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Black Man, Black Woman...
who’s really head of household?
FEATURES 18 Leaving a Legacy 19 Young Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow
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Dr. Ray Hagins in Afrika “Khufu’s Boat or Noah’s Arc... Fact or Fiction”? Maat-Hotep in the name of the One, True and Living God, Who is the Creator and Sustainer of all life. One of the greatest joys that a teacher/spiritual leader can have is a congregation who is excited, motivated, and inspired as a result of learning and growing in the Truth. The members of The Afrikan Village & Cultural Center have manifested great zeal for the things of God and the spirit of our Ancestors. Every week we have been blessed by the testimonies of others from all over the world about how the Spirit of God has “reached out” to them via the various auxiliaries in our organization. The growth of this ministry has been phenomenal and it is continuously growing each week. The Spirit of God and our Ancestors has definitely been moving 14 within the members of The Afrikan Village & Cultural Center. All praise be to God, Who, alone is worthy of our praise.
One of the things that I am most excited about is the conscious awareness that our members have about the need to rescue our people from the Satanic assignment placed upon them to be mislead, dysfunctional and unproductive. God has blessed us to be focused on reaching our people with the message of Afrikan liberation, and not on carrying out a program of religious mentacide, brainwashing or indoctrination (as prescribed by the powers that be).
IN AMERICA Helping Afrikans to begin to examine our inner self, and to identify and dispel those characteristics that are foreign to us and inhibits our spiritual and personal growth and empowerment.
We have adopted a motto that states, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The Creator has given me to know that S/He wants The Afrikan Village Family to be sincerely interested in the growth and development of His/Her people. Through this example, many who have been bound by the chains of “ecclesiastical slave masters” will realize that whom the Creator sets free (liberates) is truly free. Sa Ra Ankh Hotep Maakheru Setp En Ra The balancing of the land lies in Maat: Truth, Justice and Righteousness. Do Maat and live!
God has evidently set a divine approval upon our ministry; therefore, as we stay focused on our mission, the lives of thousands of people will be transformed and enhanced through this ministry. As I have said previously, “Everyone who is a member of this ministry will be blessed in a great way.” In closing, I invite you to become a member of the Afrikan Village & Cultural Canter and become a vital part of the movement of healing, resurrecting and empowering our Afrikan people throughout the Diaspora. Simply print out the Membership Enrollment form on the “Become A Member” page and mail it in. Continued blessings, peace and prosperity in your life. I look forward to hearing from you. May the peace of God and the guidance of our Ancestors be with you always. Maat-Hotep, Dr. Ray Hagins
ome 8 percent of black men in the US have lost their jobs since November 2007, according to a recent study. By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer, Yvonne Zipp, Correspondent. At a time when America has elected its first black president, more AfricanAmerican men are losing jobs than at any time since World War II. No group has been hit harder by the downturn. Employment among black men has fallen 7.8 percent since November of 2007, according to a report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. The trend is intimately tied to education, the report’s authors say. Black women – who are twice as likely as black men to go to college – have faced no net job losses. By contrast, black men are disproportionately employed in those blue-collar jobs that have been most highly affected – think third shifts at rural manufacturing plants. It threatens to add to the difficulties of vulnerable families in a community already beset by high incarceration rates and low graduation numbers. continued on page 28
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Raymond Carter, with the Metro Tribune....
