Will The Real Black Messiah Please Stand Up

Nicholas Payton

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Black syncopated rhythm, African Tribal DNA is becoming a lost art. With each passing day, it’s more and more irrelevant. Not useful. Obsolete. And it’s sad. Being Black used to mean something. What was at one time a commodity is now a liability. Black people live through the drum, through song. Without the Blues, Black life means nothing. The Blues is our collective Black language. Developed out of our resistance to the global dehumanization of colored people, we established a new way to commune with our ancestry. Any freedoms we’ve been able to craft post-Columbus has been due to the music. And it’s through the music that any future salvation is to be found.

It used to be clear who was within the Black tradition and who wasn’t. The rhythmic code embedded in the music makes it apparent which artists are linked to the lineage. As we head deeper into…

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Sherman Educates on the Difference Between Persona and Self

richard-sherman-seahwaks-nfl-adderall-vancouver-sunBlack In America: Thug Life – Richard Sherman Style
By Angriest Black Man In America, Black In America Series, Jan. 24 2014

The Story

So…suffice it to say I have a new hero: Richard Sherman. I am actually not a football fan. Honestly, I dislike the sport for its aggressive barbaric nature and some other ideological crap most people don’t care about. However, I don’t think anyone could have missed the media storm that was caused by Richard Sherman’s post-game interview on the field after his team’s win against the 49ers.

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An Old School Review of Fallen

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Fallen
From movieguide.com

Release Date: January 16, 1998
Starring: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 120 minutes

Content:
Biblical worldview admitting God the creator, but focusing on fallen angels & demons, with some Christian references & some occult references; 49 obscenities & 4 profanities; extensive violence including man gassed in gas chamber, men shot, fights, dead bodies in bathtubs, men killed by lethal injections; no sex; glimpses of nude corpses but no private parts; alcohol use & abuse; drug use; cigarettes laced with poison; and, theological Continue reading

Moving On to Precious’ Balls

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Is ‘Precious’ the Next ‘Monster’s Ball’?
By Valerie C. Gilbert (2009)

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd
(Lionsgate; US theatrical: 6 Nov 2009; 2009)

When it comes to Hollywood and representation of African-American women, I propose that the present decade might be viewed as beginning with Monster’s Ball (2001) and ending with Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire (2009). The two films have much in common.  First, there is Lee Daniels, the producer who, for years, fought tirelessly to bring Monster’s Ball to the screen. Continue reading

Message In the Monster’s Balls

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By Esther Iverem (2002)

“Monster’s Ball” tries to convince us, in a raw, depressing Southern gothic style, that a Black woman in a small Georgia town will turn to a White man, who is an open racist, for sexual comfort and companionship. It also tells us that a racist will release his hatred when confronted with personal tragedy and the unexpected attention of a pretty, young Black woman. Beneath these two ideas is the old theme that love—even if it really is something else, like neediness or convenience—redeems and conquers all. Continue reading

Why Watch A Teen Bop Movie?

Josie and the Pussycats: Blueprint of the Mind Control Music Industry
By Vigilantcitizen.com, 2011

“Josie and the Pussycats” is a “girl band movie” aimed at children and young adolescents, especially young girls. At first glance, the flick seems to be one of those generic, God-awful teen movies. However, a closer look reveals how its overall tone and message are in sharp contrast to stereotypes of the genre. “Josie and the Pussycats” is indeed an acerbic critique of a morally bankrupt music industry. The most surprising thing about this 2001 movie is its frighteningly accurate predictions regarding today’s pop music and its Illuminati agenda: mind controlled artists, hypnotized masses, subliminal messages… it’s all there. This article will examine the movie’s themes and their relation to today’s music business context. Continue reading

Two Reviews of Two Nations by Hacker

blackfaceReview of Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal, by Andrew Hacker
By David G. Lewis (1995)

The question of responsibility is the underlying premise behind the argument of race in America. Andrew Hacker tackles this controversial and often elusive issue in his book Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal.

Noone will argue that racism in America is as old as the country itself. It was racism that almost totally annihilated the original inhabitants of this land, the American Indians. It was racism that lead Europeans to bring Africans from Africa to the New World for the slave trade at the rate of 100,000 per year for 200 years. It was that same racism that amounted to some 20 million human beings being displaced between America and the West Indies. Continue reading