Category Archives: Black Perspective
Huey P. Newton –
Newton was born in Monroe, Louisiana. He was the youngest of seven children of Armelia Johnson and Walter Newton, a sharecropper and Baptist lay preacher. His parents named him after former Governor of Louisiana Huey Long. In 1945, the family migrated toOakland, California as part of the second wave of the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South to the Midwest and West. The Newton family was quite poor and often relocated throughout the San Francisco Bay Area during Newton’s childhood. But, he said his family was close-knit, and he never went without food and shelter as a child. Growing up in Oakland, Newton stated that “[he] was made to feel ashamed of being black.” In his autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide, he wrote,
“During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire.” Read the rest of this entry
It takes somebody asking me what it means for me to remember em.
It some lil Chinese lookin shit that’s actually Mongolian for “to struggle” on my right and “for self” on my left.
(Right to left)
That’s what the fuck I’m about. My whole life has been a struggle. Struggling is not a glamourous thing to be about. Its ignorant to struggle just to struggle you have to have a purpose. I believe my struggle is so purposeful and objective.
I truly have a life direction and destiny and there is no way I can get to it without audacious ingenuity and struggle.
A Cultural Statement
by Christain Pierre Jury
The 1968 Olympics in Mexico delivered unforgettable performances that have made an important mark on the black community. Tommie Smith and John Carlos are two of the most influential African-Americans in not only black culture, but Olympic history as well. These two icons gave the struggling black community something to pride itself on, unity. In a time when the African-American culture had been repeatedly brought down, mocked, and ridiculed, the gesture of the Black Power Salute brought the black community closer together.
Tommie Smith won gold setting a world record, breaking the twenty second barrier. An Australian named Peter Norman placed second and John Carlos finishing third was the running order of the two hundred meter dash. As if two black athletes that somehow managed to get into the Olympics were not bad enough, one placed in first and the other in third. Already being a racially divided “nation”, a great deal of people did not like the idea of having two African-Americans representing the United States in the Olympics. However, Smith and Carlos were determined to make a statement that day. After the race, the three went to the podium to receive their medals. Once the U.S. National Anthem, Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists high in the air signifying “Black Power”.
The “protest” sparked major controversy throughout the media. The International Olympic committee went as far as demanding the removal of the entire U.S. team from the Olympics because the salute was unfit for the Olympic spirit. Two black men raising their fists in the air to acknowledge the African-American race was inappropriate, however the United States Olympic Committee made no remarks toward the countless Nazi salutes that took place throughout the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Black Power salute that signifies struggle and unity within the black community was viewed as more offensive than the Nazi salute that gratified Adolf Hitler. Yet, the committee felt Smith and Carlos should be punished for their actions. As they walked off the podium, the crowd roared with boos and racial slurs. Smith and Carlos were both suspended from their national team and banned from the Olympic Village. The athletes’ were also sent home during the games. The gesture made front page news around the world. Read the rest of this entry
First a trickle and then a flood of players signed with Major League Baseball teams. Most signed minor league contracts and many languished, shuttled from one bush league team to another despite their success at that level. But they were in Organized Baseball, that part of the industry organized by the major leagues.
Early in 1946, Rickey signed four more black players, Campanella, Newcombe, John Wright and Roy Partlow, this time with much less fanfare. After the integration of the major leagues in 1947, marked by the appearance of Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers that April, interest in Negro league baseball waned. Black players who were regarded as prospects were signed by major league teams, often without regard for any contracts that might have been signed with Negro league clubs. Negro league owners who complained about this practice were in a no-win situation: they could not protect their own interests without seeming to interfere with the advancement of players to the majors. Read the rest of this entry
Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland, Douglas taught himself to read and write. In 1845, seven years after escaping ti the north, he published Narrative, the first if three autobiographies.
In this narrative Douglas calmly but dramatically recounts the horrors and accomplishments of his early years. An astonishing orator and a skillful writer Douglas became a newspaper editor; a political activist, and a an eloquent spokesperson for the civil rights of African Americans.
He was celebrated internationally as the leading black intellectual of his time, and his story still resonated today! Now that’s what’s up! Thanks Fred looking forward to reading your books sir.
If you have never read my oppinion I would really like you to know that I truly hate to make and take point of popular “pop” culture issues and trending topics.
I hate that no matter how sad, tragic, or even significant pop society will move on to more popular and more newly trending as soon as possible and completely forget all of the sadness, all of the tragedy, and all of the significance.
So in my usual I like to wait until all of pop society has moved well on and forgotten before I chime in to relative points, but I feel my perspective is urgently needed in this matter.
I first would like to apologize to the Martin family for using there son as content for a stage of my oppinion. I am not of Martin’s family, so I feel it infringing that I along with so many others have made their sorrow and their grief our own public oppinion. I deeply empathize and wish to convey my deepest sympathy for their son’s death.
My issue is that the tragedy in Trayvon’s death is being lost in the emotional reaction to the trial of George Zimmerman.
