We Mourn Mandela But Do We Embrace His Ideals of Love, Forgiveness & Redemption?

Nelson MandelaAs people continue to mourn the death of Nelson Mandela (Madiba) and celebrate his life, I keep hearing the words ‘humble‘, ‘forgiving‘ and ‘patient‘ when describing him..People are passionately talking about his ‘moral fortitude’ and how he took the high ground with his oppressors, but one has to wonder if Mandela’s uplifting ways have been embraced and emulated by many who praise him?

It seems like over the years, folks are less forgiving and more hostile than ever. Mandela forgave his oppressors and even fought his own people to prevent them from going all out against those who brutalized Black folks, stole their land and left many in dire economic straits.. The question is did those who oppressed us return the favor?

Did they take the moral high ground, or did they find new and improved ways to keep African people disempowered and oppressed? Did those who are touting Mandela’s moral fortitude and ability to empathize ever embrace his ways and show such traits when engaging us during our respective struggles?

We should not forget for a moment that in the hours leading up to us being told of Mandela’s passing that many including some who post on this board, were standing on their self-centered high horse and decrying and lambasting Fast Food workers who dared to walk off the job and strike asking for a higher wages from companies that make billions ever year in record profits..

South Africa labor strikeMany were quick to down these folks and call them ‘greedy’. Others refused to listen to those workers and take into account their front line experiences and understanding of the situation.. Many bashed them. Others went to the fast food places and crossed the picket lines.. Others scoffed and made silly comments like ‘Go Get another Job‘, as if the people working there only want to be at low wage professions.. Many who praised Mandela in his death made a decision to overlook the fact that he was ardent supporter of unions. He always uplifted the workers, many of whom played crucial roles in him eventually being freed. Many are forgetting that he felt relief from poverty was a fundamental human right..

In short many were mean-spirited and had no empathy. It reminded me of the callousness I saw amongst folks back in the early 80s when South African miners were being brutalized for striking and asking us to boycott gold and diamonds. There were many at that time who were indifferent and brought the goods anyway, scoffing at their plight.. It was just last year 34 South African miners were killed by police as they protested the working condition of mines still owned by many of the same folks during Apartheid. Their killing was met with indifference by many who today are mourning Mandela’s passing..

There were a number of folks who refused to honor the Sun City Boycott back in the days including a number of Black performers who shrugged their shoulders and in spite international pressure and direct request of Mandel’s folks, tucked their moral compasses away to go perform…We see you OJays, Queen and yes we see you too, the great late Ray Charles.

Nelson Mandela posterWe see the same shrugging and scoffing today when folks are asked not to perform in oppressive places like Israel. We saw that when people were calling for ban on Arizona after SB1070 passed. Hell we see this willingness to compromise our morals and be indifferent when our President orders the dropping of drones in Africa where hundreds of innocent folks are killed in so-called collateral damage..We applaud the President for leading the charge to kill Mandela’s friend and according to him, staunch support Gaddafi when we smashed on Libya and thousands of Blacks were run out the country, Yet we applaud Mandela for taking courageous stances against oppression that we have routinely violated or turned our backs to…

Sadly many who are running around talking fondly of Mandela and his moral and forgiving stance and desire to have a Rainbow Nation have done very little to push forth those principles with the Black, Brown and Native folks they live amongst.. There’s very little commitment to address systemic causes of poverty and inequality. If anything folks are quietly and not so quietly cheering on the building of more prisons and the increases removal of critical resources and safety nets to help those who have long been marginalized..

Hell, we still have folks running around justifying and defending the racist name ‘Redskins‘ for the NFL team in Washington, yet they running around shedding tears for Mandela, forgetting their continued complicity both direct and symbolic in the genocide that is at the root of this country’s existence.

One has to wonder if it was dreadful mistake for Mandela to forgive his oppressors and fight those who wanted them ousted once and for all..He forgave, but as we can see there has been very little forgiveness on the other side of the proverbial track..

