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Friday, February 21, 2014

The 49th Anniversary Of The Execution Of Malcom X

By Damion Boycott

49 years ago today the world lost one of the best minds the 20th century had produced, Malcolm X. The trajectory of his life closely parallels that of many African Americans; it is the story of a journey that went from prison to prominence.

Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, was born on May 19th 1925 in  Omaha Nebraska. His parents, Earl and Louise Little were followers of Marcus Garvey and met at a Garvey event in Canada. As a result of being a Garveyite, Malcolms' father was murdered by white racists who were not keen on the idea of him spreading the ideology of Black Nationalism. Years later Malcolms' mother was committed to a psychiatric institution, after which, he became an orphan and lived in several different foster homes.

In 1946 he was sentenced to prison for larceny and breaking and entering at the age of 20. During his incarceration he discovered the teachings of another former Garveyite, Elijah Muhammad, and became a Black Muslim. After his release from prison he quickly rose in the ranks of The Nation Of Islam and soon became the face of the organization.

His impact as a public figure in The Nation of Islam began to rival that of his mentor, Elijah Muhammad. Although he gave Elijah Muhammad credit for everything he had learned, he was actually learning and receiving lessons on history from Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

Over time there was a great deal of animosity between Malcolm and members of the N.O.I. Tensions worsened after Malcolm publicly exposed Elijah Muhammad as adulterer. Although N.O.I. members murdered Malcolm on February 21st, 1965, many believe the FBI and the powers that be were involved as well. The idea that Malcolm was under surveillance and followed by agents working for the FBI, or whom ever, is very well documented.

At the time of his death, Malcolm, who had changed his name to El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, was in the process of starting two organizations, Muslim Mosque Inc and The Organization Of Afro American Unity (OAAU). Much can be said about his greatness, but it would be difficult to cover it all in one short term article. Watch former Malcolm X supporter and colleague, Adul Razzaq  explain the life and times of Minister Malcolm X.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day!

Mother's Day is such a painful holiday for me. I am sure it is for a lot of single mothers. This is the day of the year I realize most how alone I am in raising children.

I know it's a day women are supposed to be celebrated for all the sacrifices they made. We sacrificed our bodies to become mothers, whether we wanted to have a baby or not. I was 15 when I made that sacrifice the first time. I chose to skip planned parenthood and lie in the bed that I made for myself. I made that decision again at 23. The second time not only did I sacrifice my body, I sacrificed my dreams. I knew that having another child and graduating college would be difficult and law school seemed no longer in reach. Choosing to be a single mom you give up so much. Your freedom, your heart, having a complete family one day.

People like to tell me well there is still hope for you Sam. You only have two kids, you have a degree, your smart, and beautiful. Someone is definitely going go snatch you up, you might have to lower your standards though. That's what got me in the situation I am in now, lowering my standards. My standards were so low that the men I have children with, do not even call or text me happy Mother's Day.

The first moved to Arizona while our child was young and recently had another child. The other just likes chasing women so much he has convinced himself our son does not need his mother just him. He will find a replacement and hopefully cut me out.

It is what it is though! I do want to wish the mothers out there who feel lost and unappreciated a happy Mother's Day! I see your value even if no one else does. To the mothers who are loved and revered by their partners and family God bless you and I pray he continues to show you favor. That's all for now.... Remember all isn't fair in love and war.


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