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June 6, 2008


Nas Releases ‘Black President’: New Song About Barack Obama 23 Comments | Published by Shaheem Reid on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10:37 am

Obama, holla! Eventually Barack Obama will have to initiate a dialogue with the hip-hop community. I was with LL Cool J earlier this week and he told me about a new record he’s made concerning the presidential climate. And on Wednesday, my dude Green Lantern hit me off with a brand-new record from Nas called “Black President.” In the song, Esco speaks directly to Obama and gives him his outlook and expectations on what changes we need as a country. I’m loving Nas’ audacity right now! How bold are you to directly address the man that has a 50/50 chance of being the commander-in-chief? Hip-hop with substance is hip-hop at its essence — hip-hop at its best.

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23 Comments to “Nas Releases ‘Black President’: New Song About Barack Obama”
Mr Brown says:11:11 on 06/05You know what? He doesn’t even need to be acknowledge as the best rapper in the world right now. Tell me when you hear this guys lyrics you don’t feel it instead of saying nice beat. When the lyrics can outshine any beat that is the mark of a true mc. Nuff Respect Cortez says:11:14 on 06/05It’s songs like this that makes Nas one of the greAtest music artist of our time. We are consistently talking about the hottest rapper, but how many of those rappers can push aside radio spins to get a real message out like Nas? I am so tired of hearing these one-hit wonder dance tunes when Esco can make you sit and think about stuff that’s going on in the world right now. Thank you Nas – G.O.A.T. shael says:12:05 on 06/05nas is the best you’ve all heard one ~~* and here he is again never disappointing us thank you nas Wilson says:12:21 on 06/05G.O.A.T…..This dude is in his own lane….How can you not appreciate the real ish this cat raps about. Much respect Esco…..Can’t wait for the album homey!!! Wilson says:12:25 on 06/05G.O.A.T….This dude is in his own lane. How can anyone front on this dude as being one of the illest and realist of all time. Keep spittin the real Esco…..Can’t wait for the album gr3um5 says:12:48 on 06/05NAS – N%##€9
Thx HipHop and peace yall
THE N!99µR TAPE will be real ish !

one love estama elipheete says:1:05 on 06/05nas is the # 1 in the hiphop busness if y’all did
ot know.We eeed areall black president Joe says:1:20 on 06/05Nas is a turd Mrs. P says:1:32 on 06/05I’ve been a fan of Nas forever. This brother is a genius in his own right and we all need to pay homage to one of the greatest rappers of all time….. thelistener says:2:17 on 06/05HAHAHA…. MY N—-! Well…thats a certified BANGER on tha album! Nas is the GOAT… period. Who else takes the stance that Nas does for the people? Nobody. Living Legend! kayel says:2:47 on 06/05this is why jayz could never claim the throne without wondering if he is lying to himself, the modern day rakim and krs-one rolled into one, keepin it real NAS is truely the best to touch the ??% TEDARONI says:3:03 on 06/05oh yeah, history in themaking. The struggle that so many have made is paying off in a big way. The many blacks who have died and paved the way would be proud to see this happening. jordan says:3:43 on 06/05that is bulls— we are not ready for a black president cause there isnt a black man that can be a good president just like a woman especially hilary shouldnt be president rap and hip hop all suck your lyrics are s— they have no point behind them but to make you become an egotisticial ass—- that only cares about what they have not who they actually are The Illest says:4:07 on 06/05Mr. Brown you are on point. In this climate where a guy can be hailed as the best MC just for his swagger, Nas rises above them all. Lyrics still matter and he still brings you thought provoking rhymes that are way over the head of most of the kids who listen to rap not hip hop. Kid Poetic says:4:18 on 06/05It’s about time! Real hiphop has returned in the form of Mr. Nasir Jones. Finally, an artist who can speak on what’s going on and not care what ignorant people think.

@Jordan: That was easily one of the most ignorant things I’ve seen in a while, and that’s saying something since I’m only 15. America may not be ready for a Black president, but Black America, and the world are ready for it. Also, try listening to rap instead of being so one sided and ignorant. “People fear what they don’t understand.” detox says:4:37 on 06/05nice pac sample there

but its his lyrics man…how many others do you know that can even come close to Nas in terms of lyricism? Gameboy The 80′s Baby says:5:10 on 06/05Yeah dats what hiphop need right now! a real n—– to stand up and speak on sum real s—! tupac sample is hott too! I f—s wit nas! Check my music out @ if u wanna hear sum more real music! Dski says:9:14 on 06/05Take that Lil Wayne. Yeah now go kiss ya father. dez-up says:12:53 on 06/06I was so proud of Obama, stepping up and taking his place in history. It was an emotional moment so to speak;But, I say people need to 1st let him become President before laying 500yrs of oppression on the man, because will be President of ALL of America, for ALL Americans. OH and props to the kid for dissing that dumb ignorant ass. swerejr says:3:38 on 06/06yeah,this is the difference btn nas and others,am in china but i tell ya,nas is my best rapper of all times,he is skillful and real!,,,,behind you for life,keep it up! -Rez- says:4:24 on 06/06NAS isnt the best rapper…
he might rap… but not the great…
there is no ‘feel’ in his lyrics
he just raps the way we do our day to day talk….
so noo buddy…! obamahater says:4:47 on 06/06I have no respect for him.
if you can’t show patriotism to this country, don’t run for president. I LOVE AMERICA and I want someone who can lead this country with experience and patriotism… not bull****.
For someone to rap about a “black president”, just goes to show that this is all about race if he is affecting the hip hop class or as he stated “is one of his own”.
I don’t care if this is making history… I don’t care about making history… i care about my safety and how I’m going to be living when I go off on my own and into college. ~?@$* this IM BLACK **** so I’m voting for him because he is black. Put religion and race aside and listen to the two sides.