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LEAVING A LEGACY To know events, date, times or personalities in history, is knowledge. But to apply same in problem-solving, in facing the
Prof. Dagogo M.J. Fubara labo Prof. Dagogo M.J. Fubara, Dappaye-Amakiri XVII, was born in Opobo Town, Rivers State. He attended Government College Umuahia (1952-1959) ending up as College Prefect, House Captain for three years, and Company Sergeant Major of the Nigerian Cadet Force. As Shell BP Scholar, he became the first person of African descent to obtain Ph.D. in Geodesy, (1969), and Professor of Geodesy (1976). His work experience began in the Exploration Division of Shell BP. He served as a Consultant to NASA on the application of Satellite Geodesy to Earth and Ocean Physics, and Geodetic Calibration of the Sky lab Altimeter for earth gravity field modeling and ocean dynamics/atmospheric interactions. He helped to produce the Nigerian National Policy on Science and Technology and is now Coordinator of the NASA/NASDRA Geohazard and Crustal Dynamics Research Collaboration. He served as Director of the Institute of Geosciences & Space Technology and Dean Faculty of Environmental Sciences and is a life member of American Geophysical Union. He is Chairman/ CEO of Kariala Konsult Nig. Ltd., and the member in charge of the Energy and Environment Committee of The Rivers State Economic Advisory Council. He currently also sits as Chairman of TECHDEV ENERGY PLC, an EPC, Oil and Gas Technology Services and Industrial Park Promotion Company. But the majority of people with fully active sensory organs either did not learn, or failed to apply their knowledge for their benefit and the good of society. For knowledge should transcend the mere acquisition of information or awareness gotten from study
challenges of the present and predicting or preparing for the future, is much more important and useful. Thus learning must be a combination of knowledge and wisdom; the acquisition and strategic application of knowledge. Those who left legacies learned; they acquired knowledge and applied it constructively. Labour is a natural and necessary activity of man to ensure his survival; the deliberate toiling; physical, mental exertion aimed at sustenance of man, his environment, and society. But labour that serves only the need or interest of the labourer exclusively cannot be a labour of love. Labour must serve the interest of others, in addition to self, or be totally selfless. To love is to yield, to sacrifice; to give, at a cost to self, to put another or others first. Heroes love. So do legends. They are propelled by a burning desire to serve the interest of others, of society, of humanity; of the hurting, the dispossessed, the oppressed, the weak, the disadvantaged. Their labour is the output, the outpouring of the passion and compassion that lie deep within their hearts, wellsprings of love, of affection. Legacy is a footprint, a bequeathal, something passed on to generations. Many labour even at the expense and hurt of others to leave a legacy of material possessions for their next generation. Others were wise enough to understand that a good name is far more important bequeathal than silver and gold. For, worthy successors are made in the mind. Wealth may be easily squandered by a succeeding generation who may not feel that there is need to work. continued on page 20
or experience. Knowledge devoid of wisdom is dysfunctional, for wisdom is the ability to make sound judgment; to discern, based on acquired knowledge. It is the strategic application of knowledge. Thus wisdom should be the purpose of knowledge; otherwise it becomes mere fact-file or rote learning.
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LEAVING A LEGACY ...continued
WHO ARE OUR CHILDREN’S ROLE MODELS? Are we grooming future professionals... doctors, lawyers, inventors, business owners, etc.,
o bequeath a good name places a challenge to the coming
or are we leaving these gifts to a
generation to improve on what they met. To bequeath both good
system that is not designed for the
name and material possession to a generation willing and capable
development of a people of divine
of sustaining and building on them is an uncommon accom-
resources and power.
plishment. Ideally, true legacy should be a positive act for which one is remembered; an exceptional, uncommon example worthy
Let’s stop talking about
what our children are
Thus, if we seek to be remembered we must live, learn, labor,
doing wrong , step up to
love and leave a legacy. These are the factors that have defined the
the plate and take respon-
lives of remarkable great men and women. They are the condi-
sibility for our own. Let’s
ments of heroism, the components of true legendary.
redirect their focus by
Live, learn, labor, love, leave a legacy. This is the way of the bold,
giving them a foundation,
the beautiful, the bright, the brilliant, the benevolent, the brave,
and the tools to be productive citizens, and successful leaders.
the blessed, the beloved, the best, the blazer, the biggest; people who stand out as the benchmark of heroism, their lifetime and
Let’s start with self! If we are
accomplishments exalt humanity, edify the soul and provide
righteous role models, we can
us with parameters to judge ourselves, and they shine forth
produce righteous generations to
as remarkable specimens of perfect personages, as paragons of
virtue. Their sacrifices sustain our spirits, our souls, and bequeath us bounteous benefits. They clothe our shame, soothe our pains, and illuminate the darkness that envelops our lives. They bloom and blossom in our memories for they are for us refreshing aftertastes that linger in a bitter, unfair and unjust world. For our
Let’s be our children’s role
today, they gave their yesterday.
models and leave them a legacy that will empower them, a legacy they in turn can leave to their children. continued on page 22
FEATURE CAN WE ENSURE OURSELVES A LEGACY TO LEAVE?
