Friday, March 28, 2014

Take a stand with Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect + Prevention of Sex Trafficking

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Take a stand with Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect + Prevention of Sex Trafficking,  Los Angeles CA, April 19

Who: Street Positive, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, Fathers Time, Black Star Project, Kool As Nerdz, First Fathers, DangerMan, DMTL, H.O.O.P Foundation, Cease Fire L.A., PPCC, City Lites Network Inc, Brother II Brother Mentoring and other community organizations.
What: Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect + Prevention of Sex Trafficking.
When:  April 19, 2014 @ 1pm PDT.
Where: Kipp Academy of Opportunity.  7019 Vaness Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90047.
Why: Child abuse and neglect in America has hit epidemic proportions.  The total lifetime cost of of dealing with child maltreatment is a staggering $124 billion annually.  Additionally,30% of abused children will abuse their own; child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic-economic level, across all ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and education levels.

Sex trafficking currently generates $32 billion annually and has a direct connection of impact on those physically, emotionally or sexually abused; average age of child becoming victim of sex trafficking is 13 yrs old.
The need for significantly increased prevention and early intervention has caught the attention of a number of active and distinct fatherhood engagement groups moving to take a active and progressive role in child safety.
Cost: Free
Award-winning Street Positive CEO, Terry Boykins, has been tapped to spear-head "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect"ahead of April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  he will work alongside Mr. Jason McCuller, President, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, to execute the event.  The campaign is looking to engage 1000 fathers and supporters throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
Complimenting the campaign is a concerted effort by fathers to build impressionable relationships with their daughters in the fight against sex trafficking, low self-esteem and paternal abandonment.
On Jan. 20, 2014, Boykins was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr "Community Service Award" by the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC).  He has  participated in numerous education and community forums, radio shows, conferences and mental health symposiums to address the emotional and economic impact of child abuse and neglect; selected by Native Challenge to address key educational, cultural and emotional needs of Native American youth through mentoring.  Additionally, he recently presented on parent and community engagement at the CAAASA Education Summit is Sacramento, CA.
The April 19 "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect", hosted byConcerned Black Men of Los Angeles (CBMLA), will feature live entertainment, panel discussions, resources, refreshments and a special booking signing of "A Fragile Child's Cry" by H. L. Stampley.  Mr. Stampley, an adoptive father of two severely disabled boys effected by child abuse, will travel from Memphis, TN to participate in the outreach.  The entire community is invited.
Those wishing to pledge support for  "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect" , by requesting a copy of "A Fragile Child's Cry" can do so by visiting  
If  interested in having Mr. Boykins present on youth related topics, please contact: (909) 880-9427.  Or,

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Chokwe Lumumba - Memorial Service for a Fallen Comrade, Brooklyn NYC, March 29th

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On Saturday, March 29, 2014: Lumumba Family Members, Friends, Comrades,Former Political Prisoners/POW's & Human Rights Advocates Will Gather @ 6:00pm In Brooklyn's Historic House Of The Lord Church to Honor And Remember Our Fallen Freedom Fighter, The Peoples Attorney & Jackson, Mississippi Mayor, Bro. Chokwe Lumumba. 
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the National Conference of Black Lawyers will host a New York City Memorial Service for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The House of the Lord Church located at 415 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217. The program will begin at 6:00pm and end at 9:00pm. Food and refreshments will be served.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba passed away unexpectedly. He had served at the city's mayor since July 1, 2013, winning in a landslide election with 87 percent of the vote. Mayor Lumumba was laid to rest on Saturday, March 8, 2014 next to his wife Nubia Lumumba at Autumn Woods Memorial Gardens. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba was a son, brother, cousin, husband, father and grandfather. In all of these roles, he created and modeled a strong commitment to human rights and a dedication to the liberation of Blacks in America. He served as a visionary and a leader for individuals across the country who were seeking to transform their lives and their communities through love, resistance and solidarity.
The Honorable Chokwe Lumumba was the co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in AmericaNational Black United Front, the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, the Institute of the Black WorldAll-African People's Revolutionary Party, the National Jericho Movement, the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rightsand the Vice President and founder of the New Afrikan People's Organization.
In addition to this work, our Baba Chokwe, brought the movement into the courtroom as an attorney with the Detroit Public Defenders Office and the Peoples Law Center in Jackson, MS. He represented thousands of people in more than 15 jurisdictions across the country, serving individuals who have seen the worst injustices the criminal justice system has to offer. Some of his work includes but is not limited to freeing the Scott Sisters, two women who were serving a double life sentence for an alleged armed robbery that netted $11.00 in Forest Mississippi and defending Freedom FightersAssata Shakur and Geronimo Pratt. Mayor Chokwe helped to bring the killers of Medgar Evers to justice further solidifying himself as a true legal worker and defender of the people.
Please join us as we celebrate the life and work of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, consider how we will continue the Lumumba Legacy and ensure his vision of "One City, One Aim, One Destiny" for the people of Jackson, MS.



