Monthly Archives: December 2009
Curly Castro was born in Brooklyn, New York in the late seventies. As a child he was surrounded by the grit and diversity of his neighborhood and finds himself still inspired by all that his upbringing in Flatbush had to offer. He found himself heavily influenced by the visually striking graffiti laced trains, the fluid uninhibited movement of break dance, the political and social tensions of his community and the dizzyingly distracting boom-bap beats serving as the soundtrack. All these elements served as the backdrop for a young man who would soon become an incredible force in the hip-hop world.
He left Brooklyn to go to college in Philadelphia. During that time, he joined a hip-hop group Nemesis, befriended them and began to serve as a tool almost every hip-hop act needs for an even better live show – a “hype man”. He was know as an electric almost scene stealing personality and with each passing show, he developed an affinity for free-styling, writing rhymes and poetry. He soon became an emcee throwing around several stage names until he became comfortable with a somewhat permanent alias- “Obsidian”. As Obsidian he joined forced with two other emcees and formed the group Natural Burners. After a couple of years, Nat Burn began to collaborate with another group who was very established in the city at the time- Ghetto Hero Superman Save-A-Poets. The two posses found themselves sharing the stage at several venues on the same nights and even competing against each other in slams and other lyrical competitions. A deep respect and admiration was developed amongst the two groups and eventually a super-group was born- Bohemian Fifth.
Bohemian Fifth was a strong force in the Philly music scene and beyond. The group consisted of both emcees and poets who each were masters in their lyrical field. Obsidian continued to stand out as an amazing talent in the art of poetry, emceeing and live performance. The group, traveled extensively playing Jamie Kennedy Live, the Black Lily, opening for huge hip-hop acts like Brand Nubian, Poor Righteous Teachers, and Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, also having music featured on the Real World, Road Rules and other programs. They released a LP in 2004 titled “We the People…” which came to critical acclaim for its design as well as the music within. The group disbanded soon after, but Obsidian continued on and co-developed two other groups that would flourish at the same time: Red Identity and SquadZilla. Red Identity was an artistic collaboration of both Obsidian and Inglish (who was also in Bo 5th). The two released several projects including an ode to one of their biggest inspirations, Madlib. The two traveled the country, performing, gaining notoriety as one the best duos Philly and America has seen in years. Along that journey they meet other artists and organizations who shared their same mission of making quality hip-hop music that reaches the souls of the masses. SquadZilla was also a collaborative effort of a select group of Philly emcees and poets that Red ID respected and wanted to work with.
In recent years, Obsidian went through many musical and spiritual transitions in an ever changing and developing industry. He has even come to rest on a permanent name that describes his outer and inner characteristics as a man and citizen of the world, passionate about his people and his community- Curly Castro. People know him today by that new name, but still as hungry and full of fire as the day he first started. He continues to take hip-hop by storm with a new solo career and is admired by his peers for his lyrical prowess and charismatic stage presence. Currently he is developing two organizations : “Who’s Army” and “The Willing”, that give back to the community through music, education and overall social awareness. He recently completed a mixtape with Dj Ambush titled- Phatman & Likkle Bwoy, and is working on his highly anticipated first solo LP “Winston’s Appeal” due out in 2010.
I know there are so many of you out there want to homeschool your children but don’t really know where to start. Before you really get into the fun part of the homeschool journey, you must first cover all legal areas. It is legal to homeschool your children in all states, however the laws from state to state vary. Each state is different. Some states do not require you to report to your Board of Education or take any standardized test. some states may require you have some kind of teaching certificate, or you have to present your curriculum to the Board for review and approval. It varies, so please make sure you research the homeschooling laws. If you have a child in the public school system an d would like to withdraw them, call you child’s school and ask for the necessary steps. Do not just pull them out without going through the proper procedures. It can be something as simple as writing a note. When withdrawing your children from school ask for all paper work i.e. shot records, parent info., anything pertaining to your child. You do not want any unnecessary paperwork floating around in the system. Once you know the homeschooling laws of the land in which you reside then the fun part can begin. I have added a link to a site with the home school laws in all states.
