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Eminem a Traditional Racist in Modern Times

Written By Nova Mwaafrica Felder


Many of us (Blacks) have been extremely apologetic or even out-right defensive of whites.  What is our problem black people (sic)? For example when the former (negro proclaimed 1st Black president) president Bill Clinton was getting sexual favors in the oval office from a young impressionable 19 year old white women, we the black community ran to his aid.  Shielded him from all transgressions and of course as the good christians that we are, we forgave him. On the Flip-side when Jesse Jackson's infidelities came to light.  Speaking of his adulterous relationship with an adult woman that led to a love child.  We, the black community instead of sticking together and aiding our brother, spat all the negativities at him.  Jesse Jackson a man that has sacrificed much for us, his people.


Now, to get at the heart of the subject, here we have a white boy, Eminem, who has benefited so much from us black people, economically and culturally to be specific.  Saying things that are out right racist and offensive to us as black people and specifically to our wonderful African Black Women. In an article by Shaheem Reid of MTV News it states that ten years ago Eminem recorded tracks that were of a racist nature. In one of the songs Eminem says All the girls I like to bone have big butts/ No they don't, 'cause I don't like that nigger sh--/ I'm just here to make a bigger hit. As Em says, Hes just here to make a bigger hit  he dont like that nigger sh-- but we must remember that he continues to pimp and to love the nigger sh-- of his million-dollar slave 50 cent as long as he keeps producing those green backs. He is even executive producer of the Tupac film Resurrection's Soundtrack, continuing with the Eminem philosophy I'm just here to make a bigger hit. Basically insuring that he gets the bigger hit while we get the biggest hit of racism, oppression, and deception.  Eminem on another track continues to rap and says Blacks and whites, they sometimes mix/ But black girls only want your money, 'cause they're dumb chicks, In this crap, I mean rap we see the contemptuous nature that Em has for our mothers, daughters, and sisters that nurture us.  He apparently feels that all of our Black sisters are gold-diggin (sic) airheads.


Now let me ask, who is really in control of what we call hip-hop today if Eminem, a Klan member in a baseball cap and jersey (the Klans apparent new uniforms), can come into the African Culture of hip hop and exploit it while he continually harbors feeling of racism towards people of African descent.  Is Hip Hop really in our hands?


I continue by reminding us of what Eminems white european ancestors have done to us these past 500 or so years.  All of us captured Africans in N. America, S. America, The Caribbean, and the greater Diaspora were brought here on slave ships by the hundreds of millions and died in the hundreds of millions.  Lets not forget the genocide that was inflicted on the 800 million plus Native Americans that were slaughtered by Eminems european ancestors in their conquest to control these two continents.  We must remember that it takes millennia for this type of psychosis (behavior) to develop in a people.  These murderous-incestuous ways of Eminems european ancestors were not developed in a day, so how can we expect them to turn over a new leaf in less than 40 years?  It was just yesterday in our parents era that we were getting hosed, hung, and flung across the streets of this bloody nation fighting for our rights just to be human.  And even today in 2003 we are still continually bruised, battered and beaten at the hand of the oppressor even if it may be at the hands of a negro (defined as a mentally dead Black person) cop or authority figure handing down the brutality (social, physical, spiritual-various forms of brutality) in the guise of white supremacy. Here are a few names of recent victims of this behavior, Roberta Spruwill 2003(Ashe-an ancient African call and response used when giving respect to passed on ancestors), Patrick Dorismond 1999(Ashe), Amadou Diallo (Ashe), Anthony Baez (Ashe), James Bird (Ashe), Abner Louima. I could go on for 1000 years if I were to continue.  This is just an abbreviated list of our people that have been abused, lynched and killed at the hands of contemporary white supremacy. 


We as an African people must stop and think about the decisions we make, the causes we support, and even where we buy something as insignificant as a pair of underwear from. We must think before we speak on the Eminem situation. Before we jump to save him (as we do to our masters traditionally see 1st paragraph-comments on Clinton vs. Jackson or should I say The negroes vs. Jackson) we must remember what he and his ancestors stand for.  Remember Em's idol is Elvis Presley, the foremost CULTURE BANDIT /PIRATE.  He is following in his footsteps.  Stealing what was not created by him or for that matter for him.  Hip Hop came out of us Africans as an outlet for our constant oppression.  We invented this genre of African Music, Hip Hop, to forget about this oppression just for a brief moment and not always worry about this "GREAT WHITE APE on our Backs" (Malcolm X) as opposed to getting high on drugs or some criminal activity.  And now look at her (Hip Hop). The flunkies are in total control of what is hot and trendy.  The Geffens, Priorities, Sonys, and every other entity that can siphon money out of our black wallets every chance they can get, are in total control.  They are the captains of the ship, The SS Hip Hop.  Its not the Jay-Zs, the Nass, Tupacs, Biggies or even the negro actin (sic) a fool P.Diddys in control.  Seemingly they are but they aren't. 


