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Free You Mind

2I have been told that I see things from a different perspective. Maybe, but I would say I see things as they are and understand that nothing is as it appears. With that said, what we are told and lead to believe on every level of life is that the system is designed to protect the system. Once a year for thirty-days in February we celebrate a month to commemorate Black history. How about being more broad-minded to where we will look at Black History Month through the prism of American History. In fact, there would be no America without the people kidnapped from Africa.

Let me suggest that the journey of twenty-eight days be extended to 365 days, 23/7 and know your history. Look into a mirror and ask: “Who am I?” This is important because you might, if honest, see a person that is the representative of your life. Let me explain, you say that you love a God who you have never seen, yet you do not love the man or woman before you who you can see. Ask yourself; how can that be?

You know you have prejudices that you were either taught or came to know base upon your experiences. White people in most cases are prejudice against blacks and everyone else. Blacks are prejudice against whites, and blacks. Moreover, every nation on the face of the earth has a prejudice against someone mainly because they are different. I am going to suggest that religion oft-time has a lot to do with your thinking. Let me remind you; “if you control what a man thinks. You will never worry about what he is thinking.”

If you think about this and understand that your enemies have invested in your soul, which is a tried and true principle of “divide and conquer.” I say this specifically to address the issues that exist between the African American male and female. God created us (man and woman) to join in a union to live and to create life in order to continue the species. Now, how is it that we have lost this simple understanding designed by our creator? The war against us is against all of us, both black men and women.

Our hope rests within us – not in what is inserted into us by an enemy. So black women, you’ve been had, hoodwinked, when you distance yourself for the black man. There is a biblical passage that says “you will reap what you sow.” You have a convent with the black man by virtue of your birth – your children need him, and so do you.

Black men, you too must be that man you were created to be. The children you create – need you; that mother needs you. Being black means nothing to those of the other hue – I say it’s time to mean something to each other. I am not judging anyone – just saying! However, I will remind you that scripture says, “Judge not lest you be in danger of being judged”. The ghosts of the greats who sacrificed their lives for you are watching!

It is time for you/me/us to think differently and make a change – and the time is now! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

A Picture Of Greatness

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. You will see the greatness in the eyes and faces of those who had the courage to be shining examples, and whose shoulders we stand. You too have that greatness. We need to simply understand that you can change the world but first we must change ourselves. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

Black History is American History!




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Author/Teacher/Speaker John T. Wills is currently scheduling interview and accepting speaking opportunities in preparation of upcoming projects. If you would like to engage an empowering speaker who has a passion for history and is an expert on the African American Diaspora. My philosophy is “I may not be the one to change the world, but I can change the mind of the person who will”.

I am a firm believer that “education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. Of course, we know poverty speaks to economics and despair speaks to the mental condition of the mind. It is commonly expressed that knowledge is power, but I say understanding and knowing what to do with knowledge is power.

I have been a professor, and currently an Adjunct Professor and received awards from several business organizations for my work. I’ve been referred to as a “Griot” for my communication style and ability to connect with audiences. The meaning of a Griot in the African context is an acknowledgement of knowledge rooted in oral tradition of the African Diaspora. More simply put, a Griot is the keeper of the information, facts, considered a repository of oral traditions, and those stories based in historical significance, which is very different from His-Story that in most cases misrepresented.

After one of my presentations, I received an email for an attendee who said, I “have the ability to extemporize the issues of current events, explain, and pass on historical knowledge.” The message also said, “Mr. Wills your wit can be devastating to what we have been taught about our history though your knowledge of history – formidable. Your storytelling and recounting of history is profound and taught me more than I can express.”

Please share this release with your network of friends and interested parties who may contact me directly for interviews and/or speaking engagements at johntwills@ymail.com.

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Princeton Scientific Study: America is No Longer a Democracy; It’s Now an Oligarchy

2I came across this article that was worth sharing. It was written by Eric L. Wattree taken from The Wattree Chronicles. His blog did not allow me to reblog but it is surely a good read.


scientific study done at Princeton University indicates that the United States is no longer a Democracy. The country has now morphed into an Oligarchy. That means that the nation is no longer controlled by the people. It is now controlled by a handful of wealthy and powerful puppet masters. It also means that we are no longer in a race war; we are now in a class war. Thus, the poor and middle class, of EVERY race, are now the new niggas. So wake up, America, while you still have a chance of fighting back.

