In times of war, we must CREATE!

It’s important that we continue to be creative during difficult times. Art is best produced and received by the people struggling for their freedom. For the past several years, I have wondered what the next hip hop movement will be.  Not creating a new hip hop style or sound but what art form we will create that will come from the guts of black culture that is so raw and uncut that the dominate society will despise it because they don’t understand it and can’t control it.

The American corporation now has a new president.  Donald Trump is making it clear that life will be extremely difficult for anyone that does not follow the rules of white supremacy. His policies include kicking out Arabic and African immigrants, building a wall on the Mexican border, defunding women’s reproductive programs and repealing Obamacare. I will be honest about my thoughts here, with no concern to another person’s parochial opinion of life.

Although these days are dangerous for many of us, we are living in the best part of history. Women, men and child of all races and ethnic groups have hit the streets in protest. People that have never been engaged with politics are now coming out to organizing meetings and stepping up into leadership positions.  For 15 years, I have been conscious and aware of the ugly slave master that is “the system” of white supremacy.  I used to be the crazy person going on and on about the new world order, GMO’s, Black Economics, Moorish Science and Entrepreneurship but now the rest of America seems to be waking up.

During my 8 years laboring as a public servant, doing paid and free work, I have never witnessed so many people wanting to get involved in community and national affairs. This is truly a beautiful thing to experience. Although I have strong reservations on Black people participating in movements led by white liberals, I will concede that baby steps are better than nothing. People want to have their voices heard and fight for their ability to live their truth in peace. What better time to watch a new art form emerge from a generation that has absolutely nothing to lose (but their chains).

I don’t believe that the next art form will be music only, but maybe a mixture of media platforms that is only understood by those creating it. I imagine that it is already in its genesis phase being created over weed smoke and a cheap bottle of wine, shared between people on the edge of existence but still finding ways to survive. The next hip hop is being cultivated right now in a fly over state where Trump won and everyone there knows why.  I imagine it to be so dope and unique that we hear rumors and go searching for it, instead of forcing it to come to us. No matter what it is, this art form will resonate with the people that need it the most.

I am not a prophet. I simply appreciate the power that art has on people in the struggle. This is the time when we need it the most, to uplift us all when we are unsure of the future.  I claim ignorance in knowing exactly what’s in store for America, and my people, but as a person that understands the power of thoughts and words, I declare that we are living in the best time of history and that every day is worth living.

Monica Sekhmet Grant

Empress Rights Press 2017

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10 things that Black People can do today to immediately help our community!

Black-Female-SoldierWritten for Black People (Moors and indigenous folk too) who know that we are at war…

