Sunday, August 31, 2014


If We Must Die


If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy...
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!

 Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
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Saturday, August 30, 2014


Parent-Teacher-ConferenceAs a parent of children in public schools, you have rights.

For example, you have a right to information about:
  • teachers and principal -their background and experience
  • school policies, rules, regulations, about-health and medical regulations
Which exams and shots are needed?
What happens if your child is sick at school? How many days may a student be absent or late without a penalty?
What should you do if your child is sick and cannot go to school?
Will the school let you know if your child is absent?
school policy on discipline and suspension
steps to take if you disagree with the school
  • schedule for the school year-dates of parent/teacher conferences, holidays, parent meetings, and so on.
  • courses you child needs to take, information about how your child's work is graded, information about how the school decides if a student will pass to the next grade, problems your child may have with schoolwork or behavior.
  • what your child is being taught and how students are grouped for teaching
bob_0028You have a right to:
  • review you child's school records
  • question the school if you feel the information about your child is wrong or if it invades privacy
  • visit the school and your child's classroom. You must set up the visit with the school off and teacher first.
  • have teacher conferences several times a year, in private, with a translator if needed.
  • be asked before your child is changed to another grade, is held back in a grade, or is put in a special classroom.
  • get help for a child who is not doing well
  • organize and be part of parent groups
  • attend and speak at school board meetings
You also have responsibilities to:
  • send you child to school rested, clean, and fed
  • make sure your child attends school regularly
  • know about your child's work and problems
  • answer messages from the school
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Friday, August 29, 2014


Where: Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
When: September 13, 2014 at 6pm

BOBBEE BEE the HATER the MOVIE from Terrence Graham on Vimeo.


936full-lauryn-hillby Lauryn Hill

I simply remember all these kinds of things
And then I don’t fear so bad…
Black rage is founded
who fed us self hatred
 Lies and abuse while we waited and waited
Spiritual treason
This grid and it's cages
 Black rage was founded on these kinds of things

Black rage is founded on dreaming and draining
Threatening your freedom
To stop your complaining
Poisoning your water
While they say it's raining
Then call you mad
For complaining, complaining
Old time bureaucracy
Drugging the youth
Black rage is founded on blocking the truth
Murder and crime
Compromise and distortion
Sacrifice, sacrifice
Who makes this fortune?
Greed, falsely called progress
Such human contortion

Black rage is founded on these kinds of things
So when the dog bites
And the ceilings
And I’m feeling mad
I simply remember all these kinds of things
And then I don’t fear so bad
Free enterprise
Is it myth or illusion
Forcing you back into purposed confusion
Black human trafficking
Or blood transfusion

Black rage is founded on these kinds of things
Victims of violence
 Both psyche and body
 Life out of context
 IS living ungodly Politics,
politics Greed falsely called wealth

Black rage is founded on denying of self
Black human packages
 Tied and subsistence
 Having to justify your very existence
 Try if you must But you can’t have my soul

Black rage is founded on ungodly control
So when the dog bites
 And the beatings
And I’m feeling so sad I simply remember all these kinds of things
And then I don’t feel so bad


Monday, August 25, 2014


Dear Parents ,Teachers, Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors, School Administrators, and Pastors

Start this school year off with a smile!

Seminole Productions is privileged to present "BACK TO SCHOOL With A New Attitude."

"The Back To School With a New Attitude,"  is a literacy campaign attempting to improve the attitude of our children in the classroom as well as aiding them in identifying some of the problems they may face in school and at home.

The first book in our "BACK TO SCHOOL WITH A NEW ATTITUDE" literary campaign is "IN THE MIND OF BOBEE BEE "the Hater" which is about an obnoxious, opinionated 10 year old child who copes with his anger at home and at school.

The following topics are creatively yet humorously covered in this fantastic children's book: anger management, behavior modification, character development, academic success, and self-esteem.
This beautifully illustrated children's book serves as a tool which will allow parents, counselors, and teachers to help children do self analysis and self-correction. In addition, this book will also allow children to read positive literature which will increase their intellectual development.

