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:
This PSA is great! Black [and white] celebs are finally speaking out about the realities of global white supremacy (racism) and systemic racism! Now, if they would only call out “Hollywood” [and the talent agencies that represent them like William Morris, CAA, UTA and ICM ] for their racially discriminatory employment practices, policies and procedures that prevent qualified African Americans and other people of color from being hired and/or promoted to decision-making positions.
I love the album artwork and I cannot wait for Ingrid’s project to drop!!! I heard a lot of the records she did before I left the U.S. last year and I know that there will be some new tracks, including “FLEX” (featuring Sevyn Streeter), on the 7-track EP as well! It’s been a long time coming, but it’s definitely going to be worth the wait! Trust me.
At the age of 30, I can’t recall seeing something like this happen at an award show during my lifetime…especially at the Grammys! [Keep in mind, in that same span of time, we have created our own award shows, like the BET Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.] So I ask: Why would this be happening in 2015 if we truly live in a “post-racial society” and/or racism no longer exists? Some might respond that these extremely talented and accomplished BLACK artists are all trying to pull the race card/”race baiting”??!! And my reply would simply be, “HELL FUCKING NO!” Racism is not a figment of our imaginations and whites need to stop responding to this highly complex social issue like it is. Better yet, when are WE [black people] going to get on the same page and eradicate this evil system of racism (global white supremacy) once and for all??!!?? It’s easier than one might think, especially when you realize that their alleged racial “superiority” is based on nothing more than a bunch of lies that can easily be disproven and at some point in history, they will have to be held fully accountable for their historical & on-going “crimes against humanity.” The time for TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE is NOW!! #blacklivesmatter #timetoreclaimthethrone
Update: Check out this video that Beyonce released of her rehearsing for her performance of Mahalia Jackson’s “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”:
This version was released in 2001, after the WTC “attacks” on 9/11. The original song, performed by Marvin Gaye, was released in 1971…..Both versions are amazing, but it’s sad that as we begin 2015, majority of us still don’t truly understand “what’s going on” when it comes to global white/”Jewish” supremacy — the only type of racism that exists throughout the world. [See e.g., Dr. Frances Cress Welsing]. I hope that changes soon. And I hope it doesn’t have to take adding hundreds of more names to the list of unarmed black men, women and children murdered by cops in 2015 for folks to finally WAKE THE FUCK UP!!
What a good week! 🙂
Black people are the fathers and mothers of civilization, white men are the devil, the Christian god is nothing more than a ghost and only a small percentage of people understand the world.
These are just some of the beliefs behind the bling — the gaudy Five Percent Nation medallions worn by Jay Z and Carmelo Anthony.
Last week, all eyes at the Barclays Center weren’t on Jay Z’s better half, Beyoncé — but on the coaster-size golden pendant swinging from the rapper’s neck as the couple sat courtside. Asked once if the group’s symbol — an eight-pointed star with the number 7 in the middle — held any meaning for him, the rapper shrugged, “A little bit.”
So what exactly do Five Percenters believe?
“The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally,” says Michael Muhammad Knight, an author of two books on the radical group.
“Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior — basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.”
The group was founded in 1964 in Harlem by Clarence Smith, who later changed his name to Allah, a former student of Malcolm X who disagreed with the Nation of Islam over the nature of God.
Smith rejected the notion of a supernatural deity and instead believed that all black men had God in them and that black women were “earths” who took on a complementary yet subordinate role to their gods.
The idea is empowering, Knight says.
“Anytime someone is saying you have to accept your conditions of oppression and slavery and pray to an unseen god — that kind of god is just being used to keep people down and to keep people from looking to themselves as a solution to their problems,” he notes. “If there is a problem, no one will fix it for you, except yourself.”
Five Percenters don’t consider themselves Muslim, but their name comes from the Nation of Islam’s belief that 5 percent of humanity are “poor righteous teachers” who exist to enlighten the masses about the truth of existence.
Members will sometimes refer to themselves as “scientists” to drive home the search for truth. And they face a tall task, because under their belief system, 10 percent of the world’s population controls the other 85 percent by spreading the belief in a “mystery God.”
To show followers the way, members must learn the Supreme Mathematics and Supreme Alphabet — powerful tools to decipher the meaning of the universe. In both, each letter and number represents a concept: for example, 1 is knowledge, 2 is wisdom, while A is Allah and B is be, or born. The number 7 on Jay Z’s pendant stands for God.
Caucasians, meanwhile, don’t enjoy an exalted status in the narrative of the Five Percenters.
“The first lesson I learned from the Five Percent was simple: F–k white people. Seriously. White people are devils,” Knight, 36, who is white and converted to Islam as a teenager, once wrote.
He insisted the movement has been welcoming and that he views the controversial sentiment as a statement about power rather than biology.
“For me, it is about who is marked as privileged in the power relations of this society,” he says.
Some followers take exception to those who transform their flag into a fashion accessory.
“Jay Z is not an active member — no one has vouched for him” Saladin Allah, a representative of the group’s upstate region, told The Post. “It was always understood that you don’t wear the regalia if you don’t totally subscribe to the life.”