About oscopeland1946@gmail.com

Born 1946, Georgetown Guyana, South America. Broadcast journalist since 1968. Been living in the United States, since 1974. Has done extensive work in sales and marketing, and likes to write about culture in and around Baltimore Md. His personal passion is healthy living: www.losebumpsloselumps.com. Creator and Executive Editor of THECULTUREPAGEDOTCOM.

TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF MY NECK

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Image Courtesy of Global Internet Features (GIF)

It is a sigh of relief, and a cringe of agony when it is witnessed being executed, a la Derek Chauvin on George Floyd Jr.’s neck.

That foot pressure has killed many, re-arranged lives of survivors who live to tell of the relief and the horror. Remember “the middle passage”?

The 13 colonies under British rule in the 17th Century, could no longer bear the pain of that foot on their neck. A plot was configured, and in collaboration with the French, the 1776 revolution became a landmark in the history of the “settlers”.

Funny, and with indelible documentation, the settlers put their “foot” on the neck of another group of humans, who have a multistage plot to liberate themselves, however there is no collective block like France willing to step in and coalesce.

It is 246 years since the revolution. This July 4th, the celebration was voluminous, because for the past two years, the exuberance was stymied by a seemingly uncontrolled virus that was indiscriminate.

This figurative foot was descending upon the neck of mankind. An anecdote was found, and after 2 years the survivors in 2022 are celebrating. I had a front seat. This was in Columbia, Maryland, July 4th, 2022

Fireworks at the Columbia MD. Lake KITTAMAQUNDI

I CAN HEAR MONGO

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ANTIBALAS (Afro/Jazz/Spanish band from New York)

It is an infectious sound, that finds its way into your lymph nodes; your blood begins to curl, agitated, similar to the movement of an agitator in a wash machine; your feet begin to move, your waist finds a twist, elbows, hands, and you are now doing, believe it or not, the SALSA! Why?

Is it because you are of African descent? You look around and there they are, people of different colorations, even more expressive than you, convulsing, and screaming with excitement. What is it that generated all this? Immediately it came to me. It was not the horns, not the guitars, not the electric piano, it was the drums, the CONGAS.

Phot by Luz Mendoza

Made popular in Cuba by the slaves who came from the Congo, the Bantu region in Africa, where they played the Makuta.

I am at THE PUBLIK PLAYHOUSE in Hyattsville Maryland. On stage is ANTIBALAS, an American Brooklyn New York group, famous for Afro Jazz. It is the slum music of Havana’s Congo slaves mixed with the European music of the Spanish Conquistadors.

Have you ever heard WATERMELLON MAN featuring Mongo Santamaria on congas? It is what elevated the conga instrument to world class recognition.

JUNE has youthful significance. For African Americans JUNETEENTH, has the rebirthing parlance for those associated with African blood, but denied it, with make-up and wigs. Ate fried chicken only at home and not in public. Danced ballet in public but prefer the electric slide and boogaloo.

All pretense was bagged at The Public Playhouse. Funk, jazz, salsa, were all bellowing; and I can see and hear, MONGO.

AFRAM IS BACK in BALTIMORE

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AFRAM/Baltimore MD.

After 2 years of absence, the African American (AFRAM) festival returned to Baltimore. COVID-19 struck, and the world including us here in Baltimore, sought refuge in our homes,

FOOD at AFRAM
ON HORSEBACK
HE WAS ON DUTY

African Americans could not celebrate their heritage in public, with dance, music, clothing, and food.

Then we heard the announcement, “YOU CAN COME OUT NOW!!!” It was almost reminiscent of the Jews crossing the Jordan river, as they escaped the hold of the Pharaohs while in Egypt as slaves.

2022 is the Bonus year! The President of the United States legitimized the celebration by making it a National Holiday. On June 19th, 1865, slaves were declared FREE PEOPLE. (With nothing but their symbolic duffle bags) It took 157 years for the descendants of the slave owners to make a significant step towards parity. AFRAM and JUNETEENTH in simultaneous fervor!

AFRICAN SLIPPERS.

Held in the biggest park in Baltimore, Druid Hill, and free to the public for two days. THECULTUREPAGE chroniclers’ day was Sunday June 19th, 2022. The headline musical group was the OJAYS of Ohio.

THE OJAYS, will perform without Eddie Lavert (down with Covid-19).

How to know you are in LOVE!

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Cover of Playbill

Psychologists, on advising women say, they should feel a tingling, butterfly sensations, racing of the heart, sweats, toes warming, eyes watering, chests heaving, tongues that won’t say “hello!”

Some women have dated over 120 men, before Mr. 121 became, HIM!

I have no data as to what happened after the tsunamic experiences, if the 10’s went to 5’s or zeros.

The LOVE experience today is rather traumatic. People fall in love; some check the 10 categories, such as religion, finances, emotional compatibility, and years later prefer to be a different gender; or grow dislike for the closeness, hate meat, want to live in the wilderness, or prefer to be bi-sexual!

How about a husband finding video games and pot smoking more exciting than his wife, let alone children!

The STRAND Theater is now in Hamilton, in Baltimore MD. And is inviting the public to watch MARY KATE WILSON in LOVE.

It is a complex potpourri of our youth who are faced with technology, drugs, apathy, and just where to find love.

FROM BANGKOK TO BALTIMORE

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Symbols of friendship and aspirations, BALLOONS

This Southeast Asian city is known to be the “city of a thousand smiles”.

