Today’s Food: Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn

One of the should-be stereotypes about the descendants of North-American slavery is that our women are always cooking and farming—which is exactly why some evil folk would want to steal us and force us do those nutritional things for them. The power of ‘urban consciousness’ and two consumer revolutions (one in the 1950s and another in the 1980s) make such stereotypes about green-thumb, healing Black women laughable—no: when you find any kind of healing Black woman these days we should be deeply motivated to sing her praises. So I am deeply motivated to sing the praises of Azzizah Rahim of the Leimert Park community business collective, Back 2 Kemet.

Azzizah's Herbal Green Popcorn

My daughter was the first one who let me know about Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn—because my daughter wanted to eat some! We wiped out our first bags at our community icon, Simply Wholesome. I know how my body reacts whenever it consumes something powerful and healthy for the first time (later it acclimates and the drama lessens)—with Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn it was Black Love at first bite! You see, kids, there used to be an old saying from when I was young, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” You take that old saying and hook it up with the science—that each year every cell in the human body is regenerated—this regeneration process is fueled by food. It follows that when you are eating someone’s (healthy) food they are participating in the regeneration of your body. When your body is viewed as a “temple” then the ones you take food from become sacred. I will likely never meet Azzizah but I consider her a sacred person because her food ‘speaks’ to me!

You should always find Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn at Simply Wholesome but I have also seen it here in Los Angeles at Erewhon Natural Foods. You can also order it direct in gallon bags from Back 2 Kemet.

The Summer of Gods – L.A. Screening

Callie Rose Literary Arts Cafe’
Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PST)
Los Angeles, CA

Join us for an evening celebrating the Afro-Brazilian culture through dance, film, and dialogue. Invited guests include Ijo Emi Dance Company (www.rachelhernandezdance.com), Awo Falokun Fasegun (www.ojiseegun.com), and The Summer of Gods filmmaker Eliciana Nascimento (www.thesummerofgods.com).

The Summer of Gods is a short film about a young girl named Lili who unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. During her stay, she encounters Orishas (African gods) who help her find peace with a gift that has previously vexed her. The film is set in the Northeast of Brazil where Afro-Brazilian religious traditions remain strong. Lili’s Grandma upholds Orisha traditions as an admired local priestess, but to ensure these traditions carry on after she passes, the gifted Lili is led on a mystical adventure of initiation through a nearby forest.

The Summer of Gods Los Angeles premiere is being brought to you by Callie Rose Literary Arts Cafe www.CallieRoseLA.com and Inglewood Cultural Arts www.inglewoodculturalarts.org/.

Sponsorship packages are available in the $2500 and $5000 ranges. If interested please contact Alisa Orduna at (424) 227-7753 or via email at CallieRoseCafe@gmail.com.

“Chinese citizens rank ‘pollution and the environment’ as the top global threat” and other Twinks…

grist [grist] Chinese citizens rank “pollution and the environment” as the top global threat http://t.co/sc6UgKesn4 http://t.co/FRUGuyJ8RO

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Contagious Disease Surveillance | Virus Awareness | Ebola Map | HealthMap http://t.co/bADTt0ZNjI

Nanjira [NiNanjira] ‘There’s a perception that whiteness is working for white people. It’s not.’ https://t.co/Pqz6MQ3Kyu

W. E. Bae Du Bois [alwaystheself] What good is a “feminism” that merely seeks entree into the deadly nightmare of “freedom” produced by white supremacy & heteropatriarchy?

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Wolof to the bumper, baby https://t.co/4Mn9rq7NWk

the kinte space [KinteSpace] *The Hunger Games* can be framed as the commercially-successful, white-washed response to Oprah Winfrey’s film, BELOVED

the kinte space [KinteSpace] My daughter gets upset when I call Haymitch “sammich”

Goodman Gallery [Goodman_Gallery] In Memoriam: Thabiso Sekgala – http://t.co/oWhmFvv6n1

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How African-Americans Can Survive “Gentrification” (Displacements) And Prosper | Black Star News http://t.co/1lF65Kpd19

the kinte space [KinteSpace] L.A. “nerds” can come from this too: Bastards of the Party – YouTube https://t.co/UkYn9v9CVC

༻Λ ΒΞΛṸΤΙḞṸḺ ΜΙΝḎ༺ [TorahBlaze] All men ain’t liars and cheats. All women ain’t money hungry hoes.

