Baltimore listed 31 percent, African American teenagers at the end of 2018. The question floating around, attached to a fictitious rogue drone is, how many will live beyond age 35?
Radio talk show hosts kept browbeating the question of how many residents are leaving the city for better pastures; however, they have no suggestions practical enough for serious consideration.
My suggestion is, until you give dignity to the African American male at or below the poverty level, you are creating a cesspool of immorality and violence. Whoever is serious, can contact me for details.
Two teenagers, spotted from childhood are assured an exodus out of this “Babylon”.
EBBAN and her brother EPHRAIM are musical prodigies, looking to further their education at colleges either on the East or West Coast. I caught up with them at a Christmas, 2019, scholarship breakfast.
The JAZZEXPRESSWAYS FOUNDATION hosted the event in Baltimore, with ROSA PRYOR leading the event, accompanied by feature artists THE GREG HATZA ORGANIZATION:
When the Pointers sisters sang “Yes we can can”, I do not think, they had any idea what concentric circles were bestirred? So much so, that Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, modified it, and with his oratory intonation, YES, WE CAN, became a campaign slogan, that took the country by storm, and him the presidency.
It is said, behind every great man is a woman, how about reversing that?
Barack Obama inspired women, and his inspiration birthed, the ME-TOO movement. “I can do anything a man does!”… the exclamation mark is intentional.
In 1869 Army major, John Wesley Powell, led a group through the treacherous Colorado Valley. There is no documentation of women “manning” such an expedition. Not until now.
MEN IN BOATS is a journey of 10 women navigating the Colorado, following the exact map of Major Powell.
To find out how they made it, would require you obtaining tickets to see the show at Center Stage Baltimore.
If you have not fully comprehended the reasoning behind the “Million Man March”, “The Black Panthers” movement, or the loss of NAACP’s impact on the people of color, then you may not understand what is meant by THE BLACK AESTHETIC.
The concept was born to give rise to the recognition of black art, as part of the comprehensive collective of artistry.
Even though the rise seemed in opposition to the establishment, it was a demand to be included, humanized, not relegated.
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has taken another step to show its open-mindedness. Black Aesthetic Artist MICKALENE THOMAS, was given the carte blanche, to have her way with two floors and the entrance way to the museum.
It’s astonishing what she has done, transforming the entrance way. As though I was on Chester Street, Baltimore Md. 21213., where folk “hung out” on marble stoops, smoked cigarettes, and did other things peculiar to the neighborhood.
Visitors to the museum, will enjoy the shock, where Mickalene gives a peek as to what you may find in such a home, including a backyard terrace and a basement bar.
The video below is a synopsis of my experience. The exhibition runs through May 2021, A must see!!!
The first black man to graduate with
a PhD, from Harvard, was W.E. Dubois, who was born in Massachusetts, not too
far from America’s most prestigious university.
Dubois’s “SOULS OF THE BLACK
FOLK” was published in 1903, but how relevant the content to our time! (Note this is not a question but a
Du Bois disliked Booker T. Washington who became the spokesperson for African Americans, and who accepted segregation. Du Bois was furious and stomped on the single-mindedness of African American leadership’s emphasis on attaining wealth, forgetting the underclass, thus creating a “complex of consciousness”, to quote Dr. Nimi WARIBOKO.
He was here in Baltimore, expounding on Du Bois’s impact on African American progress in the political theatre, and whether politicians of today have gone the way of Booker T. Washington.
That same night November 13, 2019, the POSITIVE PEOPLE AWARDS, was held in Baltimore, Md. Mayor Jack Young was in attendance. I wanted to know whether the honorees were capturing “the souls of black folk”, as Du Bois yearned for; I approached the mayor:
Here we go Baltimore, from the Civil Rights movement, 1960 to 2020, sixty years. What does it say, when we witness the gentrification of Coppin, and Morgan State, while the surrounding neighborhoods of these HBCUs look like war zones ?
Are these leaders capturing the “SOULS OF THE BLACK FOLK” ?
