If Clarence 13X, (N.O.I surname) more affectionately known as “Allah”, were alive today and here to observe the 21st century, he would see the breadwidth of his teachings standing as a structure, “the nation” he envisioned, as relayed by Fard Muhammad. Historically its been about a quarter of a generation since his departure. And as I stand here, As a man of another faith, but a fundamental persuasion, and as a Freelance Journalist, I see another shade of nationalism; a seed of African American nationalism. I also see another product of fundamentals, and socio ethics, geared to help empower and edify with knowledge, a people with a past that has courted oppressions. The five percent nation, or the nation of gods and earths was birthed amidst the hazy years of black nationalism; the mid to late sixties when the Nation of Islam under Elijah Muhammad administered to the black community, nationally concerning issues of community, the family, knowledge of self, the black woman and etc. There were teachings under the authority of Fard Muhammad; a man, considered by many was the Incarnation of Allah, or Almighty God himself. As Elijah lead, by his role as “Prophet”(one whom speaks for God), Clarence 13X spent brief time with Fard Muhammad himself concerning his teachings, learning fundamentals, one being which is arithmetic, or the “math” of existence. Concluding ultimately, From a social outlook, divine perspective, and mathematical blueprint, He presented The black man(Asiatic) is divine in nature, or God. And that earth, to the current holds the 85% uncivilized, the 10% who controls the world, and the wise, righteous, divine, 5%. Then, knowledge of mathematical equivalence to names, purpose, and principles to the universe he harnessed this for himself; the understanding for himself, and a small collection of advocates and youth. This persuasion of the teachings was considered idealism, a controversy among black nationalist groups during this time of America, and the federal government. It was a greater controversy with the administration of its predecessor, the Nation of Islam. Clarence, or “Allah’ pursued, colonized Harlem NY, and made the Nation’s First “Pilgrimage” to Brooklyn NY (Medina), to impart on its first converts. I felt the need to lay out the historical account of the 5% nation. Because most of us, within the structures of inner cities know it by cultural accounts: Music, pop culture, and community influence. Post Clarence’s(Allah) Untimely death, these teachings were carried through global institutions as Zulu nation, artists, devotee’s like Rakim, Brand Nubians and Wu tang clan. As its wave within pop culture brought waves to the youth, during the time of its height(Late 80’s, Mid to late 90’s), some understood, and practiced the nations fundamental value, as some understood references and ideologies of the nation as the current fad. Nonetheless, up to date, in the case of Urban America, and African Diaspora, I’ll record the nation’s influence, as solely fundamental. In example, an element where there was little unity, a cultural front. Where there was criminal influx? an education of purpose. Where communities thrived on poverty, an academy of knowledge. Regardless to the many worldviews toward the nation of gods and earths, it is, and was a major part of black nationalism, due to its cultural, and fundamental influence to urban America. Nationalism at its initial growth, told America to stand up; urban America to its present day breath, should receive by example the fundamental roots, and ethics of groups like the nation and other, to apply, even in this, present hour. Behold: there are issues still facing homogeneous groups In our urbanized communities. History is the past tense. History is a teacher, but I am a firm believer, that fundamentals applied to troubled, monopolized communities, peoples, struggling to live in the present, will pro create a better future. Amin.
Spending one weekend in Delaware, among my rounds I visited a NanticokeIndianheritageMuseum. Humble in appearance, bordered by two large rooms divided by a deluxe sign in book, and lobby, filled with this Native American tribe’s relics, and elements of lineage.On business with Family, I learned of business, land history and demographic, and the politics of the reservations thereof.In my native American studies, I understand, fundamentally that all native Americans, as African Americans originate from the eastern hemisphere.The east, where culture is the defining principle, the cream of society.In one cubicle of the museum I stopped and saw a model scene, as to where, it was a fairly 19thor 18th century depiction of an Indian village. Chief, elders, Brave’s engaged in rites of passage, squaw’s in development of womanhood, beauty and traditional practice.I saw streams circle the village’s borders, and the village’s meat; host of cattle, spiritual ceremonies. The village’s bread, wheat, and husked corn. Standing there in admirationI summed up, this scene, of this moment in time as a standard fundamental maintenance, of society, community, culture, a people. Though thissocietal standard I socially, politically, and culturally rally for, I am realistic. I acknowledge realities of history, economy, criminology and sociology.I speak of our urban America. Our urban America is and was no utopia. I ask for a call to struggling Families, Religious institutions, the grassroots, scholars, community advocates, urban studies departments,schools and other resources to re iterate the cornucopia; the breadbasket.A rally for our communities to refute the bread that exploits us, stereotypes us, degrades us, leaves us in lack, and profits off of us via industrial method. This cornucopia, this bread, this harvest must come from within, to feed, nurture, and educate the community.Fundamental enrichment is, cultivation.A drill, past our current social ills to apprehend deeper roots. I’mwilling to drill past our cemented communities, as phrased by Artist Sylvester Johnson, our “Concrete reservations” to find fortune; to cultivate a cornucopia to feed, us. Systems, Industries, institutions, have only provided, to leave us, to perpetuate lack. I state a clarion call for you, to re invest in your future, dig for the cornucopia for the next generation.The cornucopia will feed. Urban America...eat to live.
