Sankofa Study Circle

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Make Her Say AHH - Safe Sex & Hip Hop

Thursday February 2nd 6pm at Howard University in Washington DC, The National Black United Front (NBUF) & the NAACP Howard Chapter will host a community forum titled “Make Her Say Ahh – Safe Sex & Hip Hop.” This is an very import issue challenging the Hip Hop generation because when one looks at the current state of hip hop culture in America, it is impossible to ignore the constant images and references made to or about sex. Whether the medium is song, video or magazine, sex is the topic of choice. The problem with the heavy influence of sex into hip-hop culture is that it helps contribute to the social ills that plague the Black and Latino community. One of these social ills is the sexually transmitted disease epidemic.

Data from the Center for disease control reveals that girls 13 to 19 accounted for over 50% of new H.I.V. cases in 2001. Young women between the ages of 20 and 24 are 41% of new infections. In 2005 Black people accounted for 49% of new HIV/AIDS cases. During the years of 2001- 2004, 18,849 people under the age 25 were reported to have contacted HIV/AIDS; out of that number 61% (11,554) were Black people. In 2006, 65% of children born with HIV/AIDS were Black. In the Latin community, at the end of 2006 there are 80,690 persons living with HIV/AIDS. Also at the end of 2006, 15% of all women with HIV/AIDS were Latina.

Many community leaders, government officials, and clergy members have spoken out against the constant use and negative portrayals of sex in the hip hop community. They have gone as far to accuse the hip-hop community of sexual exploitation and corrupting the minds of today’s youth. However, it is not the hip-hop community that is responsible for the irresponsible sexual experiences of today’s youth. To the contrary, hip-hop artists have tried to confront the issue of irresponsible sex. Hip Hop groups such Salt & Pepa produced the song “Lets Talk About Sex” and Boogie Down Productions produced the song “Jimmy” which was aimed at sexually responsibility. Dead Prez, a hip-hop group based out of NYC, produced a song titled “Mind Sex”. In the song, people are encouraged to get to know each other mentally, instead of engaging in reckless sexual behavior. In 1996 the various artists of the hip-hop community came together to produce the album A.I.D.S. (America Is Dying Slowly). Also, the hip-hop group Brand Nubian has produced numerous tracks promoting positive relationships among women & men, however music of this caliber is always un-noticed by mainstream America. Therefore it is not rap artists that are manipulating the hip-hop generation with sexual escapades. It is actually the infiltration of pop American cultural values (or lack of) into hip-hop culture, which exploits hip-hop with sex.

Pop American culture is based upon sex, material wealth and greed. This is a society that tells young men to sow their wild oats and to “conquer” as many women as they can. This is to be done without any regard for the value of the womb. In this culture it is not abnormal for women to sleep around either. As long as she is “on the pill” she is considered to be responsible. After over 500 years of struggling to resist these foreign behavioral patterns and customs, Black & Latino people have begun, at their own peril, to accept these values. In addition to the influence of pop American culture, one should look at who controls hip-hop financially.

Hip-hop has become a multi-billion dollar industry, in which Black & Latino people are the primary laborers and are the least financial benefactors. The corporate elites are the ones that spend millions of dollars promoting sexual misconduct to young Black & Latino people. The corporate elites are the ones that own all the major distribution channels of hip-hop culture. The corporate elites are the ones that pay (or under pay) Black & Latino youth to engage in their own self-destruction with lyrics and behavior that is uncivilized. With all that being said who is ultimately responsible for the mental and moral development of our youth? Malcolm X said it best.

In his definition of the social philosophy of Black Nationalism he states that the responsibility belongs to Black people to elevate the conditions and standards in their community. Black People have to fix their problems of illegitimacy that is brought about by loose sexual behavior, fornication and adultery. Black & Latino People cannot expect mainstream America to undo, what it purposely created.

It is incumbent upon Black & Latino People to use their traditional value systems to teach and mold their children. Traditional value systems cannot just be principles; values and/or holidays that people just talk about and celebrate, they must be incorporated into the daily lives of Black & Latino People. It is also important to encourage, endorse and financially support artists that promote positive images of Black & Latino People.

Please be sure to join us Thursday February 2nd, 6pm, on the campus of Howard University in the Blackburn Digital Auditorium as we try to address crucial topic. In addition to the community forum, there will be positive Hip Hop, R&B, and Spoken word performances. 

