LET ME LOOK AT YOU



As a gift to our potential members, Live From Planet Earth offers 2 chapters from the forthcoming novel LET ME LOOK AT YOU, a 21st-century urban tale of post-Black survival, art, and love. Join us today with a monthly contribution to help us publish this project in full, printed and perfect-bound for all 1-year members (annual or 12 consecutive months).

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Michael J. Wilson
LET ME LOOK AT YOU (2020).
The Liberator Magazine
(artwork: Madeline Lafontant)

///Chapter Six

I woke up to the sound of a wooden table snapping and crunching in the back of a garbage truck outside. It's always during the most pacifying dreams that the waking world puts together an orchestra of grating noises to rouse you from your peace. Nothing is worse than the scraping sound of my doorbell, which is why I cut the wire to it. I rarely turn the ringer up on my phone. I keep my windows shut in the summer to try and drown out the noise of car stereos and home entertainment systems, but the bass still rattles my walls. I think a perfect day for me would include sitting silently with Contessa by my side and maybe a little rain, or even better, heavy snow so that I wouldn't have to put up with the ruckus of snarling buses and wailing ambulance sirens.




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Polygamy/Polyfidelity: Realistic Solution to Oppression & Disunity?



In the following email about polygamy/polygyny/polyfidelity, a reader, sharing her thoughts after an individual study on the subject, wonders if a modified or resurrected, egalitarian version of the practice might be an immediate solution to and defense against persistent forms of politico-economic oppression (i.e. greed). (Above: Seeking Sister Wife 2018 YOUTUBE | IMDB | AMAZON | Interview on Sway In The Morning)


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Africana Study Abroad Alliance (ASAA) #reparations



Africana Abroad is a travel, production, and publishing alliance, founded by Brian Hughes Kasoro along with The Liberator Magazine/Live From Planet Earth to foster Africana literacies in diaspora travel and eight African/Indigenous American adolescent study abroad tour/leadership programs from six cities in particular, including New York (International Youth Leadership Institute, Brotherhood Sister-Sol), Atlanta (Habesha, Sankofa Spirit), Baltimore (Afrikan Youth Alchemy), St. Louis (Good Journey), Philadelphia (Sankofa Freedom Academy), and Detroit (Atlantic Impact).

The Mattertime / A New Perspective of Matter, Space, and Time



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Alfred Ang'asa
{Mombasa:Kenya}

Matter exists in three forms: hardware, software, and energy. Any single particle of matter consists of these three forms. The conception of space in relation to matter has always created a wrong impression that matter, especially the observable, occupies the space. This idea persists even though investigations prove that matter is incomprehensible and incapable of finality both in description and experimentation, and time is the miraculous commodity which enables any logical perception of matter in any of its forms.

The Last Generation of Black People



2012, New York: The Liberator Magazine.
ISBN 9780991108404
» Artbook @ Museum of Modern Art PS1
» McNally Jackson
» The Strand
» Quimby's
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» PanAfrican Connection

Realities We Otherwise Would Never Know / Beyond Ideology



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Brian Hughes Kasoro
{Brooklyn, NY}
(2012). The Last Generation Of Black People. New York: The Liberator Magazine.

"We cannot see the wind, but we can both hear and see what it does. What some call intuition, others would call the eyes and ears of the heart. In real ways, only when we experience the Universe with our hearts as well as with our minds will our ears hear, our eyes see, realities we otherwise would never know."*

My dear love,

I do not support Feminism. Yet, I have noticed enough to call it a trend that many intellectual-types have pledged ideological allegiance today. I do not consider myself enlightened. I am not a romantic. At every turn ideology seems to me a reactionary solution. Imbalance--the absence of peaceful understanding--between man and woman, however, is one of the most important issues of our time.

Editor's Note / The Last Generation of Black People



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Brian Hughes Kasoro
{Minneapolis, MN}
(2012). The Last Generation Of Black People. New York: The Liberator Magazine.

"A people's name should link them to land, history, and culture. 'Black' tells you how you look, but not who you are."
Dr. John Henrik Clarke

"Let us mix the long memories of a people destroyed with new narratives of our own making, as we move into space of our own choosing, as we dream in images woven from our people’s best desires, as we plan on designs drawn from our own reflection, then make again the universe that might have been but was not, here in this place, now in this time freed for our new creation."
— Ayi Kwei Armah, "KMT: In the House of Life"

"Your teachers/ Are all around you./ All that you perceive,/ All that you experience,/ All that is given to you/ Or taken from you,/ All that you love or hate,/ Need or fear/ Will Teach you—/ If you will learn..."
— Octavia Butler, "Parable of the Sower"

In 2012 my generation seemed to find itself swimming in the proverbial "primordial waters" (see: Carruthers, Jacob. Mdw Ntr: Divine Speech: A Historiographical Reflection of African Deep Thought from the Time of the Pharaohs to the Present. *Reviewed in Liberator 5.1 #14). The darkness underwater can be frightening upon entry. It can also grow to become blindly euphoric. As we are subsumed, the best of us and ourselves realize that we are capable of embracing chaos in order to survive--sometimes fostering chaos in the process. But, often, darkness remains un- and improperly named. In that spirit, Mike Wilson's previously published piece, "Pre-blackness, blackness & post-blackness: 195,000 b.c. to Today," best sums up the rhythm and temperature of this publication.

