Real Life Wakanda | Black Panther

So with all the hype surrounding the new film by Marvel Studios The Black Panther I wanted to delve into three countries within Africa that are just as grand as the fictional country of Wakanda. In the comic book the Black Panther, the fictional country of Wakanda is depicted as a hidden African country that is far superior to the western world and has a number of advantageous features within it, first and fore-most is their technological advancement, such as Kimoyo Beads, which monitors citizens health and is used for communication like the smartphones of today’s world. Second is their progressiveness and advancement, and ability to hold each citizen with respect and dignity. And lastly their amazing history, and the lineage of how The Black Panther King reigns over Wakanda (The King T’challa’s blood line lead him to become the Black Panther and King of Wakanda). Wakanda in the comics is the wealthiest country within the Marvel Universe, and when you delve deep into its vastness, it is easy to see why it’s so wealthy as the country has a massive amount of one of the most powerful fictional elements in the Marvel Universe called Vibranium, which is a super-conductive element that has the power to be used in a variety of different ways such as teleportation, hovercraft technology and even makes up the power behind the Black Panther’s suit. If you want more information on the country of Wakanda you should look up . But now that we have a small window of how powerful Wakanda is we will now look at three African countries that hold the same miraculous feats that Wakanda has but in the real world.


Take for example Libya under Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. Libya had the largest irrigation project ever constructed called The Great Man-Made River Project, as Libya is 90 percent desert and lies within the eastern part of the Sahara it is easy to understand how grand this project was. Libya had absolutely no national debt and had over 150 billion dollars in reserves. But what was one of Libya’s greatest
achievements was their progressiveness. Gaddafi although a dictator was extremely progressive towards women and all of his citizens, education and health care were completely free to all citizens, having a home was considered a human right as he stated, “The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others.” Considering that most of the Arab world was oppressive to women, Libya under Gaddafi allowed women to work freely anywhere and dress as they liked, only subject to family constraints. And right before he was murdered, on the 21 st of February 2011 Gaddafi launched a program to privatize all Libyan oil to every citizen of Libya, providing $21,000 to every citizen from a total of $32 billion.


Just like the fictional mineral Vibranium within the Marvel universe, the real-life mineral coltan is a metallic ore from which the elements niobium and tantalum are extracted from. Tantalum from coltan is used to manufacture tantalum capacitors, used in almost every electronic product from your Xbox to your smartphone to your tablet. And in 2013, Rwanda was the world’s single largest exporter of coltan, exporting 2.4 million tons of it according to The East African. Now Rwanda’s economy sits at a booming 8.4% GDP annual growth and is now being called the “Singapore of Africa”, which is extremely grand considering the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame took office in 2000 right after the devastating Rwandan Genocide which crippled the economy to a standstill.



But when we talk about the great continent of Africa one cannot just pass or undermine one of the greatest countries to exist, the great country of Ethiopia or the Kingdom of Axum, the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant and the home of the Queen of Sheba. The only territory in Africa to defeat European colonial powers (debatable that there were other territories that defeated European colonization but nonetheless still great) and one of the oldest people to ever exist with skeletal remains of some of the earliest humans to ever inhabit earth, a civilization that dates far before the 2nd millennium, a language with one of the oldest alphabets still in use, and the first place that the coffee bean was ever cultivated by humans. Ethiopia is a mega-star for human history and in the fictional country of Wakanda they often talk about their history and lineage that births the great Black Panther king T’challa being called the “King of Kings”, but in Ethiopia there is also a lineage that dates back to King Solomon’s dynasty, His imperial majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. His other titles were the Lion of Judah, Ras Tafari, and King of Kings. Yes, that’s right there is an actual African leader who was called the King of Kings just like the fictional Wakandan king. Through his inspiration, the independence of Ethiopia was seen as a beacon of light, an example of true black political integrity, by defeating a fully equipped modern European army and the Roman Catholic Church crusader alliance (the pope would bow to him) on African soil with no more than words of righteousness. And then prevented Africa from becoming a European territory by establishing a united Africa with 40 other African leaders to accept the capital of Ethiopia Addis Ababa as their capital. Emperor Haile Selassie I was the real life equivalent to T’challa of Wakanda, and his miraculous feats mirror the fictional super-hero. Though the black community is hyped about seeing an African country on the big screen that is extremely affluent and powerful, we cannot forget that the cradle of civilization has already done this for millenniums. Though Wakanda does not actually exist, Africa has and will continue to develop great and prosperous countries with beautiful, powerful and intelligent people.

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The Guilt of Dreaming

In America the black body has been subject to countless struggles, on one hand the black body struggled with being the subject of ridicule and despise, and on the other hand the black body has been an essential part of the American economy since the institution of slavery. In Ta-Nehisi Coates book Between the World and Me he talks about the black body as never being able to experience the ‘American dream’ because the dream is flawed, but this flawed dream taught us to survive and is now destroying its only Dreamers.

