“…To be Afrocentric is to seek African agency in every situation, analysis, or critique…”
“Africology is the Afrocentric study of African phenomena. This is in keeping with my belief that definitions should be meaningful, establish boundaries, and have substance. If one cannot define the name of the field and give it meaning, then a field may not exist. I do not try to define Africana Studies, for example, because I do not know what it means in practical terms. I can define African Diaspora Studies but the definition frightens me because it isolates Africa from the rest of the African world. These are some knotty issues that are avoided when we say Africology. To say it is the Afrocentric study means that it is not the European study, the Arab study, the Christian study, etc., of the phenomena, but the Afrocentric study which clarifies where we are coming from in our approach to the study of the phenomena. To be Afrocentric is to seek African agency in every situation, analysis, or critique…
” [emphasis mines]
Also See:Africology 101: An Interview with Scholar Activist Molefi Kete Asante/pdf
The “re-Afrikanization Revolution” at RBG Street Scholars Think Tank revolves around Healing and Revolution of the individual and collective mind, body and spirit of New Afrikan people through educational discourse, activities and socialization rooted in our history and world experience as Afrikan people.
Healing is work, not gambling. It is the work of inspiration, not manipulation. If we the healers are to do the work of helping bring our whole people together again, we need to know such work is the work of a community. It cannot be done by an individual. It should not depend on people who do not understand the healing vocation….The work of healing is work for inspirers working long and steadily in a group that grows over generations, until there are inspirers, healers wherever our people are scattered, able to bring us together again.
In the words of Sekou Toure “to us, Revolution means the collective movement initiated by a group of men or by a whole people, and supported by their conscious determination to change an old degrading order into a new, progressive order in view of ensuring the safeguard and development of collective and individual interests, without any discrimination whatsoever. The People’s Revolution, to us, remains thus a collective consciousness in motion, and a collective movement guided by conscience and whose ultimate aim is the continued progress of man and the People.”
AFRICOLOGY and RBG EDUCATION: We are defining and representing Africology as the study of and participation in our Afrikanity and humanities Afri-essence. It is a deep layered journey into Who We Were and Who We Are down to the level of our collective ancestral unconscious ; including our language, history, culture and educational ways, empathizing evidence of our contributions to world history and civilization and thus, our own present day probability, possibility and potentiality.
Of course any serious education of Afrikan people is best began with a study of Kemet (Ancient Egypt) and Classic Nile Valley Civilizations…and this is precisely the course we chart. So africology at RBG Street Scholars Think Tank, and within this classroom in particular, is meant to be a cultural development and socialization process anchor, transmitted in the context of what Dr. Clarke calls the “eternal now” (overstanding that there is no separation between the past, present and future-all of history is a current event, and all current events are history).
The lessons herein will reflect the cultural continuity and recurring spiritual and pedagogical themes of Afrikan peoples education and socialization across space and time; from ancient classic Nile Valley Civilizations to West Africa and throughout the diaspora, right on up to our present day experience here in the hells of north America. So the process does not put in as much as it draws out what is already pre-existing in our mind and spirit (our collective ancestral unconscious).
See: African Origin of Biological Psychiatry
WALK WITH ME / THE FOLLOWING IS A GUIDING SYNOPSIS:
ICEBREAKER: The Afrikan Origins of Civilization
The Greeks who did not know him, called him “Sphinx” “The Strangler” in Greek. But he is in truth “Her-Em-Akhet”, The Rising Sun “HeruOn The Horizon” In the language of the people of Kemet called, Metu Neter, “The Language of The Gods”. He faces east and each day he is enlightened by Heru rising as the sun, and thereby Symbolizing the overcoming of evil by the Light. Enlighten yourselves with RBG, overcome the evil of ignorance.
“Dr. Ben Teaches while in Kemet,
A 5 Clip Series”
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Some questions education relevant to Afrikan peoples development should Ask and Answer:
FUQ (frequently unasked questioned)
- Who am I?
- Why am I where I am?
- Why do I think as I do?
- Could I think differently?
- Why am I feeling the way I feel right now?
- What will happen if I ignore this feeling?
- Is there another way to interpret the world / and my situation in it?
- What part do/did I play in my situation?
- Why do I expect my circumstances to change if I continue to do the same things the same way?
- Is this way of living my last resort or is it Plan A?
- Do I have a Plan B?
