Sunday, January 20, 2019

An observation on Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the celebration of his birthday - COINTELPRO, Black Messiahs and the FBI

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This tidbit is my contribution to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration. As I've said before, he was NOT the benevolent young preacher of '63 , a time when he gave his oft-quoted, oft-reinterpreted "I Have a Dream"speech, when he was slaughterd in '68.

King. Malcolm.X. Evem Lubumba.

Men dedicated to waking up their people. Men killed in their prime. Men feared for the truths they were telling. Men who were sounding a loud chord to a slumbering populace.

Oh no. Ever wondered where the leaders are today? Or why there are no leaders, per ser? The reason why is explained in the article linked below.

Oh man. I wish I hadn't read this but I did. I also read the document prepared by the NSA (National Security Agency) where it basically said the U. S. gov't is scared of Black folks "waking up" therefore ANY person that might come on the scene and "agitate" us must be neutralized. Wow. So how does a gov't go about destroying a "messaiah?" From within.

C-O-I-N-T-E-L-P-R-O. J. Edgar Hoover's finest creation!/SugahData/Government/COINTELPRO.S.pdf

Watch the doc "The FBI's War on Black America." An eye-opening little piece of work

Yeah, I'm all over the places post. What I'm saying is I see scant progress for Black Americans in light of the regressive rhetoric coming from Washington now. COINTELPRO and the assasinations were effective as NO bright, shining beacon has arrived on the scene. Not even Obama. He was not threatening. He was seen as safe to lots of Whites despite the death threats he'd get on the daily during his presidency. Plus, there was no way in hell he could have come out and declared any kind of reparations for African American Descendants of Slaves. Mainstrean America would have lost its collective shit. And they sure as hell could not afford to pay up anyway as there is no amount of money large enough to repay all that that taken for free. So, even though, mainstream America should feel comfy, it isn't. Nor am I. I don't know why. Probably because the atmosphere feels like it did when I was a kid. Tense. Uncertain. Unkind. Except for one thing: This time around there is no Black Messiah.

J. Edgar Hoover
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Black masters of the martial arts you probably didn't know about

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I came across this article when I was surfing the interwebs the other evening. It struck a cord because I recall as a teen that in my neighborhood there had been a martial arts studio run by a Black guy who had fought in Vietnam and who had been stationed in various places around South East Asia. He was very stately  but carried himself with an air of "don't eff with me." He liked the culture of the East so much that his digs above the studio (I'm going by 2nd hand convo here. The parents of the boys who took lessons with him had seen his abode up close) were Eastern-inspired and not the typical, 70s plastic-covered living room set with bonus Barcalounger thrown in. His wife was Korean.

Anyhoo, martial arts studios used to be a staple in Black neghborhoods when I was a teen. They were all the result of Kung Fu movies. Guys coming back from 'Nam with knowledge of the sport. Influence from Black Panthers regime. Martial arts was big in Black neghborhoods. Hell, I had a mad crush on Bruce Lee for the longest. These studios channeled teens' energy into something productive. It cut down on gang wars tremendously and crime and gave the kids hope and discipline.

Then as quickly as ithe feeling of hope arrived, it left. To be replaced by crack cocaine. It moved in and ruined lives. Drugs had always been around but it had been a behind-the-scenes thing, whispered about and not indulged in on a mass scale. Oh, you might have seen a wayward visiting third cousin on it but not somebody's momma or sister. No. Just no.

So, seeing the above article warmed my heart because it brought back the memories of that feeling of hope lots of young men had in my 'hood that any one of them could be, not the next Bruce Lee or Sonny Chiba, but the next Jim Kelly.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy birthday to Aaron Dixon, 1st captain of a Black Panther branch outside of California (Seattle, WA)

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January 2nd is the 70th birthday of the activist and Panther member, Aaron Dixon. I'm thinking the man is lucky to be alive after all the group went through. Born in Chicago, raised in Seattle, he came to activism through his parents' love of gov't involvement. At the University of Washington, he helped start the Black Student Union and the formed the Seattle chapter of SNCC with Larry Gossett.

His installation as Seattle's captain of the Panther took place after he met with the members of the Oakland branch at Bobby Sutton's funeral.

The rest is history.

Read more about Dixon at the likn above and his own memoir of his time in the Panthers:

The photo on the cover is the 60s version of ain't-nobody-got-time-for-dat!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!




Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Wishing all who celebrate this holiday...MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Listen to some Xmas tunes by the classic singers of bygone eras.

Eat some Xmas turkey or ham or tofu.

Drink some hot chocolate or coffee or tea or a stiff martini or two.

O. D. on sweet potato pie, or Grandma's yellow layer cake, or a really good fruit cake (which I like if it's the good stuff).

Eat a mountain of ice cream chased by some chocolates.

Do this with family and/or friends.

