#TBT when a CIA-owned plane carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine crashed in eastern Mexico in 2007. Next time you’re downtown and you feel yourself start to get annoyed or upset at all the tweakers and dope fiends running around, ask yourself who the fuck brings the drugs over here, cuz I sure as hell never met a crack dealer with his own jet and landing strip.
Monday 10/14 I will be showing support for my indigenous brothers and sisters worldwide and giving a big “Fuck You” to Christopher Columbus. Come through for some great performances, get educated, and connect with folks who are really striving to bring positivity the Bay Area community. Thanks to my homegirl Ma Ri for involving me in this.
At the Center for Political Education, 522 Valencia St. San Francisco
Back by popular demand! It’s the Second Annual: “My HEROES Have Always Killed Colonizers: Stories of Global Indigenous REZistance”
— a night of song, words, and resistance, a celebration of every global indigenous warrior who’s been labeled a terrorist, unpatriotic, and/or savage while defending the land, the people, and our traditional ways. Through storytelling, spoken word and performance we will collectively Re-Indigenize our heroes, such as Leila Khaled, Boukman, Lapu-Lapu, Lolita Lebron, Toy Purina and Geromino so that they may claim their true role in history.
October 14, Indigenous Peoples Day, is reclaimed from the genocidal legacy of Colonizer Colombus. Join us this night, as we ask “Which colonizers have your heroes resisted?”
Doors open at 5:30pm. Early arrival is suggested as last year’s event was sold out!
In solidarity with First Nations’ struggles against alcoholism, this event is Alcohol FREE.
Wicahpiluta Candelaria (Opening and Urban Ohlone Rez Poetry)
All Nations Singers (Native American Inter-tribal Drum Group)
Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company (Afrikan Haitian Dance Troupe)
Joseph Bolden (Remix of “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys”)
Power Struggle (Political and Cultural Hip-Hop)
Ricky Saenz (Political Historical Monologue)
Landa Lakes (Political Native American Drag Queen)
Lubna Morrar (Palestinian Political Poetry)
Dregs One (Political SF Hip Hop)
Ma Ri (MC) (This will also be her bday celebration, as its her bday this week!)
Donations are accepted at the door to pay for the space and electricity, and no one will be turned away for a lack of funds…
Native American Cusine will be SERVED and purchased for a small donation.
Come ready to chow down!
LIVE SILK-SCREENING STATION:
There will be on-site screen printing of our “My HEROS Have Always Killed Colonizers” jpegs. This year we feature Lolita Lebron. We’ll also have a re-deux of last year’s Lapu Lapu image available. Feel free to bring a t-shirt. If you forget we will have shirts and bandanas to purchase for you to silkscreen.
This space is ADA Accessible.
(For Public transit info:
BART: Get off at 16th Street Bart and walk up one block
MUNI Lines: 22, 49, 14, 14L)
(PARKING: There is a parking garage between Mission st and Valencia on 16th, there is also usually more parking across mission towards Capp and South Van Ness, after 6pm most metering parking is free in this area. Check to make sure and look at signs before parking)
Peace y’all, it’s been a minute since I shared some of my solo work so I wanted to upload this joint off “the STYLE tape.” As of right now, the only way to hear that mixtape in its entirety is to cop the CD, but I wanted folks to check out this track.
I wrote this song last year in 2012 a few months after I moved from San Francisco to Oakland. This song is basically about my new life across the Bay, but it also deals with the concept of getting older and how the world keeps on changing. In our lives we are always caught up thinking about time; worrying about the future, regretting the past, and trying to make use of the present. This song is about me letting go of all that, accepting everything that’s happened to me and everything that’s presently happening; and being open to wherever life takes me. I brought my raps to Hella Records, recorded them in just a few minutes with TD Camp, lit up a chop and dipped home on 580 with a PYT in the passenger seat and the new song on full blast. It has definitely been part of the soundtrack to my life, hope you enjoy.
#tbt: playing chess on 5th & Market. A few days ago, the SFPD has stated that they are shutting down these tables, where homeless folks & people from all over have been playing for decades. They say its because of crime & drug use, but as you can see in this picture, this was a place for folks to find peace & enjoyment. I can guess the real reason why they want these tables gone. What do you think?
You know what, some people aren’t going to like this. And I don’t care! I have to speak my mind about this. Professional sports can officially suck my dick! I hate that shit. Hate it! Let’s get a few things straight though: I am not against sports, or competition. I think sports are fun to play and great exercise. I’m also not completely against the enjoyment of sports games and athletes. I’m not gonna give a lecture to a dad who just wants to take his kid to the ballpark to try to catch some foul balls and eat some Cracker Jacks. I just have a hard time enjoying pro sports, and I’ll explain why.
