Hashtag: Crackers & Banana Republics

The Gods didn’t spend too much time watching the State Funeral for President George H.W. Bush, nah mean? Granted, it was powerful theatre watching Senator Bob Dole, with tears in his eyes choke back emotion and struggle to his feet for a final salute of H. W. Bush. But on the real? Bob Dole? Poppa Bush? Nah Sun, we not checking for them like that.

It was actually funny hearing people talk about Poppa Bush like he was a saint or something. We were raised to not speak ill of the dead but these fools straight rewrote history eulogizing the man! The dude was a straight C.I.A. puppet master, backing Noriega
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/27/manuel-noriega-us-friend-foe and Hussein https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1990/08/16/bush-and-hussein-longtime-friends/505019ac-8a3b-42f4-9cbb-940ce81e847f/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.819f4469490b plus the Willie Horton ad and his use of tried and true scary black man racist dog whistles for his own presidential campaign right https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io9KMSSEZ0Y?

Never mind the whole War on Drugs boondoggle or the fact that President Jimmy Carter appointed more African-Americans and women to the federal bench in four years than President H. W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan appointed in twelve years!

Poppa Bush gave us all Supreme Court Justice Clarence “Long Dong Silver” Thomas so its all favor!

Social media was full of Folk mad at the whitewash of Poppa Bush’s legacy but it was actually funny to the Gods.

Whats deeper than Poppa Bush’s “sketchy past” is how this country projects its own misdeeds on others.

We used to be irritated whenever someone used the term “Banana Republic” to denigrate Latin American and Caribbean countries that weren’t as constitutionally developed as the United States. I mean “how uncivilized some of these nations are with their fraudulent elections, kangaroo courts and military dictatorships…” Sound familiar? No?

What about Papa Doc Duvalier?

The Pinochet Junta?

Ever hear of Operation Condor?

You DO know that all those “Banana Republics” were set up by “our” C.I.A. right? And not just in Latin America and the Caribbean either…. “We” deployed Crackers around the world to plant “Banana Republics” that “we” could control… Never mind that most of the folk walking from Central America right now are fleeing conditions created by United States foreign policy right?

So when the Gods hear reports of voter suppression and the anti-democratic effects of rampant district gerrymandering in American elections, along with the fact that the Prison Industrial Complex is more economically viable than the American solar industry all thats missing for a full fledged “Cracker Republic” is a military dictatorship…. but then again, a feckless Republican Party led by an ignorant, felonious, orange #Vulgarian will suffice….

R.I.P. Poppa Bush… Nah Mean?

AB Esq

Building with the Elders

It is the duty of each generation to pass jewels of wisdom to their lineage, on to the next one, on to the next one.  The Elders, seated in honor, are visited by the bigga youth ‘dem, who respectfully sit at their knees and learn the lessons of those who have gone on before; a transfer of great wisdom, across the ages takes place one generation at a time, so that the People may prosper and endure.  Moses passed the jewels to Joshua and the Children entered the Promised Land.

So what happened to the jewels of the 1960’s, 1970’s fought and won in blood?  How do we explain the 1980’s and 1990’s vapid age of selfish acquisitions and glorification?  After Ali risked it all and proclaimed, “No Viet Cong ever called me nigger…” Jordan shrugged and said, “Republicans buy sneakers too…”    

We are the generation of analysis and synthesis.  The jewels of the 60’s and 70’s along with the tough lessons of the 80’s and 90’s reside within us.  We pull it all together, light and dark, good and evil, making sense of it all, three hundred sixty degrees, charting a new course to a Promised Land -- Above the Clouds and Beyond the Stars

When we debate who is the GOAT, championship rings aside, LeBron’s hometown school towers above Jordan’s investment in private prisons don’t it???

On August 22, in commemoration of the Haitian Revolution  sparked on August 22, 1791, Bucktown USA presents Building with the Elders, an inspirational and informative series featuring conversations with Elders of he community sharing their precious pearls wisdom gleaned over the years…  let them that have ears to hear, listen and grow Wise.         


AB Esq

There are 99 Days...

... until the next national election (Mid-Terms 2018) and the daily operation is a circus of hypocrisy and venality with politicians, previously sworn to uphold the Law, actively undermining the Rule of Law while serving the financial interests of their True Masters.

