“Why is the Department of Homeland Security monitoring Black Lives Matter activists?” and other Twinks…

Blavity [Blavity] Why is the Department of Homeland Security monitoring Black Lives Matter activists? [blavity.com] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Dr. Gerald Horne on Al Jazeera America [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How China is changing Africa [youtube.com] #ajstream

the kinte space [KinteSpace] America Is Frying the Planet With Its Corn Fields [wired.com]

Cory Doctorow [doctorow] Comcast, Time Warner make huge “donations” to party honoring their FCC overseer #1yrago [boingboing.net] [twitter.com]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Tired of Netflix? Here’s The New Streaming Service You Didn’t Know You Needed. [blavity.com] @megafunkmega

Huffington Post [HuffingtonPost] Vandals cut the word “black” out of this church’s “black lives matter” sign [m.huffpost.com] [twitter.com]

This Is Africa [ThisIsAfricaTIA] Zimbabwean war heroes’ skulls to be returned from UK [thisisafrica.me] [twitter.com]

Crystal Fleming [alwaystheself] If you’re a black woman criticizing another black woman for defending black women, you need to get your life together.

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Tracing DNA Not Just to Africa but to 1 Tribe [theroot.com] via @TheRoot

MU [universouluv] know everything there is to know about the field you’re going into, from production to distribution. take advantage of the internet/library

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Safak | Book Review [youtube.com] via @rinceya

Black History Heroes [HistoryHeroes] A Folktale from the Tuareg near Timbuktu, Mali, #Africa [blackhistoryheroes.com] [twitter.com]

Kirupa Chinnathambi [kirupa] Check out @DesignObserver‘s nice collection of book covers: [designobserver.com] #design

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Bold New Voices of Singapore | Art World [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] “Freed But Not Free”: Artists at the Venice Biennale Respond to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement [democracynow.org]

Overcooked Vegan [OvercookedVegan] I added a video to a @YouTube playlist [youtube.com] Overcooked Vegan – Episode 05

the kinte space [KinteSpace] MARGEAUX AND LINDA’S VEGAN KITCHEN: eating sunseed chorizo (via Rainbow Acres) [mlvegankitchen.com]

“The number of police killings since #Ferguson, in one map” and other Twinks…

The Stream [AJStream] The number of police killings since #Ferguson, in one map [vox.com] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Death of a Young Black Journalist [newyorker.com]

aja monet [aja_monet] movement organizing requires literature that liberates. ideas should be floating mid air whenever we speak, engaging thought & feeling.

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Feminism started with the Buddha and Confucius 25 centuries ago [telegraph.co.uk]

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Gina Prince-Bythewood Voices Frustration over Netflix’s Handling of ‘Beyond The Lights’ [blogs.indiewire.com] [twitter.com]

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Before ‘Quilombo’ There Was ‘Ganga Zumba.’ Seen it? No? Watch It Now (But There’s a Catch) [blogs.indiewire.com] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Shift The Goalposts Of Disadvantage @chimurenga_za [chimurengachronic.co.za]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Culture clash: Why the Chinese take childhood seriously [telegraph.co.uk]

Black Founders [blackfounders] Two Week’s Notice: The Black Start-Up That Began with a White Lie [atlantablackstar.com] via @atlblackstar

Tara [taraw] I work 4 @awscloud I write code 2 ensure cloud svcs can b added 2 mobile, games, IoT & DevOps #ILookLikeAnEngineer [twitter.com]

Ororo Munroe⚡️ [she_benggs]#AntiIntellectBeLike You can’t own an iPhone, white men created it. We must follow our ancestors and use talking drums to communicate

I'm too old for this [davewiner] The bad news on Apple’s stock is only beginning. [marketwatch.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The New Stereotype is creating positive imagery of the black man [blavity.com] @blavity

the kinte space [KinteSpace] patriarchy is poverty: #NiUnaMenos [youtube.com] #AJStream

the kinte space [KinteSpace] we are working on new version of [kintespace.com] … please bear with us… J’ah jireh…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Learning while black: the reality of selective sympathy in our schools [blavity.com]