<3 USA
VOTE MCCAIN! comments to obamahater and jordan says:8:30 on 06/06Good day to you all, as much as i want to comment on nas record (which is a killa), i couldn’t help but read what you ignorant fools are saying about obama. why is it that we are not ready for a quote ‘black president’ what is that supposed to mean? he is a human being just like you educated and respectful just like anyone else.
its sad to see that people like you still have an outdated mind set of equality and what it is to be accepted just for who you are. we have never been interested in a political candidate like obama. the world is finally accepting us. rather for you to sit in your house with your computer and type bu&^%&^ about the poor guy go out and read how much S&*& your current president has put us in and how mccain will do the same. why am i even bothering? if he was WHITE there wouldn’t be a problem now would it? it just goes to show we have a long way to go as a country and how ignorant and demeaning we tend to be as americans. visit other countries and see how we are perceived because of BUSH. Electing mccain would prove that they were right and the word ‘equality’ doesn’t mean a thing.
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June 6, 2008

This is a track from “The Nigger Mixtape” that Nas plans to release. The song pays homage to our next President (yeah, I said it) Barack Obama and it samples Tupac on the hook.

Nas rhymes: “Obama provides hope and challenges minds of all races and colors to erase the hate and try to love one another.”

Nas puts a very powerful message in this song that I believe everyone should hear. Click on the link below.

Click here to listen to Black President by Nas

Jun 4 2008 3:32 PM EDT

Diddy, Young Jeezy, Respond To Barack Obama’s Historic Nomination; Check Out Nas’ New Song: ‘Black President’MTV News has an exclusive clip of the new Nas track!Views 22,277

By Shaheem Reid

Now that Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, some of his biggest support is coming from the hip-hop community.

“Today is one of the greatest and proudest moments of my life,” Diddy said Wednesday (June 4) of Obama’s nomination. “Not just as a black man, but as an American. Senator Obama becoming the Democratic nominee for president is history in the making and proof that we do live in the greatest country in the world!”

“It goes Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,” Young Jeezy raps at the beginning of The-Dream’s “I Luv Your Girl.” The Snowman says he’s been really interested in the political race this year.

“For real, as bad as we try to ignore it and act like it ain’t got nothing to do with us, it’s real,” Jeezy said about what some people in the black community have felt. “What [the rest of the country] feared for a long time, a black president, it could possibly happen right now.”

Jeezy said any of this year’s presidential hopefuls will do a better job than our current president. He wore a shirt onstage at Sunday’s Hot 97 Summer Jam that read, “F— Bush.”

“I know however it comes out, [the election] is gonna affect all of us,” Jeezy added. “It’s like trying to fix a record label that’s bankrupt. These different households — middle class [or] people on Wall Street waking up bankrupt every day when the stocks ain’t the same. It’s a hard job for any one person to fix the country. It’s a lot of people. I can’t make everybody happy in my family. I know damn well can’t nobody make everybody happy in the country. You gotta deal with too many issues.”

For months, hip-hop artists such as Will.I.Am, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, the Game, Jay-Z and 50 Cent have been publicly supportive of Obama’s quest for the Oval Office.

“I heard Obama speak,” 50 told MTV News earlier this year. “He hit me with that he-just-got-done- watching-’Malcolm X’ [thing], and I swear to God, I’m like, ‘Yo, Obama!’ ”

He then threw his fist in the air. “I’m Obama to the end now, baby!”

It’s no surprise that the thought-provoking Nas would be the first hip-hop artist to drop a song about Obama’s run for the presidency. MTV News has a received a new song by the mic savant called “Black President.” (Check out the song right here!) The record conveys Nas’ hopes for Obama, should he win the election, and touches on some of the hardships he could face along the way.

The cut, produced by DJ Green Lantern, starts with Obama being introduced as the next president of the United States. It then goes into Obama’s speech from Tuesday night. The track builds with a sample of Tupac Shakur’s voice: “Although it seems heaven-sent, we ain’t ready to have a black president.”

Optimism then prevails with a man singing, “Yes, we can change the world.” That’s emphasized with a sample of Obama yelling, “Change the world!”

Nas’ first verse is almost like an open letter to the country: “They forgot us on the block/ Got us in the box/ Solitary confinement, how violent are these cops?”

He ends his verse pointing the finger at some members of the black community. “A president’s needed,” he reiterates. “These colored folks and Negroes hate to see one of their own succeeding/ America: Surprise us, and let a black man guide us.”

When the second verse commences, Nas wonders what Obama might be thinking on election night. “Is it, ‘How can I protect my wife, protect my life, protect my rights?’ ”

Nas himself then expresses the slight misgivings he has about Obama: “I’m thinking, ‘I can trust this brother, but will he keep it way real?’ ”

“I was making the song for the Barack Obama mixtape, and Nas heard the song and called, like, ‘Yo, I need that for my album,’ ” Green Lantern explained of how the song came about. “I said, ‘Of course, but it’s gotta come out now, ’cause it’s so timely.’ With his album dropping July 1st, it worked out. I think he does it justice. He not only supports the idea of Obama being the president, he actually questions it in the second verse in true Nas fashion. He’s positive, uplifting, but critical at the same time.”

Earlier this month, Nas told MTV News that Obama’s rise to prominence actually got him interested in politics again. The Queensbridge native did say that he had a very specific agenda he wanted Obama to address if he made it to office — especially in the wake of the Sean Bell case.

