Legend George Subira Trower a much neglected scholar / theorist
advocate of Berry Gordy,* A G Gaston, S B Fuller amongst others
His book "Money Issues" (1996) is a foundation text to be read inline with
The Racial Contract (1997)
The Silent War (1998)
Disciplined Minds (2000)
His ideas are by no means "MGTOW" or "IBMOR" however, aside from Amos N WIlson and La Fracis Ro(d)gers Rose, he was one of the few to delve deeper into difficult dynamics between males and females; he was as Red Pill as Simon Shepphard
There are so many quotables but to pick just a few:
"commitment is a concept that women somehow assume is as advantageous to males as it is to females. Nothing could be further from the truth. Commitment is a restriction on freedom; the very thing the black man has been trying to experience." [xiii]
"...black women, or at least a significantly large, influential group of black women, pushed black people the worship of whiteness and its accompanying materialism that we chase after to this very day. (p 9)
"...the most disturbing moment may be when you suddenly realise how pitiful you appear to the very people you are trying to impress....of course, not all fourteen year olf females drop their male peers in search of older boys, but the most 'desirable' ones seem to...young black men learn the many ways that they fail to meet the new standards of their female friends. As can be expected, this situation merely increases the tension, the competition, the anger, and the feelings of inferiority that were already instilled by their treatment from other parts of society...how do young men learn to deal with this most personal of rejections?...why would a female friend just desert them for no apparent reason...is this rejection going to be a one shot deal that will pass or will this continue to happen in the future. These are just some of the questions that young men have to wrestle with as they work their way through these emotionally strained times." (p 63)
In Getting Black Folk to Sell he recommends:
Closing the Sale, Zig Zilger
Unlimited Power, Tony Robbins
He also claimed he was influenced by The Impressions, The Miracles and Curtis Mayfield , even if deceived by them
Here are links to his only youtube solos
His contemporaries include
Jackie Mayfield (Compro)
The foundation of Kwanzaa are the Seven Principles, or Nguzo Saba
The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase matunda ya kwanza which means first fruits, or harvest, in Swahili.
Professor Karenga He created this holiday in response to the Watts Rebellions in Los Angeles in 1965
1. Umoja: Unity - To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination - To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
3. Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility - To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and solve them together.
4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics - To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5. Nia: Purpose - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6. Kuumba: Creativity - To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani: Faith - To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Kwanzaa has seven core symbols:
1. Mazao: Crops - Mazao symbolizes the fruits of collective planning and work, and the resulting joy, sharing, unity and thanksgiving part of African harvest festivals. To demonstrate mazao, people place nuts, fruits, and vegetables, representing work, on the mkeka.
2. Mkeka: Place Mat - Just as the crops stand on the mkeka, the present day stands on the past. The mkeka symbolizes the historical and traditional foundation for people to stand on and build their lives.
3. Muhindi: Ear of Corn - The stalk of corn represents fertility and the idea that through children, the future hopes of the family are brought to life. One vibunzi is placed on the mat for every child in the family.
4. Mishumaa Saba: The Seven Candles - Candles are ceremonial objects that serve to symbolically re-create the sun’s power, as well as to provide light. There are three red candles, three green candles, and one black candle that are placed on the kinara.
5. Kinara: The Candleholder - The kinara represents our ancestry, and the original stalk from which we came.
6. Kikombe Cha Umoja: The Unity Cup - On the sixth day of Kwanzaa, the libation ritual is performed to honor the ancestors. Every family member and guest will take a drink together as a sign of unity and remembrance.
7. Zawadi: Gifts - On the seventh day of Kwanzaa, gifts are given to encourage growth, achievement, and success. Handmade gifts are encouraged to promote self-determination, purpose, and creativity.