Black Skinned Beauties!:QUEEN MOTHERS OF ALL BEAUTY!

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SERENA IN HER NATURAL BRAIDS-A TRUE BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY! HOPE YOU GO BACK TO NATURAL HAIR STYLES AND STOP THIS IMITATION WHITE GIRL LOOK YOU AND VENUS ARE NOW INTO!

AS you can see, I’m a beautiful girl because I’m dark in complexion. I like to look nice and beautiful always. My mum always encourages me every time I appear clean, that, I’m black and I’m shining. I sweep my room, lay my bed and clean our sitting room always. I learn how to be clean from my mum because she dresses well. She is my role model when it comes to looking good. - Iremide Oyelaja, 10-year-old, Pry 4. (THIS NIGERIAN MOTHER TAUGHT HER DAUGHTER TO BE PROUD OF HER BLACK BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLOR UNLIKE MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER WHO TOLD HIM HIS BLACK FEATURES WERE UGLY! TEACH YOUR BLACK CHILDREN TO LOVE THEIR BLACK FEATURES-NOSE,MOUTH,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!(IBADAN,NIGERIA)

AS you can see, I’m a beautiful girl because I’m dark in complexion. I like to look nice and beautiful always. My mum always encourages me every time I appear clean, that, I’m black and I’m shining. I sweep my room, lay my bed and clean our sitting room always. I learn how to be clean from my mum because she dresses well. She is my role model when it comes to looking good. - Iremide Oyelaja, 10-year-old, Pry 4. (THIS NIGERIAN MOTHER TAUGHT HER DAUGHTER TO BE PROUD OF HER BLACK BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLOR UNLIKE MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER WHO TOLD HIM HIS BLACK FEATURES WERE UGLY! TEACH YOUR BLACK CHILDREN TO LOVE THEIR BLACK FEATURES-NOSE,MOUTH,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!(IBADAN,NIGERIA)

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BLACK-SKINNED WOMEN: QUEEN MOTHERS OF THE BLACK RACE AND ALL BEAUTY!
Why do I sing Praises of your Beautiful, Black, ebony,velvet skin,”Blacker than the sky at midnight”{1},your full mushroomed mouth, your beautiful broad nose, your generous “Congo hips” {2}and full-flowered backside? Because for too long many of the Black Race have abused, dishonored you, degraded and denied you your crown, Queen of Queens,Queen Mother of the Black Race, Black Beauty Supreme! From you all the beauty of the Black Race springs forth.In fact all the world’s beauty springs from you,Mother of all beauty of all the races of the world! Your Black midnight,licorice,dark black chocolate,beauty, is Blackness concentrated in your beautiful “Black-blueberry”{3} face!

First in the order of creation is always given respect by Afrikan tradition. The 1st wife, the 1st elder, the 1st kingdom, the 1st original inhabitants, of the earth-all are considered with honor. So it should be with Black Beauty-our darkest -skinned Sisters are the 1st Mothers of the Universe-Black as a color came before all the many tones of brown,red,yellow and white. But for too long our Dark-skinned Queens have not been given the respect and place of honor they deserve. IN FACT THE WHITE BOY HAS INTIATED the cycle of reversing the true order of things by turning upside down the pyramid of Beauty, and placing white-light on top and relegating the most beautiful Black-skinned Beauties to rock bottom!

So Black people have been taught well how to deny our most

beautiful one her crown, taught how to reject our Blackest, most Afrikan features, full lips and nose and mouth and woollest hair, for the weaker characteristics of the white race. Shame on Black people! When will we wake up to this Black Beauty concentrated, from whence all our lesser beauty comes. When will we give the crown of crowns,the throne of thrones, to the Blackest Queen of Queens?