GBush Sr, Bill Clinton and G Bush Jr all kept Nelson Mandela on the terrorist watch list..

George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr all kept Nelson Mandela on the terrorist watch list..

Perhaps Mandela is so beloved not because of his ideals, but because at the end of the day the same oppressive forces that were in place prior to him being freed are still there, only difference now is there are a few extra Black and Brown faces sitting within those forces helping to continue that oppression. Maybe Mandela is being celebrated and mourned by some, because its fashionable and we are caught up in the cult of personality..

Perhaps Mandela is being mourned and celebrated because he has successfully been detached from the larger movement that he gave rise.. For many who cheer him while shunning his ideals he is now seen as ‘one of their own’ vs being seen as ‘one of us’..

-Davey D-


3 Dope Songs from Coco Peila; Taking the Bay Area to New Heights

Coco PeilaAs we continue our 3 Dope Song series designed to turn folks on to underplayed and new artists, we turn our attention to Coco Peila who is a dope emcee/ singer who comes from Berkeley, California.  She’s been putting in work for a minute, both as an activist , student and artist doing everything from winning Poetry slam championships (2005) to graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recording Arts and a Master of Science Degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University in Orlando Florida, to performing on stages all over the world including in Guatemala and New Zealand.

She first caught a lot of people’s attention back in 2007 when her song Any Day was chosen by Youth Noise to be the face of a campaign they had launched to raise awareness about body image.

A couple of years ago Coco released her first mixed tape entitled  “Can I Reminisce…Progress Not Perfection” .

She recently dropped a banger of a song called ‘Misses Shoot ’em Down‘ that deals with female empowerment and respect. It’s the first single from her debut album as she takes a firm seat at the table of dope emcees making moves from the Bay..


Misses Shoot ’em Down


“Any Day Now”


Coco Peila and Groove Major- Make It Hot


3 Dope Songs from Cocoa Bella-Harlem’s Renaissance Woman

Cocoa BellaCocoa Bella is a singer/song-writer, emcee, renowned fashionista and muse — hailing from New York City. Born and raised in Harlem, she carries the sensibility of a chic, sophisticated, not-to-be-messed-with city girl in her music. Her influences include : Foxy Brown, Grace Jones, Pharrell Williams, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliot and Gwen Stefani.

C-B is a self-proclaimed “triple threat” which has widely been proven via her photography, media and music skills. Owner of popular blog COOL CRUEL WORLD, and photography start-up company HAUTE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY, C-B holds her own in several different realms of the industry. C-B emulates the style, creativity and elegance. She was recently captured in VOGUE for her keen and unique sense of style during NY fashion week. Her infectious style is evident in her music and her style of dress!

Her journey with music started years ago when she had a chance meeting with the A+R at Star Trak. Though that didn’t work out when they dis-banded from Arista, Cocoa continued to work in the industry as a journalist penning stories for the likes of: EBONY MAGAZINE, DON DIVA MAGAZINE, J-RECORDS and more. She grew her brand as a blogger, photographer, NYC personality, and fashion-maven…. NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE WORLD TO RECOGNIZE THE NEW FACE OF A MODERN RENAISSANCE WOMAN!

source: http://www.reverbnation.com/cocoabella

WWYDW (What Wud You Do Widdit?! )


TheraFlu R E M I X


Rock It


3 Dope Songs from Amil -From Major Coins to Roc-A Fella & Beyond

AmilAmil Kahala Whitehead  more commonly known by her stage name Amil, is an American female rapper, singer, and songwriter from New York City. She was prominent in the late 1990s as a Jay-Z protégé, most notably on the single “Can I Get A...” from the Rush Hour soundtrack.

In 1997, Amil was involved with an all-female group called “Major Coins“. The group met Jay-Z, who was looking for a woman to provide vocals on his third album, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life. The part for the female rapper was really for her friend, but when Jay-Z asked Amil to freestyle and liked it, he decided to put her on the song instead. Amil, wanting to remain loyal to her friend, did not prefer to be put on the song, but Jay-Z allowed them both to do a version of the song.

