Black Power, If It Did Arise, Would Be Scary As Hell!

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Exploitation from Africa to America
Gentrification, another form of annihilation
Exterminate the Negro and plunder his home
Subjugate the male and dominate the female

Fill their minds with false religion
Imprison their bodies behind thick walls
Poison their blood with toxic vaccines
Sterilize the queen and the hive will die

Read them no rights that they never had
Employ against them, our gestapo guards
Litter their environment with hypodermic needles
Shoot them up in Chicago and choke them in New York

They still walk amongst us despite Planned Parenthood
The guns that we gave them, did not finish the job
Hate groups we formed, have failed to intimidate
Black power, if it did arise, would be scary as hell!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland

And it so fucking would be if we only knew what to do with the power that we have. We don’t even…

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The Bullet Proof Vest GodSpeedScience™

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1.  Also known as the Armor of God (aka the “Armor of the Mind” or “Garment of Light”). Spoken of in the “Exit Wounds Lit”, wearing the”Bullet Proof Vest of God” means that you don’t allow the energy of “Agents of Chaos” or any negative energy to enter the body at will. Therefore we have “No Exit Wounds” because there were no entry wounds…

2. The art of not taking in negative energy whatsoever.  The Indians smoked weed to absorb their surroundings. Now imagine niggas smoking weed to absorb THEIR surroundings of chaos.  Death by inhaling…

3. To not give the illusion any negative power.  For if it cannot feed it will surely die…

4. To mummify the body’s frozen emotions. Only accepting thoughts that are of your higher self.

5. To become unmoved by foreign mind frequencies, also known as mind over matter… Clear the…

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The Lyric Review : Black Rage – Lauryn Hill

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Gemini season is upon us, and for some strange reason this season has birthed many of today’s beloved hip-hop favorites including Andre 3000, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur to name a few.  Regardless of how much you may like or dislike these artists, there’s one undeniable trait that these artists have in common – the ability to be unapologetically true to themselves. This trait can occasionally have negative side effects, but little is greater than knowing who you are, your gifts and flaws, and still having the courage to share those intimate components of self with the world.  “Black Rage”, a song by a hip-hop artist, actress, songstress, and Gemini, Lauryn Hill, gives us a glimpse of the importance of self-knowledge and courage on the societal level.

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As soon as the melody commences, you’re only afforded one count to brace yourself for the…

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Part 2: High School Students Write Essays on Kendrick Lamar’s album, To Pimp A Butterfly

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Brian Mooney

“Over 40 years, we’ve made changes in this country, but did we make a change in the heart of the individual?” – Jalen (9th grade)

Since my last post about teaching Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) in the high school classroom, many people from around the world, including educators and music fans alike, have asked me to share some of my students’ writing. In this post, I will highlight some passages from their writing.

Part I includes writing from student essays comparing To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), by Kendrick Lamar and The Bluest Eye (1970), by Toni Morrison.

Part II includes writing from commentary responses on the class blog, in which students responded to the album cover and first three tracks on TPAB, with a special focus on the track titled “King Kunta.”

It’s important to note the following:

  • I used pseudonyms to protect the anonymity of…

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Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

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Brian Mooney

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study, we took special efforts to define and explore the kinds of institutional and internalized racism that manifest in the lives of Morrison’s African-American characters, particularly the 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove and her mother, Pauline. We posed questions about oppression and the media – and after looking at the Dick & Jane primers that serve as precursors to each chapter, considered the influence of a “master narrative” that always privileges whiteness.

Set in the 1940s, the Breedlove family lives in poverty. Their only escape is the silver screen, a place where they idolize the glamorous stars of the film industry. Given the historical context…

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Pain Myth #2

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A few weeks I posted about 5 common myths about pain.  Over the next few posts I will try to explain why each is a myth.  Here is that list again if you didn’t see it or don’t remember it.

  1. Pain comes from a specific structure in your body, for example a joint, bone, or muscle.
  2. The amount of pain some is experiencing is directly related to the amount of structural damage or seriousness of an injury.
  3. Pain signals are sent from the body to the brain
  4. Pain is a completely physical experience, separate from thoughts or emotions
  5. Pain is in your head or psychosomatic if no physical injury or signs are present, for example negative scans or no obvious injury

We tackled the 1st myth (actually #3 on the list) in this post https://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/pain-myth-1/

Today I will talk about #1 on our list.  Pain does not need to come…

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Pain Myth #1

Ascent Physical Therapy

Last week I posted about 5 common myths about pain.  Over the next few posts I will try to explain why each is a myth.  Here is that list again if you didn’t see it or don’t remember it.

  1. Pain comes from a specific structure in your body, for example a joint, bone, or muscle.
  2. The amount of pain some is experiencing is directly related to the amount of structural damage or seriousness of an injury.
  3. Pain signals are sent from the body to the brain
  4. Pain is a completely physical experience, separate from thoughts or emotions
  5. Pain is in your head or psychosomatic if no physical injury or signs are present, for example negative scans or no obvious injury.

Today we will actually start with the third myth on the list “Pain signals are sent from the body to the brain.”

Many people believe that when something happens to…

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