Friday, April 29, 2016

Ben Ammi Ben Israel and Support For A Successful Community

In my last post I indicated that I would be looking into the nomenclature of Sub-Saharan African as a designation of Black people and how it obscures the identity biblically speaking of the sons of Noah.  Before getting to that I posted two videos below that I believe support my assertion that in order to have a successful community you must first have an identity and then a common set of values upon which you agree. I made this point in my recently removed articles Black Lives: Do They Really Matter?

The first video is of Ben Ammi Ben Israel.  I mentioned him in a previous article as being the leader of the African Hebrew Israelite Community in Dimona Israel. He recently passed in 2014 after having matriculated to Israel with a small band of followers in 1969.  I use the video as an example of a community who had an agreed upon vision toward their health in that they are Vegans.  According to Ben Ammi at the time the video was made, their community had not suffered in 33 years from any of the health problems that is a staple of affliction in the Black American Community such as heart disease, diabetes, increased obesity, cancers and so forth.  He marveled that no one had been sent to study them as a community.  It seems as though he took a page  out of Daniel and the Hebrew boys when they were in exile in Babylon and asked to be served only fruits and vegetables. I'm sure Daniel looked at that food on Nebuchadnezzar's table and thought Nah, that's okay I'll pass.  It seems Black Americans should look at the cuisine of our Babylon and do the same.

Also, their website www.africanhebrewisraelitesofjerusalem.com  proclaims that  by 1990 their community became renown as an oasis of social harmony free of crime, drug abuse and immorality.  Again if such is the case it further validates my point about having a common set of good values upon which a community agrees and practices. It also serves as a contrast to the inner cities of America where the press touts the high Black on Black crime and interestingly enough Ben Ammi left one of those cities- that being Chicago.  There is an article on forwardtimes.com/news/Israel titled Ben Ammi Ben Israel's Spiritual Journey From Segregated Chicago To The Negev Desert which give some interesting insight into the Black American Hebrew Israelite Movement of the 50's and 60's and the civil turmoil out of which it arose.

I do not confess to know much about Ben Ammi's community in Israel but nevertheless, I think there was something indeed prophetic about it given the years it begin to take place and my own birth in 1969.  I believe his going there was a foreshadowing of future events and that one day the right people would indeed be restored to natural Israel but only when the time of gentile sons of Japheth are fulfilled and I don't need to tell you blog that there is an answer to what will fulfill those times. 

The second video is of the Saramaka people of Suriname.  They are descendants of African slaves who were brought to Suriname to work the sugar plantations but who instead fled into rainforest where they kept their culture and carved out a life for themselves on the land.  When it is threatened by logging via the Chinese, two of their men spring into action and lead the way in getting their land rights and way of life preserved.  What I found interesting about them was the homogeneity of their culture despite being surrounded by different racial/ethnic groups. Apparently, having an intact identity and not being bombarded by the spirit of Japheth disseminated through the media makes a difference.  I will discuss this later. Until next time...

To God always the

Glory.

Wanze Eduards and Hugo Jabini: 2009 Goldman Prize winners, Suriname

I found this video fascinating and another example of how having an identity and common set of values makes for a more successful community.  This video is about the African maroon community of Saramaka people in Suriname fighting for their land rights and the continuation of their way of life in the forest of Suriname.  This video will also serve as an example of a people whose ydna of e1b1a and mtdna has never been interrupted by miscegenation with other groups around them even in the modern era.

BEN AMMI - WHY WE'RE VEGAN & HAVE PERFECT HEALTH

I am posting this video as an example of what it takes to be a successful community.  The first of which is having an identity and secondly a common set of values upon which you agree.

Friday, April 22, 2016

What's In A Name, Prince and Music

 
 
Hello Blog, 
 
 
It's been a while since I have been this way and my reason for being here today is to preface the next post that I am going to make.  When I last left off with you I posted two articles relating to the Black Lives Matter Issue and I am now going to remove them as I said I would.  That whole issue and that regarding the church is a subject worthy of longer in depth consideration and discussion.  It is worthy of it's own blog, dissertation, seminar you name it.  And given that I am as I stated obsessive about my theme I will remove it for perhaps consideration for another time. 
 
My next post will contain some graphics and a look into how the nomenclature of sub-Saharan in the description of West Africans assist in obscuring the identity of them as they relate to the sons of Noah. 
 
In popular news Prince the musician died on yesterday April 21, 2016 and of course like most of everyday people who listened to his songs or were huge fans of his musical abilities I too was shocked by the news.  I like so many can remember Prince in his early years and recall fondly when he came to my hometown for his Purple Rain concert attending twice with my mom, sisters and cousin.  That was definitely when ticket prices were more affordable.  I must say that I too admired Prince's musicianship and ability to play so many instruments.  My sister's and I would laugh at how he flitted around on that stage in those platform shoes like a little bee and never trip and not look any taller. 
 
I recall a boy at my school trying to copy the Prince purple rain look.  He wasn't pulling it off but you can't blame him for giving it a heave ho.  I was listening to some music from back in the day for a couple of days and I was trying to figure out the difference as the music transitioned from the 70's to the 80's and then the 90's with the prevalence of hip-hop.  I realized so many songs had a variety of instruments that made up the songs in the 70's but when some soul songs were combined with violins it really added to the beauty of the songs.  As music became more technology driven that variety was lost unfortunately as recall many songs of the R and B genre/hip-hop having a kind pedantic beat in every song.
 
To some extent the beauty of composition was also lost.  Well, I want to send a shout-out to the  Baby-Boomers who are blamed for some of the downward slide of society meaning the beginning of the abandonment of traditional values as opposed to the WWII generation who are and were crowned "The Greatest Generation."  They at least produced some really good music and dared for a moment to embrace their Blackness with their afros and racial pride that seemed to represent an apex really for Black America and I am appreciative to God for making sure I had some awesome people to listen to growing up.  The Baby-Boomers were also classy.  They  took  pride in their appearance and most of the time were beautifully dressed as men and women. I am grateful for them and as more of them head into the sunset I want the cosmos to make note of it.  I don't think I would have been too happy to be sent down here and all I had was ghetto rappers and people like Rihanna running around half-naked and shooting people in her videos to listen to as popular music at least from Black folk.  We are so much better than that. 

Note to young Black Americans. Please quit tattooing your body up.  To make your body look like a highway with graffiti all over it is not visually appealing.  It especially does not look good on people with brown skin tones and it looks particularly heinous on women.  There is a reason God admonished the children of Israel to not mark their bodies up.  In the name  of keeping it real like they say in the hood, " It looks a hot mess."
 
Lastly, it is my  sincere hope that Prince on that great day finds his name written in the Lamb's book of Life.