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The Rebirth of the Jive Turkey

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If you gotta believe in something, why not believe in me?

Every urban city and black community has at least one. You know him, the juke and jive Pastor shouting verses from the good book to a needy audience, his words and tenacity on the pulpit matched only by his lust and reckless indiscretions in the streets. His congregation knows his shortcomings. They’ve heard about him and the bottle service girl at Aces. They knew what was up when young Daphne from the choir always stayed late with him after Wednesday Bible Study. They’ve smelled the weed on his breath. But he’s good though, his gift of gab is top of the food chain good. That’s what has gotten him to this point, his ability to talk his way passed you.

So, even when you see him do something questionable, and you approach him on it, he will find an adjective and verb combo to explain his bullshit away. You’ll hear his eloquent excuse and find yourself attracted to its eloquence, and that’s when he knows that he has you. He’ll reassure you of your concerns, smile until you smile back, and go on his way, a snake that you just petted like he was man’s best friend.

Every urban city and black community has at least one.”

He’s a jive turkey.

Dr. Umar Johnson calls himself the Prince of Pan-Africanism, which on its own is grounds to call this fool a jive turkey. Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Haile Selassie are some of the icons and advocates of Pan-Africanism. What has he done to even place his name in their presence? I’ll wait.

So, this jive turkey recently made the news because he posted a Facebook Live clip where he viciously attacked Sara Suten Seti, who is pretty jive in his own right. He calls him all types of nigga, he jokes that because Seti is light skinned that he’s a white man, all kinds of ignorant and jive ass commentary about Seti, throughout the 45 minute video clip. This coming from a man that is supposed to be a leader of the black conscious community. Philly skull cap low, These Hoes ain’t loyal ringtone exposing fake phone-calls, this cat really ended 2016 with a bang. You couldn’t make this video up if you wanted to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxlYCMN8M34

I wasn’t even going to mention it, though. I was into my holiday season, Umoja, Kujichagulia and all that. The Twilight Zone marathon was on, and that’s my shit so I was going to let it ride, but then this jive turkey goes and records another video, a backhanded apology for his nonsense where he blamed all of us for how the whole thing went down. It’s our fault that the whole thing went viral, our fault that his phone rang while he was fronting like he was on it, our fault that he called another Black man the word nigga over and over and over again. He said that people like us were never Team Poppa.

What??

Yes, he calls himself Team Poppa.

In the movie The American President, Michael J. Fox says, “People want leadership. And, in the absence of genuine leadership they will listen to whoever steps up to the microphone.” Alex P. Keaton was absolutely right. These jack-legged, fish-eyed fools always seem to get in where they fit in, entangling those who are in most need of guidance, anointed as leaders from their very own tongues, a self-proclamation of divinity, the great I AM, purposed with being your saving grace, for as long as you spend your tithes offerings or donations.

Where’s that school that you’ve been raising funds for the past five, six years to build?

Where’s your proof that you’re a descendant of Frederick Douglass? Ken Morris, an actual descendant of Frederick Douglas, issued a statement specifically denying your claim. You folk can read it right here.

Really my dude, who are you???

This cat, running around calling himself Dr. Umar Johnson can’t even prove that he has a PhD. His name is Jermaine Shoemake, a jive turkey that owes everything to social media. Read the facts about him here.

“These jack-legged, fish-eyed fools always seem to get in where they fit in, entangling those who are in most need of guidance…”

In this brave new world of fake profiles, fake likes, fake filters, fake news, and real hate, it’s more important now than ever that we scrutinize everything that comes across our screen. Because jive turkeys are getting more and more jiver by the minute.

P.S. I have been watching The Twilight Zone marathon for at least 25 years. They only made 156 episodes of the original series. But no matter how many times I watch the marathon, I see episodes that I’ve never seen before. I think it’s a conspiracy, or maybe something even deeper. I think the final episode of The Twilight Zone stars me, a hopeless chap that watches the same marathon every year only to find new episodes that he’s never seen before. Cue Rod Serling and the spooky music.

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A Riot of Entitlement

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1. If a foreign government had pulled off what occurred on Capitol Hill last week, that nation would currently be a rubble laden parking lot, bombed into the stone-age.

2. If BLM had pulled off what occurred last week, we would currently be having conversations like “Y’all remember freedom?” and “You ONLY got shot 6 times?!! Sheeeeit. Everybody else got at least 9… yeah we all in the studio recording now…”

3. Why is the foreign policy response more stringent than domestic policy when the threat is much worse due to proximity?

4. Why is the current law enforcement response akin to aiding and abetting simply because the assailants resemble, and in some cases are “law” enforcement? Do bullets not kill when your cousin is the shooter?

5. True privilege is complaining about your rights taken away right AFTER and BECAUSE you used those rights to violate others. Rights were granted by LAW and as such, can be rescinded… by LAW! Why does this even have to be explained?

Sidebar: For future reference, this is how you properly storm the Capitol! With Beyonce and legal votes!! Ahhhh 2012. The good old days! Make Inaugurations Great Again (MIGA Please!!) Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Reluctant to get the Vaccine?

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Do me a favor, Open your fridge door and tell me if you have any insight into the regulation of those products and how they got there?

Whatever vaccine you decide to take (or not take) will probably be more federally regulated and scrutinized than 90% of the items you currently ingest. You share joints with people, eat food with ingredients you can’t pronounce, order wigs and sweaters from all over the world in the name of fashion, then turn around and loudly protest and profess about a vaccine and science, some thing of which you know little about.

Here’s the fun part; you don’t want to take it but you DEFINITELY want to commingle with those who have taken it as precaution and those who are still susceptible. Why? Because f*ck ‘em that’s why! Must be nice to not care about others while simultaneously requesting they respect your choices.

I would be riding with y’all if you actually had control, but more importantly, CONCERN for all things consumed prior but we seem to lapse our standards when there is a clear and direct benefit to our preexisting lifestyle. Y’all are wild inconsistent!!

Sidebar; Most of us will die of complications from a poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes but I don’t see anyone putting the BBQ sauce down or skipping happy hour. Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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November 16th – Trump Wins!

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Well, it’s official; President Donald Trump wins again!

While former Vice-President Joe Biden received more votes than any candidate ever, including winning the controversial electoral college, incumbent Trump has declared victory on Twitter as recently as this morning when he proclaimed “I WON THE ELECTION!”

And this is great news for the over 70 million of us that voted for Trump. We saw our horse lose the race, saw it confirmed, and yet here we are in the Winner’s Circle… again! There is a God, and thankfully it’s the one I believe in and not one of the weird ones.

Make America great again, AGAIN!

I’m sure I speak for millions of Americans when I say we look forward to four more years of keeping America great. Let’s face it, America was a shithole country four years ago before Trump made it great again. He promised that we’d be sick of all the winning, and he was, as always, right.

I’m praying that we can all look forward to four more years of the same kind of peace, harmony, and fair distribution of wealth we have enjoyed during his first term. Covfefe!!

 

 

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