The first line of the accepted black National Anthem reads: “Lift every voice…”,… not some.Here’s a reminder:
We know this to be a phrase, shouted
primarily by kids, given candy, that they may not steal from the grocer nearby.
From the 9th century to now, the
evolution from devil worship to mass balls with extravagant costumes, has
become an economic boom for retailers, and a headache for parents.
So this Irish/British pagan ritual adopted by Catholicism, became a time of guilt, or soul searching, primarily by the rich, who committed the most sins, then gave leftovers to the poor, that God may spare their rich dead relatives from being stricken from the book of life. “See God, what I have done for the poor!”
The answer came back, …”yeah
So anything can happen on Halloween,… “trick of treat weekend”. A soul may be saved, a marriage annulled, a first born, yelling “I’m finally here, hello world!”
For me it was the arrival of RIKKI
VAUGHN, his wife and son.
I was at the rally, Donations for Bahamians, in Baltimore Md., when Rikki and his family walked up, and with that wide smile, uttered the sentence, “I’m running for Mayor of Baltimore City”. ..TRICK or TREAT !
Here’s his story:
Rikki Vaughn, entrepreneur, par excellence, seeking a political franchise in Baltimore, Md.
Rikki Vaughn, entrepreneur, par excellence, seeking a political franchise in Baltimore, Md.
I hardly ever clap at the end of a
movie; for this one, I did. I was moved to do so before the credits began to
The film is relevant not only to
Maryland, but to the African wherever he may live.
Find a woman who believes in you!
Support each other in the quest for
life and exquisiteness!
The biggest traitor to the African,
is his own. He sold his brother for money, and it’s still happening today. From
the Ivory Coast to the mountains of South America. It is sadly being repeated.
When Jim Brown (famous football
player, Hall of Famer) went to Trump Tower in 2017, what was he saying to Barak
It is often heard among those who recently “found Jesus”, the
question, “What would Jesus do?”
Harriet was her brother’s keeper, not
7 times, but,… (Matt. 18: 21,22)
It is unfortunate that there are rats
or weeds dwelling among us, proponents of fake news, sell outs, as the movie
A gentleman’s salute I proffer to the
director, an African American woman KASI LEMMONS, what an achievement!
Her husband Vondie Curtis and son
Henry Hunter Hall, played pivotal roles in the movie (Yeah!!!)
The abolitionists were white, England
abolished slavery in 1833. The American Emancipation Proclamation was 1863. The
white colonialists had to pass an amendment in 1865. Slavery was replaced with
sharecropping, another kind of slavery! Today it is the credit score, or the
credit card, and don’t talk about the psychological slavery, gambling. The
Lottery. THESE BLACK LAWYERS, suburbanites; black pastors building mega
churches, at the expense of the poor, who have bought in to the giving to gain
a place in heaven.
Here in Baltimore, we are scrambling
for leadership at the Mayor’s table; we have had two Harriett’s, who behaved
like carpetbaggers, a.k.a., resembling the African traitors who sold their own
like cargo to Europeans, who brought them cross Atlantic corralled like pigs parading
through the streets of Baltimore (Pigtown).
The congressional 7th District Seat
is available. I watched the free slaves gather around their nominee, who has a
tattered past. This group is nominating Barabbas, for he is a safe bet. To look
for a Jesus type, would upset the apple cart.
Under such circumstances, Is there another Harriet Tubman in the offing? If so, I beg you,…Please stand up!
It is not over people. The brethren
in the Bahamas, continue to hurt. The United Nations is estimating that 76, 000
have been left homeless, and continue to need desperate help.
This means there is crucial need for
temporary housing, food and water. Here in Baltimore, the Carnival One
Committee, whose efforts gained commitments from former Senator Larry Young,
and George Mitchell (Langston Hughes Center, Park Heights), continue to appeal
to the Caribbean community in Baltimore, to embrace the “one love”
concept, and give financially.
With global warming a reality, your
island may be next in the months to come. Public support from the Caribbean
community has been tepid, according to Elaine Simon, a diligent Caribbean
advocate, whose home island Antigua, suffered almost a wipe out, in 2017.
(hear the children crying !)
