Friday, May 20, 2016

Virginia Beach Fire Department Volunteer Opportunity for Graduating Seniors!

Please pass along the attached flyer to those students you feel may be a good fit for this excellent program. Students must be 18 years old, a high school graduate or GED and have a current U.S. driver's license.  Please feel free to contact me at 757-385-1098 with any questions or concerns.
Good Afternoon!

I am writing to inform you of a wonderful opportunity for graduating seniors. The Virginia Beach Fire Department is accepting applications for Volunteer Support Technician starting in June!

Volunteer Support Technicians, or VSTs, support firefighters with on-scene operations in the City of Virginia Beach. They man the Volunteer Support Trucks and receive training in order to provide the required air, lighting and specialized equipment that are necessary to support firefighting. Support Techs also assist in hose packing, equipment placement, scene accountability, firefighter rehabilitation and other non-hazardous duties assigned by the Incident Commander.

Volunteering is a great opportunity for students to give back to the community and gain supportive skills in firefighting! Many volunteers really enjoy the program and often apply to become a career firefighter with the City of Virginia Beach!

Please pass along the attached flyer to those students you feel may be a good fit for this excellent program. Students must be 18 years old, a high school graduate or GED and have a current U.S. driver's license.  Please feel free to contact me at 757-385-1098 with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to helping your students prepare now for their future!

Kindest Regards,

April Roberts

Recruiter

Virginia Beach Fire Department

4817 Columbus Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

P 757-385-1098

F 757-963-5822

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"The Heroic Slave" - Kwai Imhotep

Ancestor Frederick Douglass was so impressed with the real life bravery and courage of MADISON WASHINGTON that he wrote a short story about him in the 18th century, titled "The Heroic Slave"
{We know from study that the euro enslavers had the habit of naming our ancestors after their presidents and Greek historical characters; thus Madison Washington was labeled with the names of two presidents}
 
I first came across Madison Washington's story about 7 years ago while researching the history of revolts against enslavement in this country led by our ancestors, and subsequently chronicled some of that research in our essay "Our Ancestors 2nd-Hell Trip".  Here we are beginning a short series of essays to highlight other real-life histories of our very courageous ancestral Heroes & She-roes, many of whom were enslaved, but yet still waged the fight for our liberation in theor own individual ways.
 
These are the stories that should be made into movies and videos to uplift, educate and inspire our people to greatness.  These are stories of triumph over euro imposed enslavement of our ancestors; unlike the repetitive trash that fills the screens and really serves to subliminally glorify white people and their culture of oppression over us.  Not that all stories of our ancestral enslavement are going to be victorious, most of them are not.  But, we protest the lack of balanced coverage of our history in this regard, and so we go forward with history such as this essay.
 
Much of Madison Washington's life, we don't know; such was the fate of so many of our enslaved ancestors in that their lives were often annotated with asteriks.  But, we will use our knowledge of euro enslavement and our own Afrikan history to partially reconstruct his early beginnings.  Of course, the pivotal part of his life, for which Douglass wrote his novel, is known to some extent.
 
Perhaps Madison was born in Mozambique and was captured,by euro enslavers who had begun to invade into the bush -the interior of Afrika after the invention of quinine protected the euros from deadly malaria, for prior to this event, Afrika was known as the 'white mans grave yard'.
 
Being forced marched across the Afrikan interior, separated from his village, his family, his roots, stumbling over the decaying remains of other Afrikans who had died on the trail, our hero arrives in Ghana and is forced into the dungeons of Elmina Fort (not a castle as euros want you to believe) along with other Afrikan captives from other parts of Afrika.
 
Soon herded through the 'door of no return' our hero is shoved down into the 'slave decks'---3-feet high pens in the deep holds of the ship where he is forced with many others to basically lie, half-sit in darkness and high heat amidst the stench of human feces for the duration of the hell trip (not some romantic sounding middle passage)  which could take as long as 30-60 days to complete.
 
Having survived this torture, our hero is soon ushered onto the trading blocks in Norfolk, VA, where it is his fate to be probed like an animal and ultimately 'sold' to, let's say George Washington.
 
