Mr. Dynamite

2I saw the James Brown Story and just a few days ago watched the HBO Documentary titled Mr. Dynamite. I would suggest that, if you have not seen them, you should. Therefore, I want to pay homage to “Mr. Brown” for his impact on the world. For all of his faults and problems nearing the end of his career, Mr. Brown was a force and not just in the entertainment field but as a ground breaker. I think all black people should admire him if for no other reason that for his hit recording – “Say it loud I’m Black and I am Proud”.

I was a teenager at the time when the song was released, and it was a game changer. It was at a time when the slogan “Black Power” was spoken privately among ourselves and during what was still the Jim Crow era. He had the nerve to release the song, which was could have ended his career right there, but he take a stand with this powerful message. Mind you, this was just shortly after the time of “Race Music” and for those who don’t know it was when white artist stole black music and black music was not allowed to be played for white people to hear or radio.

The untimely death of James Brown in 2006 left a huge void in what was once called “Soul Music.” Young people today don’t realize the relevance of Mr. Brown’s accomplishments, although I doubt if Brown himself ever doubted his own significance as a historic figure and an undeniably game-changing artist. His showmanship and art altered the music world, but James Brown didn’t bring blacks to the mainstream; instead, he brought the mainstream to blacks and made them appreciate and internalize black music and culture.

Everybody who has ever heard a song by Mr. Brown has attempted to tell his story and try to dissect his complex and multi-layered life. Regardless of the varying opinions most have failed to fully capture the depth of value that Brown and his music played in transforming American life.
A New Year Times reporter RJ Smith wrote a book a few years ago titled “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown where he said:

“Smith not only effortlessly highlights James’s unmatched musical career, but also provides a well-studied historical context for the basis of his artistic expression. Chronicling the legacy of resistance through music, Smith explains how James’s artistry was closely linked to the struggle for civil rights as well as the cultural expression of blacks, from Africa through slavery and the journey into the 20th century. It would after all be impossible to discuss 20th-century music and the civil rights/black power movement without putting James Brown at the top of that list. And “The One” is the first serious book to explain precisely why.”

“When you reflect on the life and legacy of James Brown, it cannot be explained without taking into account the period in which he was raised and the experiences that shaped his identity. But just as important is how he incorporated his social/political views into his music in a way that was soulful and entertaining beyond belief.”

James Brown was an enigma, and I would imagine by his own design, which could very well be the price of fame. Brown who grew up in the harsh and segregated south where the conditions of his upbringing could and should not have promised the multitude of success obtained throughout his career. This was accomplished by hard work, grit, and dogged determination. His life by virtue of being in the entertainment business was made up of constant challenges and hurdles, but his perseverance and tenacity — coupled with sheer talent — provided the world with a lens on the American black experience.

The article stated that “The One” thrives in highlighting how James’s irrefutable genius and artistry transcended social blockades and eventually drew audiences from all sectors of society. The funk originator never compromised his roots and never sold out in order to be accepted; rather, he made the world revolve around him. But despite his tremendous achievements, his success was still limited.

The hardest-working man in showbiz not only made us “black and proud” but he also possessed a soul rooted deeply in equality and justice for his people. I will not attempt to rewrite a story that has already been well written nor have I read the book because I live his life with him. I am suggesting that to understand the greatness in a man that so many have tried to tarnish – maybe we credit him for being there and doing what he did for us to benefit from today.

He was no doubt the King of Soul, created Funk, and birthed Hip-Hop – to which we all should be grateful. I don’t believe there are any perfect men, but there are men with perfect intentions. Therefore, I’m going to overlook any faults or frailties the man may have had and just say as Mr. Brown said so boldly in a recording at a time – “Say it Load I’m Black and I’m Proud” – Rest in Peace Mr. Brown. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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Phillip Agnew, Defending The Dream For The Next Generation

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Phillip Agnew: “I think we just have the right message at the right time.” Watch this video and you will see what the problem. What the white says in the same language used in the early 1960s, including the about the March on Washington.

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/10/02/watch-this-young-black-man-give-a-near-perfect-response-to-a-white-male-whos-ignorant-about-the-systematic-oppression-of-black-people/

Originally posted on News One:

For Black History Month, NewsOne honors GAME CHANGERS: Everyday heroes whose actions make life better for the people around them. SEE ALL OUR GAME CHANGERS HERE.

PhilAgnew_twominutesPhillip Agnew

Place of Residence: Florida

Why He’s a Game Changer: Agnew is one of the founders of Dream Defenders, along with Gabriel Pendas and Ahmad Abuznaid. The group was launched in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to build young leaders while fighting for social justice.

Wanting to take action and demand justice in the wake of Martin’s shooting, the group protested in front of the Sandford, Fla., police station demanding the arrest of Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Later, they occupied the Florida State Capitol demanding the passage of “Trayvon’s Law,” drafted during the takeover, which would abolish Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws.