Last night, my Instagram timeline filled up with pic after pic of NFL team pride; our team is the best everyone else is garbage, blah blah blah. Memes of rival teams being pissed on by Calvin, getting smashed by the Incredible Hulk; players being violently attacked, made to dress like girls, etc etc. What’s wrong with dressing like a girl? Well, obviously I know why some people think it’s wrong for men to have feminine qualities but I just asked to point out how insensitive sports are to women. There’s almost no place for women to be included except as spectators, commentators, and cheerleaders. And the suggestion that one might have even the slightest feminine tendencies is the ultimate insult. Sports is all testosterone-fueled, aggressive high competition but I guess most people equate manhood with getting drunk on Sunday afternoons and yelling at a TV.
The players themselves are supposed to represent the ideal characteristics of tough manliness. They’re looked up to and idolized by millions and I bet if you ask most kids to name a hometown hero it’ll be an athlete. But check this out: they make millions of dollars, jump from team to team and city to city to the highest bidders, and most give zero fucks about the town they play in or the people in it. I remember growing up and athletes were respected as courageous, heroic role models. Nowadays the on-the-field actions of players are overshadowed by drug use, arrests, domestic violence, rapes, even murder. No one seems to want to address that, you know why? Most pros I see are tattood, wannabe thug primadonnas that don’t embody the values of honor, pride, and discipline that I always thought sports were supposed to instill in people. No one looks at the big picture of the problem and I figure it’s because America loves crime and violence; it’s entertainment. America loves to see more reinforcements of the stereotypes that the only things Black men are good at are dunking basketballs and committing crimes. Not to mention the league chews em up, and spits em out with their bodies basically destroyed after years of demanding exercise. No one talks about the injured 2nd-string players who live broke as hell after the end of their careers. No one care about the mental health of these guys. A star athlete is like a strong horse at the farm who works his ass off and holds things together until one day his performance isn’t quite what it used to be and he’s hauled off to the glue factory.
Just like these players don’t seem to give a shit, the owners care even less. No one talks about how most sports are dominated by Black men but there isn’t a single Black owner in any of the professional leagues. Black coaches are rare too, and the same goes for other ethnicities. But when teenagers are being sold hoop dreams and focusing on the quick millions, it’s understandable that they might not think about the long-term money these owners are making. And that right there might be what I loathe most about sports: greed. Just going to watch a game is expensive. Think about all the over-priced beer and hotdogs these bastards sell, that alone’s gotta be worth hella money. Now let’s factor in merchandise made using exploitative cheap labor in foreign countries, endorsements, video games, gambling, action figures, etc. On top of all that, every single facet of sports is basically sponsored by corporations.
No, pro sports doesn’t promote teamwork, discipline, health, or nutrition, it promotes McDonald’s, Sprite, and Skittles. The fact that a company can buy the name of an entire stadium is disgusting. Pretty soon they’ll be buying team names too. Y’all ready to see the San Francisco Levi’s take on the Detroit Chevrolets? Sheeeit. Not to mention that if you watch a game either in person or on TV you’re going to be bombarded with advertisements the entire time. They’re littered all over the stadiums and fields. Even if you’re focusing heavily on the pitcher’s next throw, you’re still gonna have an ad in your field of vision and that right there is still going to make its way into your subconscious. That right there is the real whopper.
How does professional sports programming affect your subconscious? How do men view subconsciously themselves when the ideal standard of manhood is a muscle-bound tough guy who never shows weakness and utterly destroys any competition? How do we- Black, white, whatever- process the blatant racial inequality and stereotyping, and dehumanization of players? What’s the real reason we have to honor our military and government before every game? What messages are being sent when 10 minutes of brutal physical conflict on a football field is followed by advertisements encouraging you to buy a badder car, drink a better beer, and grow a bigger dick? Feel me??
Everyday of my life is spent trying to be the best person I can be. I can’t devote all that time to sports, I just can’t. I can’t follow every game, I can’t watch pregame and postgame shows, I can’t look up stats on the internet, I can’t load up my family every week and hit the game, and I damn sure can’t get into heated debates with other people about sports. The shit on the internet is bad enough. Being a fan of a rival team is probably worse than being a Nazi. I’ve seen people say the foulest shit to each other over sports. Usually it goes to physical threats. Sometimes it goes beyond threats, and you end up seeing someone like Bryan Stow being stomped into a coma for being a Giants fan in Dodger country. Gee how could so much violent behavior be fueled by professional sports? In case you weren’t paying attention or you scored low in reading comprehension in elementary school, re-read pretty much everything I just wrote.