So said Jamaican reggae star, Bob Marley. So the appeal is for us to “get together…to feel alright”by giving.
(“One Love” courtesy, of Universal Musical Group, parent company of Island Records)
“My goal through this theatrical experience of language, music and dance, is to give insight into the black male in search of their most dominant selves, trying to escape demise. Holla!” Steve H. Broadnax 3rd.(Director)
He is referencing Center Stage’s
current play, THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN, written by Keenan Scott 2nd.
Both Broadnax and Scott are black, and interestingly, Scott has a Baltimore experience, even though born in New York, and did his theatre studies at Frostburg State in Western Maryland. However, the play is set in New York, Bedford Stuyvesant; almost a carbon copy, to Baltimore, in experiences for the African American, black, or colored man, subway and all.
The colored man experiences: love,
sex, betrayal, anger, exposed to gunshot blasts, gentrification, sees growth,
gender transition, frustration, the fascination with female body parts, and
Of course everything the black (colored) man does, is not like any other man will do.
On my visit to the theatre, Reynaldo Piniella, (who plays LUST), stepped from the stage and said his seductive lines to a black female sitting with her white date. She changed color, and her date was mouth opened. Applause from the audience.
The only colored man missing from this play is Zachary from the State Farm commercial. (Thank you!) THAT’s MY THOUGHT.Don’t ask me if I like him.
“I hope that each night the show
is performed, a person will learn something”, (Scott).
After your experience at the theatre, it will be interesting as to who, or what will you point.
Donald Trump: ‘I could shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters’ , the state of Iowa, 2016
Belief in his invincibility, incredulous!. A “boatload” of this character is in GEMINI MAN. Trained by the United States military, a marksman par excellence, who can shoot a target moving at 151 miles per hour. In the movie he is connected to a highly specialized weapons lab, equivalent to what the CIA has in Langley Virginia, GEMINI Labs.
The head of this lab is run by a character with the
molecular content of Donald Trump. Be loyal or “you’re fired!”
Will Smith’s character had 72 successful missions, but he was giving the Mastermind doubts about his loyalty, the inevitable was about to be realized, “kill him!”. But, millions of dollars were spent making him this super sniper,… who will replace him? (Not in the Trump thought process) but very much so in the mind of the Mastermind. Will’s character’s name is Henry. While he was visiting GEMINI labs for a physical, under anesthesia, a cell was taken from him, and a chip was placed in his body, therefore, without his knowing, wherever Henry went, the Mastermind knew. The Mastermind is played by Clive Owen.
He is now ready to put his plan into action. From the cell he developed another Henry (a clone), younger, faster, and trained him to kill; half of Henry’s age, it was time.
Will Smith is black, African American, and he is money in the bank for Hollywood producers. Young Will in the movie is told that his father died mysteriously, the reason why he was adopted by a white parent, who happens to be, Mr. Mastermind: “you will do what your father says!…”(loyalty)… I can see the Black Social Workers Association, objecting to those scenes in the film. Black youth are disproportionately without fathers at home, thus vulnerability filters in, the youth finding themselves to carrying out the wishes of those who have infiltrated their minds, even kill for their manipulators.
(Flashback! I have seen this before. 2002 John Muhammad, ex-military, with the “kid”, John Lee Malvo; terrorized the D.C. metro area, killing 13 people)
Then, there are ones in the general population, who
have fathers, but have become converted assassins of the American Constitution,
they carry the title of Jurist Doctor, attached to their names.
In the 1960’s through 1980’s Africa witnessed a hot bed for this, government after government, being overthrown by young army officers; Idi Amin of Uganda was the classic. Hitler begun the practice, followed by the Bolsheviks, then the Communists, coming close to home with Fidel Castro, in Cuba.
While Will Smith’s character was not the GEMINI Man, but his clone was, here lately we have seen the mental cloning of the electorate. To survive and overcome, we, the others, not under the cloud of the “Mastermind”, will have to hold hands and become the human tornado with a force of speed not heretofore recorded, to thus destroy the clones from the figurative, GEMINI labs, in their attempts to flood our environment.