The Big Homie asked me the other day, how long will they let this fool stay in office???

My response was who has benefitted the most from this madness?  (Short answer:  China)

So as opposed to spending the next 99 days listening to foolishness, watching the circus and wondering how long will this Rule of Madness last, over here in Bucktown we strategizing and collaborating with our brethren spreading seeds and jewels wherever...  

The Culture includes Seeds of Inspiration and Jewels of Insight.  Every song we produce, mural we paint, book we write, and video or film we shoot has the great potential for Inspiration and Insight.  Our Culture is uniquely situated to steer the plant toward redemption or into the final abyss.  Producing, Soulful, Authentic Culture is an act of love for humanity.  We can save the world with Hip Hop you know???

We can't wait for these politicians to save us and the future generations...  Salvation right now is found in the songs we sing, the stories we tell, the images we paint...

Create Something powerful people...  The world needs us.  Live from Bucktown USA you already know what we cooking up...

AB Esquire    

Ain't Over Til We Win

Wondering what will happen next.. next week, next month, next election?

What you want to happen now?  What are you prepared to do? 

Wise woman once sang, "Kingston to Brixton to Brooklyn we all 'gwan EAT!!!" 

Be damned if these savages eat all we food and starve out the generations to come.  So what comes next is diligent WORK  -- consistent HONESTY.  

Not spending too much time rapping about what comes next. 

Big Homie said cut to chase this Leo season so you see where Bucktown USA is coming from...

Maroon. Tubman. Nation. Garvey. Law. Culture. Justice. HipHop!

AB ESQ    

#ByAnyMeans Necessary  #WeAllConnected #TheBlackWomanIsGod #KillmongerWasRight

On the Good Foot

Sometimes a boot to the backside is what's required "nah mean"?

Heard news the other day about the #iLLegitimatePresident trash talking NFL players for taking a knee next season.  Never mind the: a) irony of a traitor lecturing hard working, law abiding, tax paying citizens on patriotism; b) the dishonesty of criticism that intentionally ignores their righteous protest against police brutality; or c) the hypocrisy of an #iLLegitimatePresident violating the Constitutional Rights of patriotic citizens...  That the entire NFL rant was an attempt to distract from the fact that the #iLLegitimatePresident just #GaveItUp behind closed doors to the #Cossacks is all you need to know.

The ignorance and stupidity inherent in white supremacist ideology has resulted in fools electing, installing and still supporting a president who is, to put it mildly... mentally unfit to mow my lawn or babysit your thirteen-year old niece.         

Where the focus needs to be is on the Culture and what messages we are exporting to the world.

As the #iLLegitimatePresident does the bidding of his Russian masters and tries to gather land, power and influence around the globe, what is the global HipHop Nation doing?  What is our message?  Where are we going?  How will our Elders and Children be cared for in the world?  Will we just sit back and watch these lunatics scrape Mother Earth with no regard?  Will we let them crash and burn the only planet we have so they can die fat and wealthy and full of feces in their hearts and intestines?

Every act of the Culture must have a purpose... or you with them punk muh fuh's over there...

Folk got kicked in the arse...  Now get up on the good foot and be about the business of taking this planet in another direction... a #MorePerfectUnion... #Harmony... or not!

Say Word Bond,

AB Esquire     

Before We Go Any Further...

This nation is in a State of Emergency.  Today, the current Chief Executive Officer, through his words and actions, has revealed himself to be a mean, addled, vulgar, venal, racist, misogynistic, pathological liar, who is intellectually lazy and the lackey of the president of another sovereign nation.  If that wasn't bad enough, the United States Congress, the branch of government that should be the primary balance against an ignorant and corrupt CEO, is presently replete with mediocre, cowardly hypocrites who place their political careers and the bank accounts of their corporate masters above the good of this nation and the welfare of future generations.