Remember MY GREAT BLACK PEOPLE that our culture belongs to us that means we must control it- process it -package it -market it- eat it and- s--t it.  Our CULTURE BELONGS TO US. 


The Late Great Dr. John Henrick Clarke (ASHE) says that we as Africans have always had and continue to have what others want and these others in this case the, europeans, have always been scheming to steal and separate us from what is ours.  This includes Our Culture the most sacred part of us.


Please Brothers and Sisters Remember everything I have said.  Study and fight hard and take everything seriously because whether you believe it or not we are in a fight for our culture, language, history, and spirituality. Virtually ourselves.  


Hottep Sisters and Brothers as long as the Sun Shines we must Move Forward and never forget in the Spirit of Sankofa and the Millions that have died for us to be here



And Finally DO NOT support those that you know as a group do not support you.







My First Trip to Egypt


Written by Nova Mwaafrica Felder


The Land of the Blacks, Kemet, Ta-Meri, known to most of us as Egypt the Black beginnings of civilization.  All of these names of the greatest and ever lasting civilization represent a different part of her history.  This past summer I was afforded the opportunity to visit this great civilization that birthed all civilization.  I was one of twenty-seven pilgrims that made this journey.  I am proud to say that one of the twenty-seven was the world-renowned Dr. Ben, our guest lecturer in Cairo.  This made the trip an extra special, being that Dr. Ben is the foremost scholar on the subject of all things Egyptian.  Unfortunately the fiery Dr. Ben experienced an ailment and could not travel or lecture with us but did leave his force with us.  Dr. Clinton Crawford of Sankofa World Publishers orchestrated the odyssey. 

The educational tour lasted 15 days, from July 27th to August 10th.  The Tour covered all of the main educational sites throughout the nation.  Sites such as the Pyramids at Giza that contain the three most renowned pyramids of the hundreds that are in Egypt.  They are the Great Pyramid of Khufu(the largest of the 3), the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of MenKaure.  The Great Sphinx is part of the Pyramid Complex at Giza, it is a site that is etched in my mind for all time. The Temple of Isis at Philae Island in southern or Upper Egypt gave me my first impression of the degradation that had befallen these monuments by foreign invaders.  The figures on the bar relieves had been manually disfigured, for example graffiti such as crosses were blatantly placed over many of the art works.  The rock cut temple of Ramses II at Abu-Simbel dedicated to Ra-Hurakhte stands facing lake Nasser.The temple is an imposing sixty-foot high structure that is full of detail and architectural precision.  The Temple would remind you of the Lincoln memorial or Mt. Rushmore but much more skilled. We visited many other sites such as the Nubian Museum in Aswan, Hatshepsut temple (2nd three tiered structure in the world), the double temple of Komumbo (site of the worlds first Hospital); Abydos (the first Mecca or Jerusalem) Djosers Steppe Pyramid built by the great Imhotep and the Cairo Museum. 

The most intriguing part of this pilgrimage was the amount of information and wisdom that still resides in these monuments built by these great ancient Africans.  Stepping into these holy sanctuaries and architectural marvels was taking a step back into the abyss of time and actually feeling and experiencing the intellectual vigor and spiritual harmony that must have inspired our great ancestors to build such great memorials to the Creator and in my estimation to us.  I say to us because no one builds in the fashion that these ancients did just to immortalize their beliefs and principals of the time.  It is my belief that this immense and extensive framework was left for future generations of Africans to retrace the steps of their ancestors back to the source in order to return to greatness.