Soon after Major Coins broke up, Amil decided to follow a solo career with Jay-Z’s label, Roc-A-Fella Records, joining the 1999 Hard Knock Life Tour. After the tour, she appeared on songs with Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Jermaine Dupri, AZ, DJ Kay Slay, LL Cool J and Funkmaster Flex.


I Got That

No 1 Can Compare




3 Dope Songs from Allie Baby Holding it Down for New Orleans

Allie BabyGiving you raw and street savvy lyricism, accompanied with a raspy New Orleans accent, Allie Baby has developed a sound that is uniquely her own. From her impeccable writing skills, to that commanding voice so unexpected from the pint size beauty, she lets it be known she is here to stay for a while.

In a male dominated industry, Allie embraces her womanhood and owns her sexiness without exploitation. She carries such a natural demand of respect. She has is firmly establishing herself as a novel force to be reckoned with in hip hop and entertainment. Check out her home page at http://alliebaby.blogspot.com/p/biography.html

Runaway Freestyle




“I Want The Life”


Hugo Chavez Passing in 2013 is Overshadowed by Mandela’s Death

Hugo ChavezWith Nelson Mandela recently passing many overlooked the fact that earlier this year the world lost another great leader of African descent Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela who noted that his ascent to president was inspired by Mandela. For many Chavez was considered a friend and a champion of the poor. He was seen as a hero who was willing to stand up to the United States and other western powers who have an egregious record in South America of undermining democratically elected leaders..

It’s important to understand that while Chavez was a charismatic singular face attached to Venezuela in terms of how he’s depicted here, in Latin America, he was part of a large movement. In short , he didn’t obtain his position in a vacuum. Nor can you explain Chavez or Venezuela in a 30 second sound bite..

Here’s our coverage of Chavez’s death as told by folks who knew him like former Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Cynthia Mckinney. We also got keen insightful reaction from Immortal Technique and Professor Sujatha Fernandes

The Election of Chokwe Lumumba as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi

The Election of Chokwe Lumumba as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi

Chokwe LumumbaIn 2013 we saw many pundits jump for joy as Bill De Blasio was elected Mayor of New York City.. We heard terms like ‘new era‘, ‘turn of the tide‘ and ‘political trail blazing‘ when describing a man who seemed to break all political conventions by highlighting his family which is racially mixed. He prominently featured his son who sported a large afro and told the world that his son and those who look like him would not have to worry about New York City’s infamous Stop and Frisk program..

There was lots of celebration when DeBlasio got elected only to have it damped when he announced that his first order of business would be to rehire Chief William Bratton to head up NYPD. Bratton was the architect and remains a strong proponent for Stop and Frisk..Folks were faced with the reality that it was Business and politics as usual

Meanwhile many of the folks celebrating then bemoaning De Blasio who were talking about the need for political change, ignored the historic election of Chokwe Lumumba, a long time human rights lawyer who in the past represented the late 2Pac Shakur and political prisoner, now exiled in Cuba, Asaata Shakur. Lumumba who is founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and a former VP of the Republic of New Afrika won with a stunning 87% of the vote..

He has promised to change the Jackson, Mississippi charter to a Human Rights charter and has plans to convene the 50th anniversary commemoration of the pivotal 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer when Civil Rights activists descended on Mississippi to help the historic voter registration battle being waged by Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, Lawrence Guyot, and others involved in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party..

Not only has Chokwe’s victory been ignored, but he is rarely invited to be a part of political roundtable discussions on important issues of the day the way we see other mayors and political figures..

Remembering Eazy E & Hip Hop’s Fight Agst HIV/AIDs on World AIDs Day

I may not seem like a guy you would pick to preach a sermon. But I feel it is now time to testify because I do have folks who care about me hearing all kinds of stuff about what’s up.”