This hilarious must have book is for children ages 6 to 14 is now available for purchase on
Please help us in our quest to "Leave No Child Behind."

This book is currently being used by Life Skills Counseling, Inc. (Raleigh, NC), a center that provides multidisciplinary programs aimed at addressing the emotional and behavioral challenges of children and teenagers.


by Eric D. Graham

You have seen them before standing on the street corner shirtless, pants sagging flexing their new sense of manhood, posing in positions of power pretending to be "tough".

Their maschoismo mannerism mimic their favorite rappers, athletes, wrestlers, and "street" soldiers.

They are the"despised and rejected."

They are the LOST SHEEP.

Their beautiful brown faces frown up with frustration, their eyes illuminate with pain as they "mean mug" a world filled with hate and corruption.

They were born in a so-called "civilized" world builded on racism, imperialism, militarism, and materialism.

They are the by-product of fatherless homes, poverty, poor schools, mis-education and MTV.

They are harassed by crooked cops, crucified by the media, "criminalized by Hollywood, "dumb-down" by teachers, suspended from schools, locked up in prisons, and HATED by the world.

Bobbee Bee The Hater
But they are our children: our sons, our grandsons, our cousins, our nephews, our future fathers, our daughters future husbands, our future leaders, teachers, scholars, and revolutionaries.


They are BOBBEE BEE!!!
HELP US. HELP THEM!! develop into the HEROES KINGS and WARRIORS that are destined to be by reading our series of children's books design to improve the attitude and behavior of our children at home and aboard as well as our weekly cartoon on

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BOBBEE BEE:Ferguson police want to kill your son, but not as much as some rappers

drby Dr Boyce Watkins

As our community seeks to understand the tragedy that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, this might be a chance to reflect on the life of the black male in America.
We all want black men to survive, and most of us are sick of police coming into our neighborhoods, disrespecting us in front of our children and shooting us like dogs in the street. That is what drove the outrage in the police shooting of Michael Brown, the killing of Eric Garner and also the death of Trayvon Martin. In all three cases, you have people from outside of the black community using tactics that are designed to promote the terrorism and extermination of young black men.
Most of the time, when black men die, nobody cares. We can agree that this is a problem, and (using Malcolm’s words) all terrorists should be taken out by any means necessary. But there are other terrorists from outside our community who do far more damage than George Zimmerman or the Ferguson Police Department ever could.
They consist of mostly white media outlets who earn billions of dollars promoting black death, destruction and chaos with no accountability.

wwI’m talking about companies like Clear Channel, who play the same violent music all over the country, promoting and bragging about the genocide of young black men. I’m also talking about companies like BET, owned by a big white corporation called Viacom. These are the companies that give awards to artists who rap about all the Michael Brown lookalikes who’ve had their heads blown off, all for the sake of “keeping it gangsta.”

The same way that a cop of often brainwashed to have an irritable and itchy trigger finger that could instantly lead him to murder a black man, we have millions of young black being brainwashed by music to explode and blow another black man’s brains out if he accidentally steps on his Air Yeezys.

Don’t believe me?

Ask yourself: Why would BET, Clear Channel and other networks promote an artist (Lil Wayne is the example here, but he’s not the only one) with lyrics like these?

Check out this verse from the song “Gunwalk” (there are others too):

Uh, fuck that nigga, ho ass nigga
Leave that nigga with a toe tag nigga
Barrel so long, you can pole dance, nigga
Run up in ya house, where the dope at nigga
Murder she wrote on a notepad nigga
Light that nigga up, smoke that nigga
Stomp that nigga, roast that nigga I walk around with this shotgun
ddAnd this bitch bigger than me nigga
Don’t open up yo fuckin’ mouth
Cause I’ll pull the trigger like teeth nigga
Shoot ‘em up, then leave nigga I smell summer’s eve nigga
We shoot first, it’s better To give than receive nigga

Now ask yourself another question: If these were lyrics being recited by the head of the Ferguson Police Department, would you stil dance to them?

What if a white police officer, as a fan of hip-hop, were reciting lyrics like these on his way to work every morning?

Would it make him more or less likely to shoot a young black man if confronted by a stressful situation?

