Sunday, February 10, 2019

Telling Our Stories Ourselves: The Pan African Film and Arts Festival continues thru February 18 in Los Angeles




KowTeff's Sewaa Codrington Honored at AbunDance Academy's 5th Annual Gala!




COME OUT AND CELEBRATE!
KowTeff's Sewaa Codrington Honored at 
AbunDance Academy's 5th Annual Winter Showcase & Gala

This Black History Month, come out and experience "A Taste of Africa"! AbunDance Academy of the Arts is pleased to showcase their students' talent in their 5th Annual Winter Student Showcase & Gala. This year's Winter Gala will also honor two living legends who have pioneered for African dance here in the U.S.! 

Join us as we honor our very own Sewaa Codrington, along with Marie Basse Wiles as 2019 Honorees. Come witness their legacy! The fabulous, fundraising family-friendly event  includes Food, Beverages and a Dance Performance.

Tickets: $75 (Adults)  |  $37.50 (Children 3 -12 y.o.) 

To purchase tickets online, click here! Tickets can also be purchased at the door (same price) or at the AbunDance Box Office. Box office hours: Wednesday & Friday 5pm-7pm and Saturdays from 10am - 5pm. For more event info, please contact AbunDance Academy at 347-788-1069.
Sunday, February 17th 2019
4:30pm - 7:30pm

Gelsey Kirkland Academy
29 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

STAY CONNECTED:

Visit KowTeff's website!
KowTeff African Dance Company, 168 Macon Street, Suite #1, Brooklyn, NY 11216

The State of the Black Union

The State of the Black Union

During the month of February in America we celebrate Black History Month.  As we celebrate the achievements of Blacks in the making of this great country, I can't help but think about the state of the Black community in 2019.
The state of our Black union is depressing!

We, as a community, must stop asking others to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves.  We have more education than our parents and grandparents; yet have a lower quality of life; we have more opportunities than our parents and grandparents; yet have less to show for it.

We have more Blacks in elected political offices than ever before; yet our economic indices in cities run by Blacks are horrible, i.e. Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Atlanta to name a few.

Hardly a week passes by without a Black person having some deadly encounter with law enforcement. 
How did we, in the Black community, get to where it seems to be open season on our people by law enforcement?  Yes, racism still exists; but racism is not the cause of the condition of our community.

According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, over 70% of Black babies are born to unwed mothers.  It is estimated that since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in 1973 that over 16 million Black babies have been murdered; 55 million babies in total.

In New York City every year more Black babies are aborted than is born.  Yes, you heard right.  According to their Health Department, between 2012 and 2016, 136,426 Black babies were aborted versus 118,127 babies born.  Blacks are the only group in American that have more babies aborted than born!

If Black lives matter, does that include their babies?

The solution to this culture of death in the Black community specifically and America in general is very simple.  We need to reconstitute the family unit; meaning mother, father and children.  These perverted variations of the traditional family unit will not restore our traditional values back to our community or our society.

Study after study has shown that if you graduate high school, get married, and then have children, you are almost guaranteed not to live in poverty. 

The traditional family unit is the solution to all the ills facing the Black community and America. 
But yet the media appointed Black leaders and their radical liberal groups spend all of their time promoting homosexuality, amnesty for illegals, and Planned Parenthood.   

When have you ever heard the Congressional Black Caucus, the N.A.A.C.P, or the National Urban League talking about the traditional family unit is key to righting the ship in the Black community? 

When Bill Cosby gave his famous "Pound Cake" speech, he was eviscerated by the Black liberal elites.

When have you ever heard Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the N.A.A.C.P., or Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League talk about the family unit; or telling girls to keep their damn legs closed if they cannot financially afford to care for a child?

How did the Black community allow the homosexuals to hijack our fight for Civil Rights?  Their issue has absolutely nothing to do with Civil Rights.

How did we allow George Soros, Bill Gates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Mark Zuckerberg to get media appointed Blacks to put illegals ahead of their own community?  Can you imagine willingly training someone who is going to take your job; and agreeing with them that they "have a right to take your job."