“Yeah, I was a brother on the streets of Compton doing a lot of things most people look down on — but it did pay off. Then we started rapping about real stuff that shook up the LAPD and the FBI. But we got our message across big time, and everyone in America started paying attention to the boys in the ‘hood.”

“Soon our anger and hope got everyone riled up. There were great rewards for me personally, like fancy cars, gorgeous women and good living. Like real non-stop excitement. I’m not religious, but wrong or right, that’s me.”

“I’m not saying this because I’m looking for a soft cushion wherever I’m heading, I just feel that I’ve got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what’s real when it comes to AIDS. Like the others before me, I would like to turn my own problem into something good that will reach out to all my homeboys and their kin. Because I want to save their asses before it’s too late.”

“I’m not looking to blame anyone except myself. I have learned in the last week that this thing is real, and it doesn’t discriminate. It affects everyone. My girl Tomika and I have been together for four years and we recently got married. She’s good, she’s kind and a wonderful mother. We have a little boy who’s a year old. Before Tomika I had other women. I have seven children by six different mothers. Maybe success was too good to me. I love all my kids and always took care of them.”

“Now I’m in the biggest fight of my life, and it ain’t easy. But I want to say much love to those who have been down to me. And thanks for your support.”

Just remember: it’s YOUR real time and YOUR real life.

Eazy E

world aids dayMany of us have forgotten these haunting words from the late Eazy E who died from AIDs back in 1995. His death sent shock waves within the Hip Hop community and helped open people’s eyes. His death also helped shatter the myth of that HIV and AIDS was solely a gay white man’s disease.

Today is December 1 2013 and as we acknowledge World AIDs Day where the theme is Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation, most of us are far more educated and understand that AIDs is a worldwide situation that has impacted all communities. Sadly in spite of the urgency, many of us have reverted back to what is deemed as irresponsible behavior. Many of us have looked at the success of people like basketball player Magic Johnson who was diagnosed with HIV and come to believe that this disease will not touch us…

Shortly after Eazy E’s death many people began to pay closer attention to a flurry of Hip Hop themed projects that had launched a year prior to his death. Most notable was the Stolen Moments; Red Hot +Cool which was an album and documentary that was hailed as Time Magazine’s 1994 Album of the Year. It was one of the first projects to explore the impact of AIDS upon the African American community. The CD features collaborations between old school jazz performers and contemporary hip hop artists. The documentary film focusing on the impact of AIDS on communities of color was broadcast on PBS in tandem with the album release, and released on home video.


This incredible documentary  featured groups like ‘The Pharcyde‘ who performed their dope song ‘Rubbers‘.. Below is the original track. The other video is the live performance that aired in the documentary.

A year prior to Eazy’s death artist like Michael Franti did an incredible song and video called ‘Positive’ which caught our attention..I recall around World AID Day after Eazy E’s death, AIDs activists placed calls to urban radio stations all over the country to see if they could play the song. Sadly many didn’t, claiming it ‘didn’t fit the format’ (Does that sound like a familiar excuse?) . nevertheless the word got out thanks to the accompanying video.

After Eazy E’s death there was another far-reaching project called America is Dying Slowly (AIDS) It featured everyone from Wu-Tang Clan to Organized Konfusion to 8 Ball and MJG to the Goodie Mob. This was by far one of the best socially conscious albums to ever come out. many of the artists covered a variety of themes associated with AIDs thus forever smashing any myths and misconceptions. The subject matter ranged from unprotected sex, to tainted blood transfusions to the fast life of players and the consequences they might suffer. Many people got with the flavor of that album, even though many our urban stations ignored it even with such high profile groups.

Oakland artists the Conscious Daughters did an icredible song called ‘All Caught Up’ which took the HIV/ AIDs issue head on..


Salt-N-Pepa did a song/PSA on their album ‘Very Necessary ‘


In recent years we’ve seen artists like Lil B step up and bring impactful messages with landmark songs like ‘I Got Aids‘. The song starts out with a telephone call from a guy stunned about the results his HIV results. He calls his girlfriend to share the news and to see if she knows anything about how or why he has it.


