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.

Backstory
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.

Additional reading:  http://articles.latimes.com/1992-06-04/food/fo-1061_1_plant-breeding

 

Award winning Samoan Film Director wants to put American Samoa on the map!

AWARD WINNING SAMOAN FILM DIRECTOR QUEEN MUHAMMAD ALI 
IS A FINALIST FOR ARTPLACE AMERICA’S 2017 NATIONAL CREATIVE PLACEMAKING FUND

Extremely competitive national grant program will consider70 projects   

(June 7, 2017) Today, ArtPlace America announced that Queen Muhammad Ali is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).  ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making Queen and the community of Faga’itua’s  project “Manuia Samoa” one of just 7% of the projects across the country to make this cut.

ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program, receiving 987 applications this year. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.

To date, ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested $77 million in 256 creative placemaking projects across 187communities of all sizes, including 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Queen Muhammad Ali proposed “Manuia Samoa”, a solar powered Social Wellness Hub dedicated to the health, nutrition, and creativity of the people on the beautiful, but health epidemic stricken islands of American Samoa. Inspired by traditional Samoan interior design fused with Tsunami resistant eco-friendly contemporary architecture, the 20,000 sq ft social wellness hub will include three major components; art, health, and education.
“The National Grants Program is actively building a portfolio that reflects the full breadth of our country’s arts and cultural sector, as well as the community planning and development field,” said ArtPlace’s Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres.  “Knowing that these projects, and the hundreds of others who applied, are using arts and culture strategies to make the communities across this country healthier and stronger is inspirational.”

“We believe that these projects, when added to our tremendously strong portfolio of demonstration projects, will inspire, equip and connect members of the arts and culture field, the community planning and development field and those who are working to make healthy and equitable communities creatively across the country,” said ArtPlace America Executive Director Jamie Bennett.

The complete list of the 2017 finalists for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here.

Queen Muhammad Ali (right), American Samoa Gov Lolo Moliga (center), Flo Pereira (left)

About Queen Muhammad Ali

Queen Muhammad Ali is an award winning film director, multimedia artist/activist, public speaker, television and film producer. Before she began directing films, Queen worked as an elementary grade teacher for a private school in Southern California. Her interest in education led her to film-making. She has produced for MGM Television, Showtime, Univision Television, MTV, and VH1. Her work has also been featured in Ebony Magazine, LA Weekly, Huffington Post, KTLA Los Angeles, Washington Post, NY Times, Oprah Winfrey Network, and Yahoo! News.

Queen has traveled the world on various delegations and humanitarian projects and has spoken at several prestigious universities throughout the US. Not only has she been featured in countless national and international media outlets, she is also the recipient of several distinguished awards including a selected speaker at Doc Fortnight 2017: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film. A founding member of the nationally distributed magazine, Nation19, Queen published the magazine to educate youth on indigenous empowerment, archaeological research, art, anthropological correctness, Hip Hop culture and social change.

Queen’s name is not by accident. Her Great Grandfather is Paramount Chief Tuli Le’iato of American Samoa whose letters to President Kennedy are on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partner foundations, along with 8 federal agencies and 6 financial institutions, that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

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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!

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.

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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
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We Beg Your Pardon Ex President Obama.

As we watched the last two presidential terms fly by we reminisced on how we were so hype to see the first Black Man take the highest office of the United States of America. But something is troubling about the blatant disregard for issues that affect Black, Native people, Muslims and Immigrants. President Obama, being a former community organizer on the southside of Chicago with a beautiful black wife and daughters just seemed like the real CHANGE we all longed for. But increased killings of black youth by police during his watch and more cops were not charged although video evidence existed. What happened Obama? We can’t forget what you did to The Great Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who was referred to as the hope of Africa. How could all this happen…we don’t know but we are sure there is a hidden hand.

Below are a few people we hoped Obama had granted clemency, pardoned, or commuted because we are sure this will never happen under Trump.

