Friday, October 05, 2018

Black History: New Revelations about Emmett Till

Okay, it's not exactly a revelation, but the white woman whose accusaion sparked the brutal murder of Emmett Till in 1955 has now, AT LAST, admitted that she lied.

The 14-year-old whistled at a white woman - that much has been made clear by his cousins,, who were present at the time of the incident.

But he DID NOT touch her inappropriately.  This white woman has FINALLY admitted that.  So she will not take that secret to her grave.

Of course, Ida B. Wells researched this many decades ago and proved that these allegations that Black men had touched or, indeed, attacked white women were completely erroneous.  They were simply a pretext, used to justify the lynching of Black men, women and children.

Go here for my blog post about Ida B. Wells.

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Black History: Rosewood

We have heard about the Black Wall Street.  Other Black communities were also destroyed by racist violence, including Rosewood, Florida.

Rosewood was attacked and destroyed by a racist mob.  Even the children  had to hide, or run for their lives when there was nowhere left to hide.   

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Patrick Vernon on the Importance of Black History Month

In this video, a panel including activist and campaigner Patrick Vernon discuss the importance and relevance of Black History Month/African Heritage Month.

If you have seen the documentary More than a Month, you know that this debate continues in the United States, where it was found that the way Black history was taught in schools focused on a few signicant figures.  People such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks featured prominently, as so they should.  But Black history did not begin with slavery.

Although this approach to Black history is wholly inadequate, when there was no attempt made to recognise Black History Month, Black history was not acknowledged or taught at all.

Therefore, Black history is still very relevant, and although there is no need to confine it to one single month, Black History Month/African Heritage Month serves as a signpost towards greater knowledge and understanding, both here in Britain and in the United States.  . 

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Black History: Who Was Roots Really Based On?

Laurence Fishburne in Roots
Everyone remembers Kunte Kinte, the central character in Alex Haley's Roots.  Stolen from Gambia, he was taken in chains to the United States (land of the free) along with thousands, maybe millions, of other Black people.

But whose background really formed the story of Kunte Kinte's upbringing and culture?

Want to find out?  Go here to buy my book, Black Success Stories.

Plus go here for more Black history blogs and African history blogs.
 
See also: Black History: How to Give the Gift of Knowledge.  

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Black History: How to Give the Gift of Knowledge

Len Garrison
Do you want to give the gift of knowledge to your child?  Do you want your child to be aware of Black history and heritage?

Did you know that the late, great Len Garrison, who created the Black Cultural Archives in London, did so with no training and no funding?

Want to find out how he did it and how to research your own history?  Read my interview with him. Go here for my book Black Success Stories.  Order your copy today!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Six-Year-Old's Encounter with Gun Violence

Merkel Taylor, recovering from head wounds
If you read or follow my blogs, you know that I am committed to nonviolence and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Go here for the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2018.

Markel Taylor, 6, was being driven to football practice by Marlow Parker when he was attacked. 

This little boy was shot in the head, which has led to serious long-term issues for him and his brother. They are still living with the aftermath of this horrific incident and the trauma it caused. 

Go here to read more.

This case is currently subject to legal proceedings, so not much information is available at this time.  But this is an example of what can happen when we resort to using violence. 




Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Black Man Who Attends Klan Rallies


I am sure you have heard about Spike Lee's new film, BlacKkKlansman.

In this TED talk, Daryl Davis talks about forming a friendship with a Klan leader.  He didn't do it because it was his job. Unlike Ron Stallworth, the author of BlacK Klansman: A Memoir and subject of Spike Lee's film, Daryl Davis was not an undercover police officer.  

Davis was fascinated with finding out how, and why, people hate others whom they don't even know.  So he approached the Klan. 

This TED talk shows that true friendship can form between people who come from conflicting ideologies, even the white supremacist ideology of the Klan. 

Daryl Davis has proven that, although we stronngly disagree, we can have mutual respect for one another.  And we can connect with, and form friendships with, anyone

See also:  Spike Lee Wants Us to Respect Our White Allies.  

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Marketing Genius: Sell More Books


I did this interview on Black Folks Hot Spots a couple of years ago and basically forgot about it.  In this interview, I mentioned my forthcoming ebook,Sell More Books.  I was waiting till I pubished the ebook before I shared this video.

Well, my ebook is out.  It's called Book Marketing Genius and, at the moment, it's still free.  It's still a work in progress, and your feedback is vital to completing the book.  You can download it here.  

