In what now looks like a game that should have never even happened, The SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY JAGUARS Basketball Team absolutely trounced the Tigers of Champion Baptist College 116-12 on Monday Night. The Southern Jaguars started of their match-up, if that's what you want to call it, on a now NCAA RECORD 44-0 Run. The previous record was 34-0, set by Seton Hall in 1998. Champion Baptist only shot an unreal 6.8% from the field (3 Shots Made vs 44 Taken) & did not score until almost the end of the first half. And those points came off of Free Throws. WOW. Southern's defense forced 27 turnovers in the game, and out-rebounded Champion by a margin of 71 to 21. In The Tigers defense, the school has only been around since 2005. I wouldn't start crowning the Jaguars as the next Cinderella Story though, as they currently only post a 4-9 record as of now. Still the players will forever have something to brag about to future generations.
THOMPSON TWINS - HOLD ME NOW
Not exactly sure why, but I woke up feeling in an 80's Pop Music Feeling-Kinda Way today; and THE THOMPSON TWINS throwback "HOLD ME NOW" just seemed to satisfy that craving. Groups like The Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Wham, and others dominated the television in the early eighties-as BET had not yet made its big move. Still I look back fondly on many of the songs of that day-and even try sliding in a few during my Dee Jay sets from time to time. Anyway, hope you enjoy also. Feedback & Comments Welcome. P.E.A.C.E.
ADAM CLAYTON POWELL JR.
Born December 23rd 1908, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was the type of leader that The Establishment does NOT want you to know about. He was by far the most powerful Black Congressman EVER. But just steps from assuming the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Powell was railroaded & neutralized with allegations of corruption that would never be proven to be true. Powell spent 26 Years in Congress, after years crusading for jobs and housing for the Harlem's poor. In 1941, He became the first Black Man elected to the New York City Council in 1941, and won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1945. By 1960, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. had risen to the powerful post as Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee. From there, Powell was instrumental in passing The Minimum Wage Act, workforce training legislation, federal aid for education, several Anti-Poverty bills-along with about 50 other major pieces of Social-Welfare Legislation in all.
By 1966, Powell was considered to be the most powerful Black Politician in the country-if not the most powerful politician of them ALL. And it would be a letter of praise, from then President Lyndon Johnson that would spell the beginning of the end for Adam Powell. Almost immediately Powell's enemies began ramping up their efforts to undermine his power. Criticized for his support of the Black Power Movement, Powell would now be faced with charges of Libel-when Powell called out a local leader if the Harlem Numbers Racket. From there, Powell would be accused of several improprieties in regard to his spending & abuse of power. Powell was never found guilty of any of the charges; but with the help of the coerced testimony of his estranged wife, Powell was removed from his post as Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee in March 1967. The very next day, he was removed from Congress all together. He was also stripped of his 20+ years of Seniority & fined $40,000. Harlem erupted in unified protest, after this travesty of justice. Ironically, his chief accuser in Congress was actually found guilty of the same charges years later.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. would be re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968; and a year later, The U.S Supreme Court would find that the move to remove him from Congress was unconstitutional. Unfortunately Powell's health was now in decline; and after losing to Congressman Charlie Rangel in 1970, he would retire. Adam Clayton Powell would pass away in 1972, in the Bahamas. A flamboyant & classy gentleman, Powell earned degrees from the prestigious Colgate & Columbia Universities. He would also have an eleven year marriage to the beautiful & talented jazz singer Hazel Scott.
MADAME C.J. WALKER
“Right here let me correct the erroneous impression held by some that I claim to straighten the hair. I deplore such impression because I have always held myself out as a hair culturist. I grow hair…I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.”
~ Mme. C.J. Walker
Born Sarah Breedlove, on December 23rd 1867, Madame C.J. Walker is credited as being the first "Self-Made" Female Millionaire. By the time of her passing in 1919, Madame C.J. Walker had built one of the largest black owned manufacturing companies in the world and resided in a 32 room mansion in New York. Starting with the altering of curling irons-previously made popular by the French-to suit the texture of Black women's hair, Madame Walker revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry for Black Women. The then-Sarah Breedlove changed her name to Madame CJ Walker, founded her own business, and began travelling all over the South-selling her product "Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower." The scalp conditioning and healing formula was derived from experimental home remedies she concocted to treat her own stress-related scalp condition that had caused her to lose hair previously. A story of perseverance like none other, Madame Walker fought on after a lynch mob murdered her husband & would find herself making $1.50 per day as a wash-woman, cook, and house-cleaner. Nine years later she was a certified millionaire. Madame C.J. Walker serves as an inspiration to Women & Entrepreneurs on a whole. We at THE WANDERING EYES BLOG celebrate her legacy, as you should also.