Marcus Garvey

The iconic black nationalist and civil rights advocate died in 1940, but his son and several black activists have been in recent weeks urging Obama to issue a posthumous pardon for Garvey’s 1923 conviction for mail fraud, which they say was trumped up. “The point is the injustice has been allowed to sit for [almost] 100 years. It is a continuing injustice that needs to be corrected,” said his son Dr. Julius Garvey.


Mumia Abu-Jamal

Jamal had his death sentence for murdering a Philadelphia police officer commuted to a life sentence. But his supporters have always argued about the circumstances around his conviction, including whether there was sufficient evidence to prove he shot the officer, whether all potential witnesses testified and the racial makeup of the jury.
Abu-Jamal became a cause célèbre when he was facing execution and has even written books from prison.
Obama, however, does not have the authority to commute state convictions, according to the Department of Justice. Abu-Jamal would have to be pardoned by the governor or some other state panel.


Assata Shakur

Shakur was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper 43 years ago. Born Joanne Chesimard, she was a leader in the Black Liberation Army. Shakur was serving a life sentence when she escaped from a New Jersey prison 1979.
Activists such as Angela Davis have argued that Shakur was prosecuted “under highly questionable circumstances.” The National Lawyers Guild, which represented Shakur in her final trial said five members of the 15-person all-white jury had personal connections to state troopers.

“The judge cut funding for additional expert defense testimony after medical testimony demonstrated that Ms. Shakur—who had no gunpowder residues on her fingers, and whose fingerprints were not found on any weapon at the crime scene—was shot with her hands up and suffered injury to a critical nerve in her right arm, making it anatomically impossible for her to fire a weapon,” the National Lawyers Guild said in a statement on a now shuttered Change.org petition to pardon Shakur.


Leonard Peltier

Peltier is a Native American activist who has spent more than 40 years behind bars for killing two FBI agents during a shootout on a South Dakota reservation. He has maintained his innocence. After two other members of the American Indian Movement were acquitted of the killings, Peltier’s supporters believes others were coerced into testifying that Peltier was the shooter. They also say that ballistics evidence that would have cleared Peltier was withheld. “The only thing I’m guilty of is struggling for my people. I didn’t kill those agents,” Peltier said in an Amnesty International video.


Undocumented Immigrants / Muslims

Donald Trump has threatened to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall on the Mexican border and possibly force Muslims to join a registry. According to experts, Obama could pardon undocumented immigrants for a variety of crimes such as overstaying a visa and crossing the border illegally. The pardon would not grant undocumented immigrants citizenship, only Congress can do that, but it could help put them on a path to citizenship.


Ramsey Orta

Mr. Orta came to us at Nation19 Magazine to spread the word about his case…we did what we could on social media but Obama could have wiped it all away.
Here are the facts: Two years ago, Eric Garner died in Staten Island after officers wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold. The man who filmed the police killing of Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta, is now heading to jail for four years on unrelated charges—making him the only person at the scene of Garner’s killing who will serve jail time. The Police were never charged for Mr. Garner’s death. Orta took a plea deal on weapons and drug charges. He says he has been repeatedly arrested and harassed by cops since he filmed the fatal police chokehold nearly two years ago.


Bonus: Edward Snowden

Experts believe Obama could issue a pre-emptive pardon for Snowden as some have urged him to do for his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in case she is indicted for her e-mail scandal.

More than a million people signed a petition asking Obama to pardon the former NSA contractor who revealed a massive U.S. intelligence surveillance operation to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Swowden has been granted asylum in Russia and faces the death penalty if convicted of stealing government secrets. But in a letter to Obama seeking a pardon for Snowden, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, all said Snowden was a “human rights hero” who had acted “to hold governments to account when power is abused” by turning the information over to journalists.

“As you well know, Snowden disclosed information to journalists revealing that the NSA had overstepped U.S. statutes, the Constitution, and international law by engaging in widespread, warrantless surveillance. In response, we’ve seen a global debate that has changed government policies and profoundly affected how people think about personal privacy,” the three leaders wrote.