One of the biggest problems that we have in this country is that we’ve allowed malevolent factions to throw us a bone and then use our votes against us to undermine our interests. The reason we’ve allowed this to happen is because we’re so gullible that we tend to believe that any faction that supports any issue that we’re passionate about is our friend, and that tendency has repeatedly been used against us. Over the years that has repeatedly caused the American people to forge alliances with the very people who want to cut their throats.

So it behooves poor and middle-class Black, and White people, to wake up, put our petty differences aside, and come together as a viable political force that’s ready to pitch a tooth-and-nail battle for the future of this country. If we don’t, the Tea party, the Klan, the Black Guerilla Army, and the Mexican Mafia are all going to find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder picking virtual cotton on the very same plantation.

Ironically, many White people already recognize this fact – that’s why Barack Obama is President today. But due to our unique historic background, lack of formal education, the proliferation of urban legends disseminated by poverty pimps, and lingering suspicions and bitterness, many Black people are resistant to this reality. Some demagogues work for the enemy by purposely keeping the poor and middle-class divided:

“When you’re trying to talk about issues that affect the people, name calling get’s in the way. Name calling is nothing but another weapon of mass distraction.” – Cornel West. Hmmmmm. Think about his words, and then his behavior.

But while it is undeniable that some White people are dogs (just like some Black people), we now also have undeniable evidence that MOST of them are good people who simply want to live and let live just like the majority of Black people. White bigots are a small minority of the White community, but they are a vicious and very loud minority (see Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Pat Robertson, etc.), and they’re being amplified by the power and wealth of corporate feudalists in order to keep us divided, so their noise and power far exceed their numbers. If that were not the case, Obama wouldn’t have been elected president – twice. No, Obama’s election doesn’t mean that this is a post-racist society, but what it does say is, racism and bigotry are being maintained and perpetuated by a minority of the White community.

Consider this – even if all Black people had been allowed to stay at home, and the vote of every Black man, woman, and child in America had been automatically posted for Obama, there still wouldn’t have been enough of us to elect him President of the United States. Black people are only 13.6 percent of the population. So if only one hundred votes were being cast to determine the presidency, and every group was given the number of votes that corresponded to their percentage of the population, Black people would only be given 14 votes.

But in order for Obama to become president, he needed 51 votes. Where did those other 37 votes come from? I’ll tell you where they came from – many of them came from White people. Obama could never have been elected president without them. So that’s in direct conflict with the message that the majority of White people are racist bigots. Numbers don’t lie, so while it may satisfy the anger of those who allege that to be the case, the numbers simply don’t validate their claim.

White folks are being fed the same kind of nonsense on the other side of the fence. That’s how we’re being kept divided, and how the rich are taking over. The current battle being fought is over class, not race, and both poor and middle-class Blacks, and Whites, had better wake up and recognize that fact, or we’re ALL going to be enslaved.

Many White people need to understand than when the GOP is targeting Social Security, they’re not just targeting the Social Security of Black people, they’re targeting EVERYBODY’S Social Security.  And when the corporate feudalist and their GOP cronies sent our jobs overseas, they didn’t just send Black jobs overseas, they sent the jobs of the White middle class out of the country as well. So again, America needs to wake up. Our true enemy is multiracial, and has very deep pockets and influence (Black folks, see Clarence Thomas).

Pages 22 and 23 of the Princeton study says the following:

“What do our findings say about democracy in America? They certainly constitute troubling news for advocates of “populistic” democracy, who want governments to respond primarily or exclusively to the policy preferences of their citizens. In the United States, our Politics findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.”

The study goes on to say,

“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

That’s something that every poor and middle-class American needs to think about, regardless to what color they are. Whether Black and White racists like it or not, we’re on this plantation together – and the GOP is the primary overseer.

Michael Eric Dyson blasts Cornel West: ‘You ain’t that important’

This is a reblogged article written by Stereo Williams

2Over the past several months, Dr. Cornel West has been vocal in his disapproval of President Barack Obama, as well as Dr. West’s fellow intellectuals and cultural commentators Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Rev. Al Sharpton. Speaking last year in regard to President Obama’s 2013 inauguration, Dr. West stated, “We saw, of course, the coronation of the bonafide house Negro of the Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton, supported by the Michael Dysons and others who’ve really prostituted themselves intellectually in a very ugly and vicious way.”

As he spoke about the state of black intellectualism at Rev. Sharpton’s National Action Network Conference yesterday (April 10th), Dr. Dyson addressed Dr. West’s criticisms.

“The prophetic temptation is to believe your voice is the only voice,” said Dr. Dyson. “[You think that] your vision is the only vision. That’s what makes you a genius at a certain level. That’s the nature of genius — but you’re tripping, because you’re not the only one.”

