It’s sad that in these times people have forgotten what it means to be a Gangsta. Too many of us think that getting into dumb fights over sneakers or rapping about guns is some “Gangsta shit”. Black Gangs were created to protect black people from all types of police brutality and harassment. It was intended to provide security for us. Therefore, a real gangsta is one who defends his people; fights for them and provides for them. That’s Gangsta shit. Written by @KingKwajo
Independence Day is a Widely Celebrated National Holiday here in America, “Land of the Free”. I laugh every time I hear the phrase. Every year millions of Black People spend billions of dollars celebrating July 4th, America’s Independence, but I wonder if we know our history. On July 4, 1776, America would adopt the Declaration of Independence which would mark its Independence from Britain but whose Independence was it? The harsh reality is that while “Americans” were celebrating their Independence, Black People were still being beaten, raped, and tortured. While the “Bombs Burst in Air”, Africans in America would continue to be enslaved. The adoption of the Declaration of Independence meant nothing to Black people who would still suffer enslavement for almost 100 more years. So with that in mind, I ask just as Frederick Douglas asked in 1876, “What is July 4th to me?”
Written by: @KingKwajo
The Haitian Revolution was one of the largest slave rebellions in history. Although it was not the first slave revolt to take place in what was then known as Saint Dominigue, it had one of the greatest impacts on society. The fighting began in August of 1791, but the desire for independence began long before. Fueled by the cruel and inhumane treatment by white slave owners, Slaves would call for a voodoo ceremony to prepare to TAKE their Freedom. During the ceremony, the slaves would call upon the voodoo warrior Spirit, Ogun, and leaders would be selected to lead the revolt. Now contrary to popular belief, Toussaint l’Overture would not be among the first leaders of the rebellion; he would come later. It would be a man named Boukman.
After the ceremony, over 10,000 slaves marched to battle and began killing their white oppressors. In a few short days, thousands of whites had been killed and the morale of the Black army was sky high. This battle would serve as the catalyst for the Haitian revolution and eventually over 500,000 slaves and Free Blacks would join the battle for Independence. For years this Black Army, now lead by Toussaint l’Overture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, would fight and defend their land. They would defeat the French armies several times along with the English and Spanish. In 1803, Toussaint would eventually be captured and die in prison but the revolution would not end there. Dessalines would lead the blacks and defeat the French once again forcing them to leave the land for good.
On January 1, 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared the nation Independent and renamed it Haiti. Haiti would become the first black republic in the world and one of few nations to win its independence from a European power. Slavery was abolished and a constitution would be provided that granted rights to all Haitian people. Most of all, the Haitian Revolution provided the inspiration for nations, not just black, but all over the world to begin to fight for Freedom. Had it not been for this Black Allegiance, lands such as Dominican Republic would never have gained their Independence.
“The Only Thing Necessary for Evil to Prevail Is for Good Men to do Nothing.”
Written By @KingKwajo
Anger is an emotion that can be used for Positive things as well. A lot of us don’t realize this and automatically connect Anger or Aggression as being Negative, which is understandable because that’s what we have been conditioned to believe. However, the truth is that these two emotions can be used as fuel to drive you closer to your dreams and ambitions. It’s all about how and where you choose to channel these emotions. You have to be pissed off for greatness and we as a people need to be pissed off for change. Stop letting second class people sell you second class bullshit. “Young, Black, and Angry.” I Love the Phrase because if we really understood what has and is currently being done to us, How can we not be angry? Let’s use our Anger and Aggression to make a Positive difference.
Written by @Kingkwajo
Whenever you post about the struggles black boys/men face, there’s always some confused black person who wants to try and minimize our struggle by comparing it to black women. Like what’s the point of that? What’s your mission? Black Men and women are both oppressed. What sense does it make for us to sit here and argue over who’s more oppressed. Two groups of people targeted by the same system fighting over who it targets more. Like they want to win the “most oppressed” award. We need to focus on who and what causes this oppression instead of trying to point out who struggles more. All that does is waste time and energy that could be used to tackle White Supremacy. Racism is the enemy. White Supremacy is the enemy. Focus your energy on combating that. If we drop a post uplifting Black Men it’s because Black men need to be uplifted. Period. It’s not to shit on black women. Redirect your anger because all that does is aid white supremacy because if you shittin on the brothers then you ain’t fighting the power. Written by @KingKwajo
Far too often in the Black Community, especially the Conscious Community, we get hung up on chanting slogans and repeating phrases that it almost seems as if we forget that there is much more to our fight than just that. We have to be able to provide for ourselves and our people. We can’t call ourselves Kings and Queens if we are completely dependent on other races to survive. Let’s build our own.
Post by @KingKwajo