Say it like you're singing it under the shower

I maid de wite bred


17/01/2008

I maid de wite bred end it didn't wek out akording 2 de plan.
Must hav had sumtin 2 do wit de ingridients. I used hard red
Montana w'eat dat I did grind by hand insted of de fine wite
flour. De "sponge" did not enlarg as plann'd, nor
did it rise abov de bleck line de second tym 'round wen I
seprated de dough and put it in2 de baking pans.
Wen I baykd de bred, it turned out wit a delicious smell
all threw de house, and it did hav a gr8 flavor -- but
de bred was flat as pancakes. Veri unusual 4 wite bred.
Oh, well, I just brek pieces off de flat lowves and eat dem --
and it tastes gr8.
Rest in Peace!! or is it Pieces?

Sender: Kemang Wa Lehulere

"Do you want me to spit to videotape my Blood?" by Akram Zaatari

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Akram Zaatari, "Do you want me to spit to videotape my Blood?" a project for a postcard. 1999

THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY

THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY 
Platform & Program
October 1966

WHAT WE WANT 
WHAT WE BELIEVE 
WE WANT freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community. 
WE BELIEVE that black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.
WE WANT full employment for our people. 
WE BELIEVE that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the white American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.
WE WANT an end to the robbery by the CAPITALIST of our Black Community. 
WE BELIEVE that this racist government has robbed us and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules was promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of black people. We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The Germans are now aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people. The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over fifty million black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.
WE WANT decent housing, fit for the shelter of human beings. 
WE BELIEVE that if the white landlords will not give decent housing to our black community, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our community, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for its people.
WE WANT education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society. 
WE BELIEVE in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of self. If a man does not have knowledge of himself and his position in society and the world, then he has little chance to relate to anything else.
WE WANT all black men to be exempt from military service. 
WE BELIEVE that Black people should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like black people, are being victimized by the white racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, by whatever means necessary.
WE WANT an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of black people. 
WE BELIEVE we can end police brutality in our black community by organizing black self-defense groups that are dedicated to defending our black community from racist police oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all black people should arm themselves for self- defense.
WE WANT freedom for all black men held in federal, state, county and city prisons and jails. 
WE BELIEVE that all black people should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial.
WE WANT land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political objective, a United Nations supervised plebiscite to be held throughout the black colony in which only black colonial subjects will be allowed to participate, for the purpose of determining the will of black people as to their national destiny. 
WHEN, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
WE HOLD these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. **That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.** Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. **But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.**

The Ten Point Plan
WE WANT FREEDOM. WE WANT POWER TO DETERMINE THE DESTINY OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES. 
We believe that Black and oppressed people will not be free until we are able to determine our destinies in our own communities ourselves, by fully controlling all the institutions which exist in our communities. 

WE WANT FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE. 
We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every person employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the American businessmen will not give full employment, then the technology and means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living. 

WE WANT AN END TO THE ROBBERY BY THE CAPITALISTS OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES. 
We believe that this racist government has robbed us and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules were promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of Black people. We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of our fifty million Black people. Therefore, we feel this is a modest demand that we make. 

WE WANT DECENT HOUSING, FIT FOR THE SHELTER OF HUMAN BEINGS. 
We believe that if the landlords will not give decent housing to our Black and oppressed communities, then housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that the people in our communities, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for the people. 

WE WANT DECENT EDUCATION FOR OUR PEOPLE THAT EXPOSES THE TRUE NATURE OF THIS DECADENT AMERICAN SOCIETY. WE WANT EDUCATION THAT TEACHES US OUR TRUE HISTORY AND OUR ROLE IN THE PRESENT-DAY SOCIETY. 
We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of the self. If you do not have knowledge of yourself and your position in the society and in the world, then you will have little chance to know anything else. 

WE WANT COMPLETELY FREE HEALTH CARE FOR All BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE. 
We believe that the government must provide, free of charge, for the people, health facilities which will not only treat our illnesses, most of which have come about as a result of our oppression, but which will also develop preventive medical programs to guarantee our future survival. We believe that mass health education and research programs must be developed to give all Black and oppressed people access to advanced scientific and medical information, so we may provide our selves with proper medical attention and care. 

WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER OF BLACK PEOPLE, OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR, All OPPRESSED PEOPLE INSIDE THE UNITED STATES. 
We believe that the racist and fascist government of the United States uses its domestic enforcement agencies to carry out its program of oppression against black people, other people of color and poor people inside the united States. We believe it is our right, therefore, to defend ourselves against such armed forces and that all Black and oppressed people should be armed for self defense of our homes and communities against these fascist police forces. 

WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO ALL WARS OF AGGRESSION. 
We believe that the various conflicts which exist around the world stem directly from the aggressive desire of the United States ruling circle and government to force its domination upon the oppressed people of the world. We believe that if the United States government or its lackeys do not cease these aggressive wars it is the right of the people to defend themselves by any means necessary against their aggressors. 

