Saturday, September 5, 2009

NEGUS


I absolutely admire when insightful and enlightened peeps drop some serious knowledge on a sistah. I was talking to a friend one day and she wrote something on a piece of paper and told me to go online and look up the word that she wrote down. I looked at the paper and she wrote the word "Negus." I must of had a look of confusion on my face so she proceeded to tell me that yes it is pronounced like the word "Niggas".
Talk about the things that make you go HMMMM!!!
I had never seen this word before and I was intrigued to learn more about its origin and definition.

According to Wikipedia the definition of Negus is

"Negus (Ge'ez , nigūś, Amharic nigūs; cf. Tigrinya negāš) is a title in Ge'ez, Tigrinya, Tigre and Amharic, used for a king and at times also a vassal ruler in pre-1974 Ethiopia and pre-1890 Eritrea. It is subsequently used to translate the word "king" in Biblical and other literature. It is a noun derived from the ancient Semitic verbal root N - G - Ś meaning "to reign."

In more recent times it was used as an honorific title bestowed on governors of the most important provinces (kingdoms): Gojjam, Welega and the seaward kingdom (where the variation Bahr Negus 'King of the Sea', was the ancient title of the ruler of present-day central Eritrea) and later Shewa.

Both uses and the imperial dignity would meet in the person of a regional prince, Lij Kassa Hailu, third youngest son of Dejazmach Hailu Wolde-Giyorgis, Governor of Qwara province, by his second wife Woizero Attitaggab, who rebelled against Empress Menen and her son Ras Ali II the Viceroy, in 1845 and spent the next nine years alternating between rebellion and submisison until he was proclaimed as Negus at Amba Chera, (19 September 1854), and after the battle of Derasge proclaimed himself Emperor 8 February 1855 and was crowned as Tewodros II, at Derasge Maryam the next day."


So, yes the word means..KING!!!! I was totally blown away!!! So the word "niggas" and "nigger" came from this word but the definition, meaning was all twisted up to make it look negative to inflict pain instead of positive to bring forth togetherness as with many aspects relating to the African American Communities!!!

You can also get more information on www.negusworld.com!

Do some research and tell me what you come up with!!!

Kierrah Foundation Back to School Celebration

Kierrah Foundation's Back To School Celebration in Lemeirt Park!!!

Special Thanks to Alfre Woodard, Arlyn Royce, Kymedienne, Parker McKenna Posey, Parris Harris, Michael Colyar, Sebastian St. Geaorge, Sandy Wee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley perkins, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Treaz'ure Lee, Samantha, Davis, Kenyatte Smith, The California Dolphins of the LaBelle Community Football League and the many , many others who made it all possible for our children. Special Thanks to Pamela "Brandy" Sanders, Founder of the Kierrah Foundation!!! You are a true Angel!!!




Phashion Army supports the KierrahFoundation.org along with The California Dolphins of the LaBelle Community Football League. Parrish Harris, Sebastian St. George & Sandy together with Celebs Michael Colyar, Rickie Byars-Beckwith, Parker McKenna Posey, Kymedienne & Arlyn Royce they support & give back to the Community at the 5th Annual Back to School Party at the Kaos Network in Leimert Park. Music by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Have you Really Looked at the Back of the $2 Bill??


I just had someone point this out to me over the weekend. I was shocked, amazed, then upset all within seconds. I was shocked that I never noticed it. Amazed that there is actually a black man sitting at the table with all of the "Fore Fathers" of the United States of America. Then, I was upset because here goes another part of OUR history that is has gone unseen. The following article is from the Black Homeschoolers Club on NING. The Gentleman is John Hanson Moor. He was allegedly the first President of the United States. Yes, A black man!!! What do you think?? I am still looking up this info regarding this history. Clearly you can see that there is a man of color on the back of the $2 Bill.

What is on the Back of the Two Dollar Bill? The back of the $2 bill has an engraving of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In the image is a man who has dark skin and wearing a powdered wig while sitting at the table just to the left of the men standing in the center of the engraving. This dark skinned man is John Hanson in his position as president of the continental congress. In the original painting hanging in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, the dark skinned man does not appear!!!

