I HEARD THE SHOT THAT KILLED EMMETT TILL

THE CAST the play THE FACE of EMMETT TILL

Two white men dragged the 14-year-old into a jail cell, accusing him of whistling at a white woman. The “N” word was used continuously. Emmet kept pleading for mercy, saying he had not flirted with the white female; the angered white men ignored his plea. Minutes later, I heard the shot; Emmett was dead. The Chicago Illinois resident was visiting his relatives in Mississippi.

“Mississippi, God Damn!” (Nina Simone) ran through my mind with rocket speed.

Was Emmett really whistling at the white woman? How many knew he had a speech impediment (stuttering) and used whistling to correct it?

NIKKI SCROGGINS and NATHAN D. HOROWITZ (major role players)

This October 2022, the story about the death of Emmett Till and his mother’s efforts to make Mississippi pay for such a dastardly crime, has resurged into the public consciousness. MAMIE -TILL MOBLEY is featured in a new full-length film/documentary, and CBS’s Sunday Morning ran a special on Emmett Till’s family survivors. I then heard, America’s oldest black theatre company, (1953) Arena Players in Baltimore MD., is entering its final days of two- week run, of the play, THE FACE OF EMMETT TILL. I had to be there, and so should you, to hear and see the shot that killed Emmett Till.

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SENIORS TWERKING TO LOSE WEIGHT

Dr. Mama Deborah, watching her peers do the Congo dance classes.

It became a great rage some 15 years ago. Described as sexually suggestive because of the rotation of the waistline to a consistent beat or rhythm. Movement similar to actions engaged in animal cohabitation.

TWERKING.

In today’s world, such body action is associated with a particular age group and more so a race of women because of their prodigious endowment in the rear end.

“Hold Up!”

 They came with knee and ankle braces, some wearing t-Shirts with fortuitous messages; others with headwraps, and wearing no shoes, a preference for many of the attendees.

Are these seniors arriving at the Forest Park Senior Center to twerk?

Turns out, it’s more than hip and buttock gyrations, it’s a means of keeping in shape, covering a 40-yard auditorium for almost three hours nonstop, led by a native of Congo Brazzaville, Africa!!!

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THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET!

Picture taken from City poster, outside Pigtown festival,

But this little piggy stayed at home. Why?  Maybe one was white, the other black. Discrimination on the part of the farmer? Just a joke.

In Baltimore Maryland, there is a subdivision known as Pigtown. This section of Baltimore in the past was filled with slaughterhouses. Pigs came into town by the railroad B&O. The less educated worked in these houses, mainly whites from Appalachia, West Virginia, and blacks who could not find work elsewhere.

Over the past 40 years, PIGTOWN has undergone a transformation, more so with Caesar’s building a casino on the main drive, and in walking distance to Ravens Football stadium, and the Orioles baseball at Camden yards.

This October I was determined to witness the Annual PIGTOWN FESTIVAL.

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OUT OF AFRICA by ADIANTE FRANSZOON

Out of Africa was a big Box Office movie hit, in 1985. It won Best Picture at the Oscars and grossed almost 230 million dollars.

Today I bring you OUT OF AFRICA with a different twist. About a man whose ancestors were part of the MAROONS of GHANA They were human cargo of the Dutch slave trade that brought slaves to South America to work on the plantations of Dutch Guiana, now called Suriname. There are 3 Guianas: French, Dutch and British.

Woman relaxing. Chair and table by wood carver, Adaiante Franszoon
Wood carver Adiante Franszoon, his agent, Jill Warzer, and Oswald S. Copeland.

ADIANTE FRANSZOOM is now living in Baltimore Maryland, the United States, and even though an educated man, he makes his living as a carver; the skills he mastered as a child. He recently held an exhibition of his work at the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore.

I later took a tour of his studio/workshop:

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THE TALKING DEAD

Omens from the size of the moon

It’s that time of the year: ghosts, goblins, tombs and talking to your ancestors. HALLOWEEN!!!

Mankind is so preoccupied with his longevity; THE PANDEMIC (Covid-19) has the same or perhaps a more dire impact than it did in 1918. (Spanish Influenza).

Millions have died because of COVID-19, the world is running scared. Insurance companies are being solicited, rather than the other way round.

