred Yoruba village built by priest of the Vodun cults as a tribute to our ancestors. These priest preserve the customs, laws, and religion of the African Race. Welcome to our land.” You immediately feel the spirit of this village upon entrance.

As the story of this village is told in a tour it’s eldest King was the 1st priest on United States soil to be named priest. He has as many as 14+wives and 22+kids and the population was as many as 250 people. The newest King of the village is a youthful 26 years of age and has 4 wives and 5 kids. I’m not advocating for polygamy or suggesting one should adopt every aspect of the village what I am advocating for is a sense of self perspective, and the ability to restore the African community paradigm by re-establishing those important cultural practices of our ancestors. In this we will find a sense of pride and accountability by giving ourselves a chance to heal within and out, but most importantly to reclaim a sense of perspective that we lost after being kidnapped and held against our will.

The entire land has been built by hand from every sense of the word. It’s painted every 2 years and continues to have multiple festivals a year pertaining to its original historic African practices. All over the Village we see the elegance of Africa embedded in the culture of the Yoruba. The women of the village hold an esteem position as Priestess which out number the amount of men priest. The village is also known for its mentor-ship with young African ladies as it is important to uplift the African woman as she is intended to be. You do not notice disrespect, misrepresentation, or commercializing a culture in this village. It’s ability to exist on foreign soil as a sovereign Nigerian nation should speak for itself. Yes the Greco-Roman European police feds or whoever are not welcome on the land and will be met with confrontation if they do not have permission from the King to enter. They have their own flags that hang high in the festival hall on the land and with honor will fight to protect its sovereignty.

One of the most mind-boggling things about this village is not too many people even know it exist. Yes it is a lot of Blacks that live in the state of South Carolina that have absolutely no idea that this village rest near the shores of the Atlantic coast. They maintain their culture by speaking the native language of the Yoruba, its names, dress, religious or spiritual practices, and maintaining it all by continuing the most important aspect uplifting the Black Woman. When people say let the Ancestors speak here is a place the Ancestors speak and they speak to the Village daily.

As Africans in America we can learn a lot from the people of Oyotunji, because they are centered in Africaness which the rest of us struggle to obtain daily. This key principle is why people like our Ancestors Doctors: Francis Cress-Wesling, Amos Wilson, John Henrik Clarke, Yosef Ben Jochannon, Chancellor Williams, J.A. Rogers, John G. Jackson, and many more fought and continue to fight to liberate the African mind and encourage one to know their story and remain centered in its perspectives. What we must do is take the knowledge and wisdom of our dear Sisters and Brothers of the village and implement them within our communities and combat the struggles we still face within. Remember it takes a village and that African concept has always been our greatest strength, and that is something that we must get back to in order to combat everything we face as a people today to change our tomorrow.


Marshall’s Law: The Destruction Of Conscious Community


By: Ini-Herit Khalfani

Nashville, Tn


2 years ago a young 20 to 21-year-old man was introduced to a community of people who tuned into a YouTube station whose main focus was to uplift, inspire, combat, inform, and disseminate information to an audience searching for solutions and understanding of themselves and it’s oppression. What was a genuine acknowledgement and introduction suddenly turned into a fan fair with an agenda driven perspective. The majority of this introduction had been heard before from community elders Phil Valentine, Bobby Hemmit, and a few others. However, because of the young man’s personality, passion, energy, and memory he wow’d an audience who has never heard the song he’s sung before.

The problem with his introduction and dealing with this so-called high science turns out to be a repetitive theme in years to come. That theme would later be challenged after a series of attempts to validate his scientific claims and false conclusions. It was on the corners of Harlem one specific night among a panel of scientific minds who found the young man comical and entertaining at best which would expose the flaws in the young man’s methodology. This would also provoke change in a paradigm who as of late has been introduced to the importance of methodology, primary evidence, and sound scholarship.

The young man since then would combat any information coming from a particular group of individuals who all like him had their introduction to this same audience under different circumstances similar but not quiet. Over time Marshall’s Law would form and his methodology would be called to question as his scholarship would be exposed as unscientific, Unafrican, and undesired as it does more harm than hurt. He immediately would be protected by the same person who introduced him to the community due to views and youth who among woman became believers in a young man who pushed a series of teaching that served as a detriment to the African community.

