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by Yugen Farad Rashan
Nikki Brown w/Yugen Rashad & HealthyBirth Initiatives at Columbia City Park.
This is a needed drop of Black History through the lens of murals. Spearheaded by a group of muralist, the late sculptor Charles Tatum, Isaka Shamsud-Din, and many others. I discovered Brother Shakur and myself in the clip. Wow.
Yugen wants everyone to have a chance to buy affordable, healthy food in their neighborhood or feel safe exercising in their local park.
Organized religion fails in its mission to ensure every human being matters.
These traditions often fail to reach the disenfranchised in a quantitative, qualitative
manner as evidenced by recent tragic events ( Connecticut, China, and Clackamas
County). Perpetrators of these acts were individuals betrayed by "Amerikan" culture.
Our society must uniformly embrace every individual: air, blood and bones,
period. For sure, we now understand what disenfranchisement looks like and how
it behaves in the built environment: i. e. on the street where you live. Music is not
only for entertainment but for healing the wounded, the hurt, & the disenfranchised.
This "universal vibe," and our connection to each other, honors the harmony we
endeavor to achieve in the social contract embedded in society.
By never meeting a stranger and not being choked by fear of an apocalypse
preached by pundits and organized religion. The cul-de-sac created by religious
fear creates unintentional disparities among us. Any ideology or movement that
creates division among us... count me out and remove my name from your list serv.
Frankly Beverly featuring Maze wrote a song WE ARE ONE.
Thank You G-d, Allah, Jehovah, Jesus, Buddha, and any and all idenitifiers of the
DIVINE - IS ONE.
I love you, Yugen
Yugen Fardan Rashad
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