What does it mean to be a Dreamer? According to Coates he describes “Dreamers” in Between the World and Me, as the White Americans who would rather stay in a fantasy world instead of waking up to the reality that they have forced black people to struggle for hundreds of years. Their reality is veiled, and they constantly cover up that they have been the enforcers of an unjust system, only now using the idea of the ‘American dream’ as the basis that all men are created equal and anything is possible. But the ‘American dream’ has been a nightmare for African Americans in this country, Ta-Nehisi Coates states that “The Dream thrives on generalization, on limiting the number of possible questions, on privileging immediate answers.” This is true as America was founded on the destruction of other people and their culture. When the first Europeans stepped foot on this land they murdered 50 million native inhabitants of the Americas, they enslaved 11 million Africans and established a country that only allows Europeans and their descendants to prosper as long as the ‘dream’ he describes exists. When Coates outlines solutions for the dreamers he paints a bleak image for black people by stating that “the dreamers will have to struggle themselves, to understand that the field for their Dream, the stage where they have painted themselves white, is the deathbed of us all.” Coates is wrong in this implication because the day the Dreamers gave civil rights to minorities, was the day they sealed their own fate not black peoples. They destroyed themselves because of “white guilt” and the guilt they had for the destruction of so many people and their cultures. If the country is based upon the destruction of people, how can it survive by empowering people? Coates talks about how much the black population was worth during the Civil War, saying that “our stolen black bodies were worth four billion dollars, more than all of the American industry, all of American railroads, workshops, and factories combined…”, the country has been accumulating wealth ever since and now how can these Dreamers survive if they no longer have free labor, and the value of these “stolen black bodies” are now equal to that of white. They never had the intention of giving black people control and equal power, instead their guilt only allowed them to give the illusion that America was now fare, and everyone is equal. It’s almost as if their guilt would not allow them to outright say that they hated us anymore, but the hate that they have for the darker peoples of the world never vacated, and now we see this with the election of Donald Trump.

The Dreamers are dying off and they are calling for a savior, so they vote for Trump their “great white hope”, and some even outright say that they want a race war (Atomwaffen a neo-nazi hate group founded in 2015 based out of Florida has a mantra calling for “Race war now,) because they feel that the war they have waged upon not only the black bodies in America, but every other indigenous people is becoming a lost cause. In an article by the Washington Post titled “Death predicts whether people vote for Donald Trump”, there is a direct correlation between the increase of the white population’s mortality rates and whether they voted for Donald Trump. This correlation began to happen right after the crack era and the privatization of prisons, so while they tried to take our black bodies from ever seeing the outside world, they were destroying their own world from the inside. They have in a sense tried everything imaginable to destroy black and indigenous people, from slavery to genocide to population control to lynching’s to mass incarceration. And this is where I find error in Coates’s solution, he has it correct in the sense that the Dreamers must learn how to struggle to understand ours, but what he has failed to realize is that it no longer matters because as black people have endured, the Dreamers have sped up their own demise. Coates talks about us like we are hopeless, and that the destruction of our race will go on forever, he says “Plunder has matured into habit and addiction; the people who could author the mechanized death of our ghettos, the mass rape of private prisons, then engineer their own forgetting must inevitably plunder more”. This may be true as long as the powers that be remain in power, but the destruction of the white race by the white race correlates directly with their failure in destroying us. He says that there is nothing we can do and that it is hopeless, this may be absolutely true, but all black people had to do was survive and reproduce. Media constantly creates the narrative that black people are violent and that we are killing ourselves in droves. Although this is correct in some instances, the vast majority of the black populations mortality rate has been plummeting while our dreaming counterparts have been increasing significantly since the 90’s. These Dreamers are killing themselves faster than they can reproduce while black people prosper. So how in the world through all the things black people have witnessed and experienced have we prospered? It almost doesn’t make logical sense, but it may be that our struggles made our bodies resilient, and we now know that our bodies are worth more than we were told previously by our slave masters, such as the rise of black power and love with words like “Love yourself and your kind. Let us refrain from doing evil to each other, and let us love each other as brothers, as we are the same flesh and blood… Your black skin is the best, and never try changing its color”, coming from Message to the Blackman in America in 1965 by Elijah Muhammad. The act of loving thyself was not always something we understood, after being taught that because of our skin color we are lesser than, we are ugly, we are different, we are abnormal, constantly reminded us of our past and what this country has done to us and our ancestors. So, what does it mean to live in the greatest nation on Earth just to know that it doesn’t appreciate what you’ve done for it? When someone does something for you for free don’t you look out for them? Don’t you help them, say thank you and maybe return the favor? America has done the complete opposite for its most loyal workforce, they spat in our faces and destroyed our bodies (literally). And instead of picking up arms against the country, black people have picked up arms for the country in every war since its founding. The Dreamers must understand this, they have to understand that without black people this country would cease to exist. So partly they must understand our struggle, and more importantly they must understand that loving us and what we’ve done for this country is more necessary than fabricating a race war. If they understand this then we can help wake them up from the fake dream they have been living in for so long.

The Dream Coates details in Between the World and Me is only experienced by those who want to remain asleep, black people cannot dream because we have long ago been awoken by the same system that allows others to remain asleep instead of awakening to the reality of the world. But the dream is to be free and empowered and if the paradigm of power is being shifted in black people’s favor, then the shackles that have been placed upon us for generations will be unlocked.

Written by Sulayman A. Abdul-Khaaliq

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Pharmed food in my fridge

I usually buy organic non GMO vegetables for my family direct from local farmers in Phoenix. This particular week I missed the Farmers Market and I went to Walmart instead and bought some vegetables including accidentally buying a bag of non-organic tomatoes. I tried to convince my wife by saying “hey we not gonna die if we eat these this time.” But my wife refused to cook with them or allow myself or our children to eat them. Nobody ate them and we kinda forgot about them on the counter for about a week…then I put them in the refrigerator…and forgot them again, for 5 more weeks. Today I went to toss them since they are probably rotten and mushy..but they were not.