Book Marketing Genius is a workbook which outlines a practical program to help you market your books.  It can help you to produce your books as well.  The marketing process begins BEFORE you finish your book. 

Do you want to 
  • help more people?  
  • reach more readers?  
  • grow your audience?  
  • increase your sales?  

Do you want to sell more books?

If the answer to these questions is "Yes", then please download Book Marketing Genius now. 

Plus go here to join my group, Book Marketing and Financing, where I will continue to add more resources. 

Remember, Book Marketing Genius is a PRACTICAL workbook.  You can't just read it, you have to DO what it says.  And I really want your feedback, so please let me know your results.  


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Spike Lee Wants Us to Respect Our White Allies

I am so glad Spike Lee has said this.  And, of course, he is right.  There have always been white people who were committed to justice.  And there have always been white people who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives due to their commitment to justice. 

During slavery, the people who owned the safe houses in the Underground Railroad were often white. 

Having said that, a lot of the violence that's going on now is no different from what happened during slavery. 

During apartheid in South Africa, some white people were imprisoned and risked losing their lives for challenging the apartheid regime.  Many others protested against apartheid internationally. 

And in Jim Crow America, white people risked their lives on the Freedom Rides.  

So let's not forget our history.  

And always remember, WHITE PEOPLE ARE NOT OUR ENEMIES.  I'm sure you know this already.  

The enemy is group mentality.  

Racism, racial discrimination, racist violence, racial profiling, bigotry - these are all different ways of saying "group mentality".  And it's not just about race.  Everybody has some group mentality. 

White people often come with group mentality, and when they do, they are our enemies.  Group mentality is vicious. 

Go here to read what Spike has to say

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Black Girl, 11, Tasered by Police

Girl of 11 Tasered by Police
A girl of 11 was tasered by an off-duty police officer in Cincinnati, OH.  

Go here to read more.  

I've said it before and I'll say it again - we need to change this situation.  And we can.  So tired of reading and hearing about these stories.  Tired of having my heart broken.  I am sure you are, too.  

Here's another one:  

Florida Cop Handcuffs 11-Year-Old Boy.   

How is this any different to what they were doing to us in slavery?  

We MUST change this situation.  And we can!  

And let's remember that this is an INTERNATIONAL problem.  Go here to read my blog about the Death of Kevin Clarke

We need to work together to sort out this problem.  And we can!  

My work focuses on solutions,  Let's talk about solutions.  Go here for 8 Books about Nonviolent Communication (NVC).  

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Black Entrepreneurs: Are You Ready to Change the World?


I really like this video because my work is all about changing lives.  That is how we can change the world. 

If you are serious about changing lives and changing the world, go here to download my ebook, Achieving Success

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Monday, June 18, 2018

This Upsets a Lot of People

I have had this argument with a lot of people, online and offline, over the years.

I met this guy at the park the other day. He is an active church member and works with young people.

He was insisting that we “have to” beat our children. In Africa, we beat our children – and "it works".

I confess I did not use my NVC skills during this encounter. I did not try to connect with his feelings and needs. I get very reactive when I see parents behaving in ways I don't like, and I particularly react, when people tell me we “have to” beat our children.

People also think it is part of our culture, but it's not. This is behavour that was learned and reinforced during slavery. Violent parenting, ruling by fear and intimidation, is NOT part of our culture. It is part of white culture. White people don't want us to know this. They don't want us to know and understand that we can have relationships, including parent/child relationships, based on trust, mutual understandin,g care and respecct.

We have to” is a form of jackal speech, which Marshall Rosenberg terms “the language of no choice”. He points out that the Nazis used this kind of language to justify their actions.

For more about jackal speech, see “Transform Your Life with Nonviolent Communication”.

Also, check out my book, Success Strategies for Black People

Nonviolent Communication also works.   

Just because I have knowledge about NVC and I understand how it works, doesn't mean I always use it. I fall down. I make mistakes. It's called learning.

Jackals are very useful, as they point us to our unmet needs. I was experiencing a lot of unmet needs in this argument. Needs for kindness, care, respect and, most importantly, listening. A lot of parents tell me they are having problems with their children. “She's angry, she's slamming doors”, etc. But when I ask what unmet needs the child is experiencing, they tell me, “she doesn't have any”.

