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#713 + 12 FEB 2017 / GRAMMYS + Tribe Called Quest Honor Phife Dawg / Get Political: RESIST! RESIST! RESIST! + Birth date of the 16th POTUS: Abraham Lincoln + CECIL TAYLOR

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GRAMMYS:

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Jennifer Lopez didn’t mention President Trump by name,
nor any headline news.
But before presenting the first award of the night,
Lopez said,

At this particular point in history,

our voices are needed

more than ever.”

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She then quoted Toni Morrison:

This is precisely

the time

when artists

go to work.

There is

no time for despair,

no place for self-pity,

no need for silence,

no room for fear.

We speak,

we write,

we do language.

That is how civilizations heal.”

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A Tribe Called Quest honored Phife Dawg
with a politically charged, bombastic medley
alongside Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence
at the Grammy Awards. 
The legendary hip-hop outfit opened with 1993’s “Award Tour,”
while Q-Tip also snuck in the refrain from “Can I Kick It.”

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Paak then joined Tribe,
playing both drums and singing “Movin’ Backwards,”
his collaboration with the group
on their 2016 album
We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service.

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Busta Rhymes opened the final segment of the medley
by addressing

President Agent Orange

and slamming Donald Trump’s Muslim ban
before Tribe launched into their politically driven

We the People.”

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As more people filled the stage in unity,
the most powerful moment came
when everyone suddenly bowed their heads
and
held up a fist while Phife Dawg’s verse
blared over the speakers.

 

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The group invited immigrants onstage to, as the group’s rep says,

represent ALL the people

that are the OTHER.”

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Q-Tip

 closed

the performance

with

the

message:

Resist!

Resist!

Resist!

Resist!

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Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through.”

Cecil Taylor

ANTHONY BRAXTON DECLARED CECIL TAYLOR AS A DEFINING ENERGY/INFLUENCE

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12 February 

The birth date of the 16th POTUS, Abraham Lincoln,
my childhood hero and template of RISING in adversity.

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DARKNESS
cannot drive out darkness;
 only
LIGHT
can do that. 
 
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A MAP OF SERVITUDE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NO

COVER
HARBOR
HAVEN
RETREAT
REFUGE
SAFETY
SECURITY
SANCTUARY
SHELTER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“THERE WAS NO SANCTUARY.

THERE WAS NO PLACE REALLY SAFE.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Denise McNair, Carole Robertson,

 Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley 

NO
COVER
HARBOR
HAVEN
RETREAT
REFUGE
SAFETY
SECURITY
SANCTUARY
SHELTER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE CRIME OF  CHOOSING

TO BE A BYSTANDER + COMPLICIT.

HOW WOULD YOUR STORY CHANGE IF YOU STOOD UP?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ARE YOU AFRAID, INTIMIDATED, FEARFUL OF REPRISAL?
CAN PEOPLE COVER UP THEIR ACTION
AND
MANEUVER/MANIPULATE  OTHERS TO LOOK INNOCENT?
AND, THEIR FEIGNED/PERFORMANCE OF INNOCENCE
MAKES THEM THE “VICTIM”,
AND YOU THE VICTIMIZER?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THE SPECTRUM OF TRUTH TELLING:

SILENCING SECRECY PRIVACY CONFIDENTIALITY
COMPLICITY + CONDONING
 ADDRESSING  CONFRONTING
PUBLIC INFORMATION  EXHIBITIONISM
SILENCING
WHAT IS AN OPEN DIALOGUE?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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PERSONAL AND SOCIETAL CONSCIENCE

WHAT INCITES YOU TO ACT?

WHAT STOPS YOU?

HOW DEEP + THICK DO YOUR HANDS

NEED TO BE BLOODIED

FOR A FLICKER OF CONSCIENCE TO QUICKEN

YOUR DEADENED SENSES

AND

YOU RISE TO DO THE RIGHT THING?

WHAT IS THE DEPTH OF YOUR CAPACITY

TO SHUT DOWN YOUR SENSES:

TO GOUGE YOUR EYES OUT + BLIND YOURSELF;

TO STAB YOUR EAR DRUMS +DEAFEN YOUR LISTENING;

TO SUPPRESS THE METASTASIZING HORROR

IN YOUR GUT;

TO INJECT ANESTHETIC INTO YOUR HEART

SO IT NO LONGER BEATS THE BEAT

OF

HUMANITY ?

HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED TO DISASSOCIATE

IN THE FACE OF LIES,

VIOLENCE,

MANIPULATION?

HOW EASY IS IT FOR YOU TO SUBMIT

TO SOMEONE ELSE’S WILL;

TO GIVE OVER YOUR DIGNITY;

RELINQUISH SELF RESPECT;

EMPATHY FOR OTHERS?

HOW MUCH WILL YOU DENY

TO KEEP IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

HAVE YOU EVER ROCKED THE BOAT?

DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO TELL THE TRUTH?

 

 

 

DO YOU NEED SOMEONE

TO HURT YOU

TO KNOW

YOU ARE ALIVE?

DO YOU LIVE IN FAMILY/COMMUNITY WHERE SECRETS MUST BE HELD?

WOULD AN OPEN DIALOGUE IGNITE BURIED IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES?

ARE SECRET HOLDERS REWARDED?

ARE THE “WHISTLEBLOWERS” DISCREDITED

AND

LABELED AS “MALCONTENTS”?

WHO ACTUALLY IS IN POWER?

WHAT VALUES ARE ENDANGERED

WHEN LIES ARE REPEATED SO OFTEN

THEY ARE ACCEPTED AS TRUTH?

 

 

 

 

 

 IS  THERE A FEAR TO CHALLENGE

THE ACCEPTED “TRUTHINESS”?

WHY?

LOOK AT BIRMINGHAM NOW AND THEN:

CIVIL RIGHTS + SOCIAL JUSTICE

HOW MUCH HAS REALLY CHANGED?

HIDDEN TRUTH OF POWER BROUGHT TO JUSTICE YEARS LATER.

YET, THE INJUSTICES BREATHE BELOW THE SURFACE.

JUSTICE ARRIVES WHEN TRUTH IS GREATER VALUE THAN THE LIES.

A PERSON/COMMUNITY/SOCIETY/NATION HAS TO BE EVOLVED.

A MATRIX/CULTURE THAT REIGNS IN LIGHT

-IS NOT REINED IN WITH DARKNESS.

 WHAT IS HUMANITY’S COST

FOR THE SOUL

OF A SOCIETY

TO

BE SO DEPLETED + EXHAUSTED BY LIES,

IT BECOMES

A

BLINDED

SHEEP,

FOLLOWING

FALSE BELLS?

NOISE IS NOISE.

VIOLENCE IS VIOLENCE.

ALWAYS.

 

 

DO NOT ASK PEOPLE

TO NOT HEAR VIOLENCE

WHEN THEY

HEAR VIOLENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WOULD ANYONE

ASK ANOTHER

TO MUTE

THEIR

OWN

HUMANITY?

NO GREY ZONE.

IT IS YES OR NO-

UNLESS THE FEAR IS SO DEEPLY ROOTED,

ENTRENCHED AND PREVALENT

THAT TO  EVEN SHAPE OR ASK

THE QUESTION

IS

AN

IMPOSSIBILITY.

ARTISTS ARE GATEKEEPER OF TRUTH.

“The day we see the truth

 and cease to speak

 is the day we begin to die”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

WHERE DOES YOUR RAGE LIVE?

WHO DO YOU GIVE IT TO?

WHO DO YOU PASS THE LEGACY ON TO?

THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

The last painting was completed on 28 August 2013
on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom + Jobs.
 
 
 
I offer you:
 
 
 
 
I did not know how many paintings would emerge.
 
 
 
 
I followed the sound of the silver horn within me,
the clarion sound that tumbled the walls of Jericho,
the Berlin Wall, the walls of apartheid,
the walls of domestic violence,
the walls of being voiceless and invisible,
the walls of poverty, the walls of being silenced;
the walls of humanity’s pain suppressed and consented to;
the walls of violence- psychic/emotional/physical deemed as normal;
the walls that makes one think they can dominate another
and
steal
y/our body + soul:

the walls

of

inhumanity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The March

toward

HUMANITY

continues…

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BLACK+BLUEYOUMAKETHENYOULIE                CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NOW

THINK + FALL + SOAR

INTO THE BLUE

FOR Y/OUR SOUL!

STAND UP!

Let freedom ring from the mountains
and
through the oceans
and
through the day + night
 for

ALL

 
 
 
 
 

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