THERE IS A PLAN IN MOTION, AND IT IS NOTHING NEW
Did you know genocide is alive and well here in Georgia?
Is the Afrikan contributing to their own extinction? Are they allowing themselves to be “played”? Are they that ignorant?
hat is the message found on The Georgia Guidestones? What is
Does having a job, car, and house make everything OK?
the plan of the “guides”? If you read occultic literature, you will
...I THINK NOT!!!
soon find that those who worship Lucifer today refer to a “Hier-
Time to wake up, been sleep too long
archy” that guides both their actions and the affairs of the world.
Did you know...
Who are the “Hierarchy”? The Lucis Trust, formerly The Lucifer Publishing Company, recently sent a letter to their supporters
MARGARET SANGER (1879 - 1966) WAS THE FOUNDER
stating, “The spiritual Hierarchy makes definite use of the twelve
OF THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION
spiritual Festival periods. We can learn to cooperate with the
OF AMERICA (PPFA) AND THE INTERNATIONAL
members of the Hierarchy as they work to bring the divine Plan
PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION (IPPF). AS
to the attention of men and women of goodwill and spiritual
AN ACTIVIST IN THE BIRTH-CONTROL AND POPU-
aspiration everywhere throughout the world. The idea of spiritual
LATION-CONTROL MOVEMENTS, SHE WAS ONE OF
approach - of Hierarchy to humanity and humanity to Hierarchy
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FIGURES OF THE TWENTI-
- is the primary principle underlying meditation ...understanding
of how the spiritual energies which flow through each zodiacal sign can illumine and inspire right human relations.”
MANY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED CONCERN-
The ancient Druids were members of an occultic religion; the
ING HER REAL VIEWS ON EUGENICS, RACE, AND
circle of monuments at Stonehenge in England is occultic; and
HUMAN RIGHTS, AND IT IS HARD TO SEPARATE
the message engraved on the American Stonehenge in Elberton
THE FACTS FROM FICTION. THE INFORMATION
is occultic. Yoko Ono is the widow of John Lennon, a man who
PRESENTED HERE IS DRAWN DIRECTLY FROM HER
was deeply involved in the occult. Yoko Ono has written a musi-
WRITINGS, WITH REFERENCES.
cal score with three movements dedicated to the message of The Georgia Guidestones. She was recently quoted as saying, “I want
SANGER’S OBSESSION WITH EUGENICS AND RACISM
people to know about the stones ...We’re headed toward a world
WAS CLEARLY PRESENTED IN HER INVOLVEMENT OF
where we might blow ourselves up and maybe the globe will
PLANNING THE FIRST WORLD POPULATION CON-
not exist ... it’s a nice time to reaffirm ourselves, knowing all the
FERENCE WHICH TOOK PLACE IN GENEVA IN 1926.
beautiful things that are in this country, and The Georgia Stones
SHE WAS NOT MENTIONED ON THE ACTUAL PRO-
GRAM, BUT INSTEAD WORKED BEHIND THE SCENES
What is the message to modern-day man which is engraved on
AND INITIATED THE “NEGRO PROJECT” IN 1939.