According to Planned Parenthood's 2017 annual report, they had total revenue of $ 1.3 billion, $ 555 million from the federal government.  They made a profit of $ 77 million.  Yes, they get paid to kill. 

They also have spent over $ 38 million in political campaigns between 2012-2016.  Yes, they buy Black, Democrat politicians!
To paraphrase Jay-Z, "Blacks folks got 99 problems, but homosexuality, amnesty, and Planned Parenthood should not be one."
We survived slavery, overcame segregation, and fought discrimination and are still standing. 

But, in order to restore the Black community, we must turn away from the media appointed Black leaders.  They have sold us out at every chance.

Just imagine if we put the same amount of energy fighting for our own people and causes like we do for other groups. 
Just imagine if we take the energy we put into hating President Donald Trump and Republicans into getting young girls to stop having babies before marriage; getting Black entertainers and athletes to hire Black C.P.A.s, publicists, lawyers, managers, etc.; getting Black churches to stop caving in to the radical homosexual agenda; creating more Black entrepreneurs.

We don't need a law to make any of the above reality; but what we do need is leaders who cannot be bought off by those who have no concern for the Black community.

The state of our union can be brighter, but you can't have union without u n i.

Raynard Jackson is a Pulitzer Award nominated columnist and founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.





Raynard Jackson is a Pulitzer Prize nominated columnist  and President & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC, an internationally recognized political consulting, government affairs, and PR firm based in Washington, DC.  Jackson is an internationally recognized radio talk show host and TV commentator.  He has coined the phrase "straticist."  As a straticist, he has merged strategic planning with public relations.  Call RJA to discuss how they can get you to the next level of your career or business.

Founder and Chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.  We focus on the Black entrepreneurs.



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Thursday, January 31, 2019

You are invited Alkebu-Lan SHUMIRA Honouring Omowale Malcolm X







SHUMIRA is a word from the Shona Language (mainly spoken in Zimbabwe) meaning "Worship". Shumira is the process through which we ritualise our harmony with MWARI Nyakusika (The Creator, Universal Life Force, All in All), Mudzimu Mukuru (Our Great Ancestors), and ZWIBATO (The Elements), the forces of Mother Nature.

We invite you to join us as we explore Afrikan Spirituality in practice and build a foundation for Afrikan Culture as it informs our political, economic & social development.

BRING YOUR DRUMS!!!

THIS MONTH…
In light of his assassination on 21/02/65, we commemorate the life, legacy and ultimate sacrifice of the Eminent Prophet and King Omowale Malcolm X.   In advance of our annual observance on the 24th of this month (https://www.alkebulan.org/2019/01/26/omowale-malcolm-x-observance-24th-february-2019/) we will launch the season with a Malcolm X themed Shumira, acknowledging his role as an indefatigable warrior for Afrikan liberation – culturally, economically and politically.

For Omowale Malcolm X Shumira, we attire in Black and/or White in recognition of his prophetic capacity to “make it plain” - in black and white.

Freedom begins with the freeing of the mind & soul...

Tendai MWARI!

Takes place from 12 midday
@ Chestnuts Community Centre, 280 St Anns Road, N15 5BN

https://www.alkebulan.org/shumira/















Sunday, January 27, 2019

Why hands off Venezuela? Rally in Solidarity with Venezuela!



Donate to build our anti-imperialist forces!

We, at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), have always been clear that all peoples and countries have a right to determine their fates, regardless of whether we agree with their internal politics.

As Black internationalists, we say an assault on oppressed peoples anywhere is equivalent to an assault on ourselves.