Once you have squared all your legal requirements if any away, now the journey can really begin. This may be a little overwhelming but relax, it’s not as hard as you may think it is. We all may have a concept of what school is based on our own personal experienced in the public school system. You have to in a sense deprogram yourself from the public school setting. Homeschooling does not have to be at all what we experienced growing. You can make it a fun enjoyable learning experience for you and your children. It can really be a holistic experience enlightening the mind, body and spirit. No two homes are alike. There are many different methods of homeschooling. It all depends on your family’s needs and wants. Some families teach out of a boxed curriculum where the lessons are already prepared for you. In a boxed curriculum you have to do very little in terms of finding resources, however, there isn’t much room for extras outside of the box. Some families, such as myself are what some consider eclectic. I like to pull from all kind of resources to create my own curriculum. When creating your own lessons, it takes a lot of time and research but to me it’s worth it. You are able to customize your lessons for each individual child and incorporate a lot of different activities. Some families unschool their children where they let their children lead the educational process. The parents provide a rich environment reflective upon what their child’s interest are. The possibilities are endless. If you are concerned about what your child should be learning in different grades, there are a few books that lay out a scope of what is learned in each subject in every grade. I recommend Home Learning Year by Year How to Design a homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School by Rebecca Rupp. Very good book. So take it slow. You set the standard. All children learn differently at different rates so don’t get upset when your child doesn’t pick something up right way. Homeschooling allows the time for real learning and growth. Peace
Knowing your child’s learning styles will help you in deciding how you want to homeschool your children. Once you know the best ways your children are able to learn, you can then customize your lessons to better suite the child. You can then help your children to strengthen the areas they may not be as strong in. If you have multiple children, creating a one size fit all lesson plan may stunt a child’s growth. You may have a set of identical twins and need to manipulate your lessons to accommodate their very different learning styles. One of the ways you can tap into their learning styles is by watching them play and how they communicate. I will list the various learning styles. (the information below ran in the parents column of a newspaper)….
With all the boxed curriculum’s and programs out you start to wonder if you can afford to homeschool. I will say that after homeschooling for the past 61/2 years I have spend very little money. You can spend as much or as little as you like depending on what you want to use. I will list a few resources and techniques we have used over the years that have saved us lots of money.
For moor info on Homeschooling check out
Homeschooling on a Budget and Outside of the Box
Nanya Miqaa El is the director of Anomaly Health and Wellness Practice. He chose this path because they fall in line with who he is in relation to to the Universe. Healing and travel are dominant factors in cosmic chart of life so he has chosen to share those aspects of himself with the world. He brings these divine Aspects to the Abundance Child Live show and will be welcoming everyone to join his “LIVING OUTSIDE THE BOX CAMPAIGN!” If you want to know Moor then tune in!
Some Important links for Nanya!
Rock The Dub & Beat Garden Present DJ Ambush & Curly Castro: Phatman and Likkle Bwoy Mixtape.
U.S. Will Settle Indian Lawsuit for $3.4 Billion
Published: December 8, 2009
WASHINGTON — The federal government announced on Tuesday that it intends to pay $3.4 billion to settle claims that it has mismanaged the revenue in American Indian trust funds, potentially ending one of the largest and most complicated class-action lawsuits ever brought against the United States.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday the settlement of a lawsuit on Indian trust management.
The tentative agreement, reached late Monday, would resolve a 13-year-old lawsuit over hundreds of thousands of land trust accounts that date to the 19th century. Specialists in federal tribal law described the lawsuit as one of the most important in the history of legal disputes involving the government’s treatment of American Indians.
President Obama hailed the agreement as an “important step towards a sincere reconciliation” between the federal government and American Indians, many of whom, he said, considered the protracted lawsuit a “stain” on the nation.
As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama said, “I pledged my commitment to resolving this issue, and I am proud that my administration has taken this step today.”