These steps that we must trace through the great barrier of time was only equaled by encountering the native Black African Egyptians, the people known to the Nubians.  The Nubians are a beautiful people that have a range of gorgeous brown skin tones and an elegant language that equals the sounds of any Romance language ever spoken.  We visited a Nubian Village outside the City of Aswan and we were greeted with open arms, like the returning lost children that we were.  I felt as if I were in Accra, Ghana or on 125th Street in Harlem and I mean this literally, Nubians are just as good (if not better) at shall I say persuasion as any Brother in Harlem. We brought school supplies and medical supplies and distributed them to our brothers and sisters.  They were most appreciative, especially the children.  It was a delight as well as a fulfilling experience to meet with our people. And it is especially fulfilling to see that the Nubians still identify with their Africa-ness even though the current invaders on their land, the Arabs have displaced them so much.

Our ancient ancestors left a legacy that is still seen on the planet today.  Whether its a modern skyscraper that uses the obelisk (Tekhen) as a direct model or systems of government that are in practice today (Republics, Socialism) that have their roots in the systems of Ancient Egypt.  We must remember that the information left for us has to be used to fuel our future progress.  We as Africans must embrace the spirit of Sankofa (to return to the source) and use the given principles such as Maat (balance), and those found in the forty-two negative confessions (42 principles of Maat from the Book of the Dead) to liberate our minds, bodies and spirits.  The Pilgrimage to Ta-Meri has given me a clearer picture of what it is to be a person of African decent as well as what is expected of me from my ancestors.  It is a pilgrimage that I feel every African person must make in her/his life just as a Moslem would go to Mecca or a Christian would go to Jerusalem.  And I know and understand that all of us cannot make that journey but what we can do is study works on Egypt by scholars such as Dr. Ben, Dr. Clinton Crawford, Gerald Massey and many others to diffuse the knowledge of our ancestors into our spirits for enlightenment as well as strength.  If anyone is interested in learning more about the educational tour to Egypt you can visit  On that note Brothers and Sisters I leave you my love of all us Africans and shall I say HOTEP.

Africans unite

By Damion Trent


       I the words of the late great Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Pan-Africanism or perish.  We as African people, and when I say this Im not just talking about those of us born on the continent.  Im talking about all of us yes you to Mr. and Mrs. Jamaica, Haiti Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, Grenada and Hyphenated African (African- American).  If we do not come together as one and bring to a halt the divisions created by our oppressors we will never rise to the greatness that our ancestors intended for us.  We all came from the same parts of Africa, some us just ended up in different places, courtesy of our European slave masters.  Some of the first enslaved Africans brought to America came from Barbados, when one ventures to Beaufort, South Carolina they will see some of our people who called the Gullah people.  They have an ascent that is quite similar to those of us born in the Caribbean. So as Dr. Schrader would say get out of the box and visit this area if you would like to see this for yourself. 

           This phenomenon of division is has catapulted recently, when we were fighting for freedom in the 50s and 60s we came together as one, but lately we find every excuse n the book to separate. One must go and take the Life and works of John Henrik Clarke class with Dr. Clinton Crawford so you will learn that we are all one people.  The three major pan-Africanists in the world were at one time were C.L.R. James, George Padamore and H. Sylvester Williams. All three of the men were from Trinidad.  George Padamore was an advisor to the great Kwame Nkrumah the man who led Ghana to its independence.  Kwame Nkrumah was highly influenced by Marcus Mosiah Garveys ideals and of Course we know were Garvey was from.  Malcolm Xs father was affiliated with Garvey and Malcolms mother was from Barbados.  In the beginning of the 20th century up until the 70s you had African people all over the world, uniting with each other at Pan-Africanists conferences.

         These pillars of our heritage were trying to unite African people. All these names that we use to divide were not in existence.  As Bob Marley says we are under mental slaver, I guess that is why some of us can call ourselves Caribbean people, even though Carib means cannibal, and lets not forget the term West Indian, as named by Columbus, he thought he could travel west by going east.  And of Course last but not least African American or black American, how could one hyphenate their identity with the oppressors name joining their name, they dont think you are an American, because if they did you would receive equal rights. You dont get that because you are an African.  They treat us all the same, that is because our oppressors are better Pan-Africanists then most of us.  They dont see a Guyanese are Black American the man sees an African. 

             So next time you go out on eastern parkway think about the separation that parade purports.  If a person is not from the so-called Caribbean they cannot participate in that parade, additionally, that parade did not start in the Carribean.  That form of celebration dates back to our Ancient African, If you dont believe me take African Art History are the Educational tour to Egypt with Dr. Clinton Crawford and you will see what Im speaking of.  We must reclaim our heritage and unity and stop having separate clubs and clicks based on where we were born, because we are all African the progenitors of civilization.  To discuss this article the author can be reached at .                      

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