Almighty Street Team Movie

almighty street team

Hello everyone! First off, I would like to say simply, “Thank You!” Since we first announced this concept of “The Street Team” years ago, the support from everyone has been explosive and humbling. Street Team Studio is the umbrella company that unites four production studios and affiliate “members”. It is a multi-media company that focuses on putting out quality stories in a variety of formats, whether it be comics, video games or more. The founders are Shawn Alleyne, Joseph Currie, James Mason and Stanley Weaver, each possessing the added advantage of being creators themselves. 

The Almighty Street Team (Urban Shogun) embraces street/urban culture in the most brilliant way.

Urban Shogun: The Evolution of Combat
Follow the exciting adventures of students of an inner-city martial arts school and their Kung Fu Style wars on the streets of Atlanta. Specializing in updated forms of Five Animal Kung Fu, Tiger, Crane, Phoenix, Mantis and Cheetah protect the streets from criminals and their dangerous martial arts rivals – the Venom Clan!

The Movie

http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-the-almighty-streetteam-how-we-created-our-own-comic-book

The Store

http://urbanshogun.com/streetteam/

The Game

http://sincereignorance.com/2014/11/28/the-almighty-street-team-the-game/

https://www.facebook.com/thealmightystreetteam

Urban Shogun Site

http://www.urbanshogun.com/

This is why it is important to work with people who are as passionate as you, dedicated, hardworking, material oriented and make no excuses for failure.  To Black people or anyone else period, make sure you work with people who are about their work and have a common goal as well; never sell yourself short. 

Anthony Mackie Views on Race, Hollywood and Racial Profiling

Mackie said that Selma is having trouble at the box-office and didn’t fare well with Oscar votersbecause people are turned off by the film’s subject matter.

“People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” Mackie said. “So everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies.”

Selma earned $11.5 million over the MLK holiday weekend, which brings its total earnings to $29 million since its limited release on Christmas. According to Box Office Mojo, the film had a $20 million production budget.

Mackie believes that the Oscars aren’t being discriminatory but that they are simply rewarding the best the industry has to offer this year.

“If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances,” Mackie said. “Me specifically, if thats something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better.”

Mackie continued on by saying that African-American actors are disadvantaged when it comes to receiving more Oscar-worthy roles because “Hollywood believes that there’s no market overseas for black actors.”

“They say that about Denzel Washington, they say they have no foreign value,” the Captain Americastar said. “If we’re not financing and doing our own stories, we can’t expect to see ourselves come award season.”

Turning to the topic of recent nationwide protests against racial profiling, Mackie offered a unique perspective.

“Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”

“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody.  You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself,” Mackie said.

http://thegrio.com/2015/01/20/anthony-mackie-selma-oscar-snub-black-white/

Selma At the Box Office

First it was greeted by rave reviews that presumed (hoped?) that the picture would be a major Oscar contender, then it was dissected over claims of historical inaccuracy over its depiction of the relationship between Dr. King (David Oyelowo) and President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), and now it is unfortunately being discussed in relation to its almost complete-absence in the Oscar race save for Best Song and a slot among the eight Best Picture candidates. But some have argued that the film is in a box office “death spiral,” it is far-from-dead and has amassed $31.5 million thus far after eleven days of wide release.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/01/20/box-office-selma-grossed-5m-on-martin-luther-king-day/

Correction from the audio 31.5 million Accumulated By Selma

Dreadlocks History

The first known examples of the hairstyle date back to ancient Egypt, where dreadlocks appeared on Egyptian artifacts. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with dreadlocks have even been recovered from archaeological sites.

The Old Testament also recounts the tale of Samson and Delilah in which a man’s potency is directly linked to ‘the seven locks on his head’ and according to Roman accounts, the Celts were described to have ‘hair like snakes’ Germanic tribes, Greeks and the Vikings are all said to have worn dreadlocks too.

Rastafarianism however is something entirely separate. It was born in the 1930s when Ras Tafari was crowned emperor of Ethiopia. When the emperor was forced into exile during an invasion, guerrilla warriors swore not to cut their hair until the emperor was reinstated. The religion resonated with the ideologies of the day, for example socialism, Marxism, nationalism and black power. It was therefore, seen as a threat to Christianity and came under attack by the authorities that tried to suppress the ‘Rasta’ movement and imprisoned those who possessed ‘ganja’. Rastafarians smoked cannabis because they thought it prompted a clearer state of well – being. Their dreadlocks were thought to be disgusting and frightening, hence the term ‘dread’ which was later reclaimed by the ‘Rasta’ community.

