Back to the Essence

Black Fashion History: Ten Fave Essence Magazine Covers ...A snark intro, because I tired out looking at what passes for Black media nowadays. Too many white girls in way too many adverts, nonsense stories and black character assassination pieces, were the near death of Black magazines in Europe. No mention of Essence anywhere. It had become a discount magazine. It is so ridiculously easy for it to become the main Black style magazine that missing the mark must have taken quite some effort. (They should have hired me, but they didn’t.) I wish them better than what they had become. Even my nemesies at NYT are rooting for them. Enough with the snark. It is a good first step, but we need more. A whole line of mainstream and nerdy Black-owned magazines in the stores. A line of different faces staring back at the very people trying to ignore us. Go for it!

With Sale, Essence Is Once Again a Fully Black-Owned Magazine

By SANDRA E. GARCIA, JAN. 3, 2018, NYT [Edited]

With the sale of Essence magazine to a personal-care products mogul, Richelieu Dennis, the publication is once again fully Black-owned for the first time since 2000.

For the first time in nearly two decades, Essence magazine is once again a fully Black-owned publication. Continue reading

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Jamaica Policy

Flippa Mafia / Moggla, Busted In International Drug RingThe Drug trade and Jamaica’s national security
From Davor Bailey, 2013 (Edited)

In order to assess the notion that illegal drug trafficking or trade poses a security threat, we must first define what exactly illegal drug trade is and what security is.

The illegal drug trade is a global black market, dedicated to cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of those substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. (drugrehab.co.uk)

As for security, traditional realism views it purely in the military sense; however with the closer of the cold war, there as arisen some criticism to this view. What has occurred as a result is a shift from this narrow perception of security to a more multidimensional and expanded concept; what is known a neo-realism. Continue reading

Intelligence Boosting News

Cuba Hopes Trump Keeps Cooperation Efforts against Drug ...DEA’s Latin ‘takedown’ boosted by dubious figures
BY LENNY SAVINO, The Miami Herald, February 1, 2001

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Drug Enforcement Administration used suspect figures to tout the success of a 36-nation “major takedown” of drug traffickers in the Caribbean and Latin America last fall, according to an examination of the operation.

The DEA’s scorecard on “Operation Libertador” reported 2,876 arrests, but agency officials could not provide evidence to support hundreds of them. Hundreds more were routine busts for marijuana possession, and some drug eradication figures were double-counts of a State Department program to burn marijuana plants. And while the DEA said $30.2 million in criminal assets were seized during Libertador, $30 million of that was confiscated four weeks before the operation began. Continue reading

News From Intelligence

 17 Best images about Drug Trafficking on Pinterest | The ...DEA Congressional Testimony
May 15, 2001 [Excerpt]

Statement by: Donnie R. Marshall
Administrator
Drug Enforcement Administration

Before the: Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Date: May 15, 2001

Note: This document may not reflect changes made in actual delivery.

Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Biden, distinguished members of the Caucus: I am pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you today to discuss DEA’s strategy and role in combating drugs moving through the Transit Zone destined for the United States.

DEA’s primary function as an investigative law enforcement agency is to identify and dismantle the world’s most sophisticated drug distribution organizations. DEA’s role in interdiction efforts is crucial since the intelligence gained from these operations often provides the information needed to unveil the depth and magnitude of a drug trafficking organization’s abilities and intentions. Continue reading

Panama Canal

the Panama Canal http://photios.blogspot.com/2006/03/chinese-and-panama-canal.htmlBuilding the Panama Canal

In 1519 the Spanish Governor Pedrarias the Cruel, moved his capital away from the debilitating climate and unfriendly AmerIndians of the Darién to a fishing village on the Pacific coast called Panama, meaning “plenty of fish.” It was resettled and until the end of the sixteenth century served as the Caribbean port for trans-isthmian traffic. A trail known as the Camino Real, or royal road, linked Panama and Nombre de Dios. Along this trail, traces of which can still be followed, gold from Peru was carried by muleback to Spanish galleons waiting on the Atlantic coast.

The increasing importance of the isthmus for transporting treasure and the delay and difficulties posed by the Camino Real inspired surveys ordered by the Spanish crown in the 1520s and 1530s to ascertain the feasibility of constructing a canal. The idea was finally abandoned Continue reading

Writing Their Scripts

30 Women You Need To Know15 Things You Did Not Know about the History of Black People in London before 1948
By Charmaine Simpson, December 2012

The presence of Africans in England dates back to at least the Roman period when African soldiers who served as part of the Roman army were stationed at Hadrian’s Wall during the 2nd century CE. Septimus Severus, the emperor who was born in Libya, spent his last three years in Britain before he died in York in 211 CE.

I will present 15 facts aimed at raising the level of knowledge, and uncovering the hidden histories, of people of African and Caribbean descent who have contributed to London before 1948.

1. The earliest known [public] record of a Black person living in London is of “Cornelius a Blackamoor” whose burial on 2nd March 1593 was recorded in the parish register at St Margaret’s Church in Lee. Continue reading

Going To Africa

White [r]acists have been funding black activists’ ‘Back to Africa’ movements

By Keisha N. Blain, 2016

One man’s GoFundMe dares racists to put their money where their mouth is

In a new twist on the age old racist call to “go back to Africa,” a black man in Indiana just created a GoFundMe page daring racists to cover his travel expenses to the continent. “If you want me to go back to Africa,” Larry Mitchell says, “I will gladly go.” Telling white racists to “put their money where their mouth is,” Mitchell called on members of the [Klan] and anyone else who shared their views to submit a donation.

It sounds like a stunt (and according to Mitchell it started as one), but for many years this kind of move was a real political strategy employed by black activists. Continue reading