Friday, 30 December 2016

Sade Adu vs. MF Doom


The Mad Villain Rapper Doom and Sade, the original Soul Queen.  An unlikely partnership, achieved by modern tech and recording studio trickery. Love it! Love it! One of my fav Hip Hop/Soul projects of 2016



Trivia.  Sade is Nigerian, Doom from Zimbabwe.

Nia


5th day of Kwanzaa: Nia (Purpose). To make our collective vocation the development of our community; to restore our people to their classic greatness.

Purpose.  Nia, the 5th day of Kwanzaa is an important one because it's forces one to focus on the deeper meaning of its message.  Purpose and Restoration.  I look at our collective knowledge pool, be it professional or spiritual. We Africans in the motherland and the diaspora have a lot to be proud of.  Over the years we've produced renowned Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Scientists, Agriculturists, Psychologists, Authors, Musicians, Pastors, Spiritualists.  We are very well represented in the professional and social classes.  We don't lack a community.

On the surface, especially here in the UK, we appear individualistic, lacking real concern for or interest in what happens abroad.  This is not altogether true or representative of who we are.  I've been listening to Galaxy FM for a while now and I know of many Pan African UK people, not your everyday so-called professional, involved in personal and collective projects in the Caribbeans and Africa.  Schools, Hospices, the like.  I listened to this Kenyan lady explain how out of frustration she formed a charity to help with the Haitian hurricane relief, her great achievements.  Usually very impressive stuff despite the lack of funding and general support.  Amazing stuff.

So the will is incredibly strong.  Despite what one thinks there are people spiritually charged with restoration of our African pride.  What's lack is a joined up global community, a common purpose, a shared world view.

We here in the UK could really use some help, especially in areas of Education and Family values.  When I came over I was surprised at how under utilized the (then) free education and resources was among our people.  Where were the leaders to empower that generation?  Where are our mothers and fathers, trained up as school teachers, to empower the kids?  Why are our kids failing in educational systems of this advanced western society? Why so many Gang modules? Who will lead us tomorrow if they fail today?

It's not a simple answer to address where we fall short.  What is required is a lot more reading and discussions to see understand our current state, what is being done, share views and thoughts, formulate clear goals, take action.

I have a few thoughts on how I want to contribute in 2017, will blog about them as the year goes on.

Bless

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

blogger's block

Man! *takes in very deep breath* the smell of a dusty musty blog, heavenly.  been a minute. forever. *wipes cobwebs away, swats a fly*

it has been a while. I seem more interested with my erotic tumblr love affair than writing anything museful. tumblr's proved to be a very beautiful place and I've made a few really good friends there. erotica, spirituality, politics

No, I don't have blogger's block.  Maybe I've succumbed to the instant remix generation.  I think in twitter soundbites. No I am not vacuous, an Instagram picture does speak a thousand words. Albeit you have to guess the context half the time (bit of fun that).  Messages of Black protests, celebrations of White privilege, all distilled down to 3 seconds of visual noise.  Everything else a meme or picture destined for WhatsApp.  Facebook is still a no no, too close to home.  Too many (family) people in my business to post with (gay) abandon.  Quite frankly, Facebook is boring to me.

So yeah, hello blog, been a while.  thank you for being here when I need you

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How rude of me! Hope everyone has had a good rest?

:(( I'm back at work today and can just about remember my passwords. Took last week off, well earned rest.  I'm not powered back up again, gotta be next week with all that. But WFH (working from home) so it ain't all bad.

First time (trying to) observing Kwanzaa.  Used to be dismissive of it till a friend convinced me to listen to a few lectures, give it a go.  Can't thank him enough.  The seven principles makes so much spiritual sense, talks to my inner spirit.  A worthy celebration and affirmation of who we are as African people.



Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.