Copy of playbill cover

Going back to the town you grew up in, could be a startling revelation: Miss Betty’s Coffee shop is no longer there. Gone also is Malcolm’s garage, and the sub shop.

You’re back home after 20 plus years. Your high school sweetheart, whom you married, died in childbirth, and many of your close friends came back home, to “OUR TOWN”, but they are in the Cemetery. You are wishing you could talk to them.

Lance Coadie Williams is the Town Crier (Cast picture)

STEVEN WALKER-WEBB directs this new play at Center Stage Baltimore Maryland. You could be moved to tears.

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Frankenstein by design

Caitlyn Hooper. (Photo by Shealyn Jae)
Shaquan Pearson (L) as Victor Frankenstein. (R)(Jacob Albert Gross)

Victor Frankenstein, the mad scientist is redesigned by a woman Danielle Mohlman. Not only does she make him evil, but he is bisexual.

This interpretation throws one’s head in circles, almost destroying prior knowledge about the original Frankenstein.

One line said, “destroy a man who wants to destroy me”. Women revolution?

This Frankenstein at the STRAND theatre in Baltimore Maryland, is a black man, played by SHAQUAN PEARSON.

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RESURRECTING THE AMBASSADOR

Musical participants at the concert. (Pic. taken from invite)

It is in one of the busiest parts of Howard Park in Northwest Baltimore Maryland.

Boxed in by a funeral home and a gas station, this building once hosted many talented black performers; it was later converted to a movie theatre, then a Christian church, and now it’s a relic.

This neighborhood once stationed a black owned supermarket, that thrived for a short while before demise set in. (, (Super Pride, closed in 1987) The four corners had several black owned businesses that have all demised, replaced by churches, a Muslim Mosque, and a thriving black funeral home.

The AMBASSADOR today.

Could the Ambassador make a comeback?

In 2018 the winds of change began blowing to spend millions in refurbishment, however, the silver lining needs binoculars to see the “coming” in the distance.

Towards the end of this summer, MY GIRL CHERYL (Cheryl Goodman of Facebook, former DJ, WEAA -FM Baltimore), kept “hope alive” by holding a one-day festival. www.theculturepage.com was present.

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Saving the Black Teenager in America.

(Image taken from website)

“A review of hundreds of pages of state reports and recommendations show Department of Juvenile Services staff, a state watchdog and other experts have long contended that Maryland unnecessarily locks up Black youths in remote detention facilities with little evidence the practice is more effective at reducing recidivism than keeping them in probation programs closer to home.” (Baltimore Sun.com 2018)

According to the Baltimore City 2020 Decennial Census, Baltimore City, had neighborhoods with significant increases in Barclay, Canton Downtown, Fells Point Hampden, Mid-town Belvedere, and South Baltimore. There has been an increase in the Asian and Hispanic population in certain zip codes, with Baltimore City remaining 60 % black.

This major black city is averaging 300 deaths per year by wave of gun violence. Background checks and reams of legislative laws are only good for lawyers looking for fame and fortune.

I attended a rally led by black activists with a different approach, George Hodge is with the Community Kinship Coalition.

George Hodge and Friends.

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THE VALUE OF A GUYANA PENNY

RUFF ENDZ with Fans

The time was around the 16th century, when the continent of South America was being fought over by European gold seekers, with the help of their monarchs. Eventually the continent’s dominance was split among the British, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

To ship the newly discovered gold, diamonds, and sugar to the markets in Europe, the Transatlantic Slave Trade was enacted. Almost 13 million slaves shipped from Africa to the “new world”, starting with the incorrectly named West Indies.

It was around the 1850’s a British Guiana one penny stamp was minted; today that stamp is being sold at a Sotheby auction for 10 to 15 million dollars.

British Guiana gained independence in the 1960’s, (now Guyana) and is exporting under its own terms: gold, bauxite, and sugar, and other valuable commodities.

The reverse transatlantic action has come with the former slaves offspring conquering the UK, and the USA with their talents in many fields including music.

Ruff Endz with fans in Baltimore MD.

Here in Baltimore MD., there is the talented duo, RUFF ENDZ, of which DAVID CHANCE is a partner. David is from Guyana (as I am) and comes from a large family of highly talented musicians, with a strong religious background. I’ve watched most of them grow to adulthood.

David and I are both expatriates. So, on hearing RUFF ENDZ, a Billboard Charted group, performing locally, I was delighted to be present.

