Saturday, July 19, 2014

Black Jesus Show Compared to Satanic Verses

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Black Culture Ain't Hip Hop

Why We Need a Soul Selfie:
Black Culture Ain’t Hip Hop ! TRUTH Minista Paul Scott

“What’s good for Hip Hop might not be good for my soul” Mt. Olympus -Big KRIT



Back in the day the elders used to tell us about the value of looking at the “man in the mirror” because the image staring back at you doesn't lie. But today in this age of Facebook “selfies” many black people can't see their own images, they see themselves through the distorted lenses of Hip Hop. Call me old fashioned but I ain't wit the "selfies." I still look in the mirror and when I do, I don’t see Hip Hop, I see a Black man… For years, there has been an ongoing argument between those who seek to define the parameters of “Hip Hop culture." Many purists have almost come to blows discussing who is and who ain’t Hip Hop. More recently the racial aspect of the discussion garnered new attention when artists like Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian and Scarface accused white people of the hostile invasion of the Hip Hop Nation. But the reason why the obvious validity of the rappers' points have been able to be shaded by their critics is because of the context of the argument. Many people believe that Hip Hop and Black culture are one in the same. So, the problem is not white people in Hip Hop, the problem is Hip Hop itself. First, we must recognize the fact that “Hip Hop” is not a culture. At most, it is a synthetic sub-culture created out of aesthetic elements of the Black experience. Although, people may argue that Hip Hop started in the 70’s, it did not really become popular until it was stumbled upon by white explorer’s of the ‘hood. Kinda like how Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. So, when the issue of the white theft of Black culture through Hip Hop is brought up, it quickly devolves into a straw man argument over the contributions of a few white rappers to the so called “culture." However, this argument is not totally without merit. In reality, one of the first rap movies, Wild Style was not exactly a Pro-Black Spike Lee- type flick. Also, the influence of the Beastie Boys', Licence to Ill cannot be denied. We must also remember that a white punk rock singer, Deborah Harry of Blondie was the first female “MC” with a #1 record. Even politically, one of the coldest disses against white America came courtesy of MC Search of 3rd Base on "Gas Face. " "Black cat is bad luck/bad guys wear black/ must have been a white guy who started all that…” During the modern era few can say that Brother Ali ain't droppin’ science. But although they may be “Hip Hop,” they still ain’t Black. The sad reality is, “Hip Hop” was never created to be ,exclusively, African. Although many movements have impressed white liberals and scared white conservatives with their super, black militant swagga, Hip Hop has, historically, been more integration-ist than the NAACP. Matter of fact, during the four year reign of Black conscious Hip Hop (1988-92) only the first two years were made to give young black kids a “Knowledge of Self,” the other two years were all about giving white college kids a crash course in Black History 101. It’s almost as if 40 -something years ago, a black Yacub-like scientist in the Bronx had the idea that if he could mix together mc-ing, graffiti, break dancing and dj-ing, he could come up with a formula to destroy the white supremacist gene. Of course, the experiment was a miserable failure. Instead of making white people more righteous, it made the “original people” more unrighteous.

Unfortunately, instead of admitting the failure, many Hip Hop apologists have insisted on “integrating our people into a burning house,” as Dr. Martin Luther King is said to have told Harry Belafonte regarding the Civil Rights movement. What we must realize is that there is a non- compatibility factor between the cultural norms of the African and the European that makes any attempt to reform white supremacy via an artificial culture doomed to failure as Michael Bradley discusses in his book, The Iceman Inheritance. Two turntables and a microphone cannot erase cultural norms that existed thousands of years before RunDMC brought their first pair of Adidas. What Hip Hop has produced is a “Negro-pean” or what historian St. Clair Drake would call a “creole culture” that is neither black nor white. This has made Hip Hop a major deterrent to the Liberation of black people. Suppose instead of reppin’ Hip Hop culture for 40 years , we had put all of our energy into reppin’ Black culture? When Black people embrace Hip Hop as a “culture” they ignore the warning of former Black Panther minister of Education George Murray who said, “ The only culture worth keeping is a revolutionary culture. Our culture must not be something that the enemy enjoys, appreciates, or says is attractive. It must be repelling to the slave master..” But in the “Hip Hop Matrix” anything goes. So much so that a white radio personality like Hot 97’s , Peter Rosenberg can feel comfortable questioning the contributions of the legendary Chuck D to Hip Hop. And also, Justin Bieber could be given a 'hood pass to use the N-word. This could not happen under the auspices of black culture. Remember Kwame Ture did not say "Hip Hop Power," he said " Black Power." And James Brown did not say "I'm Hip Hop and I'm Proud." He said "I'm Black and I'm Proud!" So, this being Juneteenth week, I am not saying that Black people should kick white folks out of Hip Hop, I am saying that we should leave it. I am calling for a mass exodus of Black people from the “Hip Hop Nation.” Take a good look at your selfie, you ain’t Hip Hop, you are Black! Like Lil Boosie says “ We gonna show the world, the definition of real….my Brotha..


