Thursday, January 28, 2010

Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87


Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87

By Mark Feeney and Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff

Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as "A People's History of the United States," inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.

His daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington, said he suffered a heart attack.
"He's made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture," Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said tonight. "He's changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can't think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect."

Chomsky added that Dr. Zinn's writings "simply changed perspective and understanding for a whole generation. He opened up approaches to history that were novel and highly significant. Both by his actions, and his writings for 50 years, he played a powerful role in helping and in many ways inspiring the Civil rights movement and the anti-war movement."

For Dr. Zinn, activism was a natural extension of the revisionist brand of history he taught. "A People’s History of the United States" (1980), his best-known book, had for its heroes not the Founding Fathers -- many of them slaveholders and deeply attached to the status quo, as Dr. Zinn was quick to point out -- but rather the farmers of Shays' Rebellion and union organizers of the 1930s.

As he wrote in his autobiography, "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" (1994), "From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than 'objectivity'; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble."

Certainly, it was a recipe for rancor between Dr. Zinn and John Silber, former president of Boston University. Dr. Zinn, a leading critic of Silber, twice helped lead faculty votes to oust the BU president, who in turn once accused Dr. Zinn of arson (a charge he quickly retracted) and cited him as a prime example of teachers "who poison the well of academe."

Dr. Zinn was a cochairman of the strike committee when BU professors walked out in 1979. After the strike was settled, he and four colleagues were charged with violating their contract when they refused to cross a picket line of striking secretaries. The charges against "the BU Five" were soon dropped.

In 1997, Dr. Zinn slipped into popular culture when his writing made a cameo appearance in the film "Good Will Hunting." The title character, played by Matt Damon, lauds "A People’s History" and urges Robin Williams’s character to read it. Damon, who co-wrote the script, was a neighbor of the Zinns growing up.

"Howard had a great mind and was one of the great voices in the American political life," Ben Affleck, also a family friend growing up and Damon's co-star in "Good Will Hunting," said in a statement. "He taught me how valuable -- how necessary -- dissent was to democracy and to America itself. He taught that history was made by the everyman, not the elites. I was lucky enough to know him personally and I will carry with me what I learned from him -- and try to impart it to my own children -- in his memory."

Damon was later involved in a television version of the book, "The People Speak," which ran on the History Channel in 2009, and he narrated a 2004 biographical documentary, "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train."

"Howard had a genius for the shape of public morality and for articulating the great alternative vision of peace as more than a dream," said James Carroll a columnist for the Globe's opinion pages whose friendship with Dr. Zinn dates to when Carroll was a Catholic chaplain at BU. "But above all, he had a genius for the practical meaning of love. That is what drew legions of the young to him and what made the wide circle of his friends so constantly amazed and grateful."

Dr. Zinn was born in New York City on Aug. 24, 1922, the son of Jewish immigrants, Edward Zinn, a waiter, and Jennie (Rabinowitz) Zinn, a housewife. He attended New York public schools and was working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard when he met Roslyn Shechter.

"She was working as a secretary," Dr. Zinn said in an interview with the Globe nearly two years ago. "We were both working in the same neighborhood, but we didn't know each other. A mutual friend asked me to deliver something to her. She opened the door, I saw her, and that was it."

He joined the Army Air Corps, and they courted through the mail before marrying in October 1944 while he was on his first furlough. She died in 2008.
During World War II, he served as a bombardier, was awarded the Air Medal, and attained the rank of second lieutenant.

After the war, Dr. Zinn worked at a series of menial jobs until entering New York University on the GI Bill as a 27-year-old freshman. He worked nights in a warehouse loading trucks to support his studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from NYU, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Columbia University.

Dr. Zinn was an instructor at Upsala College and lecturer at Brooklyn College before joining the faculty of Spelman College in Atlanta, in 1956. He served at the historically black women’s institution as chairman of the history department. Among his students were novelist Alice Walker, who called him "the best teacher I ever had," and Marian Wright Edelman, future head of the Children's Defense Fund.

During this time, Dr. Zinn became active in the civil rights movement. He served on the executive committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the most aggressive civil rights organization of the time, and participated in numerous demonstrations.

Dr. Zinn became an associate professor of political science at BU in 1964 and was named full professor in 1966.

