As I watch how quickly My People's attention shifts away from the brutality & injustice of Ferguson, NYC, etc-to discussions about Cosby, Sorority Sisters & Empire-I can't help but think about the reality that is The Psychological Impact of Slavery. Few want to talk about this, but it's real. We're talking about 500+ Years of being trained to feel weak, Inferior & worry about all of the Wrong things-with the next 100+ Years dominated by the Jim Crow Policies, COINTELPRO, hostile legislation from Congress, and the flooding of Black Communities with Heroin & Crack. Which leads me to the controversial "Willie Lynch Letter." For those unaware, The Lynch Letter is based on a presentation to plantation owners in 1712. This meeting was allegedly designed to teach slave owners how to shift away from the more violent tactics of controlling their slaves-in favor of controlling the minds of their slaves with all sorts of Psychological Fuckery & Mischief. This plan was promised to work for at least 300 years, and is said to have been the precursor to the practice of Lynching. Some say that the infamous Willie Lynch Letter is fictitious, and it may very well be; but either way the content of the letter was/is implemented to this very day. Think about it. Think about the things that divide us, today & yesteryear. If the letter is real, I'm sure that it's author never would have imagined that the tactics mentioned would still work over 500 years later. Either way, it's far past time for US to wake up & start having hard conversations about how to start the re-education process. We all should know that any revolution must first start within the mind.
CHERRELLE & ALEXANDER O'NEAL - "SATURDAY LOVE"
As much as I love other genres of music, none can set the course of the day like a good soulful love song. Soak it up & have a Great Day!
"When I look at you
Memories of love
Like no one before
You stay on my mind
(Special feelings, special times)
Feeling so special
(I was yours and you were mine)
Made for each other, girl
(All the good I won't forget)
Staying on my mind, girl
(Saturday, the day we met)
Girl, you know I can't leave you behind
There's never any question
You will be my Saturday love"
Visuals courtesy of Our Brother Rasool M. Hashim-Ruffin, The DCDrama Magazine/Atlanta Inc's BEHIND THE LENS department pays homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his lovely wife Coretta. They were not only soldiers of LOVE, but two of the most eloquent human beings of their time.May we never forget the sacrifices those before us made.
ERYKAH BADU - "ORANGE MOON"
No better way to start off the day with a combined dose of Love & Intelligence.
This has always been one of my favorite Erykah Badu songs, and hearing takes me back to a beautiful time in my life. More importantly, for those with awareness of the teachings of The Nation of Gods & Earths/Five Percenters, this song has a Much Deeper Meaning.
And yes, she is One of Us. P.E.A.C.E.
"I'm an Orange Moon
I'm brighter than before
Brighter than ever before
I'm an Orange Moon and I shine so bright
Cause I reflect the light of my sun
I praise the day, he turned my way
And smiled at me
He gets to smile and I get to be orange, that I love to be
How good it is, how good it is..."