The fact that George Zimmerman was not convicted is not nearly the sad part of young Trayvon Martin’s death. The sad part about Trayvon Martin’s death is Trayvon Martin’s death. Read the rest of this entry
This is my reflection Journal for my English Class based on the text “The Meanings of a Word” by Gloria Gaynor
I truly hated reading this story and was completely irritated by it. I was highly offended by the reading and the discussion of it in the class. I thought the account was completely false and destructive for black people. As a black person I have never called another black person the word nigger in my life. I thought it was unfair for the writer to volunteer this as a statement for all black people. There is a great difference between the WORD “nigger” and the expression “nigga.” I was uncomfortable with the use of the word and most of all I was I was uncomfortable with how comfortable my classmates and my professor where with using the word nigger. As if it was a relevant word in a relevant text.
Men Address Men Directly
I think this is a simple and straight forward statement of how Men should govern themselves. Ive worked in several different Barbershops since I was 19 and they’ve never been short of two things conversation and confrontation. I think both of these are healthy exercise in moderation. But lately I notice that Men are gradually moving more and more toward the conversation without the confrontation.
So instead of directly addressing each other of their particular issue, they indirectly converse their concerns of each other in each of other Men’s absence. I think that’s girly. Its sad to hear Men talk so openly of other men in their absence only to change the subject in his presence. Its sad to hear Men Object of another Man’s character in his absence only to concur with him in his presence.
As for me I dont even like to participate in these type of conversations. I feel so lonely in my abstinence from gossip and gossip men. It is impossible to avoid but Its simply a standing statement not to entertain the indirect discussion of a man who aint even there! I feel that the themed principle is simple “Men should address Men directly.”
one of my nice friends read my lil english paper for me and She asked if I wanna be an activist for black people. she said I “might be” a good role model. thats like the realest shit I heard all week because I really “might be.” I wanna be a good direction for young black boyz and aid them into Black MEN. However, I find it extremely hard to fight and deny the street boy in me. I feel like i could very much be a street king as I might be a great role model for black people. Thats a great deal of responsibility for a nigga like me to handle. I wanna do good and be good but I believe in my bad guy as much as I do my good guy. I just feel like I refuse to let either one of them go in progress of the other. Im a Grey Boy for Life!! Whether that be gang or group.
SoIf Im to be a role model It would have to be a model of “Self Advocacy. ” Before I become a leader of black Men, black people, or of any group– I just wanna be a great leader of myself. I wanna develop my whole self as a successful and balance person. I been through alot of fucked up shit and I refuse to act like that shit aint happen and it didnt effect me. I think this is also the theme for Blacks. We should never forget who we were, or who we are, with a conciousness of who we are to become! We should be aware of our complete make up and strive to improve upon it in securing a better future!
In my case I pursue my intelligence because Im aware of my ignoramce. I defer to my peace because I am violent. I refer to myself as a “GREY” personality because of my extremes in polarity. Im of BLACK and whites as reference to good and bad. so my saying of myself is this … I just alwayz try to find a balance between staying true to my grey in Growth of my grey. I feel that Black people can always adopt this and promote a balance between staying true to our Black in growth of our BLack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ya digg.
thanks viv. have fun at work friend.
Self advocacy – is (in basic terms) about people with disabilities speaking up for themselves. It means that although a person with a disability may call upon the support of others, the individual is entitled to be in control of their own resources and how they are directed. It is about having the right to make life decisions without undue influence or control by others.
The Future of Black should be present.
As I sit down to write I think about my kid. I think about his future. I think about my future. I feel that Black people are resemblance to the Israelites of Moses day, “Lost in the Wilderness” I think that we are Free to direct ourselves but resent leadership. That is why there is no clear leadership of Black people as a whole. Black people are in an unhealthy state, refuse to acknowledge it, and refuse to seek rehabilitation. Black people do not provision for their future; we think only of our Present.
I believe there should be an establishment of a singular collective group that is considerate to the current of black, but in Leadership towards the future of black. I believe that we should be educating our black youth to be self sustaining, primarily through growth and development of black BUSINESS communities and secondarily through black residential communities. The concentration of Black agenda should be shifted towards the Future of Black and its Direction. It is sad to see how blind and misguided we are as people. It is sad to see knowledge of self (as a people) superseded by such ignorance and short term selfishness.
The paradise hope of Moses is attainable for god’s people but We have to assume being Black people as a responsibility and not as an excuse. We are the most Struggled people of all time. I believe this should be a truth in our identity, but we tend to forget why and even that we are struggling. We are such a fun, and high spirited people that we learn to enjoy what is now. But in order to reach equality for our following generations we must take better accountability for ourselves and attach a further reaching purpose to our STRUGGLE! – amen
this my lil midterm for my english class at rcc. I chose “Where will you be in 5 years?” from a set of prompts and compare and contrast as my rhettorical mode. check it out let me know what u think.
Mark Anthony Howard
Midterm/Compare and Contrast
Two Ways Out. Where Will I Be in five years?