 In addition to ancient Somalia, Ethiopia and other countries within Africa.

http://www.knottyboy.com/learn/dreadlock-history/

Disturbing Comments About Selma and American Sniper

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For those who might get it twisted, I am not comparing Martin Luther King to Chris Kyle; I’m discussing some people’s criticism of both movies and the men themselves. Chris Kyle might have made mistakes, but it is ridiculous to believe he deserved death.

Grace’s commentary on Selma

Grace’s commentary on American Sniper 

 

An 11 Year Old With an Higher IQ than Albert Einstein and the Myth of Black Intelligence Being Inferior

An 11-year-old boy from the United Kingdom is smarter than Albert Einstein, according to a Mensa test he took earlier this year. After writing an impressive essay for Oxford University, Ramarni Wilfred was asked to take an IQ test and his brilliant results proved him to be smarter than Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and even Albert Einstein.

I can’t begin to compare myself to these great men whose hard work clearly proves that they are true geniuses,” Wilfred tells the Romford Recorder.

Wilfred’s mother, Anthea, said that she always knew her son had a special gift.

“By the time he was three he could read and write and from 18 months we discussed the news and his favorite book was the encyclopedia,” his mother says.

Black Youth

Facts

In 2007, Nobel Prize winning US scientist James Watson was quoted referring to research suggesting that black people were less intelligent than other races. His comments caused a storm of controversy, Watson was condemned.

Although he apologized for the offence he caused, his public engagements were cancelled and he left his British speaking tour in disgrace.

Meanwhile, right wing websites hailed him as the new Galileo – a martyr to political correctness that was concealing the fact that there is indeed evidence that shows different races score differently in IQ tests. But are the tests biased? Is race really a scientific category at all?

In this documentary, part of the season Race: Science’s Last Taboo, Rageh Omaar sets out to find out the truth, meeting scientists who believe the research supports the view that races can be differentiated as well as those who vehemently oppose this view. By daring to ask the difficult questions, Omaar is able to explode the myths about race and IQ and reveal what he thinks are important lessons for society.

Richard Nisbett

There are still lots of misconceptions about intelligence, such as that blacks and whites differ in IQ because of genetics, and that Asians have higher IQs than whites. I wanted to refute that. The great paradox in intelligence research is that the analysis of the data relevant to heritability gives us the conclusion that family environment after adolescence has no impact on intelligence. That’s always seemed completely impossible to me. We know, for example, middle-class children are much more likely to get a good education and go to college, and to think that this makes no difference in intelligence seems impossible. But accepting that conclusion was core to such books as “The Bell Curve” and “The Nurture Assumption.”

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/09/intellect.aspx

Steven Rose

Neuroscientist Steven Rose says that ”race” is basically a social construct since its definition doesn’t match the biological definition.

According to him, there are greater gene frequencies on average between northern Welsh and Southern Welsh people. ”You wouldn’t call Northern Welch a different race of people from the Southern Welch people,” he said.

Omar asks the neuroscientist why there has been such a debate for such a long time.

http://www.migranttales.net/race-and-intelligence/

Dr. Williams Lez Henry

In this confronting documentary called “Race: Science’s Last Taboo”, Rageh Omaar explodes myths about race and IQ and reveals what he thinks are important lessons for society. Omaar, himself a black man, interviews Dr. “Lez” (William) Henry who is also a black man, who wrote “Whiteness made Simple”.  Dr Henry says that IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests do not measure wisdom, social intelligence, creativity or musical ability and these tests have cultural implications.  How often are all these vital considerations ignored? He also points out an increasing acceptance by young black people that being stupid is considered cool.

Is there a pecking order of intelligence amongst races?  Does a race gap in intelligence exist? In 2007, Nobel Prize winning US scientist James Watson was quoted referring to research suggesting that black people were less intelligent than other races. His comments caused major controversy and he was condemned.

http://www.calm.com.au/article/312

The Bell Curve

The information presented above suggests that African born blacks residing in western countries as a group possess IQs that are between 5 points and a full standard deviation (15 IQ points) above that of whites living in these countries. So that the median IQ for African blacks residing in the west should be about 110, if one accepts that research suggesting direct casual relationships between academic attainment levels and IQ (e.g. Gottfredson, 1998; Ostrowsky, 1999)!

