Essays by Ekowa©
"His-Story is the Lie agreed upon."
"A people now forgotten
discovered, while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and
sciences. A race of men now rejected for their sable skin and frizzled hair
founded, on the study of the laws of nature, those civil and religious systems
which still govern the Universe."
Count C. F. Volney
-Ruins of Empires.
From generations past the name in which
we identify ourselves and the name of how others have described us have changed
several hundreds if not thousands of times.
But our people understood that; “A Name indicates your intrinsic [inherent, real, fundamental, natural, genuine and essential] value” and names were not arbitrarily given in the ancient world.
As a simple example, in my lifetime our
people have gone from being called colored, Negro,
Black and African-American. I will not
go into the many abhorrent names people have called us and we have called
ourselves we hear those spouted everyday. In my home
we have skipped the formality and disconnection to the motherland and we solely
refer to ourselves as Africans.
When you think of the Black Panthers of
the 60's and 70's that movement has become synonymous with the Black
Revolutionary movement in
We Got Soul
Historically, when we thought of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz , Blues or Soul and Rap music it was exclusively African construct applied ‘solely’ to African people. When a person was referred to as having ‘Soul' or called another person 'Soul-Brother or Soul-Sister' it was the endearment from one African to another. When food was said to be ‘soulful’ it usually consisted of foodstuffs that Africans prepared, yams rice and beans, fried ‘something’ and greens…ummmmm. We could go on but I’m gettin’ hungry.
Remember the day when Cornrows, plaits,
naturals and braids were worn by black sisters and
brothers as a sign of their acknowledgement and pride in being ‘Children of the
Motherland’. Remember how appalled we were when white folks started
calling them ‘Bo braids’ after Bo Derek?
There was a time when to hold a clinched fist high was a symbol of Black
Power as John Carlos and Tommy Smith proved at the Mexico Olympics in the 60's
at the time was revolutionary and dangerous.
Over time these icons of African-ness have been systematically co-opted and redefined by the European population. The Black power fist is used in everything as a gesture of victory and power.
The term coined by Malcolm X ‘By any
means Necessary’ is now a slogan of Nike and corporate conglomerates. A
smiling picture of Malcolm X's was chosen to grace the front of a United States
Postal Stamp instead of the bold soul searching picture e was known for, that
graced so many college dormitory and first time apartment walls, imploring us
to THINK, SEE, UNDERSTAND and KNOW THYSELF!
There is no more Black Soul music or Black R&B apart from the European experience. They have co-opted the Temptations, as first witness by the movie the 'Big Chill' and replaced Lady Day with a poor substitute in Diana Krall, the new jazz icon. Even Celine Dion had the nerve to try and out -soul Aretha!!! I said try 'cause 'Re-Re blew her out the water! The melodic sounds of Wes Montgomery has been repackaged and swapped with the trifling riffs of Kenny G. We are in the back of the bus and don’t know it.
Everyone f every culture wears
cornrows, locks and braids even if they have to fake it with tons of hair spray
and extensions. Rap is known as the voice of a whole generation
and not the hue and cry of the oppressed African
children of the ghetto, as it was initially.
Rap was the tradition of the ancient source Griot - telling not only
historical facts but making history palatable and the most recent 'rhapsodizing'
of the Scatters of the 30's 40's and 50's.
In essence everyone wants to be Blacker
than the Black man , more African than the African, hipper than the innovator
and inventor while hijacking the standard of beauty of the original
woman[ lip, hips and fingertips]
after degrading the original model of beauty. They say emulation is the
sincerest form of flattery…don’t believe the hype! It
is stealing dressed up in a tuxedo. Just ask Little Richard when his songs were stolen and reworked [to please a white audience] by
that no singing Pat Boone. Expression changes, language is added to,
syncretized, then deleted and names are blended, expanded and hidden all in the
feeble attempt to decentralize the African effect on the world and hide its
roots. We are divided and therefore conquered.
We are absorbed in the dominate culture. We are currently 60% of the world population cow-tow to 5%
of those in power.
term Black even relevant?
Since this was true in the recent past,
then it is also true 100, 200, 1000, 2000, 3000 years ago and what the
Europeans referred to as an African is as diverse as what we are called
today. In my essays 'What's in a Name' and 'Translations' I touched on this interesting
trend how they have used language as a tool of confusion and genocide. As we
learn we grow and here is more compelling evidence of the cover-up using Code
Names to describe our people and to separate them from the African
In the words of Howard Zinn;
do not know History it is as if we were born yesterday.'