That is why we have issued this statement: Why We Defend Venezuela

Here's a list of upcoming solidarity events you can attend:
 
ONLINE EVERYWHERE
Hands Off Venezuela Phone-Zap/E-blast

ATLANTA
Friday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
CNN headquarters
No event page is currently available

BALTIMORE
Today, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Corner of North Avenue and N. Charles Street
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Baltimore Protest

CHICAGO
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Federal Center and Plaza
Hands Off Venezuela! Emergency Demonstration

CLEVELAND
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Willard Park
Rally in Solidarity with Venezuela (#HandsOffVenezuela)

DURHAM, N.C.
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
CCB Plaza
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Emergency Rally

LONDON, U.K.
Monday, 4: 30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Downing Street
Reject imperialist coup in Venezuela

NEW YORK CITY
Today, 12 p.m.
Cuban Mission
Defend Cuba and Venezuela Rally

NEW YORK CITY
Today, 2-4 p.m.
Union Square
Emergency Rally to Support Venezuela

MIAMI
Today, 1 p.m.
Doral, Florida
Trump: Hands-Off Venezuela!

PHILADELPHIA
Today, 12-2 p.m.
City Hall
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Defend the Bolivarian Revolution!

RALEIGH, N.C.
Today, 1-3 p.m.
Halifax Mall
No War on Venezuela!

SALT LAKE CITY
Today, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wallace Bennett Federal Building
Hands off Venezuela!

TALLAHASSEE
Today, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Florida State Capitol Building
Emergency Action: #HandsOffVenezuela

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Today, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Rally - No Coup in Venezuela! U.S./Canada: Hands Off Venezuela!

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Today, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
The White House
No Coup in Venezuela Protest!

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Today, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The White House
Rally to Support the Bolivarian Revolution and President Maduro!


In response to the FBI's strange and illegal detention of Black Muslim journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an internationally respected journalist who works for PressTV in Iran, BAP made it clear we were not going to be intimidated into silence. Read our statement on her release.

BAP members called for Hashemi's release while she was illegally detained. BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley writes, "The demand for Marzieh Hashemi's freedom is the new litmus test for anyone claiming to fight Trump, fascism, or racism. Those who fail to speak on her behalf are showing their true colors and are themselves unworthy of consideration. Their cowardice must never be forgotten." Meanwhile, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka says Hashemi's detention shows the true nature of the bipartisan police state.

We are happy to see that while liberal totalitarianism rears its head, the people are fighting back. In Chicago, candidates for the upcoming election announced their support for a civilian-led police accountability council. BAP member organization Pan African Community Action, which organizes for community control of police in the Washington, D.C., area, is holding a popular-education event on the radical nature of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As announced last week, we've extended the deadline to April 4 for gathering petition signatures for the U.S. Out of Africa! campaign to shut down AFRICOM. We chose that date because it is the 51st anniversary of King's assassination. (Don't forget to join us in Washington, D.C., for our event that day, as well as other coalition actions organizing against the absurd celebration of NATO's 70th anniversary. We agree with our friends at Popular Resistance that it is time to end NATO's militarism!) You can download the U.S. Out of Africa! petition here. Print it out and circulate it in your communities, houses of worship, prisons, universities and in other places you organize. This campaign is BAP's contribution to the Global Campaign to Close U.S./NATO Military Bases.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Black Republican Trailblazer Awards February 9-10, 2019, Washington, DC

Please join us as we celebrate our 7th annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards.  We will have a few MAJOR announcements after the holidays!  Please forward to all your corporate friends and entrepreneurs who are interested in buying tables!


to see videos and photos from our previous years!