Yet it is Dr. Carruthers who grounds us to the past and helps guide us to the future; recovering and retelling the ancient African story of "Weheme Mesu" (The Repetition of Birth) in his essay, "An African Historiography for the 21st Century" (The Preliminary Challenge. African World History Project, Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization).

"[F]our thousand years ago ... Amen M Hat pronounced Whm Msw (Weheme Mesu) as his Horus name.... The renaissance began with the publication of a text that emphasized Good Speech (*The text is entitled "The Prophecies of Neferti." See: M. Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, vol. I, The Old and Middle Kingdoms. Berkeley, University of California Press,1975. 139-145. **In the story, the king orders his advisors to bring him a wise person who can enlighten him with Good Speech and Excellent Discourse.) as the route to restoration after the divisions and conflicts at the end of the preceding era. Literary productions characterized the period. Old texts were revised and new genres were established for the creation of new literary directions. Thus the spirit of this rebirth was not merely the rote repetition of the past, rather it was the establishment of a new edifice on the firm foundations of ancient traditions. But the waters of the deep well of time-tested ancestral wisdom did not dictate details, rather this flow inspired bold innovations."

Like the sunrise, we are perpetually reborn. Old Weheme Mesu reminds us that we're reborn in different ways each time; solving the paradox, as Dr. Carruthers says, by being timeless yet keeping time. And, if we are practicing our Good Speech, we find our purpose as shining measures of time in a timeless eternity. As long as we remember The Repetition of our Birth, we can call ourselves whatever we choose. As such, the birth of poly- or hyper- or more detailed blackness is the death of blackness; of slave-black and negro-black and commercial-black and yesterday-black. Without paradox, setting into darkness is the beginning of rising out of darkness. Knowing this to be true, we choose here to occupy our present with speeches for the future. Despite yesterday's return to darkness, we ask, "what will we be today, sun? And the next time we are born?" What some know as death, we know as coming forth by day. Over and over again, as Nzinga Ratibisha Heru says, "with compassion, without compromise."

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Live From Planet Earth invited musicians James Tillman, Asante "Tut" Amin, Kala & The Lost Tribe, and Russell Carter Jr. to chop it up intimately in Brooklyn. youtube.com/livefromplanetearth

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Drexciya



Drexciya is an electronic music band from Detroit, Michigan. The name Drexciya refers to a modern legend created by the band, comparable to Plato's myth of Atlantis, which the group revealed in the sleeve notes to their 1997 album The Quest. "Drexciya" was an underwater country populated by the unborn children of pregnant African women thrown off of slave ships because they were either too rebellious or too sick. Reminiscent of Africans that were dropped off in the West Indies, Jamaica, Haiti, etc. en route to the continental Americas, and even Igbo Landing for instance. According to Drexciyan legend however, this unstoppable progeny later adapted to breathe underwater in their mothers' wombs and built a nation.

Interview w/ Brian Hughes Kasoro



The African American Registry recently lifted the veil on a new site and published a series of video interviews with Kasoro discussing black critique and writing education among other ideas.

"The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings" / Masanobu Fukuoka on Do Nothing Farming



In the pursuit of Knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Way,
every day something is dropped.

Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

— Lao Tzu

Masanobu Fukuoka is a master gardener known as the father of "Natural Farming" or "Do Nothing Farming." Fukuoka, who passed away in 2008, lived on a small farm on the southern Japanese island of Shikoku. After having something of a revelation about the nature of human existence, he left his job as a microbiologist and returned home to work his father’s farm. He had been utilizing certain 'natural' farming methods since the 1940s, long before mainstream society’s inclination toward ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ food and lifestyle alternatives. His methods are fascinating not only because they go against most common practices of modern large scale agricultural operations, but also because he draws very critical linkages between nature, spirit and human activity. For many, these methods are not earth shattering, but rather an affirmation of the types of practices that have been successfully occurring and sustaining communities for years prior to the industrial age.