Most of us who suffer from”mulatto-mentality” and “yellow fever”, as Fela, our great Nigerian Musician calls it, will go on and on about what about us lighter queens-aren’t we/they beautiful too, yet you/we should be aware that such queens have gotten all the play in the past and that even in Black Egypt one of the reasons for its downfall was the allowing the lighter ones of the race, to place themselves above the rest of us in the name of lightness and pride of light-closer/to/whiteness. So if we’re yellow,to light brown/red, then we should give respect where respect is due and not live off of the artificial white thrill of having “white features” as if it is an advantage. Where would you be without your BLACKEST great Grandmother? We should honor the Blackest part of ourselves, thus giving us true pride of Blackness, not verbal signifyin’ but real testifyin’ that BLACK is beautiful! If the Blackest, most Afrikan-featured Sister isn’t respected as the Supreme Beauty of the Race,the Black woman’s beauty is not really respected at all for what it really is(only in terms of how closer to white we look). We all reflect the strengths of this concentrated beauty in ourselves, all the manifestations of how Blackness can present itself are seen in our faces. Down to the milk-lightest of us, our Blackness is what dominates us whether physically or mentally. But the Mother is greater than the child and so the Blackest is greater than all the other tones of the Black Race. If we don’t respect our Blackest Queen, we don’t respect our True Black selves. We must have a Black value for BLACKNESS in features and skin tone. We must have a Black Standard of Beauty based on the Black-skinned woman. ALL PRAISES DUE TO OUR BLACK-SKINNED QUEEN-MOTHERS!

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BLACK NOTES: Let me give tribute to Brother Damu,House of Umoja(San Francisco) for{1}
{2}Brother O.O. Gabugan in the poem “Black Queen For a Day”,{3}Sister Sonia Sanchez in her poem “,Queens of the Universe”,for the quoted words used in the first part of this article.

BLACK PEOPLE! -ANOTHER KILLING BY THE POLICE!-MANSUR BALI-BEY,18 YEARS SHOT BY ST. LOUIS POLICE!-FROM THE ST. LOUIS AMERICAN NEWSPAPER

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Homegoing for Mansur Ball-Bey inspires cries for justice

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Brother T. Irons-El speaks during Mansur Ball-Bey funeral

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Brother T. Irons-El speaks during Mansur Ball-Bey funeral

Brother T. Irons-El, from Grand Temple 5 in St. Louis spoke during home going services for Mansur Ball-Bey at Christ Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church Saturday morning.

Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2015 6:15 pm | Updated: 6:58 pm, Sat Aug 29, 2015.

By Umar Lee

The funeral of Mansur Ball-Bey was a colorful, ecumenical and passionate affair. Mourners packed Christ Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in North St. Louis to view the open casket.

The 18-year-old youth was shot dead on August 19 by St. Louis police in still mysterious circumstances. Police claim he fled a drug house being served a warrant and flashed a gun, but attorneys for the family have witnesses who say he was not in the house or carrying a gun.

Ball-Bey, a graduate of McCluer South-Berkeley in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, had no criminal record. At the time of his death, he was working for FedEx. Family members said Mansur dreamed of opening a family business remodeling houses.

The Ball-Bey family and Mansur himself were members of the Moorish Science Temple of America, an Islamic sect founded nearly a century ago by Noble Drew Ali. The funeral observance was in keeping with Moorish-American traditions and customs.

Solos familiar to church goers were sang. There was a colorful presentation of the American flag and a reading from the Quran. A Moorish-American prayer was offered facing east, and the Moors sang “Marching into Mecca” together.

Brother T. Peek-El described Mansur as having been “an example” to others with a curious mind. “He grew-up in the temple,” Peek-El said.

All of the speakers who knew Mansur spoke of him as being a positive young man who was studious. All who knew Mansur challenged the police narrative of his death as unbelievable.

“He wasn’t a thug, a dope dealer,” Grand Sheikh T. Irons-EL of Temple 5 in St. Louis said. “He didn’t learn from Lil Wayne. Mansur sat with scholars, including the likes of Dr. Umar Johnson.”

Grand Sheikh C.P. Fuqua-Bey of Detroit said burning and looting wasn’t the way to protest the youth’s death since stores are insured. Instead, he urged, Make the call: Don’t go to the mall.” He said the community must put economic pressure on the system to change it.

Grand Sheikh L. Lee-Bey of Temple 75 in St. Louis knew Mansur well and stated “he was a good little brother.”

When a speaker from the Moorish Science Temple stated, “We are taking this matter very serious,” the crowd was brought to their feet.

Members from other religious communities spoke in support of the Ball-Bey family. Bishop Danny Coleman, a longtime friend of the family, was one of a handful of Christians to speak.

Minister Akbar Muhammad of the Nation of Islam stated he had spoken to Minister Louis Farrakhan on the death of Ball-Bey and encouraged Moorish-Americans nationally to unite on this issue.

Attorney Jerryl Christmas said the official story of the St. Louis police is already falling apart and that attorneys for the family will be vigilant in pursuing justice.