A "Black" Man, A Moor, John Hanson

Was the First President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D.??? George Washington was really the 8th President of the United States! George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson. Don't go checking the encyclopedia for this guy's name - he is one of those great men that are lost to history. If you're extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention of his name. The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the adoption of The Articles of Confederation. This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed upon by Congress until November 15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land). Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to run the country. John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress. As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one had ever been President and the role was poorly defined. His actions in office would set precedent for all future Presidents. He took office just as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost immediately, the troops demanded to be paid. As would be expected after any long war, there were no funds to meet the salaries. As a result, the soldiers threatened to overthrow the new government and put Washington on the throne as a monarch. All the members of Congress ran for their lives, leaving Hanson as the only guy left running the government. He somehow managed to calm the troops down and hold the country together. If he had failed, the government would have fallen almost immediately and everyone would have been bowing to King Washington. In fact, Hanson sent 800 pounds of sterling silver by his brother Samuel Hanson to George Washington to provide the troops with shoes. Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags. This was quite the feat, considering the fact that so many European countries had a stake in the United States since the days following Columbus. Hanson established the Great Seal of the United States, which all Presidents have since been required to use on all official documents. President Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department. Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today. The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one year term during any three year period, so Hanson actually accomplished quite a bit in such little time. Six other presidents were elected after him - Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) - all prior to Washington taking office. So what happened? Why don't we ever hear about the first seven Presidents of the United States? It's quite simple - The Articles of Confederation didn't work well. The individual states had too much power and nothing could be agreed upon. A new doctrine needed to be written - something we know as the Constitution. And that leads us to the end of our story. George Washington was definitely not the first President of the United States. He was the first President of the United States under the Constitution we follow today. And the first seven Presidents are forgotten in history

END RESEARCH BY Innis

Review of the evidence that John Hanson was a Moor:

The picture on the $2 Bill is of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. John Hancock was the President of the Continental Congress not John Hanson in 1776.

In fact, John Hanson was never a member of the Continental Congress. He didn't serve as a Delegate until 1781 after the Continental Congress was replaced with the United States in Congress Assembled formed by the ratified Articles of Confederation.

Image Courtesy of the National Archives

The picture of the Moor, John Hanson, is actually a Sixth-plate daguerreotype, ca. 1856 (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trr033.html). There was no photography in 1783 when President Hanson died.

Additionally, President Hanson was the 3rd President of the United States in Congress Assembled, not the first. He was preceded by Samuel Huntington (1st) and Thomas McKean (2nd). On my website, johnhanson.net, I have an image of the letter signed by Hanson as President thanking Thomas McKean for serving as President. The picture I have on the website is John Hanson.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

EBONY AND JET COLLAPSE

This is an email that I received. Let's support our businesses!

EBONY AND JET FINANCIAL COLLAPSE
One of the Most notable permanent fixtures in Every Black Household
(back in the days), was the Ebony, and Jet Magazine. If you wanted to learn about
your history, the plight of Black America, current issues facing Black
Americans, how the Political Process of America affects you, how
Politics works, who the hottest actors were, what time a particular Black
Television show aired, who got married recently, who were the most eligible
Bachelors, and Bachelorettes in your town, what Cities had Black Mayors, Police
Chiefs, School Superintendents, how to Register to Vote, what cars offer the
best value for the buck, who employed Black Americans, how to apply for
College Scholarships, etc. More Than Likely, Ebony or Jet Magazine could help you
find answers to those questions.

We have recently been informed that the Johnson Publishing
Company Organization is currently going through a financial crisis. The
company is attempting a reorganization in order to survive. Many people
have already lost their jobs with a company that has employed thousands of
Black Americans during the course of its existence. In order to support this
effort to save Our magazine, my friends and myself have pledged to get a
subscription to both, Ebony, and Jet magazine, starting with one year.
We are urging every other club member who comes across this plea, to do the
same. Please post, re-post, and post again, to any Blog that you may
own, or support.