“I don’t see [humility] in a lot of Negroes talking. They act like it’s ‘my way or the highway’ — you ain’t Frank Sinatra!” he continued. “Howard Thurman said, ‘You can go to the Atlantic Ocean, you can dip your glass into the Atlantic Ocean and it may be full of the Atlantic Ocean — but it ain’t all of the Atlantic Ocean. So stop thinking that your way is the only way. It may be a greatway, it may be a powerful way that works for you, but one size don’t [sic] fit all. So be honest and humble in genuine terms — not the public performance of humility masquerading a huge ego. No amount of hair can cover that.”

After insinuating that he was referring to Dr. West, Dr. Dyson spoke about his contemporary directly.

“I’ve probably known him longer than anybody on this panel. Hung out with him,” Dyson said. “I’ve been a victim of his vicious assaults in public. I’ve held my powder. That ain’t my usual nature. [Dr. Farah Griffin] called me up and I listened to Farah. Because she loves us both [and was] trying to negotiate a cease of hostilities. But I’m not going to pretend that it doesn’t hurt for you to call me a sellout because I disagree with you. You can be ‘ride-or-die,’ but while you’re riding — see who your vehicle is rolling over.”

Dr. Dyson voiced his belief that Dr. West’s criticisms of President Obama stem from his personal vendetta against the president after West felt that he had been “snubbed.” Dr. West did not receive an invitation to Obama’s 2013 inauguration after attending the president’s first inauguration in 2009. One of West’s major criticisms has centered on his belief that the White House is not providing access to those working for civic and legislative causes.

“With [former President] Bill Clinton, you’re rhapsodizing about access [to the White House] — if access is a problem, it was a problem then. Not because you didn’t get a ticket to go to the inauguration for Obama!” Dr. Dyson stated emphatically. “I’m not talking about just [West], he ain’t the only one. But since he’s been public about it, here’s my response to [his criticism]: I love you, but you can’t talk about love and act unlovingly. It’s the personal assault on Obama that I found problematic, not the principled critique. I’m not mad at principled critique, but you still could be wrong. But when you start indicting my soul like I’ve given my soul over to Obama or the devil — now you’re tripping. You ain’t that important. You’re not God to be able to leverage the divine assignment of privilege or punishment.”

Just A Thought!

122A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful email from a follower praising me as a “Griot”. She went on to say that I had so much wisdom. At that, I had to “LOL” [laugh out loud]! Let me explain, I greatly appreciated the lady’s compliment, and when I thanked her, I enlightened her as to how I view the title from my perspective. The interesting thing about wisdom is that you become old enough to know you really don’t know anything. You just have a passion for learning. But what is important is that what you know you want to share with those who don’t know.

In today’s world being called a Griot is a remarkable statement in that I see it as standing on the shoulders of giants. Let me add that because I love history and know our past, it is simply a system of survival. If you are conscience of who you are and where you came from it is easy to speak the truth to what has been written by those greater than ourselves. People died for us to live today. Those who wrote the story are those who should be praised. I just tell their story from a different perspective than “His-story”.

It is important to teach our children, and empower our communities because the fact is: “if we don’t, who will, and if not now, then when”. Let’s not let it be too late! Through my writing, I try not to preach, although I am accused of it from time to time. Fact is only we can do for us because the others have never done anything for us as a community. Our people have lost sight of the fact that we are at war because we are outside of the system that was not created to include us.

History reports many instances where “they” claimed to do something to right the wrongs of our existence in this land far away from our original home-land. For example, supposedly the descendants of Africa were freed from slavery, yet we are still in bondage and forty years after that the next system called reconstruction took away any freedom granted. From that, the next system as resulted of that so-call freedom was called segregation. This horrible system of Jim Crow lasted about another seventy years. I will tell you that this thing they now calling post-racial is the new Jim Crow and African Americans are worse off than they were a hundred years ago.