Hillary Clinton

Sike…just kidding. lol

#Bars4Justice doc highlighting hiphop activism and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri gets US and Canada distribution on 2 year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death

Hip Hop Association and Third World Newsreel (TWN) have secured US and Canada distribution rights to Directors Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq’s Award winning (#Bars4Justice) documentary short – A Film shot in Ferguson Missouri capturing a glimpse into the new civil rights movement through hiphop with Talib Kweli, Common, Cornell West.

Khaaliq shot the film in Ferguson Missouri during the one year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Mike Brown was an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Williams August 9th 2014. The film documents a benefit concert held in his commemoration orchestrated by Talib Kweli to raise money for Mike Brown’s Family. “We initially thought it would be a good idea just to capture such a great event, not knowing that it would later be produced as a film” said Khaaliq.

Roselly Torres, Director of marketing and distribution for Third World Newsreel said, “I’m so happy we found this film. TWN has been collaborating with Martha Diaz of the Hip Hop Association for many years to distribute social issue Hip-Hop media.” Khaaliq and Ali’s #Bars4Justice is a perfect fit with appearances by Academy Award winning hip hop artist/ actor Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, among many more. Some activists’ appearances include Cornell West, Bree Newsome, Rahiel Tesfamariam, Rev. Renita Lamkin, and Rabbi Susan Talve.

#Bars4Justice is set for release to the educational market in the US and Canada August 9th 2016, the 2nd year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Ali and Khaaliq aim to help educate and address injustices caused by a lack of representation in the justice system from the eye of their lens. “Both directors will be available for presentations along with their film, ” said Torres.

The film is financed by Nation19, YoSoy and with the participation of Co-producer Ronald Sims.

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#Bars4Justice WIKI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bars4justice

#Bars4Justice is available to educational Institutions here: http://twn.org/catalog/pages/cpage.aspx?rec=1443&card=price

Awards:
Winner Best Short Documentary at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) 
https://www.paff.org/films/bars4justice

Winner Audience Choice Award (Short Documentary) at the Uptown Short Film Festival

Screenings:
World Premiere October 1st 2015 Phoenix, AZ – 

NAACP Private screening October 5th 2015 

November 24th 2015 – Alloy Studios – Pittsburg, PA

Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)  February 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th 2016 – Rave Cinemas Los Angeles, CA

University of Arizona Tucson February 15th 2016

Arizona State University (ASU) February 26th 2016

Uptown Short Film Festival –  May 15th 2016 – Harlem, NY 

Allied Media Conference – June 18 2016 Detroit, Michigan (Wayne State University)

Mutianyu Art Gallery Bejing China – September 2016

Milwaukee Film Festival September – September 22th – October 6th 2016 

For further information contact or media inquiries:
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ROOTS is not the roots of black people (Snoop on Slavery movies)

So the lame people over at History Channel assembled a star studded cast (Forrest Whittaker, Lawrence Fishburn, T.I.) to regurgitate Alex Haley’s fairytale book and TV series Roots. But this time the people are boycotting this socially orchestrated tale of black suffering and white Masa’s sipping mint julep on the front porch. It’s interesting that History Channel has never created anything promoting black excellence before…why now…why this???

Let’s not forget Black Roots or Black History is actually endless and does not start when white folks stole us from Africa. Some of the roots of our past were found in Ethiopia dating back 3.2 Million years by Dr. Donald Johnson. This planet is scattered with the remains of the Nubian Dynasties of upper and lower Egypt, Mali, Timbuktu, Olmec, Pacific Islands, Moors, Asia and the other great and marvelous civilizations developed, engineered by very, very dark skinned people. (Not just African)

No slaves came from Africa. European Slave traders kidnaped farmers, architects, scientist, healers, astronomers, mothers, children, fathers. We were not slaves. Our Roots are the blackness of space and the universe it self…all life comes from darkness.


Here is what Snoop had to say about Roots.

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How to Race Bait…or Race Baiting 101.

Race Baiting 101

It’s called Race Baiting when people who are not Caucasian speak about the atrocities, and social engineering that were done to them by Europeans. This cry of Race Baiting is predominately distributed by whites in America, or the people who are are afraid of messing with the status quo. Instead of acknowledging those wrongs that plague those communities and Nations till today and working to correct the wrongs the oppressors descendants (not all of them) try to suppress this information by engaging in useless word play, soulless patriotism and Semantics.