Dr. K. Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau / "The Ancestors and Our Connection to Them: The Real Power of Being"



Fu-Kiau Bunseki was Born in Minianga, Democratic Republic of Congo and holds degrees in the Cultural Anthropology (B.A.), School Administration (M.Ed.), Library Science (M.S.), and Education & Community Development (Ph.D.). He has been initiated into three major African education systems (Lemba, Kimkimba and Kimpasi) and founded the Luyalungunu Lwa Kumba-Nsi Institute, dedicated to exploring and documenting traditionally accumulated Kongo teachings for the post-colonial society and its institutions. He lives in Boston and has traveled to Brazil (Brasilian Federal University of Bahia), Germany (Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf), and Israel (Hafia University) hosting "An Unusual Deep Insight Retreat for Self & Community Healing Power," based on Bantu-Kongo Cosmology.



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Yoga Poses for the Most Common Aches and Pains: A Basic How-To For Healing Yoga Poses



"African Astronomy Prior to European Colonization" / Dr. Thebe Medupe {film & lecture}



Songhai / Sustainability in Benin



Healing, Magic and Master Gardeners / George Washington Carver and Osayin



The Healing of Òsányìn / "Learning our herbs ... to extract the healing properties of plants for our bodies' benefit"



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Sawdayah Brownlee
{Brooklyn, NY}

"Òsányìn Èrí Máā Awo / A Wè Lító Sú Máā Àdó. (Òsányìn/Osayin is habitual evidence of mystery / We wash to possess the training to always sow medicine gourds.)"
— A praise song to Òsányìn

"Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own."
— Dr. Wangari Maathai (Maa Kherw*)

An Ujamaa Reunion (a prequel) / "By the 18th century, however, economists such as the English-born David Ricardo and Thomas Malthus took license to declare that the earth's resources were simply insufficient to support human populations."



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Melvin Barrolle
The Liberator Magazine 9.1 #24, 2010
(artwork: Robert Trujillo)

Seu Jorge and Almaz / The Model: Marcello in Limbo; Oshun and the Dream



Thoughts on constantly achieving this mind-body practice / "More than being proud to be seen in novelty"



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Brian Hughes Kasoro

In "Literacy: Reading the Word & the World", Paulo Freire recalls an adult literacy workbook in Sao Tome with pictures in it. Next to a picture of a group of young people swimming it is written, "It is by swimming that one learns to swim." Next to a picture of youths working it is written, "It is by working that one learns to work." And at the bottom of the page it is written, "By practicing we learn to practice better." A profound truth on the importance of mind-body practice for the simple sake of practicing living better.

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”
— Charlie Parker

Malidoma Patrice Somé / Messenger to a Lost Generation



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Gayle Smaller {Minneapolis, MN}, Opiyo Okeyo {Washington, DC}, & Brian Hughes Kasoro {New York, NY}
The Liberator Magazine 6.3 #19, 2007

Ayi Kwei Armah Speaks / Our Awakening



How to Listen to New Music



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Michael J. Wilson
{Brooklyn, NY}
(artwork: Brian Hughes Kasoro)

When I encounter something that moves me, I try to avoid responding immediately. A thorough examination of a phenomenon is a luxury granted to us by civilization. When man was in the grass, he had to act swiftly. By the time man invented his couch he was able to sit for extended periods of time and perhaps read or talk with friends. He was able to gather his thoughts comfortably and this was indeed a luxury.

"Translation and Recovery: Intellectual Work and the Development of African 'Smart Power' In the Era of Africana Studies" + "Kemetic Womanhood"



Interview with Cheikh Anta Diop



The Greatest Love Song Ever / Stevie Wonder’s Key of Life



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Bryan Wilhite
{Los Angeles, CA}
The Liberator Magazine #21

Besouro / The Assailant (2009)



The African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, New York City:USA



On Going Home / "Kente cloth, conversations and kindness"



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Anyabwile Love

Rahki



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Brian Hughes Kasoro
{Brooklyn, NY}

"The Buddha" & the End of Human Suffering / Pankaj Mishra in Kathmandu, Nepal



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Felix Holmgren
The Liberator Magazine 7.2 #22, 2008

Paulo Coehlo On Love & Spirituality / "Those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss"



Consciousness Beyond Feminisms, Marxisms, Gender, and Genre: An interview with Sylvia Wynter



Cuba, 2015



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Dr. Clyde Taylor
{New York, NY}

Editorial Note: Fidel Castro invoked a seductive binary as an aesthetic approach to reading the world when speaking about the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1987 and 1988 during the Angolan liberation movement; the world would know itself in terms of before and after it. Toussaint L’Overture says “Let them tremble when they reach our coast ...” Fidel says “You will never have Cuba”. The nuances of concession, negotiation, and intermingling often get lost in headstrong revolutionary-period narratives. The before-befores and after-afters are important. Sex, Lies, and Tourism, for instance. In Cairo, on behalf of Namibia, Cuba just wanted to be at the table, after all.