Some might say that it’s just music and that music has no impact on the actions of human beings. Many psychologists I’ve spoken with, including Dr. Monikah Ogando, would beg to differ.

Part of the reason that Madison Avenue spends billions every year on marketing is because they know that the messages we hear in media influence the actions that we take.

When I interviewed the rapper Dee1, who lives among the violence in New Orleans, he said, “When they were playing the music in the car on the way to kill my boy, I know they weren’t listening to long songs or country music.”

Is a bullet going through the brain of a young black man more acceptable because it was fired by his own brother?

dddDon’t you think it’s counter productive and downright hypocritical to march, scream and yell about racist police terror, but then sing along to music promoted by racist companies that are seeking to glorify black-on-black terroristic homicide?

Have you noticed that almost no hip-hop artist has taken a prominent stance to speak up on behalf of Michael Brown (Chris Brown and Nelly are exceptions, from what I’ve seen so far), yet they are readily allowed by their corporate masters to produce volumes of music promoting black-on-black murder?

How silly we must look to speak up and march when one black man is shot by police, yet remain entirely silent when big corporations are consistently promoting the murder of countless other young black men?

Do you think that perhaps the reason the rest of America is insensitive to the death of young black men is because we support artists and companies that love to glorify our genocide?

If you don’t give a damn about your own life, then don’t be surprised if no one else does either. It might be time for us to seriously reflect.

waynessThe truth is that when you compare the number of black men shot up by police vs. the millions of young black men who’ve been brainwashed to murder each other, there really is no comparison. Most of this homicide is driven by mostly white companies that either sell the guns we use to kill each other, or make money promoting the music that makes the violence seem cool. But our sons are the ones who are pulling the triggers, mainly because their parents (us) are not bold enough to speak out about this bullsh*t.

bobs_0001Nine times out of ten, a black man doesn’t have to fear the cops as much has he might have to fear his own brother, and that is the unfortunate truth in which we are living. After we march in Ferguson, we might also want to march in front of Clear Channel, BET and other corporations that are proudly promoting black male homicide.
Hip-hop has become the ONLY genre of music in existence where so many artists are provided with financial incentives to market the murdering other people within their own ethnic group.
Do you understand how sick this is?
Do you realize how silly we look to the world?
Do you realize that this is probably NOT an accident?
 Let’s start using our heads.

It’s time to squash this nonsense altogether, it’s getting ridiculous.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the author of the lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment.” To have Dr. Watkins commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


Thursday, August 21, 2014



Where: Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
When: September 13, 2014 at 6pm
Starring: William Shakur


For more information contact me Eric D.Graham at


by Paul Street

“46% were killed without the police even pretending that the victims were wielding weapons.”

You probably know about Trayvon Martin, the young back man shot dead by the young white neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman last February 26th. Trayvon’s case became a national sensation, sparking large demonstrations across the country

It is possible that you have heard of Ramarley Graham, an 18 year-old black man followed to his home in the Bronx and killed there by police (who falsely claimed that he “ran away”) last February 2nd. Graham’s killing and the subsequent charging of the officer who murdered him with a single shot received coverage in The New York Times.

I doubt, however, that you have heard of Wendell Allen, a black 20 year-old former high school basketball star who was shot in the back while wearing pajamas by New Orleans police who invaded his home on marijuana suspicions. There were four children in the house when Allen was murdered by white officers from the infamous NOPD last March 7th. (Large mobilizations and a Grand Jury investigation followed).

I don’t suppose you’ve heard of a 31 year-old black man named Manuel Loggins, Jr. either. Last February 10th, the former Marine sergeant was shot dead by San Clemente, California police while he was praying and exercising at a local school track. After witnessing the murder of their father, his two daughters, 9 and 14, were detained in isolation for 13 hours.

You didn’t likely hear anything either about Johnnie Warren, a 43-year old black man who used to live in Dothan, Alabama. Last February 15th, Warren was killed by police taser there for the crime of pubic intoxication.

Or Stephon Watts, a black 15 year-old mentally disturbed boy shot to death by Calumet City, Illinois police last February 1st. Cops responding to a 911 call exercised deadly force after finding Watts in possession of a harmless pen knife.

