July/August 2016: African American Mentions, News, and Articles of Interest

Malcolm X was invited back to London by the African Society to address a large
audience in the Old Theatre at the London School of Economics. In both addresses, Malcolm X moved the political discourse from civil rights to human rights and stated clearly and unequivocally that the Black liberation struggle had to be internationalized rather than ghettoized.

 

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In Discourse on Colonialism, Aimè Cèsaire describes the creation of the concept referred to as Negritude. Cèsaire describes Negritude as a philosophical critique of Black people in the Antilleans who identified with French ideologies, assimilating these cultural ideas into their writings. According to Cèsaire, the writing of Antilleans became colorless having totally rejected their own culture in favor of an alien school of thought. Cèsaire describes Négritude as an attempt to dis-alienate from the colonization of culture by the French. Cèsaire agreed with Karl Marx, however he felt that Marx’s approach did not go far enough in terms of answering the question of racial oppression. Cèsaire felt that emancipation consisted of more than political emancipation. A significant connection Cèsaire shared with the subjects of this study was the influence of the Harlem Renaissance upon this movement, of which Cèsaire said, “I felt that the movement in the United States created an atmosphere that was indispensable for a very clear coming to consciousness” (Cèsaire, 1972)

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  1. Tulane University Study Finds a High Degree of Dissatisfaction With Body Size Among Blacks: The results found that only 44 percent of all participants selected the image that corresponded with their actual size. People who chose the image that best depicted their actual body size were considered satisfied with their bodies, according to the researchers. More people underestimated their size than overestimated their size. Men were more likely to be satisfied with their body size than women.
  2. Part One: The Black Marriage – Truths about the Role of the Black Woman and Wife: The emphasis on the oppression of Black men in discussions of marriage markets and family troubles renders Black women invisible, or worse—responsible. Black women occupy a lower social status than both White women and Black men. Black women are not represented in cultural prototypes of “woman” or “black,” rendering them invisible.
  3. Department of Education: Spending on Prisons Rises 3 Times Faster than on Schools: King pointed to Idaho, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, seven states where the rate of correctional spending has increased at a rate of five times that of their allocation to K-12 education.
  4. Become Political “Gladflys”: African American Votes are Political Currency: Votes are political currency, and the future of minority political strength must come from building “wealth” the old fashioned way, through political activism.
  5. Despite Legacy Of Racism, Black Women Rock On: Bessie Smith, who became known as the “Empress of The Blues,” was one of the first people to embody the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, thanks to her hard-drinking, rough-and-tumble personality. She also embodied the difficulty many black musicians had in navigating the music scene, as they dealt with racism from white people and policing from black people (and, for black women, sexism on top of this).
  6. #BlackOwnedBusiness: Set Enterprises, Inc. has been in the metal processing business for over 25 years and is one of the most respected companies in the industry. SET offers world class exposed and unexposed blanking and continues to be proactive as technology advances in an ever changing market.
  7. The Passing of Cedric J. Robinson (1940-2016): Robinson is the author of Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, an ambitious work, first published in 1983, which demonstrates that efforts to understand Black people’s history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate because Marxist analyses tend to presuppose European models of history and experience that downplay the significance of Black people and Black communities as agents of change and resistance to argue that Black radicalism must be linked to the traditions of Africa and the unique experiences of Black people, hence, any analyses of African American history need to acknowledge this.
  8. Your Activism Might Be Bullsh@!: A Non-Definitive Guide: Does your activism or organization include supporting women gaining social/political/economic equality? Awesome! Does that equality only include a select type of woman, ignore the need for intersectionality when discussing how to achieve equality, and/or demean the agency women have over their bodies in regards to reproductive rights/sexual liberation? If yes, then, your activism is BS.
  9. #BlackOwnedBusiness: The Shoe Clinic in Birmingham, AL – Different prices depending on your kicks and the severity of the shoe.
  10. Malcolm X and United States Policies towards Africa: A Qualitative Analysis of His Black Nationalism and Peace through Power and Coercion Paradigms: African Americans are Africa’s most important external human resource, precisely because they constitute a large concentration of people of African ancestry lodged in the most powerful nation in the world, and certainly a nation with immense capacity to do Africa harm or good. Yet, even though there are twice as many African Americans as there are Jewish Americans, the African American impact on United States foreign policy towards Africa is still only a tiny fraction of the Jewish American impact on United States foreign policy towards the Middle East.