“There never been a president to address the slaughter of young black people by this country’s police,” Nas fumed. “When your government’s police are killing one section of people, that’s genocide. There’s never been a president to even acknowledge it. You don’t acknowledge that? That’s a big thing President Obama has to recognize when he gets in office.

“I’m five presidents in … and I ain’t seen nothing happen to stop the police murders on young, black people,” he added. “Why would I believe in the system? With that being said, I think Barack can cure that disease and help cure the country. Not just in that area with us blacks, but also with all Americans. Women are getting treated like dogs. You know how hard it is for a woman to prove she was raped? The system is warped. They throw young guys — who’s starving — in jail just trying to survive on the streets. Throw them in jail forever. Young kids, 18 years old, executed in Texas. Yet, child predators get to come home and do it again. I think it’s so much our president can do. [Obama] seems like a human being. I say that because a lot of presidents don’t seem like human beings. They seem like straight-up businessmen who care about nothing but the business. Nah, you gotta care about the people.”

“Black President” is slated to appear on Nas’ forthcoming untitled LP (due next month) as well as his new street CD. The latter, a collaboration between the MC and DJ Green Lantern, will be released toward the end of this week. The mixtape has two covers: One depicting Nas with his mouth taped shut, the other with a photo of police brutality


June 6, 2008


The P.Cash Perspective
Common Sense Views and Commentary Regarding Black Culture, Politics, etc..etc…Feed on Posts Comments Video Report: Barack Gets Mad Love Up in Harlem NYC…
June 6, 2008 by P.Cash

Notice the emotion of the elderly woman in the report. I know she never thought that she would see a black man rise to this level in her lifetime. I feel the emotion too, but I’m saving my tears for November. I’ll probably cry whether he wins or not…

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June 6, 2008


The unraveling of Hillary Clinton
Ramesh Thakur / Special to The Daily Yomiuri

When the U.S. primary campaign began, there was great excitement among Americans and foreigners about the history-making potential of the first viable black or woman presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. The primary contest is effectively over.

Whereas Barack Obama has weathered the storms and controversies, sometimes rising above them but also losing some of his early halo, Hillary Clinton finishes a much diminished persona. Her latest gaffe is symptomatic of her flawed candidacy. Justifying her decision to stay in the race, she referenced Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in June 1968. The insensitive, tasteless and potentially lethal remark crystallized many serious negatives: tone deaf compared to Bill Clinton’s pitch-perfect political skills; cold-bloodedly calculating; and unable to admit a serious error of judgment and moving on by apologizing for it, instead of blaming everyone else for inflaming the situation.

Clinton began with the biggest brand name in Democratic politics, household name recognition, a party machine and electoral organization in thrall to the Clintons, a 100 million dollars war chest, a network of operatives and loyalists across the country, and the priceless asset of a spouse who was hero-worshipped by the party’s base. None of this was proof against the lethal mix of hubris, arrogance, incompetence and misjudgments.

As the preordained nominee, Clinton was anticipating a coronation, not a contest with a junior, younger, African-American upstart who bested her in organization, mobilization and fund-raising. Her campaign morphed from enthusiasm to bitterness, pettiness, pandering, and race-baiting that has generated Clinton fatigue. When her team conducts a group postmortem, they should ask: If Obama is so deeply flawed and weak, how come we lost?

In a year when voters were hungry for change, including a yearning to move beyond the Bush-Clinton dynasties, she ran on insider experience. Positioning herself as the inevitable nominee, she clung to the center confident that the left-liberals would swallow their pride and stay inside the Democratic tent. Hence, for example, her vote for the Iraq war. By the time she corrected course and discovered her true meta-narrative as the fighter for the ordinary worker, it was too late: Her liberal, youth and black voters had defected to Obama, never to return.

Her desperate mid-campaign tack back to the party center blurred the policy differences with Obama. The contest then became one of character and personality. Matched against the elegant and cool Obama, she was a dead duck; or rather, the ugly duckling that never did turn into the beautiful swan even during the swansong of her lofty ambitions. Eloquence-envy from a pedestrian, sometimes grating public speaker may explain the disastrous fabrications of being under sniper fire in Bosnia, which so damagingly played into all her public negatives.

Again too late in the day, she discovered that Obama was most vulnerable if she hewed to the cultural, not political, center, as the champion and defender of everyday American habits and values. But then this, too, was immediately undermined by her blatant pandering on the idea of a gasoline tax holiday, which allowed Obama to deflect attention from the incendiary Jeremiah Wright to her gimmickry (and by implication untrustworthiness) against his own honesty and straight talk.

Like George W. Bush, Clinton elevated loyalty above competence. Mark Penn, her chief strategist, never grasped that Democrats allocate delegates proportionately. He–her chief strategist–thought that victory in California would bag all the state’s 370 delegates. They were similarly bewildered by the complexity of the primary-cum-caucus rules in Texas, with the result that Clinton won more votes but Obama collected more delegates. And Penn was contracted to negotiate a free trade deal for the Colombian government while Clinton was campaigning against it.

Team Obama’s attention to detail and rules paid handsome dividends in harvesting delegates in caucus after caucus that Clinton had chosen to ignore and then publicly belittled and denigrated after her string of losses.

Obama’s brilliance at fund-raising left Clinton looking leaden. Her political strategy was based on early victory. Astonishingly, she had no Plan B. The continual turmoil and shake-up did little to shore up faith in her organizational, presidential, financial management and commander-in-chief credentials.

