January thunders... a new black arts movement, commUniversity, prisoners of war, prefiguring a new s

peace and unconditional revolutionary love

recommended reading "we will shoot back" Akinyele Omowale Umoja.

just a reminder for the upcomings for the remainder of this month.  every 3rd black sunday a new black arts movement presents soul sessions at Casa Del Soul Jan 18th Know Your Roots; Know Your Rights. every 4th black sunday a new black arts movement presents: commUniversity. every 3rd tuesday a new black arts movement presents djsss revolutionary sound, dance, lounge parties at BREW. and more oh my ;)...  see you in the streets.

was djing with my comrades today at the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee 19th annual dinner tribute.  free the land, free all political prisoners, exchange with the youth.  fight to win. 

every 3rd black Sunday of the month a new black arts movement provides soul sessions for the community.  all ages and nationalities come to build, share, learn, listen, create, study, engage, prefigure a new society, eat, express, and be.

Jan 18th a new black arts movement presents

Know Your Roots; Know Your Rights

celebrating revolutionary education & the power of story telling

Sunday Jan 18th 2015
330pm - 6pm
casa del soul
724 empire blvd
brooklyn ny 11213

featuring workshops
Radical Pedagogy 
Self Defense & Revolutionary Matriarchy 
Storytelling for Social Change
Know Your Rights / CopWatch

Brought to you by:
Scientific Soul Sessions, Urban Art Beat, The Next Youth Coalition 


$5 exchange
youth free
Urban Art Beat
A New Black Arts Movement
Spiritchild XspiritMental
Rosa Bettina



Jan 20th djsss @ BREW every 3rd Tuesday

i'll be back at BREW on the 1and2's selecting sounds and vibrations of a revolutionary colorful rainbow in motion.  honor the legacy of King and moving with the heat of Black Lives Matter.  also playing sounds that compliment the vibration of a movement that moves from saying "hands up don't shoot" to... "we will shoot back"


xspiritmental vibrations presents 

dj sss (spiritchild) live 
Every 3rd Tuesday (1/20, 2/17, 3/17...)
@ Brew 9pm
370 Tompkins, Brooklyn 

spinning some worldly sounds and bringing the funk all round. chill, dance, romance, drink, think, be...
featuring freestyle sessions, special guest performances and live musicians.

Spiritchild XspiritMental

spiritchild deejays/soul selects emotions. djsss (spiritchild) channels the mood, taps into the collective consciousness and evokes the feelings you desire. by redefining genres and expectations of what you are conditioned to hear, turning you on to new artists, new sounds and new waves. djsss introduces and remixes vibrations that resonate with the soul. from Funk, Hip Hop to the rhythms of South Africa, from Reggae to Eastern European Balkan sounds, from Afro Beat to ambient Lounge Music. let's flow on a musical world trip that stimulates you and everyone in the space to let go of inhibitions, dance like no one is watching and express yourself in complete freedom.


Jan 25th  a new black arts movement presents

commUniversity.  every 4th black sunday of the month at Casa Del Soul.  please RSVP to movement@xspiritmental.com.  this month will be our first gathering with a workshop on Hip Hop (the basics 101, a pedogogy of resistance and revolution).  we will also have a film screening.



Jan 17th

give thanks for everyone who joined us todayat MXCC.  it was an honor to dj and select sounds to compliment the families and political prisoners.   

Join Us On Saturday January 17, 2015 For:


In the Tradition
to the FAMILIES of our PP/POWs
Greetings Family,
Nineteen years ago, many of you responded to the collective call that we honor the Families of our PP/POWs for their generational sacrifices to the Black Freedom struggle. It is in that tradition that the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is pleased to announce “In the Tradition,” our 19th Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of our Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War.
This event, co-sponsored by the 1199 SEIU Activists, will be held on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 from 3pm-7pm with dinner served at 4pm and $10 validated parking available will take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center, 310 West 43rd Street (between 8th & 9th Ave) in Manhattan.
Our guest speakers and cultural presentations will be none other than our Beloved Iyaluua Ferguson and Amina Baraka, two radical Black womyn who have long stood “In the Tradition” of holding up half the revolutionary New Afrikan sky.
Iyaluua Ferguson is an educator, former Chair of the People’s Council of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, former exile, editor of “Nation Time,” co-author of “Herman Ferguson: An Unlikely Warrior, Evolution of a Black Nationalist Revolutionary” and founder of this Dinner Tribute. Amina Baraka is a legendary People’s poet, song stylist, member of the Communist Party, endorser of the Black Radical Congress, contributor to several anthologies and raised her son, Ras Baraka, to be the newly elected mayor of the city of Newark. MXCC is extremely proud and honored to welcome both these freedom fighting womyn as invited guests.
It is understatement to say that the past year has brought us many unexpected changes: the Transitions of our Beloved elders and co-founding members Yuri Kochiyama and Chairman Emeritus, Baba Herman Ferguson, radical poet activist Baba Amiri Baraka and the resignation of Mani Gilyard, our several years co-chair. Through it all, MXCC stands firm in our commitment to the work carried out by our revolutionary elders, and steadfast in solidarity with the sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, wives, grandchildren and Loved ones of our captured Freedom Fighters.