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As Gertrude Stein is famously reported to have said on her death bed, “Alice, what is the answer?” No response: “Alice, what is the question?” Stein observed a sound path: in order to find the best answer, you need to find, or choose, the right question. Here I track maybe six answers searching for the right question to be put to new relations between the United States and Cuba.

Historian Gerald Horne offers an answer to a question few have bothered to ask. He argues that economic and political pressures from the African presence was a major reason why the colonial elite decided to wage a war for independence. (“Negro Insurrection and Foreign Invasion: Slavery, 1776 and the Founding of the United States”)

Maintaining lettuce and cabbage transplants / "I have seen them from seed to germination to their new home"



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Sawdayah Brownlee

The Case of Hip-hop



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Michael J. Wilson
{Brooklyn, NY}
(2012). The Last Generation Of Black People. New York: The Liberator Magazine.

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This is not an attempt to appeal to the sensibilities of yesteryear, a clarion-call for the new Charlie Parker, the new Al Green, or even the new Nas. Outside of a few universal concepts embodied by each of those artists (namely, a kind of modernist inventiveness useful in all ages, an insistence on the power of love, a dedication to an honest assessment of human struggle, in that order), none of them have anything uniquely contemporary to say to the listener today. Hip-hop itself has begun to compromise its own relevance by growing ironic in relation to its most noteworthy period (i.e., the 1990s). The genre has outpaced its context; it is no longer the voice of the inner city--it is now just filler music. Apparently, this transformation has taken place with the approval of the hip-hop audience.

United African Alliance Community Center: An African Renaissance



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Justin Dunnavant

The Black Panther Party is said to have deteriorated nearly three decades ago however some of its original members continue to operate thousands of miles across the Atlantic. This summer a handful of Howard students had the opportunity to travel to Arusha, Tanzania for a three-week intensive Kiswahili language course. Between the 8-hour lectures and weekend Safaris the students managed to set aside time to pay homage to political activists and former members of the Black Panther Party, Mzee Pete O’Neal and Mama Charlotte O’Neal. Their compelling story serves as a testimony of the continued international legacy of the party.

Did the Trayvon Martin Shooting Really Take Place?



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Wilhelm von Schadow
{Brooklyn, NY}

It begins like a scandal. As if a bomb has been dropped on a peaceful, rural setting. In one moment, life as usual; in the next, the resurrection of Jim Crow. The tranquility of yesterday is suddenly pierced by an unthinkable crime. Outrage is seen everywhere. Next come the calls for sobriety and objectivity. The best technologies are implemented to reconstruct the shooting. Massive amounts of speculation and analysis converge on the events. 3-D graphics are used to calculate bullet trajectories. Witnesses are demanded and even if all they have to say is that they heard a gunshot.

Past Afrocentricity: Reassessing Cheikh Anta Diop's Place In the Afrocentric Frame / "African writers have been marginalized and grouped as 'Afrocentrists' ... but for all Afrocentrism's rage against the dogmatism of the last 500 years of European hegemony, it is itself dogmatic."



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Lafayette Gaston
The Liberator Magazine 8.1 #23, 2009
(artwork: Joseph Lamour)

"I would like to see above all a greater number of researches — Afro-Americans — young Americans — even whites. Why not? Because it’s the young who are least prejudiced. As a consequence, they are the most capable of making triumph ideas which frighten the older generation. Also, I think that it will be necessary to put together polyvalent scientific teams, capable of doing in-depth studies, for sure, and that’s what’s important. It bothers me when someone takes me on my word without developing a means of verifying what I say ... We must form a scientific spirit capable of seeing even the weaknesses of our own proofs, of seeing the unfinished side of our work and committing ourselves to completing it. You understand? Therefore we should then have a work which could honestly stand criticism, because what we’ve done would have been placed on a scientific plane."
— Cheikh Anta Diop,
Interview with Harun Kofi Wangara
(Harold G. Lawrence)

A 20th century man who didn't "believe true democracy could ever work;" father of 21st century politics / The Century of the Self {film}



"the century of self... It’s 4 hours long but you’ll get the gist in the first 20 minutes... Basically Sigmund Frued’s nephew Edward Bernays capitalized off of his uncle’s philosophies and created modern day consumerism, before Bernays Americans purchased things based off needs. There was a a time in the 20s when women didn’t smoke in public so Edward Bernays masterminded a campaign to make it culturally acceptable so that companies could sell more cigarettes... it’s that kind of vibe..."
— @kanyewest