Jamharics: The Children of Zion

“Jamharics: The Children of Zion” is a documentary about the Jamaicans and their descendants who built the oldest Rastafari settlement in the world. 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Schedule of memorial and celebration of the life of Chokwe Lumumba, former mayor of Jackson, MS.

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Celebrationof the Life of Chokwe Lumumba

Wed Mar 5, 2014 7:19 am (PST) . Posted by:
 The memorial schedule is as follows:

(Public Viewing)
City of Jackson - City Hall
219 South President Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
Friday, March 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

(Remembrance Hour)
City Hall - Josh Halbert Gardens
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reopen Back to Public)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Jackson Convention Center
105 E. Pascagoula Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39204
Saturday, March 8, 2014
11:00 a.m.

Internment following the Celebration of Life Service.
Autumn Woods Memorial Gardens 
4000 West Northside Drive
Jackson, Mississippi, 39209
Special Hours of Reflection on the Life of Chokwe Lumumba
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:30pm - 10pm
Fish House & Afrikan Art Gallery
Square Promenade
Terry Road

Free Your Mind!
kwaheri! & Heri! {Goodbye & Wishing ya Happiness)
Brotha A. Lukata

If the only way a person loves you is after you've perfected your imperfections, then they don’t really love you…." Bishop Td Jakes"
Not making excuses for my imperfections, SO please forgive me for being imperfect and LOVE Me any way - Baba Lukata

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Burkina Faso to block the opening of the world's first clitoral restoration hospital, nicknamed "the Pleasure Hospital".

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Catholic Church prevents March 7 opening of Clitoraid's 'Pleasure Hospital' 
Clitoraid's team to hold building inauguration ceremony at its delayed facility on March 7 and launch surgeries at another hospital

According to a statement released today by the nonprofit organization Clitoraid, pressure from the Catholic Church and other detractors of the International Raelian Movement (IRM) has caused Burkina Faso'sgovernment to block the scheduled March 7 opening of Clitoraid's clitoral repair hospital, known as the Kamkaso Hospital, in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Nicknamed "the Pleasure Hospital, the Kamkaso facility is the first of its kind in the world...CONTINUES



Sunday, March 2, 2014


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March 2 2014
Thanks once again to all who attended the Look How Far We've Come...? launch and those who sent in their cancellations in time, for those that didn't - please do try next time, as you did deprive others that could have attended.
Have a blessed week.
Here's the low down:
Ladies, if you fancy a chance of winning a freebie for the Pamper Day taking place on Saturday March 8, 12noon-6pm @ Harrow Civic Centre 1, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY, then click to answer: what was the title of Harrow's African History Season 2013?. Closing date Wednesday March 5 2014 2pm. Winners will be notified by email.

Come to this International Women's Day event - there will be stalls (few still available) with products on health and wellbeing, a therapy room, with a range of holistic therapies and free health checks and informative presentations throughout the day. Tickets: £8, £6.50 (concessions, students, unwaged), £28 for group of 4 adults, pensioners and under-16s free: 07949 622 661, 07504 278 225,
For details of  International Women's Day event later in the evening:
At the last Xtra History & Reasoning Session, the issue of resources cropped up. What one needs to remember is that there's an ssue of priority, time and money. Anyway, copied below are links to some of our resources, and that of Sean Creighton's.
Remember there are two in a row Xtra Sessions - March 3 and 10 (see below) - hopefully we'll see you at the Mayor's Parlour soon:
Kind regards