From Asia with love. (Stock photo)

Bangkok is a mix of East Indian and Chinese cultures, and quietly, some African mixtures. Over time the Chinese won out, making Buddhism the dominant religious belief, affecting and effecting the artform.

Thai music teacher, with an invite to Baltimore.

Among the avenues for mental peace and satisfaction is music, primarily approved by the aristocrats of the society. Using crude instruments, natives entertained that “crust” with devotion and reverence, at funerals and weddings.

Last week the Motor House Art Center in Baltimore, gave us a taste of Bangkok in its classical form.

And this is happens when people from such a city, take residence in what the world has come to know as “charm city USA”, Baltimore Maryland.

BEFORE PLESSY V. FERGUSON

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MYEISHA ESSEX (Actress Mary Bell); KWAKIUTL DREHER (Film Director); APRIL GREEN ( descendant of Daniel & Mary Bell) (Picture by OSC),

It’s the landmark case of 1896, where Plessy was charged for boarding a “whites only” rail car in New Orleans, Louisiana. Judge Ferguson found Plessy guilty.

The black man’s quest for freedom, to decide for himself, and not cow tow to white demands. In the United States, Emancipation via Abraham Lincoln was gaveled in 1863. Blacks having been deceived following Abe’s death, contributed to the money train, using their earnings, fighting for freedom legally, with little or no success.

Washington D.C. has a history of protests, assassination attempts, the burning of buildings, even attempts at overthrowing the government, as those of us living can attest to the Jan 6th, 2021, assault on the Capitol, by those who did not agree with the election results.

In 1835, in D.C., almost 30 years before Plessy, DANIEL BELL, his wife MARY, his mother and children were denied freedom, by the slaveowner’s wife, even though Mr. Armstead (her husband) had signed all legal papers prior to his death, for the BELL’s to be free.

DANIEL had to work tirelessly at the Naval shipyard in Washington D.C. to pay white lawyers to gain freedom. Did the BELL family make it? Where are their descendants today? Do they know what happened to their several times great grandparents?


THE BELL AFFAIR (Click on arrow to play clip)

Time and technology have made it possible to know, for there is a film just made, entitled THE BELL AFFAIR. It premiered on June 2nd at the Publick Playhouse, Cheverly MD. Through JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM, http://www.thecullturepage.com was there.

FROM ZERO TO 10

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A Wellness Center Mantra

Zero! Synonymous with NOTHING! FRUITLESS! ROCK BOTTOM! What percentage of the human population has fallen into this bottomless pit and see no way out? (26%. Johns Hopkins Medicine). This sector, filled with despair, find happiness, living worthwhile, only when in the company of those who delight in mind altering paraphernalia.

DEPERSONALIZATION: an out of body experience. For some folks, inhaling helium from balloons (bought from the dollar store) or carpenter’s glue, getting high on the resin and hydrocarbon toluene, used in making glue.

2415 Maryland Avenue, Wellness Center Cookout.

Social scientists would categorize you, if you’re in that menu, as among those who will experience anxiety, have panic attacks, and may be in the overwhelming column, PTSD. (Post-Traumatic stress disorder).

Is your best friend a blanket, a cat, a dog, a fifth of Hennessey, a “blunt” or streaming television? (Depending on your economic status)

From all that I have read, and the people I have been exposed to, the key is to re-connect to the world of vibrancy. Admit that you are not well and find a wellness center.

Last week I was invited to one in East Baltimore, administered by someone who rose from “Zero to 10”. Here’s her story.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

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(Internet stock image)

Young black college student, decided to hold weekend party while his parents were away. After a rollicking time, he and his buddies were cleaning up when they found a teenage white girl in one of the bedrooms face down in a pool of vomit.

Who is she? She had no purse, no I.D., but she was still breathing. It was 2 am. What to do? Call 911? Would the cops believe these black kids, a speck in this white upper-class neighborhood, did not drug her? Knew she was a minor yet allowed her in? Their fingerprints were all over her body; could they be accused of assault? Could this be the end of their college life as they had envisaged?

The young black “brothers” were about to do the AQUA BOOGIE (Parliament Funkadelic). Black men, “living in America” (James Brown). Walking that “fine line” of believability.

What did happen to those young black college students?

Even though I made up the story, the elements are real, and can be found in a new cinematic production carrying the name EMERGENCY.

You may come away with the pop-ups in your head, IS AMERICA IN AN EMERGENCY? IS THIS REALLY THE HOME OF THE BRAVE and LAND OF THE FREE?

Start practicing the Aqua Boogie,… some of us may need it, to get to “the promised land”. (Rev, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

AN APPLE A DAY

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Attendees at the Mount Vernon Flower Mart

Does it matter which one you eat, for there are so many! If you are a male, should you eat the Pink Lady or Gala? And get this, you may need a license to grow the Pink Lady. Which one will keep the doctor away? And then there’s Adam’s apple. No license needed. You cannot taste, swallow or grow it. It’s from procreation.

Funny all this talk about the apple and its health factors, straight out the Garden of Eden, where man’s original dual occupation was, growing things and making babies.

This is May 2022, and gardening could be on the ballot box for the 2024 elections for POTUS. Will the population vote for an Adam who will grow more trees/apples or the masked farmer shouting “burn baby burn” for “I” have my money in fossil fuels.?

In Baltimore MD. We had the annual Flower Mart at Mount Vernon Place. Global warming has set the weather into a tailspin of uncertainty; despite it all, I went looking for Adam’s descendants who came to the show minus their diesel tractors and pitch forks.