Muslim Leaders & Community Members Speak Out Against ISIS- Dearborn, Michigan

I’ve  seen Muslim Americans speak out against Islamic Extremist for years, but I guess people choose to see what they want. For those who haven’t, I respectfully suggest to broaden your media outlets.

Think Muslims Haven’t Condemned ISIS? Think Again

A very common, oft-repeated mantra among pundits and “experts” is that Muslims haven’t roundly condemned the extremism committed in Islam’s name. So many times, we hear people saying, “Where are the Muslim voices in condemnation?” “Why aren’t Muslims speaking up against extremists like ISIS?”

Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2014/08/think-muslims-havent-condemned-isis-think-again.html#ixzz3DKzNjbAi
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2014/08/think-muslims-havent-condemned-isis-think-again.html#ttehmFLfL0HCpTDS.99

Also here is a small sample of the different Muslim sects; just like Christianity, there isn’t one belief.

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/muslims-adhere-to-different-islamic-sects.html

You can also see this taking place in France and Britain.

Baltimore Cop Says Some Officers Are A Threat To The Community

Afro-Asian Cuisine

Afro-Asian Foods cut across many borders bridging and bringing flavours of the Middle East, Orient and Africa together.

A robust cuisine it spans SriLankan, Bangladeshi, Indian, Afghan, Morrocan, Pakistani, Palestinian and Egyptian borders and brings a fusion of flavours characterised by a generous use of roasted, ground, fresh and dried spices.

Indian cuisine has been influenced by a 5000-year history of various groups and cultures interacting with the subcontinent, leading to diversity of flavours and regional cuisines found in modern-day India. Afro-Asian food is usually generally referred to as Indian cuisine.

Read more:  http://www.naijamaican.co.uk/indiapak.html

http://thececilharlem.com/tablet/about-us.html

Meet the Black Chef Who’s Transforming New York’s Food Scene After Taking Trip to Africa

By Leo from Atlanta Black Star

Joseph “JJ” Johnson found inspiration for his food on a trip to Ghana, where he saw how the evolution and spread of societies can manifest itself in cuisine. The chef experienced a unique use of ingredients and techniques that would set the wheels in motion for his own culinary success. He recalls seeing Japanese whiskey and a man making piri piri sauce (which is derived from the African bird’s eye chili pepper) for the first time. Scanning an encyclopedia, he learned about African Diaspora, finding that, as African people were dispersed throughout the world during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, they brought their approaches to cuisine with them.

“I came back a changed chef,” Johnson, 30, said. “Nobody wants to talk about how slaves took food and spread it across the world. I realized that I grew up on Diaspora food.”

Johnson hadn’t even heard of the term “Afro-Asian” when Alexander Smalls, a chef, restaurateur and former opera singer, first mentioned it to him.

Restaurant: http://thececilharlem.com/tablet/index.html

Read more:  http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/09/12/meet-black-chef-whos-transforming-new-yorks-food-scene-taking-trip-africa/ and http://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2014/09/12/meet-the-chef-whos-changing-the-way-we-look-at-different-cultures-food/

 

Dahomey Amazon Warriors

The Dahomey Amazons are the only documented all-female official front-line combat arms military unit in modern history. Tough, uber-intense asskicking women single-mindedly devoted to hardening themselves into ruthless instruments of battlefield destruction, these machete-wielding, musket-slinging lady terminators were rightly-feared throughout Western Africa for over250 years, not only for their fanatical devotion to battle, but for their utter refusal to back down or retreat from any fight unless expressly ordered to do so by their king. If you were some poor conscript militia soldier hanging out around your barracks and you saw these women suddenly start charging out of the woods in your direction, screaming their war chants with their muskets barking fire and their signature double-edged two-foot-long machetes brandished threateningly over their heads, you had one fleeting moment to overcome your crippling panic and defend yourself. Because if you failed to kill them – and I mean if you failed to kill every single last one of them, some murderous warrior was going to club you unconscious with a musket butt, drag you back to her capital, chop off your head with one swing of her machete, boil the skin off of your decapitated face, and then use your skull to decorate the royal palace.

Read more:  http://www.badassoftheweek.com/dahomey.html

The Fon women’s army had three main wings: the right and left wings, and the elite center wing or Fanti.  Each of these wings had five subgroups: the artillery women, the elephant huntresses, the musket-bearing frontline group, the razor women, and the archers.  They served in battles in conjunction with male troops.

– See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/gah/amazons-ahosi-dahomey#sthash.gCFpidrE.dpuf

Dahomey Amazon horn (1884.28.4)

This powder container of cow horn and leather belonged to a woman warrior in the 1860s. The Dahomey kingdom was founded in the 1600s in what is now the Republic of Benin. For two hundred years the king employed ashosi, female personal bodyguards and elite warriors known in Europe as ‘Dahomey Amazons’, after the female warriors of Greek mythology. Their specialty was hand-to-hand combat and in addition to their swords and firearms they were taught to use their teeth and nails as weapons. They were fearsome, brave and disciplined, renowned for decapitating their male enemies. Numbering 6,000 at their peak, they were eventually wiped out by French firepower in 1892 and the last surviving veteran died in the 1970s.

Read more: http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/weapons/index.php/tour-by-region/oceania/africa/firearm-338/index.html

Hunga Munga

 

Most noticeable/recognized in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Let’s go into the history and use of the Hunga Munga.

You call that a knife? Now this is a knife. The Hunga Munga was a dagger used by the Mangbetu – the people of the Orientale Province in Congo. Though the Hunga Munga, also called a Mambele, came in various shapes and forms, they were all pretty awesome looking. Typically, this puppy was thrown from a distance, but if things got hairy, it could be used hand-to-hand. The materials of which the daggers were made could range from rare to common, and often the Hunga Mungas crafted from rarer materials would be carried as status symbols. Hunga Munga is a broad term used for many African blades, such as the Kpinga, another odd, yet deadly blade used by the Azande of Nubia.

http://history-facts.top5.com/weird,-yet-deadlythese-are-the-5-craziest-weapons-from-ancient-history/?page=2&isp1=1

http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/weapons/index.php/tour-by-region/oceania/africa/arms-and-armour-africa-24/

Berber Musket From Northern Morocco: Silver and Ivory

 

 

A lovely Berber Musket from Northern Africa, Morocco. The dark wooden stock decorated exquisitely with inlaid silver, and red lac, overlaid with scrolling silverwork, and inlaid panels of engraved camelbone or ivory, and studded with silver. The flaring triangular butt ending with a large slab of ivory. Silver panels, one large one to the underside finly engraved and inlaid with red and black lacquer. The large steel snaphaunce flitlock mechanism retaining its original flint striker. The barrel with multiple chiselled silver cappucine bands, original steel ramrod. A small silver coin fixed to the trigger guard dates the gun to 1299 hijri, 1881 C.E.

http://www.ashokaarts.com/shop/search?q=Africa

Executioner’s Sword: Ngombe and Doko

 

Once a formidable symbol of power, the executioner’s sword has thankfully been transformed into a ceremonial dance sword since the Belgians outlawed its use in 1900.

http://www.africaandbeyond.com/african-art-executioner-sword-blade-knife-weapon-ngombe-doko-schmidtls57.html

Berber Dagger: Morocco

 

 

Ornamental daggers in Morocco intermingled with Moorish, Arabic and Berber cultures. This Berber dagger is from the central anti Atlas mountain region, south of the high Atlas Mountain range. The cord is old and original, as well as typical of the dagger type.

http://www.ezakwantu.com/Gallery%20African%20Weapons%20-%20West%20North%20and%20East%20African%20Weapons.htm

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