Lushian . [Lushovah] The only show stopper tonight is me. Im switching this tv off.

the kinte space [KinteSpace] sammich

Tech Facts [DailyTechFacts] Google as a verb was first added to the dictionary in 2006

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag ‘Twinks’ are better than moderated comments… will blog about this soon…

“[@brainpicker] Ursula K. Le Guin on being a man—the finest, sharpest thing I’ve read in ages” and other Twinks…

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Ursula K. Le Guin on being a man – the finest, sharpest thing I’ve read in ages http://t.co/4XZmEyPlcQ http://t.co/nNRSeJtwqF

Ainehi Edoro [brittlepaper] NEWPOST: Tosin Kolawole is Inspired By Anything and Everything | Interviewed by Caleb Adebayo http://t.co/s4ewSQcTOT @bwesigye @Writivism

Louise Jury [Louise_Jury] Grace jones and artist Wangechi Mutu @victoriamiro tonight http://t.co/3Z25kUIYir

the kinte space [KinteSpace] the phrase “developing nations” spoken with no awareness of the phrase “deliberately underdeveloped nations” is ignorant, often willfully

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] Just got my @HowardU “save the date” homecoming magnet, a day before homecoming. Smh.

Sydette [Blackamazon] “it will only be really revolutionary if that energy accomplishes something beyond women hiring their buddies,” (1/2) http://t.co/fFBkLZcOH9

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] Our generation should be stormin the university archives, not the streets: aspiring to create divine “speech”, not marketable bureaucracies.

Sydette [Blackamazon] “forming new power cliques, and deflecting fair-minded criticism that comes from marginalized groups.” (2/2) http://t.co/fFBkLZcOH9

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] There are fewer than 100 black professors in Britain – why? http://t.co/tFuS2OPvKx

the kinte space [KinteSpace] A New Kind of Incubator Where Painters Rub Elbows With Physicists | WIRED http://t.co/1MXuuBfa6I

the kinte space [KinteSpace] you’re face to user interface with the man who sold the world #suck #bowie

Sydette [Blackamazon] I wished some of you cared as much about saving black lives as stealing black ideas and culture

Side-Eye (Harder) [prisonculture] Say what you will about @CornelWest but he’s one of the few scholar-activists consistently walking beside marginalized people FOR YEARS…

Sydette [Blackamazon] It’s funny how the only women talking about DEATH and street harassment seem to be black and by funny I mean makes me cry

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] “America is farcical, you can’t expect a democracy from a country like this.” (Gore Vidal)

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] Read this classic film review from Liberator #18, c. 2007. “Bastards Of The Party” http://t.co/T3Ln6NY9Sq

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] Sun Ra / Chicago, Afrofuturism, Street Preaching & D.I.Y. Jazz » http://t.co/g83TqppP7t

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] “Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to I look into my own black heart.” (Gore Vidal)

Cherokee Phoenix [CherokeePhoenix] Trail of Tears marker commemorates water route http://t.co/Bm6QTCMGwS

When comediennne Ms. Pat [@ComedienneMsPat] says, “If he don’t beat you that mean he don’t love you”…

I look forward to finding the time or getting the chance to see how a self-described “Black” female “cultural critic” responds to the comedienne Ms. Pat, what she brings to the table. I’m willing to do the respectful research—just not right now… In particular, on episode 540 of the WTF podcast with Mark Maron, Ms. Pat reveals what her mother said to her as a child (no joke). She said two of many things:

White people are better than you so don’t look them in the eyes.

…and…

When your man don’t beat you that mean he don’t love you.

What is important here is that this is information transferred from mother to child. My assertion—not backed with respectable statistics—screams out with pessimism about my idea of a “Black feminist” paying full respect of the power a mother has over her children. Even a “ghetto” mother—regarded as “powerless” by patriarchal, nuclear-weapon-possessing standards—wields awesome power over the world view of her children. Being a Black parent three times over my respect for her (poor—or poor with some money) is deep and unwavering.

So, based on my Black experience, I assume that contemporary culture critics would make efforts to ignore or marginalize the significance of what Ms. Pat is saying here. My concern is one who considers themselves “Black” and “educated” would do a very ‘white’ thing and marginalize Ms. Pat—confine her to a small, extreme edge case that we must feel sympathy for but never think about…

So let’s think: In my efforts to prevent my very intelligent male children from becoming post-hip-hop-era misogynists, I attempt to define and frame womanhood as relativistic. This is based on my non-doctorate-level assertion that there are at least two kinds of womanhood: imperial womanhood and indigenous womanhood (and—blah, blah—the same framing applies for so-called manhood). I tell my very intellectual twenty-something year-old son that by default (unless the woman becomes an activist of counter culture) a woman born in American urban culture as we know it will be a patriarchal fascist secular humanist. To be a patriarchal fascist secular humanist is to be by definition confused.