So before we go any further, as we warm up this Boom Bap drum beat for the advancement and preservation the Culture, and in light of the current State of Affairs, lets agree on a few things: 1) everyone from the Culture who is of age and eligible will Educate Themselves on the issues and REGISTER & VOTE in every local, State and National election from here on; 2) everyone from the Culture will support {volunteer, donate resources, etc.} local youth programs to educateconnect, and build relationships with the younger generations; and 3) everyone from the Culture will read their local newspaper at least two times a week and read one book every month (your choice just start reading!!!)    

For Lack of Knowledge the People Perish!!!  In this era of misinformation and hypocrisy, ignorance is a fatal flaw that will not only lead to the victimization of the Individual but the destruction of the Culture as a whole.  Let us not procrastinate!  Lets Get It On!!!

*We'll start a book list at Bucktown for anyone looking for suggestions on reading material*     

AB Esquire 

YouR Art Is...

Short stack today in all this heat nah mean???

Think about the times we are living in with 1) reports of Environmental Cataclysm and 2) rumors of War in the news every day and you have to wonder:  What is the role of the Artist in these increasingly turbulent days???

I like a dance record as much as the next person and a decent comedy or action flick is always appreciated but the Artist better say something.

The Artist, through their artistry, is uniquely positioned to synthesize all the madness for us; to translate whats going on to the masses, to help us make sense of it all.

A picture is worth a thousand words right???  One photo or painting can strike at the very heart of a complex situation.  One song can lift the spirits of an entire nation, even the planet (Respect Robert Nesta Marley).  One well written joke can relieve pressure and tension, allow us to continue despite the hypocrisy. 

Well why is that?  How does the Artist do that?  And with all the madness going on, what will the Artist give us today?

Somehow, someway the Art must comment and engage on "What's Going On"...

Today the Artist must speak Truth.  The Artist must in some way lend voice and perspective to the Days and Times.  Self-absorbed, vapid brain-farts masquerading as Art is jive wack. 

Stakes Is High my G.  And if you want to get in front the people and sell your Art, you need to have something to say.

If your Art is not relevant... Your Art is sh*t! 

And I like mean it Man, Like dig it, For real Baby... Yeah


AB Esquire

Read A Book...

American History is not taught HONESTLY in this country right?

Does anyone know how many hundreds of treaties the US Government signed with Original American Tribes and immediately violated?  Do you know the government policy was to sign treaties with tribes, get the tribes to grant concessions and immediacy violate the treaties?

Does anyone know how the modern day local police force system got started in this country?  Do you know that slave catchers (capturing escaped Africans and kidnapping free Africans) are some of the forefathers to local police systems in this country?

Does anyone know how local municipalities responded to free Africans after the Civil War and abolition of US slavery?  Black Codes taxed Africans who tried to start non-agricultural professions, restricted Africans access to land and guns and allowed the state to seize children of "return" the children to work for former slave masters on the grounds that the parents were unfit.  

Africans were freed from slavery, arrested by local authorities and returned to slavery via chain gangs.  

Slavery was abolished and institutional racism was consciously and systematically woven into American Society through the Law.  

The criminal justice system in this country, post US slavery, has been used as a proxy to keep Africans in bondage, poverty and fear.  

This is a matter of historical record, not a guess, speculation or opinion.  

Does anyone know how long it took for American Society to face its legacy of slavery and institutional racism; to enact substantial, institutional steps aimed at removing the stain of its Original Sin?   Sike!!!  

The Reconstruction Era, which was supposed to integrate freed Africans into America after the Civil War lasted about twelve years (1865-177) before the Black Codes and then Jim Crow took over...  Affirmative Action, born out of civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965 began to get systematically diluted and weakened by Supreme Court rulings starting in 1978! (Bakke v. California)

If Americans knew their own history some might still be bigoted and apathetic to the lives and struggles of their fellow Americans, but at least they would not be ignorant.  If you choose to be a tool, thats your right as an American.

More importantly, the young and future generations of Americans would be aware of their place in the nations history and their good, decent, innocent nature, armed with knowledge of their American self, would be the change we desperately need.

Knowledge is power and if more folk knew how we actually got here, a productive discussion about where we need to go and what needs to be done to get there would happen.

Til then, read a book, then read another and another, educate yourself and elevate your perspective.

Unless you like whats going down right about now and your blissful ignorance need not be disturbed.  

When folk say "get low" they mean it in more ways than one huh???.