What is a code? A collection of
statutes and rules methodically arranged.
The arranger has a use for the
arrangement. They coded us and continue to do so and
we fall into the arrangement that is of their design. In this present
age, we are calling ourselves mixed race, people of color, mixed people.
Honestly, we are Mixed-Up and we need to Wake Up!
Using these coded terms,
arranged to disconnect us from the root, we march head-long
into the plan to first to Divide and Conquer then Erase and
Using a scientific understanding as an
example in this case, the first and second laws of thermodynamics:
principle asserts that energy is conserved, i.e., energy can neither be
created nor destroyed. The second principle asserts that the overall distribution
of energy tends to become more uniform, never less uniform.'
We ask the question in relationship to
Africans and the original name we called ourselves and the subsequent
names that was used to refer to us.
Then, as time progresses the term for us was standardized, now what is
considered originally African is limited to certain body, facial and hair type
and residence in a limited and specific locale.
We need to know that our energy
circumvents the globe and flows outward to the mind and heart of the Creator of
all Things and we spread a culture that uniformly directed those people who we
encountered back to
We are the true energy that drives this
not know, Asclepius, that Egypt is an image of heaven
or, to be more precise, that everything governed and moved in heaven came down
to Egypt and was transferred there? If truth were told, our land is the temple
of the whole world." Hermetica
Let us take a look
at the Names we gave ourselves and the Names others have given us and maybe we
can see how the divide and conquer rule of European-centered history really
From the book Black in Antiquity by Snowden:
Greek and Roman Descriptions of Ethiopians or Blacks generally:
diligence, I say, did Luke write these things, and more than these,
and he placed them in the hand of Priscilla and Aquilus, his
disciples; and they accompanied him up to the day of his death, just as Timothy
and Erastus of Lystra and Menaus, the first disciples of the apostles,
accompanied Paul. . . " ("The Teaching of
the Apostles," A. Cleveland Coxe, ed., Fathers
of the Third and Fourth Centuries,
“An Italian professor reads Latin like Italian, a Frenchman as French, and as Americans we find we can't understand their Latin at all. Can we erase our native sounds and read in an artificially contrived Latin, is it worth the effort, and can it actually work? Then about Vergil's biography and background, he is described as being swarthy or "aquilus", and his mother Polla Magia has a Carthaginian name, as does Mago the Carthaginian author on farming whom Vergil surely read before writing his Georgics.
If his ancestry came from a Carthaginian [they were black..Yes!] left over from the over-land invasions, could his obvious interest in Dido and Book IV have a personal value, making the North African part of the Aeneid the most vivid and finely constructed? These and more questions indicate that we have not reached the end of the possibilities for new approaches to Vergil, which will color our thinking about the Aeneid one way or another.”
Greco-Roman ethnonyms of Blacks: Afer
(African), Indus/Indi (
ten Afrikan (Black) Emperors. They were Macrinu, Firmus, Emilianus, Septimus
Publius Terrentius Afer (Known as “Terrence the Afrikan”) circa 185 B.C. to 159 B.C., is “the greatest of the Latin stylist” who wrote comedies, i.e. five act-structured plays that were later imitated by the European William Shakespeare, the world’s putative “greatest” playwright. Dr. Kwame Nantambu
More Roman Aquilus:
From 104 to 101
BCE slaves were masters of
Greco-Roman toponyms of--national, regional, continental:
Hekau - The Egyptian power of words or WORDS
Now most of us who have been brought up in a Judeo-Christian environment know
nothing about Hekau and quick to call the Egyptians [Africans] pagans without
understanding that 'Nothing rows in a vacuum' and there is no religion that was
birthed by immaculate conception or without a daddy...So who was Israel's
Daddy? We have a residue of the Egyptian ritual in our understanding that words
are life and death.
Here are some Biblical examples:
death is in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the
fruit thereof.".' Proverbs
"But I say
unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak,
they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words
thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned."
"It is the
Spirit that makes alive; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak
unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this
world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to
nothing: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the
hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." 1 Cor. 2: 4-7
No religion subsequent to the 'African
model' grew up without understanding the African construct, which includes the
current big three: Judaism, Christianity and Islam all owe their origins to the
Egyptian [African] Mystery System. I will include Buddhism and the so-called religions or
disciplines of the East, the Islands of the
How does all this relate to our name?
