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Feb
03

The recent staged protests in North Africa is related to the “Black Cat Symbology” previously examined in previous articles.

The term “Black Cat” equals 19 in Chaldean Numerology.  The term “Black” is applicable in this context in that the countries involved are from Africa. But the context in which “Black” is best understood is with its meaning in regards to “secret operations”. 

“Cat” is best understood in this writing in the colloquial sense which means “a person”. Thus the “Black Symbol” as it pertains to the current situation in North Africa  refers to “a person(s) engaging  in secret operations”.  In other words covert activity also known as “Black Ops”.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary “Black” also refers to:

” of propaganda : conducted so as to appear to originate within an enemy country and designed to weaken enemy morale”  or “relating to covert intelligence operations ; black government programs.”

All countries where the Black Cat Symbol can be identified and  briefly examined in this article where once occupied by France at least one time in their history. On December 28, 2010 I wrote elsewhere that in the past 3 years the “old year” has closed with an event tied to former colonial possessions of France. This would also include the American state of Louisiana.

France ruled  Tunisia during 1881 to 1956, Algeria was occupied by the French from 1830-1962 and Egypt was under the rule of Napoleon from 1798 to 1801.

North Africa is not the only region in Africa where the Black Symbol has been present. The Black Cat Symbol was observed in Côte d’Ivoire, another former colony of France, which was in the news several months ago due to stalemate between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara with both claiming the title of President after elections on November 28, 2010.

Gbagbo was born in 1945, which when added to itself gives us the number 19: 1945=1+9+4+5=19. Ouattara prior to his campaign for President on November 7, 1990 became Prime Minster of Côte d’Ivoire. The year “1990” equals 1+9+9+0=19.

When former President Félix Houphouët-Boigny was the official head of government on May 1, 1959 he was once challenged by radical nationalists, led by Jean-Baptiste Mockey,  who openly opposed the government’s Francophile policies. Houphouët-Boigny in response  decided to exile Mockey in September 1959, claiming that Mockey had attempted to assassinate him using voodoo in what he called the complot du chat noir” (black cat conspiracy). 

Félix Houphouët-Boigny claimed that Jean- Baptiste Mockey claiming that Mockey had attempted to assassinate him using  the most powerful “black magic” rituals  in the “complot du chat noir“.

Countries Tunisia, Algeria  and Egypt all reflect the presence of the Black Cat symbol with the respective leaders of their countries. 

TUNISIA

Tunisia’s now exiled former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was born September 3, 1936. The year “1936”=1+9+3+6=19.

Mohamed Ghannouchi  became acting President of the Tunisia for a few hours starting  January 14,  2011. January 14, 2011=1+14+2+0+1+1=19.

ALGERIA

Ferhat Abbas  Algeria’s 2nd President ruled from September 25, 1962  to September 15, 1963. The year “1963”= 1+9+6+3=19.

Mohamed Ahmed Ben Bella  the 3rd President of Algeria was born December 25, 1918.   The year “1918”= 1+9+1+8=19.

Houari Boumédienne the fourth President of Algeria  was born according to some sources on Aug. 23, 1927. The year “1927”=1+9+2+7=19.  On June 19th, 1965 he officially became president of Algeria.

EGYPT

Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein Egypt’s 2nd President was born January 15 , 1918. The year “1918”=1+9+1+8=19.

Muhammad Anwar El Sadat the 3rd President of Egypt was born on December 25 1918  and was in office from October 15, 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalists on  October 6, 1981.  The year of birth of Sadat “1918” = 1+9+8+1=19. “1981”=1+9+8+1=19. Observe that the same digits of 1,8 and 9  are involved in both the birth and death of Sadat.

Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak the fourth and current President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He was appointed Vice President in 1975, and assumed the Presidency on October 14, 1981, following the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat. “1981”=1+9+8+1=19.

Mubarak is the longest-serving Egyptian ruler since Muhammad Ali Pasha. Before he entered politics Mubarak was a career officer in the Egyptian Air Force, serving as its commander from 1972 to 1975. The year “1972”=1+9+7+2=19.

As mentioned earlier the “Black Cat Symbol” and its signature number 19 indicates that  a covert operation is taking place in which the target country is being attacked externally while the appearing to implode from within.

Credence to this theory is supported from different sources such as WikiLeaks. While not mentioning any of the metaphysical indicators that reveal covert activity, the leaked WikiLeaks cables do strongly suggest that the current protests in North Africa are staged with the support of the United States government. On February 2, 2011  www.telegraph.co.uk reported:

“The US government has previously been a supporter of Mr Mubarak’s regime. But the leaked documents show the extent to which America was offering support to pro-democracy activists in Egypt while publicly praising Mr Mubarak as an important ally in the Middle East.

In a secret diplomatic dispatch, sent on December 30 2008, Margaret Scobey, the US Ambassador to Cairo, recorded that opposition groups had allegedly drawn up secret plans for “regime change” to take place before elections, scheduled for September this year.

The memo, which Ambassador Scobey sent to the US Secretary of State in Washington DC, was marked “confidential” and headed: “April 6 activist on his US visit and regime change in Egypt.”

It said the activist claimed “several opposition forces” had “agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections”. The embassy’s source said the plan was “so sensitive it cannot be written down”.

Ambassador Scobey questioned whether such an “unrealistic” plot could work, or ever even existed. However, the documents showed that the activist had been approached by US diplomats and received extensive support for his pro-democracy campaign from officials in Washington. The embassy helped the campaigner attend a “summit” for youth activists in New York, which was organised by the US State Department.

Cairo embassy officials warned Washington that the activist’s identity must be kept secret because he could face “retribution” when he returned to Egypt. He had already allegedly been tortured for three days by Egyptian state security after he was arrested for taking part in a protest some years earlier.

The protests in Egypt are being driven by the April 6 youth movement, a group on Facebook that has attracted mainly young and educated members opposed to Mr Mubarak. The group has about 70,000 members and uses social networking sites to orchestrate protests and report on their activities.”

The year 2011 according to the United Nations is “The International Year For People Of African Descent”. The recent upheaval in North Africa may distract attention from substantively dealing with issues confronting African people.

Questions remain whether the current  focus on North Africa will serve as a subterfuge to avoid dealing with so-called “Sub-Saharan Africa”, due to the  historical baggage associated with the problematic “Arab North African” identity quagmire. 

The problematic North African identity  has historically taken primarily North African countries into the sphere of “Arab”, “Muslim”  and “Petro-Oil” interests  and conflicts at the expense the cost of a more cohesive Pan-African agenda.

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Jan
30

The Black Cat symbol was ubiquitous throughout the media during 2010. The constant appearance of the Black Cat symbol was due to metaphysical cycles within the cosmic calendar as well as the intentional actions of the ruling elite. 

According to the Chinese zodiac system, 2010 was “The Year Of The Tiger”. The Chinese “Year Of The Tiger” began on February 14, 2010 and will end on February 2, 2011.

The “Tiger” is part of the Black Cat symbology for Black” refers to people or animals descended from Africa, with shades of brown and black skin external pigment.

Thus when we say “Black Cat” we are referring to the cat symbol with historical linkages as well as metaphysical signatures rooted in symbology from the culture of  ancient Africa. The link between tigers and Africa should not be dismissed though the situation today would not lend itself to that relationship. According to www.indiantiger.org:

“Although conventional wisdom has it that there never have been tigers in Africa, there is evidence from fossils that the sabre-tooth species was found in many parts of the continent until about a million years ago. The reason for their disappearance is unclear, but palaeontologists say it was probably caused by dramatic climatic changes opening up the savannahs.”

Another source informs us that:
 
“Tiger re-wilding projects are underway in southern Africa, where zoo born tigers are being taught the hunting skills they will need to survive in the wild. The Chinese and Bengal tigers are the involved species.”

The term “Cat” as in the case of “Black” should also be clearly defined. Despite the classification of “Tiger”, the word “Cat” is a general  term encompassing all members of the feline family.

Cat according to Houghton Mifflin Online dictionary is:

“Any of various other carnivorous mammals of the family Felidae, which includes the lion, tiger, leopard, and lynx.The fur of a domestic cat.”

The Chinese “Year of The Tiger” is specifically the “Year of the White Metal Tiger”.

Metal in Chinese Astrology, amongst other things, relates to:

  • The West
  • Autumn
  • The planet Venus (rather apt given that the Chinese Year of the Tiger starts on Saint Valentine’s Day).
  • The colour that represents metal is White – hence White Tiger but metal is also related to Gold and money.
  • The Tiger symbolizes character traits such as bravery, leadership, intelligence and competitiveness.
  • Famous people born under the sign of the Tiger are Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Queen Elizabeth II, Dylan Thomas, Karl Marx, Marilyn Monroe, Marco Polo and Beatrice Potter.

Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton and Prince William were among those who covered heavily in the media that had an association with the Black Cat symbol.

Queen Elizabeth and those related to her were in the news often during the 2010 as evidenced with the announcement of the pending marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Queen Elizabeth’s date of birth according to Chinese astrology is considered to be born under the Tiger zodiac sign.  The relationship of Kate Middleton and Prince William contains powerful expressions of the Black Cat Symbology include but not limited to:

  1. The  grandmother of Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II born April 21, 1926 is governed by the Tiger zodiac symbol according to Chinese astrology.
  2. The great-grandmother of Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother full name is “Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon”. The last name “LYON” is the phonetic equivalent to “LION”.
  3. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother was born on August 4, 1900, which is under the Leo astrological sign of the tropical zodiac system.  The symbol for Leo is the LION, which is the phonetic equivalent to LYON, the last name of the Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
  4. Prince William supposedly proposed to Kate Middleton in Kenya. Kenya is home of the Mau Mau. Mau means “Cat” in ancient Kemet commonly referred to as ancient Egypt.
  5. The full name of Kate Middleton is “Catherine Elizabeth Middleton“. The first three letters in the name “Catherine” is “Cat“.
  6. The upcoming marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William on April 29, 2011 is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena. Observe the first three letters in first name of Saint Catherine: “CAT.”
  7. April 29th is also the anniversary of the Moors occupation of the Iberian Peninsula which took place on April 29, 711 C.E.  The word “Moors” in Latin is “Mauri”. Observe the first three letters of the Latin word “Mauri” is “MAU”. MAU is the ancient Kemetic which means “CAT”.

Understanding the Black Cat Symbology expression of the “Tiger” greatly assists in understanding the general flow of world power.

Thus we can understand why nations that have a mythological and actual relationship to the “Tiger” such as China and Korea are in the news as well as the focus of those in power .

The “Tiger” as a species is said to exist primarily in Asia:

“The number of tigers in the 1900’s –over 100,000 — dropped to 4,000 in the 1970’s. Today, they are a critically endangered species with the total of all the wild populations of the five remaining subspecies (Bengal tigers, Indo-Chinese tigers, Siberian tigers, South China tigers, and Sumatran tigers) is an estimated 4,600 and 7,700 tigers. It is known that all remaining tigers live in small, isolated populations in widely scattered reserves.”

The 21st century is considered by the ruling elite as the “Asian Century“:

The phrase Asian Century arose in the mid to late 1980s, and is attributed to a 1988 meeting with People’s Republic of China (PRC) leader Deng Xiaoping and Indian Prime Minister Raji  Gandhi. Prior to this, it made an appearance in a 1985 US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing. It has been subsequently reaffirmed by Asian political leaders, and is now a popularly used term in the media.

