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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3 Years Ago!!!!! Where are the support by the community?

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Flying Lotus f. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”

Amazing and touching…..

Zimmerman, Kendrick Lamar, Ghost In A Shell & More

Also my symbolic support to those in Nigeria and France that suffered through this current heinous attack of terror.

The leaders of northerners living in the South-West on Thursday said they arrested over 1000 members of the Boko Haram in parts of the region.

We should fight against innocent lives being threaten or killed where ever it may be.

Kendrick Lamar’s Billboard 100 Comments on Ferguson and More

“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ed up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”

Before I dissect Kendrick’s comments, let us stop acting as if Kendrick Lamar is a Johnathan Gentry; he isn’t. I respect Kendrick as an artist and as a person, but his comments were inaccurate to a degree. Yes self-reflection is important, but let’s not pretend or misdirect what is really happening here. Black Americans are not disrespected on a daily basis, because a few do not respect themselves or the rich heritage they come from. We’ve been disrespected and marginalized since slavery became a legal institution exclusively towards Black Americans by 1650. We’ve been disrespected and marginalized, since the days of Jim Crow and Tulsa Oklahoma. It is completely disingenuous for anyone to say Black Americans aren’t being treated properly under the law, because a few do not think more of themselves.

In addition to that it is also not rational to rationalize unconstitutional behavior by pointing at someone else’s self-loathing. It is like saying a victim needs to look within themselves to figure out why they are being victimized. How about the victimizer delve in this self-reflection as well? Anyone who knows me know I am about self-empowerment and leaving excuses to the waist side. That means I will also not accept failure from my community, but I will not defend, rationalize or legitimize others spitting on my community.

Now I will leave off with a great song from Kendrick, because I do love myself!

Favorite Verse

[Verse 3]
I went to war last night
With an automatic weapon, don’t nobody call a medic
I’ma do it till I get it right

I went to war last night
I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent

Duckin’ every other blessin’, I can never see the message
I could never take the lead, I could never bob and weave
From a negative and letting them annihilate me
And it’s evident I’m moving at a meteor speed

Finna run into a building, lay my body in the street
Keep my money in the ceiling, let my mama know I’m free
Give my story to the children and a lesson they can read
And the glory to the feeling of the holy unseen
Seen enough, make a motherfucker scream, “I love myself!”

Mick Jenkins: Chicago Hip Hop

The Water[s]

Chicago has undergone a creative renaissance in the past few years, one of a depth few anticipated. Compared with earlier regional moments, where local buzz propelled a handful of artists to the national stage, the Internet’s clear-glass window into this world—and the increased marketing savvy of even its least-established teenagers—has made the city’s multiple scenes appear saturated. This is further exaggerated by the reams of imitators the city’s bigger stars—Chief Keef and Chance the Rapper—have inspired. With limited oxygen in a competitive space, a raft of rookie artists have stubbornly hoisted themselves into the air, grasping for whichever angle best fits.


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