The focus of his activism became the Vietnam War. Dr. Zinn spoke at many rallies and teach-ins and drew national attention when he and the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, another leading antiwar activist, went to Hanoi in 1968 to receive three prisoners released by the North Vietnamese.

Dr. Zinn’s involvement in the antiwar movement led to his publishing two books: "Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal" (1967) and "Disobedience and Democracy" (1968). He had previously published "LaGuardia in Congress" (1959), which had won the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Prize; "SNCC: The New Abolitionists" (1964); "The Southern Mystique" (1964); and "New Deal Thought" (1966).

He also was the author of "The Politics of History" (1970); "Postwar America" (1973); "Justice in Everyday Life" (1974); and "Declarations of Independence" (1990).
In 1988, Dr. Zinn took early retirement to concentrate on speaking and writing. The latter activity included writing for the stage. Dr. Zinn had two plays produced: "Emma," about the anarchist leader Emma Goldman, and "Daughter of Venus."
On his last day at BU, Dr. Zinn ended class 30 minutes early so he could join a picket line and urged the 500 students attending his lecture to come along. A hundred did.

"Howard was an old and very close friend," Chomsky said. "He was a person of real courage and integrity, warmth and humor. He was just a remarkable person."
Carroll called Dr. Zinn "simply one of the greatest Americans of our time. He will not be replaced -- or soon forgotten. How we loved him back."

In addition to his daughter, Dr. Zinn leaves a son, Jeff of Wellfleet; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

Funeral plans were not available.

"The Entrepreneurial Secret to Starting a Business: Without a Bank Loan, Collateral or Revenue."


Cedric Muhammad gives an Overview of each of his three volumes in his brand new Book Series entitled "The Entrepreneurial Secret to Starting a Business: Without a Bank Loan, Collateral or Revenue." Volume 1 - 'The Political Economy'; Volume 2 - 'The Business Principles'; & Volume 3 - 'The Personal Struggle'.

It's NO LONGER Smart to be DUMB!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wise Intelligent Video Drop for Hip Hop 4 Haiti

Wise Intelligent Video Drop for Hip Hop 4 Haiti


Hip Hop 4 Haiti

New York, NY, January 22, 2010: NYOIL will be hosting the New York City Hip Hop 4 Haiti event at The National Black Theater in Harlem NY from 5:00 - 11:00 pm EST. The National Black Theater is located at 2031-33 Fifth Avenue Cross Street: 125th Street and 126 Street and will be open to the public for this event. The suggested donation is $20.00, but not mandatory. Dr. Ron Daniels (President of I.B.W.) has endorsed this event on behalf of the Haiti Relief Fund. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Haiti survivors.

Hip Hop 4 Haiti is being supported by a diverse coalition of Hip Hop Artists, ranging from Spoken Word, eMCee's, Dancers, Singers, and Educators, community activists and more. Queen YoNasda, NYOIL, along with Brothers Care Inc,,, DJ Green Arrow, Shock Ra Entertainment, New Image Alliance, the Institute of the Black World, and P.E.M.G are the driving forces behind the efforts in New York City.

"Our goal is to raise spirits and funds of at least $10,000. We are urging the entire community to come together and open their hearts and wallets for those who need our help. And of course this is Hip Hop so we're going in with both feet! Beats, Rhymes, B-Boys, DJ's and plenty of Knowledge for Self!! NYOIL

HH4H is as a National Fundraising event throughout the Hip Hop in over 32 major cities. The youth and Hip Hop community will raise money, relief and awareness for the loss and suffering in Haiti. This event is targeted at galvanizing the Hip Hop community to action as a full body, minus the divisions that have plagued it over recent years. "Hip Hop is a family; we don't always see eye to eye and we are always arguing, like most families; but don't mistake that familiarity as breeding contempt. Understand that we bicker, fuss and fight because we are family, and at our essence we have immense love for one another and what we are all a part of. Now Haiti is about to see what that love that power can do when focused and applied toward a singular goal!" said NYOIL, who is also the Ambassador to Hip Hop for the I.B.W. (Institute of the Black World).

