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Interview with Kushite Prince

Why do you call yourself Kushite Prince?

 I read a book years ago about the Kushite kingdoms in Africa. I call myself Prince because I don’t feel like I’m a king……yet.

What was your upbringing like and how did it shape you to be the man you are today?

 I grew up in southern California. I had a very loving family. My father instilled in me to always speak my mind and demand respect. My mother told me to always stand up for myself and be a proud black man. She also told me to never put another race of women above black women. Those teachings shaped me into who I am today.

At what age did you become aware with how the world operates on race?

A learned at about seven years old that white people were everywhere. And they were always on television. I assumed they controlled everything in the world. I wasn’t too far off. It wasn’t until I read Isis Papers by Frances Cress Welsing that really opened my eyes. That book made me realize the sickness of racial hatred.

Why do you identify with Huey’s character on The Boondocks?

I love Huey from The Boondocks! I have the complete DVD series. He’s not afraid to speak his mind. Reminds me of myself.

What is the most controversial viewpoint you have?

Too many to name. lol Although I’ll just say I’m not the biggest fan of interracial dating or homosexuality. I’ll leave it at that.

How do you think Black Americans will come together, pertaining to group economics and do you think it is the glue that will hold us all together?

I think we need to create more black businesses. We need black owned and controlled banks. As well as diners,car manufacturers, grocery stores,schools,clothing stores etc. We need to invest in our community. And redistribute the wealth back to the black community. We need to create another Black Wallstreet. We did it once…we can do it again. But we must trust each other and work together.

What is your favorite graphic novel, and author?

I don’t read to many graphic novels. Although years ago I did read Sin City by Frank Miller. It’s a comic book but was done in graphic novel form.

What is your favorite comic book?

As a kid it was Black Panther. For obvious reasons. As a kid there was the X Men,Superman,Batman and Spider Man. Seeing the Panther gave me a great sense of pride. There weren’t a lot of black comic book characters back then.

Favorite show on television, and worst show on television in your opinion?

Not sure if I have a favorite television show. I do like watching pro basketball and football from time to time. Sometimes I watch Sports Center on ESPN. I’m not a big fan of most sitcoms or dramas nowadays. So many of the shows promote violence,death,sexual perversion and anti-blackness. There’s way too many negative black stereotypes today. Worst show?? Where do I start? Any reality show with black people, anything by Tyler Perry,Kardashians,Lee Daniels etc.

Do you think Black Americans criticize each other too harshly at times?

At times we do. There’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism. We should be trying to lift one another up.

What is your favorite music genre?

I love R&B and hip hop music. Some of my favorite artists are Erykah Badu,Sade,Stahhr,Dead Prez,Kalik Scientific,Sa Roc,Amel Larrieux, Nitty Scott,Lauryn Hill,Oshun,D ‘Angelo Maimouna Youssef and Narubi Selah.

Do you think the media unjustly or unfairly targets Hip Hop Music?

Yes they do. They blame hip hop for many of the social problems. This is grossly unfair. I have my issues with gangster rap music. I like more uplifting and socially conscious hip hop. But the problems in the world didn’t come from rap music. Problems like crime,police brutality,unemployment, poverty,blacks filling up the prisons stem from racism. The problems we face come from white supremacy. Not hip hop. But of course they’ll never admit that.

Thank you Kushite Prince for the interview; it is refreshing to be able to disagree with each other on some points, but still remain civil and working towards the goals we share.

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