Let me close with something kinda like a Friday rant by saying, if we had listened to those who struggled for us and continue to fight the fight, as a people we would have overcome. No, we did not listen to DeBois, Malcolm, Stokely, H. Rap, Elijah, or the King. I will quote Brother Dick Gregory who said, “I won’t be here when they hit you, but is been a pleasure to die with you”. Until more of us take a stand and be willing to subscribe to that prescription, we will remain a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Darkness Seething Beneath The Pretty

                    He loves me and I don’t know if I’m in love too
                           or if I just love to be loved by him.
                 I belong in the arms of the one who wants me right?
                       The arms that adore my beautiful soul
                          even if I cannot justify its existence.
           Even if I cannot lend proper reason to me being enough.
             Enough for someone so deserving of something more
                                        than what I can give.
        More than this darkness seething beneath the pretty that I give…

23Appearance, Perception, and Image are all words with which all women are familiar. They are all words we were told at least once in our lives. They define some part of who we should be. How a proper lady should appear literally at face value; before her mind is considered part of her wholeness. These words are drilled into us day to day through various forms of the media and need no more help from me. However, they do force a question or two: If I can manage to achieve the picture of a lady, what would I be losing? As I work so hard to polish myself golden for the world, what might I tarnish inside?

The answers may differ from soul to soul, but the need to be “enough” is the same. The search for self in another is the same. The disappointing journey into someone else’s opinion in order to fill the “darkness seething beneath the pretty,” can be scarring even if you don’t feel the initial cuts. It is a mistake many of us make. We find the warmth and strength of another a temporary relief from the weakness we’ve accidentally groomed within ourselves. For a time it works. It’s beautiful but how do we deal with the inevitable? What foundation within ourselves do we stand on when things are no longer new and carefree?

If you have not taken the time to learn that an individual’s self-worth can only be dependent upon, themselves, the realization that you cannot find that worth in another will be crippling. The resulting effects on the one close to you will be painful. It is just as hard for you to learn that you aren’t completely in love with yourself, as it is for the one you love to learn that you cannot yet truly love them. If you simply “love to be loved by him” you will maintain the effort to keep yourself polished to his desired golden shine.

It may become an obligation to remain how you think that you are favorably perceived so that you can continue to feel like “enough for someone so deserving.” The irony is that this is not the love you seek, for with only this there is still emptiness, there’s still a “darkness seething beneath the pretty.” The hope is that if we are able to learn to love who is beneath the stereotypical and one dimensional image of a lady, maybe we can have the joy in an internal shine so brilliant that our appearance, perception, and image will own a residual glow.

By Kathryn Sabir-Beach

Gun Control Now!

23Let me start by sending my heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathy to the parents and families of those who have lost love ones due to the senseless tragedies that happen all too often in America. So far this year, there have been a horrible shooting as a result of gun violence. Many of you have cried and felt pain mainly because of the lives lost the perpetrators.  We see the footage of these events on television, yet most of you have no idea as to the pain felt by the parents, children, and families.

Moreover, such events have proven to happen anywhere; schools, theaters, Malls, in the streets, and anywhere in any neighborhoods. I saw a comment on Twitter after the most recent incident that said, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” This person would not have said such a crazy thing if one of the people killed were a family member. This time the National Rifle Association (NRA), a leading gun rights advocate, had no comment! Let’s remember that there have been shooting after shooting – death in rising number in all manner of public venues. It’s not safe to go anywhere.

One of the things I also heard was “this is such a great suburban town” and “this does not happen here”. Not surprising, but in cities and communities throughout the nation people have been crying out for someone to do something about guns for as long as I can remember. In urban communities’ children suffer Post Dramatic Stress Syndrome as a result of the combat like environments they suffer and witness daily.

I have experienced war firsthand and know that witnessing the brutality of death inflicted upon another human never leaves the minds consciousness. But my point is to say, now that we have witnessed so many acts of mass murder committed by these killers that it’s time to begin a serious debate over gun regulation.

Of course, the usual argument will ensue that the Second Amendment of the Constitution will be raised and the court rulings, which in my view wrongly rendered, have upheld or at least supported this contention. While the Supreme Court ruled in D.C. v. Heller that bans on handgun ownership was unconstitutional, the ruling gives the state and federal governments a great deal of latitude to regulate gun ownership. This means something can be done.

As the U.S. Second Court of Appeals put it upholding a New York regulation, “The state’s ability to regulate firearms and, for that matter, conduct, is qualitatively different in public than in the home. Heller reinforces this view. In striking D.C.’s handgun ban, the Court stressed that banning usable handguns in the home is a ‘policy choice’ that is ‘off the table,’ but that a variety of other regulatory options remain available, including categorical bans on firearm possession in certain public locations.”

So, do we have to continue to endure the Gabby Gifford’s, Mr. Brady, shootings at malls, schools, colleges, and movie theaters only to see countless innocent murders before our government takes action? It is a sad state of affairs! These views are vastly different when color is applied. It is striking that if a black man kills someone – he is a menace to society. When a person from another country kills someone – that person is called a terrorist. But when a white man kills someone – he is mentally ill.