The theme “In the Tradition” is a reminder that the struggle for Black self-determination, justice and Liberation continues forward. We send this letter to invite a community of new family, friends and younger people, as we look forward to the continued support and participation of those who for close to two decades have helped us pay well-deserved tribute to our captured Freedom Fighters and their families.
Your Donation remains $40 in advance and $45 at the door with all proceeds going to the commissary accounts of PP/POWs represented by Family at the Dinner.
We ask that if you cannot attend to PLEASE MAKE A DONATION anyway, as this Dinner Tribute helps us absorb some of the financial costs the political imprisonment of their Loved ones places on our families.
On behalf of our PP/POWs and their Families, we say Asante Sana for making this annual fundraising event a valued community institution!!!!!
Let’s “Pick up the Work” to Educate, Agitate & Organize to
Free our Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War
Malcolm X Commemoration Committee
déqui kioni-sadiki

previous communique from early this month for those that missed the blast...


"To Win victory, To complete an objective, But not to follow through, Is a disastrous Waste." Sun Tzu The Art of War

these are the days of victory and unfortunate loses.  "No nation has ever benefited From a protracted war" - Sun Tzu.  we are at war, we have been for centuries. it may seem hard to conceptualize considering we have been enslaved only to be "freed" then enslaved again suffering from black codes to jim crow to stop and frisk.  you can call it genocide, occupation, an epedemic a pandemic or simply war.  you can feel the pressure of the state closing in, showing his true colours.  this is when we seize the time.  from Spain's new "Gag Law" (Ley Mordaza) to Brooklyn's resistance to continued police repression we fight a similar enemy. so "Know your enemy, Know yourself, and victory is never in doubt, Not in a hundred battles" - Sun Tzu.  and do not be fooled, when they in act in such a manner advance.  they are showing a need for control which means more repression will follow, but these are signs of generals with no confidence and fear will lead to their destruction along with our continued action.

2014 has blessed us with the freedom of Lynne Stewart, Eddie Conway, Sekou Odinga and the 3 that remained behind enemy lines of the Cuban 5 (Gerardo, Antonio & Ramon).  we still have u.s. held political prisoners, prisoners of war if you have forgotten... Maroon, Mumia, Abdullah Majid among countless of others too many to name here as well as the pressure from New Jersey State Troopers to FBI for the capture and return of our beloved Assata Shakur. 

after returning from Europe facilitating international/intergenerational workshops; repping the Universal Zulu Nation giving hip hop history/herstory workshops to repping Cop Watch facilitating Know Your Rights Workshops to repping Scientific Soul Sessions prefiguring a new society with praxis and training our comrades abroad with a new black arts movement as well as performing, djing... I'm happy to be continuing the tour and sharing the experiences and knowledge, tactics, stories and techniques stateside from Jan-April 23rd (back to Europe May-June 2015).

also excited to announce a new black arts movement presents our new international hip hop project facilitating youth dialogue through the power of hip hop from NYC, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Tanzania and more TBA.                    

visit xspiritmental for package and booking email (booking@xspiritmental.com

Urban Art Beat is proud to announce that in 2015, world traveling freedom singer and revolutionary, spiritchild, will be joining our team as the Director of Partnerships, Programs and International Relations within our UAB International Design branch, expanding the worldview of our participants through the exchange of art, music, performance and revolutionary ideas! He will also be facilitating and building our much needed support base working with youth in prisons, detention facilities and alternative to incarceration programs as well as homeless youth throughout New York City, continuing his work and experience from Art Start.

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