If your child is angry or upset, he or she is experiencing unmet needs. And you need to LISTEN to the child to understand what unmet needs he or she is experiencing.

We need to LISTEN to children, not beat them.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Black Lives Matter: Death of Kevin Clarke


Did you know – it was reported Monday that Kevin Clarke, a young Black man, died in police custody in Catford, Southeast London after being detained by NINE police officers. 

Clarke had mental health problems.




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Monday, April 09, 2018

Increase in Gun and Knife Crime

London Metropolitan Police 2018
If you have been reading and listening to my blog posts, you know that my work is about solutions. 

As I am sure you know, there has been an increase in violent crime, including knife crime and gun crime, in London. Black communities have been dealing with this crisis for many years.  


What is the response to this from the police?   

Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, has said that there needs to be an increase in stop-and-search, and The Metropolitan Police are planning to do just that.  
 
As we know, the stop-and-search is deployed overwhelmingly against Black African-Caribbean people, particularly young Black African-Caribbean men.

Given that British prisons are already disproportionately incarcerating Black people, something is definitely wrong here. Several things, actually.

The police conducting their stop-and-search incidents are finding larger numbers of weapons.

This would suggest that stop-and-search is not working. Stop-and-search is not preventing young people from carrying knives. The ethos has been described as making young people more afraid of being arrested than they are of carrying knives. Given most young Black men are aware that the police may kill them with impunity, and this has happened numerous times, making them more afraid of police is a tall order.

What needs to happen is for young people become confident in their ability to reduce or prevent violet crime without needing to carry weapons. Our young people need to become skilled in methods such as NVC (Nonviolent Communication) that can PREVENT violent incidents and PREVENT situations escalating into violence.

By the time a young person starts carrying a knife, ostensibly for protection, the situation is out of control. We need to PREVENT young peoplle believing they need to carry guns in order to protect themselves,as they know other people who are carrying weapons.
For more about this, see  Children and Knife Crime.


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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Black Panther's African History + the Books to Prove It

This is another highly enjoyable, engaging and educational event from London Black History Walks. If you want to learn about the practical, historical basis for The Black Panther Movie, take the opportunity to attend this event. 

Go here to read my review of The Black Panther Movie

And go here for the next event, on 28th April.  

I am not going to share all the knowledge Brother Tony dropped on us.  Instead, I will raise some of the questions he asked. 

What was the first superhero film produced by Marvel Studios?  Okay, I will give you that one.  Go here for the answer.  

Who is the richest superhero in the Marvel universe?  

Is there a real-life precedent for a rare precious mineral which is found in abundance in an African country?  

Who first used the term "Black Panther" and used a black panther logo?  (It's probably not who you think.)  

Are there real-life examples of an African king or leader having an all-female bodyguard?  

What African language does the Black Panther speak?  

What is another name for the British Museum?  

What precious African artefacts are held in the British Museum and other collections?  Again, I'll give you this one - go here for one answer- one of many. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

End Taser Torture in U.S. Prisons

Watch some horrendous footage of tasers being used to torture prison inmates.  

People have been tased when restrained with their arms behind their backs. This is despite a lawsuit dating back to 2011.  

The guards have been called "sadistic". 


I wonder how many other prisons are using these kinds of brutal tactics. 

Of course, this does not apply exclusively to Black people/people of African heritage. But Black people are more likely to end up on the sharp end of the criminal injustice system.  For some statistics about this, see:  How to Escape the Prison System.  

The U.N. has been called in to investigate this situation. 

If you are in prison or you know someone who is, or you work in a prison, you really need to check this out. 

This is just one reason why we need Nonviolent Communication (NVC) - as a PREVENTATIVE measure, to PREVENT these kinds of incidents. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Does The Black Panther Movie Tell Us about Black People?

The Black Panther Warrior Women
The Black Panther movie tells us a great deal about Black/African people, psychology, traditions and potential.  I saw the film last night and I enjoyed it immensely. It is doing brilliantly at the box office, breaking all kinds of records, as well it should. 
 
Lest we forget, the first Marvel comic films were the Blade trilogy, which did so well at the box office that they enabled Marvel to bankroll all the other superhero films they subsequently produced, yet, somehow, they have been left out of the Marvel narrative.

Further, lest we forget, Black filmmakers, notably Oscar Michaux, have been making films giving positive depictions of Black filmmakers since at least 1919.