Clinton had a powerful case regarding the importance of Michigan and Florida, the political perils of disenfranchising voters from these key battleground states, and the idiosyncrasies of the primary process. Almost certainly she would win these states in a proper contest. Her case would have been compelling and persuasive had she protested from the start against the party’s decision to penalize the two states for trying to advance their primary dates in order to jump the queue. In fact she agreed with the party’s wrongheaded decision not to count their delegates. Her subsequent insistence that they be counted, once she fell behind Obama, cemented perceptions about her bad faith and untrustworthiness.

Clinton was guilty of serial race-baiting. She said bluntly that “hard-working Americans, white Americans” in her coalition would never vote for Obama. This “only whites are hard-working” and “Psst, Obama is black, America is white” strategy incensed blacks, outraged many whites and antagonized several Congressional colleagues. But it was part of a pattern, starting with the Hispanic card in Nevada, including Bill Clinton’s effort to belittle Obama as merely a black candidate in South Carolina, and exploding with a live on-screen confrontation on May 5 between Paul Begala, a Clinton supporter, and Donna Brazile, an undeclared Obama-leaning super-delegate.

The New York Times columnist Bob Herbert let loose with a brutal assault on her (May 10) that recalled the Clintons’ many lapses and ethically challenged code of conduct from yesteryears that Obama had been too polite to use against a fellow-Democrat woman. Just Bill Clinton’s 1999 pardoning of convicted FALN Puerto Rican terrorists alone touched on honesty, patriotism, terrorism, national security, justice and abuse of office to help Hillary’s run for the Senate to court New York’s Puerto Rican vote, all wrapped in one convenient scandal.

Others noted that no Democrat could have been elected president since 1960 without the near-total black support. This year the liberal condescension–the Rosa Parks syndrome, that blacks should know their place at the back of the bus or line and stay there until called–will be put to the test with Obama as the nominee. Blacks have delivered for white Democratic candidates for 50 years; it’s time to call in the favor.

Could Clinton be angling for the vice-presidential spot? A combined “dream ticket” seems very unlikely. Her presence, with all the baggage of old politics, would contradict his central message. Some wag commented that he would need a full-time food taster. Michelle Obama is said to be strongly opposed. Clinton would make it difficult to reach across to independents and moderate Republicans. The Clintons back in power would mean a reprise of drama and dysfunctionality. How would Obama handle his vice-president’s spouse being a former president?

Nothing can take away Clinton’s historic reach, which brings the presidency within the grasp of other women. The tragedy is that she does have so many admirable traits and political pluses. Those who have known her the longest and the best insist that she is smart, brilliant, savvy, dedicated, warm and witty. Her years of very public struggles and humiliations have created a public persona greatly at variance with the private person. She did best during encounters, as in the famous New Hampshire TV interview, that allowed the real Hillary to come through the tough exterior. It’s a pity that the strategy was to emphasize her toughness and downgrade her human qualities. Her political skills and policy mastery might yet be harnessed to effective public leadership in the Senate. The gravely ill Sen. Ted Kennedy’s life is a metaphor for the transience of turmoil and the lasting legacy of legislative accomplishments that would have been denied him had he won the presidency.

Thakur is a distinguished fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo.

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May 30, 2008


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Little Known Facts About African Polygamy (And Why Women Promote It)
May 24, 2008 by afrowrite
By Muli wa Kyendo

Today’s post is in reply to Sister Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade who, through an email, told me that she and her friends are promoting polygamy and the greatness of the black race. My dear sister, I read most of your blogs and I must say I am impressed by your enthusiasm, hard work and sacrifice. Although you are an American, in deed you live in the USA, you said you have lived in Nigeria for many years and raised your children there so they could learn the Yuroba language and culture. So I don’t need to bore you with the general details of our life in the East of our Great Continent. But I can assure you, we are a happy lot – happy because our lives are full of “cultural” drama, contradictions, ups and downs, ebbs and flows. As one man said, we take three steps forward and two back, but we are happily moving forward – slowly.


Like in the case of polygamy. Several years ago, my friend and writer David G. Maillu, published a book titled Our Kind of Polygamy to defend this age-old practice. He puts essentially the same arguments as you put – too many women chasing too few men, the right for all women to be married, the right of children to have legitimate fathers and so on. He even adds a manual for polygamous men on how to manage their wives. But I haven’t seen many men (or women) reading or referring to the book here in Kenya. My guess for this is that for us here, we are living that life. Almost every Kenyan lives in a polygamous home, grabbling with its realities – sometimes amusing, sometimes disappointing, and sometimes even grim. So we rarely have time left to think about it!

Let me tell you about our situation – the Kenyan situation. Because in Kenya we have many communities – call them tribes, if you like – Kenyans are always on the look out for a “neutral community” to produce a President. Many are convinced that a community called the Akamba – the fourth largest – would produce a good President. So gentle and “nice” are their men!

In Kenya’s disputed General Elections of December last year, a Mukamba – it means a person belonging to the Akamba community – was, among the Presidential candidates. In my view, he was the least credible. But Kenyans were willing to vote for him. And he would have been the President today if he hadn’t hopelessly bungled up his campaign. Why are the men so hopeless? Because of their women – at least, that it what research facts indicate.

Women propaganda, sticks and carrots

The Akamba men were socialized to worship physical power – fighting, cattle raiding, and so on. The women maintained a closely guarded culture of oppression in which men were excluded from all intellectual activities. The men’s only tasks were to raid cattle and guard the community. When they were not doing that, they were allowed to spend their time drinking beer or socializing. They were excluded from all creative activities where thought and tact would have been necessary. In deed, even in worshipping Mulungu, the Akamba God, the men were excluded. The women had, and still have, their own well organized religion called Kathambi. Their goddess, Kathambi, is the goddess of rain and fertility. The women associated rain and fertility with womanhood. And since men don’t give birth or menstruate, they were deemed incapable of communicating with Mulungu.

