What does it mean to have an African-centered worldview? For those who understand themselves as descendants of African ancestors, it means looking at history and the world through our own eyes, those of our own and those of our ancestors who preceded us. We must imagine the world as they did, and think about things from their perspective, as we are the direct beneficiaries of all they did and became.
Your child needs to know they can rely on unconditional love from you. That means something. You have to know what it means, and if you don’t yet, that’s a lesson for another day. For those who know, your children need to know that no matter how much they may upset you or frustrate you, that you will always love them. Its part of building their sense of self.
I’m an 80s baby. I grew up in Hip Hop’s classic era but I came of age listening to Cam’Ron, Jim Jones, and the rest of the Dipset conglomerate – or whatever they were. Now, the story is all about whatever they didn’t become – a group with a multimillion dollar deal and an album – and how everyone who was involved now feels about it. This is Black history, family. Why? Because the Diplomats damn near raised some of us. Some of those songs spoke deeply to our struggles, and our triumphs, and we resonate with these men. Watching Jim Jones cry like an abused wife was tough for a lot of us.
Listen to enough conversations in Black America, and you’ll eventually hear a Black man call another Black man “God.” And he’ll mean it. And not in a cult leader kinda of way, but as a serious form of address, often between men who look like they’ve been through some serious sh*t. You ever met a Five Percenter? Like a real one? They’ve all been through some serious sh*t. And these men wouldn’t play with the word “God.” Neither would most people in Black America, because God still means something deep there.
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