Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pantha.


In this dire time where human rights are jeopardized & lives seem not 2 matter, I find it appropriate 2 reintroduce a period where people actually fought for what they believed in.
 The Black Panther Party's bold approach to gun rights & police brutality has absolute relevance 50 years later! 
Have things actually chanced since then? 
Depends on who you ask.

1966- Black Panther Party was founded by Huey P.Newton and Bobby Seale on October 15,1966 

1967- The first BPP office was open at 5624 Grove Street, Oakland, CA in January

-Denzil Dowell is shot and killed by sheriff's deputies on April 1. Black Panthers respond in protecting the Dowell family. 


-First newspaper is published on April 25 with headlines "Why was Dennzil Dowell Killed?"  


- 30 armed Black Panther Activist go to California State Capitol, on May 2 to protest the Mulford Act which was a bill banning the display of loaded weapons. 

1968 - On February 8,  Black Panther activists in south carolina at South Carolina State were shot by local police and National Guard 33 were shot, 3 were killed. 

- On February 17, "Free Huey" rally was held at the Oakland Auditorium on his birthday. Over 5,000 people attended.  


- In April New York Black Panther Party chapter is organized.


-On May 6, Bobby Hutton is killed during a shoot out with the police. 
-In March Arthur Morris, was shot and killed by the U.S. government. He was the first member of the Black Panther Party to be killed.


- 6,000 protestors came out and supported Huey Newton on the steps of the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland.  
-On September 28 Huey P. Newton is sentenced to 2 to 15 years in prison 

- In Newark the BPP office was bombed on December 7

- On December 21, Denver police raid Panther office searching for weapons, but none is found. Officers burn food and clothing were to be given to poor during the holidays. 


1969 -In January the Free Breakfast for Children Program (FBCP) is established at St. Augustine's Church in Oakland.

- In Vallejo, CA, Black Panther Party starts off the Breakfast program with 35 children within one week the number of children increases to 110 

-On March 19, Panthers Bobby Seale and Masai Hewitt visted the Scandinavian countries. Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
 

- On May 4, the "Free Huey" rallies were being held in 20 major cities at U.S. federal district courts.
  





-On June 4 the Liberation School, one of the BPP survival programs is started 

-Bobby Seale is kidnapped after leaving the Masai Hewitt and Shirley Neely wedding. 


-In Chicago BPP open a free medical health clinic. Another one of the major survival program on September 4. 

1977
-On July 1st 1977 Huey P.Newton arrives back to California 

1979 

August 22 Huey P.Newton is murdered in West Oakland, California

From my experience in this life history has the tendency 2 repeat itself while learning from previous mistakes & making necessary adjustments. So where do we go from here?


Peace!...with 2 fingers;)



Saturday, September 15, 2018

Glad.



As we get older, we find ourselves truly 
appreciating those that mean most. 
Family is an interesting concept of love, 
dislike & back 2 love. 
I mean, sometimes it'll drive you totally insane!
Whatever the case, it is what it is & I'm good with it.
That's all that really matters. Ya know?

I think it's about time for another trip.
Yep!



Peace!...with 2 fingers;) 




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Photographer's Rant - C'mon, Take a pic.

Time for another visual tour through 
the streets of Portland. 
Shamefully I've been absent from the camera so 
felt a need for a photographer's rant.

I could've very easily blamed weather conditions, 
working the gig or Scooter peeing on my 
homework...but I'm not. 
Just need a little motivation from time 2 time. 
Nothing wrong with that.
When you have the passion for the capture & create, 
nothing gets in the way.
It's just a matter of time.
Anyhoot, took a trip on over the the 
lighthouse for that money shot. 
I've heard great things about this spot 
& needed 2 see for myself. 
Afterwards headed over through the 
main vein of Portland. 
Congress Street.
This is where you can appreciate living in a small town over a major city.
The structures are more honest & simple 
& gives my photography
 a little extra room 2 breath.
It's the simple point & shoot that makes
every photo amazing 
in its own way.
Not knowing the end result until it slaps you 
in the face is what makes this 
fancy so enjoyable. 

Everyone is a photographer 
for it's all about the perspective man...

So go on ahead.... 
Take a picture.


Yep!



Peace!...with 2 fingers;)





Friday, June 8, 2018

RydeorDye.

A lot has been happening over the past few 
months where I find myself on the solo. 
Son Khalid moves back with mama & 
lady Tammy takes a personal hiatus for self discovery.
(long story).
Though I've bounced 
all over the country 
these past years,
accepting change 
can be rough.


Life works in chapters & 
think this upcoming 
one is gonna be Whoa!
(just got that feeling....)

What a way 2 start it off with going 
through the Old Port in Portland 
& getting some vitamin D.

Brought Tammy along for the ride with kite in backseat
cause regardless of the situation she remains ryde or dye. 
Ok. Lets go!



Peace!...with 2 fingers;)






Friday, January 26, 2018

MoveOn.

After arriving back 2 hometown Chicago for 
family & support, we decide on a few days 
@ the Weddington's getaway.

This would be the most perfect time 2 
gather & reestablish ourselves after losing 
big sister from her bout with cancer.  
(Rest in Peace Jackie...we loooove & miss you dearly.)


Brother Ken has been trying 2 get me out here for 
several years but the timing was never right...until now. 

This was the most perfect way 2 catch 
up on old times & just "chill"....
not 2 mention visit the pier where other 
sister Vivian's ashes were laid.
Hmm!...looking back over those younger 
years, things may have appeared 
slightly dysfunctional 2 some but 
we considered it just a bit complicated..
lol;/  

It's been an absolute blessing 2 have wonderful 
memories & the opportunity 2 reminisce 
on what was good. 
The backyard barbecue parties, 
yearly gatherings
& just us being us. 

One massive lesson revealed is 2 make the most 
of every situation & don't worry about 
tomorrow for it's never promised. 
MoveOn man...Moveon.




Peace!...with 2 fingers;)