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Ishmael Reed, eat your heart out…

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment
talking android

obamatron

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/us/politics/22obamatron.html

The 2nd Stage of the plan is to groom a Talking Android who will work within the Negro, who seems to be its classical host; to drive it out, categorize it analyze it expell it slay it, blot Jes Grew. A speaking scull they can use any way they want, a rapping antibiotic who will abort it from the American womb to which it clings like a stubborn fetus.

In other words this Talking Android will be engaged to cut-it-up, break down this Germ, keep it from behind the counter. To begin the campaign, No DANCING posters are ordered by the 100s.

All agree something must be done.

“Jes Grew is the boll weevil eating away at the fabric of our forms our technique our aesthetic integrity,” says a Southern congressman. “1 must ponder the effect of Jew Grew upon 2,000 years of civilization,” Calvinist editorial writers wonder aloud.”

(the above is an excerpt from Ishmael Reed’s classic ‘Mumbo Jumbo‘)

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guess I understand better that look now…

then again there is this,

and finally the obamatron in action…

***bonus points if somehow this gets tangled up in the “Hitler is pissed” meme…you know, Hitler would be like “First the teabaggers compare the first black president to me and NOW I find out that he is really a Disney animatronic robot…and Disney still really owns Marvel too?!?!?!?”

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Count Weevil’s “zebraXing”

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

julio steeze

*see* what you have been missing…click the link below for the journey….

seen?

November 6, 2009 Leave a comment
no explanation needed

is that so?

 

some images need no explanation…

 

Toussaint: A Danny Glover film featuring Mos Def

Nah, I ain’t joking either. Check here for yourself!

The cast list has some heavy hitters, with Don Cheadle and Angela Bassett playing Toussaint Louverture and Suzanne Louverture respectively. Oh and of course, Danté (aka Mos Def) too on the bill. Sounds hot, right?

rebel

rebel

I know most of you out there sleeping on Haiti, so here is some history for you:

François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture (born 20 May 1743 – died April 8, 1803) was an important leader of the Haitian Revolution. Born a slave in Saint-Domingue, in a long struggle for independence, he led enslaved Africans to victory over Europeans, abolished slavery, and secured native control over the colony in 1797 while nominally governor of the colony. He expelled the French commissioner Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, as well as the British armies; invaded Santo Domingo to free the slaves there; and wrote a constitution naming himself governor for life that established a new polity for the colony.

His name, translated from French, would mean “all the saints awakening.”

Toussaint Louverture played a key role in what was the first successful attempt by a subject slave population to throw off the yoke of Western colonialism. He defeated armies of three imperial powers: Spain, France, and Great Britain. The success of the Haitian Revolution had enduring effects on the institution of slavery throughout the New World. Haiti became the second independent republic in the Western Hemisphere.

Of course, there is mad drama surrounding this production. First and foremost is the fact that Danny ain’t shooting the film in Haiti, instead he is shooting it in Venezuela. Next is the fact that Hugo Chavez wants to support this project so much he has given Danny 18 million dollars to complete the film. (which has a 30 million dollar budget) Native filmmakers of Venezuela were no doubt miffed at this generous gesture. Politically speaking, it is kinda crazy for a leader of a country to do something like that; then again, the subject of Haiti itself is a ticking time bomb for most people. So in that way, it makes sense…

It will be very interesting to see if this project actually gets finished and how it will be received internationally. Haiti is pretty much synonymous with REBEL and all things anti western dominance. You just don’t mess with Haitians as a rule of thumb. Africa is flowing through their veins in a very potent manner. I’ll be following this one closely for sure…just imagine a film like this coming out with Obama as president (don’t forget the Wyclef meme angle either!)…think about it….

Toussaint

Toussaint

I think Haiti’s plight and struggles may finally surface in this country. People need to wake up.

Lets hope they will…

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More Negative Spaces…

Here are two to keep on your coffee table or equivalent. I have never had a cup of coffee and still find it a strange way to describe the furniture mainly used to place the TV remote on. Magazines go there too, as do feet when stretching out. Never coffee though for me…

Anyway here is the first:

stuff white people like

Now doesn’t that look like something to curl up with on a cold wet night, hot chocolate with marshmallows awaiting careful sips.  Just puts me in a peaceful mood just thinking about it. An honest to goodness field guide! No more awkward guessing, here is the only reference you will ever need to understand the stereotypes that bombard you constantly in the media. Bravo!

Stuff White People Like will be released on July 1st, 2008 through Random House. Get yours now!

The book features:

  • 50% all new, never before seen material. (blog plus more!)
  • Flow charts including, “How to name a white child,” and “Where should a white person live?”
  • A definitive, easy-to-score quiz to determine your exact level of whiteness.
  • Much, much more!

Check the Abikuville Cybonix Feed in the bottom of the sidebar for samples but if you are still confused I think this pic pretty much sums it up. I know both David and Michel will pre-order their copies…the name of the book could almost work in a post modern way as the caption of the photo…

stuff white people like redux

Next up! A Classic in my opinion that refuses to grow old. In fact, it only gets better with age…

And voila!:

beautiful people with beautiful feelings

This super dope and informative table book speaks volumes about those “DEEPER THOUGHTS”. Donnie Miller should really somehow develop a whole TV show and Retail Chain franchise with the profound richness found between these pages of wonderfully subtle yet bold illustrations on the finer points of having a Beautiful Life with Beautiful Feelings.

Let Donnie break it down to you himself:

You can find this in any book store and trust me, you’ll find yourself returning to its pages again and again and again. Negative spaces with maps that are sometimes more reflective than we have the courage to admit…

taken out of context

seen?

Negative Spaces

June 26, 2008 1 comment

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.” – William Gibson

the legba routine…runtime liminal, version beyond…

silence between words

hey. um, i guess before I say much of anything on here…you should consider this too. especially in relation to the post below. you know how pictures function…more words, better said…less typing, that kind of thing. you know you are getting *it* when the synapses start firing like its the fourth of July.

afrofuturisc circa 1980zzzzz