The disproportionate killings of unarmed black people by police, criminalization of black and brown men, lack of access to fair and equitable education—those aren’t the problem. Nation19 is.

Unlike other media outlets we have NO advertisers or GRANTS dictating our agenda. We are independent. We travel, research, document, distribute the truth from all over the planet.
#APDTA #Nation19 #Truth

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#1 Denver Hip Hop Radio icon DJ Chonz exits KS1075fm to pursue the things that matter the most!

May 2, 2016 (DENVER) — After nearly 15 years Mario Rodriguez, best known as DJ Chonz, exits (KS-1075) KQKS Denver and continues marketing and music under DJ Chonz and Radio Bums. He will continue his long established pursuits in Colorado making and advising on music and hip hop genre influencers across the nation, as well pursue new interest as a communications director for longtime friend, Arn Menconi.

DJ Chonz aka Mario Rodriguez wearing the "Ovni" T-shirt designed by Nation19/APDTA
DJ Chonz aka Mario Rodriguez wearing the “Ovni” T-shirt designed by Nation19/APDTA

The Denver native worked his way through the ranks from an underground Hip-Hop show on Sunday nights to become one of Denver’s best known hip-hop DJ’s. He climbed his way from the underground, to obtaining weekend shifts as a mixer on Saturdays and Sundays to becoming the first mixer to DJ live daily on commercial radio at 5pm. Chonz severed as co-host for nearly a decade until he became the main host 4 years ago heading the helm of the 3-7pm time slot.

Chonz leaves the station on a high note as station KQKS in afternoons reached #1 according to Nielsen Arbitron ratings in the Denver market in his demographics for 18-34 adults for March 2016. A Denver native from Denver’s north side, Chonz was known on air not only for his DJ skills yet for his charismatic attributes of being a Denver native talking to his fellow native audience. He opened the doors for many DJs to be heard commercially on radio such as DJ Bedz, DJ Sabotage, DJ Staxx, KDJ Above and many more.

Under the DJ Chonz and Radio Bums brands, he will continue to DJ corporate and nightlife events along with working with his existing clients at Radio Bums Marketing. DJ Chonz was named Top 25 young professionals for 2015 from Colorado Biz Magazine, Chonz exclaims his gratitude to the Denver listeners from allowing him to be a part of their lives daily for so many years. “They watched me grow from a young kid to a young man with a family, I am grateful for that.” Chonz notes if the opportunity arises to do radio again he will consider it time permitting. 
Information on his latest interests and for bookings please go towww.djchonz.com or e.mail booking@djchonz.com

Chonz involvement in the community has always been his passion –
from re-creating block parties in the Five Points area to helping other DJ’s become better known to sponsoring B-boy events in Denver as young people assembled in Denver for world qualifiers. He and his brother Delfino Rodriguez received a Proclamation from the City and County of Denver for Hip-Hop week because of their dedication. He has consistently volunteered his services from DJing and speaking engagements at youth centers, middle schools and high schools. This will be his third year giving out the DJ Chonz scholarship to CU Denver LYNX Summer Arts Camp – For more info click.

Given his passion for his community and helping others seek their voice, when the opportunity arose to take a position as Communication Director for longtime friend and U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi, he took advantage of the new endeavor. Chonz states “I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to help my friend Arn get elected to fight for the young people of the world. He’s served youth all over the nation for two decades, now we need to get this movement into the U.S. Senate.”

“Chonz is a visionary and leader in communications from the heart to the masses of voices many thought could never be heard. I’m humbled to have his thought leadership to make a difference for the people not power elites” said Menconi.
(repost from www.djchonz.com)

 

Prince’s death is way too strange!