By fundamental, and ethical standard, and in spiritual dynamics, there is so much more, in a name. We bear name's, our children, our cultures, communities, societies,industries and the breadwidth of our governments. The general perspective is within a name given, it holds its purpose, and characteristics. Among homogeneous groups, culture is carried over, passed for its simple preservation. Culture, and sub cultures are birthed within urban settings. Mind, there are learned cultures(way of life)that is birthed out of what is condusive to economic survival, and urbanization. There are cultures, movements birthed out of social degradation. Presented is one of which. The mind, movement, the clothing line, and prescence of Negusworld. A word with direct origins from the east(east Africa)from the Amharic tounge, Monarchaic in its social address;Negus, the title of an ethiopian king, and Nigist(Queen), the title of his equal. Printed, designed and marketed, this profile of any face under a crown made of up elements of the struggles of our societies, and ethinic peoples, from a coin of the us mint, to the the slave chain that held captive an indigenous people, and their pshcological profile. As the late Poet, Educator, Melvin B. Tolson stated, Negusworld is the example of the "rightoeus mind". Progressive, Co founder and executive Johwell Baptiste states its not in what you wear. It is a state of being. Within Negus,this state of being is subsequent; the seat of a monarch, holding self worth, and purpose. To live with this mindset is to live with a consciousness, and this consciousness in a collective, is a movement. This is the understanding of Negus, and those who manifest it. To all advocates, participants and pupils..Negus/Nigist up.
THE URBAN CRY LLC CHAIRMAN/FOUNDER ZION ANTONI www.zionantonispeaks.com
This article is written in the spirit of the generational caveat: “Save the Babies”. In ultimate acknowledgement of Urban America, Black America, I freelance this article praising the efforts and character of Mr. Yumy Odom and affiliates, educator, champion among the grassroots. I speak in high regard, as an eyewitness to the function of R.O.P, orchestrating fundamental redemptive values toward youth, toward community. Inner city. Primarily within the Philadelphia community, I viewed the history and experience of the R.O.P, a blessing to the African Diaspora; a fundamental application to a community in the balances: the African-American experience. At the wake of R.O.P.’S anniversary, I would like to re iterate social constructive effort, opposed to common, deconstructive factors. Within our inner cities, our communities, the choices we make, reflect on our posterities, that coming generation will be products of that, environment. Every man/woman of color, that stand under the term African Americans are generally entitled unto their own destiny. With that being stated, we observe the glory of the American dream; wrapped in a bundle of currency. This American dream can also be interpreted as a burden, or Criminology among the middle, or below the poverty line numbers. Among the generations in the wilderness of north America, we learn the “ Roleplay”. Our ghettos produce stick up kids, car thieves, drug enterprise foot soldiers, corner crack peddlers, Heroin runners, drug kingpins, Hitmen, Extortioners, number runners, Pimps….the love of the American dream, brings to risk death, or incarceration. Deconstructive yes, but a perpetuated reality in urban America. Also Considering elements of the economy, from bench pressing middle class weight to the social effects of welfare, R.O.P provides a sprout. A sprout to raise a host of Black youth, Black men under the banner of the fundamentalism, an impartation, rites of passage of manhood, and constructive decisions. Education manifests itself in academia, street corners of urban America, and the R.O.P. Praise the R.O.P, because it allows education to manifest under systems, and social structures that has seemed to cripple the African-American male. Heart to heart. Examine the generations, and examine the efforts of R.O.P. `All praises due. Happy 26th anniversary Rites of passage. Via grassroots entities like the Frator Heru Institute, within every generation, it is certain, we can make a difference.