Black people: Let’s form our own political machine. Let’s call it the Justice Or Else Party. To hell with the Democrats, to hell with the Republicans! They haven’t given you anything but hell. Let’s get together and give ourselves a piece of the heaven that God intends for us.
justice or else
via New York Times
In the two and a half years since Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the explosive case has been parsed in intricate detail. Witnesses offered varying descriptions of the fatal encounter. Investigators examined bloodstain evidence on the street where Mr. Brown died. And the police released a security video from a nearby store that showed Mr. Brown pushing a worker and taking cigarillos minutes before the shooting.
But a second, previously unreported video from that same convenience store included in a new documentary is raising new questions about what happened in the hours before the shooting on Aug. 9, 2014.
The footage shows Mr. Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 a.m. on the day he died. He approaches the counter, hands over an item that appears to be a small bag and takes a shopping sack filled with cigarillos. Mr. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting.
“They destroyed Michael’s character with the tape, and they didn’t show us what actually happened,” said Mr. Pollock, who spent more than two years in Ferguson conducting research for his documentary, and who questions the decision to not charge Officer Wilson. “So this shows their intention to make him look bad. And shows suppression of evidence.”
(Source: Wall Street Journal) Macy’s Inc. said it will slash more than 10,000 jobs and detailed plans to close dozens of stores after another holiday season of weak sales, providing more evidence that department stores have lost their once-central place in American retailing.
Like its rival, Kohl’s Corp., which also warned Wednesday of lackluster holiday results, Macy’s hasn’t been able to solve consumers’ shift to online shopping. Macy’s will close stores from San Diego to Bangor, Maine, and use the savings to boost its efforts to capture more e-commerce spending.
“While many of these stores under perform, they all generate cash,” said Karen Hoguet, Macy’s chief financial officer, in an interview. Ms. Hoguet said the closures would enable Macy’s to focus on its best-performing locations.
On the plantation, Christmas and other holidays were used to control the slaves and kill the spirit of insurrection.
(Source: FinalCall.com) Holiday decorations are up, Christmas songs ring out in stores across the country, and “cha-ching” sounds emanate from cash registers, but don’t be fooled, because many fed up with injustice, police violence and racism are rejecting spending, commercial overkill and debt this holiday season.
Echoing a call by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, many Black activists and others agreed it’s time to boycott as Season 2 of “Up With Jesus! Down With Santa!” moved forward. The goal is to curb shopping until Jan. 2, 2017.
By strategically engaging in economic withdrawal, Blacks can begin putting power behind their demands and build a new and better reality, Minister Farrakhan stated in the run up to Justice or Else!, the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. in October 2015.
“The widespread death, rising racism, mob attacks and police brutality on Blacks coupled with economic deprivation and stark poverty, requires that something must be immediately done to address and correct the condition. The failure of the U.S. government to give justice to its former slaves requires that we present ourselves in unity to make the demand for Justice or Else!” Minister Farrakhan stated.
“Let us start by not spending money we either don’t have or cannot afford during the Christmas season. Why should we make the merchants rich by their wicked manipulation and exploitation of the emotions of children, parents, families and those we love, with their pagan practices that have nothing to do with the celebration and observance of the righteous servant of God, Jesus?”
Take the day, the entire season, to give thanks to God for the gift of Jesus, share that great gift of God and what he taught, Minister Farrakhan instructed.
Advocates and organizers had been waging online and on the ground battles for justice with petitions and protests, and those have been effective, but the impact has grown with a focus on Main St. and merchants.
Minister Farrakhan, for example, called on Blacks to pool their $1 trillion purchasing power to build institutions and create jobs for their people.
Justice or Else! demands an immediate end to police brutality and mob attacks and justice for the Native American Indians, the Mexican and Latinos, for women, the poor, the incarcerated, and veterans, and, it means land, said the Minister.
“I personally believe that 2017 will be the best year for Black people, maybe ever, because to me the most exciting part is we have the ability now to communicate with each other without asking for White people’s permission,” said Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Black author, economist, political analyst and entrepreneur.
“I don’t think Donald Trump is going to be as friendly in certain elements of political justice as the Obama administration was,” he explained. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of Black people who are motivated by fear, and there’s almost nothing they’re afraid of more right now than Donald Trump and the Trump administration. So now they realize all they’ve ever had was people like Minister Louis Farrakhan and others, who can provide a type of leadership that’s far more authentic to what Black people are trying to do.”
Economically, Blacks are gaining by leaps and bounds every year, due to the development of technology and awareness, he said. They’re moving closer to a world in which Blacks will spend hundreds of billions more money in their own communities, support each other, and connect emotionally, psychologically, politically and intellectually, Dr. Watkins predicted. [READ MORE]
Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): Please share a little bit about yourself; some of your upbringing and how did it lead you into being a Hip Hop artist?
J Lyric (JL): Peace. I was born and raised in New Orleans, and I had a humble upbringing. I fell in love with music at a young age. My older cousin was in this local group in New Orleans called 39 Posse in the 90’s. I would watch them, and it was motivation for me to one day become a Hip Hop artist. Hip Hop has always been a part of my life, Hip Hop is how you talk, walk, dress.
EM: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said during a recent Saviours’ Day address, regarding music and entertainment, “The cultural revolution is on”! He was referring to the awakening of various celebrities who are standing up for truth and speaking out against injustice and how their music is beginning to affect the masses. How do you see yourself as part of this cultural revolution?