Today April 21, 2016 Prince passes away at 57 years old. To us Prince’s sudden death is a little strange? A talented freedom fighter and another “King” not of pop, but of the arts who stood for black independence and fought against black injustices. In 2014 Prince regained ownership of his catalog from Warner Bro Records similar to Michael Jacksons Independence and ownership of Sony. He also left ASCAP four years ago and said he is no longer beholden to the performing rights organization — allowing him to act more boldly on these issues than artists who may still be under contract. In 2015 he unveiled his protest song “Baltimore” addressing the injustices of police violence, brutality, and killing of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots in the Maryland city. He stated that black people should own their own police departments. In 2009 he addressed the ongoing spraying (Chem trails) of predominantly black and poor communities and how they affect us all in his song entitled “Dreamer”.

“Oh, well, when I saw the “State of the Black Union,” Dick Gregory really moved me and a lot of my friends. I show it to everybody who comes over the house, especially White folks, because they need to hear that, so that they know more about all of us. Because what he said affects all of us.

He said something that really hit home about this phenomena of chem trails and when I was a kid, I used to see these trails in the sky all the time and I’d say, “Oh, that’s cool – a jet just went over.” And then you started to see a whole bunch of them and the next you know, everybody in your neighborhood was fighting and arguing and you didn’t know why, okay?

And you really didn’t know why. I mean, everybody was fighting. So he started riffing about the chem trails and he started to say things that hit home so hard, and I would recommend that everybody try to get what he said online or wherever, and try to get a copy of it and just listen to it, because I was so moved that I had to write the song”.

Prince


“Dreamer” Lyrics

I was born, raised on a slave plantation
In the United States, of the red, white and blue
Never knew that I was different, till Dr. King was on a balcony
Lyin’ in a bloody pool
I expected so much more from a loving
A loving, loving society
A truthful explanation, you know what
I got another, another conspiracy

If it was just a dream, listen, call me, call me a dreamer too

With more rewards and accolades, then anyone before or after
21st century, oh what a shame, what a shame
Race, race still matters
A race to what, and where we going
We in the same boat, but I’m the only one rowing

Last time I checked, you were sleeping, but you can call me a dreamer too
(What’s up with this)

Peanut butter logic, served on a bed of lies
Don’t go down too easy, when you’ve seen your father cry
Have you ever clutched the steering wheel in your car too tight
Praying that police sirens just pass you by that night
While the helicopter circles us, this theory’s getting deep
Think they’re spraying chemicals over the city
While we sleep

Come on, I’m staying awake
you can call me a dreamer too
(Ahhh, I got one eye open for these devils)

(Wake up, wake up)

(I pledge allegiance, to..)


Nation19 also addressed these “Chemtrails” in an article which can be found in our printed edition entitled “Lil’ Chem“. See full article below:
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While you may be listening to Beyoncé, watching Nikki, or following the latest thing the
Kardashians are wearing… or not wearing, you are being sprayed by Lil Chem. No this is
not the rapper Lil Kim…

Better known as Chemtrails (Chemical trails) or Geo-Engineering, these are  white trails left by aircraft with a toxic bath of sub-micron metals, chemicals, and biological agents deliberately
sprayed in your neighborhood at high altitudes that persist for hours and that, with their criss-
cross, grid-like or parallel stripe patterns, eventually blend to form large clouds.

What the @#$%! are they spraying?

What is Lil Chem made of?

Aluminum
Arsenic
Barium salts
Cadium
Desiccated human blood cells
Ethylene
Lead
Lithium
Magnesium
Manganese
Mercury

Lil Chem’s top 9 promoters:

1. Originally, the US Air force (1996) declared to own the weather by 2025, but Evelyn Rothschild and others have taken a big nip of that ownership already.

2. E.L. Rothschild LLC, a private investment company led by Chairman Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and CEO Lynn Forester de Rothschild, announced  on January 31, 2011 the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire a 70% interest in Weather Central, LP, the world’s leading provider of interactive weather graphics and data services for television, web, and mobile.

Rothschild is Lil Chem’s (chemtrails) top promoter as a major holder (along with his banks) in Defense contractors “Raytheon” and Lockheed Martin. Ever since both of these private defense contractors have been patenting weather modification, the “forecasts” we see on the news are more or less the “scheduled” weather.