Min.Paul Scott is founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired.com. Follow on Twitter @truthminista

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Minister Calls for "Hip Hop Separatist" Movement

This week, a North Carolina minister is calling for a mass exodus of African Americans from what he calls a "white controlled Hip Hop Nation."

Minister Paul Scott of the Durham NC based Messianic Afrikan Nation says that the main prblem facing African Americans, today is that they identify with "Hip Hop culture" more than they identify with Black culture. So, Scott is asking that African Americans secede from the "Hip Hop Nation."

According to Scott, Black children know more about Eminem than they do the late Maya Angelou. He also says that "Hip Hop" gives white artists like Justin Bieber a "'hood pass" to use the N Word.

"James Brown said 'I'm Black and I'm Proud,' not  'I'm Hip Hop and I'm proud" says Scott.

Scott's call comes during the week of Juneteenth, an African American celebration commemorating the official end of chattel slavery in the United States. June is also Black music month. 

Scott has appeared in media outlets around the world  including Fox News, MSNBC, USA Today and The Christian Science Monitor discussing rap, race and religion.. He is a contributing writer for the anthology,  Hip Hop and the Black Church: a Generational Divide.

For more information contact (919) 972-8305 or info@nowarningshotsfired.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Minister Calls for Easter "Rap Revival"

Saying that Hip Hop  has swayed from its spiritual path , a NC minister is calling for a "Rap Revival" this Easter weekend.
 
Minister Paul Scott , founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation is calling on the Hip Hop Nation to return to its spiritual roots. He says that Hip Hop culture is spiritually based  but today's artists have deviated from that path and only worship the almighty dollar. Scott is asking that Hip Hop artists make a "covenant" this weekend to return Hip Hop to its spiritual genesis.
 
For many fans, Hip Hop and spirituality had become a topic of a bygone era but the recent controversy following Jay Z's wearing a Five Percent Nation medallion at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game has sparked a renewed interest in the subject.
 
During the early years of Hip Hop there was a spiritual component, and the persuit of Knowledge was a key element. Rappers, such as KRS One, Brand Nubian and The X-Clan included forms of spirituality in their music. However, Scott argues that the rap music of today is spiritually void.
 
"Somebody stole the soul of Hip Hop, its time for us to take it back," says Scott. " We need a  Rap-ture."
 
Min. Paul Scott aka TRUTH Minista is based in Durham NC. In 1999, Scott coined the phrase "Afrikan Liberation Theology" which he says is the "Black Liberation Theology of the Hip Hop generation."
 
For more information contact (919) 972-8305 or info@nowarningshots.com Follow on Twitter @truthminista

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Controversial Son of God Movie Boycott Interview on Militant Minded Radio

Last night, I was on Militant Minded Radio and we had a powerful discussion of the Son of God Movie and the impact  of the White Jesus image on Black people. Podcast link  below




http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/2014/02/mm-radio-minister-says-white-jesus-is-racist-and-offensive-calls-for-boycott-of-film-son-of-god/

Friday, February 21, 2014

Minister Says Boycott Son of God Movie

Saying that the image of a white Jesus is racist and offensive to African Americans, a NC minister is calling for a national boycott of the soon to be released "Son of God" movie.

Minister Paul Scott of the Durham NC based Messianic Afrikan Nation says that he is outraged that even in 2014, many people  in this country still promote the, historically,  inaccurate image of a Caucasian Christ. He is asking that the black community not support the film which is to be released on February 28th, which, ironically is the last day of Black History Month.

Although the issue of the black ethnicity of Jesus dates back as far as the 19th century, courtesy of such clergymen as Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, the issue generated new interest last December when Fox News host  Megyn Kelly announced to children  that Santa Claus and Jesus were white men.

"I guess the white Christian Right needs a white Jesus to save them from a black president," says Scott.


Scott who coined the phrase Afrikan Liberation Theology (the Black Liberation Theology for the Hip Hop generation) in 1999, has appeared on numerous national talk shows promoting the idea of a black Messiah. His controversial essay "Hip Hop Children of a Lesser God" is featured in the anthology  "Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide."

