Monday, February 17, 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.

February 16, 2020  AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium early. “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he wrote. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”

February 2, 20202  MIAMI (AP) — Descending from the air, Lady Gaga kicked off a pre-Super Bowl concert by mimicking her entrance to her Super Bowl halftime performance three years ago, which earned her rave reviews. Headlining the big sports stage was a recurring theme of her Miami concert Saturday night, and the pop star sent a message to Sunday’s featured performers: “I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow!” Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will join forces to perform at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

MIAMI (AP) — Fat Joe brought New York hip-hop to Miami for an energetic pre-Super Bowl concert a day ahead of the big game. The Bronx rapper was joined by fellow New Yorkers 50 Cent and Remy Ma for the Pepsi Super Splash Pool Party on Saturday at Clevelander South Beach. Joe performed a number of hits, including the Grammy-nominated smashes “What’s Luv?,” “Lean Back” and “All the Way Up.” Ma surprised the audience, rapping on the latter two songs, while her rapper-husband, Papoose, freestyled onstage, earning cheers from the crowd. 50 Cent, who is from Queens, got the loudest applause from the hyped crowd when he performed “What Up Gangsta” and his debut hit, “In Da Club.”

MIAMI (AP) — Vin Diesel says it’s the spirit of Paul Walker that motivates him to continue starring in the “Fast and Furious” saga. Diesel and the cast spoke of the memory of their late screen partner at a special event surrounding the upcoming release of the franchise’s ninth chapter, “F9: Fast and Furious 9.” The recent death of Kobe Bryant reminded Diesel of the loss of his friend. “I can’t make a ‘Fast’ without Pablo in my thoughts, in my everyday activity, in my approach to every scene,” Diesel said, invoking his affectionate nickname for Walker. “His spirit must live in this saga, because his spirit, in so many ways, is what drives me to continue the saga.”