After a few years of hard labor from 'can't see in the morning to can't see at night', our hero has become somewhat acclimated to existence as some pale face's 'property', and he doesn'tlike it at all.  No 'happy slave' here.  Our hero still remembers vaguely his early life in Afrika being free as the wind.  Being initiated into manhood in his early teens, he still retains the learned knowledge of survival and martial skills he learned in Mozambique.  Skills passed down throughout Afrikas from the ancient Nuba people who developed the martial arts, and where stone carvings in KMT still attest to their primal fighting skills; skills that were passed through Afrikans who inhabited early India and were taken into Asia by Bodurhama who taught them to the priests of Shaolin.
 
Having been 'sold' by Washington to a VA enslaver, our hero now finds himself being herded into the holds of yet another enslavement ship called the Creole, sailing out of Norfolk to Louisiana in 1791.
 
It seems, the euros having depleted the nutrients from the soils in the states of VA, NC, SC and other areas from over planting, had found new arable land in the deep south, then under the control of Spain, France, Mexico, and Indigenous nations..
 
Desiring to start new prison farms there, growing sugar cane, rice, etc, they began a campaign of force marching our enslaved ancestors overland from the mid-Atlantic states to the deep south to build and work new and very profitable sugar cane prison farms.  New Orleans, thus became the wealthiest city in the USA on the backs of our enslaved ancestors un-paid and very deadly labor.  For the average life span of our ancestors working the very labor intensive sugar cane prison farms was only 7 years!!
 
Our hero, being shipped out of Norfolk, was one of the few who was not made to literally walk at a brisk pace from Norfolk to New Orleans.
 
On board the Creole, our hero, together with about 130 other Afrikan captives begin the trip in the familiar 'slave decks' in the holds of the ship.  Allowed to briefly come on deck for fresh air, our hero and other Afrikans seized the time, overpowering the pale crew of the ship through much effort, our hero leads his Black brothers and sisters to take control of the Creole and forces the pale crew to sail it to Nassau just off the Florida coast.
 
There, they encounter the British, then in control of the island and are liberated since Britain had outlawed enslavement in Nassau.  Although the euro owners of the Creole protested to Britain and demanded that their 'property' be returned to them, Madison Washington and all but a few Afrikan captives are formally liberated.  Some, however, decided to remain captives, for what ever reason, and were shipped on to New Orleans.
 
 Madison Washington's heroic story is just one of the very few documented instances in which our people were victorious over enslavement, and it is worthy of being shouted from the mountaintops, and so we do:
 
LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF MADISON WASHINGTO-AN AFRIKAN HERO!!     Kwasi Imhotep
 

ONLINE SOURCES ON THE MOORS IN EUROPE

19 May 2016
Obviously, Family, the most important works on the Moors in Spain are not online.  The best source is Golden Age of the Moor, edited by Ivan Van Sertima and my own work, Black Star Over Europe: The African Presence in Early Europe.  If you like I will have a few copies available on the Spain trip.  But here are a couple of articles that deal with the Moors, including the Moors in Spain, and two you tube videos that you can start with.  

Hope it helps!

Runoko Rashidi

http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/10/07/when-black-men-ruled-the-world-moors/

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

FUNDAMENTALS IN AFRICAN HISTORY WITH RUNOKO RASHIDI

12 May 2016



Family, beginning Friday evening June 17 I will begin my Summer 2016 Facebook course.  It is called Fundamentals in African History with Runoko Rashidi.  All are welcome.  The classes, taught through text, photos and videos, begin at 9:00 pm United States Eastern Standard Time and last approximately 2.5 hours per class.  The contents of each class will remain posted throughout the duration of the course if you cannot participate live.

The classes, of which there will be twelve, are interactive, meaning there is ample time for questions and answers and discussion.  The course project, completely voluntary, is to compile a succinct timeline of the history of African rebellions and resistance movements, at home and abroad.  

The complete cost of the course is only $50.00 per household.  The total amount is used to help subsidize our ongoing efforts to rewrite and reconstruct the global history of African people.  The course will be taught on a special Facebook page set up specifically for this purpose. 

To pay your $50.00 tuition post via Paypal to Runoko@hotmail.com.  You will be immediately notified upon receipt of payment and enrolled in the course.  

No special equipment is required.  You only need a Facebook account.  