JL: I’m a huge supporter of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and The NOI (Nation Of Islam). Literally every time I listen to one of his speeches I’m inspired to write music. I think as a Hip Hop artist I have a responsibility to myself, my daughter and everyone else who’s listening to speak the truth to them. You have to have a certain kind of spirit and courage to speak truth to power, especially today in Hip Hop. It’s much easier to get rich by making music about degrading women or selling drugs. The road I’m taking is a much tougher road, but I can sleep at night knowing I didn’t sell out.
EM: As a black man, first and foremost, and then as an artist/activist what thoughts do you wake up with and go to sleep with regarding the time we are living in?
JL: It’s a crucial time we are living in. We’re living in a time where if you are a Black man and even a Black woman you could be unarmed and killed on camera, and the cop/cops who committed the murder will not only walk free, but a Go Fund Me account will pop up out of nowhere and he could get rich. So my main thoughts every morning is to make sure I make it home to my daughter safe.
EM: Minister Farrakhan spoke to a room filled with other Hip Hop artists, producers, and those in the field of entertainment that have a great influence in their artistry. He said to them, “As long as you beef you can never sit down like brothers and pool your resources together to do something economically.” He also stated, “This envy that we have is a sickness”. From your position as an artist, how have beefs been used as a tool against us? How has envy played a role in the division among artists? In what ways can both, beefs and envy, be alleviated so that the bigger picture is at the forefront?
JL: Beefing with your own people is wack! Before my “Justice” video even starts I say, “There’s Strength in numbers, our powers is in our unity”. Most of the beefs and petty differences are simply misunderstandings and a lack of communication. Once a person can get in between the two who are beefing and mediate, you’ll have a chance to find common ground and stop the beef before it escalates.
EM: In your recently released single “Justice” you describe the police killings of Black men and women and how we as a people are treated and seen in the eyes of White America. There is a growing number of artists who are also speaking out against this form of genocide and systemic racism. How can music be used as a liberating tool, to dispel fear from among our people and to empower us to take control over our communities?
JL: The more artists wake up, the better it will be for the black community in general. Hip Hop in the beginning was positive. Somewhere along the way it turned negative, but that’s the “cool” thing. The more artists wake up and speak on real issues and against our real enemy the more the youth will take notice and do their own research.
Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): Tell us a little be about yourself and what was it like growing up with Albinism? For those who may not know or understand it, what exactly is Albinism?
Qiyamah Muhammad (QM): My name is Qiyamah Muhammad and I am a 17 year old living in Washington D.C. I have a brother who is 4 ½ years older than me. Right now I am in my junior year of high school at Muhammad University of Islam.
Living with albinism has its challenges. One of the most obvious challenges is my sensitivity to the sun. Since my skin is light due to lack of pigment, I get sunburned easily.
Albinism is an inherited condition which you get from both parents. People with albinism have little to no melanin, which is a chemical that colors our skin, eyes and hair. Albinism affects people of all races and is much more common than you may think. In fact, one out of every 20,000 people worldwide has some form of albinism. In some populations like Nigeria, it occurs in one out of every 200 births.
EM: What have been some of the struggles or challenges you’ve experienced growing up and how have you been able to overcome them?
QM: Some of the struggles and challenges I have experienced were during the few years I attended public school. During class I had to sit in front of the first row to see the board clearly. When class would start, I could hear some of the students laughing, so it was very uncomfortable. I was also teased and bullied because of my (lack of) skin color. Two of the things they used to call me were “Whitey” and “White girl.”
When I was younger, I used to get the stares and questions. Four of the most common questions I used to get all the time were, “Are you black?” followed by “Are you sure?” Or “Are you white?” And then, “Can you stop your eyes from moving like that?” It used to bother me, but because I have a strong support system with my family and religious community who always instilled pride in not only my blackness but being proud of who I am in my uniqueness in being albino, I have confidence in myself. Because of that, some people have asked me to talk to their children about being albino because they have low self-esteem. That inspired me to start my organization called Confident Albino Brothers and Sisters.
EM: What was it like to have the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speak to you and other brothers and sisters who are Albino? What kind of confirmation and confidence did it give you and others?
QM: Having Minister Louis Farrakhan speak to me and other albinos was such an experience that it’s hard to describe in words. One of the confirmations I am sure every albino has, is that the Minister and Allah loves us.
Meeting Minister Farrakhan was such a blessing, and I am thankful that I was able to experience it. It seems so surreal. When he saw me, he said, “I’m drawn to you little sister.” He went on to talk about the abuse albinos face and that I have a bright future ahead of me. He also said I was a study that proves what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught was true, that all color comes from Black.
He said that there are other albinos in the Nation Of Islam and we have to unite them. His last comment was, “I want you to know that your Minister loves you.” I’m thankful I’m on the right track with Confident Albino Brothers and Sisters.
EM: You are a phenomenal writer with a strong point of view. How did you get your start in journalism? What topics do you enjoy covering?
QM: Ever since I was young I was into writing stories. The youngest I can remember is when I was in the 3rd grade. My love for writing grew as I grew older. I enjoy going over what’s happening in my organization and other albino related things.
EM: How has social media been key in conveying your message as the Confident Albino? What has it been like being a member of the Farrakhan Twitter Army and spreading the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?
QM: Social media has been key in conveying my message by letting me make connections with other albinos worldwide. When I was producing my short film, I used Twitter and Instagram. Being a part of the Farrakhan Twitter Army and spreading the Teachings makes me feel happy. When I see the FTA tweeting I also feel proud that I contribute to its success.
EM: What kind of responses do you receive regarding your organization and your work on social media?
QM: The response I gotten from others, especially the albino community, has been more than I ever imagined. When I started my organization I figured that it would start small, but it grew faster as the days went by. During the making of my video I never expected to be connected to albinos from Asia, Europe and Africa.