As mentioned earlier tigers exist primarily in Asia and thus it is not surprising that the major international news stories would involve nations and individuals associated with that region or aligned with the metaphysical energy associated with that symbol.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are deeply entrenched in the Black Cat Symbology as the assigned date of their upcoming wedding. The pair also share in the other occult signatures as seen with their respective birth dates. Kate Middleton was born on January 9, 1982  and Prince William born on June 21, 1982. January 9th is the day of the Roman festival Agonalia:

“In Ancient Roman religious tradition, Agonalia, or Agonia, was a festival celebrated several times a year, in honor of various divinities, such as Janus and Agonius, whom the Romans used to invoke upon their undertaking any business of importance. The word is derived either from Agonia, “a victim,” or from Agonium, “a festival.”

Prince William by his birth date and scheduled wedding is associated with two noted victories by Africans over Europeans.

Prince William’s birth date took place on the same day when Romans, lead by Gaius Flaminius, were ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene in 217 BCE.

The date of his wedding on April 29th, 2011 will be the 1300 year of the Moors’ invasion of the Iberian peninsula on 711 CE.

The Chinese Year Of The Tiger which began on February 14, 2010 and ends February 2, 2010 saw within Western media a plethora of news stories where the metaphysical presence of the  Black Cat Symbol which includes the Tiger was present.

Examples of this pattern include:

  1. Chinese President Hu Jinato’s  state visit to the White House.
  2. The conviction of Wesley Snipesfor evasion. Snipes is a Leo and whose  current wife  Nakyung “Nikki” Park is from South Korea.
  3. The announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
  4. The conflict between North Korea and South Korea. 
  5. Former Black Panthers  such as Political Prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal in the news.
  6. President Barack Obama is a Leo.
  7. Congressman Charlie Rangel censured by the House of Representatives for various financial improprieties.

Is it the case that the news cycle is in synchronicity with the cosmic cycle?

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Jan
29

Master metaphysician Rev. Phil Valentine predicted that after the death of Michael Jackson, there would be a resurgence in the Beatles music in popular culture venues such as advertising, commercials and movies.

Recent trends indicate that Rev. Phil Valentine was correct in his analysis.

Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009 and since then the musical legacy of the Beatles  has quietly found new popularity. This is particularly interesting since Jackson owned the publishing rights to the Beatles music and the heightened popularity of the Beatles music was not achieved during his  life time.

The connection between the music of the Beatles and Michael Jackson is through Jackson’s association with former Beatles band member Paul McCartney. Jackson and McCartney collaborated on the songs The Girl Is Mine  (1982) and Say, Say Say in 1983.  It was during the recording of Say, Say, Say in London that McCartney and Jackson had conversations which would lead to Jackson buying the music catalogue in 1985.

” While at the dining table one evening, Paul McCartney brought out a booklet that displayed all of the songs to which he owned the publishing rights. “This is the way to make big money”, the musician informed Jackson. “Every time someone records one of these songs, I get paid. Every time someone plays these songs on the radio, or in live performances, I get paid.”

The relationship between Jackson and McCartney became strained after the former’s purchase of the Beatles publishing rights. McCartney reportedly wanted Jackson to renegotiate the terms of royalties paid to the Beatles but Jackson balked at the suggestion leading to rupture in the relationship.

McCartney wanted Jackson to do something he never practiced in his own business dealings. Currently McCartney owns  MPL Communications owns the copyrights to more than 3,000 songs, including all of the songs written by Buddy Holly, along with the publishing rights to such musicals as Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Grease. McCartney is one of the UK’s wealthiest people, with an estimated fortune of £475 million in 2010.

McCartney and the other Beatles are indebted to Black music which they copied and in the case of McCartney profited from in more ways than one.

The Beatles McCartney was heavily influenced by American Rhythm and Blues music. He has stated that Little Richard was his idol and when he was in school and always wanted to sing like him.  McCartney’s first song he ever sang in public was Little Richard’s  “Long Tall Sally”, at a Butlins holiday camp talent competition.  During their co-residency with Little Richard at the Star Club in Hamburg from April to May 1962, he advised them on the proper technique for performing his songs.  British promoter Don Arden booked him for an October tour of the country, with a then little-known The Beatles as an opening act. Little Richard thought he was going to perform gospel music, but Arden had promoted the concert as a rock and roll show. On the first night of the tour he began performing gospel music, but gave in to the pressure and began performing his secular hits. He walked off to a standing ovation. The frenzied crowd reaction was to be repeated wherever he appeared. Little Richard describes meeting the Beatles, including teaching Paul McCartney his “woo holler.”

McCartney  at one time owned Little Richard’s music , which Little Richard did not receive his music catalogue until Michael Jackson returned it to him after purchasing the Beatles music publishing rights.

Paul McCartney reportedly wrote the Beatles song “Lady Madonna” in an emulation of Domino‘s style. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney later recorded Fats Domino songs.

The Beatles covered Chuck Berry more often than any other artist’s in performances throughout their career.

The Black owned Vee-Jay Records owned the distribution of early Beatles material such as “Please Please Me” and “From Me to You”  and “Love Me Do”, “Twist and Shout”, and “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” via its subsidiary Tollie Records. Capitol Records initially refused to release Beatles records which Vee-Jay owned the distribution rights.

Vee-Jay’s releases were at first unsuccessful, but quickly became huge hits once the British Invasion took off in early 1964, selling 2.6 million Beatles singles in a single month.

The resurgence of the Beatles follows the path of the inspiration and African-American musical models which they drew from in their early years.

Paul McCartney on December 13, 2010 performed at the historic Apollo Theatre.

The invitation only show was organized by Sirius XM Radio and broadcast live for its subscribers in recognition of the 20-millionth subscription. It was McCartney’s first time playing at the legendary Apollo.

Currently there is a Broadway production titled “Rain” which pays homage to the Beatles music legacy. The production “Rain” made its Broadway debut at the Niel Simon Theatre on October 19, 2010 and ran for 11 weeks. Due to popular demand “Rain” will resume performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 8, 2011.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg of Forbes Magazine in his article “Michael Jackson:Secret Business Genius? wrote:

“Perhaps the best move of Jackson’s financial career was one that had nothing to do with his own music. In 1985, he shelled out $47.5 million to buy a publishing catalog that included 250 Beatles songs. Ten years later Sony paid Jackson $90 million for half the rights, forming a joint venture called Sony/ATV.

Today, the Jackson estate and Sony share ownership of the catalog, which now boasts half a million songs including titles by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Eminem and other artists. Insiders place the catalog’s value somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion, based on estimated proceeds of $50 million to $100 million per year. The estimate marks a 3,000% increase in value from the catalog’s initial purchase price — better than the 1,650% return on Class A shares of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway since 1990.

“You’re talking about the greatest catalog in existence,” Ryan Schinman, chief of Platinum Rye, the world’s largest buyer of music and talent for corporations, told me shortly after Jackson’s death. “When you have that many No. 1 hits in a catalog, you almost can’t put a price on it.”

One of Jackson’s best business habits was to keep shrewd advisers around him. Perhaps the best example is superstar entertainment attorney John Branca, who negotiated many lucrative deals for Jackson and has done a remarkable job with the singer’s estate thus far. Many praise Jackson for bringing in Quincy Jones to work on Thriller, but it was Branca who scored the industry-leading royalty rate that The Gloved One enjoyed at the time (nearly $2 per album sold), allowing him to reap untold profits from what turned out to be the best-selling album of all time.

Throughout his career, Jackson also sought the advice of other shrewd businessmen, including billionaires David Geffen and Ron Burkle. The latter urged Jackson to keep his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog at all costs, even when the singer was in dire financial trouble during the 2000s. The catalog’s value today is a testament to the wisdom of both Jackson and Burkle.”

The resurgence of the Beatles in popular culture is following the same path that led to their initial fame, which is through their association with Black music and culture. We see evidence of  this association in the following way:

  1. Beatles were inspired , imitated and stole from the giants of Black music such as Little Richard, Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. The Beatles were also inspired by Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley was a model of how to steal from Black music to gain fame and wealth. What many people don’t know that Elvis Presley most popular songs such as “All Shook Up” and “Don’t Be Cruel” were written by a BLACK MAN named Otis Blackwell. “Hound Dog” another popular song of Elvis was first performed by Blues  singer Big Mama Thorton, who recorded the song in 1952.
  2.  Beatles made their debut on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964.  February is Black History Month.
  3. The current  Broadway production Rain is not the first time that “Rain” appeared with a Beatles related artistic work. The B side of Paul McCartney’s and Michael Jackson’s “The Girl Is Mine” was the song “Can’t Get Outta The Rain”.
  4. McCartney for the first time played at the Apollo Theatre  on December 13, 2010. The Apollo Theatre in New York City is renowned for launching the career of many greats in Black music.
  5. The sponsor for McCartney’s “invitation only” event at the Apollo Theatre was Sirius XM. Sirius is the name of the star system whose existence was known to people of Kemet and today’s Dogon people of Mali.

Michael Jackson’s ownership of the Beatles music catalogue reversed the pattern where only whites profited from Black music. Some have speculated that Michael Jackson’s power move was not welcomed by the white corporate structure and Paul McCartney in particular. 

Could it be the case that McCartney who is “Sir James Paul McCartney” used his connections with the Royal family as well as with other elites to restore the “Black Labor, White Wealth” paradigm  and regain control of the Beatles music by undermining Michael Jackson?

To truly appreciate how the popular culture phenomenon of the Beatles followed the same pattern of the general society where whites exploited the creative energy of people of African ancestry, we can just examine where the Beatles originally lived.

The Beatles were from Liverpool, England. Liverpool according to the  International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England:

“Liverpool ships carried about 1.5 million enslaved Africans across on approximately 5000 voyages, the vast majority going to the Caribbean. Around 300 voyages were made to North America – to the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland.

The ships returned to Europe with goods such as sugar, cotton, coffee and tobacco. Liverpool grew rich on the back of trading in enslaved people.”

Enslaved Africans were vital to the financial and economic life of the area of Liverpool, England an unknown observer stated the following:

I have not come here to be insulted by a set of wretches, every brick in whose infernal town is cemented with an African’s blood. “
A DRUNKEN ACTOR, BEING BOOED OFF THE STAGE AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, WILLIAMSON SQUARE

 

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Jan
21

The mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona on January 8, 2011 was “guided” by the metaphysical themes found in the month of January, “Arizona” and the numbers 4 and 8 among others.

January

The mass shooting where Jared L. Loughner killed six and injured 13 most notably Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords took place during the month of historical significance for persons of African ancestry and America, especially in regards to the issue of violence.

The fact that this incident occurred in January is significant for both the metaphysical and historical meaning inherent with the month of  January.

The month of January is named after the Roman mythological figure Janus. Janus is ascribed with authority over “of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings, endings and time.” Janus has two heads, facing opposite directions; one head looks back at the last year while the other looks forward to the new, simultaneously into the future and the past.

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Mythology:

An old Italian deity, represented with two faces, looking different ways.

His double-gated temple on the Forum in Rome had a symbolic significance: it was open in time of war and closed in time of peace.

Janus may have been connected with the fortunes of war because any army had to pass through a gateway in order to start a campaign. An ianua, ‘entrance gate’, has two sides and presumably represents the two possible outcomes of any future event—success or failure.

