Friday, June 05, 2020

The month of February is being celebrated every year as “Black History Month”. All kinds of functions are organized to remember our great heroes of the past predominantly from the United States of America (and I say this tongue in cheek) in reference to the word united, because there has never been such a thing as united where most importantly and visibly the builders of America the black man is concerned.

I will not get into the discussion of who was in the Americas because it has been discovered that the black man was in America even before the Indians. I know this statement will make for a great debate. However, to prove that Africans were in the Americas before Columbus, read the book by Guayanese born Ivan Van Sertima entitled “They came before Columbus” and many others on this subject. We should be taught on how Africans brought Civilization to America. Artifacts to substantiate the fact that Africans arrived in America before Columbus were dug up by archaeologist. “Don’t take my word for it, do your own research. I think it is time we start teaching about African History. “All we have been and are being taught for centuries came from “Euro-centric archaeologist,is the history of the colonizers/Europeans which is expected. Probably they fearif we unite it would be to their demise.This is far removed from the truth. If such was our mentality, we would have conquered the world. The myth that our history started with slavery is a farce and devoid of truth. The continuous indoctrination of the black man will not stop unless we in the words of the late Lester Bob Marley “emancipate ourselves from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our mind”. Those words are prophetic and still applicable today. The black man/African must be told his real history. In the words of GarikaiChengu Ancient African Historian and Author wrote and I quote “Contrary to popular belief, African American history did not start with slavery in the New World. An overwhelming body of new evidence is emerging which proves that Africans had frequentlysailed across the Atlantic to the Americas, thousands of years before Columbus and indeed before Christ. The great ancient civilizations of Egypt and West Africa travelled to the Americas, contributing immensely to American civilization by importing the art of pyramid building, political systems and religious practices as well as mathematics, writing and a sophisticated Calendar. The strongest evidence of African presence in the Americas came from the pen of Columbus himself. In 1920, a renowned American historian and linguist, Leo Weiner of Harvard University in his book, “Africa and the Discovery of America”, explained how Columbus noted in his journal that Native Americans had confirmed that “black skinned people had come from the south-east in boats, trading in gold-tipped spears” end of quote. This is not even the tip of the iceberg of our contribution to this world. As time goes by the truth is emerging it can no longer be hidden. It was not allowed to be repeated. But as someone said, “time is a great healer and a great revealer”. It is said that researchers who dared to bring out new finds that were against the accepted history were intimidated, funding terminated and in some cases jobs and careers put in jeopardy. I don’t want to only hear about black history month, I want to be taught about our African History.Tell the truth.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman,” set for release Tuesday, offers no revelations on some of the controversies that have dogged Omar. Instead, it sketches rugged years that Omar says made her a fearless fighter, unafraid to skirmish with President Donald Trump and her frequent conservative critics.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are anxiously waiting for Hollywood’s green light. “We’re taking the lead from our production partners,” said Frank Patterson, president of the sprawling Pinewood Studios, located in suburban Atlanta. The studio has been home to big-budget films such as “The Avengers: Endgame” and “Ant-Man” along with the television show “The Walking Dead.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian-Indian rapper Nav has no problem being signed to one of the biggest artists in the world. In fact, he says The Weeknd doesn’t overshadow him but pushes him to the forefront. “It’s a real family over here. He has so much success. I don’t think he really cares about who’s (also successful),” said Nav, whose real name is Navraj Singh Goraya and is signed to The Weeknd’s XO imprint. “He just wants everybody to win.” With fellow Canadian stars like The Weeknd and Drake, it’s an understatement to say Toronto has had a signature run in music the past few years. But Nav, whose new album “Good Intentions” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, is taking notes and hoping to one day draw the same acclaim

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first season of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for a best entertainment talk show and host, while “Jeopardy!” veteran Alex Trebek’s nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the category. “General Hospital” earned a leading 23 nominations Thursday, including best daytime drama, lead actress nods for Finola Hughes and Maura West, and lead actor nods for Steve Burton and Jon Lindstrom. Other top nominees are “Days of Our Lives” with 22 bids, “The Young and the Restless” with 21 and “The Bold and the Beautiful” with 13.