Here are the individual classes.  I reserve the right of course to make revisions to the course.   

Indigenous and Non-Indigenous: Who is the Original Man?

The Golden Age of the Olmec

The Moors in History

The Great Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt

The Black Presence in Southeast Asia

African Revolts and Resistance

A Journey through the African Collections in the Louvre

A Journey through the African Collections in the British Museum

A Journey through the African Collections in the Museums of Germany

A Journey through the African Collections in the Museums of Italy

Black Saints, Black Christs and Black Madonnas

Melanesia: Eastern Flank of the African World

Great African Historians

In love of Africa,

Runoko Rashidi
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Tariq Nasheed's Hidden Colors 4 in Norfolk, Virginia
Thursday 5/26/16 @ 8pm.
$15 Call 757-523-1399 or 757-932-0177
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Positive Vibes presents Hidden Colors 4 on 5/26/16 at 8pm at the NARO Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia

Hidden Colors 4 - 5/26/16 NARO Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia



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Saturday, May 14, 2016

STILL I RISE 2016 - YOUTH LEADERSHIP SEMINAR AT OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY June 18, 2016

STILL I RISE 2016 - YOUTH LEADERSHIP SEMINAR AT OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY   
June 18, 2016



Call for more information:
Portia Bryant, MBA, QMHP-C
Still I Rise, LLC 
Executive Director 
Portia Bryant <seek2prosper@gmail.com>

Our Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) is  held on the campus of Old Dominion University of the third Saturday in June. During YLS, students go through a series of skill building exercises focused on leadership. Through a series of hands on experiences, they use their newly developed skills in a group setting to discover that leadership is not merely a matter of position or authority, but a matter of preparation and action. Students are encouraged to make a difference and to apply their knowledge, skills and experience in their homes, schools and communities. YLS is specifically designed for middle and high school students who are ready to impact change for greatness.

Many of our students have demonstrated leadership abilities in their schools and communities. Students who complete the Still I Rise leadership day seminar will receive a certificate acknowledging student leadership training.

For rising 6-12 graders.
This event is for pre-registered participants and will be held June 18, 2016 from 8am-2:30pm.

Sessions from Stock Trading to Understanding My Teen and Teen Success Coaching with be provided for registered parents.

Ask about volunteer opportunities.

Call for more information:
Portia Bryant, MBA, QMHP-C
Still I Rise, LLC
Executive Director 
Portia Bryant <seek2prosper@gmail.com>
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" - Anaïs Nin



Tariq Nasheed's Hidden Colors #4 in Norfolk,VA on 5/26/16 @ 8:00 pm



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Monday, May 9, 2016

Hidden Colors #4 in Norfolk,VA on 5/26/16 @ 8:00 pm

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Ancestry - Elder Kwasi Imhotep

Date: Mon, May 2, 2016 at 3:39 PM


Subject: Ancestry - Kwasi Imhotep

As I approached my 70th year last year, I began contemplating the very ancient Afrikan concepts of Ancestry as well as my own eventual transition therein. Not coincidentally, my youngest Granddaughter and I both share the same birth month; she 7 and I 70. 
In the Afrikan world, they speak of an affinity between the very young and the elders; one is going where the other has recently left: they are reverse parallels, of sorts.
 
As my own ancestry beckons to me, I find my self
checking/re-checking my life to be found 'justified' at my own judgment, in the KMT spiritual system--the weighing of the heart and the Feather of Ma'at.  In doing so, thoughts pervade my mind of just how callous so many people are with reference to the ancestors.
 
One recent incident involved a contractor who worked at our home briefly.  His name, Goala, an Arabic-Egyptian born Christian, who questioned me about the gold Ankh that I have worn around my neck for years. His purpose, I later learned, was to get me to 'receive Jesus' before it's too late. It didn't matter to him when I said that this ankh symbol comes from my very, very ancient Afrikan TWA ancestors as a sign of Divine Life and that to turn my back on my ancestors by embracing one of the Abrahamitic religions responsible for the un-told deaths and destruction of so many countless
multi-millions of my ancestors would be a sacrilege of the gravest nature.   He, himself, has abdicated the indigenous cultural religion of his Arabic people in favor of another and wants me to similarly betray my own indigenous Afrikan cultural spirituality!
 