“On the road to riches and diamond rings, real niggaz do real things!” That’s a song I was listening to while I was reading through topic prompts for my midterm essay. The author of that song died at age twenty six. Where will I be in five years? I do not know; I think I’d be grateful to simply be alive. I’ve always been a strong character with a strong and ambitious drive towards business. But in contrast to my great ambition to be wealthy and successful, I’ve always felt I would never live past the age of twenty nine. I feel like I’m sort of racing against an invisible clock and I hear it ticking fast. So I pursue my business passions with a passion. Where will I be in five years? I’d like to be simply be alive, but in my most positive depiction, I’d liked be in success as a business.
I’ve always been a product of harsh living situations, and even when these situations ease, I feel like I have sharp internal disfunctions as repercussion to these situations. My immediate family has been disfunctional and my extended family has been disfunctional. I feel that a successful business of my own is the resolution to every problem I ever had. As a child I felt a hopeless feeling in the situations I went through, and I think I truly only saw two ways out — my death or my business. I truly could never see myself living past the age of twenty nine, without being extremely successful as a businessman. “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke says, “It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die!” I think this a song relates to me emotionally, but I am sincerely not afraid. With me it’s either business or death, and that is honestly my outlook on life. Sometimes, I feel my change may come, and sometimes — I do not.
The way I imagine my business in five years is obviously a complete contrast to being dead. I imagine myself incorporated as Tyrant Business Groupings. Tyrant Business Groupings is a conglomerate of my own business aspirations, with the ultimate goal to enrich the lifestyle and potential lifestyle of all its affiliated youth. The objective of Tyrant is to “Enrich, Educate, Communicate, Influence, and Participate” in the lives of its surrounding area youth on a daily basis. My business groupings, as of now, consist of a batting cage, a recording label, a youth organization, barber shop and a promotional business service. In five years I would like to have developed upon these businesses to the point of half a million dollars net.
The contrast between death and business success is a plain reality for me now, but I see other Black boys face the same daily ultimatum and don’t realize it. The hopelessness and feelings that nothing is for them, is unacceptable to me ; And I am making it my business, to salvage the successful hope in Black youth as a Tyranny. I would like to counter the childhood disparities of my own, and others, by establishing a “Tyranny of Success,” because a solemn, no hope mentality is absolutely unacceptable.
I feel my business is not only my own resolution and lifesaver, but it could very well be the same thing for a lot of young Black men with some of my same hopeless background. I feel that if I am successful as a business man I can simply buy more time. Way too many of young Black men are not even as fortunate to live a life as long as twenty five. A majority of Black men are truly living a condensed lifetime and expiring way too early. I feel my business is my solution. I feel Black business is the Black solution. And I feel it is the only way out.
this is a blog entry I wrote for the new Smiley and West network i am a participant on http://smileyandwest.ning.com/profile/markanthonyHoward hope you are provoked of thought as you read and not offended or intimidated
Hello My name is Mark Anthony Howard also known in business as “Grits” I am a 26 year old Barber, full time student and business entrepreneur in the city of Riverside California. I believe myself to be an up and coming young Voice of Black Men in a much broader sense than ever before! I Truly believe my perspective to be the filler in the Gap between Black Men…. and the grouping i plan to coin as “Young Niggaz!” I have much work and education of self to achieve before i can thoroughly contribute my theory as a resolve to the BLAck Community but I believe its is Devine inspired, and In my heavenly father’s name….. it shall become.
So as I introduce myself into the community of Black men on such a social network. I would like to Introduce you to the direction efforts of my perspective and my Resolve. I would Like to be or build the bridge for young boyz and my “young niggaz” to GROW into young Mature Black Men and Therefore enriching the Black community through the empowerment of its most valuable resource… THE YOUNG BLACK MAN and his PERSPECTIVE!
I personally believe myself to be Harsh and Stern perspective of Black but aspire to be a complete balance of both Love and Discipline. I believe the Key Objective of my life time is to contribute to the evolution the current black male and cultivate through stern principles the Next generation of the black Male and his (“his” as in ownership) community.
I believe that Black Men are guilty of CLASSISM toward Young Niggaz and Negligent in their acknowledgment of us as an included entity of the black community and deliberately separate themselves from any association and the accountability That I feel we should have with them and to them. For these ARE… OUR (“our” as in ownership) People. I feel the black Men should Have as a responsibility to cultivation and aid of the growth of the Next generation.
I feel the black community is deteriating and it is THe ABSOLUTE responsibility of the black man to fix it. and Re-manage it in all of its necessity! (health, wealth, growth, education and sustainability)…….and you cannot do this by secluding the Youth into classes of good and evil. we are all one Black. as we die you die. Ones kingship cannot sustain by killing his heir. Lets embrace these troubled youth and give them our direction and encourage the cultivation of there own. I just dont believe the travel for the next young man of my similar background and situation should have such a Secluded and blind travel without guidance and reference from those own “Black” when we have the resource to help him.
These are the some of my foundational beliefs that I plan to construct upon as I personally grow and mature as a Black Man. I thank you for reading and please do not hesitate to give me your thoughts and your direction. acknowledgement is the first key of the molding