Thanks for Supporting Negros Americanos! Vol 2.

We couldn’t exist without you!!!!!  “Thanks for Supporting Negros Americanos”, Vol. 2 – and once again I don’t want anyone feeling left out if their picture wasn’t uploaded here, there will be plenty more as long as you lovely individuals continue to support and post pictures, Love you guys!! ALSO If you want to know where to purchase the shirts….Click this link right here SUPPORT US :).

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R.I.P Rise In Power-Brotherman Comics

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So recently Negros Americanos performed at the notable Crossroads theatre.  It was a great show, and from there we met an AWeSOMe band by the name of Le Gamut! They are called that because they can play any genre.  There are three members of this band, and they are all super talented at what they do.  Now with that said Negros Americanos went to Jam out with them at their studio but before we could even get to the jamming part, we heard some of the music that they just put out.  One song that particularly struck me was a song called R.I.P Rise In Power.  A play on words of sort and an Ode to eric garner and the I cant Breath Movement.  It was such a beautiful song in itself that the clarity of the words, and beat caught me.  But then, when I saw the imagery that is involved in this video and I was struck stupid!!! The artist is doing what is called speed painting and showing his exact movements with the brush, Its absolutely amazing to watch!

Now speaking about the art you see in this video!  This was done by an astute individual named DAWUD ANYABWILE.  He is the creator of the comic Brother Man.  Now I must admit that I never previously heard of Brother Man, nor have I previously been into comic books.  But the fact that this comic was so interesting and well drawn, not to mention BLACK! I felt compelled to spend hours in that studio reading them. I got so into them that I did some research the very next day at work.  And Wow!!! The Brotherman Comics series was conceptualized in 1989 and introduced at the NYC Black Expo in May 1990. I also learned that the Creator- Brotha Dawud won an Emmy Award.  Dawud has also gained professional studio experience on televison productions such as THE WILD THORNBERRYS and THE RUGRATS as a character designer as well as many other music video, commercials, game animations and more.

For more on Brotherman Comics watch the video below:

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Legendary Cyphers… Union Square NYC

Are you guys familiar with some of the lovely and -Free- Culture that takes place right in New York City.  At Union Square on any given friday night you can catch established emcees right next to first timers, all waiting for a turn to display their talent amongst other artists and a captive audience….This is what is known as the“Cypher”.  And this Cypher, is quite supercharger! Hence the name Legendary!  But you will have to wait until the weather gets warm again to appreciate it.  I mean you wouldnt want to be out there freezing your fanny off in the cold would you??? So give it some time and then come out and enjoy this weekly cultural activity!!!!

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Monkey Island: experience the wildlife of Panama

If you are anything like me then you have a love for primates.  You marvel at their intelligence and ability to use opposable thumbs and problem solve.  There aren’t any places in the states where you can actually enter the natural habitat of wild monkeys and interact with them.  The Capuchin monkeys are extremely social creatures.  This is the species that was used in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean for that reason, and the monkey that you will interact with most if you decide on this experience.

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You have two options in getting to Monkey Island.  One is to go the traditional route, which is with Monkey Island Tours, it will run you 110 dollars but it is the easiest and most straight forward way. Click the link and set up a tour!  I cringe at most things that seem too organized and touristy -Not that there is anything wrong with that-.  So naturally we went another route.  We were told by a co-worker at our english teaching job in Panama, that there lived a very mysterious and astute military man named Nelson.  Nelson is a Black Panamanian, a Vietnam vet that has returned to his homeland to live out the rest of his days.  He has amassed a fleet of fishing boats and rents out some of them.  His operation is based on the Gatun Lake, and to get there is a bit tricky.  You have to Go to the Albrook Mall Terminal.  From there take a bus to Gamboa, once you get one stop from Gamboa-BEFORE THBRIDGE! get off of the bus.  (This is the way directions are given in Panama lol). Also, on  the bus ride you will see the Summit Zoo, which has a collection of jungle animals rescued within Panama and a botanical garden- also a very fun day trip.  Once you get to the Dock you will most likely not find the illusive one they call Nelson, but a couple fishermen and his small motorized boats.  They will probably be missing teeth (the fishermen that is) and will be obliged to take you to the island for about twenty five dollars per person.   Now…. you will be on a boat with a complete stranger for a few hours in a place where if you disappeared no one would find you.  Nonetheless you will have a great time and kick it with fun monkeys.  Isn’t that nice?

http://monkeyislandpanama.com/

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No Boni! A Pharmaceutical Reparations Experiment

