I loved Bey’s performance at the GRAMMYs on Sunday. I loved it even more because one of the two songs performed, was co-written by my good friend Ingrid Burley!
Some people are saying that Bey’s look was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The Yoruba people are “descendants from variety of West African communities” who are “united by geography, history, religion and most importantly language.” The main countries where the Yoruba people live are Nigeria, Togo and Benin. In their religion, Oshun is the “goddess of water, fertility, motherhood, and the passing of the generations.” This deity is also responsible for blessing women with twins. As you [may] know, Bey is pregnant with twins. For more information on the Yoruba, click here.
I’ve always loved Bey, but I love her even more for continuing to use her platform to help [re]awaken the psyche of Africans, especially those living in the United States of America.
More pics from her performance are below:
Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan includes this quote in his book, Black Man of the Nile. It was made by Captain [Lord] Lugard’s wife, Lady Flora Shaw Lugard.
This is my first time learning that Europeans once called Africa “Negroland.” Crazy. As a footnote on page 99, Dr. ben-Jochannan states:
“NEGROLAND,” the word underscored in Lady Lugard’s comments about Ghana, was a creation of the imagination of the colonialist Europeans before Lady Lugard’s era. It was incorporated on maps by Europeans such as her husband. Captain [Lord] Lugard, like Cecil Rhodes and King Leopold II of the Belgians, was responsible for the murder of millions of Africans that was not equaled even by Adolph Hitler and his Nazis at the height of their massacre of the European Jews. It is conservatively estimated that between them they had killed more than 100 million Africans in their question for control of the natural resources of the Afrians in their own continent — Alkebu-an [AFRICA]. (emphasis added)
If these genocidal acts do not constitute as crimes against humanity, then what does? Oh, I forgot….we AREN’T HUMAN IN THEIR MINDS so no answer is necessary. Enough is enough. Reparations are in order!
I’ve read earlier works from each author, so I’m excited to start reading these books!
Source: Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan. Cultural Genocide. pg. 134. 1989.
As they say: Imitation is the highest form of flattery. They envy and hate us so much because these pale faced psychopaths wish they were blessed with that God-given MELANIN! #whitelivesinblackfacematter
Source: Sarah K. Burris. “University of North Dakota ‘Appalled’ After Second Racist Pic In Three Days Is Exposed.” Raw Story. September 23, 2016. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/north-dakota-college-appalled-after-second-student-blackface-pic-in-three-days-is-exposed/.
The two exhibits I visited in particular were the “Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas” and “Egyptian Art.” Both were very nice. Check out the pics below:
“Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas”:
The problem I have with the Met, is that they separated these two exhibits as if Egypt is not a part of black Africa. All of the stolen artifacts in the “Eyptian Art” exhibit show the ancient Egyptians to be dark-skinned (although the museum has decided to place some non-black figures in the entrance that don’t belong there) just like Africans all over the continent. This is just another example of cultural genocide.Smdh.
King Nar-mer, Cairo Museum, Egypt (Africa). Pharaoh Mena or Nar-mer (Herodotus’ Menes), 1st of the Dynastic Kings of Egypt, 1st Dynasty, c. 3200 B.C.E.
Source: Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan. Cultural Genocide. pg. 25. 1967.