Even though I’m from LA my Grandparents were all from the South (Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee). I never saw my grandparents buy allot of vegetables because they grew an abundant wide variety in the back yard along with a huge peach tree, pomegranate, chickens (for eggs), ducks (never knew why my grandparents had ducks?) and a million lemons and oranges from the neighbor across the street. Back in the days Black and Mexican people in Los Angeles who had houses didn’t buy allot of things from the store. They purchased fresh meat from a butcher who was usually a family friend, and they bought soap, condiments and other stuff from the store but not that much vegetables. Personally I remember many times my grandmother grabbing tomatoes out her yard for some sandwiches, or soups. I also remember if you don’t eat those tomatoes fast they will get mushy and loose flavor. Back in those days everything was organic and non GMO (I think).

Actual Facts
Ripe tomatoes last for 2-3 days on a counter or 5-7 days in the refrigerator before they get mushy or begin to rot. Today Money hungry agri-business and Globalist care more about turning a profit and your life they only want to turn a profit. So they experiment with God’s creation to make natural food last longer on the shelf at the expense of our health. This is why GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food is bad.

National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) have found that by suppressing two enzymes (alpha-Man and beta-Hex) associated with ripening, they could push tomatoes to last close to 45 days before they turned mushy. Their research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science journal.

In 1993 Monsanto’s “Flavr Savr” tomato lines had fish genes inserted into the tomatoes. The process of insertion and the subsequent cloning of the cells into Genetically Modified plants can cause lots of unique and unpredicted consequences.
The lab rats that ate the Flavr Savr tomatoes out of 20 female rats, 7 developed stomach lesions—bleeding stomachs. The rats eating the natural tomatoes, or no tomatoes at all, had no lesions.

It has been long reported that after that Monsanto tried to donate calypso tomato seeds are treated with thiram to Haiti. Thiram belongs to a highly toxic class of chemicals called ethylene bisdithiocarbamates (EBDCs). The EPA determined that EBDC-treated plants are so dangerous to agricultural workers that they must wear special protective clothing when handling them. Pesticides containing thiram must contain a special warning label, the EPA ruled. The EPA also barred marketing of the chemicals for many home garden products, because it assumes that most gardeners do not have adequately protective clothing.
Haitian Farmers has committed to burning Monsanto’s seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation’s presence in Haiti

Organic non GMO Original people should not eat grafted modified chemically treated food.

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Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the health of Ancient Samoans was generally very good. Because of their geographic isolation from the rest of the world, infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough were entirely absent. Also noticeably absent were other infectious diseases like smallpox, cholera, typhoid fever, venereal diseases, tuberculosis, influenza and possibly even the common cold. European mariners and explorers constantly remarked that “at times, Samoans affected cures under the most unlikely circumstances. From their vegetable diet as well as their constant seabathing,their flesh seemed to heal more rapidly than that of others, so that they often survived ailments that would have proved fatal to Europeans. Bullet wounds, severe contusions, and broken limbs seemed to trouble them but little… (Stair, 1897).” Missionaries noted that the treatment of wounds and skin ailments in Samoa was more advanced than it was in Europe, where it was almost always fatal. This is principally because of the unparalleled hygiene practiced by the Samoans.

An Elder Woman (Healer) attending to a patient.


Medicinal Plants

In addition to their health-conscious lifestyle, herbal remedies in Samoa are, and always have been, second-to-none. Although too innumerable to name, this article will illustrate a few of the most common and best-known medicinal plants in Samoa; as well as their miraculous healing properties. When one thinks of Polynesian herbs, it often conjures up thoughts of Kava Kava (Piper methysticum): A ceremonial drink with psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties. It is mildly-paralyzing and produces a euphoric but clear-minded state. It has been, and is still in use in many Oceanic cultures, and it is rapidly gaining popularity among Westerners. Currently, it is being imported into Europe to develop commercial medicines; Kava is even prescribed by doctors across the United States for generalized anxiety disorder. However, it is principally-used in Polynesia for enhanced sociability, as an analgesic (painkiller), for the treatment of stomachaches and urinary tract infections.

Skin and Eye Infections

As a first-aid remedy for superficial cuts and wounds, the sap of the Fu’afu’a (Kleinhovia hospita) bark is commonly applied to the affected area to inhibit bleeding. It is also a good remedy for eye infections. The same results are usually sought from the application of Fue Saina (Mikania micrantha). Also, the Futu (Baringtonia asiatica) seed is infused and applied to skin sores, which then disappear shortly thereafter. Gatae (Erythrina variegata) juice extracted from its petiole is often dripped into infected eyes and sties, as well as applied as a plaster to reduce swelling. The Lau’auta (Phymatosorus scolopendria) is one of the most widely used of all Samoan medicinal plants. The infusion of the scraped rhizome and/or crushed leaves is taken as a potion for treating various kinds of inflammation. Similar uses are applied to the skin for treating infected, hard-to-cure wounds.

Other inflammatory disorders are cured by the Lau Ti (Cordyline fruticosa) leaves; which are very commonly used by both healers and lay people by dipping them in water and massaging out various kinds of inflammation, headaches and other body aches. Nonu (Morinda citrifolia) is the most widely-used plant in Polynesia that has a similar, but more extensive use.