Bottom line, I really don’t want to be that guy that shits on the stuff that everyone loves and then everyone thinks he’s a self-righteous asshole but if saying what I feel makes me that guy then god dammit I’m going to have to be that guy! Once again tho, I don’t hate all sports. I don’t hate all athletes. I don’t hate all fans. I recognize the noble qualities of sporting competitions and incredible athleticism. I realize that many people have fond memories of sports moments and that many relationships and experiences are based on sports- to each his own. But I also realize that the times we’re living in are changing. Many of the negative elements I touched on have always been present in pro sports since the days of English soccer riots. However, I feel like the negative is getting worse and worse and now more than ever we can’t afford to be distracted- much less subconsciously influenced by corporations and the media. If you’re a hardcore sports fan please don’t let that stop you from enjoying your interests, but just keep it in mind. Please.
Cookie Beats App: Live from the School House with Dregs One (by UpBeet Games)
Check out my latest project- I’m proud to share this new release with y’all!
The debut self-titled album from NO WORLD ORDER is available now! Stream and download the album for free, and also order the limited-edition CD and Urban Era snapback at http://noworldorder.bandcamp.com
As our government considers launching an attack on Syria, a country that most Americans probably couldn’t find on a map, I want to point out how ironic it is that on this same date our government is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech.”
How can we celebrate this anniversary without acknowledging the fact that many of the goals and visions MLK shared with us in that speech still haven’t become reality, even after 50 years?
President Barack Obama was one of the main speakers at today’s celebration of the march in Washington DC. Many people praise him as the product of the struggle for Civil Rights. Yet he presides over a country that incarcerates more of its own citizens than any other nation, and the majority of those incarcerated are Black. He presides over a country where unarmed young Black men like Oscar Grant, Ramarley Graham, and Alan Blueford are murdered by police officers who kill without consequence. He presides over a country where the unemployment rate in the Black community is the highest out of any other ethnic group. After 5 years in office, it’s clear to see that Barack Obama’s politics couldn’t be farther than the beliefs preached by Martin Luther King.
As Obama, Oprah, and Bill Clinton talked about how much progress we’ve made since 1963, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Americans that the Syrian government must be punished by military action. He talks about the horrors of chemical weapons, but doesn’t mention how the US government manufactured and put those type of weapons in the hands of Saddam Hussein. He talks about the senseless death in Syria, but doesn’t mention how many civilians have been killed by US drone strikes on their witch hunt for terrorists. He talks about protecting the vulnerable people of the world, but makes no effort to assist million-plus children who have been made into refugees by Syria’s internal conflict. And as the rest of the nation celebrates MLK’s speech calling for peace, love, and equality; the US has ended their involvement in peace talks about Syria that are being held by the international community this week in Russia. Most Americans are more informed and concerned about Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMAs to worry about Syria- looking at the website of my hometown newspaper the SF Chronicle, I don’t see a single mention of it.
The United States government and its “5th Branch,” the media, are encouraging citizens to proudly celebrate their freedom. This is just weeks after Eric Snowden disclosed that the National Security Agency, in partnership with internet networks and phone companies, is spying on just about every American citizen in the country.
What do you honestly think Martin Luther King, Jr. would say if he took the podium today? Do you think he would be proud? Do you think he would be joyful at the progress Black people have made? Do you think he would praise the changes made by the United States government, the same government that spied on him, attempted to ruin his image, and most certainly arranged his assassination?
Why are we celebrating today? The struggle is far from over. Right now our duty is to prevent Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream from manifesting as a nightmare.
There is no such thing as a “surgical strike”, and we must assume that civilians may be killed in any airstrikes.
Why should military action be necessitated by outrage over chemical attacks? Was there a red line on chemical weapons when the US used depleted-uranium ammunition in Fallujah, Iraq? Was there a red line when Israel deployed white phosphorous in Gaza in 2008? Or when Saddam Hussein, then a western ally, gassed the Iranians and then his own people during the 1980s? This arbitrary and self-serving declaration of what’s acceptable is precisely what makes the US so lacking in credibility when it comes to preaching codes of warfare to the Middle East.
It should be clear that these planned western alliance airstrikes aren’t about Syrian lives - not the unimaginable death tolls in excess of 100,000, nor the agonising lines of refugees pouring into neighbouring countries. […]
If these proposed strikes were about Syrian lives, and not a proxy war to destabilise the “Shia axis” of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, the West wouldn’t snub Assad’s allies - Russia, China and Iran - by proposing to bypass the UN. Nor would it blatantly discredit the currently working weapons inspectors whom Russia used its pressure to persuade Assad to allow into Syria in the first place.
If the US were remotely serious about a morally correct international response to the alleged use of chemical weapons it would, as the former British government security advisor, Admiral Lord West, suggested on Wednesday, share any evidence it claims to possess with Russia and China. Antagonising Russia also makes it much harder to coordinate the humanitarian effort desperately needed not just in the refugee camps in neighbouring countries, but within Syria itself.
If the goal were to help the Syrian people, how could this diplomatically rude unilateralism count as a sensible move?