From this military association Janus developed into a god of all ‘beginnings’. The month of January was sacred to him—today Europeans continue to look forwards and backwards at this time—while as Janus Quadrifrons, ‘four heads’, he presided over the four seasons. The Romans named Janus first in any list of gods invoked in prayer.”

The temples of Janus were closed were closed only during peacetime, an extremely rare event. During the reign of Roman King Numa the temples of Janus were closed in 235 BC after the first Punic War and secondly in after the battle of Actium in 31 BC.

The Punic Wars denote the military struggles between Rome and ancient Carthage. Ancient Carthage is today’s Tunisia which has been in the news due to protests by the masses against the corruption of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted from power on January 14, 2011.

The tragic day of shooting on January 8, 2011 was also the earth-day/birthday anniversary of Noble Drew Ali, the founder of the Moorish Science Temple who was born 125 years ago on January 8, 1886. Noble Drew Ali was under surveillance by local police and the FBI. Noble Drew Ali was  allegedly beaten by the Chicago Police in 1929 and died months later under suspicious circumstances.

The role of the Chicago local police and the FBI is seen by some as the source of the violence that took place amongst members within Noble Drew Ali’s organization. The FBI created a file on The Moorish Science Temple consisting of  3,117 pages. This external agitation on the part of the law enforcement agencies to disrupt  organizations such as The Moorish Science Temple is part of the paradigm violence in America.

Gunman Jared L. Loughner responsible for the Tuscon, Arizona mass shooting was a product of the military mentality and covert actions of the state against what those who are viewed as holding dissenting views.

The mass shooting on January 8, 2011 took place four days from  the 63rd year of the birth of Khalid Abdul Muhammad. Khalid Muhammad was born on January 12, 1948. 

Interesting to note that the high priest of conservative right venom, Rush Limbaugh is also born on  the same day with his birth date on January 12, 1951.

Dr. Khalid Muhammad who passed away under suspicious circumstances on February 17, 2001, was a high-ranking member of the Nation of Islam and later was the leader of the New Black Panther Party.

Dr. Khalid Muhammad was known for his uncompromising stance for the liberation of African people all over the world. He was censured by both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for his now famous 1993 Kean College speech in Union Township, New Jersey

What is obvious with the censure of the Khalid Muhammad by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate is the double standard and blatant hypocrisy of the white ruling elite.

While the comments made by Khalid Muhammad during his speech at Kean College earned him censure by the U.S. government, then what should those made by the Tea Party, Sarah Palin and white talk show radio earn them?

If the white ruling establishment were just as vigilant in silencing the voice of Khalid Muhammad as they should be with the venom from the conservative right, maybe Jared Loughner would not have felt comfortable in being so violent and having the desire to murder.

With the mass shooting taking place in the state of Arizona, it is interesting to note that Arizona Senator Republican John McCain did not vote to censure Khalid Abdul Muhammad.

7 days from the January 8, 2010 mass shoot is the 82nd year since the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. The federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. occurred 9 days later on  January 17, 2011.

The record is clear on where Dr. King stood on the issue of violence and the nature of the United States of America. In his speech “Beyond Vietnam” delivered April 4, 1967 , a year before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968:

“As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems.

I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they ask — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They ask if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted.

Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.”

King’s observation on the role of the United States government in aggressively pursuing and maintaining the violence paradigm was central to his opposition to the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War was representative of America’s Military Industrial Complex, which President Eisenhower warned  Americans about in his farewell address on January 17, 1961.

On January 17, 1961 the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower in his farewell address put forth the following analysis:

“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever-present and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.”

ARIZONA

The location of the mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona contained metaphysical registers within the state of “Arizona“. 

The first westerner credited with entering the territory now referred to as Arizona was Estevanico also known as Stephen The Moor. Estevanico according to most historical accounts was from North Africa. In addition to being an explorer he was also a renowned healer.

The state of Arizona was among the last states to recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy penned the song “By The Time I Get To Arizona” to protest Arizona’s resistance to honoring Dr. King.

The state of Arizona is also significant because it is the home of Republican Senator John McCain, who was also his party’s candidate for President against then Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

It has been cited by many that it was the caustic rhetoric of those who opposed the policies of  President Barack Obama which was a contributing factor to motivating Jared Loughner’s  violent rampage.

Numbers 4 and 8

The numbers 4 and 8 were featured prominently, with their vibrations resonating very strongly on the day of the mass shooting.

 The date of the mass shooting was on January 8, 2011, which equals 1+8+2+0+1+1=13. 13=1+3=4.

The numbers 4 and 8 share metaphysical qualities.

The president of the United States at this time is Barack Obama, who is the 44th president of the country. “44” which is considered a master number and is not simplified to a single digit expression, nevertheless  “44”= 4+4=8.

Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the face by gunman Jared Loughner, embodied the energy of both numbers 4 and 8 in the following ways:

  1. Gabrielle Giffords was born on June 8, 1970. Which equals 6+8+1+9+7+0=31=3+1=4. Remember the relationship between 4 and 8.
  2. Giffords was 40 years at the time of the tragic incident.
  3. Giffords represented Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. 
  4. From January 1, 2001 – January 8, 2003, Gifford served in the Arizona House of Representatives as a member from the 13th District. 13=1+3=4.

Giffords’ husband Mark Edward Kelly also shares in the number 4 energy vibration:

  1. Kelly is  an astronaut and the commander of STS-134  Endeavour, the final planned mission of the American space shuttle program. The numerical value of letters “STS” according to the Pythagorean numerology system is S=1 +T=2 + S=1=4.  The simplified expression of the number “134”= 1+3+4=8.
  2. “In July 2006, Kelly served as pilot for STS-121 Discovery, the second Return to Flight mission following the loss of Columbia in February 2003. Because of weather delays, STS-121 became the first Shuttle mission to launch on the Fourth of July.”
  3. Kelly’s fourth mission, STS-134, has a target launch date of April 19, 2011.  April is the 4th month of the year in the Gregorian calendar cycle.

Gunman Jared Lee Loughner expressed the numbers 4 and 8 in this way:

  1. Jared Lee Loughner was 22 years old when he committed his act of violence. 22 is a master number and not simplified to a single digit but it does equal 4 for “22”=2+2=4.
  2. Loughner allegedly purchased a 9mm Glock pistol used in the shooting from a Sportsman’s Warehouse in Tucson on November 30, 2010= 11+30+2+0+1+0=44. “44”=4+4=8.
  3. Loughner was born on September 10, 1988.

The numbers 4 and 8 was present among the six who died such as  Federal Judge John Roll, who was born on February 8, 1947= 2+8+1+9+4+7=31=3+1=4. Observe that Roll was born on the 8th day of February, 1947 and was murdered on the 8th day of January, 2011.

Numbers & Their Meaning

4

 

  • It is the number of Jupiter, law living master of protection and justice, organizer of everything that has been created.
  • Four is the number of the organization. Simple projection of the unit, the fourth was the number of perfect pace.
  • The amount of the order (the four directions of space were the first means of targeting known by men, both on land and at sea), which was introduced in the symbolism of the solar cults.
  • In origin, representing the solstices and equinoxes, the seasons, the elements, the cardinal points, the phases of the moon, the winds of heaven and rivers of paradise.
  • Many states had formerly four provinces and cities divided into districts, through four gates were opened for the addresses of space (in China, Mexico, Sudan …).
  • These meanings were extended to real titles: Lord of the four suns. Master of the Four Seas, Lord of the four parts of the world, were terms that designated the kings and chiefs, common in Sanskrit, the ancient Babylon, the Chinese, Peruvians. 

8

  • The number 8 stands in symbolism for the Planet Saturn and in occult studies, is called the “symbol of human justice.”
  • The occult symbol of 8 has from time immemorial been represented by the figure of Justice with a Sword pointing upwards and a Balance or Scales in the left hand.
  • There are many very curious things in history as regards this number. The Greeks called it the number of Justice on account of its equal divisions of equally even numbers.
  • This number influences all persons born on the 8th, 17th, or 26th in any month. *Gabrielle Giffords and John Roll were born on the 8th day!
  • Number couple, female and liabilities, first issue cubic (2 x 2 x 2 = 8), eight representing the Earth, not its size but in its volume.
    The pitagóricos, who called it the Great Tetraktis, it became a symbol of love and friendship, prudence and reflection.
  • In Babylon, Egypt and Saudi, was the number of reduplicación devoted to the sun: 2 x 2 x 2: where the image of the solar disk adorned with a cross eight arms.
  • Number of the perfection, the infinity. In mathematics the symbol of the infinity is represented by a 8 laid down.
  • Symbol of the cosmic Christ.
  • Number figuring the immutable eternity or the self-destruction. It represents also the final point of the manifestation.
  • In China, the 8 expresses the totality of the universe.
  • Number of the balance and of the cosmic order, according to the Ancient Egyptians.
  • Number expressing the matter, it is also the symbol of the incarnation in the matter which becomes itself creative and autonomous, governing its own laws.
  • The Jews practiced circumcision on the 8th day after birth.  At their Feast of Dedication they kept 8 candles burning, and this Feast lasted 8 days.
  • Eight prophets were descended from Rahab.
  • There were 8 sects of Pharisees.
  • Noah was the 8th in direct descent from Adam.
  • The strange number of three eights (888) is considered by students of Occultism to be the number of Jesus Christ in His aspect as the Redeemer of the world.  Curiously enough, the addition of 888 makes 24 and 2 plus 4 gives the 6 which is the number of Venus, the representative of Love.

The number 8 was metaphysically present in the historical significant events and personalities that were connected to the month of January previously highlighted in this article.

Noble Drew Ali’s date of birth on January 8, 1886 synchronized with the occurrence of the Tucson, Arizona mass shooting in several ways: 

  • Noble Drew Ali was born January 8, 1886 and the mass shooting took place on January 8, 2011.
  • Noble Drew Ali’s birth was 125 years ago from January 8, 2011.  “125”=1+2+5=8.

Dr. Khalid Muhammad whose day of birth was 4 days after the shooting, expressed the number 8 vibrational energy in his date of birth on January 12, 1948=1+12+1+9+4+8=35=3+5=8.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s day of birth is actually on January 15th, 1929 and was federally recognized this year on January 17, 2011. “17”=1+7=8.

King is unfortunately best known for his “I Have A Dream” speech which is only one of the many he delivered in his life-time. The “I Have A Dream Speech” is  17 minutes long. “17”=1+7=8.

Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell address on January 17, 1961 where he introduced the term “military industrial complex”.  January 17, 1961=1+17+1+9+6+1=35=3+5=8.

Consider that this hateful act of violence took place during the administration of President Barack Obama, who is the 44th president of the United States. “44”=4+4=8.

The mass shooting was rooted in the extreme opposition to America’s first acknowledged president of African ancestry and took place in a state where the first “westerner” to enter its area was  Estevanico a North African.

The failure to assess its true historical inventory has led to missed opportunities for true lasting change in America as well as the inability to have liberating spiritual insight.

The words and work of Noble Drew Ali, Dr. Khalid Muhammad, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower and Estevanico challenge America to eliminate racism and alter its violent nature.

Absence of true reflection on the lives of these men mentioned and others like them, people such as Jared Loughner though classified as “crazy” by society are in reality “normal” for a society structured as a war machine, waging destruction against its own and the rest of the world.