Goala sputtered out something about the slavery mentioned in his religious book was not the same as that suffered by my ancestors. I don't know what his sources are, but my research shows that chattel slavery practiced by the early Romans was just as brutal  and devastating as that practiced by George Washington, for instance, himself a 'good Christian' of the Anglican/Episcopalian faith.  Washington was called "the largest slave holder in Fairfax County VA" by a Washington Post article; having about 316 Afrikan captives working 400 acres without pay.  The article mentioned that he restricted his captives from working on the periphery of his land to prevent them from being seen by the public.  He even took 9 Afrikan captives with him to work in the President's house in Philadelphia, and ostensibly arranged for their 'freedom' upon his death, but never liberated any of them while he lived.
 
Goala said that I don't understand his bible, but I understand respect for my ancestors, unlike some dark-skin Christians who claim they are performing ancestral libations in their churches, when in fact their religious book disdains the ancestral concept.  "But the dead know nothing, they have no further reward, even their name is forgotten" Ecl 9:5
 
I can accept that Goala, an Arab/Egyptian, has chosen the religion of his people's oppressors, but he can't accept that I have chosen the ancient spiritual concepts of my own Afrikan culture which gives me a promise of eternal life to live "for a period of millions of years, you shall never die" after judgment, coupled with the opportunity  to "take any form I wish in any place my spirit wishes to be" (The Husia).  Maybe even the form of a god in the pantheon of the eternal gods.  Kwasi
 



Sunday, May 8, 2016

A lil' something you can share with the mother figures in your life






A Soulful Hip-Hop tribute for Mother's Day. A song for Mama ! DIVAGirl leads the 1st verse of the soulful R&B & Rap tune to send love to all the mothers out there ! Alongside her Hip-Hop and real life Big Brother, DIVAGirl rhymes about a love for mothers with footage of her actual mother and brother in the background. 


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Evites: African Liberation DAy 2016, Black Power 50 & Black Power, Black Lives and Pan-Africanism Comference

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58 years ago, on April 15, 1958, Kwame Nkrumah, the Convention Peoples Party and the Government of Ghana organized Africa Freedom Day at the conclusion of the First Conference of Independent African States. On May 25, 1963 the Founding Conference of the Organization of African Unity OAU) changed Africa Freedom Day’s name to African Liberation Day (ALD). ALD activities have been commemorated in every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora and the World since 1963.

On May 21, 2016, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) is organizing African Liberation Day 2016 in Washington, DC under the banner: “Black Visibility is not Black Power; White Power in Black Face is not Black Power! Revolutionary Pan-Africanism is the Highest Expression of Black Power”. ALD 2016 is being organized in solidarity with Palestine (NAKBAR) Day 2016 and the Pan-African and international struggle against zionism.

The A-APRP (GC) invites and encourages you to join us at ALD 2016 in Washington DC, to attend an ALD event in your area, or where you find there is not an ALD in your area, build one!

You can register your attendance here, ALD 2016

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50 years ago, on June 16, 1966 Kwame Ture, then known as Stokely Carmichael, reclaimed the African masses millennial and generational demand for Black Power. This demand reverberated to every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora and the World and catapulted Kwame onto the Pan-African and international political stage. More than 1.5 billion People of African descent live, work, study, and struggle in over 120 countries in the world today, and yet we are still powerless, poor and oppressed.

From June 16 to 19, 2016, the A-APRP (GC), the Chokwe Lumumba Center and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement are organizing a Black Power, Black Lives and Pan-Africanism Conference in Jackson, Mississippi. We invite and encourage you to join us.

You can register your attendance here, Black Power Conference!

The A-APRP (GC) has also joined forces with the SNCC Legacy Project to organize local Black Power 50 events, on June 16, 2016, across the United States, Africa, the African Diaspora and the World. We invite those who cannot join us in Jackson to help build and attend an event on your campus or in your city.

The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) is a small and poor organization. We do not mystify or exaggerate our capacity. We need your help!  

Please make a  donation via PayPal TODAY!

See you in DC and Jackson!

Attend another African Liberation Day or Black Power 50 event in your area, or build one!

Send us information about, and link your African Liberation Day and Black Power event to ours!

 

A-APRP (GC)

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