Today as we acknowledge World AIDs Day its important to take along hard look at ourselves, our community and our culture. At a date and time where there are so many videos oozing with scantily clad women oozing with sex, we have to be cognizant of the type of message we convey to younger cats as well as ourselves. Many of us portray an air that suggests it’s ok for us to creep around and keep one, two or three females on the side while we have our ‘main honey at the crib. We mess around and slip up just once and boom-HIV and then AIDS.

The other sad secret we never want to talk about is what happens to so many us behind the walls inside prison. There’s some ill things like rapes taking place and when cats get out they inadvertently spread the disease not realizing they have been infected. Many of us act like there is no longer a risk in having sex. Many of us have been so into getting our groove on that we have all but forgotten Eazy E’s final words. At the time of his death he was the ultimate mack.. How soon we forget our history.

In any case its up to us brothas to do the right thing. lets keep ourselves informed.. Lets help with the fight to find a cure. Lets get tested and be honest with ourselves. Finally lets set an example for our seeds as well as ourselves and behave responsibly. The rapid spread of this disease in our community is inexcusable and well within our reach and preventing. Hopefully brothas will take this to heart and step up their game. and hold it down.. Keep HIV and AIDS at bay and don’t let Eazy E’s death be something that happen in vain..

Below are some crucial facts that we should all know about HIV and AIDs.. This comes from the site Beyond the Odds which is spearheaded by my Hard Knock Radio co-host Anita Johnson.

Facts About HIV and AIDs Every One Hip Hop Head Should Know

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.


What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome:

Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body’s system that fights diseases.

Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease.

AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make “antibodies,” – (chemicals that are part of the immune system that recognize invaders like bacteria and viruses and mobilize the body’s attempt to fight infection special molecules to fight HIV.

A blood test for HIV looks for these antibodies. If you have them in your blood, it means that you have HIV infection. People who have the HIV antibodies are called “HIV-Positive.”

Being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. Many people are HIV-positive but don’t get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system. Viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that usually don’t cause any problems can make you very sick if your immune system is damaged. These are called “opportunistic infections.”


How is HIV transmitted?

HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluid or breastmilk from an HIV-positive person enters the body of an HIV-negative person. HIV can enter the body through a vein, the lining of the anus or rectum, the lining of the vagina and/or cervix, the opening to the penis, the mouth, other mucous membranes — such as the eyes or inside of the nose — or cuts and sores. Intact, healthy skin is an excellent barrier against HIV and other viruses and bacteria.

Worldwide, the most common way that HIV is transmitted is through sexual transmission, including anal, vaginal or oral sex with an HIV-positive person. HIV also can be transmitted by sharing needles or injection equipment with an injection drug user who is HIV-positive, or from an HIV-positive woman to her infant before or during birth or through breastfeeding after birth. HIV also can be transmitted through receipt of infected blood or blood clotting factors.


Does having HIV mean you’ll die?

Testing positive for HIV means that you now carry the virus that causes AIDS. It does not mean that you have AIDS, nor does it mean that you will die. Although there is no cure for AIDS, many opportunistic infections that make people sick can be controlled, prevented or eliminated. This has substantially increased the longevity and quality of life for people living with AIDS. Bottom line, HIV/AIDS is not the same death sentence it was say 25 years ago. People are living long healthy lives with HIV and AIDS. The sooner you start to become aware and the more you know about the “virus” the better your chances are delaying the effects of the disease.


Do I have to tell everyone that I’m HIV positive?

No. Who you tell your status is your own business. They only people that need to tell are anyone you are going to have unprotected sex with. Not disclosing your status is punishable by law. Any person who exposes another to HIV by engaging in unprotected sexual activity is guilty of a felony, when the infected person: 1) knows he/she is infected; 2) has not disclosed his/her HIV-positive status; and 3) acts with the intent to infect the other person with HIV. The felony charge is punishable in the state prison for three, five, or eight years.