For the agreement to become final, Congress must enact legislation and the federal courts must then sign off on it. Administration officials said they hoped those two steps would be completed in the next few months.
The dispute arises from a system dating to 1887, when Congress divided many tribal lands into parcels — most from 40 to 160 acres — and assigned them to individual Indians while selling off remaining lands.
The Interior Department now manages about 56 million acres of Indian trust land scattered across the country, with the heaviest concentration in Western states. The government handles leases on the land for mining, livestock grazing, timber harvesting and drilling for oil and gas. It then distributes the revenue raised by those leases to the American Indians. In the 2009 fiscal year, it collected about $298 million for more than 384,000 individual Indian accounts.
The lawsuit accuses the federal government of mismanaging that money. As a result, the value of the trusts has been unclear, and the Indians contend that they are owed far more than what they have been paid.
Under the settlement, the government would pay $1.4 billion to compensate the Indians for their claims of historical accounting irregularities and any accusation that federal officials mismanaged the administration of the land itself over the years.
Each member of the class would receive a check for $1,000, and the rest of the money would be distributed according to the land owned. In addition, legal fees, to be determined by a judge, would be paid from that fund.
Philip Frickey, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in federal Indian law, said that of all the Indian land claims and other lawsuits over the past generation, the trust case had been a “blockbuster” because it is national in scope, involves a large amount of money, and has been long-running.
The lawsuit spanned three presidencies and engendered seven trials covering 192 trial days, generated 22 published judicial opinions, and went before a federal appeals court 10 times.
Over its course, the federal judge originally assigned to the case, Royce C. Lamberth, put contempt orders on two secretaries of the interior over their handling of the lawsuit. In 2006, after the Bush administration complained of bias, a federal appeals court removed Judge Lamberth from the case.
Judge James Robertson has handled it since, and he pushed both parties to negotiate — including brokering a last-minute deal over an undisclosed problem that nearly derailed the settlement late Monday, said David J. Hayes, the Interior Department deputy secretary.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday characterized the case as “intense, and sometimes difficult.”
“The United States could have continued to litigate this case, at great expense to the taxpayers,” Mr. Holder said. “It could have let all of these claims linger, and could even have let the problem of fractionated land continue to grow with each generation. But with this settlement, we are erasing these past liabilities and getting on track to eliminate them going forward.”
The settlement also seeks to resolve an ever-growing headache of the trust system that contributed to the government’s problems — especially in the pre-computer era — in keeping track of the allotments: the original owners, most of whom died without leaving wills, have many heirs, which has “fractionalized” the ownership interests.
For example, one 40-acre parcel today has 439 owners, most of whom receive less than $1 a year in income from it, Mr. Haynes said. The parcel is valued at about $20,000, but it costs the government more than $40,000 a year to administer those trusts.
In an effort to resolve such problems — and prevent them from worsening in subsequent generations — the settlement would establish a $2 billion fund to buy fractional interests in land from anyone willing to sell. The program would seek to consolidate ownership in parcels of land for the tribes, while reducing the Interior Department’s work in keeping track of the trusts.
“This is an historic, positive development for Indian country,” said Ken Salazar, the Interior Department secretary, “and a major step on the road to reconciliation following years of acrimonious litigation between trust beneficiaries and the United States.”
Over the years, the plaintiffs have contended that they were owed tens of billions of dollars, while the government has at times taken the position that it owed them little or nothing.
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff who filed the class-action lawsuit in 1996, said she believed that the Indians were owed more, but that it was better to reach an agreement that could help impoverished trust holders than to spend more years in court. She said she had originally expected the litigation to last only two or three years.
“We are compelled to settle by the sobering realization that our class grows smaller each day as our elders die and are forever prevented from receiving just compensation,“ Ms. Cobell said.
Robert Clinton, an Arizona State University law professor who specializes in federal Indian law, said the settlement alone would not resolve the trust problem because many of the heirs who own tiny interests in parcels may not be willing to sell them.