the great stone pillars of the Druid-like monument in Elberton? The first of the “guides” reads: “Maintain humanity under
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE “PROJECT” WAS TO INFIL-
500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature. (This-Ed.) Means
TRATE THE BLACK COMMUNITY BY PRESENTING
the entire human race at its climax level for permanent balance
BIRTH CONTROL AS A HEALTH OPTION FOR WOM-
EN TO KILL OFF THE BLACK RACE, KILL THEM OFF
FEATURE BY LIMITING THE GROWTH OF THE POPULATION BY ABORTION AND STERILIZATION. THEY KNEW THAT SOME BLACKS WOULD FIGURE OUT THEIR SINISTER PLOT SO IT WAS DECIDED BY SANGER TO TAKE THE PLAN TO THE CLERGY AND
WHO WILL WE LEAVE OUR LEGACY TO? There have been many cases where the judicial system has taken a life of an Afrikan in America by the hands of the powers that be.
CHARISMATIC MEMBERS THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO HAVE THEM DELIVER THE DEATH MESSAGE TO
Did you know...
THEIR CONGREGATIONS. IN A LETTER TO DR. CLARENCE GAMBLE SANGER STATED, “WE SHOULD HIRE THREE OR FOUR COLORED MINISTERS, PREFERABLY WITH SOCIALSERVICE BACKGROUNDS, AND WITH ENGAGING PERSONALITIES. THE MOST SUCCESSFUL EDUCATIONAL APPROACH TO THE NEGRO IS THROUGH A RELIGIOUS APPEAL. WE DON’T WANT THE WORD TO GO OUT THAT WE WANT TO EXTERMINATE THE NEGRO POPULATION. AND THE MINISTER IS THE MAN WHO CAN STRAIGHTEN OUT THAT IDEA IF IT EVER OCCURS TO ANY OF THEIR MORE REBELLIOUS MEMBERS.” Notice that Sanger said the ministers should be “hired.” There are many black ministers today who support abortion--most of them still receive money from Planned Parenthood. Many have sold their souls for “30 pieces of silver.” The true definition of Ignorance is: To willfully surrender ones power. Afrikans are by divine design the most powerful people on the planet. That power has been surrendered in exchange for a European lifestyle, which is based on a monetary system.
He was only 14 yrs. 6mos. and 5 days old --- and the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century George Junius Stinney, Jr., [b. 1929 - d. 1944] In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5’ 1” and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die. Now, a community activist is fighting to clear Stinney’s name, saying the young boy couldn’t have killed two girls. George
If Afrikans are to regain their power, they must use this same
Frierson, a school board member and textile inspector, believes
monetary system and patron each other. Then, and only then,
Stinney’s confession was coerced, and that his execution was just
will the Afrikan, once again, sit in their rightful places as
another injustice blacks suffered in Southern courtrooms in the
Kings and Queens!
first half of the 1900s. In a couple of cases like Stinney’s, petitions are being made before parole boards and courts are being asked to overturn
continued on page 24
FEATURE decisions made when society’s thumb was weighing the scales of
there is only his word — no written record of the confession
justice against blacks. These requests are buoyed for the first time
has been found. A lawyer helping Frierson with the case figures
in generations by money, college degrees and sometimes clout.
threats of mob violence and not being able to see his parents
“I hope we see more cases like this because it help brings a sense
rattled the seventh- grader.
of closure. It’s symbolic,” said Howard University law professor
Attorney Steve McKenzie said he has even heard one account
Frank Wu. “It’s not just important for the individuals and their
that says detectives offered the boy ice cream once they were
families. It’s important for the entire community. Not just for
African Americans, but for whites and for our democracy as a
“You’ve got to know he was going to say whatever they wanted
whole. What these cases show is that it is possible to achieve
him to say,” McKenzie said.
The court appointed Stinney an attorney — a tax commis-
Some have already achieved justice. Earlier this year, syndicated
sioner preparing for a Statehouse run. In all, the trial — from
radio host Tom Joyner successfully won a posthumous pardon
jury selection to a sentence of death — lasted one day. Records
for two great uncles who were executed in South Carolina.
indicate 1,000 people crammed the courthouse. Blacks weren’t
A few years ago Lena Baker, a black Georgia maid sent to the
electric chair for killing a white man, received a pardon after
The defense called no witnesses and never filed an appeal. No
her family pointed out she likely killed the man because he was
one challenged the sheriff’s recollection of the confession.
holding her against her will.