Or Raymond Allen, a 34-year-old black man who was hog-tied and tasered to death after being picked up by Galveston, Texas cops for “suspicion of being under the influence of drugs” last February 29th.

“The list of Black Americans killed by white cops this year goes on and on.”

Or Angelo Clark, a 31 year-old black man, killed by a SWAT team searching for drugs in his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, last January. Clark was accused of pointing an AK-47 at the police but he had no way of knowing that the people who broke into his home were police until after he was shot.

And then there’s Justin Sipp, a 20-year-old black man shot dead by an NOPD officer with a long history of brutality. Sipp died because he argued with the cops after being pulled over for “look[ing] suspicious” as he drove with a broken taillight last March 1st.

And Nehemiah Dillard, a 29 year-old black man tasered to death for “behaving strangely” in Gainesville, Florida last March 5th.

And Dante Price, a 25-year-old black man shot 22 times by White Ranger Security guards at Summer Square apartments in Dayton, Ohio last March 1st. Price was on his way to baby-sit his children. (Significant community protests and a Grand Jury investigation followed)

And Rekia Boyd, 22, an innocent bystander shot to death by an off-duty Chicago cop who was angry over loud noise in a city park last March 27th.
The list of Black Americans killed by white cops this year goes on and on. It’s an epidemic. As researchers Ariene Eisen and Kali Akuno show in a detailed report prepared for the Malcom X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) last month, we know of at least 120 cases of black people being killed by police, security guards, and “self-appointed law-enforcers“ (e.g. George Zimmerman) between January 1 and June 30th, 2012. That’s 1 killing every 36 hours.

MXGM’s Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 120 Black Peoplei provides a chilling anatomy of racist, state-terrorist murder. Of the 120 black lives taken by police, guards, and vigilantes in the first seven months of this year:

46% were killed without the police even pretending that the victims were wielding weapons.

36% were killed with the police claiming that the victims wielded weapons but with the claim challenged by witnesses and/or family members.

Just 18% were incontestably armed.

Just 12.5% actually shot at officers.

69% were ages 13 to 31.

11% were children under 18.

28% suffered from mental health problems that contributed to their deaths.

31% had engaged in no conduct that could have reasonably been called criminal.

40% came into fatal contact with their killers because of police “stop and frisk” interventions conducted on the pretext of “suspicious behavior,” “suspicious appearance” or “traffic violations.”

More than a third were attempting to “run away” when they were killed.

9% were suspected of nothing at all (e.g. Rekia Boyd)

38% were forgotten: “a careful Internet search could not find their names after an initial flurry of news about their killings” (Eisen and Akuno).

Subtracting 15 cases in which victims shot at officers, Eisen and Akuno recovered 105 incidents in which black Americans died in what amounted to “extrajudicial executions.”

In many cases where the victims used or threatened violence they did do so without having any reason to know that the killers who stopped them or entered their homes were police. (the Angelo Clark case is one example).

The killers have faced little in the way of investigation or prosecution. Six security guards and “self-appointed law-enforcers” – the most notable example in the second category is George Zimmerman (jailed only after a remarkable national protest wave) – have been charged. Just 3 police officers have been charged – one for vehicular homicide-DUI and 3 for manslaughter.

“More than a third were attempting to “run away” when they were killed.”

“The executions continue,” Eisen and Akuno note, “nationwide: from north to south, east to west, in rural towns and large metropolitan areas.” It is not a “southern problem,” through some Southern cities (Atlanta, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, and Jacksonville) seem to conduct street executions of blacks “in numbers disproportionate to the size of their Black populations.”

It seems likely that the MXGM report is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the extrajudicial killing of American minorities. There is no official database, public or private, that records incidents of excessive police or security guard force against blacks or Latinos (The latter are also frequent police shooting and stop-and-frisk targets, as in Anaheim, California, where repeated cop killings of young Hispanics recently sparked riots). Eisen and Akuno had to compile their list as best they could by spending days combing the Internet for newspaper, television, police, eyewitness and other reports.