Still, the settlement will provide an incentive for such owners to sell: the Interior Department will set aside up to 5 percent of the value of the land interests for a scholarship fund to help Indians attend college or vocational school.
This is so pitiful. A new Incentive to resell the Land via Mis Trust Instruments. I have to give it to the so called Indians because they endured this long purporting to be the Aboriginal Caretakers of this land why not bind themselves in 12 more years of litigation for Welfare rations.
The Conspiracy at ALL ends is never ending. There can NEVER be just compensation when making deals with Criminals. I do not know which is worse, so called Indians that know they are Indigenous to the LAND yet still doing business as Subjects to the very Entity that murdered their Mothers and Fathers OR so called Black people that don’t know that they are the Aboriginal people of the Planet and don’t know it and allow for the misnomered Indians to handle all of OUR (including the misnomered Indians) affairs. GARBAGE!
TITLE 25 > CHAPTER 3 > SUBCHAPTER I > § 71. Future treaties with Indian tribes
No Indian nation or tribe within the territory of the United States shall be acknowledged or recognized as an independent nation, tribe, or power with whom the United States may contract by treaty; but no obligation of any treaty lawfully made and ratified with any such Indian nation or tribe prior to March 3, 1871, shall be hereby invalidated or impaired.
Title 25 > Chapter 3 > Subchapter II > § 81 Contracts and agreements with Indian tribes
In this section:
(1) The term “Indian lands” means lands the title to which is held by the United States in trust for an Indian tribe or lands the title to which is held by an Indian tribe subject to a restriction by the United States against alienation.
(2) The term “Indian tribe” has the meaning given that term in section 450b (e) of this title.
(3) The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior.
No agreement or contract with an Indian tribe that encumbers Indian lands for a period of 7 or more years shall be valid unless that agreement or contract bears the approval of the Secretary of the Interior or a designee of the Secretary.
Subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to any agreement or contract that the Secretary (or a designee of the Secretary) determines is not covered under that subsection.
(d) Unapproved agreements
The Secretary (or a designee of the Secretary) shall refuse to approve an agreement or contract that is covered under subsection (b) of this section if the Secretary (or a designee of the Secretary) determines that the agreement or contract—
(1) violates Federal law; or
(2) does not include a provision that—
(A) provides for remedies in the case of a breach of the agreement or contract;
(B) references a tribal code, ordinance, or ruling of a court of competent jurisdiction that discloses the right of the Indian tribe to assert sovereign immunity as a defense in an action brought against the Indian tribe; or
(C) includes an express waiver of the right of the Indian tribe to assert sovereign immunity as a defense in an action brought against the Indian tribe (including a waiver that limits the nature of relief that may be provided or the jurisdiction of a court with respect to such an action).
Not later than 180 days after March 14, 2000, the Secretary shall issue regulations for identifying types of agreements or contracts that are not covered under subsection (b) of this section.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to—
(1) require the Secretary to approve a contract for legal services by an attorney;
(2) amend or repeal the authority of the National Indian Gaming Commission under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.); or
(3) alter or amend any ordinance, resolution, or charter of an Indian tribe that requires approval by the Secretary of any action by that Indian tribe.
TITLE 25 > Chapter 15 > Subchapter I > § 1301Definitions
(4) “Indian” means any person who would be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States as an Indian under section 1153, title 18, if that person were to commit an offense listed in that section in Indian country to which that section applies.
“Indians” gave up their sovereignty via Domestic Treaties when they allowed themselves to be classified as Indians. All Indian Treaties are considered in law as Domestic Treaties subject to the U.S. The claim to be Indian is a claim to be a U.S. Corporate/Citizen/ Subject.
We all need to get an International Grip on our Affairs before it is too late. Indians cannot do this without us (so called Blacks) nor without the permission of the U.S. and therefore must succumb to the confines of the U.S Judicial System to seek remedy.