Press & Media Inquiries please contact Shani at or 347-235-7193. Artist that would like participate in the event contact Lynx Garcia at or 917-204-5401.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Women's movement mourns death of 3 Haitian leaders


Women's movement mourns death of 3 Haitian leaders

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN


• Three leaders in the Haitian women's movement are confirmed dead, victims of quake
• They gave women voices, fought against violence and made rape in Haiti a crime
• Friends, including Eve Ensler of "The Vagina Monologues," share memories
• Amid chaos after earthquake, concerns rise about protecting women and girls

(CNN) -- One returned to her Haitian roots, to give voice to women, honor their stories and shape their futures.

Another urged women to pack a courtroom in Haiti, where she succeeded in getting a guilty verdict against a man who battered his wife.

A third joined the others and helped change the law to make rape, long a political weapon in Haiti, a punishable crime.

Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan, founders of three of the country's most important advocacy organizations working on behalf of women and girls, are confirmed dead -- victims of last week's 7.0 earthquake.
And their deaths have left members of the women's movement, Haitian and otherwise, reeling.

"Words are missing for me. I lost a large chunk of my personal, political and social life," Carolle Charles wrote in an e-mail to colleagues. The Haitian-born sociology professor at Baruch College in New York is chair of Dwa Fanm (meaning "Women's Rights" in Creole), a Brooklyn-based advocacy group. These women "were my friends, my colleagues and my associates. I cannot envision going to Haiti without seeing them."

Myriam Merlet was until recently the chief of staff of Haiti's Ministry for Gender and the Rights of Women, established in 1995, and still served as a top adviser. She died after being trapped beneath her collapsed Port-au-Prince home, Charles said. She was 53.

Merlet, an author as well as an activist, fled Haiti in the 1970s. She studied in Canada, steeping herself in economics, women's issues, feminist theory and political sociology.

In the mid-1980s, she returned to her homeland. In "Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance," published in 2001, she contributed an essay, "The More People Dream," in which she described what brought her back.
"While I was abroad I felt the need to find out who I was and where my soul was. I chose to be a Haitian woman," she wrote. "We're a country in which three-fourths of the people can't read and don't eat properly. I'm an integral part of the situation. I am not in Canada in a black ghetto, or an extraterrestrial from outer space. I am a Haitian woman. I don't mean to say that I am responsible for the problems. But still, as a Haitian woman, I must make an effort so that all together we can extricate ourselves from them."

She was a founder of Enfofamn, an organization that raises awareness about women through media, collects stories and works to honor their names. Among her efforts, she set out to get streets named after Haitian women who came before her, Charles said.

Dubbed a "Vagina Warrior," she was remembered Tuesday by her friend Eve Ensler, the award-winning playwright and force behind V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

"She was very bold," said Ensler, who at Merlet's insistence brought her play "The Vagina Monologues" to Haiti and helped establish safe houses for women in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien. "She had an incredible vision of what was possible for Haitian women, and she lifted their spirits. ... And we had such a wonderful time. I remember her dancing in the streets of New Orleans and just being so alive."
Magalie Marcelin, a lawyer and actress who appeared in films and on stage, established Kay Fanm, a women's rights organization that deals with domestic violence, offers services and shelter to women and makes microcredits, or loans, available to women working in markets, said Charles, the chair of Dwa Fanm.

Charles remembered a visit to Haiti about two years ago when Marcelin,believed to be in her mid-50s, called seeking help. Hoping to deflect the political clout of a defendant in court, she asked for women to come out in droves and pack the courtroom. Charles watched as the man on trial was convicted for battering his wife.

Her death has been reported through various media outlets, and was confirmed to CNN
by Carribbean Radio Television based in Port-au-Prince. Her own daughter helped dig her body out from rubble in the aftermath of the quake, Charles said she learned when she got the call from Marcelin's cousin.

In an interview last year with the Haitian Times, Marcelin spoke of the image of a drum that adorned public awareness stickers.

"It's very symbolic in the Haitian cultural imagination," Marcelin said, according to the Haitian Times report. "The sound of the drum is the sound of freedom, it's the sound of slaves breaking with slavery."

With Merlet, Anne Marie Coriolan, 53, served as a top adviser to the women's rights ministry.

Coriolan, who died when her boyfriend's home collapsed, was the founder of Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen (Solidarity with Haitian Women, or SOFA), which Charles described as an advocacy and services organization.