What does it mean to be intrinsically [fundamentally] Black? The answer is Melanin, power and royalty.
biological pigment (biochrome) found in skin, hair,
feathers, scales, eyes, and some internal membranes; it is also found in the
peritoneum of many animals (e.g., frogs), but its role there is not
understood. Formed as an end product during metabolism
of the amino acid tyrosine melanin's are conspicuous in dark skin moles of
humans; in the black dermal melanocytes and the
n. dark or black pigment of body. melanin,
melanic, adj. dark-skinned. melaniferous, adj.
containing melanin. melanism,
n. abnormal blackness of skin or plumage; extreme darkness of complexion
and hair. melano, n.
person or animal having unnaturally dark pigmentation. melanocomous, melanotrichous,
adj. dark-haired. melanoderma,
melanodermia, n. abnormal blackness of skin. melanin, adj. melanoma, n. tumor made up of
dark- pigmented cells. melanopathy,
melanosis, n. disease marked by deposition of
melanin in tissues. melanous,
a. with black hair and skin.
Melanin in us makes us fundamentally
African and I believe the original Africans need for Melanin was not just
environmental but spiritual and cultural. We had melanin for a marker, not just
for locale. We are the first created
people and the root and parent of the whole earth. What we posses is the
building blocks of all societies, genetically, culturally intellectually,
emotionally and scientifically.
What were the familial terms we called ourselves and our land?
Habasan [ Hab-Ashan] -
Iabity-Hapy Languages - Afro-Asiatic languages
Iati - Adam
Kash [Kesh, Kush,
Kana'anyym - Canaanites and Phoenicians
KM.T - Kemet or
Mewat - Eve
Rasiu - Negroid people
As early as 233 BC (18th Dynasty), the Egyptians continuously represented the two groups of their own race in a manner that could not possibly be confused by anybody. Significantly the order in which the four races then known to the Egyptians (Kemmui, Nahasi, Namou, Tahmou) are consistently arranged in relation to the god, Horus, also bestowed on them their social hierarchy. Kem was the scared adjective for Black.
The Ancient Egyptians called themselves Kemmui, which meant black, written in their language Medu-Neter or hieroglyphics as a block of wood charred at the ends.
Allegorical and metaphorical names of
Melampodes ("black feet") is a common Classical name for
the Egyptians; and these stories of how Melampus
understood what birds...were saying are likely to be of African origin...'
Minos laid siege to Nisa,
ruled by Nisus the Egyptian.
When the Danaans came to
What of the Israelite tribe of Dan?
"Danaus...had fifty daughters called the Danaids
(born of Egyptian and Ethiopian mothers)....he built a ship for himself and his
daughters...and sailed toward Greece together, by way of Rhodes....[He] became
so powerful a ruler that all the Pelasgians of Greece
called themselves Danaans. --
As to the bird being black [at
was called Melaenis ("black one")...[and] Scotia ("dark one")... --
See Black People
Europa - the Black Princess and her name was
applied to what is now
called the Kushites "Ethiopians" and
referred to their capital city of
Gypsies - Meaning out of
Herodotus was aware of Egyptian
antiquity and learning and as the noted scholar; Dr. John Henrike Clark said: 'He could
distinguish Black people from White people. Herodotus specifically
mentioned geometry and land measurement, solar calendar, 12-part year, and
The fifty sons
of Aegyptus were described as black....The
Danaids described themselves as "black and
smitten by the sun"....To King Pelasgus they
have the appearance of Libyans, or inhabitants of the
"Samson, a Nazarite of the tribe of Dan, judged
during the period of Philistine domination. At the feast celebrating his marriage to a Philistine woman, Samson proposed a riddle to the Philistines: "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness." Judges 14:14 On the seventh day of the feast, the importunate bride extracted from Samson the interpretation of the riddle and related its meaning to her people, viz., that the carcass of a young lion which Samson had killed with his bare hands had attracted a swarm of bees who produced honey therein. Samson paid the wager by slaying thirty Philistines -- after which his wife was taken from him. Angered by their treachery, Samson avenged himself by slaughtering many more Philistines and eventually the Philistine lords." Israel
The Lion, The Bee and The Honey all refer back to Egyptian/African Rule.
This symbol represents the horizon from which the sun emerged and disappeared. The horizon thus embodied the idea of both sunrise and sunset. It is similar to the two peaks of the Djew or mountain symbol with solar disk in the center. Both the beginning and the end of each day was guarded by Aker, a double lion god. In the
New Kingdom, Harmakhet ("Horus in the Horizon") became the god of the rising and setting sun. He was pictured as a falcon, or as a sphinx with the body of a lion. The Great Sphinx of Giza is an example of "Horus in the Horizon".