Internal & Psychological Problems

La’au Fai Lafa (Fabaceae or Leguminosae) is a purgative, causing the body to purge itself of waste. This treatment is useful in treating intestinal worms. It has long since been known to Western medicine for curing ringworm and other parasitic infections. In fact, it was even given the nickname “ringworm bush.” It is also reputed to be a very effective abortfacient (abortion-inducing agent). Another interesting species is the Mamala (Omalanthus nutans); which Samoan healers use to treat hepatitis. In recent years, Samoan Healers have sent their mixtures to the National Cancer Institute, which isolated prostratin: An experimental but promising anti-HIV Compound. Another herb of distinction is the Lau Papata (Macaranga harveyana), which is taken as a potion for treating digestive tract disorders, intestinal worms and urinary tract problems, acting as a purgative. Also, the intriguing Fisoa leaves (Colubrina asiatica), when infused with water have yielded positive results for centuries


This is by no means a complete list of Samoan herbal medicines; it is only the tip of the iceberg. There are innumerable species of flora that have yet to be discovered and studied scientifically. Even so, the Samoan pharmacopoeia was developed to such a degree that even after long competition with Western medicine it is still the system of choice for many Samoans. In direct contrast to Western allopathic medicine, it is the ultimate aim to determine the root cause of the illness; not simply treating the symptoms of it. The various species of indigenous and imported flora have been used for centuries to treat and successfully cure disease. The perfect balance of Samoan climate and fertile land facilitate the adequate cultivation of valuable, life-saving natural medicines. Traditional Samoan remedies largely trump the medical paradigm of more developed nations. Because they are not engineered in a laboratory from synthetically-concocted chemicals, Samoan herbal medicines work in synergy with the body’s natural healing process without the unintended side-effects of pharmaceuticals. Western medicine tends to discredit the native medical systems it has largely replaced; but there is great wisdom from centuries of experimentation in most native medical practices. When it is all said and done, Samoan medicine only values results, not philosophy. Because of this, the results have been immense.

Written by Alyxzander X. Solomon Published Nation19 Magazine / APDTA® (Survival Issue #4) ©2017

Brother Ali drops knowledge on hiphop with ‘Never Learn’

Brother Ali is definitely bringing knowledge back to hiphop in his new single ‘Never Learn’.

It was Wednesday April 26th we received a message from Brother Ali that his video would be dropping either Monday May 1st or Wednesday May 3rd. We were hype and couldn’t wait to hear what he had in store! Little did we know how dope it would actually be! “Never Learn” finds Ali contemplating spiritual manifestation with an ounce of metaphysical swag. Like the song, the video, directed by Kron, is a beautiful testament. It was shot at Dar Al Islam, a Muslim-built worship and healing center in New Mexico, the same location where Tupac Shakur’s “I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto” was filmed after his death. The video also features the synchronized choreography of Al Taw’am, twin dancers from the twin city of Minneapolis, whom Ali refers to as “royalty.” Their movement speaks of their family legacy of dignified regality,” Ali says in a statement released with the video. This focus on supreme beauty is one with the theme of the LP to be released May 5. It’s a message that contrasts sharply with the times.

“This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth,” the Minneapolis-based MC says. “Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.”

What really surprised us is Verse two @2:14:
“…I was standing on stage when my hero died feel the heartbeat of my people’s cries, NATION19 thirty three bowties. Light of the Deen gleaming in your eyes.” 19 represents alpha and omega which also reflects the message of this song. When the video first comes on, all we could think is wow! Brother Ali really showed so much love and respect  by having covered black young women that can really slay in this video! He’s basically the only hiphop artist that even has covered black women in his music video. This is the real love and the real hiphop!

From the twins, to the horse, to the location, to his message, to his flow, to the shoutout, everything about this video says dopeness! #APDTA #Nation19 #19MCs

Real Hip Hop is still here! Get it Here

Afromexico: Children of the moon

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Afromexico: Children of the moon

Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq, two local visual anthropologists have made it their mission to demystify preconceived notions about black and indigenous communities around the globe.

This is no easy feat since they’re against a historical propensity to blaze inaccurate information about communities of color (at this point we’re all misinformed about everybody else, really), erase or undermine their cultural relevance and contributions to humanity. In our good ol’ AZ we even banned the study of said groups. But they have two powerful tools: art and technology.

A few days ago I was walking down Roosevelt after getting some grub at one of the eateries and inside MonOrchid there was an awesome photograph of a girl’s face, a huge print of one of the most piercing eyes I’ve ever seen… a future Bruja if you will. These eyes have a story, a history. I went in, Invisible Mexico was the title of the exhibit and to its creators, it’s an anthropological portrait of the African Diaspora of settlers in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas, Michoacán, and other Mexican states.

A crowd was already hurdled around the artists, it was almost inappropriate not to eavesdrop on their narration. It wasn’t just an explanation, they had some techie stuff –augmented reality–, which blew my mind immediately.

My thoughts exactly when I saw the first picture. Photo credit: Jimaral Marshall.

Queen and Hakeem have been going back and forth to Mexico since the 90’s for different projects (some we can mention, others not so much). They’ve traveled all over, too many places to list in this poor excuse of a paragraph. However, it is important to mention that their voyages have taken them to places with large Afromexican communities, which are sadly unknown.

Hakeem, originally from South Central L.A. and Queen from L.A. (her ancestry is actually American Samoan royalty), would tell an anecdote behind the picture, where it was taken, the context. With their tablet they would create an interactive environment that immediately connected with the audience, establishing a learning space for everyone.