WE WANT FREEDOM FOR ALL BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE NOW HELD IN U. S. FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY, CITY AND MILITARY PRISONS AND JAILS. WE WANT TRIALS BY A JURY OF PEERS FOR All PERSONS CHARGED WITH SO-CALLED CRIMES UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY. 
We believe that the many Black and poor oppressed people now held in United States prisons and jails have not received fair and impartial trials under a racist and fascist judicial system and should be free from incarceration. We believe in the ultimate elimination of all wretched, inhuman penal institutions, because the masses of men and women imprisoned inside the United States or by the United States military are the victims of oppressive conditions which are the real cause of their imprisonment. We believe that when persons are brought to trial they must be guaranteed, by the United States, juries of their peers, attorneys of their choice and freedom from imprisonment while awaiting trial. 

WE WANT LAND, BREAD, HOUSING, EDUCATION, CLOTHING, JUSTICE, PEACE AND PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CONTROL OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY. 
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are most disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Genghis manifesto

1. We are black and proud (okay, not all of us are black but we’re still proud of them too).
2. We are African and proud (okay, we are not all African but we’re proud of them too).
3. We are resoundingly leftist.
4. Except when we unashamedly accept sponsorship.
5. We love the South (and everything laterally and vertically South)
6. …which strangely manages to all be poor
7. … except for the Aussies?
8. The SAfrican art scene has pissed us of.
9. So has Bush.
10. And the Israeli government.
11. Bob is a bastard.
12. …even if it is the syphilis.
13. We like to think Che and Biko should be more than just cool T-shirt designs.
14. We might be throwing in cool quotes from Lumumba, Nkrumah, Luther King, Marley, hooks, Morrison, Kapur, Mama and other famous black dudes and dudettes.
15. Yes, we’re allowed to say the word ‘black’ (and ‘dudes’ and ‘dudettes’).
16. We like to think we’re cool (although all of our friends have told us 'no'…).
17. We know we’re smart… and we’re not afraid to show it
18. … especially in some articles that contain many three syllable words like postcolonial, coloniality, postmodernism, neo-colonialism, appropriation, kiss-ass, sell-out (ok, so not all of these are 3 syllable).
19. We feel comfortable enough in our authoritative positions to ask completely unknown novices to give their expert opinions on a range of issues (yes, we will tackle the spit or swallow debate).
20. We will shamelessly promote friends, family or potential sex partners on our platform (unless someone tries to take a family member as a sex partner – not cool dude!).
21. In spite of Njami’s theory of African voicelessness, we will scream…
22. …that his name sounds like a SAfrican cheese!
23. Our white friends will not try to pull a Heart of Darkness on us – “phansi White saviours phansi!”
24. If you are our friend and white, you will not be offended or stand in our way to change the continued apartheidness of South Africa. You will join us in the quest to have this country reflect its true demographics. And you will like it!
25. If you slap us on one cheek, we will turn the other cheek. If you slap us on that cheek, we will turn the other. But you’d better keep both eyes open as you approach your car when it’s dark. They say crime is quite bad in Johannesburg.

Lucky Kunene's Manifesto

lucky1‘I had two heroes, Karl Marx and Al Capone. Al Capone said if you’re gonna steal, steal big. But Karl Marx said all property is theft. I think they’d both be proud of me.’

‘The beginning. Soweto. 1994. Freedom. The New South Africa. A new dawn. A new day. A fresh start, a clean page. A new beginning. And I had dreams.’

‘You eventually decided to join the terrorists ‘cause you couldn’t catch them?’

lucky2‘We’re in the procurement industry. You seen comrade thug is a carjacker.’

‘Hijack is a dirty word. It’s called affirmative repossession.’

‘I may be a communist, but I believe God helps those who help themselves.’

‘Don’t worry, great things have small beginnings.’

lucky3‘I guess I’ll attend the university of life.’

‘Whoever made this flick is a criminal genius.’

‘If mother Russia had taught him Sentex and strategy, Uncle Sam completed that education via correspondence.’

‘In the new South Africa, everyone deserves their entitlement, preferably in this lifetime.’

lucky4‘I decided to quit before I was forced into early retirement.’

‘What you gonna eat? Books?’

‘She’d learnt what we all knew, if you want to get by, take a job where there’s something to steal.’

‘Johannesburg, a city fathered by gold, mothered by money and commandeered by white cruelty and greed.’

lucky5‘Al Capone said you can go a long way with a smile. You can go much further with a smile and gun.’

‘This is the New South Africa. Everybody pays their way.’

‘This is the only country in the world where you have to take shit in 11 official languages.’

‘I think we’ve had enough violence here to last a lifetime.’

lucky6‘I guess when you’re rich, poverty seems glamourous. It’s got a certain charm.’

‘A clever is a person who doesn’t use drugs. A clever is a person who sells drugs to you. Drugs make you think that that you are the clever one. If that’s a clever, it’s too clever for me.’

‘It’s fine to hate us while you sit there on your arses waiting for your entitlement from Mandela. If you think he’s going to come and part the dead sea and lead you to a promised land, you are wrong.’

lucky7‘Just because I’m a darkie, doesn’t mean I have to live in the slums. I’ll live as I choose to live and I fuck who I want to fuck.’