Woman Shushing --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

  1. Stop Talking: During times of trauma, continuously speaking about negative events keeps us in a low vibration. It becomes difficult for us to think clearly and strategically; which is needed during times of war. It is also important to be quiet and pay attention to your surroundings. If something fishy is going on around you, you will not know if you are too busy talking and trying to debate everyone.
  2. Exercise: To be a solider at war and at peace, you must be in shape. This is something that I am reminded of while participating in long tiring protests in New York City, that usually have protesters marching across the entire borough of Manhattan. Just think, if you had to out-run a dog, defend your family against an attacker, or crawl into a tight space to hide from a gunman could you do it to save your life?th-7
  3. Fast: How long can you go without food. If this country continues down this path of destruction, martial law will be implemented. What if you could not go to the grocery store when you ran out of food? Developing your discipline now is important to prepare yourself for times of distress. Fasting is not limited to food. How long can you go without your phone, checking Facebook, smoking a cigarette or getting your hair done? What ever your vice is, I challenge you to take a break from it for at least a week, so that your spirit can be released from its tight grip. Even if you return to the behavior, you at least know that if you can do it once, then you can do it again.16-Non-perishables
  4.  Have a Food Supply: Once again Marshal Law is a very real possibility. If you have not started building your personal food reserve, you need to do so immediately. I often imagine what would have happened in Ferguson and Baltimore, during the riots, had our brothers and sisters had at least a 3-week food supply. The government would have probably dropped a bomb on those communities because food and water would have kept them healthy, alert and ready to keep fighting. 12eb8e8
  5.  Limit Your Time on Social Media: If you are not conducting business on social media you honestly have no business being on there all day, every day. These sites are making revenue based on the number of users actively using the site. During times of crisis, social media turns into a cesspool of negative thoughts that are detrimental to our mental wellness and physical health.   It’s okay to step back and work on yourself. Don’t worry; it will still be there tomorrow.krayzie-ON-MICROPHONEBULLY
  6. Stop Worrying About What Other Black People Are or Are Not Doing: You are the most important person in your life. If you are not alive and healthy then you will not be around to “save” any of the heathens that you preach about. Be an example by actually doing what you think is best. Worrying about any person other than yourself is a lowkey way of making other people responsible for your happiness; don’t give anyone that power. If you believe that Black people need to come together and create a plan, then what you should do is come together with other Black people and create that plan, and if you are already doing that, congratulations. Be happy with those in your circle and focus on what you have accomplished. If you are not doing that, stop talking and get to work. 622x350
  7. Forgive ALL Black People: We don’t have time to hate each other. I’m sorry we just don’t. An enemy of my enemy, usually an officer of the state, makes you, my beautiful Black Brother and Sister, my dearest friend. Do yourself a favor and create a list of all the people who have done you wrong, including yourself. Go down the list one by one and forgive them. Be sure to say it out loud, it’s more powerful that way. Be sure to include yourself, because the most harm that is done to us on a daily basis tends to come from within, that’s how Willie Lynch works. When you love yourself and the people who look like you, it won’t be hard to identify who the real enemy is.th-6
  8.  Expand Your Hustle: If your income is solely based on a job, you are less powerful in the movement than a person on unemployment. If your employer turns out to be a white supremacist and clearly despises your passion for Black Lives, how ready are you to leave that job if you have no other forms of income? We have always been the ultimate hustlers in America. Whatever it is that you do for your job, become an expert consultant on the side. If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, learn better ways to enhance your craft so that you can put a price tag on it. The more streams of income you can generate the more powerful you will become in fighting against white supremacy. You will also be able to give more to the community when the time comes that we really must depend on each other solely.
  9. grocery-shoppingSave Your Money: everyday that you go out to dinner instead of cooking at home, you are giving up your right to control your empire. Money is a resource that should be kept within your fortress. Every time that you spend your cash or credit on a non-essential item, that is not helping you become a better, more educated person, you are empowering other communities while depleting your own supply. Money can be used to negotiate with powerful people, but if you don’t have money, even a little bit; you are as good as dead. black-man-meditation
  10. Raise Your Vibration: Energy is neither created nor destroyed it is simply transferred. Your frequency determines your thoughts and emotions, and how you perceive the world in front of you. While some people are panicking, a person tapped into a higher frequency is usually calm and can see the bigger picture, allowing them to play chess and not checkers. The following are a few ways to raise your vibrations: Eating a raw food diet (the closer to raw vegan the better, just do what you can until you get there), mediating, reading inspirational books, being in nature, exercising, dancing to an African drum beat, laughing and being around people who you genuinely love.

I made this list because social media has become too toxic for me to participate in or even eavesdrop. I see people who I love dearly, giving their energy to useless debates that are actually counterproductive to the revolution that they would like to see. I love you all dearly and I have decided to use my energy to create art and develop deeper connections with the Black people in my life. Anything or anyone that could potentially lower my vibration will be politely ignored. Black on Black Love, All Day Every Day!

-Monica Sekhmet

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If you work a job, then you’re in business

Any person that has a job is technically selling their pre-determined services to an employer at a wholesale rate. Then the employer sells (or flips) their work at a suggested retail price for a profit. Although this person (maybe YOU) might not think they are in business, because being an entrepreneur is such a dirty word. They are definitely somebody else’s business. We should all learn to “mind our own business” and cut out the middle-man.

 

 

 

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