3. Philip Lader (CFR-member) is a key promoter. In addition to running the Public Relations for Evergreen International Aviation (aluminum chemtrail sprayer – free to fly anywhere at any time in the US)… Lader is a director of UC Rusal, the largest Aluminum producer in the world.  Nathaniel Rothschild is a big UC Rusal investor.

4. The Royal Society of London: This includes decision makers in Westminster and Whitehall; business leaders; research funders and bodies such as the European Commission, OECD, World Bank and UN agencies“.

5. Bill Gates has funded Lil Chem with millions of dollars and is a proud advocate for geoengineering.

6. The Rockefellers play a significant role with Lil Chem: “Indeed, the Rockefeller Foundation alone
are major players behind the anthropogenic global warming “activism” and propaganda” says Prof. James Tracy of Global Research. And in 2009, John D. Rockefeller IV read a bill in the US Senate to legalize Lil chem. What thereafter happened to the bill is unclear.

7. The US government is an avid Lil Chem promoter. In fact, Lil Chem has support from the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. intelligence community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, and the Department of Energy. The approximate start date for the project was March 2013; it is to last 10 years.

8. China is also in on Lil Chem’s promotions. Within five years, China intends to use a dubious geo-engineering technology known as ‘cloud seeding’ to induce more than 60 billion cubic meters of additional rain each year, its government said in January. This involves rocket-launching chemicals such as silver iodide into the clouds to allegedly boost rainfall.

9. Russia has been pressing for Lil Chem’s (chemtrails) recognition since 2013– but it is to
remain a “secret”.

Lil Chem on tour?

She is on tour and being sprayed in all 50 U. S. States, and ALL NATO countries are now being
sprayed.

What is Lil Chem doing to us?

Short Term Effects of Chemtrails:
Allergies, Asthma, Flu-like symptoms, Headaches, Heat flashes, Metallic taste in mouth, Nausea and
Vomiting, Nose bleeds, Respiratory problems, Short term memory loss, Suicidal thoughts, and many other symptoms.

Long Term Effects of Chemtrails:

Acid Reflux, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Alzheimers, Aluminum build up in Pineal Gland, Autism, Blood in the Urine, Cancer Depression, Heart Disease, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Insomnia, Learning Disabilities, Lung disease, Lupus Erythematosus, Multiple Sclerosis Parkinson’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tinnitus (ringing in the ears – 700 million cases of Tinnitus reported worldwide) and many other symptoms.


This leads to the question again, was Prince’s death mysterious? Can a flu really kill you or even last for 3 weeks? Was he speaking out too much like Michael Jackson did before his death? Comment and let us know what you think.

How to travel in one of the most dangerous cities in the world and still be fresh.

Colombia is known as the 5th most dangerous country on earth, and Bogotá the capital of the country is labeled one of the most dangerous cities in the world. When you think of Colombia, few people relate the country to coffee, and Chocolate (cacao) but rather drugs, Pablo Escobar, murders, cartel, etc. On the contrary, Bogotá is full of people just like any city and/or state in America, where the rich live in the North and the poor live in the South. One of the differences in these poor areas is that everyone has a business whether it be a makeshift art gallery made from chalk on the ground in the middle of the street to upscale chic local restaurants. Nation19 was in Bogota, Colombia, Medellín, Cartagena and the Caribbean Island of Tierra Bomba shooting the documentary film #WarOnUs with grammy award winner Che Rhymefest Smith (Donda’s House) and speaker Jasiri Smith. The film Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq was screened at the UNGASS2016 a special session of the United Nations to discuss the War on Drugs. The UN gathering on this subject was the first in 20 years.