Moors have been making Treaties long before we even recognized the U.S (in fact to further pursue their Colonization Efforts in the West they had to hide that fact that the Murakush Empire had treaties with the so called Indians and they have done their best to eliminate any information surrounding these facts) and will continue to do so long after the U.S. Corporation is totally eradicated.
“The key of civilization was and is in the hands of the Asiatic Nations.” Chapter 45 of ‘The Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America’. At least the “Indians” define themselves via Nation Constructs. We are just BLACK and or AFRICAN/AMERICAN 14TH Amendment Citizens/Subjects.
Tired of Settling.
Running out of Time.
Please Wake Up!
FREE THE LAND MY PEOPLE!
This is the Constitutional 13th Amendment with the original 20 sections. 13-20 ruled all of the slave brands that we use today OUT OF ORDER. Check my note on Federal Directive 15 to know what brands are in current use today. This amendment was passed by both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Lincoln on February 1, 1865 and provided for the compensation of both the “slave” and the “slave holder”, land, and Naturalization.
It was replaced by what we see today as the 13th Amendment with only 2 sections on January 31, 1865 and was NEVER properly ratified along with the 14th and the 15th Amendments.
We are subjecting ourselves to VOLUNTARY Slavery via our consent to contracts predicated on the 14th and 15th Amendment and now authorized by the Uniform Commercial Codes adopted in every Union Society State and our lack of defining and defending our Nationality. This is a dishonor to our Foremothers and Forefathers. STOP PLAYING!
The Thirteenth Amendment of The Constitution of the United States
Ratified: November 18, 1865 by 3/4 of the Several States
SECTION 1 – All persons shall have the right peaceably to assemble and Worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience.
SECTION 2 – The use of the Public Press shall not be obstructed; but criminal publications made in one State against the lawful institutions of another State shall not be allowed.
SECTION 3 –The right of citizens to free and lawful Speech in public Assemblies shall not be denied. Access of citizens to the ballot box shall not be Obstructed either by Civil or Military Power. The Military shall always be subordinate to the existing Judicial authority over citizens. The privilege of the writ Habeas Corpus shall never be suspended in the presence of the Judicial Authority.
SECTION 4 – The Militia of a State or of the United States shall not be Employed to invade the lawful rights of the People of any of the several States; but the United States shall not be hereby deprived of the right and power to defend and protect its property and rights within the limits of any of the States.
SECTION 5 — Persons held to Service or Labor for life, in any State under the Laws thereof, may be taken into any Territory of the United States south of north latitude 36 degrees 30′, and the right to such Service or Labor shall not be impaired thereby, and the Territorial Legislature thereof shall have the exclusive right to make and shall make all needful rules and regulations for the protection of such right and also for the protection of such Persons; but Congress or any Territorial Legislature shall not have power to impair or abolish such right of Service in the Said Territory while in a Territorial condition without the consent of all the States, south of Said Latitude, which maintain such Service.
SECTION 6 — Involuntary Servitude, except for crime, shall not be permanently established within the district set apart from the Seat of government of the United States; but the right of sojourn in such District with persons held to Service or Labor for Life, shall not be denied.
SECTION 7 – When any territory of the United States south of north latitude 36 degrees 30′ shall have
a population equal to the Ratio of Representation for one Member of Congress, and the people
thereof shall have formed a Constitution for a Republican Form of Government, it shall be admitted
as a State into the Union, on an equal footing with the other States; and the people may, in such Constitution,either prohibit or sustain the right to Involuntary Labor or Service, and alter or amend the
Constitution at their will.
SECTION 8 – The present right of representation in Section 2, Article l, of this Constitution, shall not be altered without the consent of all the States maintaining the right to Involuntary Service or Labor south of Latitude 36 degrees 30′, but nothing in this Constitution or its Amendments shall be construed to deprive any State south of Said Latitude 36 degrees 30′ of the right of Abolishing Involuntary Servitude at its will.