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Jan
17

 

The name, image and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be bantered around today embodying a host of contradictions, distortions, half-truths and out right lies. 

The memory of Dr. King has not been served well by the country which acknowledges his birth with a federal holiday, or  his detractors who mis-quote or totally misunderstand his legacy and those supporters of King who seem suspended in time when he delivered his 1963 “I Have A Dream Speech.” He is only one of three Americans to have a national holiday, and the only African-American and person who is not a former president of the United States to be honored in that way.

There are 5 areas of King’s legacy that you probably would not hear being addressed at any so-called Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration:

1.) Martin Luther King, Jr. did not fully follow the non-violence methods of Mohandas Gandhi. To be precise, Martin Luther King, Jr. appropriated an aspect of the Gandhi model but did not entirely follow Gandhi’s example.

  • Gandhi was a  life long vegetarian, while Martin Luther King, Jr. did not practice vegetarianism.
  • Gandhi’s family was a member of the Jain religion, which maintained tolerance of other religions. Despite King’s example the overwhelming majority of Christians believe that only acceptance of Jesus Christ as savior leads to true salvation.
  • Gandhi in his practice of  non-violence resistance against British colonialism of  India  implemented  the swadeshi policy, which included the boycott of foreign-made goods, especially British goods.
  • Gandhi also encouraged that khadi (homespun cloth) be worn by all Indians instead of British-made textiles. Gandhi exhorted Indian men and women, rich or poor, to spend time each day spinning khadi in support of the independence movement. Gandhi even invented a small portable spinning wheel that could be folded into the size of a small typewriter.
  • In addition to boycotting British products, Gandhi urged the people to boycott British educational institutions and law courts, to resign from government employment, and to forsake British titles and honours.
  • Gandhi was an Indian nationalist who sought the independence of his nation from white rule, while Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to transform American society and sought full integration into its oppressive American structure. King resisted the aims and objectives of the Black Nationalist movement that sought to create their own nation.

Despite not advocating any nationalistic economic initiatives, Martin Luther King, Jr. did have an economic agenda which was considered radical by the white ruling elite.

2.) Martin Luther King ‘s Economic Agenda

  • King before his death wanted the U.S. government to have a guaranteed living wage for every citizen.
  • King espoused higher levels of corporate responsibility towards persons of African ancestry as seen with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Operation Breadbasket and the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. forcibly and clearly called for a radical redistribution of wealth as a necessary step to eradicate racism in America.

In his book “Where Do We Go From Where: Where Do We Go From Here?” King put forth his ideas on the need to eliminate poverty:

“Two conditions are indispensable if we are to ensure that the guaranteed income operates as a consistently progressive measure. First, it must be pegged to the median income of society, not the lowest levels of income.

To guarantee an income at the floor would simply perpetuate welfare standards and freeze into the society poverty conditions. Second, the guaranteed income must be dynamic; it must automatically increase as the total social income grows. Were it permitted to remain static under growth conditions, the recipients would suffer a relative decline.

If periodic reviews disclose that the whole national income has risen, then the guaranteed income would have to be adjusted upward by the same percentage. Without these safeguards a creeping retrogression would occur, nullifying the gains of security and stability.

 This proposal is not a “civil rights” program, in the sense that term is currently used. The program would benefit all the poor, including the two-thirds of them who are white. I hope that both Negro and white will act in coalition to effect this change, because their combined strength will be necessary to overcome the fierce opposition we must realistically anticipate.”

3.)  Martin Luther King & Non- Christian Religions

  • Martin Luther King while an avowed Baptist Christian minister respected other religions. King praised boxer Muhammad Ali for refusing to be drafted by U.S. government to enlist in the Vietnam War.  Writer Dave Zirin in  Sports Illustrated on January 18, 2010 wrote:

“In the 1960s, Dr. King also embraced, albeit privately, a boxer named Cassis Marcellus Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali). We now know about their friendship because the FBI recorded their discussions. Their relationship was private because Ali, with his membership in the separatist Nation of Islam, was rebuked by the civil rights community. Prominent civil rights activist Roy Wilkins once said, “Clay is like a voluntary member of the White Citizens Council.”

King and Ali appeared in public together only once at a demonstration for fair housing in Ali’s hometown of Louisville. But the connection was a strong one. In 1967 when Dr King, in the face of torrents of criticism, came out against the war in Vietnam, he invoked the champ saying, “Like Muhammad Ali puts it, we are all-Black and Brown and poor-victims of the same system of oppression.”

King also sought to work with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad leader of the Nation of Islam on projects of mutual concern for the uplift of Black people.

4.) The International Vision Of MLK

  • The inaccurate media spin of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.divorces him from his work and views on international affairs.
  • Dr. King was very observant of world events and participated in what he described as “the world-wide movement” against injustice.
  • In his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” written April 16, 1963, King declared: “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained. Consciously or unconsciously, he has been caught up by the Zeitgeist, and with his black brothers of Africa and his brown and yellow brothers of Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice. If one recognizes this vital urge that has engulfed the Negro community, one should readily understand why public demonstrations are taking place.”
  • In 1957, King attended the independence ceremony of Ghana as an invited guest of the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.
  • In his speech “Birth of A New Nation” given on April 7, 1957  King stated:

“Ghana has something to say to us. It says to us first that the oppressor never voluntarily gives freedom to the oppressed.

You have to work for it. And if Nkrumah and the people of the Gold Coast had not stood up persistently, revolting against the system, it would still be a colony of the British Empire. Freedom is never given to anybody, for the oppressor has you in domination because he plans to keep you there, and he never voluntarily gives it up. And that is where the strong resistance comes—privileged classes never give up their privileges without strong resistance.

So don’t go out this morning with any illusions. Don’t go back into your homes and around Montgomery thinking that the Montgomery City Commission and that all of the forces in the leadership of the South will eventually work out this thing for Negroes.

It’s going to work out; it’s going to roll in on the wheels of inevitability. If we wait for it to work itself out, it will never be worked out. Freedom only comes through persistent revolt, through persistent agitation, through persistently rising up against the system of evil. The bus protest is just the beginning. Buses are integrated in Montgomery, but that is just the beginning.

And don’t sit down and do nothing now because the buses are integrated, because if you stop now we will be in the dungeons of segregation and discrimination for another hundred years, and our children and our children’s children will suffer all of the bondage that we have lived under for years.

It never comes voluntarily. We’ve got to keep on keeping on in order to gain freedom. It never comes like that. It would be fortunate if the people in power had sense enough to go on and give up, but they don’t do it like that. It is not done voluntarily, but it is done through the pressure that comes about from people who are oppressed.”

 

5.) The role of the United States Government In The Assassination Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the Federal Bureau of  Investigation (FBI) was obsessed with destroying Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Hoover’s sentiment was expressed in the COINTELPRO papers where he classified as “the most dangerous Negro in America.” Hoover viewed King as a Black Messiah whose efforts to change America should be halted by any means necessary.
  • Last year it was revealed that trusted photographer Ernest Withers who took pictures of MLK and others in the Civil Rights Movement worked as an informant for the FBI.
  • In a lawsuit filed by the King family against Loyd Jowers who claimed he was part of the conspiracy to murder Dr. King
  • The King family has won a wrongful death lawsuit it had brought against Loyd Jowers, a retired Memphis businessman, who claimed that he paid someone other than James Earl Ray to shoot Dr King.
  • The jury awarded the Kings just $100 in damages. The family had asked for a token amount in the wrongful-death lawsuit because what they wanted most was for the jury to find evidence of a conspiracy and lend support to their call for a new investigation into the killing.
  • Mr Jowers, who owned a restaurant on the ground floor of a building from where the fatal shot was fired, said he was paid $100,000 to hire the killer.

The five areas briefly explored in this article are just a minor part of the neglected study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The fact that a country that still continues to wage war as evidenced with its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan honors a proponent of non-violence is worthy of serious examination.

King in his writings did not address the racism exhibited by Gandhi in South Africa and India. Gandhi while in South Africa working on behalf of the “Indian community there once described the Black South Africans as “Kaffirs” and “uncivilized”.  “During his time in South Africa, Gandhi protested repeatedly about the social classification of blacks with Indians, whom he described as “undoubtedly infinitely superior to the Kaffirs”[“]

Gandhi’s efforts to work on behalf of India’s untouchable caste also known as Dalits, was met with resistance due to perceptions he was paternalistic and prevented the Dalit community from pursuing their own path. Prominent Dalit leader B. R. Ambedkar was a fierce critic of Gandhi.

The King celebration should be the time to clarify all aspects of the non-violence ideology, analyze how government as well as all areas of life can become more just and what are the positive or negative aspects of non-violence.

Instead it has been used to de-militarize the community of African ancestry and steer that community from any actions of militancy. Too many programs today will allow corrupt politicians  invited by compromised ministers to speak about King as a non-violent leader.

The people attending these type of events won’t hold these politicians and ministers to task about how they live up to the “MLK justice index” but in most cases they will satisfied that some one with a title said he/she likes Dr. King.

These are some of the issues which many will not focus on during this year’s King celebration or any in the future.

©VisionThought 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Jan
16

The mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona on January 8, 2011 where Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and 14 others were wounded with another six dead, reminds us that America is possessed and haunted by the demons of violence.  

We should not be surprised by this unfortunate incident for it is a reflection of America’s failure to deal with its diseased inner soul.

While Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fights for her life, the response to this horrific incident amounts to nothing more but a series of  sincere but aimless emotional and calculated political partisan reactions which will do little to prevent another mass shooting from happening.

The presence of violence in American society is due to both major political parties as well as the general population’s obeisance to the paradigm of violence. Jared Lee Loughner is the latest high-profile disciple of America’s violent evangelicalism.

Violence declared H.Rap Brown is “American as cherry pie.” Any serious analysis of history proves H.Rap Brown who is now known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin  is correct.  Violence is part and parcel of America’s and the so-called Western societies existence.

Without violence there would be no America or so-called Western industrial societies.

The ascendancy of European nationalism in 1492, simultaneously introduced mass scale violence as an organizing tool for acquiring power and maintaining the social order.

Violence was what started and maintained the chattel enslavement of African people as well as its evil twin colonialism, as America and Europe enriched itself from exploiting the labor and resources of the land they controlled in the Americas, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Africa.

Violence on the part of the white ruling elite permeated every fabric of society including government, economics, education, media and religion. This addiction to violence was and is part of the economic engine of America and Western industrialized societies. The profit motive is inextricably intertwined with the violence paradigm, for in a capitalist society instruments of violence are big business, providing wealth for the few at the expense of the many.

While people now grieve for those adversely affected by the act of gunman Jared Lee Loughner the industry of violence continues to function without pause or any serious consideration to the injured and the deceased.

America’s failure to seriously address its violent nature against people of African ancestry and others nationalities has removed any illusionary protective walls against the force of  the violence the white ruling elite and their white middle class supporters falsely imagined existed.  