Black Media Needs to do their Jobs

Black Media Needs to do their Jobs
As I reflected on the year in politics from 2018, it dawned on me that the most under reported story of last year was the Black vote; and not for the reasons you might think.
It is a well-known axiom in politics that a Democrat candidate MUST get north of 90% of the Black vote to win an election, especially in a state-wide race.  Anything less, that Democrat candidate risks losing his race.
Similarly, if a Republican gets north of 15% of the Black vote, he has a great chance of winning his election. 
This is why I find it so bizarre that the Republican Party REFUSES to spend the time, money and effort to engage with the Black community in any meaningful, sustained way.  More about this in a future column.
The Black vote was particularly decisive in three gubernatorial races:  Florida, Georgia, and Maryland.  Each of these races had three extremely credible, impressive Black Democrat candidates facing white Republicans.
In Florida’s governors’ race, former congressman, Ron DeSantis got 14% of the Black vote; in Georgia, former secretary of state, Brian Kemp got 16% of the Black vote; and in Maryland, incumbent governor, Larry Hogan got 30% of the Black vote.
This is proof positive that the above axiom is indeed a very accurate predictor of election outcomes more than any polling data.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I served as a senior advisor to Ron DeSantis during his race for governor, so I have first hand knowledge of the impact of the Black vote in this race.
After he became our party’s nominee for governor, DeSantis called me and asked me to come to Florida and help him secure the Black vote.  He empowered me to accomplish the mission, gave me the resources that I needed, and then got the hell out of my way and let me do my thing!
Of the 14% of the Black vote we received, we received 18% of the Black female vote and 9% of the Black male vote.  The issues that drove this 14% was entrepreneurship and school choice/vouchers.
The Democrat nominee, Andrew Gillum, vowed to raise taxes on businesses and eliminate a voucher program that overwhelmingly benefited poor Blacks.
The question that I have for the media, especially the Black media is how do you explain the fact that these three Black candidates all got well under 90% of the Black vote? 
I have not seen one media story that examined this phenomenon.  Why?  Because the media cannot and will not accept the fact that a significant percentage of the Black vote supported a Republican candidate because in a liberal’s mind, they can’t believe a Black person would actually say, by their vote, that they agree with this Republican candidate’s ideological views.
In a liberal’s mind, it is inconceivable that a Black person can be pro-life, support smaller government, actually wants lower taxes, supports the removal of those in the country illegally, and believes in school choice and vouchers, etc.
I expect white media to ignore this story, but I am kind of surprised that Black media has not thoroughly examined why the three candidates got well under 90% of the Black vote.
Many in the Black media are radical liberals, like Roland Martin, Joy Reid, Tamron Hall, Jason Johnson, Lauren Burke, Joe Madison, etc.  They don’t want to examine this story because they know the outcome; the examination will prove that Blacks are not the liberals that they and the white media want the public to believe.
Gillum, Abrams, Jealous, all were radical liberal candidates; putting illegals before American citizens, promoting a radical homosexual agenda, and wanting to raise taxes on those who are successful.  That is why each of them lost.
You had three sharp candidates, all 45 or younger, great rhetorical skills, and all very likable; and yet all three got their buts kicked because enough Blacks said we don’t agree with your policy positions.  I have heard liberals attempt to dismiss these loses because of “racism” and “voter suppression.”
Nothing could be further from the truth.  They lost because the Republican candidates received more votes than them.  Period!!!
I hope in this new year that Black media will finally live up to its journalistic mission and actually give an honest examination of why these three Black candidates received well under 90% of the Black vote in three states that had significant numbers of Black voters.
And I hope this examination will include the fact that enough Blacks supported the Republican candidate because they agreed with their policy positions as opposed to what the Democrat alternative was offering.
This indeed was the most under reported political story of 2018.
Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.

Alkebu-Lan SHUMIRA Sun 06/01/19 - Afrikan spiritual culture in practice







SHUMIRA is a word from the Shona Language (mainly spoken in Zimbabwe) meaning "Worship". Shumira is the process through which we ritualise our harmony with MWARI Nyakusika (The Creator, Universal Life Force, All in All), Mudzimu Mukuru (Our Great Ancestors), and ZWIBATO (The Elements), the forces of Mother Nature.

We invite you to join us as we explore Afrikan Spirituality in practice and build a foundation for Afrikan Culture as it informs our political, economic & social development.

Freedom begins with the freeing of the mind & soul...
Tendai MWARI!
Takes place from 12 midday 
@ Chestnuts Community Centre, 280 St Anns Road, N15 5BN

https://www.alkebulan.org/shumira/














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