Her daughter, Wani Thelusmon Coriolan, said in Haiti children bear only their father's surname, but her mother insisted on keeping her maiden name and making sure her two children shared it, too.

"She said my dad was not the only one who created me. She was involved, too," her 24-year-old daughter, who lives and is studying in Montreal, Quebec, said with a laugh.
Even though Wani and her brother no longer live in Haiti (he is in Paris, France), she said her mother was determined to make sure they were proud of their homeland.
"She loved her country. She never stopped believing in Haiti. She said that when you have a dream you have to fight for it," Wani said. "She wanted women to have equal rights. She wanted women to hold their heads high."

Coriolan was a political organizer who helped bring rape -- "an instrument of terror and war," Charles said -- to the forefront of Haitian courts.

Before 2005, rapes in Haiti were treated as nothing more than "crimes of passion," Charles explained. That changed because of the collective efforts of these women activists -- and others they inspired.

With the three leaders gone, there is concern about the future of Haiti's women and girls. Even with all that's been achieved, the struggle for equality and against violence remains enormous.

The chaos that's taken over the devastated nation heightens those worries, said Taina Bien-Aimé, the executive director of Equality Now, a human rights organization dedicated to women.

Before the disaster struck last week, a survey of Haitian women and girls showed an estimated 72 percent had been raped, according to study done by Kay Fanm. And at least 40 percent of the women surveyed were victims of domestic violence, Bien-Aimé said.

And humanitarian emergencies have been linked to increased violence and exploitation in the past, she said.

"From where we stand," Bien-Aimé wrote in an e-mail, "the most critical and urgent issue is what, if any, contingencies the relief/humanitarian agencies are putting in place not only to ensure that women have easy access to food, water and medical care, but to guarantee their protection."

Concerned women in the New York area plan to gather Wednesday to strategize their next steps, Ensler said.

And while they will certainly keep mourning, she and the others are hopeful that Haitian women, inspired by these fallen heros and leaders, will forge ahead -- keeping their fight and legacies alive. /

INTELLIGENTNEWZNET...Randall Robinson Speaks on Haiti and US Relief Efforts


Bush Was Responsible for Destroying Haitian Democracy Randall Robinson on Obama Tapping Bush to Co-Chair US Relief Efforts

We speak with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. On President Obama tapping former President Bill Clinton and former President George W Bush to co-chair US relief efforts in Haiti, Robinson says, Bush was responsible for destroying Haitian democracyClinton has largely sponsored a program of economic development that supports the idea of sweatshops but that is not what we should focus on now. We should focus on saving lives.



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wise Intelligent is doing a benefit show for Haitian Relief in NY on Sunday, January 24th 2010


Sounds of Resistance: Benefit Concert & Art Show for Haiti

New York Get Ready and Let's Stand United for our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti!!!

Wise Intelligent the UnConKable Djezuz Djonez will be in New York on Sunday, January 24th @ Santos Party House (Up and Downstairs)

Santos Party House
96 Lafayette Street

The show will be hosted by TastyKeish, Telisa D, Liz Gomes, Harrabic Tubman

Doors open @ 8:00 pm

Wise Intelligent aka Djezuz Djonez will be rocking a long side J-Live, G.O.D. (Pitchblack), Agallah Don Bishop, Jeru the Damaja, Hasan Salaam, Rugged N Raw, Donny Goines, Lex911, Cymarshall Law, YCtheCynic, Nina B, Rebel Starr, Ekko, DCQ, Eboi Da Rebel, Mala Reignz, Rebel Diaz, Dedan, Kasimu, Chace Infinite, Platinum Mustache, Marcel Cartier, UMI, Mz FeFe + G3mz

This benefit show is being presented by... Natalie Crue of Crue1 Media Group & Louie "Plot" Sosa...In collaboration with Existence is Resistance (EIR) Art Haus Productions, and Supreme Management

All proceeds of this event go towards YELE Haiti & Rural Haiti Project. We will be collecting medical supplies/medicines, NEW blankets, shoes, and NON-Perishable Foods!!! /

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #15

"My thoughts are still with Haiti because my circle is unbroken
Our current disconnected condition can't continue to go unspoken
How can we really help each other unless we openly love each other
Have we forgotten that we all share the same father and mother"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

7.0 Quake Rocks Haiti

Hundreds feared dead in Haiti earthquake


Hundreds feared dead in Haiti earthquake

Posted 4 hours 46 minutes ago

Updated 22 minutes ago

Just experienced a MAJOR earthquake here in Port au Prince - walls were falling down. We are ALL fine - pray for those in the slums

– Troy Livesay

A local doctor says he fears that hundreds of people have been killed by the massive earthquake which hit Haiti this morning.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake has levelled buildings and left people trapped under rubble in and around the capital Port-Au-Prince.