How do I protect myself and my partner from contracting HIV?

Getting tested, knowing your status and limiting risk-factors for contracting the virus like sharing needles or having unprotected sex with other people, is the best way to protect yourself and your partner. Many health advocates suggest getting tested at least 3 to 4 times a year and more depending on the person’s sexual behaviors.

Can you tell someone is HIV positive just by looking at them?

No. A person living with HIV may look healthy and feel good just like you. A blood test is the only way a person can find out if he or she is infected with HIV.


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Why Did We Allow the Antics of Sharkeisha to go Viral vs The Accomplishments of Black Girls Code?

Sharkeisha In a war, those in the battlefield may sometimes be required to make sacrifices for the betterment of those standing alongside them… some may sacrifice their lives so that others can survive.. but more often than not the sacrifices made will be ones that cause some for a moment to remove themselves from their comfort zone..

There should be no doubt for many reading this, that we are in a war to win the hearts and minds of our kids and each other..Some dub it an information war. We are bombarded with images and messaging by the thousands that hit us every minute, working on our conscious and subconscious.

The end is to lessen critical thinking and get folks to become consummate consumers for whatever is being sold, product, ideology, culture etc.. At it times seems to be working. And why shouldn’t it? Millions of dollars are poured into research and focus groups so that at the end of the day collectively speaking we move in one direction and not another..

It with these thoughts in mind, that we should look at the tale of two groups teens and our reaction to them.. By now many of y’all have probably heard or saw the video out of Houston, Tx of a 16-year-old girl named Sharkeisha who sucker punched a friend and pummeled her.. The video has gone viral receiving more than 11 million views in less than a week.. Lots of blogs have been written about it as well as parodies and skits.. Sharkeisha is the talk of the town.

The young lady has thus far relished the attention and made light of the fact that cops were looking for her as she boldly proclaimed she’d do it again.. She did this on her twitter account.. The victim Shay Manuel has been traumatized http://www.khou.com/news/local/Viral-beatdown-video-victimizes-17-year-old-again-and-again-233795091.html  You can also read her statements here… http://rollingout.com/shame-on-you/sharkeisha-fight-victim-speaks-shares-photos-injuries/

Black Girls CodeThe conversation about teen violence is one we should not shy away from. Its important.. At the same time while we have conversations that go along the lines of ‘our kids are out of control‘,  ‘our kids are dangerous‘, ‘our kids our lost‘..etc, one might ask why are we not upholding and making the videos of young teens who are doing the right thing go viral.. Case in point, while we are debating this sucker punch video, very little attention is being paid to Black teenage girls from Black Girls Code.. These are young sisters, many of them from the hood who are stepping up and making major moves as high-tech coders. They are the ones who do the designing..

The woman who founded them two years ago Kimberly Bryant just received a prestigious award at the White House  over the summer and if I’m correct one the young girls from Black Girls Code was on the cover of Wired magazine  with the caption.. ‘The Next Steve Jobs‘..  The year ebfore they were nicely profiled in Colorlines http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/07/black_girls_code.html

The sisters put out a video a couple of weeks ago and to date its gotten 700 views.. Very few are turning to them and big upping their work and making them go viral.. Why is that? It’s not like they haven’t been in the news. They are obviously being featured in quite a few places.. But are we featuring them in our day to day conversations? Are we holding them up as a model for others to follow?

We say this is what we want our kids to do. We say we want them to make headway into once inaccessible industries, bust down doors and be success stories, but are we featuring them in the context of us being at war and on the battlefield? Are we featuring them  knowing that with all the exposure and conversation we are having about Skarkeisha we may inspire others who seek attention to go that route vs the route of the young sisters in Black Girls Code?

What is it about us that we won’t push the envelop to big up young girls like these or make other organizations like Black Girls Rock  , Girls Like Me or BlackBird Fly household names and the standard we strive for?

