Celebrating X

49 years ago today, we lost one of our best, Malcolm X.

The Man Amidst the Men

The Man Amidst the Men

One of my favorite quotes of his which exemplifies who he was, and what he stood for at the end of it all:

“I have had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I am a human being first and foremost, and as such, I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole”.

Rest in power and paradise X. Your legacy lives on.

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X + 48

X + 48

“I have had enough of someone else’s propaganda
I’m for truth
No matter who speaks it
I’m for justice
No matter who it is for or against
I’m a human being and as such-
I’m for whatever and whoever will benefit humanity as a whole”

It’s been 48 years since Malcolm X was assassinated,
but he lives on in more ways than one.

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Letters to My Unborn Child

This is exactly what my sister did. She wrote letters to her unborn child. Ok, well not letters. The new age equivalent. She opened up an email account for the fetus in her belly who was yet to see the world for another 16 weeks or so. It wasn’t her original idea. Perhaps Tupac instigated it all with his touching song by the same name. All the same, I thought it was genius. As aunties, we also had a chance to write emails to our future niece. Blue Ivy may be the youngest baby on a record, but I don’t think the proud parents Jay & B thought this up. Nia should be in the Guiness World Book of Records for the youngest person ever to have an email account! Blue Ivy got nothing on you Nia!

I can only imagine how Nia will feel 10-20 years from now reading all of these accounts from the time she was still comfortable and cosy in her momma’s belly.

This has a lesson for us all. Why do we wait until our children are ready to enter college before we open up a savings account for them or begin to panic about school fees? Why not start as soon as they are born? Or even before. A small deduction on a monthly basis goes a long way, regardless of how much one earns. Especially considering that the money will most probably be spent frivolously anyways… Why not put all the money that would’ve been spent on a first birthday extravaganza, for instance, into their account? After all, they’re not even old enough to remember.

Why do we wait until someone’s time on this earth is up before we buy flowers for them? Why not surprise loved ones with flowers while they are still alive? What will the flowers do for them six feet under?

If we are to progress, we need to be forward-looking. Plan for tomorrow so that if we live to see it, we’re well ahead of the game. As Malcolm X said, “The passport to the future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Of course, in doing so, we can’t ever forget to live in the moment.

Let me leave you with Tupac’s, “Letter to My Unborn Child”

Tribute to X

Feb 21, 1965 47 yrs on but your legacy lives on.
Tribute to the man amidst the men-the man who spoke truth, regardless of the consequences.

I am a man amidst the men
The personification of black pride
And the heights to which people can rise
I was and still am
One of the most misinterpreted and misunderstood
People of my time
I present to you
One of the most fascinating and personal histories
Of the 20th century

I am
Unapologetically bold and brazen
Uncompromising in my values
Unwavering in the truth I speak
I say it like it is
After all,
Truth is truth

I was schooled on the streets
Locked up but liberated
Physically incarcerated but mentally emancipated
And then proceeded to school the streets

My thirst for knowledge, wisdom & understanding
Can never be quenched
I demand, first & foremost
Human rights, not civil rights
I don’t beg for respect, I command it
I could start or stop a riot

Rather than mold myself to the world,
I mold the world to myself
I refuse to settle for status quo
The constant exploitation and degradation of my people
I strive tirelessly
For the betterment & empowerment
Of the black race but for humanity as a whole

“I have had enough of someone else’s propaganda
I’m for truth
No matter who speaks it
I’m for justice
No matter who it is for or against
I’m a human being and as such-
I’m for whatever and whoever will benefit humanity as a whole”

I’m convinced ill make progress
Or I’ll die trying
I prefer to die on my feet
Rather than live on my knees
If I can die having brought any light
It is due to ALLAH
Only the mistakes have been mine

And who am I?
I am El Hajj Malik El Shabazz
I am Malcolm X!

47 Years & Malcolm X Still Lives On

The Man Amidst the Men

Today marks 47 years since El Haji Malik El Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X was brutally shot down & killed. He had one of the most fascinating and personal histories of the 20th century. He was and still is one of the most misinterpreted and misunderstood people of his time. He did what few manage, he didn’t simply exist. He lived. He made an impact. He left an undeniable legacy that lives on decades after his passing. He spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences. And we will forever love him for that. He is most definitely our prince.

Favorite quotes:

“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

“Having said that, I know I’ll hear anti-Semetic from every which direction. Oh yes. But truth is truth.”

“I say and I say and I’ll say it again. You been had, you been took, you been hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amuck..”

“Just as the white man and any other man for that matter on this earth has the God-given right, the human right, the civil right, the natural right and any other kind of high right you can think of to protect himself, just as this white man has the right to defend himself, we have the right to defend ourselves too. This is only natural.”

“You can’t stop the rooster crowing once the sun is up. And the sun is up.”

“We have been bowing for 400 years. I think it’s about time we stand up”

“I don’t care what they’re saying. I see what they’re doing.”

“We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”

Rest in peace & paradise X.

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