What is also difficult is to explain to my eldest son (who has never been married) is, how can a woman be patriarchal and fascist? This is where Ms. Pat comes in: the second message from her real-world mother explains it all. To consider beating as primary form of passionate communication can only be socialized and commemorated under the context of fascism.

Now, the ladies who think of themselves as “better than” Pat—and her mother—may actually accept this world view passed from mother to child as a fascist one. But these ladies are likely to still marginalize Ms. Pat under the phrase, “What does this have to do with me—or my mother?” What would be seriously unimaginative is to dismiss this entirely by stating, ‘These exact words were never used in my family so what does this have to do with me?’

Let’s move away from the exact words and look at general principles: a beating is a high-energy act of dominance and control upon a passive subject. So another thing Ms. Pat was likely taught as a corollary is something I find from my personal Black experience:

To too many Black women, you do not exist as a man unless you can provide high-energy acts of dominance and control upon one or more passive adult female subjects.

Emphasis must be placed on, you do not exist as a man. When I wrote the poem “void this misogyny” over a decade ago, I repeated the phrase, I am not enough of a man for this same emphasis.

I have learned the motherfucking hard way that it is not my place to get an adult North American woman to understand anything abstract and metaphysical. So what I try to get my sons to understand is this possibility of imposed non-existence in places they may yearn to exist. I define “manliness” as the ability to accept such invisibility within a systemic context. (My father used to tell me, “A man can stand alone.”) What is the system in play here that’s making invisible, son? Are you trying to get Nazis to love and accept your Jewishness in 1930s Berlin? What party are you not being invited to? Is it an Earth day celebration? …or is it a tea dance on top of a toxic waste dump?

Being a fascist provider…

I have nothing against the phrase, “I want a man to provide for me—and our children.” But this must be distinguished from being a provider of high-energy acts of dominance and control upon one or more passive adult female subjects. You see kids, there are actually a beneficial side to fascism—especially charismatic fascism. Under fascism (when your leaders are winning the wars) there is little expected of you. You really don’t have to do shit but be held captive and you will be taken care of. When your fascist leader does something for you, all you have to do is stand back and watch him do for you. In many brief moments you can feel like you are actually exploiting the fascist as this superman leaps around doing shit for you. From an economic point of view this can be awesome (and too often mistaken for some form of “gold digging” or “whoring”). But then this male bitch starts losing the war, the life as a passive recipient will start to change for the worse…

Solutions…

Ms. Pat is part of the suite of solutions needed for the actual return of Love in the Black world… When she turns all of what I’ve written here into a humorous sound bite (to me she has), she helps to remind the Black world of their actual fucked up Atlanta Housewives situation.

Another part of the solution is our return to communalism—which makes community possible. The traditional African village is based on communalism—so to ignore this is to be hopelessly urban, capitalist and individuated. The fascist world view will always confuse communalism with communism and reduce collective efforts to mob rule—even the tech hipster phrase “crowd sourcing” has a brutish, crude regard for the collective.

The smallest unit of self-sustaining communalism is the collaborative, non-hierarchical-but-role-based relationship between a man and a woman. I have never, ever heard of or read about any couple—especially a self-described “Black couple”—frame their intimate relationships in these terms. In terms of Black history, I can see glimmers of such intimate relations between, say, Ida B. Wells and her husband (who sold his newspaper business to her while they were married—instead of “giving” it to her).

Ms. Pat reminds me that nothing substantial will change in the “at risk” Black “community” as long as these issues of non-hierarchical intimacy (without regard for sexual orientation—because “gay” relations can be very fascistic also) remain unresolved, with most of us actually proudly swaggering around that we are rid of each other—or we have power over others—or Afro-masochistically: another has power over that smirking pretty one.

Everyone in what bell hooks calls a “dominator culture” suffers from the anti-depressant-prescribed sickness of the intimacy of fascism. It’s just that Black version of this—the Black woman version of this—kicks my ass the most. Yet again: it’s the Blues, baby.

Fade out to Depeche Mode’s “Master and Servant”…