Kathambi women congregations

Kathambi is worshipped with Kilumi, a highly rhythmical dance with heavy drumming and which is today regarded the epitome of Akamba dances. It is danced for Presidents and eminent guests at almost all national days in Kenya. When danced during the women worships, the dance sends participants “into other worlds”. And only the women know how to bring those affected back to earth. The result is that many men are awed and fearful of the dance.

The congregation of Kathambi worshipping women is called Ngolano in Kikamba – that is their language – and the congregation is led by woman priestesses (those who have stopped menstruating and giving birth) in shrines called mathembo, composed of thick forests or huge trees.

The women’s system of prayer was – and still is – so elaborate it scared the White missionaries when they arrived in the country.

The Woman of Nzaui

The missionaries immediately “black listed” this women religion. It was their biggest challenge in their recruitment of the Akamba into Christianity. And the women recognized the Whiteman as their new and big enemy. The men were caught in between hate for the Whiteman and hate for the women, even as the fierce battle spread.

The first missionary had been so anxious to set up church in Ukambani – the area where the Akamba live – that he returned to America, put together an organisation he called African Inland Mission (today it’s called the African Inland Church) and return to Kenya armed with cash for the construction of a church. But the women wouldn’t let him construct a church; allowing him eventually to put a church only on a rock (the Church stands at a place called Nzaui even today).

The women, through their great intellectual power – influential poetry and song and sometimes direct confrontation (many of the priestesses were deported to island of Mombasa by the settler Government), continued their anti-colonial campaign, forcing the Whiteman to quit the mainland Ukambani, including Machakos, the town he had planned for the capital city of Kenya, and to move to Nairobi on the periphery.

The earliest Kenyan human rights campaigner

Just to give you a feel for the battle – there was a woman priestess named Syotuna. One day, she came upon a group of young Akamba men carrying a White District Commissioner on a stretcher. There were no roads in most parts of the country yet and stretchers with four hefty young men for bearers were the common mode of travel for European settlers, colonial government officials and White missionaries. Syotuna was so exasperated that she shouted at the young men, “Aren’t you ashamed to carry a man like yourselves!” And to the DC she shouted, “Why can’t you walk? Have you no legs?” The ashamed young men quickly dropped the stretcher and fled into the bushes, leaving the DC stranded.

These words are recorded by the DC who proceeded to deport Syotuna to Mombasa.

Did Women Invent Polygamy?

The Akamba men derided the women with derogatory remarks. The women tried to appease them by making them feel like great kings in their families. The women got men other women to marry for second, third, fourth or just many wives as the first wife wanted. But all these wives had loyalty to first wife, the woman who brought them into the family. Polygamy was therefore a way of women enhancing their power and control over men. (Compare that with the so-called patriarchs of the Old Testament. Women brought their husbands other women for wives and the men accepted without complaint or appreciation).

The result of this arrangement is that the community produces “nice” men, but who are totally unequipped for modern leadership. Generally they lack depth in thought and they are devoid of strategy and tactics, necessary for modern competitive world. My play, The Woman of Nzaui, discusses this issue.

Syokimau Cultural Centre

By the way, we have a not-for-profit membership cultural centre, the Syokimau Cultural Centre, where we are encouraged in promoting research and use of African culture in writing and in government development programmes. It’s named after the most ancient and the greatest of these priestesses (talk of oppression!). It is recognized by UNESCO and the Kenya Government. It will soon launch an e-newsletter to promote its work and to reach our members abroad.

Please let us know whether this has been of any use to you and your group. And let’s increase the debate even we encourage the preservation of the African culture.

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May 23, 2008


Hello Chuck:

It’s good to hear from you!

It’s a very interesting dilemna for the very ordinary (white) American Joe in Kentucky and West Virginia; I know how many of these folks are socialized by habit and tradition. They are very suspicion of anything strange or radically different. Life and hard experience from outsiders have taught them hard lessons over the generations. Yet once they take a liking to you, and trust you, they will literally give you the shirt off their back.

Culturally, I share some of this tradition, for I was born and lived in these hills for the first 13 years of my life. However, my mother saved me from the rut of Appalachian life—its dullness, isolation, and hopelessness by migration to New York City while it was still in its “golden age” of the 1950s and 1960s.

I do believe that Obama will overcome all opposition to his election, however, simply because he has most of the objective conditions going for him in this contest. A declining economy targeting towards an historic meltdown, the near total incompetency of the Bush foreign policy, and the massive popular desire for change throughout the country. Add to these factors the unusual success of the well oiled Obama political organization that has proven fairly effective at turning on a dime when necessary, and I see a formidable fighting machine well conditioned to the American political process.

Of course, Obama does not represent a change toward “people power” or any challenge to financial capital; “my people” sense this fact implicitly. He has not attacked a single issue from the advantage point of the working class. His healthcare plan embraces the insurance companies and guarantees them a key role, his educational policy will continue to enrich the private sector, there is no mention of public works and employment policy even like the Kennedy-Johnson years; foreign policy is still a military-imperial function “improved” by wider discussions and threats to the adversaries of US designs around the world. Obama has been tapped by the US overlords to put a more rational, universalist, and “none white” gloss on a highly discreditted US imperialistic foreign policy in grave crisis.