Moving forward can we and will we take the bold steps of highlighting and talking up the young sisters in our community making it happen? Can we make them international news vs the over sensationalized fight? That may the step needed in the battlefield on this day..


American Exceptionalism Will Fail, The Republic Will Fall…Black Men Will Succeed

marcus-garvey-225I normally don’t do this but I woke up earlier this morning after having this profound dream…I was standing on a mountain and I could feel the presence of the ancestors.. At the same time I kept hearing these piercing moans…They were loud and it was obvious the people were in great, great pain.. They were wailing and shouting… ‘Nooooo!”

The screams frightened me and I was set to leave my location as I started to walk a great whirlwind appeared..Within the whirlwind was the face of Marcus Garvey... He looked sternly at me and said;  “Capitalism  and American decadence is failing those who cry out in pain…America is dead. American Exceptionalism is No More Black Men are set to Conquer”..

The whirl wind disappeared

I kept walking and could still hear the screams when on the side of the road I saw Sojouner Truth.. She smiled at me and said “Brother Truth is Powerful and it prevails… Black men will succeed, America will fail

She disappeared and I still heard the load moans.

I was still scared but I continued walking when I saw Malcolm… He looked at me with grave concern and said, “Be not afraid, There is no better teacher than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time…Black Men have lost a lot but will move forward in victory..The fall of America is imminent. The failings of the Republic are inevitable

Malcolm disappeared and as the screams grew louder.. ‘Nooooo,  Noooo’ The wails were piercing and unnerving

Martin and CorettaAs I moved onward, I saw standing before me Martin holding hands with Coretta.. They both had pleasant smiles and Coretta said gently “Truth Crushed to Earth will Rise..Black Men are set to rise

I looked at puzzled..

Martin nodded and slowly and solemnly said in his preacher’s voice “Fear Not the Black Men will Rise…America is on the decline. Great wealth disparities and greed has done her in. Move upward in confidence knowing that the one star will fall to make way for many..”

As I moved down the mountain the screams of agony were louder and amongst the screams I heard threatening voices. The threats said no stone would be unturned to stop progress of Black Men.. but I surprisingly felt protected. I felt warmth…I felt there was no way to be stopped.

A little ways down the road, to the right of me sitting at a piano I saw Gil Scott-Heron. He’s my favorite artist. He was deep in thought, playing. He stopped and looked up at me and smiled;

Gil Scott HeronBrother Dave“, he said.. “In the final minutes of the final hour America will fall. I once said the Revolution will NOT be televised, but I now know that I was wrong. America will fall before the eyes of the world Brother Davey.. She will lose favor with the people..Black men will win my brother..Black men will win.. Nommo Brother Davey, Speak It into existence..Claim victory The Revolution WILL be televised

Gil disappeared and I woke up trying to make sense of the dream..I tried to put the pieces together…

American exceptionalism will fall,

Black men will rise up and win..

There will be screams of agony as opulence and symbols of greed fall. There will  thunderous applause For  Black Men and our victory will be televised?

What does it all mean? What is the meaning of this dream?

I looked up at the night sky and remembered Martin’s words to me.. ‘The one star will fall to make way for many’… ‘America’s Fall is imminent’.

Suddenly it hit me.. That could only mean one thing.. Today before the eyes of the nation and the world the one star aka the Lone Star will fall to make way for many…

Americas FallAmerica’s Fall is Imminent.. Her defeat is Imminent.. The fall of the Republic is inevitable…The Republic is Texas… America’s Team is the Cowboys….

Black men will succeed…  Black Men will win..Who are the Black men.. Men in Black? Raiders

Nommo.. Speak it into existence.. Claim victory

My dream is interpreted … Conclusion: The Raiders will beat America’s Team the Cowboys and the whole thing will be televised..and there will be a lot of moaning and groaning in the Republic of Texas.. Listen to the ancestors.. Boom! I feel good about today.. Damn Good..

-Davey D-