"As the daughter of the sun god, Ra, Sekhmet is typically portrayed as a lion-headed goddess wearing the magnificent solar disk and uraeus (cobra) headdress. She is one of the goddesses invoked as the "Eye of Ra' with the power to breathe fire upon his enemies."
"The Lion of the South:
"Apedemek the Lion was the one of the most important gods of ancient
Kush. A warrior god, he symbolized the regality, strength and the courage of the African Lion. The lion was also viewed as the emissary of the sun; a totem symbolizing light, truth, regeneration, and fertility.
Apedemek might have been a special kushitic aspect of the ancient kushitic progenitor God Amun, the hidden one, the eternal God, the father of all the Gods and men. The Kushites sometimes called Amun the Lion of the South. Similarly, Apedemek the lion godman, was also known as the Lion of the South, Strong of Arm."
Bees are often considered a symbol of the Goddess or Divine Feminine because they are ruled by queens. See the prophet and Judge Deborah. The bee is also a symbol for wisdom. A well known cosmological myth from the ancient Egyptian city of
-- Greek for City of the Sun, but known as Annu or Iunu in Egyptian. A lesser known tradition, and one that the priests of Heliopolis themselves are said to have taught as part of their allegorical mysteries, states that the goddess Neith was the first deity that emerged from the Waters of the Nun, making her the foremost of the Egyptian Gods. The Heliopolis in Sau is traditionally known as the House of the Bee -- or "Hoot-Bit" in Egyptian. The bee was even an African totem character. As the heraldic symbol of Christ, bees represented the "sweetness" of His forgiveness and the "sting" of His justice. The Egyptian pharaohs used bees as their royal emblem for thousands of years, with the bee symbol appearing on the tomb of Ramses III. the Egyptian god Ra, whose falling tears supposedly became the first honey bees. Templeof Neith
The Honey or Honey Comb:
Honey has associations that go far beyond its use as a food. In language and literature, religion and folk belief, honey is frequently a symbol or talisman for sweetness of every kind.
Two of these [kabeiric] vases depict Odysseus and a Negro Circe... Snowden, p. 161. Note: Circe - is where we get the English word circle and church.
"They also told me that the Egyptians first brought into use the names of the twelve gods, which the Greeks took over from them. Herodotus, Book 2.
Carthaginians - Herodotus also says the
Phoenicians - Cyrenes - Creteans (Khepra) - Sabeans -Manu - Nok - Chou Dynasties
Formorians -Black colonies established in
What have we learned from this brief exercise? That there are a myriad of ways to say African!
Names used by other Nations that refer to Africans.
Swarthy, Schwartz, Sudan, Indigo, Moore, Morris, Mauritania, Morocco, Ashan, Zhou, Zhang, Khmer, Li and many others.
Sudras - Sanskrit word for Black or the Black Ones.
The Adyrmachidae lived along the coast. They lived like Egyptians but dressed like Libyans.
were further west on the coast (JJ:
The Auschisae and the enclosed tribe of Bacales.
The Nasamones (Nassamonians) were a larger tribe than the others. They left their cattle on the coast in the summer and went inland for the date harvest at Augila. The Nassamonians reported contact with black-haired pygmies on an west-east river far to the south.
Habashan or Ashan - ashen or black with smoke also known as Ethopians
The Garamantes lived further inland behind the Nasamones in the land of wild beasts. The Garamantes "avoided all men" and lived without any means of defense (i.e.: nothing that Herodotus recognized as a "modern" army).
The Macae wore Mohawk haircuts and carried ostrich skin shields in war.
The Gindanes women wear one leather ankle band for each lover they have had.
The Lotophagi live exclusively on lotus fruit.
Machlyes was where Jason's Argonaut crew nearly sank.
The Auses lived across the River Triton from the Machlyes.
Black Melanesians and Polynesians
sailed over Pacific Ocean, occupying islands and reaching parts of
An African by any other name is still
in the family. A quote I read on Global African Presence:
"A mango on the Table is no different than a mango on the Tree. "
"Herodotus believed that the Colchians (southern Black Sea area)
were introduced to Asia by Egyptian expansion as far as
The medieval scholars believed there
were originally nine races of Mankind? Let's see who they are!
African, American Indian, Asian, Australian, European, Indian, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian.
Francis Bacon and the Black Emperor
Out of these there is only one that is
universally [by its own definition] designated as white and that is the
European, but within its ranks there are the Eastern Europeans who are
considered the 'blacks' of
Let us look at some of the original
peoples of the earth: Each of the eight remaining groups are
African and so were the original Europeans. Now, the list has dwindled
down to ONE people - The African!