If one carefully examines the sources of real support for McCain and Obama, it strongly reflects the key interests, directions and policies of corporate America. But with a difference: the Bush wing of the political leadership, while succeeding in its financial and tax policy of rapid enrichment of the oligarchy, has utterly failed in controlling the empire aboard. The “liberal” wing of capital represented by the Obama wing of the party of capital seeks to “correct” these “mistakes” by giving a few sops to the restive domestic population, so greatly neglected for the last decade or so, while making necessary adjustment aboard. These efforts are doomed to failure for reasons which I can’t explore here.

So, to sum up, I think Obama will win the Democratic party nomination for president of the US, then proceed to win in November by a comfortable margin running against the Republican party and old man McCain. However, he will have a very rough term of office unless he tacks to the left as Roosevelt did in 1936. Yet this will be extremely difficult for him to do, I believe. But let’s see if he proves me wrong! As Malcolm would say, “time will tell”.


Viral e-mails attack Obama’s life story
By: Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin
May 22, 2008 07:27 AM EST

The main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was
distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South
Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.

Prefacing a question about the challenges of winning over white, blue-collar
voters, the reporter offered this observation: “They think you are
un-American,” he said.

Such questions, asked by reporters and plainly on the minds of voters in
Appalachia and elsewhere, are the fruits of an unprecedented, subterranean
e-mail campaign.

What began as a demonstrably false attempt to cast Obama as a Muslim has now
metastasized into something far more threatening to the likely Democratic
nominee. The spurious claims about his faith have spiraled into a broader
assault that questions his patriotism and citizenship and generally portrays
him as a threat to mainstream, white America.

The spread of these e-mails has forced Obama to embark on a campaign to
Americanize his image and his biography. Pivoting away from his pitch to a
primary election audience uninterested in flag-waving and nationalism, he’s
returning to the message that first brought him to the national spotlight in
2004: the idea that his is the quintessential American story.

He’s also drawing the campaign into partisan combat, blaming Republicans for
the smears even though they have not been traced back to GOP sources. “The
Republicans, they’re trying to make [it] ‘this is not about you; it’s about
me.’ They’re trying to say, ‘Well, Obama, we don’t know him that well, he
hasn’t been around that long, he’s got a funny name; maybe he’s a Muslim,’”
Obama said Monday in Montana. “They want to make people worry about me.”

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Ironically, the smear campaign represents the dark side of the Internet’s
emerging dominance in American politics — a phenomenon that has driven
Obama’s unparalleled grass-roots and financial campaigns. After harnessing
the Web to great advantage, Obama is now struggling to beat back the viral
threat from the same uncontrollable medium.

“In the old days, communication was more centralized,” notes veteran GOP ad
man Alex Castellanos, the father of Jesse Helms’ famous affirmative action
ad. “If you were attacked in one venue, you dealt with it there. A TV
problem was dealt with on TV, a radio problem on radio. It was top-down and
it was manageable.”

The anti-Obama e-mails now bouncing around the Internet have multiplied and
are difficult to track, though the website has catalogued and
debunked many of them. But the themes are similar: Elements of his biography
make him too exotic, or unknown, to be president.

One features a made-up quote in which Obama “explains” why he purportedly
doesn’t place his hand over his heart during the national anthem.

“There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a
symbol of oppression,” the e-mail quotes Obama as saying. “And the anthem
itself conveys a war-like message.”

Obama has never said such a thing.

Another makes the false claim that Obama was sworn into the Senate on the

He took the oath on the Bible.

Then there is perhaps the least subtle e-mail, “The Genealogy of Barack
Hussein Obama in Pictures,” which includes numerous pictures of the
candidate’s dark-complexioned relatives on his father’s side in native
African garb.

The e-mailers aren’t troubled by the dissonance between two lines of attack
— the assertion that he’s a Muslim and the claim that he belongs to a
radical black Christian church — though one goes as far as to try to
reconcile the apparent conflict by arguing that Chicago’s Trinity United
Church of Christ is covertly Muslim, something that would come as a surprise
to its parishioners.

Smear campaigns have a rich history in politics. Many Americans believe that
President Bill Clinton had an aide murdered or that President Bush had prior
knowledge of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers.

And this one would be a shameful but largely irrelevant mark on this
historic election but for one thing: Voters widely and repeatedly cite
information that has been gleaned directly or indirectly from the e-mails to
explain why they won’t support Obama.

A Pew survey found that one in 10 Americans think Obama is Muslim, a
misperception that crosses party lines.

A focus group conducted with 12 independent voters for NBC and The Wall
Street Journal earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va., found that fully
half said “no” when asked point-blank if they thought of Obama as an
American. Two believed he is a Muslim and another mentioned the Quran

“They have no sense of his roots,” explained Peter Hart, the Democratic
pollster who conducted the survey. “They just are confused, uninitiated and
uncertain about who he is and what his background is.”

An eye-opening video shot by the online Real News Network earlier this month
in West Virginia drove that point home.

One voter concludes that, “The United States of America should be run by
somebody from the United States of America.” When reminded by the reporter
capturing the footage that Obama is, in fact, American, the voter responded:
“He’s Muslim.”

Nearly every day of the primary, newspaper stories in places from the
Pacific Northwest to Pennsylvania have been filled with similar anecdotes.

So, as he pivots from wooing left-of-center primary voters to winning over
the broader American electorate, chief among Obama’s priorities will be
dispelling the notion that he is somehow not fully American.

Obama’s campaign has built a pioneering Web-based apparatus to debunk the
myths, but the candidate himself has also begun to fight back against the
smear in symbolic and substantive ways, following the same model used on the
original Muslim claims.