I have a few quibbles about The Black Panther, as follows (this contains spoilers): 
  • I do not like to see two Black men duking it out as they do in the film, albeit displaying awesome fighting skills;  
  •  I particularly disliked seeing Black men and women fighting each other on the battlefield, and I'm not even sure what they were fighting about; 
  • The brother from U.S. appeared conflicted – he addresses a white woman as “Coloniser” and makes reference to the plunder of African artefacts, yet he partners with a white thief of, and dealer in, such artefacts;
  • Perhaps my strongest objection is to Martin Freeman's role – he plays a duplicitous, double-dealing CIA man (in other words, a CIA man) who allies with the Wakandans and, at the end of the film, is shown in the United Nations like some kind of benevolent paternalistic figure.
Having said all that, the visuals are amazing, the storyline and the depiction of African people as masters of technology are – well, masterful, and The Black Panther offers us a largely positive view of African people and traditions. The Wakandans, from the fictional African state of Wakanda, are depicted as kings, queens and heroes. And the movie is highly entertaining.  
 
The Black Panther is a dazzling sci-fi romp.  I am old enough to remember a time when Black people did not exist in the future, i.e. in science fiction.  So I greatly enjoy this film's strong characters. 


The characters' inner and outer conflicts mirror, to a certain extent, similar conflicting emotions within and among people from the Diaspora and the African Continent. I found this fascinating. 
 
One thing I particularly liked was that the men, and the women, were so beautiful to look at and so strong, brave and fearless. These sistas looked awesome. The characters carried themselves with great pride and dignity and the sistas were warriors, fully ready to throw down. 
 
I need to see this film again, soon, to gain clarity and because it is such great fun!  If you have not seen it yet, see it! 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Looking for Black Bloggers to Interview (2)

The landscape has changed a great deal since I produced Secrets of the Black Bloggers.  There is still a vibrant Black blogging community, and many more Black bloggers have emerged.  

Do you have a story to tell?  

Are you able to inspire and motivate others?  

Does your blog contain useful, educational material?  

Are you a writer or author?  

These are just some of the qualities and skills Black bloggers display.  

If you want to share your blog and would like to be interviewed, please contact Zhana here or here.  Please include the link to your blog.  

See also:  The Black Blogger as Modern Griot.  

For a list of the types of blogs I am looking for, see:  Looking for Black Bloggers to Interview

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Looking for Black Bloggers to Interview

Black bloggers wanted
It's been awhile since I published Secrets of the Black Bloggers

Are you a Black blogger who really wants to make a difference? I am looking for bloggers to interview for Volume Two of Secrets of the Black Bloggers. To be interviewed, you need to have been blogging for at least two years. Your blog must be aimed primarily at Black people, i.e. people of African heritage. The primary focus of your blog must be about one or more of the following: 
  • Black health
  • Nonviolence
  • Black history
  • Personal development
  • Mind/body/spirit
  • Parenting
  • Education
  • Black business
  • Energy healing
  • Books/Literature/Writing
  • Black film
  • The arts
  • Current affairs
  • Travel
More topics may be added later. They will NOT include beauty, fashion or celebrity gossip.

If you would like to be interviewed, please contact Zhana here or here.  Please include the link to your blog.   

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Black Success: How to Escape the Prison System

I have called this blog post How to Escape the Prison System, but I could have called it
How to Overcome Mental Slavery. 

And I believe that knowledge is power. So we are aware of the problem. The only solution
is one that we can provide. Nobody else can do this for us. We have to do it. 

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Dunkirk's Use of Prison Labour







Monday, February 05, 2018

Black Success: Stop Causing Yourself Pain

Stop Causing Yourself Pain
Black people are very good at blaming. We blame white people. We blame the government. We blame the politicians. We blame men. We blame women. Most importantly, and most tragically, we blame ourselves and each other.  We need to GET OUT OF OUR OWN WAY. 

Listen below for more about how we can heal ourselves and stop causing ourselves pain.  I am sharing practical methods of healing ourselves.  

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Charlotte Sophia, Invisible Queen

Queen Charlotte Sophia
As you may know, Queen 
Charlotte Sophia, consort of George III, was a Black woman - a woman of African ancestry.  

Dr. Stephanie Myers from Black Women for Positive Change has recently produced a book, Invisible Queen, about Queen Charlotte Sophia.  You can listen to it below. 

Go here for more Black history links.