The body of Mansur Ball-Bey was taken from the church by white-gloved “muftis” wearing red fez’s on their heads. A crowd of Moorish-Americans, mourners in dark suits and young people wearing “I Am Mansur Ball-Bey” T-shirts then made its way in procession to Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery, where the youth was laid to rest.

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OBA OOOOO!-OONI 00000!-“OBA OKUNADE SIUJUWADE, OLUBUSE II,,,”-BY NIYI AKINNASO-FROM THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER,NIGERIA

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Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II

Olofin Oduduwa. Iku Baba Yeye. Iku Alase,Ekeji Orisa. Orisa gbogbo Oba Yoruba. Oba Olori Alade. Jingbinni bi ate akun. Ekun Olori aye gbogbo. Kabiyesi, Ebora Ile-Igbo!

The above excerpt from the oriki (praise incantation) of the Ooni of Ife, draws attention to the supremacy of the Ooni among Yoruba monarchs, while also highlighting the deification, if not mystification, of the monarch in Yoruba tradition. Once enthroned, the new monarch is believed to have been transformed through various rituals into various roles, which he is believed to perform at various times. Various appellations are used to reflect these roles, including Kabiyesi, Ekeji Orisa, Ebora, Iku Alase, and Iku Baba Yeye.

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YORUBA OOOOO!-BLACK POLYGAMY OOOOO!-THE OONI OF IFE ATI HIS 3 WIVES ATI CHILDREN!-FROM NAIJA.COM

August 20, 2015 by

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Ooni of Ife

Ooni of Ife

The influential traditional ruler died in a London hospital after he was rushed to the United Kingdom last week. His sudden demise however has made life in Ile Ife come to a halt. Various markets have been closed down and the entire community is in a reflective mood following the death of the Royal Majesty. He is survived by three wives, children and grand children. See photos of his wives below:

Olori Monisola Sijuwade

Olori Monisola Sijuwade

Olori Ladun Sijuwade

Olori Dolapo Sijuwade

Olori Ladun Sijuwade

Olori Ladun Sijuwade

Olori Monisola Sijuwade is the first wife of the Oni, she is also the Yeyeluwa of Ife. Beautiful Olori Dolapo Sijuwade is one of the educated wife of Ooni. She is the CEO of Dalora Ventures and has been married to the king for about 30 years. She studied Economics and Politics at the Buckingham University.

READ ALSO: 10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Late Ooni Of Ife

Here are the photos of the Oba’s children:

Prince Tokunbo Sijuwade

Prince Tokunbo Sijuwade

Prince Gbade Sijuwade

Prince Gbade Sijuwade

Princess Kemi Sijuwade

Princess Kemi Sijuwade

Prince Gbade Sijuwade

Prince Gbade Sijuwade

Prince Adegbite Sijuwade

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Princess Adedotun Sijuwade

Princess Adedotun Sijuwade

Princess Adedami Sijuwade

Princess Adedami Sijuwade

Princess Adetoun Sijuwade

Princess Adetoun Sijuwade

One of the sons of the King, Adegbite recently had his wedding introduction ceremony with TV presenter, Dolapo Oni. The Ooni, was involved in a long-standing dispute with two other respected traditional rulers – the Awujale of Ijebuland and the Alake of Egbaland. But it was resolved in late 2009.

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Sandy Bland’s family files a federal lawsuit because they believe she would not have taken her life

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AFRICA!- IBADAN!-AGODI GARDENS!-“IBADAN’S CHANGING FACE”-FROM TELL MAGAZINE