When we were in Colombia we had to sneak away to keep you up on game to whats really real. One of the similarities to America however is that Colombia is a Capitalist run country. With that being said I would say Bogota, Colombia is like a more tropical Harlem Newyork. Below are some of the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects we found out in Bogota Colombia:

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Nation19 CEO and Director Queen Muhammad Ali interviewing Rey Garcia and Chu Cho Bedoya in front of Culture Shock Colombia. Photos by #WaronUs Director Hakeem Khaaliq

Good: You don’t need to be scared to come to Bogota because of the “zika” virus. If you didn’t know, that is a propaganda scare tactic to get people to run and volunteer to be lab rats for the latest vaccination experiment which by the way actually has the virus in it…

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Good: The fruit here in Bogota, Colombia is the best! Its actually like crack lol I wonder if that was the real drug that they found out here lol.
[Bonus] The Fish: Below is a picture of fresh Filet of Bass which looked so good we turned pescatarian for about a week. We made sure that nothing was Tilapia, Catfish or from the Pacific Ocean thanks to our translator and assistant producer, Shahida Muhammad,
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Bad: Not really bad, but bad for you if you don’t speak any Spanish at all. Spanish is the major language spoken here. You will find some english speaking people working at hotels, but very rarely if at all will you find people on the streets that speak English. I suggest traveling with someone who knows the language, or bust out rosetta stone and learn before your trip. You can learn the basics of spanish in about 3 months.

Ugly: The people in Bogota are nice, but as I mentioned it is similar to newyork. Its a big city full of sky scrapers, lots of foot traffic, vehicle traffic, and bumpy roads. So getting around could be tedius if you don’t speak the language. I suggest not taking a taxi. Take a taxi only if its registered (booked directly from the hotel or airport). Most museums in the city are near each other and in walking distance. If you are able to get around by foot, it would be the most convenient and safest along with taking the bus.

Good: There are plenty of vendors down town to get gifts for friends and family.

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Homeless man sleeps in Central Bogotá with amazing Street Art in the background.

Bad: Although the people are nice, there is much oppression on the poor in the city. Average monthly income is about $200 a month. In some of the poor areas, petty theft is common especially cell phones. Phones are commonly stolen to resale for cash. So limit your selfie game in poor areas lol,

Good: This is a city full of art and culture. The art displayed all over town through gigantic murals to Graffiti art are heavily influenced by hiphop. There is even a huge mural of Asada Shakur right down town. Art is expressed freely throughout the town. We were told it is the news of the people. Not from mass media. So, much of the art displayed are also political statements.

Good: Many of the bad aspects of the city can be avoided with common sense.

The Oscars are wack and lacks diversity but that’s a good thing. Here is why.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), lacks diversity and yes the #Oscarsarewack but that could be a good thing for Film makers, Actors, Actresses, Producers and Directors of Color. Here is why.

People of Color make up 37% of the U.S population, but purchased 46% of movie tickets(Washington Post 12/15/2015) That statistic alone proves that Movies showing diverse cast and crew are big business. This is another wake up call to establish and support institutions that promote and honor black films and the people in front and behind the cameras.

Boycotting the Oscars is not going to change anything, Establishing our own institutions will. Who in the heck is Oscar anyway…lol.

Nation19 is honored to be selected to screen our independently produced film #Bars4Justice at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which runs from February 4th – 15th 2016 in Los Angeles. The Festival was founded by actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover, Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times), and Ayuko Babu.
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Established in 1992 the festival honors filmmakers from all over the world and showcases the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. Last year they even held a workshop / panel with Denzel Washington! The Pan African Film Festival is the longest running event during black history and is the largest film festival in the US.

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Denzel Washing teaches a panel discussion at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival in 2015.

The Oscars are wack! Support and build your own reality. If you are in LA check out the Pan African Film Festival and hang out with us!

#bars4Justice (screenings):
Mon, Feb 8
@1:25PM
Thu, Feb 11@6:15PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Sat, Feb 13@10:50PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Cinemas 15
3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard 90008
323 290.6636
Map to theatre

Oh, here is the trailer to our film its really dope!

A hip hop activist gives more than his talent when he comes face to face with the justice system in Ferguson Missouri. Narrated by Jasiri X with appearances by Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome.
Written, Directed, Edited, and Produced by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq, Co-Produced by Ronald Sims and Steve Powell Narrated by Jasiri X, Re-Recording Mixer Steve Harrison (The Audio Suite) Music by Michael Muhammad, Jorge Méndez, Jahsua, and Jasiri X Filmed on location in St Louis and Ferguson Missouri on August 9 -10th 2015. Trailer edited by Queen Muhammad Ali