Please email this to Every person that you know, regardless of their
background. Let them know that Ebony, and Jet magazine has been part of
the Black American culture for 3 quarters of a century, and that there is a
lot that they can learn about Black American culture from reading them.

We are currently discussing the idea of throwing an Ebony/Jet Party,
where people can eat, drink, and sign up for their Subscription on the spot.
Please spread this idea around to all that you know. Your Sororities,
Fraternities, Lodges, VFW Posts, Churches, Civic Groups, Block Clubs,
Caps Meetings, Book Clubs, etc.

It would be a crying shame, to lose our Historic Magazine, during the
same year of such an Historic Event as the Election of our First Black
President of the United States.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Celebration of Life For Stan Sanders: Pictures

I wanted to share these pics from the Celebration of Life for my Beloved Dear Friend, Stan Sanders.
On this day, there was so many "strange" occurrences that took place before the Celebration. It seemed as though the enemy was really working in attempting to not make this celebration take place. However, we knew that Stan was on our side and we had the power of God on our side so we refused to let it stop us.
Right at the exact moment when we began to hear the music of Dr. Rikki Byers Beckwith playing on the Piano harmoniously followed by the soothing hymns of legendary soul singer, Brenda Lee Eager, we knew that everything was going to be alright!
Rev. Dr. Bernard Beckwith walked in and everyone felt his spiritual presence. The program just had a gracious flow.
I had written a poem for Stan entitled " A Tribute to a Serving King" that is exactly what Stan was. Comedianne Luenell spoke about the love that Brandy and Stan shared. Famous writer, Daniela Ryan ,who is also the President of the Kierrah Foundation spoke about Stan so elequently.
Stan's Doctor, Dr.Benoit, whom he only had since September of last year, came to the celebration with his entire family. WOW!!! Stan must have really touched his life just as he has touched the lives of sooo many people. We Love you, Stan!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Corrective Knowledge

First, I would like to say that this video was really disturbing. I really cannot comprehend how the words "corrective" and "rape" coincide in the first place. There is absolutely nothing "corrective" about rape. There is nothing corrective about taking something valuable and precious without consent. Question "so these individuals decided to apply "corrective" means to correct the lifestyles of these women?? So who is going to enforce the "Corrective" punishment for these individuals??? Who is accountable for all of this?? Who decides who is accountable?? Although these "lynchings" are happening in South Africa, It is happening all around the globe!


This is another case of the oppressed oppressing the oppressed. It is very upsetting, very heartbreaking, very painful, and very WRONG!!!! Maybe that is the core of the issue. We, as a society/community have not been able to stop this vicious cycle of trying to correct each other, (especially if it is something that we do not agree with), instead of looking at ourselves. What is wrong with us? We fighting the fight continuously when we are only fighting ourselves. We bring forth struggle as we take advantage of our privileges and us them as a tool of destruction versus a path of hope. We can't lead the way until we see that the love of ourselves needs to overcome the greed for love . We cannot see ANYTHING clearly until we see ourselves clearly. Therefore, how can we teach when we don't comprehend the lesson. It is time to "Check Yourself"!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Space Invaders

A reflection of who we are
Is looking at the people that we choose to be in our "inner circle"
We choose these individuals-Family and Friends that we surround ourselves with
So maybe it's time to take a close look
If these individuals are negative, back stabbers, shady,drama queens, dishonest, deceitful, haters, angry and the list goes on and on. Then guess what you are bringing into your life just by "choosing" these people to invade your space. I know you may look at some of these people and say "How can I walk away? Or I know that he /she or they may be that way but one day they will see. See what??? That they are draining your energy, your life, YOU because they are not happy with theirs.
I am saying....Really think about it. Who is looking out for you? Who is helping you achieve your goals? Who has your back? When you are down who is there to lift you up???

Haring hug Pictures, Images and Photos

You can walk away one step at a time. With each small step backing away you are taking a huge step forward.

Surround yourself with people who share your common goals. The people who desires and aspires to be the best. Wait, don't do it unless you truly want the best for yourself. Sometimes it is tough getting out of a "comfort zone" (we will talk about that later) .