With four of its presidents assassinated while in office,  America finds herself as the leader in violent crimes of any of the so-called  industrial societies.  According to the website NationMaster.com:

“Homicide – US had been consistently high in homicide rates than most of the Western countries from 1980 – 2000. Though the rate was cut almost in half in the 90s, it is still higher than all nations without political and social turmoil with the 2000 rate of 5.5 homicides per 100,000 people. Countries entrenched in turmoil like Colombia and South Africa, had 63 homicides per 100,000 and 51, respectively.”
When we consider the impact of firearms ownership in American society, the Center of Disease Control & Prevention’s February 7, 1997 study revealed the following:

  1. The homicide rate for children in the United States was five times higher than that for children in the other 25 countries combined (2.57 per 100,000 compared with 0.51)
  2. The overall firearm-related death rate among U.S. children aged less than 15 years was nearly 12 times higher than among children in the other 25 countries combined (1.66 compared with 0.14)
  3. The firearm-related homicide rate in the United States was nearly 16 times higher than that in all of the other countries combined (0.94 compared with 0.06); the firearm-related suicide rate was nearly 11 times higher (0.32 compared with 0.03); and the unintentional firearm-related death rate was nine times higher (0.36 compared with 0.04).
  4. For all countries, males accounted for most of the firearm-related homicides (67%), firearm-related suicides (77%), and unintentional firearm-related deaths (89%). The nonfirearm-related homicide rate in the United States was nearly four times the rate in all of the other countries (1.63 compared with 0.45), and nonfirearm-related suicide rates were similar in the United States and in all of the other countries combined (0.23 compared with 0.24).
  5. The rate for firearm-related deaths among children in the United States (1.66) was 2.7-fold greater than that in the country with the next highest rate (Finland, 0.62). Except for rates for firearm-related suicide in Northern Ireland and firearm-related fatalities of unknown intent in Austria, Belgium, and Israel, rates for all types of firearm-related deaths were higher in the United States than in the other countries. However, among all other countries, the impact of firearm-related deaths varied substantially.
  6. For example, five countries, including three of the four countries in Asia, reported no firearm-related deaths among children. In comparison, firearms were the primary cause of homicide in Finland, Israel, Australia, Italy, Germany, and England and Wales. Five countries (Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Taiwan) reported only unintentional firearm-related deaths.

The relationship  between gun violence and its impact on American society can be seen with the mass shooting incident that took place at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons manufacturer, is located in Littleton, Colorado near where the Columbine mass shooting took place on April 20, 1999.

Focus has been on the vitriol spewed by the conservative right such as the Tea Party and the rhetoric of the Republicans. Former Alaskan Republican governor Sarah Palin’s website had targeted Democratic Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for defeat by putting the Congresswoman in a rifle crosshairs graphic on her SarahPAC website.

Palin since the Tuscon, Arizona shooting has removed the graphic from her website but still encountered controversy for her failed public relations attempt with her “blood libel” comments. 

On June 2010, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-AZ) Republican opponent Jesse Kelly had an event at which voters could shoot an assault rifle with the candidate:

“Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shoot a fully automatic M-16 with Jesse Kelly.”

While the conservative right, Sarah Palin and Republicans in particular may seem to be the obvious as well as the most visible group to blame, both political parties share in the responsibility of this recent events as well as similar ones in the past and regrettably those which will take place in the future.

In psychology, psycho-therapy and in the sacred art of exorcism there must be an admission of the problem by both the agent of destruction and/or the part of the person(s) carrying out the therapeutic healing.

When it comes to violence there has been no true admission on part of the agents of violence or on the part of those offering  so-called solutions who represent the interests of the ruling establishment.

Consider the violence executed in order to claim the Americas and maintain Western hegemony. This was done prior to and after the so-called Communist Revolution and its subsequent ideological struggle with the West known as the Cold War.

America before the Communist Revolution intervened in the affairs of other nations over 100 times.

Major General Smedley Butler stated  that he was as a gangster of America capital interests on three continents. 

President Dwight Eisenhower warned against over reliance on the Military Industrial Complex in 1961, where he expressed his concern with the following words:

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions.

Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience.

The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government.

We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” (Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960 p. 1035-1040, Emphasis Mine)

The Military Industrial Complex has grown immensely since Eisenhower spoke those telling words.

Many would consider it impossible for a nation to reduce or eliminate the proliferation of  arms but there is a historical precedent for such a change in a country’s behavior.  Japan during the 1800s after guns were introduced to their society implemented a ban against them.

Furthermore though not by choice, Japan’s lack of a significant military budget after their defeat in WWII has resulted in an overall better quality of life especially in the area of education compared to the United States. 

The recent speech by President Obama did not go enough to push the institutions of power and people in America to forego the paradigm of violence.

The best President Obama could do is to appeal to ideological sentimentalism capsulated in the part of his speech where he evoked the name of  Christina Taylor Green one of the six slain by Jared Lee Loughner.

President Obama in his “Arizona Memorial” speech at  at the McKale Memorial Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson on January 12, 2011 made a moving appeal for America to be a better nation:

“They believed — they believed, and I believe that we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved life here — they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another, that’s entirely up to us. (Applause.)Despite these powerful words, President Obama as an establishment politician can not be relied upon to shoulder the responsibility for true change.

And I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. (Applause.)

That’s what I believe, in part because that’s what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. (Applause.)

Imagine — imagine for a moment, here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that some day she, too, might play a part in shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to her student council. She saw public service as something exciting and hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want to live up to her expectations. (Applause.) I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. (Applause.) All of us — we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations. (Applause.)

As has already been mentioned, Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called “Faces of Hope.” On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child’s life. “I hope you help those in need,” read one. “I hope you know all the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart.” (Applause.) “I hope you jump in rain puddles.”

If there are rain puddles in Heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. (Applause.) And here on this Earth — here on this Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and we commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.

May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

If  he were to do so he would only become a martyr without a movement. America won’t change until the population at large becomes tired of war and its effects. With all due respect to those affected by this tradegy, at this time the violence paradigm reigns.

America is often referred to by many as a “Christian nation”.  In actuality America is more like the Roman government that administered the death of the Biblical Jesus.

For America to truly cease being a violent nation it has to confront its past as well as its current spiral on the path of death.

The following are some of the areas the people of America have to seriously address without reliance on President Obama or any other politician to lead the effort:

  1. The genocide against the Native American population.
  2. The chattel enslavement of people of African ancestry.
  3. The Lynching of people of African ancestry and the failure of the federal government to pass an anti-lynching law.
  4. Significant reduction of the Pentagon and other military related budgets. This will include a suspension of  funding for a period of time.
  5. Reparations for people of African ancestry who are direct descendants of those enslaved in America.
  6. The high rates of  domestic violence.
  7. The Criminal Justice System and the unjust high incarceration levels of people of African ancestry.
  8. Police Brutality and misconduct.
  9. Identify and make illegal all psycho-tropic drugs which makes individuals violent or susceptible to carry out violence.
  10. Identify and out law all “Manchurian Candidates” covert operations.
  11. A moratorium on television shows, movies, video games, et.al which promote or reinforce violence behavior.
  12. Organized Crime and its impact on American society.
  13. Firearms manufacturers and how to phase them out of operation.

All of the above listed issues which must addressed in order to mount a serious initiative to eliminate the epidemic of violence are tied to the wealth of the white ruling elite. To deal with one of the items mentioned would invite vigorous resistance on the part of the wealth holders of this country.

The wise and wicked rulers of this country understand this and will not do anything to instigate critical thinking. Through their puppets such as the politicians in both the Democratic as well as the Republican parties and the media, the elite  misdirects America’s attention towards outlets of sentimental expression rather than concrete solutions, requiring SUSTAINED ACTION.

The entrenchment of the paridigm of violence in the psyche of the white elite is best expressed by military historian Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson on page 9 of his work “Caranage and Culture: Landmark Battles In The Rise Of Western Power” stated:

“There is also a cultural crystalization in battle, in which insidious and more subtle institutions that heretofore or were murky and undefined became stark and unforgiving in the finality of organized killing.

No other culture than the West could have brought such morale and sheer technological expertise to the art of killing than did the Europeans at the insanity of Verdun- a sustained industrial approach unlike the most horrific tribal slaughter.”

Hanson maintains:

 “Western values such as political freedom, capitalism, individualism, democracy, scientific inquiry, rationalism, and open debate form an especially lethal combination when applied to warfare. Non-Western societies can win the occasional victory when warring against a society with these Western values, writes Hanson, but the “Western way of war” will prevail in the long run. Hanson emphasizes that Western warfare is not necessarily more (or less) moral than war as practiced by other cultures; his argument is simply that the “Western way of war” is unequalled in its devastation and decisiveness.”

Suggested Reading

President Barack Obama: Arizona Memorial” speech at  at the McKale Memorial Center at the University of Arizona (January 12, 2011) *Available Free Online.

Victor David Hanson:  Caranage and Culture: Landmark Battles In The Rise Of Western Power (DoubleDay, 2001)

VisionThought Blog:

Maat, Imhotep & Rituals Of Peace: Authentic Models Of Conflict Resolution In African Society (September 20, 2010)

Christopher Columbus & The Genesis Of  The Maafa: The Arrival Of Isfet (October 11, 2010).

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Jan
04

The passing of Teena Marie  on December 26, 2010,  struck a chord with R&B fans and music lovers throughout the world. Her songs such as “Square Biz”, “Ooh La La La”, and of the course the memorable duet with Rick James “Fire & Desire” endeared her to a legion of music fans. 

Lenny Kravitz posted an emotional video in which he revealed that Marie had taken him into her home and helped him when he was struggling early in his career.

The story of Teena Marie is a composite of various strands including her own individual story, the issue of race in America as well as the history of  R&B and Soul Music. In Teena Marie’s life we see an example of the alchemical process of “becoming” and its impact on identity in America as well as the rest of the world. Teena Marie’s legacy is not without its complexities and controversies, especially given the elevated role of  a supposedly white woman achieving success performing Black music.

Teena Marie for some is an example of how Black people uncritically idolize white people and how persons of African ancestry view themselves , as well as what is “talent”  and “beauty”.

Teena Marie by most accounts was able to avoid the appearance of exploiting the legacy of Black Music where other artists such as Elvis Presley among others failed to do.

When we examine the metaphysical signatures rooted in Teena Marie’s existence we will find correspondences to people of African ancestry, Motown Records, Rick James and the tropical zodiac sign of Aries.

Contrary to published reports Teena Marie was not the first white act to be signed to Barry Gordy’s Motown record company. White singer Debbie Dean born Reba Jeanette Smith was the first white female solo act to sign with the Black owned Motown Records.

After a string of minor successful hits, Debbie Dean was dropped from Motown’s roster to later rejoin the record company as a writer/singer, and collaborated with producer/writer Deke Richards (aka “Lussier”) on songs for the Supremes, Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas, Edwin Starr, and other Motown artists.

She later co-wrote and recorded “Why Am I Lovin’ You” on Motown’s V.I.P. label. Debbie Dean lived from February 1, 1928 to February 17, 2001. 

The fact that the first female white solo artist to be signed by Barry Gordy to Motown Records was born and died in the month of February which is also Black History Month, is something readers should appreciate for the metaphysical and sociopolitical implications.

White acts were signed to Motown before Teena Marie, such as the “blue-eyed” soul band Rustix and the group Rare Earth which was the first big hit-making act signed by Motown that consisted only of white members.

Other white acts signed to Motown Records while under the ownership of Barry Gordy include Nick and the Jaguars, Chris Clark, Connie Haines, Mike and the Modifiers, Valadiers and British white female singer Kiki Dee.