When confronted with the Muslim e-mails, Obama last year began talking more
openly about his Christianity and using most campaign Sundays to attend
church services. His campaign reinforced the point with a less-than-subtle
mail piece showing the candidate in a pulpit, a gold cross shimmering in the
background. It was mailed out in South Carolina and was revived for the
Kentucky primary.

Now Obama is taking steps to incorporate a patriotism rebuttal to go with
his faith pushback.

After scoffing last year at the need to wear a flag pin on his lapel —
grounds for one of the e-mail attacks — Obama has begun to affix the stars
and stripes to his suit coat.

And he’s begun to talk about the side of his family that more Americans can
relate to.

In the Democratic primary, his unique and unlikely life story was part of
what many cosmopolitan voters found compelling about him.

“Here’s a guy who could get us right with the world again” is how Al Cross,
a veteran political reporter and the head of the University of Kentucky’s
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, characterized the
perception among some Democrats. “His entire persona is globalized, and his
name lends credibility with people who we need credibility with. What better
change agent could there be?”

And in the early going, Obama embraced that distinctiveness.

Targeting Hispanic voters in Nevada, he even stressed the foreign element of
his story, with a narrator of his radio advertisement describing him as “the
son of a foreign father who came to this country in search of a better

But while his first book was called “Dreams From My Father,” it’s his late
mother and her white family who have come to take center stage as Obama
confronts not just challenges among blue-collar voters but also fundamental
questions about who he is.

He’s made pilgrimages to middle America — to his mother’s hometown in Kansas
and to an ancestral property on his maternal side in Indiana — and featured
images of both his mother and her parents in TV ads.

And he’s increasingly laced his stump speech with references to his
grandfather’s World War II service, noting recently that Stanley Dunham was
buried with an American flag around his casket.

Later this year, he’ll go to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
in Honolulu, where Dunham is buried, and pay homage.

He’s also hoping that allies — elected officials and labor unions — can tell
his story to people who trust them.

Chuck Rocha, the political director of the United Steelworkers union, said
that Obama’s Horatio Alger tale would make him an easier sell with white
union members.

“Our members couldn’t relate with John Kerry because of his background,
where he came from,” Rocha said. “Barack Obama comes from a lot of the same
pasts that a lot of our members do — just growing up a regular kid.”

Rocha, whose union endorsed Obama, said union members will “trust us more
than some thing they read on the Internet or some other trumped-up lies.”

“It’s going to be an education process,” said Mike Caputo, a United Mine
Workers of America official in West Virginia, whose union endorsed Obama on

Obama’s challenge this summer will be to use his unprecedented political
celebrity to get his story out.

“Most people don’t know much about Obama’s personal life,” said Vanderbilt
University professor John G. Geer, explaining why some voters are
susceptible to falsehoods. “He needs to talk about his values. Right now,
people are filling in the narrative because he hasn’t filled it.”

And Geer had a candid assessment of why people are accepting falsehoods as

“It’s easier to believe because his name is Barack Obama,” he said.

© 2007 Capitol News Company, LLC


May 22, 2008


Saturday, April 22, 2006 /


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Black is indeed Beautiful



May 22, 2008


Hillary Clinton botched the black vote
Her failure to challenge Barack Obama’s huge momentum among African-Americans — not a given at the start — may have doomed her campaign.

By Thomas F. Schaller
Reuters / Jonathan Ernst

May 5, 2008 | If Hillary Clinton fails to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Barack Obama, there will be plenty of second-guessing about how she ran her campaign. What if her loyalty to campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle and chief strategist Mark Penn had not prevented her from demoting them sooner? What if her electoral strategists had better understood the power of caucus states and the way in which votes cast there translated into delegates? What if she had actually planned for the month following Super Tuesday, thereby preventing Obama from posting the 11 straight wins after Feb. 5 that provided him the pledged delegate lead he enjoys today? But beyond these questions, one little-discussed factor (with direct or indirect relation to all of the above) appears to have had fatal consequences for Clinton’s campaign: She failed to mount a strong enough challenge to Obama’s claim on the African-American vote.

Though a majority of black voters may inevitably have gone for Obama, nothing precluded the wife of the so-called first black president from keeping Obama’s margins among blacks significantly narrower — say, losing to him by 4-to-1 or even 3-to-1, rather than the devastating 9-to-1 margins by which Obama has often won African-American Democrats. “The Clinton campaign has been focused on Barack Obama’s performance with white working-class voters in a few states, but they fail to mention Senator Clinton’s abysmal performance with black voters all over the country,” says political consultant and Obama supporter Jamal Simmons. “She has gone from leading among black voters to losing them 90 percent to 10 percent in Pennsylvania. One would expect Obama to win these voters, but 90-10 is a total collapse that Obama is not experiencing among any constituency. Simply put, Hillary Clinton has a black problem.”


May 21, 2008


Farrakhan Music Video “Pray For Barack Obama!”

This is a video response to Jeremiah Wright, Obama and United Church of Christ
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May 21, 2008


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How Hillary Clinton lost the Black vote…twice
May 19, 2008

From the Huffington Post

Last week, Hillary Clinton won the West Virginia primary, and nobody noticed or cared, because the week before, Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination outright. Or more accurately, he won the Democratic nomination back in February, but the results in North Carolina and Indiana put an end to the charade that there was still a contest going on. What finally exorcised the ghost of the Clinton campaign? You could be forgiven for not noticing, given the obsessive focus of election coverage in recent weeks on hard-working white working-class white hard-working white American voters in the big states Democrats need to win the election, excluding Iowa, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. But in fact, a decisive factor in the demise of the Clinton dynasty was the near-total collapse of Hillary Clinton’s support among African-Americans.