Surround yourself with love and positive energy!!!
positive energy Pictures, Images and Photos

"I surround myself with people who celebrate me and who I am"- Bishop T.D. Jakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Living in the Moment

For many of us life is nothing but ...go, go, GO!!!!
It seems as if there is never enough time to accomplish the tasks needed to achieve your goals.
Hence frustration, irritation, and sometimes anger is brought forth.
Therefore to put all of these things at ease,
Stop and take a deep breathe
Admire your environment.
Find the beauty in even in the struggles of any situations
You have come this far
You have the strength to go on.
Smile...
Anything else is just a waste of time!!!Photography Pictures, Images and Photos





Keep Ya Head Up-2PAC

Saturday, February 28, 2009

To Blessed To Be Oppressed

As you go on
Day by day
It seems as if someone always has something to say
Whether it is what your doing, how you look or even who you are doing it with
Just remember it is your life and you do as you see fit
For You!!!
You have the power to write your own destiny
Be the change YOU want to see:)
You are Beautiful!!!!


Friday, February 20, 2009

In Memoriam: Stanley Sanders


Dear Friends and Supporters,
Stanley Sanders was a great friend, a true leader, a strong man and a phenomenal spirit. He passed away on February 7, 2009. Stan and his beloved dear wife Pamela A.K.A. Brandy Sanders are the founders of the Kierrah Foundation. Kierrah Foundation empowers, educates, and encourages young women who were former foster children.

I personally had the honor of doing the first article on them and their amazing story. In the short time I have known these " Angels" for a short time. However, they have done so much for so many people.

We are in true need of resources for a proper burial for Stan. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your prayers and support are definitely appreciated.

To find out more information about the Kierrah Foundation.
www.kierrahfoundation.org

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Peace Wake Up: An Apology to Our Young Lesbians


Many are concerned with the young generation and how they are upholding who we are and what we stand for. How can we point the finger at them when they are a reflection of us?
t is times like these that makes me wonder "Can't we all just get
along??"
There are so many issues, struggles, and problems that we as a lesbian
community face with society as a whole. However, how can we begin to
fight the powers that be, if we are not right at home? Many are
concerned with the young generation and how they are upholding who we
are and what we stand for. How can we point the finger at them when
they are a reflection of us? How many of us that have the power to
empower and are really using it for just that.... empowering. It seems that the
word "power" has been equated with status , money, and greed. How can we say that we stand for unity when we are so divided? How can we be
leaders when our heads are so high that you can't even see that there are
young people looking up to us? We can't even say hello non the less
give them a smile. We can't even provide them with a positive environment without gossip and drama waiting in the wings! They give us hope and we give them fairy tales. Our
attitudes are a whole different story all together. The word 'humble" has dissolved into thin air. Of course, we are the shit and nobody can tell us other wise. They continue to go ignored. We are acting like we are in preschool throwing sand in each other's faces when we should be the nurturers. What they see is us passing judgment on each other, us back stabbing each other, us not caring for each other, not giving to each other, not supporting each other and definitely not loving each other. There is always a sense of the next person out to get us. No trust, no honesty, no comradery!!!
Have we succumbed to the world of fakery? Are we "Hollywood" when we haven't even made the billboards yet? What is even the epitome of it all is that it is predominately in the minority lesbian community.

So I challenge the leaders, the activists, the promoters, perfomers, entertainers, and business owners to take a stand and not be better than the next woman, but to be better than yourself. Lead by example with leadership development and conflict resolution at the forefront. To enlighten the young women, to provide and embrace our talents, skills, and knowledge in each other and use it for what our purpose is... to EMPOWER!!! Life is to short for the negative and unnecessary BS. If we don't stand for something, we will fall for anything!


For those of you that this does not apply to, please continue to build the rite of passage for our young womankind. We apologize for our selfishness and will strive to join forces with you soon. Continue to build the bridge and make Herstory.

To our young lesbians, Our future leaders, please accept our sincere and deepest apologies. We ask that you be patient as we heal our wounds. Please blame our minds and not our hearts!!!