Teena Marie was born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California.  Interestingly enough 186 years before Teena Marie was born, Crispus Attucks was one of five killed in the Boston Massacre becoming a martyr of the American Revolution on March 5, 1770.

She credits her godmother with exposing her to rich tapestry of Black music while growing up in the historically African-American enclave of Oakwood, a neighborhood of Venice in westside Los Angeles .

Teena Marie signed with Motown Records at the age of 19 in 1976. She went on to complete 13 studio albums, with her last one titled Congo Square released in 2009. Teena Marie’s body of work also includes 7 compilation albums and released 30 singles.

“In 1982, Marie got into a heated legal battle with Motown Records over her contract and disagreements about releasing her new material. The lawsuit resulted in “The Brockert Initiative”, which made it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for that artist. In such instances, artists are able to sign and release with another label instead of being held back by an unsupportive one.”

“Teena Marie commented on the law in an LA Times article, saying, “It wasn’t something I set out to do. I just wanted to get away from Motown and have a good life. But it helped a lot of people, like Luther Vandross and the Mary Jane Girls, and a lot of different artists, to be able to get out of their contracts.”

The metaphysical signatures associated with the spirit of Teena Marie include “The Moors”, “Santa Monica”, “Maman Brigette”, numbers 9, 11, 13, 19 and 26.

The Moors

Teena Marie is a symbolic metaphysical representation of the Moors in several ways. The first aspect is through her ethnic/racial background, followed by the historical meaning of the geographical names of the places she was born or lived and her active participation in Black music.

When describing her racial background Teena Marie stated that her ethnic heritage as “Portuguese, Italian, Irish and American Indian”.

At least three of the four ethnic groups Teena Marie identified with have direct historical relationships to the Moors.

The Moors ruled the Iberian Peninsula from 711 A.D. to 1492.  The Iberian Peninsula is the land mass covering Spain and Portugal.  Portugal is of course where Portuguese people come from.

Italians and the Irish are defined as swarthy and are included in the dictionary under the definition of Black. The Moors ruled southern Italy, Sicily in particular for at least two centuries. According to one source, the Moors invaded Sicily and Rome around 827 A.D.

The term such as “Black Irish” and the book  “How  The Irish Became White” by Noel Ignatiev come to mind, when dealing with the Irish as “non-whites”. The Irish’s association with the legacy of the Moors can be detected with names such as “Moore”, which is “Moor” with an additional letter “e” and Douglas, which means “the black river”.

We have another reference to the Moors with “Venice, Los Angeles” the area in which Teena Marie grew up as a child.

Readers should be reminded that “Venice” is also the name of a city in Italy, with Italy being  home to the Italians  which is one of the ethnic groups Teena Marie claims as part of her history.  Venice, Italy is also the setting of one of Shakespeare’s well-known plays “Othello”. 

In the play by Shakespeare, Othello is a Moor who was an African prince and general in the Venetian military. Othello was married to  a white woman Desdemona, which he kills in a fit of jealous rage after falling under the influence of evil gossip, falsely believing she was unfaithful.

The popular play by Shakespeare was an adaptation of Italian writer Cinthio’s work, “Un Capitano Moro” (“A Moorish Captain”) from his Gli Hecatommithi written in 1565.  Thus we have another reference to Italians, which are an ethnic group Teena Marie claims part of her family tree.

Santa Monica

Many Christians of all races and ethnic backgrounds are grossly ignorant of the African roots of their faith. This is seen with the African Santa Monica and her son Christian theologian St. Augustine. 

Teena Marie as mentioned before was born in Santa Monica, California.  Both the names of the city and state of Teena Marie’s birth are names of Black women. Remember Teena Marie credited her “godmother” with exposing her to Black music. While at this time her godmother’s name is unknown, we see the spiritual godmother archetype with the name Santa Monica.

Santa Monica named after Saint Monica the mother of  Augustine of Hippo, who wrote extensively of her virtues and his life with her in his Confessions. Santa is Spanish for “Saint”. Saint Monica is said to have been born in Algeria, North Africa.

The state of California provides another “godmother” spiritual archetype associated with Teena Marie. Dr. Kwaku Person Lynn writes:

“It is well documented that of the 44 people who founded the City of Los Angeles, 26 were of Afrikan descent. What is amazing and not taught in California schools is that the majority of the founders of San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego were of Afrikan descent, or that Orange County, Beverly Hills and Malibu were once owned by people of Afrikan descent.

The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia.”

Dr. Kwaku Person Lynn goes on to add:

“According to the story, California was an island where only Black women lived, gold was the only metal and pearls were as common as rocks.

The women were the most powerful and ferocious women in the world. They had beasts that were half men, half birds. After mating with men, the women would feed the men to these beasts called griffins. When Cortez arrived in California, searching for this mythical queen, her influence on him was so sever, he paid tribute to this powerful Black Woman Queen Califia by naming the state after her. California literally means, “the land where Black women live.”

Maman Brigette

With Teena Marie’s supposed ethnic background and association with people of African ancestry it is no surprise that her last studio album while alive would be titled Congo Square. According to a Barnes and Noble music editorial review:

Inspired by discovering that some of her family roots are in New Orleans, a city with which she has long felt a deep spiritual connection, Teena Marie frames Congo Square around the Crescent City. It’s her third solid album of the decade, but somewhat ironically, it’s not on the New Orleans-based Cash Money, the home of 2004’s La Doña and 2006’s Sapphire, but Memphis’ Stax.”

In regards to Congo Square:

“Congo Square is the unofficial name for an open space in the southern corner of Louis Armstrong Memorial Park. Officially named Beauregard Square, the site is paved in cobblestones and has large oaks and other ornamentals. The site has remained an open meeting area since the establishment of the city. Congo Square was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Before 1800, African-American slaves gathered on Sunday afternoons in an open field just outside the city walls on the edge of the Treme plantation. African-Americans, both enslaved and free, used this space to market goods, socialize, and participate in drumming, musicmaking, and dance. This interaction helped maintain a musical heritage and social cohesion in the African-American community. New Orleanians and visitors to the city also came here to witness African-American music and dance. The use of this area declined in the 1840s and ended by the beginning of the Civil War. Today, however, Congo Square holds a special symbolic importance to African-Americans. Although the historic use of the site predates jazz, it is significant because of the role the square played in New Orleans’ musical heritage and as a symbol of the early African-American contributions to the origins of jazz and other musical forms.”

Teena Marie’s connection to New Orleans and Louisiana in general was evident prior to the release of her Congo Square album with her signing with the sub-label of the Cash Money music label.

Teena Maire in many ways embodies the spirit of Maman Brigette.

Maman Brigitte was also known as the “Mother of Justice“. Consider Teena Maire’s  landmark” Brockert Initiative”, legal victory against Motown Records in this aspect of the Maman Brigitte archetype.

Maman Brigitte is usually depicted as white-skinned with red hair, and it is said that she is a form of the Celtic Goddess. Due to the intermarriage and cultural blending between the Irish and Africans, it is possible that Louisiana Hoodo and its parent Haitian Voodo is partially influenced by survivals of Celtic ancient religion. Maman Brigitte is one of the few Loa who are white. The Celtic reference is another link to Teena Marie’s supposed Irish roots.

Some scholars dispute the “Celtic” influence but still acknowledge that there was a intermingling between the Irish and African populations in Louisiana as well as Haiti. One writer asserts:

“Historically, most practitioners of hoodoo have been African- Americans, but there have been some notable white root doctors. Latinos and Native Americans have also been practitioners”

Thus we see as with the Moors, the Congo Square reference historical and metaphysical  links  to all the ethnic/racial groups that Teena Marie claims as part of her heritage as well as her association with people of African ancestry.

According to Mambo Racine Sans Bout:

“Maman Brigitte is considered to be the wife of Baron Samedi, Master of the Cemetery and chief of all the departed ancestors, known as lwa Gede. The grave of the first woman buried in any cemetery in Haiti is consecrated to Maman Brigitte, and it is there that her ceremonial cross is erected. She is invoked to “raise the dead”, meaning to cure and save those who are on the point of death from illness caused by magic.”

We should not be surprised that Maman Brigitte who has province over the dead is represented as a white person, for in many African traditions white was used to represent death.

With Teena Marie as Maman Brigitte,  Rick James would be her Baron Samedi. When we explore the numerology involved with Teena Marie we will identify more correspondences to the Maman Brigitte and Baron Samedi archetypes.

There are a host of numbers we could examine associated with Teena Marie but we will limit ourselves to the brief study of 5, 9, 11, 19 and 26, not necessarily in that order.

5

Teena Marie was born on the 5th of March 1956.

The date of  Teena Marie’s death on December 26, 2010= 12+26+2+0+1+0=41=4+1=5.

Rick James was born on February 1, 1948= 2+1+1+9+4+8=25. 25 is 5×5=25.

The song “Super Freak” was the 5th song from his album “Street Songs“.

9

Teena Marie passed away at the age of 54. 54=5+4=9.

The number 9 is associated with Baron Samedi and Maman Brigette.

Rick James’ full birth name was “James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.”  There are 19 letters in the name “James Ambrose Johnson” and under the Pythagorean system of numerology equals 72. “72”= 7+2=9.

The name “Rick James” has 9 letters.

11

The birth date of  Teena Marie on March 5, 1956=3+5+1+9+5+6=29=2+9=11

Rick James died at the age of 56. 56=5+6=11.

13

Teena Marie completed 13 studio albums.

April 20, 1978 Rick James’ Album “Come Get It” was released. “April 20, 1978″=4+20+1+9+7+8=49=4+9=13.

Rick James’ song “You and I” peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Pop Charts.

19

At the age of 19, Teena Marie signed with Motown Teena Marie’s first album with Motown was titled “Wild and Peaceful” in 1979.

Teena Marie’s given name is Mary Christine Brocket. The 19th surah of the Quran is titled “Maryam” which is Arabic for Mary.

Rick James’ full birth name was “James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.”  There are 19 letters in the name “James Ambrose Johnson”

Rick James released his album “Street Songs” in 1981. “1981”= 1+9+8+1=19.

26

Marie’s first album Wild and Peaceful was released in 1979. “1979”=1+9+7+9=26=2+6=8.

Teena Marie’s last studio album Congo Square was released on June 9, 2009=6+9+2+0+0+9=26=2+6=8.

Teena Marie passed away on December 26, 2010.

Aries

Teena Marie’s March 5, 1956 birth date qualifies her as an Aries under the tropical zodiac astrology system. In Medical Astrology , Aries rules the head.  Some have speculated that Teena Marie may have died as a result of a brain seizure. She reportedly  sustained a grand mal seizure last month. 

Aries appears again with the day of her death on December 26, 2010.

According to the discipline of  Esoteric Christianity, December 26th begins the first of the twelve holy days of Christmas, which is ruled by Aries. James is  disciple of the Christian tradition associated with Aries. 

The name “JAMES” appears once again with Teena Marie, which reminds us of her relationship with “RICK JAMES”.

On her album Congo Square, Teena Marie has a song dedicated to Martin Luther King’s widow Coretta Scott King. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, a day which is ruled by Aries.

Coretta Scott King was born  April 27, 1927, which under the sidereal astrology system is governed by Aries.

Aries through the sidereal calendar  is observed with the Moors’ conquest of the Iberian Peninsula on April 29, 711 A.D. According to the sidereal astrology the cycle for Aries lasts from April 15 to May 15.