‘All I wanted was a house in Sandton and a Mercedes convertible.’

‘I want to lay charges. It’s my democratic rights.’

‘We can work it out darkie style.’

lucky8‘Behind every fortune is a great crime. The greater the fortune, the greater crime. But I don’t know about that. It seems the only people who say that probably never made one.’

‘After a revolution, comes a new order, but before that, opportunity. After all, wasn’t it PW Botha who said “adapt or die”?’

From: Jerusalema, Ralph Ziman (2008)

Poetry manifesto

I do not seem to understand the competing thoughts that have been part of my mental visions, that are recreating my reality, prone to fight changes that govern my choices.
Am I to move away from the positive vibrations that bring smiles to those I believe I love, to disown the I in my speech and thought.
In we there is strength needing constant negotiation, thus the I in the us becomes an issue of constant contestation.
The mental space of I is relentless work of compromise and surrender of the ego.
In times when social interactions are monologues of self-gratification, this might seem like a daunting task.
Common sense was never common and will we never be as the truth comes in multiple experiences.

Carlito Manifesto

‘Don’t take me to no hospital please. Fuckin’ emergency rooms don’t save nobody.’
‘Don’t worry. My heart, it don’t ever quit.’
‘I was already a mean little bastard, while my mother was still alive, and I know it.’
‘Favour gonna kill you faster than a bullet.’
‘I know a lot about cars. I’ve been stealing them since I was 14.’
‘After you see this shot, you’re gonna give up your religious beliefs.’

Carlito

‘You think you’re big time? You’re gonna die big time!’
‘Here comes the pain.’
‘Ain’t no more rackets out here, just a bunch of cowboys ripping each other off.’
‘What a man gotta come to when he loses five years.’
‘I swore I’d never break her heart, but I guess, things happen.’
‘When you’re in the joint, you dope out on who you’re gonna see the first day you’re out. The second. The third. When you’re out....’
‘You don’ get reformed, you just run out of wind.’
‘Maybe I don’t remember the last time I blew my nose.’
‘Dumb move man. Dumb move. But it’s like the old reflexes they keep coming back.’
‘The street is watchin, she is watchin all the time.’
‘Don’t want to burn nobody. Even when I know it should.’
‘You killed us Dave. You killed us.’
‘There’s a line you cross, you don’t ever come back from.’
‘I gotta keep movin.’
‘You get old enough you remember a reason why everybody wants to whack you. You believe ‘em all but you know somebody’s gotta be lyin’. Or mayber they’re all lyin.’
‘When you can’t see all the angles no more, you’re in trouble, baby. You’re in trouble baby.’
‘Never give up your friends, no matter what.’
‘Sorry, boys, all the stitches in the world can’t sew me back together.’
‘Sorry baby, I tried the best I could. Honest.’
‘Don’t worry. My heart, it don’t ever quit.’

From Carlito's Way, Brian de Palma (1993)

manifesto?

Don’t know what to do, but must to do something. So, while doing somehow I get an idea what it is that I am doing. Use writing as an escape-hatch in a world that is not so much interested in questions but answers. Searching for and inventing new and more questions, never settling for answers. To write a text then is like drawing an image of another world, of ways to how things could be done in a different way. And to work on the next possibility already. Or like throwing the wish for utopia against a fundamentally anti-utopian world. And to have a good time while doing it.

Manifesto

MY SAVAGE PAST

I embrace the cannibals and the savages. I embrace the child soldiers and the dictators. I embrace rapist and survivor alike. I celebrate the past and the present. I embrace torturer and the tortured because Steve Biko is dead and he won't be coming back.

I despise both white and black because Malcom X is dead and he wont have a second coming. Fela Kuti and Bob Marley are dead, Martin Luther King is dead. Patrice Lumumba will not be coming back to judge the living and the dead Mobutus. Samora Machel, Sankara, Ken Saro Wiwa, Nyerere, Nkruma, Haile Sellase, Marcus Garvey, Senghor are dead, Fanon is dead. We have no more need for messiahs there will be no more messiahs the only messiah is you.

I embrace the dope fiends, bandit queens, drag queens and shebeen queens because the Rain queen is dead and she has no heir.

I denounce the patriarch and the matriarch alike. None of the sheroic deeds of warrior queens dead or alive can save your sorry ass. Not the brilliance of Josephine Baker, not the majesty of Sojourner Truth, Nawaal al Sadawi, not the courage of Queen Nzinga and Sarawuti.

And how can we forget those self-destructive warriors from Huey P Newton to Winnie Mandela and all those saviours turned despots who despite their intellect, charm, and courage betrayed themselves and the hopes of all wretched generations to come.

Africa is somehow always in need of saving. Out of this a whole range of machines and factories have sprung up. The Hope industry, the Future Factory. If Africa was not such a basket case what would we write about, hold conferences over, make exhibitions to highlight, make art to challenge and rock concerts to fight.

This is my Manifesto. Not that I always live by it but a manifesto in any case.

Simba Sambo