Attendees get mind-blown with the experience! Photo credit: Jimaral Marshall

The actual explanation of augmented reality is quite techie but for the purposes of detailing this exhibit, it means that when you hold your mobile device over one of the photographs, the pictures become animated and provide further information about the image hanging on the wall. This is ain’t magic stuff, though ancient curanderos would freak the f out! This augmented reality experience is a collaboration between Queen, Hakeem, the University of Arizona and Associate Professor Bryan Carter. This effort produced an app for mobile devices which could expand the experience of a gallery to a much broader space, immersing the audience into a different kind of reality: the subjects’ realm.

But beyond the augmentation of an experience, its bi-dimensional reality has a unique depth and behind the photographs displayed, there is a history that has been ignored for a minute or deux. I was confronted with my own ignorance about Afromexican communities in Mexico and here in the U.S. (there’s a large population of Afromexicans in Califas as depicted on this  awesome short).

Hakeem says it is rare for Afromexicans to be photographed because they consider themselves ugly. Photo credit: Hakeem Khaaliq

Hakeem explained the history behind Yanga (Nyanga or Gaspar Yanga), a man from the state of Veracruz whose photograph hangs on a wall of the exhibit. He awoke a whole town and lead them to resist their oppressors. The sound of his name resonated with me, then it hit me. There’s a region in Bolivia, Los Yungas, in the state of La Paz. I’m Bolivian, and my heart has a special place for Saya, a dope Afrobolivian beat. So naturally when he said his name I was curious. There has to be some connection, especially when this Andean tropical forest extends from northern Peru and Argentina, passing through Bolivia and all the way up to Colombia and Venezuela.

What is known about Yanga is that he was apprehended somewhere in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana and disembarked in the coast of Veracruz in the 1500’s. He was briefly enslaved until he escaped and lead a 30-year crusade against the Spaniards…¡toma! Actually, he was the first great liberator of the Americas. Way before El Libertador did his thing in South America, Nyanga sealed a treaty with the Spaniards that would allow freemen to live in a sovereign, gachupin-free land in the early 1600’s. Also, the meaning of the word Nyanga will blow your mind, but I’ll come back to that in a bit.

Nyanga, the first libertador in the Americas. Photo credit: Hakeem Khaaliq

Queen and Hakeem were really impressed with his story, but also realized that a lot of African descendants felt a void in their roots, their history; that there wasn’t an accurate representation of them.

“If we don’t change these stories and the perception people have, no one will,” Said Hakeem.

That is the main reason why they’ve put up this show, a collection of photographs made over a decade of travels through Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tepoztlán, and Costa Chica. Queen explains how the perception that these communities have of themselves has affected their collective self-worth in respect to other Mexicans. I mean, it wasn’t until an internal census in 2015 that they could self identify as Afromexicans. Up until then they didn’t have a box to check. This is precisely why there isn’t a knowledge of the prevalence of African cultures settled in Mexico, because everything was focused on indigenous people or mestizos. Also, Afromexicans aren’t even a considered a minority because, according to the government, they don’t have a native language or dialect. As a consequence, their history has vanished.

Some Mexican archaeological sites have shown the presence of African descendants. Photo credit: Hakeem Khaaliq.

The good thing is that there is a new found pride in being Afromexican and now they can identify with their blackness and own it like the woman in this short-doc. Also there are visual artists and anthropologists that constantly travel to these regions and others in the Americas where there are large populations of African descendants and their stories aren’t represented.

Queen and Hakeem’s Invisible Mexico will be at MonOrchid located at 214  E Roosevelt St. until this First Friday 4/7. Check out the space, approach the artists, ask them questions. They’re awesome at sharing knowledge and have a truly keen eye for stories.

Now, are you ready for the meaning of Nyanga? Well, the short answer is witch-doctor, but it’s too generic and whitewashed. Now, Occult Zulu has an interesting interpretation and we kinda like it better. It basically means moon-ritual-person. It turns out that some plants’ properties react to the lunar cycles and in ancient Africa there were special humans that knew when to conduct rituals based on this to increase effectiveness. These special people were viewed as saviors and they called them Nyanga.

You can pay a visit, check the exhibit and feel a little less ignorant about the world you live in. In this case, ignorance is not bliss, it is a sin. Also check this jam, it’s pretty awesome!

Donna Brazile’s Mistake in Helping Clinton Cheat Was No Mistake At All

Former interim Democrat National Committee head and CNN contributor Donna Brazile admitted on national television this week that she purposefully used her position at the cable network last year to undermine the Democrat primary debates between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As reported by ABC News, last October WikiLeaks published emails from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Included in the release was one email that showed Brazile passing along questions to Clinton’s staff in advance of a primary debate.

Brazile has since reportedly claimed what she did was “a mistake I will forever regret,” but judging by what she told host Trevor Noah during an appearance this week on “The Daily Show,” she is another political conspirator.

#Wow #politricks #lies #wikileaks

12.5 Months in the life of Nation19 / APDTA!

The last 12.5 months has been a busy time for us here at Nation19 /APDTA. We met so many dope people from around the world and we got a chance to be a part of the change that is happening globally among young people and artists. From walking through the streets that Pablo Escobar built in Medellín Colombia to living in a remote farming village in Inner Mongolia China to speaking at MoMA in NYC, we did allot…and we did it all in pursuit of truth and Unity.

February 2016 – March 2017 in review…peep:

#Bars4Justice Winner Best Short Documentary PAFF2016!!!

24th Annual Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles CA
February 8-14th 2016
Nation19’s Documentary film #Bars4Justice Winner Best Short Documentary
February KTLA featured #Bars4Justice on the News!