Althea Champagnie [Champagnie] College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977 [nbcnews.com] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Tracking Earth’s changing magnetic field using South African hut fires [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Author Marlon James [youtube.com] #ajstream

the kinte space [KinteSpace] redesign/upgrade of [kintespace.com] home page almost done [codepen.io] @tmrDevelops @megafunkmega @JuneCarol_E

the kinte space [KinteSpace] racist football fans: 13 yr old girl calls out “ape” [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] both @aishatyler and @MaronzioVance started podcasting in 2011 but Maronzio started earlier, in the winter [maronziovance.podbean.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] here is @aishatyler, her first episode [girlonguy.libsyn.com] @MaronzioVance @EdGreerDestroys

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite]@EdGreerDestroys I am glad you and @MaronzioVance talk comics and not-quite-informed Black history on your podcasts, keep it up!

Ed Greer [EdGreerDestroys]@BryanWilhite: @EdGreerDestroys here is one I wrote in 2008: [kintespace.com] …any remarks?” This one’s for you babe @kleethepimp

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction [newyorker.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] favorite soul spices [youtube.com] @sweetpotatosoul @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Aris Latham explains why the chronic is toxic [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution [science.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Dr. Aris Latham recommends kalanamak Indian salt for us salt addicts [youtube.com] @OvercookedVegan

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Aris Latham, raw food chef [youtube.com] @OvercookedVegan @sweetpotatosoul

the kinte space [KinteSpace] overcooked vegan episode #4 [youtube.com] @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] VernissageTV PDF Magazine No. 31: Venezia [vernissage.tv] @another_africa @vernissagetv

June Edmonds [JuneCarol_E]@BryanWilhite thank you!! [twitter.com]

Flippant remarks about my birthday and Kwame Turé…

So it’s my birthday here on Earth as it is in the kinté space. The kinté space? Yes. This website is the very, very likely oldest, continually-running, Black/African cultural force on the Internet. I think there are about two ways to look into this: my kinté hits page and the Internet archive, its Wayback Machine.

InternetArchive.org: Wayback Machine for KinteSpace.com

The Blog in which these words appear, the rasx() context, dates back to 2005—so, again, one of the oldest Black/African voices on the Internet. —Why all of this “bragging” when my attendance at the last Blogging While Brown conference in Los Angeles went completely unnoticed?

When I turned 21 (in the 1990s), I was “bragging” about how the LAPD—or some other gang—had not murdered me. I knew the stats—the leading cause of death for Black men—and I was openly proud that all the wise ancestors that produced me survived all of the obstacles deliberately put in place.

My people perish for lack of knowledge. We all need to know the stats and we need to “brag” more and more about how we survive and sometimes thrive in what Chuck D called the “anti-nigger machine” or deeper still “intellectual Vietnam.”

The reason why a project like the kinté space would go unnoticed (especially here in the Americas) is because it is not a business. In Black Enterprise terms, the kinté space is like a very, very badly run 1980s bookstore with a dusty display in the shop window that looks abandoned but every now and then the neighborhood kids noticed a few display items moved around on the slatwall as they skateboard to the bus stop (okay, to be fair: lately, it’s been about 50,000 “neighborhood kids” a month).

Another way to look at the kinté space is like a really, really obscure house of couture. The house is run by seamstress that does work-for-hire sewing for other people—other more famous, financially wealthy people. Yes, I am that couture seamstress. I even have my own website with notes about threads. But I don’t own an overpriced fragrance that can make up for the money spent on runway shows.

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“Huh?”

“What is he talking about?”

Here’s my point: yes, it’s my birthday and I am older than most Black people who care to use the Internet properly. I understand that sometimes I am treated like “the old man at the club” in that Chris Rock joke. Instead of staying in my little world I research what is going on in other worlds. My research encourages me to continue badly-running kintespace.com until I am unable to do so. I have a few new ideas on the way and would like to try them out in near future.

