Contents

Poetry

Family

Het Heru

Heru/Herut the God Child within all of us

We came into this world alone
No one to protect us from the place we call home
Like orphans
Taken to an unknown place
No way to know what hides behind that unknown face

Yet we trust, accept, adopt, repeat
The values that are held by the ones that we meet
The ones we call
Family
Claiming that they love you
And put no one else above you
But our parents
They were orphans too
No telling what they learned to do

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Poetry

The Arrival

Divine Fire, Earth, Air and Water

"coursing through newly charged circuits of wind, fire, water and earth, We move"

Tribal seeds sprouting
Watered by the future
Awakened from eternity
Forged by desire
We move

Gradually gaining focus
Searching for the frequency
Negotiating currents of forced materiality
Synchronizing to magnetic points of
potentialized perfection
We move

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Poetry

Nostalgia

Wsr sits upon his throne

We must reclaim our fathers kingdom

Know that these words are for you.

So far from you, my heart must be strong
Listen, to the expression of my thoughts
I hope everyone there is doing well

Mama, it has already been 500 years
since I left you
Mama, 5 centuries since I was snatched
from your arms

Since then, I have just been following
the path of my destiny
searching for my daily bread
searching for my survival
searching for the survival of my roots
searching for the path that will lead me back to you

I know this vibration in me comes from you
and your brave sons
For your voice never stops resonating in my heart
Oh Father you know me very well, call your kinsmen
and tell them that your son will bring your breath
to the doorway of the elders

I will never throw in the towel

So far from you, my race destroys itself.
Courage is my only motivation

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Survivor's Notebook

Survivors Notebook: Reflections of a First Time Father


The Maakmaah Family

Nadirah, Jauzeri and Kasabez Maakmaah

Since my son was born, everyone has been asking me how it feels to be a father. My answer has usually been that I can’t really explain. Honestly, it feels like the natural next step in my life. The difference is that I have never taken a step that has had such a profound impact on my life. This article is dedicated to all my brothers who want to start a family but are hesitant to take the first step.

Since I was a child, I always knew that I wanted children. Even in this culture that discourages parenthood, this never changed. The hard part was finding the “right person.” Ironically, I didn’t know who this “right person” would be or what she would be like. The most troubling thought was that I might meet this “right person” and she wouldn’t want me.  With that fear came the idea that I would have to improve myself. Still, this left me with only a vague notion of what kind of woman I wanted and the even less clear idea of what kind of man she would want me to be.

My involvement with The Earth Center is the only thing I have to credit with giving me a clear idea of what it is to be a man and what to look for in a woman. The roles of each gender are clearly laid out according to the values of Kemetic culture. The man is the head of the household and keeps order and stability in the household. Whatever it is the family needs, it is the man’s responsibility to make sure they have it. With this in mind, it was clear that my life would have to be stable. I would have to be able to provide for myself and also show a high level of emotional stability and moral integrity to attract the kind of woman that would spend the rest of her life with me and our children; a kind of woman that is hard to find in Chicago these days.

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Volume 8.6

What Is News?

Growing Culture

Within the span of the last 100 years there has been an imigration of people from countryside to cities. The result of this migration was the industrialization of the workforce. People have moved away from their land and into cities, no longer working on their farms but working in factories and now offices. This changed peoples’ needs and how their needs were met.

Landreth Seed Company

The Landreth Seed Company commissioned the above oil painting, inspired by a photograph taken by Rudolph Eikemeyer, for 1909

In the city, most of us are familiar with the things we must do to survive. On the land, people farmed for their food and utilized the natural materials around them for their other needs. Skills like iron-working and wood-working were common, there were also healers and story tellers amongst the variety of people who assisted each other within a local village or community.

For African-Americans, living off the land was different than it was for much of the rest of the world. This is because of two main factors. The first factor is slavery, which is well recognized and written about. A second, unmentioned factor, is the correlation between the westward expansion (1789-1849), when European settlers were given land for free, and the emancipation proclamation (1863), when slavery was outlawed in America. The chronology is deliberate, as told by the late Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig. “Before they freed the slaves they                   made sure that there was no place for them to go but back to the plantation they just left.”

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