Huge thank you to all our featured guests and to everyone who attended the Gainesville Black History Month Opener for the Black Films Matter screening of Rosewood hosted by @ufbgso at the @hipptheatre on February 1st, 2019.
The event opened with a special performance of the Negro National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by vocalist Christina @mzchriz85 Martin followed by 2 amazing performances by hip-hop artist & poet @fakksonly_tf. Living legend and the founder & president of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. elder Lizzie Jenkins delivered the opening remarks and spoke of her family’s Rosewood legacy. Jenkins who has amassed more than twenty years of Rosewood research authenticating, documenting, and positioning a legacy for a new generation. "For unless we remember, neither we, nor future generations will understand," said Jenkins.
This film is an informative drama based around the historical Rosewood Massacre of 1923 in Rosewood, Florida of a quiet predominantly African-American, middle-class town stormed by a lynch mob from the neighboring white community forcing the African-American residents to flee for survival. We are forever grateful to Lizzie Jenkins and The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc for being apart of this event assuring the true story of the Rosewood community is told. (Photos by @aarondayephoto )
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Dr. Mutulu 2019 Update: My attorneys have filed a Complaint in Federal Court in Los Angeles against the Federal Parole Commission for violating my rights and refusing to release me at my maximum out date. Arguments will be held in Federal Court in Los Angeles February 11, 2019. The stages available that remain post-litigation are, Clemency, release on Parole, and termination of the sentence. I and others I am incarcerated with have begun to develop research on the treatment of “old law prisoners” by the Parole Commission using new law guidelines. We will further our research to determine if this can be litigated. I understand that some Federal prisoners will be impacted by the “First Step Act” due to the nature of the bill. However, by drawing the line between violent and non-violent prisoners based on their convictions and the long list of exclusions, none of us whose charges are related to the “Old Law” status from the Civil Rights era will be affected. There are hundreds of prisoners still incarcerated in Federal Prison since 1987– Thirty-Two years and counting. Our search for a judicial level playing field still goes on against their tendency to abuse. We are happy that the 40-year journey to freedom has arrived for Mike Africa, Debbie Africa as well as Herman Bell, and Seth Hayes, after four long decades plus. The grassroots activists should know that I am indebted to and understand what these years of sacrifices have meant to your own personal lives. After 40 years, the impact is unimaginable. I am honored that you have held me and all of us in your hearts. •
Even when the road is hard
keep your head up -Tupac Shakur
Dr. Mutulu Shakur
Full statement at MutuluShakur.Com
“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” Today’s freedom fighter is Assata Shakur, one of the most influential Black radical figures. A brief member of the Black Panther Party, a central cadre member / soldier of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), and a citizen of the Republic of New Afrika, Assata has dedicated her life to the freedom of oppressed peoples here and globally. Assata was convicted of first-degree murder of a state trooper in 1973. In 1979, she escaped from prison, and in 1984, it was discovered she was in Cuba, where she was granted political asylum (photo above is her and her daughter in Cuba). She still remains on the FBI’s most wanted list and the US constantly makes attempts to extradite her.
Her politics remain of significant importance and significant seriousness that has been often defanged by liberals as well as certain strains of feminism, socialism, and even anarchism & strains of bourgeois nationalism that deny the reality of her politics as a firm Black nationalist as well as an internationalist (see quote on second photo). “A large part of Assata’s brilliance and importance to many is her role as a Black woman working within a nationalist movement for land, independence, AND socialism; all the while criticizing and shutting down patriarchy within the movement” - Akili @_introspekt PS: a fun fact is that she was the god mother of Tupac Shakur (who I will DEFINITELY be talking about this month) PPS: Assatas autobiography is one of my favorite books of all time so I highly recommend it as a read especially if you’re a beginner into more radical thinking
Freedom Fighter I’m uplifting today is Queen Mother Audley Moore, mother of the reparations movement and political mentor to SO many of our most notable political figures. She is probably the most influential figure in regards to political development of the various 20th century Black Liberation formations. Herself beginning as a member of the Garvey movement and the Communist Party, she went on to mentor cadre in the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), the Black Panther Party (BPP), she founded the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women as well as the founded of the Committee for Reparations for Descendants of U.S. Slaves. “Key to Moore’s vision was that repayment should come in the form of wholesale economic advancement for African Americans rather than the US government doling out “a few thousand dollars....” She argued that calls for freedom and justice were “empty slogans” without forcing America to reckon with its racist past through reparations” (Audley A. Moore, Why Reparations? Reparations is the Battle Cry for the Economic and Social Freedom of More than 25 Million Descendants of American Slaves, (Los Angeles: 1963), “The Black Scholar Interviews: Queen Mother Moore). She ALSO was a founding member of the Republic of New Afrika to fight for self-determination, land, and reparations & was the first to sign on to the New Afrikan Declaration of Independence. On her first trip to Africa in 1972, she was given the chieftancy title Queen Mother by the Ashanti people in Ghana for her work and influence. Her importance is often over looked, her work on reparations has been so deeply obscured, but we must honor her constantly in our current struggle. Give thanks to a true freedom fighter.