Haiti's ambassador to the US says the earthquake has caused a "catastrophe of major proportions" and there are reports of mass panic, with screaming people rushing into the streets as buildings collapsed, throwing a pall of dust over the city.

This morning a local doctor told AFP that he feared the death toll would be significant.

"When we get an idea of the toll it will be measured in the hundreds," the doctor said.

DFAT is working to find out of any Australians have been caught up in the quake.
The epicentre of the quake was located inland, just 16 kilometres from the capital, and was a shallow 10km deep, intensifying its impact, and significant casualties are expected.

Reuters reporter Joseph Guyler Delva says he saw dozens of people apparently dead or injured lying under rubble, which blocked roads.

"Everything started shaking, people were screaming, houses started collapsing... it's total chaos," he said

The national director of World Vision in Haiti, Frank Williams, is just outside Port-Au-Prince.

"People are screaming all around and walls from buildings and private residences have fallen into the streets, so that has pretty much blocked off most of the traffic," he said.

"We have some aftershocks that we've experienced... people are wailing... [are] very frightened. Most of the people are out on the streets."

The earthquake hit at 4.53pm (local time) in an extremely populated area. A US Geological Survey official told CNN that significant casualties were expected.

Haiti's ambassador to the US Raymond Alcide Joseph told CNN he was heartbroken as he had just spoken by telephone with a senior presidential aide who described scenes of chaos and devastation.

"He had to stop his car just about half an hour ago, and take to the streets, start walking, but he said houses were crumbling on the right side of the street and the left side of the street," Mr Joseph said.

"He does not know whether he would reach his home, not knowing what he would find, because he had a bridge to cross to get there."

Palace collapses, UN building destroyed

The presidential palace in Port-Au-Prince collapsed and many other public buildings across the capital were destroyed, Haitian television streaming online reported Tuesday.

"The presidential palace, the finance ministry, the ministry of public works, the ministry of communication and culture," were all affected by the quake, a Haitian reporter said, adding that the parliament building and a cathedral in the capital were also crumbling.

A Miami Herald journalist says President Rene Preval has escaped.

The earthquake also destroyed the headquarters of the United Nations peacekeeping mission on the island, a local employee of the UN force said.

"There are numerous people underneath the rubble, both dead and injured," the employee told AFP.

Save The Children senior emergency adviser Ian Rodgers was in the capital when it the quake hit.

"People are very distressed," he said. "There is a lot of distress and wailing of people trying to find loved ones trapped under buildings.

"Houses have fallen down and slipped down hills. Port-Au-Prince is built on a hillside," he said.

"All the roads are blocked, unfortunately now it is dark. All power seems to be out in Port-Au-Prince and some are using their own generators."
Mr Rogers is worried about people's safety.

"I can only imagine the response is going to be very difficult for the Haitian authorities," he said. "But unfortunately as it's dark, Haiti is going to face security issues."

An AFP correspondent said the ground shook for more than a minute.

Another AFP correspondent in Petionville said one three-storey building was toppled, and a tractor was already at the scene trying to dig out victims as people fled onto the streets in panic. The up-scale area is home to many foreign diplomats and members of a major United Nations mission to the country.

"Just experienced a MAJOR earthquake here in Port au Prince - walls were falling down. We are ALL fine - pray for those in the slums," Twitter user Troy Livesay wrote this morning.

Other reports say at least one hospital has collapsed.

The USA says landline and mobile phone communications have been knocked out by the earthquake.

The shocks were felt at the US base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba but there have been no reports of any injuries outside Haiti.

US aid on the way

US President Barack Obama issued a statement saying the US "stood ready" to help the people of Haiti and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US will provide both military and civilian aid.