It should be noted (without disparaging the remarkable MXGM report) that direct police killings contribute a relatively small part of the death count generated by white America’s war on U.S. blacks. The antiwar group Iraq Body Count grossly understated the real number of civilian casualties resulting from the criminal U.S. invasion of Iraq because it restricted its list of victims to those who could be shown in multiple sources to have been directly killed by U.S. bombs, missiles, bullets, or artillery. Many more Iraqis died prematurely because of health and safety issues related to the U.S. invasion’s destruction of civilian and public infrastructure (water treatment, electricity, health services, food supplies, and the like) and the general disruption of daily life.

In a similar vein, millions of blacks die far too soon because of the broad catastrophe that is institutional racism. Racial oppression’s terrible toll has intensified amidst the latest capitalist depression even as it is more cloaked than ever by the existence of a “first black president.” Endemic systemic economic and public disinvestment, persistent savage residential and school segregation, financial starvation of black schools, epic racist mass incarceration and felony marking (what Michelle Alexander rightly calls “The New Jim Crow”), continuing job (hiring and promotion) discrimination, lack of medical access and health coverage, absent green space, the concentration of frustration and weapons – all of this and more create Third World poverty, disease, and mortality rates across much of black America.

“Millions of blacks die far too soon because of the broad catastrophe that is institutional racism.”

Black pain is furthered by a deeply embedded cultural racism that is reflected and reproduced in the dominant mass media. The reigning corporate-Caucasian communications empire presents inner city black males as menacing, drug-addled thugs and black females as lazy, over-sexed “welfare-shoppers.” The metropolitan Ten and Eleven O’clock news stoke white suburban fear and disgust with an endless procession of black gang-bangers and murderers without an iota of context on the policies, practices, and structures of institutional racism that create misery and early death in the nation’s persistently separate and unequal black communities. Racially biased media coverage is intimately related to the chilling indifference most of the nation shows towards quickly forgotten incidents of unjustified white-on-black police killing.

The epidemic of extrajudicial execution continues. On July 29th, a 21 year-old black man named Chavis Carter was shot and killed while handcuffed in a patrol car in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Carter had been pulled over and searched by officers who found a $10 bag of marijuana in his car. The police have absurdly claimed that he committed suicide.

On August 11th, New York City shot to death a 51 year-old black man they had approached for allegedly smoking marijuana in Manhattan’s Times Square. Wielding an 11-inch knife and wearing a bandana, Darrius Kennedy was killed by no less than 12 NYPD bullets in front of hundreds of horrified tourists and city residents. Welcome to the Big Apple!

Why this plague of white police-on-black citizen killings? Along with the recent upsurge of hate groups and “antigovernment patriot organizations,” the police shootings likely reflect (among other things) white fears sparked by the changing racial demographics of the nation. Whites are projected to become a minority by 2050In the mind of many Caucasians, including some police officers, these changing demographics are personified by the technically nonwhite identity of the nation’s “first black president.”

“Don’t look for a Justice Department investigation of the current killer cop wave anytime soon.”

Never mind that the “post-racial” Barack Obama (who rose to national prominence with a speech proclaiming that there is “no such thing as a black America or a white America” and who saved his presidential candidacy with a speech announcing that racism was a problem located only in the American past, not the present) is on board with dominant white victim-blaming explanations of black poverty. And never mind that he refuses to undertake any policy designed to meaningfully address specific black grievances and issues. (Don’t look for a Justice Department investigation of the current killer cop wave anytime soon).
Proto-fascist whites do not make or get distinctions between tepid, system-serving moderates like Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Booker T. Washington and those who actually fight for social justice like Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Just as there’s no number of overseas Muslims that Obama could extra-judicially execute to shake white 21st century Amerikanners of their faith in his Muslim identity and allegiances, there’s no amount of tolerance Obama could show to those who stalk, imprison, and kill black Americans that would disabuse the racists of their belief that he is a threat to white privilege.

Paul Street ( [6]) is the author of numerous books, including Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Paradigm, 2004), Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis (Rowman&Littlefield, 2007), The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010), and (co-authored with Anthony DiMaggio) Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011). Street can be reached at [7].