I’ve ALWAYS been personally connected to MOVE. Growing up, I heard my family members mentioning MOVE and the tragic circumstances around them being bombed. Due to my age at the time, I didn’t really understand the magnitude of what my mother was explaining to me. She talked about the adults and children that were murdered in the bombing with outrage and anger. In addition to that, the imagery and pictures of MOVE members left a lasting impression on me. I distinctly remember that they wore their hair in locks. They had hair like my family of Rastafarians and had embraced a natural way of living. Both my parents were searching for answers as the incident unfolded in May of 1985.
YES…according to Mumia Abu Jamal, one of the most recognized and significant political prisoners in the history of America, Black August is the reason why we continue to survive the Jamestowns, Watts’ and Fergusons. It is the collective, resilient thread of our refusal to go away and die quietly.
Conceptually, Black August is a time that is crucial for Black people of the Diaspora. The month of August is populated by a number of significant events, rebellions, resistance movements, birthdays, transitions, and solidarity based events that draw individual and collective attention to this time of year.
Comedians are some of the most brilliant humans. Their ability to satirize, humanize, and eulogize subject matter that could be difficult to confront in ANY other context is a demonstration of one the highest form of intellectual assessment.
You may just want to reconsider how you deal with that class comedian who get’s under your skin.
Comedians invite us to walk voyeuristically into their worlds, viewpoints, opinions, perspectives, assessments, shame, and their triumphs unapologetically.
That is what Issa Rae and Insecure do for us. We are allowed to look through Issa’s lens of awkward, imperfection and beautiful flaws with laughter. The writers do a great job of digging into some serious, contemporary ish:
One of the most important things that resonated with me during those summers in Jamaica was the difference in approaches to education. I remember waking up and being ready to round up all my friends for some fun and games. However, my enthusiasm and coordination efforts would be met by statements like,
“So and so can’t come out now, him have exam fi tek and dem ah study.”
“I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to […]
“You’re never alone, even during what your think are your weakest moments. You have thousands of years of powerful ANCESTORS within you, the blood of The Divine Great Ones in you, supreme intellect, and royalty in you. Infinite strength is always on tap for you. KNOW THAT!” -Author Unknown Sooo New York is known […]
“I think it’s so dope that I’m here in Chicago and contributing to the music scene that’s thriving. People are so happy Chicago’s shining that everyone is willing to say ‘I represent Chicago.’ That wasn’t always the case.” – Chance the Rapper Now throw yo hands up for the CHI!! Today as we celebrate […]