I’ve never seen a Black history month as eventful as this one. February 2016 will be engraved forever in the minds of the world. Whoever you are… Now you know exactly the blacks’ living conditions in North America. As so many people, I’ve never been much interested in Black history month because it sounds too formal and often reminded me of slavery. But we know everything about slavery, so now what’s next? What was the real purpose of this month? I think even black community didn’t know how to be heard. If this month was just a month to remember, it would be great. But the real issue is that the struggle continues… There is too much suffering and the situation continues to worsen. Last year, we witnessed the shooting of young blacks. It was terrible, just because you’re black, your life isn’t priceless and you can be shot anywhere. Here we were witness of this carnage. And, I think wherever you are, if you’re from the black diaspora. You feel frustrated about this drama because it could be you. Why, I talk about black diaspora because unfortunately Black people don’t feel close among themselves. African-American people don’t feel close to Afro-Caribbean and definitely not to African people. It is true that we do not have the same history. Even tough, I feel compassion or frustration, it’s not my story. Yes, it appears unbelievable but this situation defines the word “diaspora”. However, all black people share the same fight: Be free and respected! Those who stayed in Africa still live the evils of colonization, African who became African-American still live the evils of slavery and the same goes for Blacks in the Carribean or in Latin America. It’s just a nightmare and time is coming to wake up. That’s why, many famous people decided to say STOP THE MASSACRE!
The first event, was at the Superbowl. OMG, Beyonce had a sensational performance by delivering a political message. In wearing berets and black leather jackets, her dancers had been paying homage to the Black Panthers movement on the 50th anniversary of its founding. And Beyonce paid homage to Michael Jackson in her military jacket which was the same outfit worn by the King of Pop in 1993. Other scenes show a wall bearing graffiti reading ‘Stop shooting us’. On the “Formation” song, she expresses her personal exhaustion and delivers a clear political message to set the record straight. I love the whole song especially the following lyrics:
- “What happened after New Orleans?”, “Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess…”
- “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas banner.I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros. I like my negro nose with Jackson Five maestros. Earned all his money but they never take the country I got hot sauce in my bag, swag”
- “I dream it, I work hard
I grind ‘til I own it
I twirl all my haters”
“You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversationAlways stay gracious, best revenge is your paper“
The 2nd event was performed by the rapper Kendrick Lamar at Grammy Awards. After winning 5 awards the same night, he gave an amazing performance of his song “The Blacker the Berry”. His show was emotionnally remarkable. Here are some lyrics of that song but the whole song is deeply touching :
” I’m African-American, I’m African
I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village
Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind…. Remember this, every race start from the black, just remember that…”
The 3rd event took place at the Oscars hosted by Chris Rock. Every actor who is nominated for an Oscar this year was white for the second year in a row. After the nominees were announced, Chris Rock wrote on Twitter; ‘The Oscars. The White BET Awards’
In response to the lack of diversity, both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have announced they will be boycotting the ceremony. Chris Rock started the 2016 Oscars with a hilarious opening monologue, here some extracts:
“You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job!”
“The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”
“It’s the 88th Academy Awards which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times.”
“This year, things are going to be a little different at the Oscars. This year in the memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies. Yes, I said it.”
What can I say ? As african and black Parisian with a different experiences. Black is black and anywhere you live, you will feel contempt and discrimination. So, even though we don’t have the same sufferings and stories. Generally African people, “niggas in Paris” (same people) are proud and in admiration of African-Americans, because they sound courageous and fight for their rights. And and such events are a great hope for black diaspora. At this time, Africans have the same struggle. Finding how to escape to the Occidental occupation and find oneself. So see the American shows and live memorable events as those will be remembered. And that is the role of artists to express their voices and denounce injustices. It appears essential from them to take advantage of their fame to deliver messages.
Finally, I was able to discover another face of Black history month since I’ve been living in Toronto. And that led me to get interested more. I bought Black history month stamps from Canada Post to send baptism invitations of my girl. It was so rewarding to share with my guests black faces in memory of Black history. If you have a little time, you can watch some interesting documentaries released :
- Off the Wall by Spike Lee. Off the Wall is my favorite album of Michael Jackson so, I was fascinated throughout the documentary. Spike Lee unveiled the Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall that will chart the King of Pop’s path from child star with the Jackson 5 to pop icon with the arrival of his breakout solo LP Off the Wall.
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, about the group that was founded 50 years ago by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. I recommended you this documentary if you want to know exactly who were the Black Panthers.
That was the review of one African girl “Niggas in Paris”!