DAVID and OSWALD

WELCOME HOME AGAIN

Youth Color Guard (Elks Camp, Crownsville MD.)

By my estimate, we were about 500 to 600 in this large ballroom. Probably 1,000 or more if we were outside; but the inclement weather discouraged many, it seemed.

Refreshments were aplenty, as were the laughter and smiling faces. Some came on crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and other attachments to show they were alive and wanted to be there.

I am in Crownsville Maryland at a Voiceraiser Concert, to honor military veterans. So, besides the non-alcoholic beverages, food, a raffle, and roses for several women, melodious voices are to be heard.

“WE are reminded that the cost of freedom is great, and we are forever grateful for the sacrifices your loved ones have made for our country”

That’s a quote from the program. This 3rd Annual event is to benefit military veterans, and their loved ones.

There was tension in the room when all veterans were asked to stand, and the countdown began to determine who was the oldest veteran present. He was 89 years old.

Here’s a video summary of what took place.

C’était genial (THAT WAS GREAT!)

It is a country with a population of just over 6 million people, A little Arizona or Tennessee even Maryland. But it has been through so much! From tribal leaders to the Germans, the British, French, and back to self-rule, since 1960.

Visitors are attracted to the white sandy beaches and cherished sculptures carved by natives. This West African coastal spot does not get the attention as does its neighbors Ghana or Guinea. So, imagine getting a glimpse of Togo’s musical culture without having to go there.

I went to Greenbelt Maryland to the NEW DEAL CAFÉ, to see and hear DOGO, leader of DOGO DU TOGO.

It was great!

DOGO DU TOGO Band, at New Deal Café.
https://youtube.com/shorts/k4wIaINCFLo?feature=share

FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

“MAN, SETS FIRE TO BUILDING AFTER HAVING TOO MUCH TO DRINK”

“PASTOR PRAYS OVER SPIRIT FILLED CONVERT”

“BLACK WALLSTREET BURNED TO THE GROUND”

This being overtaken by “the spirit” has consequences, such as romance, murder, divorce, arson, and DUI.

We can easily see what was the “spirit” of POTUS, when he urged his followers to arrive at the Capitol on Jan, 6th, 2021, and “be wild!”

What was the spirit that filled Garner Ted Armstrong to tell his followers they can be healed of their illnesses by placing their hands on the radio while he was supposedly talking to God?

I was in Frederick Maryland a few weeks ago. I stopped at this place named TENTH WARD, a distilling company. I wanted to find out what was the pervading spirit here. The brochure said, “unusual and unconventional spirits.” You walk in with one spirit and leave with several. The company is owned by a woman, and the servers are women.

There was another spirit filling the air that evening, the spirit of WILD WHISPERS.

Let’s find out what happens when there is no alcohol, but a heap of bodies, and attached to them are musical instruments, when played, punch you in the stomach, attack your knees, make you want to jump out your chair, and scream uncontrollably!

THE PROVERBS REGGAE BAND, was at Joe’s Emporium in Mount Rainier MD. (Prince Georges County)

Reggae Princess
The Queen made an appearance

I WILL EAT NO FLESH BEFORE IT’S TIME

The Spirit of CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

But before that, it’s party like “it’s 1999”! There is one word to summarize the headline, and the first sentence of this article, is CARNIVAL!!!

The European settlers brought this concept to the Columbus “New World” in the 1400’s, and the slaves took to it with gusto. Brazil, Guyana, the islands between Florida and Guianas in South America, (British, French and Dutch) have Carnivals in some form.

PRETTY MASS (girl group)

The slaves in particular saw themselves, as taught by padres and the like, as preparing themselves to walk the path of Christ for 40 days, a cleansing period before his ascension to heaven.

That period in Western Religious circles is called LENT, from March to April. Just before that starts, eat drink, procreate, “get on bad” (Trinidad and Tobago); for thereafter begins the 40 days of giving up “the nasty”.

In the Caribbean islands and South America, the freed slaves children became politicians and legislators, and thus turned Carnival into an explosion of music, dance, color, fashion, and wanton conjugations, without crossing the lines of sexual nudity.

WES MOORE (Gubernatorial Candidate and WIFE DAWN, at Baltimore Washington One Carnival, July 2022

TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF MY NECK

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

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.

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