- Should my Plan B be my Plan A
See:Problem Solving ,Critical Thinking & Decision Making
In the video that follows Dr. Clarke Speaks to our Afrikanity and humanities Afri-essence,explaining Dr. Cheika Ante Diop trailblazing contributions and much more
RBG CommuniVersity addresses the above metioned FUQ (frequently unasked questioned) in a uniquely thought provoking manner, by allowing our historians, scholars, raptivists, poets, authors and revolutionaries to do the teaching, and thus serve as our objectifiers. The school is a series of scholarly revolutionary higher education multimedia environments, presented using an Interactive Edutaining Teaching Methodology. The CommuniVersity’s target audience is the Hip Hop Generation (Blacks / New Afrikans born between 1965 and 1984) and their children. With strict attention to developing our student’s basic education skills in the context of the highest standards of academic excellence, suitable for one to confidently sit for high stake exams (ie. SAT/ACT and MCATs, LSATs), we simultaneously advance the psycho-emotional healing and spiritual upliftment of our people by providing KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM AND OVERSTANDING of the historo-cultural, socio-political and psycho-educational experiences of Africans in America in away that RADICALLY REAPPRAISES EDUCATION from the pained and angry perspective of the oppressed black community; while at the same time advancing an Afrikan centered academic process and solutions that are cognitive, psycho-motor and experiential in nature. Our approach is an integrated one as against subject-based segmentation.
> computers & information technology,
> history and cultural development,
> religion and spirituality,
> political science,
> creative productions/ entertainment,
> health promotion and disease prevention
> economics and
The method is to read and survey while you listen to audio from the RBG Blakademics Audio Player at the header. The player is a 100 Trax EduTainment tool that includes complete standalone lessons. Video players are self contained subjects, topics and lessons. You can also scroll and read to the audio of any given video.
This is what I have coined the “RBG Learning Method”. It enables you to cover , absorb and assimilate large amounts of information and data in short packets of time. This is because the functionality of the various curriculua are not predicated on rote memory, rather lessons are progressively advancing integrated interactive processes–you learn by dynamic rhythm and symbolism. The interaction of the media and your interacting with it is what teaches you so intently. Therein lays the staying power of the approach. All media components ( image, text, video and audio ) re-enforce, support and validate each other. This is why we suggest that you go to full screen view to interact videos with images more completely.
For example, studying RBG will teach you computer skills in real time. This is to say that in order for one to study lessons in a given classroom it requires scrolling up and down to activate and deactivate other media…this is a cognitive, psycho-motor and experiential activity / learning task.
Another example would be configuring your computer with RBG tools and applications (apps) in order to make it smarter. But, the learning has to be smart enough to make the school smarter. Its like progressing to another level. The more you play with the school to make it smarter the smarter it makes you. Downloading and installing the RBG Toolbar and search engine enables the potential for the highest level of integration.
N.B. UNTIL YOU LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SCHOOL BEST FOR YOUR LEARNING, IF YOU HAPPEN TO CLICK A LINK / EXTENSION AND IT LANDS ON ANOTHER RBG ENVIRONMENT PAGE, YOU CAN ALWAYS HIT YOUR BACK BUTTON TO PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING FURTHER LOST IN THE RABBIT HOLD. ONE OF THE MANY FUNCTIONS OF OUR SNAP PREVIEW TOOL IS TO PREVENT YOU FROM GOING SOMEWHERE YOU DON’T WANT TO GO. INTERNAL LINKS DON’T SNAP.
The Afrikan and ; Traditional Afrikan American Family Worldview / Definitional System / Conceptual Framework vs The European:
we, ours, us–not I, me, mines
collectivism– not individualism
spiritual-not material primacy
man & women were a complimentary dualism–not man vs women
;man in harmony with nature–not man vs nature
peace and harmony–not violence and greed…and I can go on and on.
So RBG (New Afrikan) education say’s
“I am because WE ARE and because we are therefore
What happens to and with me happens to My Family> My Community> The New Afrikan Nation (Afrikans in America) > To the Afrikan Race (race, we know is a European construct devised to oppress).
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF RBGz EDUBLOGS:
“sword of war “
symbol of courage, valor, and heroism
The crossed swords were a popular motif in the heraldic shields of many former Akan states. In addition to recognizing courage and valor, the swords can represent legitimate state authority.
The assets herein represent a series of multimedia digital classrooms (over 300 to date). Each blog has multiple inter-related lessons and each lesson has its own links /extensions for deeper layered study. Lessons are sectioned off by RBG dividers. We do not expect, nor do we recommend, that the serious learner attempt to cover everything in any given classroom in one session. Rather, we recommend that you study/enjoy/draw lessons at a pace that is most comfortable for you, bookmark the classroom and come back to continue where you left off at another point in time. So, the graduated learning process that characterizes the various inter-related and integrated RLOs (Reusable Learning Objects) and media assets is captured by the learner engaging the process. RBG is very intuitive and acute, so it gets smarter as the navigator advances in knowledge and skill. Lessons in classrooms of any given learning environment are related (horizontal integration), all the classrooms of that particular learning environment are related (vertical integration), and the various learning environments (websites / networks) are related (concentric integration). Thus the school is not only Afrikan in its conceptualization and content, but also, and most distinguishably, in its methodology-
In other words the college is behaving as “Dr.Marimba Ani teaches “Let the Circle Be Unbroken”. The acute learner inculcates the concept of Afrikan unity by interacting with the school. In this since, RBG is not only academic but experiential as well.