I don’t want to compare this incident to the Stand Your Ground Laws, the two black teenagers in Florida, or any of the countless acts of gun crimes in recent memory. But it is time for the insanity to end. It is our government’s duty to make sense of the senseless and a good start would be to immediately begin a dialog leading to corrective action to protect the citizens of our nation.

Guns are made for one purpose and that is to kill. Maybe just maybe – if they were fewer guns, there just might be fewer killings. When we keep doing what we’ve always done. You keep getting what you always got. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

India Arie Writes Angry Open Letter About The Grammys: Black Artists Are Excluded

23I was unable to reblog this article from India Arie’s Tumblr Page. There I have shared her open letter via Thought Provoking Perspectives. The outspoken singer addresses and issue that many in the African American community have complained about for a long time. Now, musicians and artist are now speaking out. What are your thoughts?


The outspoken singer India Arie, who is not afraid to speak her mind, let loose after the Grammys for 2014.  Speaking along with a chorus of many other black performers who are determining that the Grammys are virtually worthless, Arie gave her honest opinions about this and other musical awards shows, which are focused mainly on awarding popularity and sales, but only concerned with musical quality as a complete afterthought.

Writing on her tumblr page, Arie started off by stating that the “Music industry’s biggest night” is not what it’s cracked up to be:

 Though it’s called “Music industries biggest night” the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone – the music industry politics is a whole NUTHER conversation.  Too much to go into here.

The American Music Awards is a show that awards sales and popularity – the #Grammys are SAID to be about the music.

Arie, who is known for producing conscious and authentically black music, also says that the African American musical community loses when its best artists are not represented at the show every year.   She says that this is a consistent pattern of denial and embarrassment toward the black musical community that simply should not be tolerated.

NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not) … Where were the black artists?

And this isn’t the first time the #Grammy’s has had a show all but excluding young black America and black artists in general, although we set the worlds musical trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on stage TWICE?

So, India Arie makes some valid points in her letter, which leads to an open question:  Why don’t black artists simply boycott the Grammys?  Rather than complaining about the Grammys to people who don’t care, she might be able to mobilize other artists who think the same way and get them to join her in a battle against the awards show by simply not showing up.   Her complaints about the Grammys are nothing new and have been around for 40 years.  Is it time to do something or just keep getting upset because someone else is choosing not to acknowledge you?

You can read more of her letter here. 

Introducing Kathryn Sabir-Beach

2It gives me great pleasure to introduce Kathryn Sabir-Beach, who will be a frequent contributor to Thought Provoking Perspectives. This profound lady of thought will offer writings concerning issues that are of interest to women. Moreover, she is a budding poet and will share some of her poetry. Kathryn is new to the literary world but aspires to one day become an English Professor, as she strives to hone her creative writing skills.

Kathryn is a Honolulu native currently living in the Washington DC Metro area seeking to live a childhood dream to touch the hearts and souls of the world through her passion and literary skills. Her passion has been confined or maybe caged within for far too long and now have expressed a strong desire for it to be free. Kathryn is currently working on her first book with hopes of its release later this year. I am very pleased and take great pleasure in allowing this very special lady the opportunity to offer her expressions through this vehicle.

Through one of our communications with Kathryn she remarked: “I want my passion and devotion for the written word to be the mirror of my mind for all to see.” I was profoundly impressed with that statement and compelled to lend my assistance to a young woman who has the drive and creativity to touch the minds of mankind. I believe the rent for our existence is to be of service to the benefit of others. Therefore, I cordially ask that you welcome my friend as warmly as I have and feel the passion that comes from deep within her soul.


I’ll love you until tomorrow,
and since tomorrow will never come,
I’ll love you until forever,
until there Is no moon or sun.
We’ll do this together, I promise,
and my promise is no lie.
I would fight the world for you
until our souls may fly.

So breathe in this peace I offer you
feel it in your soul.
Breathe out the pain that’s followed you,
before the darkness swallows you whole.
The love I’ve grown to love is beautifully untold.
It was vowed, mine to have and hold.

There’s no need to fret my dear.
For your love is protected here.
If a smile it may bring,
I would fight the world for you
until all sorrows learn to sing.

Know deeply that I love you.
Trust deeply that I care.
Even when your sun has set
this darkness we will share.
For I’ll love you until tomorrow.
And if tomorrow never comes,
you’ll be loved until you’re forever,
until our souls may fly as one.

Kathryn Sabir-Beach © 2014

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