Daily Archives: 02/25/2014

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) – interview & documentary – 2 videos

Muhammad Ali  – Wondering Why? Conversion to Islam – Interview

Muhammad Ali – ABC Classic Wide World of Sports Documentary Continue reading

Can White People Play Black Music? By: Dr. Arthur Lewin

BLACK HISTORY:  Can White People Play Black Music?

White-Rapper: Non-Blacks have always been pirates of Black culture

White-Rapper: Non-Blacks have always been pirates of Black culture

February 5, 2014 – By: Dr. Arthur Lewin

AFRICANGLOBE – Have you ever wondered how jazz, and then later rock ‘n’ roll, developed out of the blues? How Black music came to be America’s music? Whether or not people who are not Black can really play Black music? Amiri Baraka speaks on this in his 1963 classic, Blues People.

“There was a body music that came to exist from a people who were brought to this side as slaves and throughout that music’s development, it had had to survive, expand, reorganize, continue, and express itself, as the fragile property of a powerless and oppressed People. The music was explaining the history as the history was explaining the music. Both were expressions of and reflections of the people. (x) Continue reading

Political violence in Venezuela, a game with no clear end

Political violence in Venezuela, a game with no clear end

image President Nicolás Maduro takes a trial-and-error approach to the economy in crisis.

Humberto Marquez

CARACAS, Venezuela, Monday February 17, 2014, IPS – Violence on the streets of Venezuela, with anti-government protests in the capital and 12 other cities, is a sign of hardening stances by both the government and its opponents as President Nicolás Maduro takes a trial-and-error approach to the economy in crisis. Opposition student protests continued over the weekend in Caracas and other cities, while on Saturday Feb 15  some 15,000 pro-government supporters turned out for a peace demonstration called by the president.

Opposition leader Leopoldo López has an arrest warrant out against him, but he called on government opponents to join him in another march on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the interior ministry, saying he would be available to the authorities and had nothing to fear.   Continue reading

Jamaica to decriminalise marijuana by year-end

Jamaica to decriminalise marijuana by year-end

Last year, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries agreed to discuss the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for health reasons at their inter-sessional summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March

Last year, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries agreed to discuss the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for health reasons at their inter-sessional summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 24, 2014, CMC – The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) says it has been given an assurance that Jamaica will this year decriminalise marijuana as the island seeks to establish a medicinal marijuana industry.

CCMRT leader, Dealana Seiveright in a statement, said that the assurance had come from Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell. The statement quoted Paulwell as telling members of the task-force that “ganja will be decriminalised in Jamaica this year and emphasised that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue”.  Continue reading

What the Modern World Owes Slavery – commentary

 Black History Month – February

The Bleached Bones of the Dead: What the Modern World Owes Slavery

Monday, 24 February 2014 – By Greg Grandin, TomDispatch | Op-Ed TRUTHOUT

Slaves working on James Hopkinson's plantation.
Slaves working on James Hopkinson’s plantation. (Photo: Henry P. Moore) >>

Many in the United States were outraged by the remarks of conservative evangelical preacher Pat Robertson, who blamed Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake on Haitians for selling their souls to Satan. Bodies were still being pulled from the rubble — as many as 300,000 died — when Robertson went on TV and gave his viewing audience a little history lesson: the Haitians had been “under the heel of the French” but they “got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.’ True story. And so, the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.'”

A supremely callous example of right-wing idiocy? Absolutely. Yet in his own kooky way, Robertson was also onto something. Haitians did, in fact, swear a pact with the devil for their freedom. Only Beelzebub arrived smelling not of sulfur, but of Parisian cologne.   Continue reading

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