Thus, one knows when they know how the communiversity works when she/he is able to get anywhere from anywhere in two clicks-across the 5,000 plus RLOs and media assets. It is at that point the communiversity becomes a supreme scholarly research and content resource tool in the learners own work. She/he is now ready to cipher off assets to create her/his own derivitive products, to do their own teaching from.
To Learn More About How the CommuniVersity Works see:
WHY RBG (AFRIKAN CENTERED) EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT:
symbol of vigilance and wariness
Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.
With the present day high rates of Black on Black homicide, suicide, and imprisonment and a rise in single-parent homes, rampant police brutality, unprecedented unemployment, and Blacks use of popular (ENEMY) culture (through music, video games and popular movies) to celebrate “anti-intellectualism, ignorance, irresponsible parenthood, drunkenness, dope dealing, weed smoking, cocaine, x-pills, loose sexual behavior and criminal lifestyles / thuggism”; we have chose to design a curriculum that, rather than getting caught up in the entertainment / BLACKPLOTATION aspects of the hip hop / rap industry, will use hip hop culture/rap within a historo-cultural, socio-political and psycho-educational framework to address these various death walks forthrightly. Our new methodological style is intended to get our young people to begin to think critically about themselves, their world and their role as people of Afrikan descent.
“What I hear, I keep”
symbol of wisdom, knowledge and prudence
The implied meaning of the phrase “mate masie” is “I understand”. Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said.
What Is Culture & Why is it so important to proper education?
Our scholars teach on the subject in the Video Series that follows.
All of RBGz EduTainment / teaching-learning methodologies and content are presented in the tradition and spirit of Afrikan Symbolism (as well as our rich oral / musical traditions) as this is the way we learn, interpret and experience the world as Afrikan people–a right brain (hemisphere) function. This teaching/learning strategy goes to demonstrating the cultural-spiritual continuity of Afrikan people across time and space (from Kemetic to West Aafrikan to the diaspora). Thus, the learner that is a hearer is provided with the opportunity to grasp deeper meaning, and the hearer that has become a listener through mastering hearing receives meaning that is deeper still. Becoming a master hearer > master listener is the pre-requisite to becoming a teacher / healer in Afrikan educational pedagogy. So we are applying a traditional philosophical precept in the context of our westernized experience to project us in a positive and unified manner, working together doing what we do best for the collective advancement of the group. It is the reason why one of our rules of engagement is “a picture (image/symbol) is worth more than a thousand words”. RBGz images / symbols are what make you think (Think Tank) and learn so intently, and also what makes you feel so inspired. So we teach the same lessons on multiple levels to strike a responsive cord with our whole family by integrating all four forms of media (image, audio, video and text) in any given lesson/topic/subject. This is important to do because if our young people don’t see themselves in what we want them to learn then how can we blame the for not wanting to learn it! Hence the problem with us and Euro-education (mis-education and dis-education). Furthermore, we are also demonstrating computer skills that you will not learn at M.I.T., but are nonetheless more germane and in keeping with our way for development as a New Afrikan people.
WE ARE AN AFRIKAN PEOPLE:
symbol of endurance and resourcefulness
The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)
AFRIKAN CENTERED EDUCATION AND RBGz EDUCATIONAL MISSION:
symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life
Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.
African Centered Education is a system of sequentially planned educational opportunities provided for African heritage children, youth and young adults to develop the necessary and required skills to participate in the global marketplace with specific interest on the upliftment and empowerment of their African-American communities and the total development and growth of the African continent.
(Dr. E. Curtis Alexander)
RBG Street Scholars Think Tank’s educational mission is to develop in each learner a Luv of learning by providing an Afri-Centered interactive learning environment that fosters problem solving, critical & creative thinking, artistic expression and positive character development (through the principles of Nguzo Saba & MA’AT / see below ) — combined with a rigorous basic education skills development program that includes the language arts, math, science, and computer / information technology domains.
VIRTUES OF MAÁT
MAÁT: The symbolic representation of Maát as a human figure with outreached hands and wings, is the Netcher of the weighing of the soul in ancient Kemet. The heart of the deceased was believed to be the seat of the soul and it was where ones virtues resided. This symbolic weighing of the heart against the feather of truth (Maát) was performed to established the righteousness of the deceased. The scale of Maát was balanced after the recitation of the “42” Declarations of Innocence or Admonitions of Maát. pg. 91, NVCTC.