🕯 Statement on the Transition of Nehanda Isoke Abiodun From the New Afrikan People’s Organization
January 30, 2019
“ Carry on the traditions of principled struggle. Carry it on now” - Nehanda Isoke Abiodun
The New Afrikan Independence Movement and the world-wide anti-imperialist movement has lost a powerful soldier, comrade, and sister. Our comrade, Nehanda Isoke Abiodun, a founding cadre member of the New Afrikan People’s Organization (NAPO) and an Organizer for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) died the early morning of January 30, 2019. She was living in exile in Havana, Cuba where she resided for over 30 years representing our struggle to the Cuban people and the international community. Nehanda lived among the grassroots people in her small Havana community organizing, educating, and mentoring Cuban youth, as well as scores of young New Afrikans (African-Americans) who traveled to Cuba for educational purposes; to gain medical education; or simply learn more about the Cuban Revolution. Mama Nehanda was also a New Afrikan Womanist. She was a co-founder of the New Afrikan Women’s Organization which preceded the New Afrikan Women’s Task Force of NAPO before exile. In Cuba she organized three international women’s conferences co-sponsored by the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) and the New Afrikan Women’s Task Force (NAWTF). This allowed Revolutionary New Afrikan Nationalist women to exchange ideas and discuss mutual support for the struggles of New Afrikan women and Cuban women. She facilitated the invitation of the New Afrikan Women’s Task Force to be panelist at two International Women’s conferences in Cuba to represent the New Afrikan independence movement and New Afrikan women.
THE BEST FULL-BODY WORKOUT EVER! Wednesday January 30th from 7pm-8:30pm, I will teach an Afrikan Dance Class at God Body Fitness @chefp_ 3964 Park Ave. Memphis, TN 38111. Just $10 Yes! Both men and women are welcome! Afrikan dance improves coordination, strength, endurance, flexibility, rhythm, balance, energy level, alleviates stress/anxiety and livens up the spirit! Come dressed comfortably in legging and/or lappa(wrap skirt)for the women and shorts and/or joggers for the men. Be prepared to dance barefoot. See y'all soon! Love & Light! #afrikandance#newafrikan
In a document that has been compared to the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Eldridge Clever Soul on Ice, Shakur makes palpable the despair and decay of America's inner cities and gives eloquent voice to one aspect of the Black ghetto experience today. 📚📚
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Inquiring minds wanna know #WHY so many find it difficult to find middle ground with other brothas and sistas, rather than launching into attack mode as soon as one realizes another practices Christianity, or champions women's rights, or represents any of the myriad differences that characterize the #NewAfrikan nation? ■ Is unity and liberation real aspirations? Are We so naive to believe that We must all operate from YOUR narrow and closed-minded perspective, even as you lose the moral high ground by punctuating all comment replies with obscenities and other labels of ill repute? ■ Do We believe We can actually browbeat people into the struggle, or guilt people into unity? ■ Black folk aint a honogenous group, never was and never will be. ■ Malcolm taught those who were listening that our oppression is not because of our various differences but simply because We were BLACK. So why cant We organize around common interests? Have discussions around themes We can align with and build upon? ■ #freetheland#newafrikannation#republicofnewafrika#decolonize#decolonizeyourmind#educatetoliberate#eachoneteachone#readersareleaders#melanin#melanated#blackgirlmagic#frfr#rns#knowbetterdobetter