Who Are You Praying To?

I am finding it increasingly important to have some sort of spiritual grounding and connectedness to the universe in the midst of all of this confusion and corruption currently taking place throughout the world. Often times when some sort of injustice occurs, a senseless murder of a black child for instance, I hear a lot of black people say things like: there is nothing we can do but pray. Especially at the start of the riots in Ferguson, MO, I read a lot of arguments stating that we shouldn’t be fighting, protesting, or boycotting but all that we should do and can do is pray. And continue to pray, and pray, and pray some more. Though I don’t underestimate the “power of prayer,” I do believe that prayer without works is dead completely. I often wonder two things when I hear comments like this.
Who are you praying to?
If you are praying to a savior of a religion that was altered by man in the favor of white supremacy and against women and people of color, will your prayers for equality, justice, and change ever manifest? I found it quite contradictory to practice a religion that is now infested with so much hate and inequality. I am particularly referring to Christianity in this case.
Has western religion crippled our ability to fight for what is just?
I think that this is an important question to ask ourselves, especially as black people. During the civil rights movement we followed Dr. King, a Baptist minister who taught us to be peaceful to our enemies. One of my favorite quotes of his comes from a conversation that he was having with Harry Belafonte where King states that he was worried that he may have integrated his people into a burning house. Looking at today, a lot of black preachers are still leading our people into fire by not giving them the tools for proper spirituality, but merely reiterating white supremacy, self-doubt and hate through the false image and ideals of Jesus and the holy bible. I was reading a speech of Dr. Cornel West from last weekend’s resistance in Ferguson where he says talks about the divide between old civil rights leaders and the black youth of today, saying that these preachers and leaders have gotten too churchy and forgot the real meaning and our purpose in fighting for justice. We have gotten too comfortable and too fearful. Continue reading

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#FergusonOctober

I know you probably want to stay just as informed as I do about what’s really going on in Ferguson, MO while the newspapers and news broadcasts continues to transmit misinformation.

Since I cannot actually be there, I’ve been trying to follow and stay alert and as educated as possible. I am so proud of the youth that has been down there on the front line of protests for nearly 70 days now, since the killing of Mike Brown. They have not wavered. All of them, each one of them, is in my thoughts every day. Peace and love to the freedom fighters.

As I’ve been researching and looking through different social media outlets, I’ve been able to learn and realize the impact that this is having on the world. The culture is shifting. People are waking up and realizing the injustice of our governments and police forces. People are protesting against the police and the governments in Mexico, China, Palestine, and the U.S. The thing that these countries have in common is the influence and involvement of the United States government.

I look forward to talking more about this in future posts, but I wanted to share this website with you guys and any information that I come across I will be posting. I was sick for a week or so, so I have not been writing much but I’m getting back into the swing of things now that I am healing.

Visit www.fergusonoctober.com for more information on the ferguson protests this past weekend with action photos and videos and info on what’s to come. We have to keep this going, if not for our own freedom than for the freedom of future generations of African and Latino children. When the life of a black woman’s son is just as important as the life of a white woman’s son then we will know peace. But not until then.

Peace&Love.
MJ

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The Melanin Chronicles w/ Dr Africa

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national mobilization in Ferguson: justice for Mike Brown

There will be national demonstrations taking place in Ferguson, Missouri this weekend, Oct. 10-13th, in the protest of the unjust killing of Michael Brown and to call for justice. If you have the access to get there, please go protest, demonstrate, and be heard. Unify and organize,

Friday, October 10
Justice Now March
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm.
100 S Central Ave., Clayton, MO

Saturday, October 11
Justice for All: National March and Rally
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
15th St and Market St., St. Louis, MO

Monday, October 13
#MoralMonday Civil Disobedience
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Details TBA, St. Louis, MO

Justice for Mike Brown.

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War (Black Love is a Revolutionary Act)

Words trapped in the back of my throat unspoken.

Half broken hearts waiting to be found out

Lost against the softness of morning,

My, how night escapes us.

Hoping that the light of the sun will illuminate the shadows of past lovers

I am leaving them.

Forgotten at the sight of you.

Love, in likeness, made whole through your touch

My mind eases at the sound of your voice.

I want to love you so bad.

I want to trade sleepless nights engulfed in loneliness and angst

For 3am conversations of building a nation

Waiting all day just to do it again.

To spend hours entwined in each other’s dreams

I want to give the stillness of quiet walls echoing mere uncertainty

For the richness of your laughter,

And the pleasure of your adornment.

I want to expose myself to you.

Stripped down to the core of my identity.

Unmasked.

Unclothed of past abandonment

Left longing for attachment,

Wrapped in sin,

Lusting for anything that will have me.

My eyes have not seen love.

My body has never been touched by it.

My tongue has yet to recognize the taste of love on the skin of any man.

If loving is leaving, then that’s all I know how to do.

Abused.

Battered with repeat offenses of broken promises

never to be made whole anyway

or recognized as truth.

Disguising the infatuation of a one night stand

Left fallen and loose

With the inflictions from redressing old wounds

Partly given by bruised men

Holding no intention of seeing me through til morning.

When everything is made new and the

Lies of last night are left open to view:

A place where sex and loyalty

have no commitment to one another

we were never friends,

how can we be lovers?

We are at war but fighting for nothing.

Only left to grapple with the reality

That we will never be together

We will never be free.

Centuries of tattered families leaves no room for me.

The womb of Black women,

Once baring kings

Now produces genetically modified black youth

Building foundations upon white lies

For an illusion of home.

Poorly grown and crumbling under pressure.

We are at war but fighting for nothing

We are at war but fighting for nothing.

-mj

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Saturday Documentary Feature: All Power To The People

The Black Panther Party sparked political change for many disenfranchised groups, not only african americans.  the BPP was a powerful group who’s mission and goals were often misconstrued in the writing of history.  allpowertothepeople-2

Lee Lew Lee, producer/director & Kristin Bell & Nico Panigutti, co-producers, opening with a montage of four hundred years of race injustice in America, this powerful documentary provides the historical context for the establishment of the 60’s civil rights movement. Rare clips of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, mumia abdu jamal, mutula shakur and other activists transport one back to those tumultuous times. Organized by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther Party embodied every major element of the civil rights movement which preceded it and inspired the black, brown, yellow, Native American and women’s power movements which followed.

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