  11. #BlackOwnedBusiness: Motisola’s Famous Vegetarian Chili™ in Washington, DC won first place at the 2011 Taste of From the Heart, an annual event that is held in the DC-Metropolitan area. This award- winning special chili has a full body of flavor that is a little sweet, a little spicy, very rich and delicious. Your taste buds will be taken to a whole new level in the world of chili.
  12. Connecting the Ideological Lineage: From W.E.B. Du Bois to Huey P. Newton: Huey P. Newton.Newton, in many ways, epitomizes the ideal scholar activist. In an article written in July, 1967, Newton announced that “the main function of the party is to awaken the people, teach them the strategic method of resisting a power structure…, and to always exemplify revolutionary defiance.”
  13. Gay for the Stay and Straight at the Gate: Women’s Jail, Sexual Fluidity, and the Five-Paragraph Essay: Women entering jails are much more likely to have experienced poverty, intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, and/or other forms of victimization often linked to their offending behavior. Justice-involved women are also much more likely to have co-occurring disorders– in particular, substance abuse problems interlinked with trauma and/or mental illness.
  14. #BlackOwnedBusiness: Afrithmetic Tutoring created by Michole Washington in Atlanta, GA. Michole was raised in Riverdale/College Park, GA and attended Westlake High School within the Math/Science Magnet Program. She is currently the only African-American pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Michole has had the opportunity to conduct research at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA and participate in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics in Hungary, Europe. She created Afrithmetic because everything she believes in and works for is centered around improving the mathematics education curriculum, especially for minorities. She plans to continue her education through a Masters in Mathematics in Germany to allow her to learn about an education system different from America’s.
  15. Dealing with my Father’s Death: I suppose the death of someone close to you in general is something you can never truly prepare for. It has been suffocating dealing with everything; from my own emotions over the loss of my Dad, to the conversations between friends and family about it, planning and executing the funeral arrangements, dealing with all the legal issues that came along with it, etc… all of these things are necessary, time consuming, and so draining. And, in my situation, since I didn’t have the best relationship with my father, it somehow makes everything just a little worse for some reason.
  16. 5 Kick-ass Muslim Feminists You Need to Know: Thirty-year-old Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first female Muslim American fencer in the world and is also ranked as one of the best. She was the first U.S. Olympian to compete in hijab, challenging stereotypes about what an Olympian should look like. She also runs a women’s clothing line with her siblings called Louella, which merges Islamic dress codes with contemporary Western fashion. Not only has she broken down barriers related to her faith, she has also contended with racial discrimination, competing in an overwhelmingly white sport.
  17. #BlackOwnedBusiness: CastleOak Securities, L.P. (‘CastleOak’). We are a leading boutique investment bank focused on providing superior client service in the specialized areas of financial advisory, equities and fixed income sales and trading, and capital markets.
  18. Image of President Obama in a Noose Appears on Mt. Hood Community College Board Member’s Web Page: “This particular board member has a history of making comments that are not based in fact, that incite violence, and that are racist, sexist and xenophobic,” Calcagno said, adding that Yellott frequently talks about race and immigration at meetings and has also made inappropriate or irrelevant comments on workplace policies for breastfeeding mothers.
  19. Books: From J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders to the Misappropriation of African American Popular Culture: The Thirteenth Amendment’s exception clause—allowing for enslavement as “punishment for a crime”—has inaugurated forms of racial capitalist misogynist incarceration that serve as haunting returns of conditions African people endured in the barracoons and slave ship holds of the Middle Passage, on plantations, and in chattel slavery.
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Malcolm X’s formulations were not finished theoretical postulates but a rapidly developing perspective which he was never allowed to complete. Consequently, many of the questions which he addressed were incompletely answered or not answered at all. It was clear, however, that Malcolm X was quite certain that the Eurocentric international system had to be transformed into one which could extend justice and equality to all of the world’s people. It was equally evident that Malcolm X believed this had to be done in such a way as to preserve the plurality of cultures and nationalities and not through the forced homogenization of “integration.” Malcolm X had only begun to formulate the actual contours and mechanisms which would empower such new social forces, and most often with specific reference not to the entire Third World but to the African American community and Africa.

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