When the kintespace.com is as popular as netnoir.com was or bossip.com has recently been then you know there has been foundational shift in Black world culture. The balance of power between the political/aesthetical poles of Haiti and the Dominican Republic has shifted back to Haiti, you dig?

“Huh?”

Next stop: Kwame Turé. He died when he was 57. I look forward to my 57th year, “bragging” about not being murdered by kale stalks in a kinté space future…

My respect for the heartbreaking moment in “Marley Africa Road Trip”

Much respect for the family ‘ceremony’ that David “Ziggy” Marley documented in Marley Africa Road Trip. Bob Marley’s eldest son was able to honor his father by playing a free concert in South Africa, trekking the roads with his two younger brothers, Rohan and Robbie, on bad-ass wheels (hopefully) sponsored by Ducati.

What is the heart-breaking moment (for me) was Ziggy’s inability to truly honor is mother (on the public stage) because he placed his trust and invested his time in these three “modern” chicks:

Marley Africa Road Trip

I’m not going to “spoil” it for you and tell you what these three did—but let’s just say that it was serious Babylon-system shit. What they did was premeditated (at least by one of them) and very, very typical of the Hollywood-tradition of the “reality” Tee Vee show.

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Let’s just say that a mean-spirited, apartheid-era, classical racist could not have insulted Bob Marley’s son more—with such precise intimacy—than what these three urban kids did. What would be more painful as an artist that is truly an idealist is to suffer the insult and then appear on the same stage with these people. Unlike Ziggy, these 21st-century kids from the “real” Africa would never see me in person again.

However, since I know for a fact that I (and I) am outnumbered by Babylon-system-Africans, I will say “on the positive side” that these young people did come and apologize to Ziggy for what they did (there are tons of diva-bitches here in Los Angeles who would never apologize for doing worse). But you can tell from Ziggy’s reaction to them that their apology cannot be trusted. To use Rasta-style, Old-Testament vocabulary, it is an abomination to have such people appear on the same stage as the son of Rita Marley—but the reality is Africa and all the Americas is raped-full of such shitty people—so, for the Marleys, the show must go on… J’ah live!

I (and I) must make mention of this: the Marley brothers were united under the principle that they would not charge Africans for their African-centered works. This is a principle that should be respected (or envied) by all so-called Black “artists” around the world. To present a free concert in Africa and then passively charge for the documentary leading up to the concert in mostly western markets is (to me) the right thing to do. This is an activist business model that we self-described Africans should be notorious for…

Chris Rock’s “Top Five” has better casual Black History talk than any comedy I have ever seen…

Real film reviewers have probably covered Chris Rock’s 2014 comedy Top Five. But I am flippantly certain that no one on this planet has evaluated this star studded film for its throw-away Black history lines. This shot right here, full of the best of them, makes me think of Wyatt Cenac’s Medicine for Melancholy:


Chris Rock’s “Top Five”

Wyatt’s lead and his love interest were in a fictional West-Coast city playing with relatively lightweight Black history quips, which were frustratingly one-sided (nothing coming from Wyatt’s Black woman—which is from my experience very, very realistic). It would never surprise me to discover that the researching habits of Chris Rock saw these scenes and had his female lead, Rosario Dawson, take it to another level in his movie.

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What does surprise me is that Chris Rock would get his ‘answer’ to Wyatt out in a film that is clearly designed to be mainstream vehicle (in contrast to, say, the more continentally domestic 2 Days In New York). Rock is making a serious attempt to get some Woody-Allenesque-anti-Semitic-lampooning depth into his on-screen Blackness. (Of course it would sting a little to find that the screenwriter who wrote all the Black history lines, featuring some gory details of the Haitian revolution, was just another educated white dude.)

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It should be commonplace by now that details about the many, many fascinating events of Black history should be thrown about in Black films. I should be complaining by now that yet another Black professor of Black history is consulting for Black Hollywood films. It is indeed melancholy that I have to praise a multi-millionaire dude of African descent in the heights of his career taking such care in the 21st century.

Dudes should be doing this right-straight from yard.

Anyway: thanks, Chris Rock.