Friday, June 10, 2011

Buy Black Wednesdays 3: What it Means to be a Born Again African?

First of all let's not get it twisted! You can be a Born Again African and a born again christian at the same time! Being a Born Again African has nothing to do with religion...other than going out of your way to support black people and black businesses religiously! Being a Born Again African means you realize that you and your people have been stripped of your land, language, culture, heritage and spirituality and you know it is your responsibility and delight to reclaim it for your self and your kin. Being a Born Again African means you've had a revelation! You realized that your destiny and fortunes are bound up with a people...who are like no other, who have survived and even thrived in the harshes conditions any human has ever faced...and everything you have is fruit that comes from them, your AncesTree, and it is your duty, honor and delight to carry on their legacy! Being a Born Again African means you've been baptised spiritually in the river Nile, in the waters of the Motherland, the Garden of Eden, in Blackness and Afrocentricity and you are proud to be in the lineage of Queen Mother Moore, Kwame Toure, Shaka Zulu, Jackie Robinson, King Solomon, Queen Cassieopia, Steven Biko, The Cleopatras, Josephine Baker, Mary Baker Eddy, Nefertiti, Imhotep, Hermes, Ahkenaton, The Moors, Mansa Musa, Malcolm. Martin, Medgar, Mandela, Marcus, Marley, Menelik, the Muhammads, the Mau Mau, the Melchizadeks, the African Mayans and all the other Mighty Ms! Being a Born Again African means you have your headlights turned on and you are a focused, Conscious African from head to toe because you know you are being of the greatest service to your self, your family, your community and all of Humanity by restoring your people to their natural order of self sufficiency and splendor as the most radiant examples of the Sons and Daughters of the Most High!

Being a Born Again African means that everytime you venture out to support a black business and the [business of being black] you sojourn with Sojourner Truth. You pay homage and hop aboard the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman on the Road to Freedom. You bring flowers to those Four Little Black Girls in Mississippi. You vote for a better community with Fannie Lou Hamer. You lock arms with Dr. King in his March on Selma. You go to Washington with Frederick Douglass to splash more color on the White House (that your people built) and demand the freedom to build your own Black House.

Being a Born Again Afro-kin means if you're at a Flea Market and you see a scarf you like being sold by one person for $5 and being sold by a brother or sister for $7, you suck it up and pay $7 bucks! It means doing like that elderly asian sister who comes to your community in the wee hours of the morning to collect cans and bottles and brings them back to Chinatown! You go out of your way the same way for Afreetown, the Little Africa that is your community! (Sometimes I spell Afraka differently, like Afreeka, to remind us that Afrika must be free!) It means you spend a crummy five dollars (20 quarters) to post your business in the Bay View Business Directory, not only to give your business more exposure, but to help the Bay View become a weekly again because some day you may not be able to afford to wait a whole month to receive the truth about what's really going on in your community!

Being a Born Again Afra-kin means you realize that God created blood cells to flow to the heart, bees to make honey and support the hive, and blacks to support Africans and (the Be Hive of All Humanity) the Motherland! And the best way to be independant is not to be independent of your brothers and sisters and dependent on "The Man", but to liberate your people mentally, physically, emotionally, materially, spritually, financially, dietarilly and every way possibly - by sacrificing and going more out of "your way" for "OUR WAY!" And spiritually, if not physically, reconstructing the original Black Statue of Liberty!

A verse from my rap/song "Born Again African":
I'm a born again African, yeah
A dark skinned hue-man, yeah
A fulltime Melaniasian, yeah
A First World Citizen, yeah
A Ma(ya)n from Swahili-land, yeah
The Red, Black and Green land, yeah
Where no one uses profanity, Say what?
We think-speak in harmony, for the children!
That's our history...

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