“As an attorney, it just kind of haunted me, just the way the
In the Stinney case, supporters want the state to admit that
judicial system worked to this boy’s disadvantage or disfavor. It
officials executed the wrong person in June 1944.
did not protect him,” said McKenzie, who is preparing court
Stinney was accused of killing two white girls, 11 year old Betty
papers to ask a judge to reopen the case.
June Binnicker and 8 year old
Stinney’s official court record contains less than two dozen pages,
Mary Emma Thames, by beating them with a railroad spike then
several of them arrest warrants. There is no transcript of the trial.
dragging their bodies to a ditch near Acolu, about five miles
The lack of records, while not unusual, makes it harder for
from Manning in central South Carolina. The girls were found a
people trying to get these old convictions overturned, Wu said.
day after they disappeared following a massive manhunt. Stinney
But these old cases also can have a common thread.
was arrested a few hours later, white men in suits taking him
“Some of these cases are so egregious, so extreme that when you
away. Because of the risk of a lynching, Stinney was kept at a jail
look at it, the prosecution really has no case either,” Wu said. “It’s
50 miles away in Columbia.
apparent from what you can see that someone was railroaded.”
Stinney’s father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired im-
And sometimes, police under pressure by frightened citizens
mediately and ordered to leave his home and the sawmill where
jumped to conclusions rather than conducting a thorough
he worked. His family was told to leave town prior to the trial to
investigation, Wu said.
avoid further retribution. An atmosphere of lynch mob hysteria hung over the courthouse. Without family visits, the 14 year old
Bluffton Today - ‘Crusaders look to right Jim Crow justice
had to endure the trial and death alone.
wrongs’ by Jeffrey Collins
Frierson hasn’t been able to get the case out of his head since,
Photo: South Carolina Department of Archives and History
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...continued these relatively well paid posts, suggests Terry Getter, an unemployed accountant waiting in line at the Atlanta unemployment office. But they are now feeling the consequences of not continuing their education. African-American women have fared better in the downturn, says Sum. That may be partly because of their higher levels of education. In a departure from the trends of the past two recessions, those who have lost their jobs in this one “overwhelmingly ... had 12 or less years of school,” he adds. Correspondingly, his data suggest that, as of January, about 120 African-American women were employed for every 100 African-American men. “The current size of the overall gap in employment between black women and black men is historically unprecedented, and black Americans are the only group for whom the gender employment gap is in favor of women,” the report notes. As a result, the onus for the community’s well-being has fallen primarily on women, adding more burdens to a group that, historically, has upheld the black family, says Sheri Parks, author of the upcoming book “Fierce Angels” about the role of strong black women in American culture. Part of the reason, she says, is that black communities have historically protected young men and expected more of young women, particularly when it comes to schooling. “If you’re a black woman, you don’t have to convince someone that you’re strong and nurturing and able to do almost anything – it’s almost a brand,” says Ms. Parks. “The prevalent image of a black man is what we call hyper-masculine and often idealized, but not necessarily in the workplace.” This means black women also tend to enter their job hunt with a greater sense of urgency, says Tim Ready, director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. “Women are more likely to take whatever jobs are necessary because they end up being the primary caretakers for kids,” he says. “They have no choice.” At a time when Mr. Obama’s election has encouraged a debate about what race means in modern America, the job-loss figures reveal enduring problems that remain unaddressed, say some. “When we say ‘postracial,’ we focus a lot on ideas, attitudes, and identity and not on outcomes: jobs, wages, and those things,” says Steven Pitts, a policy analyst with the Center for Labor Research and Education in Berkeley, Calif. “It’s important to look at the question of how we are passing out resources, jobs, education, wages, and wealth. That’s how you begin your analysis on postrace.”
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