For more information contact info@nowarningshotsfired,com or on Twitter @truthminista or (919) 972-8305
 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Openly Black

Openly Black

            by TRUTH Minista Paul Scott



You know I'm proud to be black ya'll/And that's a fact ya'll"
                                                                         
                                                                Proud to Be Black- RunDMC





Inspired by Michael Sam's recent announcement that he plans to be the football's  first openly gay player, Tyrone "Mustafa" Jackson decided that he wanted to make history, too. Yesterday, at a press conference,  Jackson announced to the world that he wanted to be America's first "openly black" hockey player. While Sam's announcement was met with cheers and letters of congratulations, Mustafa's announcement was met with boos  and "go back to Africa" tweets...

Although many folks have applauded Michael Sam's announcement that he wants to be the NFL's first openly homosexual player, one has to wonder what America's reaction would be to an openly pro-black athlete.

Now,  when I say "openly black" I'm not talking about "Barack Obama black." I'm talking about "Huey P. Newton in a wicker chair with an African spear  black". No, I'm not talkin' about "Bill Cosby black," either. I'm talking about " Angela Davis afro with the black fist  afro pick black." And I definitely don't mean , Hip Hop artist, "Drake black", I mean, " 1990 Ice Cube Amerikkka's Most Wanted black."

Since childhood, most of us have been taught to be undercover black militants. We have been warned to keep the black rage that burns deep inside of us, on the down low.  We cannot risk committing the unpardonable sin of offending white folk. So, we keep who we really are locked deep inside, only letting a little  melanin leak out during Black History Month and Kwanzaa.

Black professional athletes are no different. 

Now, there have been some overtly black professional athletes in our history, but it has been a minute. And one must admit, the pro-black jock wasn't exactly met with open arms.

Your grandparents might remember when reporters refused to call the heavy weight champion of the world ," Muhammad Ali"  but insisted on calling him by his slave name," Cassius  Clay."  Or maybe they can tell you about the blacklisting of John Carlos and Tommie Smith for having the audacity to throw up the infamous Black Power fist during the 1968 Olympics.

Ask your parents about the time that Craig Hodges, of the '92 NBA champs, Chicago Bulls, had the nerve to visit George Bush at the White House, sportin' a dashiki and holding a letter complaining about how the Prez dissed  African Americans with his domestic policies.

I don't recall too many Americans calling these guys heroes and wanting to throw a ticker tape parade.

Let's face it. America is scared of a straight up, no- holds -barred black man. While a Brotha showing his feminine side will be called a role mode, the Brotha that emits too much testosterone will be villainized as a thug, ala Seattle Seahawk, Richard Sherman.

And it's not just mano-a-mano  type action that gets love, either. Wilt Chamberlain was considered the Man of the Year, when he announced that he had slept with over 20,000 women. Also, how many reality shows have you seen with athletes talking about how they pop bottles and make it rain in the club. Our athletes are able to talk about any and everything except a black social, economic or political agenda.

Seems like many black athletes have chosen to keep their blackness locked in the closet.

We must remember that at one point baseball legend, Jackie Robinson, had a beef with Malcolm X. Also, while Muhammad Ali was denouncing Uncle Sam for his treatment of African Americans, George Forman was dancing around the ring with a red, white and blue flag.

We can't forget that the greatest human to ever touch a basketball was often accused of not doing enough for "the hood."

During the early 90's Michael Jordan was accused of not supporting the Sonja Haynes Stone Cultural Center at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also, when asked why he didn't use some of his Nike money to  support the NC black Democratic senatorial candidate, Harvey Gantt, he allegedly said that "Republicans buy sneakers too."

Back during the reign of black boxing great Jack Johnson, white America screamed for a "great white hope" to defeat him. In, 2014, what we need is a great black hope to defeat our self-hatred.

We need athletes who are not ashamed of their blackness. We need sports heroes who will support a black agenda with the same force that others promote a homosexual agenda.

If an athlete can proudly sport a  rainbow colored football helmet, we need a black athlete who will proudly carry a red, black and green hockey stick.

Since this is supposed to be Black History Month, wouldn't it have been nice if one of the black Seattle Seahawks would have come to the post Superbowl  press conference with a copy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson's Miseducation of the Negro? Or what would happen if at the, upcoming, NBA All Star Weekend, the African American players would host some Black Empowerment Conferences and strategize ways to pull their resources to help the little black boys and girls in the hood?

In all fairness, it's not just the athletes that need  to step up, but black celebrities, in general. During the recent Grammy Awards, Hip Hop icon Queen Latifah , helped to officiate a, partially, same sex mass wedding. We need some artists to step up and host a major event on the world stage to  rebuild the black family.

We have enough Michael Sams and Queen Latifahs telling our children that it's OK to be gay. We need some Jim Browns and Nina Simones to tell them that its OK to be, "young, gifted and black."


Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired.com  website No Warning Fired.com Follow on Twitter @truthminista