While Teena Marie who is an Aries has been dubbed the “Queen of Ivory Soul”, she cites the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin as one of her major influences.  Aretha Franklin birthdate is on March 25, 1942, which also makes Franklin an Aries under the tropical astrology system.

Teena Marie throughout her life was engaged in the alchemical process involving her “SOUL”. The first stage began with her past with the diverse and various ethnic groups which comprised her family tree.  Each of these “branches” were linked historically to the Moors, who were originally from North Africa and Yemen. The Moors’ presence can also be found in Ireland as well.

The original Moors were not white but African and ruled the Iberian Peninsula from 711 A.D. to 1492, as well as parts of Italy in 827 A.D. The Iberian Peninsula consists of Portugal and Spain. Italy is the supposed home of Italians. Each ethnic group Teena Marie acknowledged as part of her blood line were areas conquered by the Moors or in the case of her Native-American part of her family tree were clearly non-white. Elvis Presley was also said to have Native-American roots on his mother’s side from the Cherokee nation. The source of Elvis Presley’s mother Native-American roots was from one of his mother’s great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee.

The second stage of the alchemical process Teena Marie experienced was with the areas where she lived from birth to young adulthood. Each name of the geographical area in which she lived from birth to young adulthood was also linked to the Moors. Teena Marie was born in Santa Monica, California.

Santa or Saint Monica was an actual person born in Algeria, which is in North Africa one of the historical homes of the Moors. California is named after an African Queen named Queen Califia.

The names “Santa Monica” and “California” are metaphysical representation of the “Godmother”spiritual archetypes which were the forerunners to her physical Godmother who introduced to as well as witnessed her “baptism” into R&B and Soul music.

Her growing up in the neighborhood of Venice in Los Angeles, Californian provides a dual reference to the Moors, for Venice is also a city in Italy an area once ruled by the Moors. Secondly the presence of the Moors in Venice, Italy was symbolized through the play  Othello by Shakespeare.

The fourth step in the alchemical process of Teena Marie was her commitment to and respect to playing Black Music. SOUND REORGANIZES MATTER.  Listening, appreciating Black Music, creating music of her own and playing this music as a fan as well as an artist altered her original chemistry.

Due to Teena Marie’s “Moorish” roots and given America’s one drop rule for determining Black identity, one can argue whether or not Teena Marie was truly white as in White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP). 

Through the science of alchemy, her sincere participation in the Black Music genre transformed her inner being through the process of Nigredo. 

Nigredo or blackness, in alchemy means putrefaction or decomposition. This is the first step in the pathway to the philosopher’s stone, where all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter.

The meaning  of the alchemical process known as Nigredo is expressed in the song Fire and Desire by Rick James and Teena Marie. It is through the “FIRE” that one can be “cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter”.

Teena Maire’s relationship with Rick James could be seen as another dimension of the alchemical process. Not only is the song “Fire and Desire” reflective of the Nigredo but their  relationship  carries profound metaphysical themes.

Teena Marie died at the age of 54. 54=5+4=9.

The name “Rick James” has 9 letters.

Teena Marie was born March 5, 1956=3+5+1+9+5+6=29=2+9=11.

Rick James died at the age of 56. 56=5+6=11.

Teena Marie is an Aries and the disciple associated with the Aries zodiac is “James- the brother of John”.  Rick James’ given name is “James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.”

Rick James was born on February 1, 1948. February 1st is the start of Black History Month. Hence Teena Marie’s  embrace of Black culture is metaphysically represented with her relationship with Rick James , despite its earthly imperfections.

Another example of Teena Marie’s release of date of her last album Congo Square, was in June which is Black Music Month.

Congo Square was Teena Marie’s 13th studio album and on April 29, 2011 marks 1300 years since the Moors’ occupation of the Iberian Peninsula in 711 A.D.

In addition to the Moors, Teena Marie also shared in the New Orleans/Louisiana culture which featured as with the Moors, an African cultural base that synthesized with other cultures.

Dick Gregory once commented that when a wound begins to heal a very black scab develops and covers it.

The current “isms” that confront the world are in the process of bringing forth their black healing cover. In Tiananmen Square the protestors in China sang a song from the Black led Civil Rights Movement in America “We Shall Overcome”.  America in seeking to emerge out of the quagmire from the Bush 43’s administration elected the first president of African ancestry.

This alchemical process which brings forth the black substance necessary for healing the world, is what Teena Marie in many ways symbolized.

 

End Notes

Congo Square New Orleans Photo:  http://freelargephotos.com/000316_l.jpg

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima

Dr. Jose  Pimienta-Bey

Dr. Edward Scobie

Booker T. Coleman

Dr. Kwaku Person Lynn

Bobby Hemmitt

Corinne Heline

Rev. Phil Valentine

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Dec
26

This past  Christmas many people celebrated the birth of the so-called messiah Jesus Christ.

Scholars such as Dr. Yosef -Ben- Jochannan, John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson and Ashra Kwesi among others have demonstrated that the Jesus Christ story is a stolen concept from Africa which has been distorted  to suit the interests of the international network of  white supremacist elites.

Others have argued quite convincingly that Western religions have corrupted concepts and principles of the ancient world that those cultures assigned as cycles of nature by falsely making them historical personages. 

There is an institutional wall around the minds of many Christian believers that prevents them from identifying “Christ” outside of their belief system regardless of clear correspondences to their Bible that can be found with persons other than their beloved Jesus.

Kersey Graves wrote in his book “The World’s 16 Crucified Saviors” that the Biblical Jesus Christ wasn’t the only crucified savior in the history of the world.

The source of this problem is found in the information scholars previously mentioned above have uncovered, has not yet reached the critical mass level of acceptance and altered how people view religion. 

This is the case despite maxims in their holy book such as John 8: 32 “You Shall Know the truth & The truth shall set you free” .

Christians cannot think outside the parameters set by white supremacy.

Consider the portrayal of Jesus by Western Christianity.  With white supremacy all disciplines including religion must conform to its logic where whites are always in the superior position. Jesus continues to be depicted as white even though the genealogy of Jesus is clearly Black.

The genealogy of Jesus is described in two passages of the Gospels: Luke 3:23–38 and Matthew 1:1–17.  In both accounts we can identify the Blackness of Jesus through David. In Luke’s genealogy goes back to Adam, through a minor son of David, Nathan and apparently again to Joseph.

With Matthew’s genealogy it begins with Abraham and then from King David’s son Solomon which follows the legal line of the kings through Jeconiah, the king whose descendants were cursed, to Joseph, legal father of Jesus.

David was the father of Solomon. Solomon is quoted in the Bible as saying in the Song of Songs 1 verse 5-6:

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.”

The one question Christians have not resolved is how can Solomon the ancestor of Jesus be Black and Jesus be white?

Another consideration for Christians to ponder is why is Egypt and other Black countries of the ancient world mentioned over 370 times in the Bible, while no modern-day European countries are mentioned?

The answer would probably explain why even with personalities in the Bible from Black geographical areas are falsely portrayed as white.

With Nat Turner we find direct correspondences with his life and the Christ mythos but due to the resiliency of Western Christianity’s myth making apparatus, the thought that any one else could be the “Christ” is not a consideration.

 To this day, there are no churches named after Martin Luther King or any modern Black Christian historical figure.

The following Biblical references  that  directly correspond to the life of Nat Turner:

Virgin

Jesus was said to be born of a Virgin, Mary.

Nat Turner was born in Virgina.

According to one source:

“This name was first spelled Verginia, and was the feminine form of an ancient Roman clan name, Verginius. Over time its spelling changed due to its association with the Latin term virgo, meaning ‘maiden.’ This meaning has driven the use of the name ever since.

In 1587, this was the name given the first baby born to English colonists in the New World, Virginia Dare. Both the baby and her home colony were named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England. Virginia is the oldest surviving English place-name in the U.S. not wholly borrowed from a Native American word, and the fourth oldest surviving English place-name, though it is Latin in form.

Virginia may be used by Catholics to honor the Virgin Mary.”

Gabriel

The angel (messenger) Gabriel foretold the birth of  Jesus.  See Luke 1:26–37.

Gabriel Prosser led a revolt against slavery in Richmond, Virgina 31 years before Nat Turner. 

Jerusalem

Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem.

Nat Turner was executed in  Jerusalem, Virgina now known as Courtland, Virgina. “His body was flayed, beheaded and quartered.”

The Number 4

In the Bible, there are 4 Gospels which supposedly document the life of Jesus. They are Matthew, Luke, Mark & John.

Nat Turner had 4 accomplices in spreading his Gospel of Liberation fellow enslaved Africans Henry, Hark, Nelson, and Sam.

Great Works

Both the Biblical Jesus and Nat Turner performed “Great Works”.  The reader can refer to the Bible to see the many “Great Works” that Jesus supposedly have done. Nat Turner is credited with the following:

  1. He learned to read and write at a young age.
  2. Deeply religious, Nat was often seen fasting, praying, or immersed in reading the stories of the Bible.
  3. He frequently experienced visions which he interpreted as messages from God. These visions greatly influenced his life; for instance, when Turner was 22 years old, he ran away from his owner, but returned a month later after having such a vision.
  4. Turner often conducted Baptist services, preaching the Bible to his fellow slaves, who dubbed him “The Prophet”.  
  5. May 12 1828, Turner “heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first.”
  6. Turner was convinced that God had given him the task of “slay[ing] my enemies with their own weapons.” Turner “communicated the great work laid out for me to do, to four in whom I had the greatest confidence” – his fellow slaves Henry, Hark, Nelson, and Sam. 
  7. February 11, 1831, an annular solar eclipse was seen in Virginia. Turner saw this as a black man’s hand reaching over the sun, and he took this vision as his sign. The rebellion was initially planned for July 4, Independence Day, but was postponed for more deliberation between him and his followers, and illness.
  8. On August 13, there was another solar eclipse, in which the sun appeared bluish-green (possibly from debris deposited in the atmosphere by an eruption of Mount Saint Helens). Turner took this occasion as the final signal, and a week later, on August 21, he began the rebellion.
  9. Turner also had influence over white people, and in the case of Ethelred T. Brantley, Turner said that he was able to convince Brantley to “cease from his wickedness”.

The Christian tradition is not the only negligent religious party in denying the spirit of Nat Turner in the lives of their participants. When we examine the name of Nat Turner’s paternal grandmother we see how Haitian Vodun and Louisiana Hoodoo tradition has ignored Nat Turner. Imagine what New Orleans would have been like with a cult dedicated to Nat Turner?

Nat Turner was close to his paternal grandmother, whose slave name was Old Bridget. She was the property of slave holder Samuel Turner. Turner’s maternal grandmother was a member of the Coromantee an Akan-speaking tribe, who was captured in Africa at thirteen years of age and shipped to America.

Nat Turner mother’s name “Bridget” is also part of the  Voodoo as well as the Hoodoo tradition in Louisiana and Haiti . The name “Bridget” is supposedly of Irish origin. The name means exalted one”,  “strong-willed”  and is “derived from the noun brígh, meaning “power, strength, vigor, virtue”. A variant of “Bridget” is “Brigette”, which is the spelling of  the loa Maman Brigette, who is the wife of Baron Samedi.

Maman Brigette  is sometimes identified with the orisha Ogu-Yansan who is the wife of Shango. Shango with his  double-headed axe which represents swift and balanced justice.