Directors Guild of America Hollywood CA
February 12th 2016 Morning
Nation19’s Queen Muhammad Ali was a guest speaker

Invited guest to Meet with Russell Simmons

ALL DEF DIGITAL headquarters Culver City CA
February 12th 2016 Afternoon



University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
February 15th 2016 2:00PM TO 4:00PM
Africana Studies Program/College of Humanities at UofA issued college credit to students who watched #Bars4Justice and participated in the Q&A session. (Props to Professor Durant)


Photo by Kershon Xavier

Saviours’ Day 2016 (Chicago IL)
February 20th
Nation19 were Guest Speakers at the Business/Entrepreneur workshop (via Skype)


Arizona State University (West Campus Glendale, AZ)
February 25th
Nation19 had the honor of teaching Indigenous and Black-Mexican history and Visual Anthropology to the students and some faculty members.

Students and Faculty of ASU pose with Nation19. Photo by Kershon Xavier


Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
February 26th (a very blessed day for us!)
Screened #Bars4Justice to a completely packed room w Q&A with Directors Queen Muhammad Ali, Hakeem Khaaliq, Co-Producer Ronald Muhammad, Professor Griff (Public Enemy), and West Coast KAM

Shooting on Location: Colombia South America

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Academy Award Winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith rapping to Black children on the beach in Cartagena Colombia while Dir. Queen Muhammad Ali captures the sound.

(Bogotá, Cartagena, Tierra Bomba, Medellín)
March 1st-8th 2016
Nation19 was selected to Direct, write and produce for the United Nations (UNGASS) w Academy Award Winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali & Hakeem Khaaliq, Associate Producer/translator Shahida Muhammad.


3rd Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week (Flagstaff AZ)
April 25th-29th 2016
Nation19 was selected as a guest speaker and facilitator to Nas‘ film “Shake the Dust” at the 3rd Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week in Flagstaff AZ with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Queen Muhammad Ali and Supernatural

United Nations

The Museum of Drug Policy / United Nations / UNGASS (New York)
April 21st 2016
Screening of our investigative report Short Documentary about US Drug Policy in Colombia South America w Academy Award Winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali & Hakeem Khaaliq

Wayne State University

Allied Media Conference (Michigan)
#Bars4Justice screening and Q&A with Director Queen Muhammad Ali at Wayne State University Michigan

May 2016
May was the first month we reached over 60 million people in one week via social media

1st Annual Uptown Short Film Festival (USFF)

May 15th 2016
#Bars4Justice was Awarded Audience Choice Award


Tirana International Film Festival (Tirana, Albania)
June1st-8th 2016
Official Selection, European premiere of #Bars4Justice


June – July 2016
We broke our previous record with a reach of 80 million people on Facebook and Instagram_0003_79 millon


Nation19/APDTA Summer Solstice Drop!!!
July 1st 2016
We dropped a few limited pieces of art on tees and the internet went crazy!!!
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August we reached 120 million people

via social media!!!!!!!!

Bars4Justice Educational Distribution

August signed a distribution deal to distribute #bars4Justice to
Higher Education School in US and Canada

The Mutianyu Fellowship Award, China

The Mutianyu Fellowship Award (Mutianyu, Huawei, Beigou, Beijing)
September 1st – September 21tst 2016
Nation19 founders were awarded The Mutianyu Fellowship in China. The Fellowship and Residency gave us the opportunity to start production on a new film and conduct research in Inner Mongolia, and Northern China.
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Milwaukee film festival

Sep 22th – October 6th 2016
#Bars4Justice selected at the Milwaukee film festival Sep 22th – October 6th

13 standout moments from the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival

New Film Post Production!

October Started post-production on a film teaching the importance of language learning to black children in the Inner cities yet to be titled.

Bill Clinton’s Black Son video

On October 12th we helped Bill Clinton’s Black Son Danney Williams get his message out
The video post on our Facebook page reached 19 million people with 6 million video views.

November 2016
We broke our previous record with a reach of 80 million

19MC’s list

December 6th 2016
launched 19MC’s list to help promote real Hip Hop Artist around the world!


ARDG Award Winner!!

Artist Research and Development Grant 
December 9th 2016
Nation19 was awarded a Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.


California State University Long Beach
Afrikan Black Coalition Conference
January 18th 2017
#Bars4Justice Screening Q&A with Students



Museum of Modern Art NYC
February 17th -18 2017
Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq were honored as guest speakers at MoMA’s (Museum of Modern Art NYC) prestigious Doc Fortnight 2017. We also screened #Bars4Justice both days!
School of Visual Art
Jet Magazine

Black Filmmakers, Musicians Center MoMa Series

Queen Muhammad Ali speaking at MoMA 2-17-2017

INVISIBLE MEXICO™: Encuentro Phoenix

March 2nd 2017
INVISIBLE MEXICO™: Encuentro Phoenix Opening at The monOrchid Gallery in Phoenix hosted by Mayor Greg Stanton. The exhibit is Arizona’s first Augmented Reality Anthropological Photo essay.

LT-Right Prentice Moore 100 Black Men® of Phoenix, Nation19’s Hakeem Khaaliq, and Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix. photo by Jimaral Marshall 

Research shows more Muslims reside in Asia-Pacific than the Middle East.

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily freezing immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries would affect only about 12% of the world’s Muslims, according to estimates from a Pew Research Center report on the current and projected size of religious groups. In fact, of the seven countries named in the new immigration ban – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – only one, Iran, is among the 10 countries with the largest Muslim populations.

