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Jim Crow Alive In Jasper, Texas

Jasper TX
Is Jim Crow Alive In Jasper?
This just in: Jim Crow found alive and well in Jasper, Texas. No he was not killed by the 1968 Voting Rights Act or Brown v Board of Education. Jim Crow, like the demon he is, has morphed, shape-shifted and hibernated only to resurface in Jasper, Texas.

In 1998, Jim Crow possessed the bodies of three white men: Shawn Berry, John King and Lawrence Brewer (24, 23 and 31, respectively). James Byrd, Jr. an African-American man, was dragged to his death after accepting a ride home with these men.

Now, in November, 2013, approximately 16 years later, Jim Crow is suspected in the death of a 28 year-old African-American husband and father, Alfred Wright. Lauren Wright, who is white, states that her husband called from a convenience store about having a truck problem. Alfred’s parents later found his truck and no signs of Alfred. Police called off a search for Wright after 4 days. His body was found 2 weeks later by the family.

An autopsy, performed by local authorities attributed his death to lethal amounts of meth, cocaine and amphetamines. Insisting that Wright would never have abused drugs, his family pushed for a second autopsy. The Houston examination found that the body was missing a tongue, ear and had a throat that appeared to have been slashed.

The family suggests conspiracy, based on the mishandling of the investigation. Lack of diligence in its investigation, omitted autopsy results, and the lack of cooperation suggest some sort of coverup. This week, the US Justice Department moved to take over the investigation.

I’m not saying…. I’m just saying.

What do you think?

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Zora Neale Hurston Latest Honored by Google

Zora Neale Hurston, on the 123rd anniversary of her birth, joins an elite group of African-Amercans honored by Google Doodles. An artist’s rendition of the Google logo her likeness appeared Janary 7th on the Gogle homepage. She now joins Miriam Makeba, Ella Fitzgerald and Martin Luther King in the Google Doodle archives.

Born on Jan. 7, 1891 in Alabama, Hurston was considered one of the most influential black authors of the twentieth century. Raised in Florida, she later moved to Harlem. There she befriended and influeced Harlem Renaissance literary artists such as Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen.

Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston, photo by Carl Van Vechten (1938)

In 1920, she graduated with an associate degree from Howard, and an anthropology scholarship to Barnard college. Hurston’s work included four novels, most notable Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) , dozens of short stories, plays and essays.

Despite her iconic status today, she struggled to be published. Her associations with the likes of Langston Hughes did not keep her from dying poor in 1960. Her talent and influence are undeniable but she was not fully appreciated during her time. Alice Walker helped revive modern interest with the 1975 essay “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston”. Hurston’s house in Fort Pierce is now a National Historic Landmark. TIME magazine listed her among its 50 cultural giants in African-American history.


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We have all seen the photograph. Ernesto “Che” Guevera portayed as the revolutionary leader in uniform, as if ready to pick up a gun and fight oppression at a minute’s notice. He is one of TIME magazine’s ’100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century’. He abandoned a comfortable life and medical career to revolt against a system in Latin America that kept the masses poor, sick and disenfranchised.
Che, as he is affectionately known, risked his life many times to spark revolutions in Latin and South America and Africa. He led several failed attempts to overthrow Belgian oppression in the Congo region of West Africa. Che sought ro reinvent man as a creature who loved his fellow man above material wealth. Like all revolutionaries, he was not without fault. He signed-off on executions of s0-called Cuban criminals without fair trials. Yet his life ended (with CIA assistnance) as he once again left his comfort zone to fight for his oppressed fellow man.


– JUNE 20, 2011

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The significance of the  adinkra symbols lies primarily in the fact that they are part of an ancient writing system of West Africa. The use of these symbols is important  because most African cultures have maintained an oral tradition.

The Akan people, creators of the adinkra symbols, populated the land which is  modern-day Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Once known as the gold coast, this area thrived because of its large gold deposits.

African wisdom has been passed from one generation to the next through stories and songs. Adinkra symbols are physical representations of the values and traditions of the Akan people.

The western world has borrowed heavily from west African folktales such as “Anansi the Spider”, who is represented in the adinkra symbol: ananse ntontan.

anansi adinkra symbol

ANANSE NTONTAN, means “spider’s web”.

The spider’s web symbolizes creativity, wisdom and the complexities of life.




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Youssou N’Dour: One Of Africa’s Greatest Singers


Youssou was born on 1st October 1959 in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. The son of a car mechanic grew up in Medina, a hard-bitten part of the city. His musical talent already became obvious as a teenager, when performing in the parking lots outside the city’s dance clubs.

Since the 1970s, Youssou has shaped the music style mbalax more than anybody else. In the 1980s, he and his band The Super Etoile even started making it famous internationally. Youssou’s awesome talent and his numerous albums brought him global fame. The New York Times called him “one of the world’s greatest singers” and countless fans around the world agree.