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So I was a in a lovely short film! The director and cinematographer, the very talented DuBois Nii-Armaah Ashong asked if I was interested in being part of a short Afro Sci-Fi narrative.  Knowing the quality of this man’s work (click this link to see his film reel) I jumped at the opportunity to participate such greatness.  When he told me what the film was about I was even more sold!  Produced by his company MindFrame Filmworks parts of the film were shot in Accra, Ghana and others in Newark New Jersey between August and October of  2014. Here is a brief synopsis of the film:

NO BONI  is set in 2016 tells the story the first test patient involved in the United States’Pharmaceutical Reparation Experiment. The film follows this patient as he is administered the highly classified NO BONI (dnatraline) pill which takes him on a mind bending journey to regain the history of his Diasporian ancestors, during, after and prior to the slave trade.

Make sure you check out the official complete trailer in the link under!

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77% of young people killed in Brazil are black – Amnesty International launches campaign to preserve the lives of young blacks in Brazil

Bishop The Eastside Nappyhead:

-Brazil actually has gotten a lot safer for white people. In the past decade, homicides among whites have decreased 24 percent. But among the black population they have increased 40 percent.
Wealthier whiter populations, especially in Brazil, can pay for additional security, be it in the form of electric fences, or well-guarded apartment buildings or gated communities.

-The rest of the population has to deal with a police force that in 2012 killed some 2,000 people — or more than five a day. (From 2010 to 2012 in the United States, an FBI database showed that police killed about 400 people a year, or about an eighth as many per capita.)………hmmmm sounds familiar!!!!

Originally posted on Black Women of Brazil:

Anistia Internacional lança campanha pela preservação da vida de jovens negros no Brasil (2)

Note from BW of Brazil: The topic of the murder of black youth and Afro-Brazilians in general and the lack of media coverage worldwide has been a consistent topic here. And it has been long past due that the situation in Brazil is discussed from the perspective of race. This is not to say that non-black lives don’t matter but the simple fact is that in Brazil, as in many other countries around the world, there seems to be a general conception that black lives are not as important as the lives of persons who consider themselves to be white. As a matter of fact, as a young woman’s comment showed me once again recently, many white Brazilians don’t even perceive that young blacks are the main victims of violence. But let’s be honest about this, even the US-based National Public Radio had to acknowledge the fact…

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The Phat Startup #Tech808 The First Hip Hop and Tech Convention!

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So there is an excellent event that Negros Americanos will in fact be attending on November 21, 2014 called tech 808 brought to you by the brothas of “The Phat Startup” .  This conference is unlike any conference that I have ever heard about before-one that merges the Tech world with the hip hop world, and focusses on entrepreneurship and how to achieve success in whatever business it may be that you are starting.  As the title suggests this conference deals with tech start ups and delves into the music business as well, but don’t get it twisted-effective skills in business are universal and going to an event like this is definitely a solid  investment.

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So I cannot go much further on here without saying that i found out about this conference by listening to the show, They Met Online, which is……absolutley incredible! I mean I don’t want to go to deep into a side spiel about this show, but they deal with relationship issues; of course internet dating, and interviews with great folk about everything under the sun, in this case, The Phat Startup.  Now They Met Online interviewed the two brothas that created The Phat Startup-Anthony Frasier and James Lopez.  I haven’t even made my way to the conference yet, and here I am learning all of this new information on how the worlds of Tech and Hip hop collide. For example, Michelle Talbert, one of the hosts on They Met Online asked  about tools that artist can use to reach out to like minded people and fans. They gave a very simple yet super informative answer, one that I have been using nonstop since i heard it on the show- seach.twitter.com.  You just type in there anything you may want to find, lets say new positive hip hop.  All you have to do is tweet to the people who have said something recently  about the  word you searched. CLICK the link or picture directly to listen to the “They Met Online” interview with brothas Anthony Frasier and James Lopez                   

click HeRe -or the picture below-

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This interview has many motivational parts where they talk about starting the business with just 2 dollars.  A lot focussed on investing- Investing in yourself, and in the contacts and networks that it can provide.  They spoke of an individual by the name of John Lee Dumas.  His podcast business is booming, and one of the things that they talk about is that he paid upwards of 20,000 dollars a month to be a part of a mastermind.  Through that investment, his company grew to gross over 100,000 dollars every month! I mention that to say that this man paid a lot of money to be around likeminded individuals at different levels of their business.  THIS tech 808  event is the same thing-but it aint no 20,000 dollars! For 200 bucks, 100  if you simply  put the “bossup” promo code at the checkout when buying your ticket! Imagine! these brothas are putting on this event with experts in their fields.  However this conference, which would be justified at 1,000 dollars-but kept at 100 so that it could be affordable to up and comings and people of color.   Click the picture below or this blue link here to go to the checkout page and be a part of this event.  Bless up mis amigos!