As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making Islam the world’s second-largest religious tradition after Christianity. And although many people, especially in the United States, may associate Islam with countries in the Middle East or North Africa, nearly two-thirds (62%) of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Pew Research Center analysis. In fact, more Muslims live in India and Pakistan (344 million combined) than in the entire Middle East-North Africa region (317 million).

Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries around the world. The country with the largest number (about 209 million) is Indonesia, where 87.2% of the population identifies as Muslim. India has the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million), though Muslims make up just 14.4% of India’s total population.

Two-thirds of all Muslims worldwide live in the 10 countries shown below. Of the 10 countries, six are in Asia (Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey), three are in North Africa (Egypt, Algeria and Morocco) and one is in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria).

Countries with the Largest Number of Muslims

Estimated 2009
Muslim Population
Percentage of
Population that
is Muslim
Percentage of
World Muslim
Indonesia 202,867,000 88.2% 12.9%
Pakistan 174,082,000 96.3 11.1
India 160,945,000 13.4 10.3
Bangladesh 145,312,000 89.6 9.3
Egypt 78,513,000 94.6 5.0
Nigeria 78,056,000 50.4 5.0
Iran 73,777,000 99.4 4.7
Turkey* 73,619,000 ~98 4.7
Algeria 34,199,000 98.0 2.2
Morocco* 31,993,000 ~99 ~2
* Data for Turkey and Morocco come primarily from general population surveys, which are less reliable than censuses or large-scale demographic and health surveys for estimating minority-majority ratios (see Methodology). As a result, the percentage of the population that is Muslim in these two countries is rounded to the nearest integer.

Muslim Population by Region

  Estimated 2009
Muslim Population
Percentage of
Population that
is Muslim
Percentage of
World Muslim
Asia-Pacific 972,537,000 24.1% 61.9%
Middle East-North Africa 315,322,000 91.2 20.1
Sub-Saharan Africa 240,632,000 30.1 15.3
Europe 38,112,000 5.2 2.4
Americas 4,596,000 0.5 0.3
World Total 1,571,198,000 22.9 100.0
Note: The list of countries that make up each region can be found in the section titled “World Muslim Population by Region and Country.”

What If Mexico built the wall first?

Before the inauguration Trump already started to build and distribute a negative stereotypical view of Mexican immigrants and border security. Many Americans that share the new president’s philosophy don’t know the history of US and Mexico, don’t care or are too arrogant to see the wrong they are mentally constructing. What if Mexico had erected a wall to keep European colonist from entering Mexico in the early 1800’s? Actually before they can legally build a wall America may need to reopen an old wounds like the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo originally exposed by a Mexican activist who Marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and had meetings with Malcolm X’s teacher, The Hon. Elijah Muhammad.

Reies Lopez Tijerina
LT: Tijerina & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. RT: Reies Lopez Tijerina, Bobby Seale and members of the the Brown Berets.

Reies Lopez Tijerina, activist, and catalyst for the land grant movement among Mexicans in northern New Mexico. Although born in Texas, Tijerina spent much of his adult life in New Mexico, where he moved after becoming a pastor. There he learned of the plight of the Mexicans whose land the forest service, American industrial interests and the railroads had stolen. It is there where he joined the movement to return the Tierra Amarilla land grant to the residents of the town of San Joaquin de Chama.

Mexico in 1824
Mexico in 1824

In 1966, frustrated with the government’s lack of a response to his appeals, he led the occupation of the Echo Amphitheater, which was within the pueblo’s land grant, and asserted their right to the land. This incident marked the beginning of Tijerina’s legal troubles, and the state tried for years to send him to jail, finally succeeding in 1970.

United States President Donald Trump

Released in 1971, his incarceration had already made him a symbol of political repression in the US, and he continued to speak out against the crimes of the government. Tijerina preached a message of unity for Chicanos, while also working with Black Leaders and other activists throughout the United States. He has become one of the most well-known and dedicated leaders of the Chicano Movement.

If Trump continues to push his wall agenda. Mexico and Mexicans could legally take possession of the stolen areas of California, NEW Mexico, Arizona, and Texas to name a few. The wall would need to be erected north of these states and lets not even begin with what was stolen from Hawaiians, and Native Indigenous people including Dakota.

Authentic Piece Of The Berlin Wall.
Authentic Piece Of The Berlin Wall.

Another interesting fact is the Mexican flag and the Palestinian Flag both share the same color scheme. Unfortunately the people share the same story of European colonization, genocide, oppression, illegal land seizure and negative propaganda. – Nation19 Magazine

Shhhh….how to communicate privately on your phone with WhatsApp

How do you communicate more privately when you know the revolution will not be televised? When we were in China for a month our main form of communication was WhatApp. It allowed us to talk to family, business partners, writers, researchers and friends over Wifi securely and free.

Now this popular phone APP (WhatsApp) has made big news when they announced that they were providing end-to-end encryption for all of their one billion plus members.

This is super dope for people who like privacy like us over at Nation19 Magazine. The best part about this new feature is that WhatsApp users don’t have to do anything in order to take advantage of this new feature. 

The first setting that you should enable, therefore, is the one that notifies you if a WhatsApp friend changes their device.

Why would you care? Well, because if someone removes the SIM card from your friend’s phone and uses it in another device, they could impersonate your friend on WhatsApp. Enabling a setting in WhatsApp will give you notice that you may be communicating with a fake imposter.