SECTION 9 – The regulation and control of the right to Labor or Service in any of the States south of Latitude 36 degrees 30′ is hereby recognized to be exclusively the right of each State within its own limits; and this Constitution shall not be altered or amended to impair this right of each State without its consent; Provided, This Article shall not be construed to absolve the United States from rendering assistance to suppress Insurrections or Domestic Violence, when called upon by any State, as provided in section 4, Article 4, of this Constitution.
SECTION 10 — No State shall pass any law in any way interfering with or obstructing the recover of Fugitives from Justice, or from Labor or Service, or any Law of Congress made under Article 4, Section 2, of this Constitution; and all laws in violation of this Section may, on complaint made by any person or State, be declared void by the Supreme Court of the United States.
SECTION 11 — As a right of comity between the several States south of latitude 36 degrees 30’the right of transit with Persons held to Involuntary Labor or Service from one State to another shall not be obstructed, but such Persons shall not be brought into the States north of said Latitude.
SECTION 12 – The traffic in Slaves with Africa is hereby forever prohibited on pain of death and the forfeiture of all the rights and property of persons engaged therein; and the descendants of Africans shall not be citizens.
SECTION 13 – Alleged Fugitives from Labor or Service, on request, shall have a Trial by Jury before being returned.
SECTION 14 — Alt alleged Fugitives charged with crime committed in violation of the law of a State shall have the right of Trial by Jury, and if such Person claims to be a citizen of another State, shall have a right of appeal or of a writ of error to the Supreme Court of the United States.
SECTION 15 – All acts of any inhabitant of the United States tending to incite Persons held to Service or Labor to Insurrection or acts of Domestic Violence, or to abscond are here try prohibited and declared to be a penal offense and all the Courts of the United States shall be open to suppress and punish such offenses at the suit of any citizen of the United States or the suit of any “State”.
SECTION 16 — All conspiracies in any State to interfere with lawful righ6 in any other State, or against the United States, shall be suppressed; and no State, or the people thereof, shall withdraw from this Union without the consent of three-fourths of all the States, expressed by an Amendment proposed and ratified in the manner provided in Article 5 of the Constitution.
SECTION 17 — Whenever any State wherein Involuntary Servitude is recognized or allowed shall propose to abolish such Servitude, and shall apply for Pecuniary assistance therein, the Congress may, in its discretion, grant such relief not exceeding one hundred dollars for each person liberated But, Congress shall not propose such Abolishment or relief to any State.
Congress may assist Free Persons of African decent to emigrate and colonize Africa.
SECTION 18 — Duties on Imports may the imposed for Revenue; but shall not the excessive or prohibitory in amount.
SECTION 19 – When all of the several States shall have Abolished Slavery, then and thereafter
Slavery or Involuntary Servitude, except as a punishment for crime, shall never be established or tolerated in any of the States or Territories of the United States, and they shall be forever Free.
SECTION 20 – The provisions of this Article relating to Involuntary Labor or Servitude shall not be altered without the consent of all the States maintaining such Servitude.
The Boston Globe theater review calls Dorcas Evelene, “…especially entrancing.”
Backstage proclaims she is “Pure charisma and fiery at the same time.”
From award-winning, multi-talented performer and playwright Dorcas Evelene, comes Unwritten, a moving and hilarious one-woman show about having the courage to change who we think we are. Using the self-help seminar as a platform, Dorcas Evelene details the lives of multiple characters through storytelling, music and humor. She pushes beyond boundaries of race, gender and age to promote a universal message – “Change your story, change your life.”
Dorcas amazes her audience by her ability to “morph” seamlessly into such varied characters and her fearless approach to live theater. A master of improvisation, she keeps audiences on their toes with a fun unpredictability.
Join this one night only event to laugh and be inspired!
At the Leonard Nimoy Thalia @Symphony Space
2357 Broadway @ 95th Street
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 7:30pm
For tickets: 212-864-5400 or http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/6148-unwritten
Dr. Delbert Blair…..
Prince Uriel Bey