The quake was followed by at least two weaker aftershocks.

A major earthquake of magnitude 7 or higher is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage.

A tsunami warning was issued but was later cancelled, but a small tsunami was measured.

Haiti, and the entire Caribbean, is in an area that is particularly prone to earthquakes because two fault lines meet in that areas side-by-side - making it a strike-slip fault.

This means the earth either side of the fault slides horizontally during a tremor, rather than buckling vertically.

These earthquakes are characterised by shaking and do not tend to result in tsunamis.
Because these faults are located on land, they tend to take place close to population centres, making them particularly devastating.

Dip-slip faults, the other faults around which earthquakes take place, tend to be found off-shore under the ocean. Therefore population areas are located further from these earthquakes.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #14

"Our home is our church, our private sanctuary
The place where we were married and the genesis of our family
Our bed is our garden whose spring harvest will yield soon
God’s everlasting spirit that will bloom in every room"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #13

"Making love is not about speed, there's no need to rush
New memories should be created after every single touch
Gradually build your momentum, enjoy every sensation
A lifetime a pleasure can occur before penetration"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Wise Intelligent Iz...The UNCONKABLE Djezuz Djonez 2010!!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #12

"If you're a black preacher pushin’ a white Jesus to your flock
You're worse than the black drug dealer on the block
You're both merchants of death draggin’ us down into the grave
And you’re both helping the powers that be turn our children into slaves"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #11

"Have we gotten lost in the woods, bamboozled by our own oratory
Caught up in the intoxicating wine of another nation's story
Cuz all I see tonight are serpentine dreams and tails wagging dogs
Mothers giving birth without a plan and fathers masturbating in the fog"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #10

"I didn't need to see the Avatar to learn about America's imperial ways
I didn't need to see 2012 to know that we're in the last days
So heed this jewel while you're being I-MAXED and entertained
The seeds of propaganda are skillfully being planted inside your brain"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #9

"Religious rhetoric is worse than political double speak
It undermines us all and keeps us divided and weak
I would rather live with a kind hearted atheist than a bullshitting preacher
Because honest and genuine expression is the real spiritual teacher"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #8

"While you celebrate the death of the Autotune
I’m waiting to celebrate the death of the black buffoon
For some the demise of the Autotune is a welcomed event
But focusing on stopping the death of black youth is time better spent"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #7

"They didn't take conscious rappers off the air because of their beats
They took them off the air because they challenged the beast
You accepted that reason because it absolved you of your complicity
In the corruption and destruction of your own Hip Hop community"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Wise Intelligent, Rakim, and Brand Nubian show 2/05/2010 in Trenton NJ


Trenton GET READY!

The UNCONKABLE Djezuz Djonez aka Wise Intelligent is kicking off his new promo tour in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey on Friday, February 5th, 2010 @ The Patriot Theater and the War Memorial Building!

The Patriot Theater and The War Memorial Building
1 Memorial Drive
Trenton New Jersey

Djezuz Djonez will be rocking alongside Rakim Allah, The Brand Nubians, Cappadonna and Masta Killa...

The show is brought to you by Positive Force Productions and will be hosted by Poppa WU

Doors open @ 7:00 pm...The show starts at 8:00 pm

For more information on Djezuz Djonez promo tour hit up...

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For booking, interviews, and features contact Born Free @ 484-472-3745 /

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Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #6

"I'm not here to turn your water into wine
That type of miracle is not needed in this day and time
The most magical thing that I can do for our sons and daughters
Is to help organize the masses to get the lead out of the water"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #5

"Some people do more than talk, they live off the meter
And slam the Pope down at the Basilica of St. Peter
No one is free from Karma, it's foolish to pretend
Give up those pedophile priests and maybe God will protect you again"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #4

"Stagnant knowledge is wickedness at work
It might make you feel intelligent, but it will get you critically hurt
If you don’t put your thoughts in motion they will decay your mind
And reading all those books will amount to a tremendous waste of time"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010

Djezuz Djonez quote of the day #3

"Man created religion and mishandled the spiritual force
We let ego and rigid rituals throw things off course
Spiritual sincerity has been replaced with base fanaticism
And made the belief in God synonymous with intolerance and terrorism"

From The Book of Born Free...The Wisdom of Djezuz Djonez...2010