British Black Music Month (BBMM2014) is June into July 2014:,
Xtra History & Reasoning Sessions - Family-friendly, semi-monthly Monday evenings until May 2014, 6.30-8.30pm @ Mayor's Parlour, Harrow Civic Centre 1, HA1 2XY. March 3, 10, April 14, 28, May 12, 26:

Look How Far We've Come...? Book & DVD documenting African British histories from the context of racism and racial equality policies published by African Histories Revisited May 1 2014 and Look We've Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference  May 8, 6-9pm at The Abbey Centre, Westminster, SW1: Youth feedback at launch:

NARM (Naming And Role Model) Highlighting African British Male Role Models 1907-2007 e-book

NARM Role Model DVD Trailer

‘African Voices: Quotations By People Of African Descent’ book

‘What They Said I Should Be: The Story Of African British Female Movers & Shakers’
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Brent Black Music History Project DVD trailer

Sankofa: An African/Black History Month Exhibition by Kwaku

African Or Black History: Toyin Agbetu On African V Black Schism

25 Years On... History Behind Black History Month And Black Sections

Harrow African History Season 2013 Part 1

Harrow African History Season 2013 Part 2

'African Child' Recitation In Harrow by Kwaku

Lee Jasper Conclusion Harrow BHM Does The Conviction Of Stephen Lawrence…

This is from Sean Creighton's hand out given @ Look How Far We've Come...? launch
There dozens of individuals, some attached to academic institutions, and others who are activists and independent historians who continue to reveal and share the hidden stories of the presence of people of African and Asian heritage in Britain. They include: Stephen Bourne, Jeffrey Green, Marika Sherwood, Patrick Vernon, Mykael Riley, Kwaku, Hakim Adi, Caz Bressey, Martin Hoyles, Jak Beula, Kathy Chater, Arthur Torrington and Martin Spafford, to mention just a few. The hidden history is becoming more and more visible as it begins to be reflected in the mainstream history writing. The remembrance of the First World War has unleashed a lot of work on the role of African, Asian and West Indian service personnel, and will have a high profile between August this year and 2018. There are a growing number of articles, pamphlets and books. However, progress is limited by the problems of advertising of pamphlets and books and generating sales, and stimulating people to buy books or order them through their library. 
Sean Creighton
Agenda Services – history projects
History & Social Action Publications
Co-ordinator Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network
Biographer of John Archer

Additional title: Politics & Culture
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History & Social Action  EDiary – which includes news and events on British Black History -  available on request
History & Social Action Publications:; Twiiter: @SeanRaffleman; Facebook:

BLOGS (most recent first):
Wandsworth Council Commemorates John Archer
English Heritage Unveils John Archer Plaque

Two Commemorations to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Why John Archer is Important

'What An Amazing Man'. William Cuffay. Review of Martin Hoyles' Book
Further Thoughts on Legacies of British Slave Ownership

Tackling the Taboo: Solving the Dilemma for History in UK Schools
British Black & Asian History in the National Curriculum

The Slavery Business and British Black History
Remembering William Cuffay, Black Chartist Leader

Slavery Profits & Compensation, Wealth Creation and Land Ownership
Niall Ferguson: Who is Left & Right on the Empire?
3. Partners Sought For Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference In The Regions
We've got the "towards solutions" Conference on racism sorted out for London (see below). However, we would like our non-London colleagues in the regions to also have an opportunity to engage with the issues. We can only do so, if we can get some local partners to come on board. If you're interested, email Awula Serwah, Conference co-ordinator,
Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference May 8 2014, 6-9pm
Following on from the launch, the Look How Far We’ve Come…? conference on racism is set for Thursday May 8 2014, 6-9pm at The Abbey Centre in Westminster, London SW1 - ticket details of this paid-for event will be announced soon via You can submit your epression of interest now.
Our first UNIA @ 100 event kicks off this Monday - how many have heard of Naa Korkoi Kofi, once UNIA's top recruiter and charismatic speaker? Her controversial life story and engagement with the UNIA will be told at the Harrow Mayor's Parlour, 6.30-8.30pm:

Xtra History & Reasoning Sessions @ Harrow Monday March 3 & 10 2014, 6.30-8.30pm
Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante and author/story-teller Naa Korkoi Abotchi mark International Women’s Month, UNIA @ 100 centenary and Ghanaian “independence” with their Xtra Session presentations:
Session 6 March 3, 6.30-8.30pm Laura Adorkor Kofi: Once A UNIA Woman Activist
This event kicks off the first of many events in Harrow that will commemorate the centenary of the formation of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante marks International Women's Month by highlighting a little known former UNIA activist and Garvey supporter, who’s alleged to be a princess from Gold Coast (present day Ghana).
Session 6a March 10, 6.30-8.30pm Ghanaian & African Traditions And Their Relevance In Modern Society
As part of marking Ghana's 'independence', Naa Korkoi Abotchi, the storyteller and author of 'The Adventures Of Nzumah' series of children's books, will break down some of the Ghanaian and African traditions, and show their relevance to life in modern societies. Particularly make an effort to bring the young ones!
For more information or to book:
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Xtra History & Reasoning Sessions are free, family-friendly, semi-monthly Monday presentations and discussions on global African history and societal issues at Mayor's Parlour/Harrow Civic Centre 1, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY - see & book confirmed Sessions:

Session 6 March 3, 6.30-8.30pm Laura Adorkor Kofi: Once A UNIA Woman Activist (Nana Asante).
Session 6a March 10, 6.30-8.30pm Ghanaian & African Traditions And Their Relevance In Modern Society (Naa Korkoi Abotchi).
Session 7 April 14, 6.30-8.30pm That's Our History In Them London Streets (Tony Warner).
Session 8 April 28, 6.30-8.30pm The London Years: The Impact Of The City On African And African Caribbean Political Thinkers (Brother Omowale).
Session 9 May 12, 6.30-8.30pm African British Civil Rights: The Remixed Documentaries (Kwaku).
Session 10 May 26, 6.30-8.30pm Exploring London's Black Music History (tbc).
For more information and to book for any of the events:
TAOBQ’s araning concept for identifying people of African heritage and a top 10 araned list was unveiled at Xtra History & Reasoning Sessions 2: click to read.
Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back On The Agenda? Conference
Thursday May 8, 6-9pm, The Abbey Centre, Westminster SW1
Futher details to be released soon-ish. In the meantime, you can express your interest now: Partners also sought to replicate Conference outside London:

*Look How Far We've Come...? contributors include:
Addai Sebbo, Ansel Wong, Baroness Ros Howells, Bernard Wiltshire, Brother Omowale, Clarence Thompson, Clement McLarty, Cllr Lincoln Beswick, Cllr Lurline Champanie, Cllr Nana Asante, Darcus & Leila Howe, David Lammy MP, Dawn Butler, Diane Abbott MP, Donald Hinds, Dr Morgan Dalphinis, Dr Richard Stone, Eric & Jessica Huntley, Eulette Roberts, Fabian & Mavis Best, Guy Bailey, Henry Bonsu, Keith Vaz MP, Ken Livingstone, Kingsley Abrams, Lee Jasper, Leroy Logan, Linda Bellos, Lord Anthony Lester,  Lord Bill Morris, Lord Herman Ouseley, Lord John Taylor, Marc Wadsworth, Michael Mansfield QC, Narendra Makanji, Norman Mullings, Paul Reid, Paul Stephenson, Phil Sealey, Prof Gus John, Prof Harry Goulbourne, Prof Paul Gilroy, Russell Profitt, Sam King, Suresh Kamath, Tony Benn, Toyin Agbetu, Waveney Bushell, Wilf Sullivan, Yvonne Brewster, and Zita Holbourne.

Request for Donations for Independent Autopsy for Baba Chokwe Lumumba

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Request for Donations for Independent Autopsy for Baba Chokwe Lumumba

We are working to help Baba Chokwe's family with the cost of the independent autopsy. The autopsy costs $15,000. National Conference of Black Lawyers and others are working to get the funds together. We are asking that folks let them know how much they can pledge and then make their donation by PayPal or by mail.
1) PayPal - There are two ways to donate by PayPal. Tomorrow morning, folks may go to the NCBL website and donate using the Donate button on the site. If you already have a PayPal account, you can transfer the funds without going to the website from your account by sending the money to
2) You may also send the money to NCBL by money order or cashier's check made out to National Conference of Black Lawyers. The address is P.O. Box 240583, Borough Hall, New York 11424. Please put in memo area 'Chokwe Lumumba'.
Thank you so much!
blessings, naana

Kwasi Akyeampong

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