What actually is Marshall’s Law one may ask: it is a series of pseudo claims passed off as scientific fact deceiving a community intentionally with the expectation to create a following behind expectations to defend deny and destroy the intelligence of African Philosophy, Scientific Perspective, and Historic Achievements. Let’s use a working definition of Law by Merriman-Webster to understand exactly what I am arguing “a (1) :  a binding custom or practice of a community :  a rule of conduct or action prescribed (see prescribe 1a) or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority.”

Over the past few years we have witnessed a series of binding and controlling customs and practices by followers of a young man who has yet to provide, prove, or show any of his teachings as African let alone truth. In his last disagreement (meaning he’s had more than a few) after a botched living room presentation he made it clear that he was not only going to attack his introducer he in returned would disrespected the elders and vowed to destroy the community which he hustled fooled and condemned as ignorant. His poor methodology would continue to be on display as a series of YouTubers would exploit his living presentation, expose his master teacher, and put his bad character on display all the wild he remained confined to his home continuing to teach in the basement of his residence.

Recently after claiming to take a spiritual break from everything and rejuvenate himself he found himself back in the fold searching for another challenger. This time it would be a familiar opponent for many months who ignored the callings of this young man. Like all his other disagreements this to would go left and once again someone would be the blame for his antics as he would completely embarrassed himself. He refused to stand on his on doctrine or his teachings in fear that he would be exposed and his hustle would end.

After a series of videos to stay relevant he went back to attacking everyone who had something to say to him prior to his scholastic meltdown. This would pose another question as to why one would continue along this path intentionally trying to challenge, argue, fight, threaten, disrespect, and antagonize people’s wives and children. Marshall’s Law seems to be more about binding his followers and destroying a community with hopes that people continue to donate to his go fund me accounts that have absolutely no intention on being used for anything related to creating solution in the community. As he continues in his attempts to bring his law into effect or create go fund me accounts like collection plates it’s imperative that people wise up in the wake of this foolishness and realize the pattern of destruction he’s on. One must remember our ancestors for thousands of years created scientific journals, laws, and a culture centered around uplifting the community and we must  combat ignorance with intelligence and put an end to Marshall’s Law. 

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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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The Dangers of Pseudoscience!

Pseudoscience is a burden on society that causes misinformation and hinders growth. In the pan-African community, we strive to shed light on the misled and disarm pseudoscience. The word pseudo is defined as “not genuine; a sham.” From just the name it’s easy to work out that pseudoscience is a fake science however different types of pseudo-sciences manage to brainwash people every day into trusting in potentially harmful myths.One of the worst myths affecting the pan-African community today comes from Nicholas Wade. Wade published “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” in 2014. In this book, Wade discusses how different races are genetically superior to be more gifted in certain areas and also have specific personality traits.  For example, Wade believes that Europeans are forward thinking and successful while Africans are impulsive and quick to consume everything they have. By spreading misinformation to the masses, Wade stunts the growth of our communities by making them ignorant. You need to be able to think critically to develop, and pseudoscience thrives on black and white thinking.When creators of pseudo-sciences trick their followers into blindly following unsupported claims, the supporters begin to think about things in black and white. This concrete thinking style is closed off and prevents people from being open to change. By spreading black and white thinking amongst its followers, it severely dampens their potential to be innovative as they aren’t able to look outside their set beliefs. By striping people of some of their creative potential we rob society of potential innovations. Pseudoscience can often act like a cult; creators focus on trying to convince you that only they know the truth and anyone that doesn’t share their beliefs are dangerously ignorant. Creators of these false sciences want support for their beliefs. They want you to blindly follow them as they lack the proof to back their claims. This leads to a massive separation from a community as a wedge is split between them and pseudoscience followers to prevent their beliefs being challenged.Wade’s work is nothing short of scientific racism; it not only spreads ignorance but also promotes racial inequality. By promoting the idea that certain races are superior to others, he deprives people of opportunities. Once the belief of racial superiority begins to take root in people’s minds then discrimination rears its ugly head. Suddenly the color of your skin might give you a disadvantage at a job interview or from getting into the school you want. Even though pseudoscience can seem innocuous due to its ridiculous sounding beliefs and lack of scientific evidence, it is a dangerous threat lurking in the shadows. The lies and prejudices manage to worm their way into people’s heads through repetition and peer pressure come out subliminally through discriminative thoughts and actions. Don’t take my word for it, though, go out and research it; By questioning and researching everything and always keeping an open mind you can help fight pseudoscience.

Nyah Amara

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