Another writes asserts that:

“While Brigitte and Oya share many functions, personality traits and correspondences – an association with cemeteries, academia and justice, the colour purple, the number nine etc, they are not the same deity in historical terms. Oya has an Africa root, Brigitte has a Celtic one.”

The historical issue is resolved when one consults the works of J.A. Rogers, Edward Scobie and others that Africans were in Europe prior to the Maafa, where Africans were enslaved.  Some have put forth the theory that King Kenneth III was a Moor. This led to King Kenneth III being  #36 on the list of 100 Great Black Britons.

Despite the existence of historical evidence of a Black presence in Europe, views to contrary exist and influence how even African religions are perceived.  This is evident in the attempt to explain the relationship of  Maman Brigette to Africa. According to http://www.goddessaday.com/african/maman-brigitte:

“Maman Brigitte is the Vodoun Goddess of death. She is the one of the Ghede loas, the deities associated with death and fertility. Her husband is Baron Samedi, the leader of the Ghede. Maman Brigitte protects cemeteries, especially graves that are marked with a cross. Since Vodou combines elements of Christianity with native African beliefs, the cross symbolizes both the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the crossroads, where the human world intersects with the divine. Maman Brigitte is usually depicted as white-skinned with red hair, and it is said that she is a form of the Celtic Goddess.”

Brigette or St. Bridgette association with the cemetery is a hidden reference to the ancestors. The so-called dead who are buried in a cemetery are the ancestors. Brigette is in effect the gateway to the ancestors.

There are 3 layers to the inherent flaws within Christianity and Western religions in general:

  1. Christianity and other Western religions have co-opted concepts, symbols and practices of the ancient world especially from Africa without giving the appropriate credit due to those nations.
  2. Christianity and other Western religions claim that they are the true religion, despite having numerous elements from the very people and groups they say are “unholy”.
  3. The supporters of Christianity and other Western religions are not aware of their history as well as not fully versed in their texts of faith such as the Bible or the Quran. This leads to a failure for them to think for themselves.

 The African derived religions are also victims of stagnation and express it in the following manner:

  1. They are still wedded to the survival tactic from slavery of masking their African practice with European imagery. They may have left the plantation but the plantation mind-set still exists.
  2. They like the Christians have not updated their religious practice to expand or re-shape their pantheon of deities to include ancestors such as Nat Turner, Haiti’s Christophe or Dessalines.
  3. The religions which are off-shots of Africa do not seem as a whole to reconnect to their source and are satisfied with remaining away from their African home.

 The great Nat Turner embodies the metaphysical and religious signatures of the Bible which makes him a “Christ” and the elements that should make him a orisha. 

Due to the inability of  the Christian,Vodun and Hoodo traditions to expand their horizons beyond their established orthodoxies, they have failed to identify contemporary figures that directly fulfill the qualities for their supposed religions.  It has been said that religion is a deification of a people’s nationalism.

The failure to ritualize or appropriate the legacy and spirit of Nat Turner stands as a glaring example of a people still in search of their nationality.

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24

They have been metaphysical references to the Moors bantered around in the media during 2010.

 The Moors ruled the Iberian peninsula which included most of what is today known as Spain and Portugal  from 711 A.D. to 1492 A.D.

The Moors called the area they ruled “Al Andalus“, which is the etymological source of the name of  the southern Spain territory known today as Andalusia. On August 4- August 8, 2010, United States President Barack Obama’ s wife First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha visited Spain. The first stop on their trip was to the area in southern Spain, formerly known as “Al Andalus“. 

Her trip was without controversy for the United States State Department issued an advisory warning travelers about racist attitudes in Spain. The travel advisory was later retracted:

“The website of the Office of Consular Affairs erased the advisory saying, “Racist prejudices could lead to the arrest of Afro-Americans who travel to Spain.”

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the advisory referred to “an incident that occurred about 18 months ago,” which he didn’t describe. “Upon review, we thought it was no longer current, and we removed it,” Crowley said.

Another  controversy that hovered over the First Lady’s trip involved the cost of the trip, a charge led by the conservatives and the political opponents of President Obama, who accused her being the modern-day “Marie Antoinette“.

Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha and 40 friends met King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia in Marbella, Spain. Marbella is a city the Andalusia, which was during the reign of the Moors named “Al-Andalus“. The city of Marbella also has ties to the Moorish occupation. “During Islamic rule the Moors built a castle in this city. The name Marbella, which is derived from Marbil-la, dates from this Islamic era. The traveller Ibn Battuta characterised the town as “a pretty little town in a fertile district.” In 1485, 7 years before the total surrender of Moorish rule, the city fell to Christian forces.

Alicia Keys marriage to music producer Swizz Beatzz on July 31, 2010 was another reference to the Moors. Keys and Swizz Beatz held a wedding celebration on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. The flag of Corsica provides a very clear  reference to the Moors:

The flag of Corsica is white with a Moor’s head in the middle.

In Corsican, the flag is called a bandiera testa mora, “the flag with the Moor’s head”. Dorling-Kindersley Pocket Book claims that this flag is the emblem of the Corsican separatists, but this is erroneous. The flag is the emblem of all Corsicans. Most of the 250,000 inhabitants of Corsica are nationalists in the sense they want the originality of the culture and language acknowledged and protected, but only a few of them are separatists claiming independence.
The Corsican flag is hoisted very frequently in Corsica, even on isolated mountain huts. On the building of the Chamber of Commerce in Ajaccio, it is even hoisted at the honour position and on a tallest pole than the French tricolour.”

The pending wedding of British royal family member Prince William is a reference to the Moors. The scheduled nuptials for Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 will be 1,300 years since April 29, 711 A.D. when the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula.

The Moors would go on to later rule over parts of France but were repelled when they sought to gain more territory in France and fell back to Iberian area.

Michelle Obama , Alicia Keys,  Prince William and Kate Middleton  share the following metaphysical registers:

January

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964. Alicia Keys was born on January 25, 1981. Kate Middleton was January 9, 1982.

October
  
Michelle Obama was referred to by critics of her trip to Spain as America’s “Marie Antoinette”. Marie Antoinette died on October 16, 1793, executed by guillotine.
 
October 16, 1995 was the date of the historic Million Man March.  On October 16, 1968 the people of Jamaica conducted various acts of civil disobedience to protest the Jamaican government of Hugh Shearer ban of Guyanese university lecturer Dr. Walter Rodney from returning to his teaching position at the University of the West Indies.
 

Keys gave birth to a son, Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean, on October 14, 2010 in New York City. October 14th is the day of the Ancient Kemetic Festival of  “Establishing Heru As King; The Appearance Before Ptah“.

3

Sasha Obama was born June 10, 2001. The year “2001”=2+0+0+1=3.

The full name of the First Lady Michelle Obama is “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama”, which equals 129. “129”=12=1+2=3.

Kate Middleton was born on January 9, 1982=1+9+1+9+8+2=30=3+0=3.

9

Alicia Keys date of birth is January 25, 1981=1+25+1+9+8+1=45=4+5=9.

Swizz Beatz is born on August 30, 1978=8+30+1+9+7+8=63=6+3=9.

Kate Middleton was born on the 9th of January, 1982.

17

Michelle Obama was born on the 17th of January, 1964.

The year Barack Obama was born “1961”=1+9+6+1=17.

Alicia Keys given name at birth was “Alicia Augello Cook” has 17 letters.

On the 17th of Athyr (November 13) commemorates the death of Ausar, which is also the same day that grain was planted in the ground in Ancient Kemet.

20/2

The number 20 and 2 appears in the year of birth for Michelle Obama (1964), Prince William (1982) and Kate Middleton (1982).

1964=1+9+6+4=20=2+0=2.   1982=1+9+8+2=20=2+0=2.

29

There are 29 letters in the First Lady’s full name “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama”.

29 is also the life path number of her husband President Barack Obama who was born on August 4, 1961= 8+4+1+9+6+1=29=2+9=11.

 The scheduled nuptials for Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 will be 1,300 years since April 29, 711 A.D. when the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula.

Alicia Keys was 29 years old at the time of her marriage to Swizz Beatz.

Keys gave birth to a son, Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean, on October 14, 2010 in New York City. October 14th is the day of the Ancient Kemetic Festival of  “Establishing Heru As King; The Appearance Before Ptah“.

 
End Notes

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Dec
23

Babatunde Olatunji lived from April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003 was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist

Olatunji was also a music educator, and invented a method of teaching and recording drum patterns which he called the “Gun-Dun, Go-Do, Pa-Ta” method after the different sounds made on the drum.

Olatunji taught drum and dance workshops year-round starting in the late 1950s. Over the years he presented workshops nationally and internationally at colleges, universities, civic, cultural, and governmental organizations too numerous to list here.

Babatunde Olatunji was born 1927 in the small village of Ajido, Nigeria, about forty miles from Lagos, the capital of the country. This small fishing and trading town amplified the ebb and flow of the seasons through the sounds of drumming that echoed through the nights.

As a child, Olatunji accompanied his great aunt Tanyin to hear the drums – hollowed out from trees and covered with the skin of goats – punctuate the lives of his people. The drummers celebrated every occasion, proclaimed the coming of local politicians, evoked the dreams and aspirations of their people. The drumbeat of his childhood became the life blood of his adult experience as Olatunji grew and traveled throughout the world popularizing the music of his Yoruban heritage.

While still in Africa in the late ’40s, the ever resourceful Olatunji read in Reader’s Digest about the Rotary International Foundation scholarships offered to youths from war-affected countries. By 1950, Olatunji and his cousin were each awarded a scholarship and were on their way to America to attend school in Atlanta, Georgia. Olatunji came to the U.S. determined to succeed in the international arena, at the time he had no aspirations to be a musician.

In 1954, after graduating from Atlanta’s Moorehouse College with a degree in Diplomacy, Olatunji moved to New York to begin a Political Science postgraduate program in Public Administration at New York University. Throughout his American education he had a unique perspective on the cultural divides between black and white Americans. Early on he realized that music, drumming in particular, had the ability to break down the long-established cultural divisions within the “Melting Pot” that America was thought to be in those days. These sorts of insights were the motivating factor that brought Olatunji to begin performing the drumming of his Yoruba ancestors.

Olatunji recorded with many other prominent musicians (often credited as “Michael Olatunji”), including Cannonball Adderley (on his African Waltz (1961) album), Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Pee Wee Ellis, Stevie Wonder, Randy Weston, and with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln on the pivotal Freedom Now Suite aka We Insist, and with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart on his Grammy winning Planet Drum projects. He is also mentioned in the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Free” as recorded on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

 He toured the American south with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and joined King in the march on Washington. When he performed before the United Nations General Assembly, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev took off his shoes and danced. Later, he was one of the first outside performers to perform in Prague at Václav Havel’s request. On July 21, 1979, he appeared at the Amandla Festival along with Bob Marley, Dick Gregory, Patti LaBelle and Eddie Palmieri, amongst others.

He co-wrote, Musical Instruments of Africa: Their Nature, Use and Place in the Life of a Deeply Musical People with Betty Warner-Dietz (John Day Company, 1965). He taught a summer drumming and African dance course with his wife, at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York for many summers during Family week. He also taught at the Esalen Institute in California from 1985 until shortly before his death in Salinas, California from diabetes in 2003, on the day before his 76th birthday.

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*Information was compiled from various sources.