In other words, have fun and enjoy the season!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

One of Hollywood's earlier attempts at mixing it up circa 1975 - THE EIGER SANCTION

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The other night as I was perusing the STARZ movie list (I'm subscribed) I came across a film I'd not seen in ages - THE EIGER SANCTION. A good old Clint Eastwood movie. He doesn't disappoint whether it's one of his early performances or one of his directorial efforts. Anyhoo, this film was from 1975! And dear Clint was ahead of the current H'weird trend of pairing White leading men with Black leading ladies. Eastwood plays an art history professor who moonlights as a gov't assassin. He was still attractive at that time with just enough crow's feet around the eyes from squinting to be manly and not look like a Shar Pei. Anyhoo, his character who gets paid by the gov't with large amounts of cash and stolen art masterpieces through an Albino go-between (I kid you not) wants to retire from "retiring" people.

Ah-Ah-Ah! Not so fast Mister Man With No Name.

The gov't wants him to do one last kill or "sanction" before they let him go. He refuses but they coerce him into taking the sanction by threatening to report his expensive paintings to the IRS AND lying to him that a friend was killed by an old enemy of his. The gov't. Talk about sharks. Anyhoo, Clint says he'll think about it and takes a plane to his mountain home retreat to ponder. Well, on the plane he meets stewardess (yes. that's what we used to call them) Jemima Jones, played by the beautiful Vonetta McGee. They exchange innuendoes and before you know it, they are acting on them in his mountain home retreat.

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Clint wakes the next day to find Jemima gone. His phone rings and it's her explaining how he must take the sanction because it's a matter of national security, blah, blah, blah. After hanging up, he's pissed that he's been played and rushes over to his safe to find it  has been broken into. His money from doing all that sanctioning is gone and so is the document he'd finessed out of the Albino that  excludes Clint from paying taxes on his artwork. Seems lil Jemima knows how to crack safes.

So, Clint calls the Albino and makes a deal with the devil to take the sanction, declaring it the last one, and demands his money and docs back when it's over. To sweeten the deal, Jemima returns to the retreat with a Picasso or Pizarro (can't recall) to help him keep his word. After they argue about the gov't, the endless back and forth of espionage and on her part how he screwed him because she wanted to not because she had to, Clint still chews her out and puts her out, and goes off to train for the sanction. Which is to take place on the Eiger. Hence, the film's name. A kill on the highest mountain in Switzerland - THE EIGER SANCTION. I won't spoil the ending. It was a good film to munch popcorn to.

It's a thrilling movie with lots of action, lots of snappy dialogue and gorgeous scenery.Mr. Eastwood even did most of his own stunts. Plus, as a movie star who wasn't just a pretty face, this film was one of his collabs between his outfit, THE  MALPASO COMPANY, now MALPASO PRODUCTIONS and UNIVERSAL. Mr. Eastwood said once in an interview that he had always intended to work for himself in Hollywood.

Vonetta McGee.

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I'd forgotten how attractive and graceful she was. Sadly, Ms. McGee has passed on. She died at 65 in 2010. She'd been the star of blaxploitation films and had memorable turns in a few - MELINDA, THOMASINE & BUSHROD, BLACULA., SHAFT IN AFRICA. Huge, expressive eyes, a heart-shaped face, she was a chameleon with her look. Though she'd been in a long term relationship with her THOMASINE & BUSHROD co-star Max Julien, she wed majestic-looking actor Carl Lumbly instead . The two remained wed until her death. Lumbly even set a record when he starred in the short-lived, sci-fi t.v. show, M.A.N.T.I.S. He played a paraplegic who developed a suit that enabled him to be mobile and to fight crime.

Carl Lumbly
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Okay. That's my throwback movie recap with a bit of history tossed in. The salt/pepper agenda in film and on T. V. and in print, ain't new. It's just that Hollyweird has a new generation to sell it too.
I liked the THE EIGER SANCTION because I like suspense and dependable actor. You know what you're getting with Eastwood evn when he goes outside the box - BIRD, MILLION DOLLAR BABY. Plus it was nice to see the voluminous McGee again.

ps another pic because I like the Black western, THOMASINE & BUSHROD with McGee and Max Julien
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Monday, November 19, 2018

The legacy of Wally Triplett

Football great Wally Triplett was a homeboy of sorts. He was born in LaMott a suburb of Philly and a a place that was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

He achieved several firsts in his career, one of them being Penn state's 1st African-American starter and its 1st Black varsity player. Ironically, Penn State's gain was University of Miami's loss. He'd been offered a scholarship by the latter but the creeps RESCINDED the offer after they found out he was Black.

No comment.

He went on to play for the Detroit Lions. After serving in the Korean War, he returned to play for the Chicago Cardinals. After his career ended, he became a spokesman for Chrysler.

Mister Triplett passed on November 9th at the age of 92. Bless you, sir.


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