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Treze de Maio Museum: a space of black identity and memory in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul

Bishop The Eastside Nappyhead:

Hey!!! My lovely Portuguese Teacher Eliane Chalmeres Lives in this State -Rio Grande Do Sul- I automatically want to go to this museum!!! Treze De Maio! The Thirteenth of May is the day when slavery was abolished in Brasil in 1888…Just think about it, that is a whole twenty three years after slavery was abolished in the states!

Originally posted on Black Women of Brazil:

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Note from BW of Brazil: For five centuries, the nation we know as Brazil has promoted a continuous agenda of erasing the memory and even physical presence of the Afro-Brazilian population. From the brutality, violence, degradation and sexual exploitation of slavery itself to the annihilation of black life in the War of the Triple Alliance (1865-1870) (1) through a plan of whitening the population in a process known as embranquecimento, to every day police violence and black invisibility in the media, being black in Brazil has been a continuous physical, emotional and psychological assault on African descendants in a country that received the most Africans during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. But even with the ongoing war, there are associations and organizations that attempt to preserve this memory and keep the struggle alive. In the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul we find the Treze de Maio Museum…

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Our Friends….The Germans

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So about a month ago I got connected with the two intriguing gentlemen that we see in the photo.  They came from Cologne and Frankfurt Germany and rented a car in Miami and drove from Florida to New York.  The intention of the road trip was to document findings that will prove or dispel some of the German stereotypes of American culture.  We were already friends on Facebook and they told me they were coming up finally to the New Jersey area after traveling through Miami, Atlanta, Charleston SC, NC, DC, Baltimore, and Philly.

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When we met, we sat and talked about the differences between the US and Germany.  I think that they were a little perturbed  that most Americans’ knowledge of German culture was based on Hitler and the third Reich.  As a matter of fact even I made a comment about how I thought Germans spoke so aggressively.  They let me know how ignorant I was to associate the heated and passionate Hitler speeches with the personality of all German people.  I immediately felt shame.  Also I find it interesting that much like my friend/DJ Ari Why, these 2 individuals were bestowed a large collection of National Geographic books while in Miami. Because they weren’t able to take them back with them on the flight I was given a couple of the books, which I am very excited about.  One of the things about these brothas is that they are very much into HIP HOP MUSIC! They told me how some artist like Jeru the Damaja live in Germany, because the scene is so big there that they get more bookings  than in the states.  They also showed me some of the German artists: good ones, and ones that we would consider to be “ratchet” such as Haftbefehl, which translates into arrest warrant.  He is a Turkish-German gangsta rapper out of Frankfurt.

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These wonderful German individuals were not just interviewing people for the fun of it, but were actually putting their findings in a book.  The images that they took for this book, was not with a normal camera.  They used an old school cam that you actually had to develop the photos in a studio.  Mind you, the images that they took of us was not merely edited on instagram, rather developed from film old school style.  I think that method is always better.

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Later in that same week they came to see us rock in Manhattan at the world famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe! It was a fun night, I can’t wait to see what those pictures look like, when they get developed.  Bless, and can’t wait to see these guys when we tour Deutchland!

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Negros Americanos rocking the Nuyorican!

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Dr. Cornel West speaks on behalf of the Plainfield Children First Team.. Vote Nov 4th!!

Very proud of my Dear Brother David Rutherford for running a great campaign with his cohorts from the Children first team.  November 4th is the day to get out and vote 2, 3, and 7.  Last Night October 30th, 2014 we, Negros Americanos were invited by brotha Rutherford to come listen to Dr. Cornell West speak at an event in the Plainfield area, where he spoke on a wide range of topics from education down to love, race, movement. Every time I hear this good brother speak it fills me with the fervor to get out and do something!   Dr. West also shot a 42 second promotional video backing the Plainfield Children First Team, and urging people to go out and vote on the 4th of November-2, 3 and 7 Rutherford, Jeffers and Bellamy!  Also, I would like to acknowledge another one of my comrades Justin Butler, for filming this short clip.  This is the same individual that I wrote about in the “Turn Your Art into a Business” post. Once again Nov. 4th is the day.  Lets get out there and vote for progress!

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At the dinner party with Dr. West

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knowledge was certainly kicked…appreciative

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