Here is what you do.
Go to the “Settings” icon at the bottom right of your WhatsApp screen, open up the Account settings area, and turn on the “Show Security Notifications” setting.


Hold on potna…you not finished yet. lol

The next time you are face-to-face with your WhatsApp friend, and you want to increase your WhatsApp security even more, here are the simple steps to do so.

First, make sure that WhatsApp has access to your camera. You may have already allowed this when you installed WhatsApp, but if you did not, it is an easy setting in your Applications area of your phone.

Next, open a conversation with your friend in WhatsApp and then select the person’s name at the top of the conversation. This will open the contact window for that person. Near the bottom of that screen you will see a setting for Encryption.


Tap on the encryption field, and you will be presented with a screen that displays a QR code as well as a 60-digit decimal code that represents the contents of that QR code.


At the bottom of the QR code screen, there is a link that will enable you to scan your friend’s code, and they can do the same for your code. This is why you need to allow camera access in WhatsApp, even if only temporarily.

That is all there is to it. Now, when you communicate with your friend, you can be more confident that they are who they say they are – although, of course, it’s always possible that the person you are speaking to has failed to keep a close eye on their smartphone or has failed to set a strong passcode.

In our view, you should tighten security like this with as many of your WhatsApp friends as possible.

WhatsApp and WeChat (China) are both great app to communicate with end-to-end encryption for all communications to so many people. For those of us who wish to have authenticity when communicating, WhatsApp has gone that extra step to ensure that as well.

Thats whats sup…oops we meant…thats WhatsApp!

The Mystery killings of Darren Seals, Deandre Joshua, and Shawn Gray.

There is an ongoing mystery surrounding the shooting of Mike Brown that is still unraveling. The recent mysterious murder of Darren Seals who was found shot in his burning car is yet another mysterious chapter of Ferguson and Michael Brown. 

Many know we report allot about police vs community and racially motivated incidents in the US. Recently we have been noticing a hidden hand that is manipulating the media by planting stories, distorting facts and funding so-called activist and racial conflicts. We cant prove anything yet but we will soon.

Last year we were in Ferguson documenting the unfortunate one year anniversary of the killing of teenager Michael Brown by police Darren Willson.  While there we had the freedom (rental car) to explore and that is what we did. We went everywhere…our crew even got arrested, shot at, and got sick from the tear gas. During the last hours of this two day crazy trip we dashed to the actual site where Mike Brown was shot. Their was flowers in the street apparently where his lifeless body laid. Next to the flowers were teddy bears and a Contruction cone which were positioned in the center of the street as light traffic passed every few minuets. As we pulled up to a parking lot directly across from the site we were approached by BBC Television and asked to sell our footage of the arrest and protest that had just taken place an hour ago with prominent activist and multi religious clergy. At that protest which was directed at the St Louis Department of Justice, no other media outlet was brave enough at the the time to jump over the police barricade like Nation19 did…so yeah we had the best footage. We denied the offer to sell the footage and proceeded to film the street. While we were changing the batteries to our cameras, two very tall large muscular white men wearing casual attire and matching baseball caps walked up and started taking pictures next to the makeshift memorial in the center of the street. But they were smiling and acting like this was a fun place to take pictures instead of the gloom and sad feeling we felt. It was weird to say the least. They acted like we were not even there. After they took a couple of pictures smiling and laughing they walked away to the same parking lot we were parked with BBC television and they drove away in a federal licensed sedan type car. We stared to walk near the street where the flowers were and an unknown black man in his late 20’s or early 30’s stood and watched us. He didn’t talk right away. He asked us where we were from…then he told us that there is more to this story than what is being played on the news but its a dangerous story to tell. He told us of a couple eyewitnesses to the shooting and friends of Mike Brown who disappeared and/or were murdered and we were shocked. We didn’t know what to make of the information and when we raced to the airport we lost one of the SD cards in the rental car never to be found that had the last few minutes of this trip.

Currently we are traveling in Asia and news has been very difficult to confirm, process, and distribute because we are about 15 hours ahead of the US. But when we finally found out about the death of Darren Seals, a Ferguson activists whom we got a chance to meet, we were saddened. He along with many others are a part of the film #Bars4Justice. So here is what we know. Maybe putting this info out can help unravel more about what is really going on behind the scenes in Ferguson. 

Deandre Joshua
20, was shot once in the head and then set on fire inside his car. He was the only person killed during the fires, looting and riots that shook the city after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in Mr. Brown’s killing. He was a childhood friend of Dorian Johnson, the friend who was walking with Mike Brown at the scene of his killing.

Shawn Gray
23, was last seen on Thanksgiving and was reported missing by his family on Saturday, police said. Gray was found in the river about 4:15 p.m on December 3rd 2014 Wednesday near the Landsdowne Avenue overpass. The autopsy could not determine Gray’s cause of death, officials said. Gray’s death has been labeled “suspicious,” and homicide detectives were investigating. There is plenty of speculation that Shawn Gray was a witness to the Grand Jury in the Michael Brown case.

Darren Seals
St. Louis County Police say the remains of Seals’s lifeless body, which had at least one gunshot wound, were found early Tuesday morning September 6, 2016 inside his vehicle in Riverview (6 miles away from Ferguson), which had been set aflame. Police are investigating his death as a homicide. On the night of the grand jury decision, Seals stood with Brown’s mother in front of the Ferguson Police Department building as the news that Wilson would not be charged was announced. His scene had various pieces of debris from the vehicle and what appeared to be shell casings had been left behind by police investigators.

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