Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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Makeda by Les Nubians

In light of the craziness in the world today, this song from 20 years ago is more necessary than ever. Feed your spirit with this goodness... even if you don't understand the French. Read the translation of the lyrics and let it sink down into your spirit.

The lyrics translated into English:


MAKEDA
They want to make us believe lost myths
The passages of history falsified and revised
From Ramses to Mandela, the truths that were killed
In ignoring the start, they wander aimlessly

Makeda was queen, beautiful and powerful
Solomon dreamed of her black skin
I sing to revive the memories
To dig up the knowledge
That the spiral of time erases

The queen of Sheba lives in me
Makeda lives in me.

Revive our memories
We must change history
It’s going adrift
Adrift in words… no
The knowledge and the wisdom are to be carried in our hands
Listen and observe

Makeda was queen, beautiful and powerful
Solomon dreamed of her black skin
I sing to revive the memories
To dig up the knowledge
That the spiral of time erases

The queen of Sheba lives in me
Makeda lives in me.

My people dance and sing
They exalt their joy
Far from ignorance
They show their faith

Rich in men and in value
We make up for the mistakes
Sons and daughters you and me
Ready for battle

Makeda was queen, beautiful and powerful
Solomon dreamed of her black skin
I sing to revive the memories
To dig up the knowledge
That the spiral of time erases

The queen of Sheba lives in me
Makeda lives in me.



Original French:


MAKEDA
On veut nous faire croire à des mythes perdus
Des passages de l’histoire falsifiés et revus
De Ramsès à Mandela, que de vérités tues
En ignorant le départ, on erre sans but
Makeda était reine, belle et puissante
Salomon rêvait de sa peau noire
Je chante pour raviver les mémoires
Exhumer les connaissances
Que la spirale du temps efface
La reine de Saba vit en moi Makeda vit en moi.
Ravivons nos mémoires
Il faut changer l’histoire
Elle part à la dérive
A la dérive d’mes maux….Non
Le savoir et la sagesse sont à portée de main
Écoute et observe
Makeda était reine, belle et puissante
Salomon rêvait de sa peau noire
Je chante pour raviver les mémoires
Exhumer les connaissances
Que la spirale du temps efface
La reine de Saba vit en moi Makeda vit en moi.
Mon peuple danse et chante
Il exalte sa joie
Loin de l’ignorance
Il démontre sa foi
Riches d’hommes et de valeurs
Nous réparons les erreurs
Fils et filles vous et moi
Prêts au combat
Makeda était reine, belle et puissante
Salomon rêvait de sa peau noire
Je chante pour raviver les mémoires
Exhumer les connaissances
Que la spirale du temps efface
La reine de Saba vit en moi Makeda vit en moi.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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I Am All of Them, They Are All of Me: Viewing Straight Outta’ Compton in Its Proper Context

Fr left to right: Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Jason Mitchell (Eazy E), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) 


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Why Am I So Hated In My Own Country?



Why am I so hated in my own country? | Yes, We Rise


What is it about being black in America that makes us so hated? 


The past couple of weeks have been, for me, extremely draining emotionally. The tragic deaths of the #Emanuel9 and the subsequent arguments about the confederate flag have reminded me that so many of the citizens of this country are willfully ignorant about the history of slavery in this country.

They're not just uninformed. Being ignorant because you haven't been exposed to the truth is a sad thing but a fixable one. You just have to want to learn and then seek to find out things and accept what you learn. But willful ignorance? That is a horse of an entirely different color. That is a level of obstinance that says, "I don't care what you say, the truth is only what I know it to be."

Reading the tweets of a former plantation museum tour guide brought a tear to my eye. I used to believe that I understood why racism existed. On some levels, I guess that I do. Some people need to hold on to their feelings of superiority at any cost. However, as a person who is a part of the disadvantaged class, I find myself wondering "why is this happening?" far too often now. What exactly is it about black people in America that makes us so hated, so vilified, so dangerous to so many people? Especially to people who do not even know much about us at all?


Emanuel9 | Yes, We Rise
The tragedy of their deaths will haunt this nation
for many years. 


I've been particularly drawn to questioning the emotional and mental gymnastics that it seems a lot of people utilize to protect and absolve white people from the horrendous acts that have been and are leveled against people of color. Why are so many people absolutely determined to protect white people at all costs, to the point of working really hard to make white people the victims even when they are the perpetrators of crimes against black people? How is this possible?

Someone far brighter than myself probably has answered these questions and can explain this mindset. I don't know. All I know is that these tweets... brought a tear to my eye.

I am so very exhausted with being the enemy of people I don't know because of my skin and my heritage. I'm not sure what it will take to move us beyond this. I am sure that I am exhausted with trying to convince others of my humanity.

**Nic McLean**
@Nic_McLean


Please read this Vox article: What I Learned From Leading Tours About Slavery On A Plantation
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