Tagged: pan-African nationalistic consciousness

Beyoncé channels Yoruba Goddess Oshun.


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:


“In accordance with the economic policies of the Stuart monarchy, the slave trade was entrusted to a monopolistic company, the Company of Royal Adventurers trading to Africa, incorporated in 1663 for a period of one thousand years. The Earl of Clarendon voiced the enthusiasm current at the time, that the company would ‘be found a model equally to advance the trade of England with that of any other company, even that of the East Indies.’ The optimistic prediction was not realized, largely as a result of losses and dislocations caused by war with the Dutch, and in 1672 a new company, the Royal African Company, was created.”

Source: Eric Williams. Capitalism & Slavery. pg. 30-31. 1944.

“Certainly a racist or sexist person who is by definition both egocentric and ethnocentric, crazily attempting to conquer nature, at war with the universe will be overwhelmed by the infinite blackness of outer space and inner space. These people would rather destroy the world than find the Black Dot, hidden doorway that allows one to become one with nature, in rhythm with the universe, by using the accumulated wisdom a being of harmony with one’s ancestors contained within the body/mind/soul/spirit. Thus, reborn black people carry upon their shoulders the salvation of humanity, the revitalization of a human family that is lost, unable to find the hidden doorway to a spiritual harmonic unity with nature. The Black Dot is the hidden doorway of life which again is the doorway through which a reborn now dead/asleep people must pass.”

Source: Richard King, M.D. African Origin of Biological Psychiatry. 1990.

“Today’s reborn black, mental masters can focus the mind by embracing their historical blackness, developing a deep knowledge of one’s black ancestry and thereby becoming fluent in the translation of ancient images that appear in today’s world. As a result, dreams and visions of the great but seemingly impossible, will be brought into reality rather than ignored, just talked about, or partially developed. No longer will one submit to an ‘I can’t do attitude’ but one of ‘I will do,’ ‘I will make this life perfectly beautiful and I won’t stop until it is that way.’ ‘I will be my true Self.'”

Source: Richard King, M.D. African Origin of Biological Psychiatry. 1990.

“The second period might well be from the conquest of Lower Egypt by the Ethiopian leader, Menes, in 3100 B .C . to the end of the Sixth Dynasty, 2181, also the end of the Old Kingdom. This was the period that gave birth to Egypt, and before which there was no Egypt. It was the period during which black kings united the ‘Two Lands,’ started the dynastic (lineage) system, and began the building of the greatest civilization. The greatest in-depth review and concentration of research should be focused on this second period. It was, in fact, the Golden Age in the history of the Blacks, the age in which they reached the pinnacle of a glory so dazzling in achievements that Western and Arab writers felt compelled to erase it by the sheer power of their position, beginning black history over 3,000 years later, and limiting it — such as they allowed, to ‘Africa South of the Sahara.'”

As a footnote to the first sentence, Williams states: ” Earlier dates, such as 4500 B .C ., are also given and accepted by many authorities; for conflicting dates do appear in ancient records. I do not debate the point.”

Source: Chancellor Williams. The Destruction of Black Civilization. pg. 39. 1971.

“The architect’s fingerprint is absolutely everywhere and it’s IN YOU. YOU are a piece of that fingerprint and you might realize that your consciousness is also. And there’s no joke in saying you are created in God’s image and you can therefore take parts in the power in creation of the intelligent designer.”

Source: Kemetic Knowledge. Part 2. Youtube.

“I haven’t seen anything that was gotten picketing. You get what you’re going to get either one way or the other. I might add to that. You don’t get anything on the agenda of the UN through picketing…[W]hen the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was picketing the UN based upon the murders in Birmingham, it was still civil rights. They didn’t have enough sense to realize…that as long as they took it from a civil rights level the UN can’t accept it. It must be human rights. So the best thing for you to do, who are liberals is to go to the UN and get all of the books on human rights. Do you know that the United States has never signed the Covenant on Human Rights? It signed the Declaration on Human Rights, but it couldn’t sign the Covenant because in order to sign the Covenant, they’d have to have it ratified by the Congress and the Senate. And how’re they going to get a covenant ratified by the Cognress and the Senate on human rights when they can’t even get one through on civil rights? No! And Eleanor Roosevelt, supposedly a liberal, was chairman of the Commission on Human Rights. She knew all of this. Why didn’t ultra-liberal Eleanor tell these Negroes about the UN section on human rights that would enable us to get our problem before the world? No, that’s why I say I haven’t met a white liberal.” — Malcolm X

Source: Malcolm X. By Any Means Necessary. pg. 24. Stated during question and answer phase following speech titled “The Black Revolution” at the Militant Labor Forum on April 8, 1964.