Black Asian Buddha’s
Do not be put off or derailed by names, terms, titles or
national designation - just research the origins. There is always a clue pointing to
Africans ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’.
AFRICA- Gerald Massey derived from the Kamy word ‘Aaru,’ and constructed
as ‘Af-ru-ka’, the name of ‘Africa’ is instead known
to have been derived from the A’amu word ‘Afr’, related to the Kana’aniy
word ‘Ephrah’, meaning ‘fruitfulness’.
ASU: Asa/Ás/Æsir. Name for the Gods as individuals or as a collective. Related to the Sanskrit word "asu", life-force, life-spirit. The Sun being the representation of the source of all life.
BLACK is the meaning of Kam/Kem or Khem -the name which the ancient Egyptians called themselves. From this word we get "Chemistry," the study of the building blocks of Life.
Some say the TERM Caucasian -originated from Africans, the TERM which is derived from the Ethiopian words "Caer Cush Aur." (Bryant's Ancient Mythology Vol. III, p158 ).The original term for Cau-casians were African. The name [term] was later co-opted by the current inhabitants that have designated themselves as genetically White.
Terminology: language, expression,
know that modern humanity originated in
Chiang Dynasty: King Tang or Ta, the earliest documented rulership of
signs may refer to the ten clans that formed the basis of the Shang people. (Allan 1981, p.293) Allan (1981) has
discussed the possibility that the myth of the Mulberry Tree from which ten
suns rose probably relate to the rise of ten founding Shang
clans by ten suns(/sons) which are identified as "black birds".
(Allan 1981, p.294)"
Many of the Shang spoke a Dravidian language. The first Shang king was Xuan Wang, 'Black King' (Xuan means black). He was also called the Xuan Di ,"Black Emperor".The founder of the Shang Dynasty was called Xuan Niao "Black Bird"; another Shang king was called Xuan Mu "Black Oxen".
The Latin word "
Memnon, the African King of Ethiopian and
brother to Emathion, King of Ethiopia arrives from
Check out the iconographic images in this picture. Memnon is obviously a Black man. Egyptian icons abounds in the drawing. The obelisk, Pyramid, Light from the East, and the naked Memnon.
Was Helen his Sista’? More than likely. Let’s look at the
story again and use some coon sense. Remember Melas, Mene,
Mem, Melen and all the
abbreviations of that name means BLACK.
Let us get this story straight:
Wow, that sure doesn't sound like the
How could Menelaus of Sparta and Memnon both be the Kings of Ethiopia? Africa was called Ethiopia and Africa is a continent that covered not only what we know in modern geography, but it extended to India, Mesopotamia, Asia, the Islands of the Sea and the Americas with settlements in Europe. Take's more than one ruler to rule such a vast empire. They may have been in a cooperative or were vying to control it all. It may have been a family thing. It always took an Ethiopian/African Queen to make any King!
The name Helen means:
from either Greek ‘ελενη (helene) "torch" or "corposant", or
Greek σεληνη (selene) "moon". In Greek mythology Helen was the
daughter of Zeus and Leda, whose
Zeus was a the Greek knockoff of: Egyptian Amun of Amen and possible the Serapis which was a emulation of Osiris.
Leda relates back to the swan and egg relating back to the Cosmic egg birthed by Ra who created Isis and Osiris.
The Legendary super-civilization of
"The Empire of the Sun; reportedly, the name for a large continent colonized over 70,000 years B.C. that supported over 60 million inhabitants in the Pacific Ocean. It was believed to have consisted of ten distinct tribes, or peoples all under one government. Around 10,000 B.C. nearly the entire continent was claimed to have fallen into the Pacific Ocean; Mu's 1st colony in North America was reportedly established at Mexico over 50, 000 yrs. B.C. Associated spellings/words: Lemuria; Kuiland."
Reportedly, M is a variation of
the Greek letter Mu and the Semitic Mem, which is also the Phoenician word for water. Originally the M's legs were uneven; perhaps resembling waves,
which many scholars believe
was a pictograph of water as seen below.
Aesop the African -Aesop was
an African philosopher (Aesop from the Greek word Aithiops meaning Ethiopian and African), he lived and
traveled through Africa and
For a great list of these truths and more please do yourself a favor and visit Bro. Runoko's excellent site:
And another excellent site by Dr. Clyde A.
Snowden: Blacks in
King James Version
Weingreen - Hebrew Grammar
Aphrodite -The Black