I’m not talking about the familiar collapse of Clinton’s black support after Barack Obama proved himself to be a viable mainstream presidential candidate by winning the lily-white Iowa caucuses. A second mass exodus of black voters away from Hillary Clinton made Indiana a statistical push, fattened Obama’s margins enough to completely wipe-out Clinton’s pyrrhic, pointless victory in Pennsylvania, and broke down the wall of bullshit sustaining the idea that the Democratic primary didn’t end in Wisconsin.

After Obama’s win in Iowa, her surrogates’ public musings about Obama’s possible history of crack dealing, and Bill Clinton’s now infamous trashing of the Palmetto State as a consolation prize for the you-know-whats, Hillary Clinton still managed to pull in about one fifth of the black vote in South Carolina. Yet from one Carolina primary to the other, roughly two thirds of Clinton’s remaining black support dissolved, only slightly less steep a drop, proportionally, than her fall from this October poll in which she actually led Obama in black support, to the South Carolina exit poll. If she had maintained her South Carolina performance among blacks on Super Tuesday, Potomac Tuesday, Super Tuesday II, and North Carolina/Indiana Tuesday, the net shift would have been more than 500,000 popular votes — enough to shrink Obama’s popular vote lead to near parity, and perhaps take the lead on not terribly extravagant assumptions about non-black liberals who were turned off by the Clinton tactics.

, The handy chart to above tells the story graphically. (I’ve explained my methodology below.) Clinton’s share of the black vote declined by about one sixth between South Carolina and Super Tuesday — a period when national polling showed Obama’s support rising across all demographics, and Clinton’s falling — and declined a bit more than another fifth between Super Tuesday and the Potomac primaries at the peak of Obamamania, when (again) all his numbers were improving and hers were going in the other direction. When either economic and demographic factors or Plagiarismgate, Goolsbeegate, and various other pseudo-scandals broke Obama’s winning streak in Ohio and Texas, Clinton’s black support rose slightly (by about one sixth) — just like her white and brown support.

Then the Wrightmare struck, a thousand innumerate pundits were launched on a quest to prove that Obama’s candidacy was undone before the slightest credible evidence emerged to support their case (they were stunningly wrong, as we now know), and Clinton was only too happy to embrace a wild long-shot electoral strategy of trying to stoke white resentment against a strange, dark, foreign, religiously suspect crypto-Communist who hangs out with sundry terrorists when not spewing elitist contempt for good, decent, ordinary folk. And what happened to Clinton’s black support? It plummeted by a catastrophic 44.6 percent between the bookends of the Wrightmare (and nearly a full fifth just between Pennsylvania and Indy/NC), to the point where Hillary Clinton can barely attract half the level of black support of George Allen in his 2006 senate campaign (8.2 percent versus 15). Repeat: barely half the black support of George “Let’s welcome ‘Macaca‘ here to the real world of Virginia” Allen. All the while Obama’s black support rose.

It’s sort of incredible that this needs to be said, but future aspiring presidents, observe the ruins of the House of Clinton and take note: If you want to be the Democratic party’s nominee, you will need some black votes, and 0 percent is worse than 5, which is worse than 10, which is worse than 20. So avoid basing your campaign on the argument that your party’s most loyal constituents are worthless. They will (eventually) notice.

* * *

How I crunched the numbers: South Carolina is taken as a theoretical starting point, representing the performance among black voters Clinton could have managed even after the emergence of an electable black presidential candidate and her campaign’s tactical decision to royally piss off a lot of black people. I track Clinton and Obama’s subsequent performance on the four multiple-primary nights since South Carolina — Super Tuesday, the Potomac Primary, Texas and Ohio, and Indiana and North Carolina — by calculating the total number of votes cast by African-Americans on each election day and the share of the aggregate African-American vote each candidate received (that way, e.g., Obama’s 86 percent in Delaware, 66 percent in Massachusetts, and 61 percent in New York, are weighted to reflected the tiny, medium, and huge populations of each state; for similar reasons as well as the distorting effects of political machines in individual states, I treat single-state primary days as statistical noise and ignore them). Figures are generated from the Real Clear Politics state voting totals and CNN’s exit poll estimates of black turnout and vote shares. No caucuses were included since primary and caucus voting pools are incommensurate and too few caucuses had data on black voting to allow for a separate graph of black voting trends in caucus states. Likewise, the New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. primaries had no available data on black voters.

You can download the spreadsheet here and double-check me, or if you’re curious and industrious, plug in new values in the C, D, and E columns and track the voting trends of any demographic group.

Entry Filed under: Election, The Racial Debate. Tags: African American, Barack Obama, black people, black vote, Current Events, Election, Hillary Clinton, media, News, Politics.

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1. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade | May 21, 2008 at 5:53 am
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Brother Sable, Black on! You have made it very BLACK(clear)that Obama should be our BLACK PresidentWe will reprint it at my blog now! !Billary is busy rigging,cheating,and playing the race card and it is not working cause:
l. Black people are now uniting behind a real BLACK candidate(who is not a traitor)
2. Obama is God’s candidate anointed to save amerikkka from itself!
Now what we all must do is PRAY FOR OBAMA,PRAY FOR HIS SAFETY FROM all the wicked plans of the devil!
Your Sister, who went BACK TO AFRICA 30 YEARS AGO TO YORUBALAND,NIGERIA(from Lawrence,Kansas),
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