Salim K. T. Adofo
National Vice Chairperson
National Black United Front

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Black History Month for Children

The National Black United Front (NBUF) is sponsoring a Black History Month trip for children to the Great Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore with African American Historian Dr. Conrad Worrill. Children without knowledge of their past are like trees without roots, they cann...ot grow. NBUF is therefore taking a more proactive approach to the violence & attrocities that the children in our communities face by exposing them to their rich heritage, culture, & legacy of achievements. NBUF feels that this will help to instill in them the confidence & knowledge they need to become productive.

Children ages 16 & under are free, adults are $15. Children must be accompanied by adults. Lunch will be available.

To purchase tickets click on the link below

For more information contact 202 525 3449

Transportation will depart Anacostia Metro Station in South East Washington DC at 9 a.m. & return at 4 p.m.

In order to accomplish this NBUF needs your support.
NBUF is a strict financially & politically independent organization. We rely soley on the support of the Black Community. We do not receive corporate/government grants or sponsorship. In order for us to provide genuine independent leadership in the Black community, we must have your financial support. We ask that you please consider making a contribution in our efforts to improve the Black community. No amount is to big or to small. Asante sana (many thanks).

Monday, January 9, 2012

Why We Can't Wait - The NBUF MLK Holiday Podcast Mix

Why We Can't Wait - The NBUF MLK Holiday Podcast Mix

THE OTHER SIDE OF KING - By Brother Salim K. T. Adofo

Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a frontline freedom fighter in the fight to uplift the Black community. He is often quoted, referenced to and honored, but was he ever understood? Many people will remember Dr. King for his position on non-violence and his I Have a Dream speech . However, contradictions in White Americas treatment towards Blacks, which were exposed by the Black Power Movement, fashioned another side of King, a side that accelerated Dr. Kings' inevitable assassination.

In Dr. Kings' book "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community", he wrote, "Black Power, in its broad and positive meaning, is a call to Black people to amass the political and economic strength to achieve their legitimate goals. No one can deny that the negro is in dire need of this kind of legitimate power."

Dr. King also went on to write, "Black Power is also a call for the pooling of Black financial resources to achieve economic security. Through the pooling of such resources and the development of habits of thrift and techniques of wise investments, the negro will be doing his share to grapple with his problem of economic deprivation. If Black Power means the development of this kind of strength within the negro community, then it is a quest for basic, necessary, legitimate power."

It is important to note, these ideas that Dr. King had on Black politics and economics, are the same positions that Malcolm X communicated in his definition on the political and economic aspects of Black Nationalism. The reason this is important is the F.B.I. felt it would be necessary to eliminate Dr. King if he was to use Black Nationalist tactics. This can be seen through the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) of the F.B.I. COINTELPRO was and still is, a program designed to neutralize, disrupt and dismantle black organizations.

On March 4th, 1968 the F.B.I released a classified document that stated, "Prevent the rise of a "Messiah" who could unify and electrify the militant Black Nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a "messiah," he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and Elijah Muhammad all aspire to this position. Elijah Muhammad is less of a threat because of his age. King could be a real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed "obedience" to "white, liberal doctrines" (nonviolence) and embrace Black Nationalism.

On April 3rd, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the speech that is now known as "I've Been to the Mountain Top." In his speech stated, "And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you. And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight, to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola in Memphis. Go by and tell them not to buy Sealtest milk. Tell them not to buy what is the other bread? Wonder Bread. And what is the other bread company, Jesse? Tell them not to buy Hart's bread. As Jesse Jackson has said, up to now, only the garbage men have been feeling pain; now we must kind of redistribute the pain. We are choosing these companies because they haven't been fair in their hiring policies; and we are choosing them because they can begin the process of saying, they are going to support the needs and the rights of these men who are on strike. And then they can move on downtown and tell Mayor Loeb to do what is right. But not only that, we've got to strengthen black institutions."

" I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank we want a "bank-in" movement in Memphis. So go by the savings and loan association. I'm not asking you something we don't do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We're just telling you to follow what we're doing. Put your money there. You have six or seven black insurance companies in Memphis. Take out your insurance there. We want to have an "insurance-in. Now these are some practical things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here."

This would become Kings last speech. The very next day, April 4th which was exactly one month to the day after the COINTELPRO memo was released; Dr. King became a victim of American terrorism against Black people. He was shot in the neck by a white supremacist sniper under the direction of the United States Government. Why? As one can see, according to Dr. Kings last speech and his writings another side of Dr. King was developing. A side, that began to embrace Black Nationalist tactics and strategies, as a means to achieve freedom, justice and equality for Black people.