The Neophyte or students ultimate aim in Kemet was for a person to become “One with God” or to “become like God.” The path to the development of godlike qualities was through the development of virtue, but virtue could only be achieved through special study and effort. According to George G. M. James in his timeless work Stolen Legacy writes: The following of the 10 virtues were sought by the Neophyte in ancient Kemet. In the final analysis, the ancient Kemites sought Maát or to be more correct they sought to become one with Maát, the cosmic order.
(1). Control of thoughts
(2). Control of actions
(3). Devotion of purpose
(4). Have faith in the ability of [your] [teacher] to teach [you] the truth.
(5). Have faith in [yourself] to assimilate the truth
(6). Have faith in [themselves] to wield the truth
(7). Be free from resentment under the experience of persecution.
(8). Be free from resentment under the experience of wrong.
(9). Cultivate the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and
(10).Cultivate the ability to distinguish between the real and the unreal
“TRUTH IS LIKE LIGHTING WITH ITS ERRAND DONE BEFORE YOU HEAR THE THUNDER” Dr. Gerald Massey.
Principles of MAÁT
Admonitions of Maát
(Concepts for Living in Balance)
1)I have not committed sin
2)I have not committed robbery with violence
3)I have not stolen
4)I have not slain men and women
5)I have not stolen food
6)I have not swindled offerings
7)I have not stolen from God
8)I have not told lies
9)I have not carried away food
10)I have not cursed
11)I have not closed my ears to truth
12)I have not committed adultery
13)I have not made anyone cry
14)I have not felt sorrow without reason
15)I have not assaulted anyone
16)I am not deceitful
17)I have not stolen anyone’s land
18)I have not been an eavesdropper
19)I have not falsely accused anyone
20)I have not been angry without reason
21)I have not seduced anyone’s wife
22)I have not polluted myself
23)I have not terrorized anyone
24)I have not disobeyed the law
25)I have not been excessively angry
26)I have not cursed God
27)I have not behaved with violence
28)I have not caused disruption of peace
29)I have not acted hastily or without thought
30)I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern
31)I have not exaggerated my words when speaking
32)I have not worked evil
33)I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds
34)I have not polluted the water
35)I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly
36)I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deed
37)I have not placed myself on a pedestal
38)I have not stolen that which belongs to God
39)I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased
40)I have not taken food from a child
41)I have not acted with insolence
42)I have not destroyed property belonging to God
NGUZO SABA: THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES
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While the Nguzo Saba are commonly linked to the yearly Kwanzaa celebration, they have year-round applicabilty and should be reviewed frequently. In addition to the Nguzo Saba, other Kwanzaa components (such as libations) also come into use during the year. If you want to study our Kwanzaa material, it can be accessed from The Official Kwanzaa Web Site .
The first principle is a commitment to the idea of togetherness. This principle is a foundation; for without unity, neither the family nor the community can survive. National African-American unity begins with the family. Open discussions of family problems and their probable solutions are very important.
The second principle is a commitment to building our lives in our own images and interests. If we, as a people, are to achieve our goals we must take the responsibility for that achievement upon ourselves, for self-determination is the essence of freedom. This day calls for a reaffirmation of our commitment to Afrikan American’s struggle to build a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY
The third principle encourages self-criticism and personal evaluation, as it relates to the common good of the family/community. Without collective work and struggle, progress is impossible. The family and the community must accept the reality that we are collectively responsible for our failures, as well as our victories and achievements. Discussions concerning each family member’s responsibility prove helpful in defining and achieving family goals.
Out of the fundamental concepts of “African Communal Living” comes the fourth principle of Kwanzaa. In a community or family, wealth and resources should be shared. On the national level, cooperative economics can help African-Americans take physical control of their own destinies. On this day, ideas should be shared and discussed for cooperative economic efforts to provide for needs as related to housing, education, food, day care, health, transportation and other goods and services.
The fifth day of Kwanzaa is a day for reviewing our purpose for living. Each family member should examine his/her ability to put his/her skill or talent to use In the service of the family and community at large. Take time to reflect on your expectations from life: discuss your desires and hopes with family and friends. On this day you should try to determine if this purpose will eventually result in positive achievements for family and community.
The sixth principle of the Nguzo Saba relates to building and developing our creative potential. It involves both aesthetic and material creations. It is essential that creativity be encouraged in all aspects of African American culture. It is through new ideas that we achieve higher levels of living and a greater appreciation for life. Each family member should find creative things to do throughout the year that will enhance the family as a whole. On this day, poetry reading, songfests, dance exhibitions and the like, can aid in promoting the Importance of Kuumba.
The seventh principle is belief in ourselves as individuals and as a people. Further, it is a commitment to the development of the family and the national African-American community. African America’s goal of freedom rests significantly on our belief in our own ability and right to control our own destiny. Without Imani (faith), there is no possibility of victory.
Maulana Karenga, Ph.D.
7 September 1965