As December 18th marks both the anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Harbor in 1620, and the 1965 passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution-which abolished institution of Slavery, a more deep discussion of just what White Supremacy really is. Undoubtedly both of these historical events rank high-among many others-in the history of the European American domination of the World & its Majority Black, Brown Red & Yellow inhabitants. Attempting to push forth the central idea that there is a HUGE Difference between Prejudice & Racism; let us understand that Racism is an Institution or System set up to hold in place the Systematic Idea of White Supremacy. It encompasses many things, and has many tools at its disposal-all geared to maintaining a way for a minority group of people to control the minds of the majority. In doing so, all of the earth's resources have been put under the control of, and have remained under the control of a small wealthy majority-with many layers put out front to distract us from the core foundation. Prejudice is just a sense of being ignorant about people of other races; and interacting with those people based on those pre-set fears & stereotypes. Racism & White Supremacy, as a System, has been constantly updated to keep its victims confused and/or lacking the power to correct a wrong that was put in place hundreds of years ago. Below is a recording of a very deep interview with Dr. Neely Fuller, author of "THE UNITED INDEPENDENT COMPENSATORY CODE/SYSTEM/CONCEPTS Textbook/Workbook for Thought, Speech, and/or Action for Victims of Racism (White Supremacy)." Dr. Fuller, and the aforementioned book, served as inspiration for Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing's Book "THE ISIS PAPERS." LISTEN, LEARN, GROW & ELEVATE...
POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS-SHAKIYLA
Salute to All of The Queens of The Universe...
He represented POWER, GRACE, STYLE, DEFIANCE & PRIDE-among many other traits-but to others he threatened to shatter the myth of the ignorant & inferior Black Man. Globally Jack Johnson personified the fight against Oppression, Racism, Segregation & Imperialism from inside the ring-and outside the ring. Inside the ring he was able to goad then Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns into breaking the unwritten rule that prevented Black Boxers from fighting against White Boxers. The end result is that on December 14th 1908, Jack Johnson became Boxing's FIRST Black Heavyweight Champion. A title that he would hold onto until 1915-dominating a host of challenger's along the way. From this comes the term "Great White Hope;" as fighter after fighter lined up to restore dignity to the Heavyweight Championship by putting down the uppity negro Jack Johnson. One of these encounters, a 1910 title defense against former champion Jim Jeffries, led to race riots in 50 cities across the country.
Outside the ring, Jack Johnson publicly brashly spoke out against European Imperialism, challenged Jim Crow Laws, rode around in flashy cars, and flaunted the way that White Women loved him on a daily basis. Thus the cancer had to be eliminated. In most ways, Jack Johnson was the blueprint for what we would later receive in Muhammad Ali-who would later be quoted as affectionately referring to him as "Papa Jack." So as no fighter could dethrone the king from his perch at the top, the law found a way to take Johnson down. Manipulating the wording of the Mann Act-a law written to protect women from being kidnapped & transported across state line for prostitution-Jack Johnson was sentenced to One Year & One Day in Prison for his allegedly immoral interracial sexual escapades. Shortly after his conviction in 1913, Johnson skipped out on his bail & would remain a fugitive in Europe & South America until 1920. Eventually returning to the U.S. in 1920, Johnson would serve 10 months in prison & would never be the same again. Jack Johnson died in an automobile accident in 1946; and it would be more the 20 years before another Black fighter would get the opportunity to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship (Joe Louis in 1937). Today, politicians like Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, former Republican Presidential nominee John McCain & celebrities such as Mike Tyson are actively lobbying for President Barack Obama to sign an official order pardoning Jack Johnson's conviction. A man my die; but RESPECT earned will LIVE ON FOREVER...
LOOKING BACK AT A SLIGHTLY MILITANT BILL COSBY IN 1968
Honestly I'm not even sure how I found this; but here we have a young Bill Cosby schooling the masses on the True History of Black People in this World. With a slightly militant tone, Mr. Huxtable delivers a stricking oratory on the wonderful contributions that Black People have brought to the world-but rarely ever received any mention in the history books. The most insightful area of discussion, however, deals with the propaganda used to justify the treatment of Black Men, Women & Children in America-and the negative impact of the way Black People have been portrayed in movies & television. Trust me, Bill goes in!!! Topics range from African contributions to Art & Civilization, to the myth of slave traders "civilizing" the savage Africans, to the psychological impact of racial imagery on children, to propaganda movies like D.W. Griffith's 1915 film "The Birth of a Nation" which led to the rebirth of the modern-era Klu Klux Klan. Like I said. Mr. Huxtable goes HARD on this one. Enjoy.
MANDELA: LISTEN TO WHAT THE DRUMS SAY - by - JASIRI X
I know there's not alot of message music out there these days; and as of now Jasiri X's "Mandela: Listen To What The Drums Say" is the only Tribute Song I've heard since the passing of Nelson Mandela. The good part is, this one is good enough that even Mr. Mandela himself should be rocking as he returns to the Universe. #Salute.