“Stand Your Ground is just one branch [of] a really poisonous tree…

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Celebrity Crime Files: “Violence is Necessary”

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The recent killing of black men is as old as America. In the 1960s was as bad if no worse than what we see today. This is going to be a very interesting show on TV ONE! Has it come to the point where Violence is Necessary?

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Feeding The Beast

6When President Eisenhower left office late in the 1950s he said, “The biggest threat to our country is the military industrial complex.” This means feeding the beast!

Witnessing President Obama’s speech on America reengaging and calling for expanding the war in the Middle East – proves Eisenhower’s point. Most of the intelligence apparatus seems to think there is no “imminent threat to the homeland” from this group – ISIS. So why then after the beheading of two journalist, which is regretful and horrifying, that American blood and treasure must be shed?

Someone responded to one of my articles commenting that she thought I was a “slow prophet” because the stories I tell speak a truth. I was surprised because I am not anything of the sort. I simply see things the way they are, knowing that there is nothing new under the sun. It is just that history repeats itself and regardless of who is in power, the system is designed to protect the system, which means just as sure as things change; they remain the same. America was built on the concept that there has to be poor people in order for there to be rich people and war makes the rich richer.

The Vietnam War was started because of a lie and so did the wars we’ve been fighting for the last decade. Honestly, America has not been victorious in any conflict in over sixty-years; Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or any of the smaller conflicts over a half century. So why does this insanity continue to occur? The answer is simple – TO FEED THE BEAST – the military industrial complex!

With all of the problems within the country economically and the dire issues facing American citizens, who are neglected. But somehow they have found enough money and spent a trillion dollars bombing this place where America have been supposedly securing for a decade. Therefore, it is fair to say it is not about “freedom”, rather it is about the money made on the death and suffering of those in harm’s way that only benefit the rich.

Currently, America is bombing six countries in the name of freedom with no end in sight. How can America assume any semblance of moral authority when it maims and murders for the benefit of the rich. We listen to the “neo cons” and the “war hawks” who want more wars to repay their donors. While we are on the eve of destruction as they ask for tax deductions. Make no mistake, once again the industrial military complex and their minions are going to make a killing by using the newest bogie man.

It is a SHAME and a DISGRACE that all “they” talk about is the horrors of ISIS occupying and terrorizing their people; yet fail to acknowledge or do anything about the black and minority communities being terrorized and occupied by their local governments and the police. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

This makes a lot of sense – John Stewart on ISIS!


A Mother’s Mission: The Shooting of Milton Hall

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

Police officers in Saginaw, MI fired more than 45 shots at Jewel Hall’s son Milton. Despite abundant evidence that officers showed a reckless disregard for Milton’s life, the U.S. Justice Department did not charge any of the officers responsible for the killing.

In Washington D.C., the ACLU of Michigan is playing Jewel Hall’s testimony at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on “Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States.” Learn more at http://www.aclumich.org/MiltonHall


The Return Of Jim Crow? Millions Threatened By Massive Voter Purge [VIDEO]

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The place that claims democracy is the biggest violator of it!! Voting rights is the cornerstone of democracy! Just says the game is rigged.

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A special election investigation by Al Jazeera Americaand journalist Greg Palast uncovered a series of Republican lead anti-voter fraud actions that may be targeting millions of minorities.

Republican officials in 27 states have launched a massive new campaign against voter fraud, using a computer name-matching system to claim that over 3 million citizens voted twice in the last election.  The list they are using is based on common Black, Hispanic and Asian names like John Jackson, Jose Rodriguez, and David Lee. This GOP lead action could prevent millions of  voters from taking part in this year’s midterm elections.

Palast spoke with Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” and the Straight talk panel (Angela Rye, Robert Traynham and Kim Brown) via Skype about this massive voter purge. Listen to their entire conversation below.

DON’T MISS the  Al Jazeera America 2-part exposé…

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NewsOne Minute: Sister2Sister Magazine Files for Bankruptcy

Thought Provoking Perspectives:

We lost Jet and Ebony leaving the black community to rely on the often false and unreliable information from “the other” sources.

Originally posted on News One:

Sister2Sister Cover September 2014

A mainstay of the black entertainment magazine scene is about to go dark. Sister2Sister, a publication that was designed for African American women and highlighted black Hollywood, has filed for bankruptcy. Jamie Foster Brown, the publisher of the 28-year-old magazine, says she wants to focus on building its online brand. “The community does not want us to go away,” she said. “We wanted to teach people through celebrities.” Read more.


Researchers Rush to Develop Ebola Vaccine

While the U.S. grapples with procedures to prevent the spread of Ebola, researchers around the world are hard at work to try to find an effective vaccine. There are several drugs being tested to halt the outbreak. “A vaccine is critical, because the truth is, we just don’t know what is going to happen,” said Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, an organization geared towards improving both human and animal health. “I’m very…

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