August 7, 2015 by

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The cool breeze from the calm lake, the quiet humming noise from the different lawn mowers positioned at strategic locations at the very posh Agodi Gardens, Ibadan, keeps me company on this cool Friday morning. The air is fresh and calm and one is reminded of what it was like growing up in Ibadan. The ancient city appears to have turned a new leaf. It is hard to imagine that one is reclining in Ibadan.
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Agodi Gardens, situated near the Oyo State Secretariat has existed for ages and it was previously called ‘Okun d’osa’ which means massive seas turning into river. This forest beneath the Mokola Hills was probably worshipped by the local pagans. Stories around ancestral worship are enticing and captivating to read. Today, it is a different story as there is evidence of revival. There are many churches that meet to pray at the summit. Hearing their garrulous prayers adds colour to the cultural landscape.
There is a momentary absence from buzzing mosquitoes, as it is early in the morning and the power of the African sun has yet to be felt. The children are delighted to chase after lizards. It feels like South Africa, or Kenya, but it is Ibadan. Only Ibadan. Our Ibadan. The Gardens has put Ibadan literally on the map of the world and there is a pride when people ‘like’ your Agodi Gardens pictures on Instagram. It is a plus for the government in Ibadan and a ‘dividend’ of democracy for the people.
The kind of detail and finesse the Gardens exhibits does not beat the imagination, but it gives ordinary people hope to believe that all things are possible. Before the sensation of the Agodi Gardens, there were Trans Amusement Park and the University of Ibadan Zoo. There are unconfirmed reports that the Amusement Park has been taken over by the market people who have encroached on the Amusement Park land. Memories of fun times at the University Zoo linger and one hopes the Zoo has stayed the same.
Agodi Gardens seem a world away from what is normal. It seems a place for the city’s middle class, students and poor people with little spending money. Just ten minutes away up the road, is an intersection that can take you to Dugbe, Mokola, University of Ibadan, and literally to the rest of the world. At this junction, you see the very people who bring this city alive; people, who hustle and bustle for their daily bread. At N500 per head, Agodi Gardens is competitively priced but one wonders how long the Gardens will stay enthralling.
There is also the question of whether or not Ibadan has come of age to be able to maintain such a garden. Whilst we were there, a woman allowed her child to do a wee on the grass near the play park. A couple more children doing that and then air would be pungent and nauseous. Next-door is the secretariat, where the executive governor has his office. The Grounds and Facilities department seems to be on holiday as weeds have taken over. It is the rainy season, to be fair, but it begs the question whether Agodi Gardens will always remain in its flawless state.
Other than the general filth that has been the characteristic of Ibadan, and the filth you see when you are driving into the city, the good news seems to be that the sleepy city is finally waking up. It seems. Never has so much been thrown in the way of ordinary people. Ibadan boasts of its own Dominoes Pizza, KFC, Mr Biggs’, multiple chains of Foodco Stores, Shoprite malls, and a host of other shops. This new commercialised Ibadan services the up-and- coming, retains the status quo of those with old money and restricts harshly the spending power of those who have not.
A part of me yearns for the old Ibadan, but in spite of this fact, it is clear that the city is poised to make gains for the next hundred years. Hundred years? Unfortunately, the city needs to do more to attract either foreign visitors, Africans or other Nigerians. The three million people living in Ibadan may not be enough to generate the sales needed to keep Agodi Gardens and its leisure resorts thriving. Famous hotels are closing and there is an indication that people are not spending enough.
The terrain is harsh and the business climate is unfriendly. Yet we must salute the bravery of those who in spite of bad business climate set up and continue to trade. New Bodija is now a high street. Shops, schools, banks and churches have taken over.
Up and down the newly done roads, there is evidence of an expansion in heavenly merchandise. Certain churches seem to have their branches in more areas than others. People think in similar ways, so for your money, there are so many school billboards, churches and businesses. Other than the shops, the city is a service industry. The day care centres and primarily schools are money-spinners whilst the churches keep the fight on for new prospects by their adverts for crusades, seminars and conventions.
The majority of the shops in Ibadan sell imported products: shoes, bags, accessories and much more. Ibadan has taken its place in the pride of nations by having its own malls and escalators to go with it. Coupled with tickets and places to buy vanilla ice cream and Smile Internet, Ibadan could be Dunstable right now. Ibadan is obviously far from being London but in the pride of cities, it is a force to reckon with.
The good thing it seems is that more people are in work, at Agodi Gardens, the facilities team are picking up litter and mowing the lawns. At malls, there were people with massive brooms sweeping the floors and making sure it was tidy. It is easy to believe all is well with Ibadan at a place like Agodi Gardens. It is easy to believe that the ancient lazy city has arrived. If the truth were to be told, the people do well to mask their frustrations and pent up anger. Frustrations? We don’t produce anything. The goods sold are mostly imported. The shop owners seem only interested in taking your cash from you. Our shops and churches all seem to cater for our present. Wages are still very low. But perhaps these are symptoms of a worldwide era where the rich are richer and the poor are poorer. Yet this is Ibadan where those who shop in the shops and the shop owners feel they have ‘arrived’ and they are better than the rest of us.
I belong to Ibadan and Ibadan belongs to me and I am pleased that Ibadan is working and much better than I left it. But in ten years, would the rich people of Ibadan want people like us in their city? Would this new hard earned wealth be shared evenly? Would I be able to buy or build a house, send my daughter to a good school in Ibadan?

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