Research also shows that when African Americans are matched as to linguistic behavior (e.g. black vs. standard English), literacy levels and to the comprehension of sayings requiring specific knowledge, that African Americans perform as well or better than do Whites on IQ tests.

By Bernie Douglas (April 10, 2008), Revised February 17, 2009

http://www.africaresource.com/sci-tech-a-business/genetics/528-race-intelligence-and-iq-are-blacks-smarter-than-whites

Do people of African descent have a Confucius within their history? 

Yes, and to learn more look within the search engine of Sincere Ignorance in the Modern/Ancient History category for research. Here is your quick fix.

It is a mere prejudice to believe that the philosophical epoch of humanity begins first among the Greeks in the fifth century bc . This prejudice implies that other ancient people did not engage in speculative thought. Undoubtedly, speculative thought transcends experience, but it always attempts to explain, interpret, and unify it in order to systematize it. Speculative thought, using aphorisms, allusions, metaphors, negative or positive methods, and dialectics, can be oral or written, and it is necessarily connected with the problems of life. Thus philosophy can be defined as “systematic reflective thinking on life” ( Yu-lan 1976 : 16). The spirit of Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy, African philosophy, European philosophy, and Maya philosophy can differ greatly in their treatment of a subject, but philosophy always deals with human knowledge, and the elevation of the mind. The future philosophy of the world must then take into account the great speculative systems of all humanity. Therefore, there is an urgent need to gain some acquaintance with the traditions of African philosophy from the remote times to the contemporary era. I am going to try to present the ancient history of African philosophy by bringing into focus the speculative thought of ancient Egypt. African philosophy as a historical fact must be understood within a historical frame.

1 Oral cultures

Two areas of folk-philosophy have been the object of extended scholarly investigation in the late twentieth century: the philosophical psychology of people who speak the Akan languages of the west African littoral (now Ghana) (see Akan philosophical psychology) and the epistemological thought of Yoruba-speaking people of western Nigeria (see Yoruba epistemology). In both cases the folk ideas of the tradition have been addressed by contemporary speakers of the language with Western philosophical training. This is probably the most philosophically sophisticated work that has been carried out in the general field of the philosophical study of folk-philosophy in Africa. It also offers some insight into ways of thinking about both the mind and human cognition that are different from those that are most familiar within the Western tradition.

One can also learn a great deal by looking more generally at ethical and aesthetic thought, since in all parts of the continent, philosophical issues concerning evaluation were discussed and views developed before writing (see Aesthetics, African; Ethical systems, African). Philosophical work on ethics is more developed than in aesthetics and some of the most interesting recent work in African aesthetics also focuses on Yoruba concepts which have been explored in some detail by Western philosophers. The discussion of the status of such work has largely proceeded under the rubric of the debate about ethnophilosophy, a term intended to cover philosophical work that aims to explore folk philosophies in a systematic manner (see Ethnophilosophy, African). Finally, there has also been an important philosophical debate about the character of traditional religious thought in Africa (see African traditional religions).

2 Older literate traditions

Although these oral traditions represent old forms of thought, the actual traditions under discussion are not as old as the remaining African literate traditions. The earliest of these is in the writings associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, which substantially predate the pre-Socratic philosophers who inhabit the earliest official history of Western philosophy (see Egyptian cosmology, ancient). The relationship between these Egyptian traditions and the beginnings of Western philosophy have been in some dispute and there is much recent scholarship on the influence of Egyptian on classical Greek thought (see Egyptian philosophy: influence on ancient Greek thought).

Later African philosophy looks more familiar to those who have studied the conventional history of Western philosophy: the literate traditions of Ethiopia, for example, which can be seen in the context of a long (if modest) tradition of philosophical writing in the horn of Africa. The high point of such writing has been the work of the seventeenth-century philosopher, Zar’a Ya’ecob. His work has been compared to that of Descartes (see Ethiopia, philosophy in).

Read more

http://www.rep.routledge.com/article/Z018

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More Sources

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/07/_11_year_old_uk_boy_scores_higher_than_einstein_on_mensa_iq_test.html

http://www.essence.com/2014/07/23/11-year-old-uk-boy-scores-higher-einstein-iq-test/

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/05/21/11-year-old-ramarni-wilfred-joins-mensa-told-highter-iq-einstein/

http://www.blackenterprise.com/education/11-year-old-iq-higher-than-einstein/

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