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
IG: https://www.instagram.com/namyalus/

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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.

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

 

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

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!

 

DGA

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

 

UofA

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)
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SD2016

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Photo by Kershon Xavier

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


ASU

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.

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

ASU

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
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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.


NAU

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
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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
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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


DocuTIFF

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


Reach!!!!

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


APDTA!!!

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
Press:

13 standout moments from the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival

http://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/09/21/those-hip-hop-guys-guide-2016-milwaukee-film-fest/90804134/


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.
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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.


CSULB

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

 

MoMA

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!
Press:
School of Visual Art
http://www.sva.edu/features/how-momas-2017-doc-fortnight-speaks-to-our-current-times
Jet Magazine

Black Filmmakers, Musicians Center MoMa Series

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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.

 
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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).
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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
Population
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
Population
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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

#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 

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Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards may offend some people.

In case you missed it, Jesse Williams dropped so many gems in his acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards. “If you have no interest in equal rights for Black people then do not make suggestions to those that do, sit down” said Williams.

Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been very vocal about social injustices against the Black community. In his recent interview with The Guardian he speaks about his childhood “My parents were both activists and I really connected to the social justice movement. Growing up in Chicago, that was a big part of the community that we were in and the people that were in our house,” he says. “I also lived below the poverty line for my entire childhood.”

He also spoke on his Biracial look “To some people I might be a celebrity because I’m physically attractive. We are programmed to believe that someone is attractive because they told you that blue eyes are hot. I am not going to participate in that shit,” he says. “I aim to do what I can with what I have. And I have my [looks] – you know, European beauty standards give me access to things.”

Watch what he said at the BET awards here:

 

 

 

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.

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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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