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Neely Fuller Tells The Do's And Don'ts For Black People

post image Neely Fuller is the author of The United-Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept.  This Code/book is a Compensatory counter- racist codified word guide.
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Jewish American Author, Rich Forer, Talks About Israel

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Though not a religious Jew, Rich Forer had been a loyal defender of Israeli policy all his life and zealously supported Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon. In response to what he perceived as growing global anti-Semitism, he became a member of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Angry that two of his most trusted friends resisted his views and surprised that a long-time Jewish friend would suggest that his opinions were not as factually based as he assumed, Forer began an intensive study of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, determined to discover the facts for himself.

With an uncompromising commitment to the truth, he went far beyond his original intention, even challenging his very identity. Reaching into the depths of himself, in a remarkable moment he underwent a spontaneous spiritual transformation in which he awoke to his true identity, beyond the limits of the ego and its enforced loyalties.

Feeling how his attachment to Israel had blinded him to the human dimension of the conflict and had led him to reject the other in a heartless way, Forer realized that the true root of conflict is one's presumed identity and the beliefs and images that emanate from and reinforce that identity, and that these presumptions are false and unnecessary. He discovered that in Truth we are all Muslim and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli. Forer had recognized the heart of Judaism, which embraces the Universal and identifies with all of humanity.

Forer's book: Breakthrough -- Transforming Fear Into Compassion
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Filmmaker and Author, Jeremiah Camara, Talks Black Leadership and Religion

post image Jeremiah Camara was once a member of one of the largest Black churches in Cincinnati, Ohio, his place of birth.

Baptized at an early age, Jeremiah moved to Cleveland, Ohio, shortly after high school, where he began his quest toward a deeper understanding of spirituality. He also taught himself to play the flute shortly after graduating from high school, and later took private lessons at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

While in Cleveland, he began to diligently study the Bible and gave serious thought to becoming a minister, or at least living an active life in the church. During that time, he attended a Baptist church, at least two or three times a week. Despite Mr. Camara’s heavily Jazz-infused upbringing, the only music he listened to at that time was gospel.

Like many, he felt the church could provide him with the substance he was missing in the way of answers, meaning and purpose in his life.

Growing up, he had not been raised in any one particular church. His parents were not consistent churchgoers, and never insisted that he nor his brothers and sisters attend church. Nevertheless, he did manage to go quite often.

There came a time, however, when he began to distance himself from the church; not because of a particularly bad experience or negative incident, but because he had begun to expose himself to other forms of thought, spiritual concepts and ideas.

“I began to see the church as just one source of guidance and inspiration. The diversity of the world and its kaleidoscopic array of infinite ideas and wisdom, would not permit my spirit to be confined only to the teachings of the church. It also disturbed me deeply to witness Blacks praising so much, but producing so little,” says Camara.

Jeremiah Camara returned to church, but this time as an investigator. Visits to churches of varying denominations, brought to light a common thread linking the vast majority. Mostly all, in his opinion, were preaching a gospel of powerlessness.

As the former owner of Word Up Bookstore, Camara created a videocassette documentary in 1989, Psychological Wars, which examined subliminal messages in sit-coms, cartoons and commercials that negatively impacted the psyche of African Americans. The documentary received international attention and endorsements by noted Black educators, Na’im Akbar and Jawanza Kunjufu.

Following a long investigative hiatus, he rediscovered this same theological impotence when he moved to the Atlanta metro area, where he quickly discovered that church was big business. He knew then the time had come for him to write a book shedding light on the many psychologically crippling aspects within the church that keep Blacks in a state of “Holy Lockdown.”

Jeremiah Camara is the author of the books:
•Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? and
• The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief

Camara is also a poet and has won several poetry awards; the most notable at The National Black Theater in Harlem, New York. He has performed poetry at the prestigious Apollo Theater, and is also the author of Smoke & Haze, a timeless collection of poetry, which reflects his vivid imagination, along with his prolific and sometimes humorous outlook concerning social injustice.

He branched out to blogging with video production by creating Camara’s Classics, Camara’s Contemplations and the acclaimed 10 minute, or less, video series, Slave Sermons. which addresses the perils of religious intoxication and the deleterious consequences of being theologically conditioned to rely upon supernaturalism and divine intervention to deal with critical issues.

Additionally, Jeremiah is the producer, writer and director of the full-length, documentary film entitled, Contradiction: A Question of Faith. Contradiction explores the impact of religious loyalty and how an unyielding commitment to faith in an omniscient and omnipotent being is affecting society, particularly the African American segment.

Camara made the film seeking to understand the paradox of the saturation of churches in Black communities coexisting in the midst of poverty and powerlessness and if there is a correlation between high-praise and low productivity.
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Prof. Robert Jensen Talks About His Book: Arguing for Our Lives -- a Primer on Critical Thinking

post image We live in a time when public discourse is more skewed than ever by the propaganda that big money can buy, with trust in the leadership of elected officials at an all-time low. In this lively primer on critical thinking, Robert Jensen attacks the problems head-on. He shares strategies on how to challenge "conventional wisdom" in order to confront the crises of our times, and offers a framework for channeling our fears and frustrations into productive analysis that can inform constructive action. Jensen connects abstract ideas with the everyday political and spiritual struggles of ordinary people. Free of either academic or political jargon, Jensen's book and message is for anyone struggling to understand our world and contribute to making it a better place.

Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and author of a number of books including Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity. He lives in Austin, TX.
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Author, Rich Forer, Offers a New Perspective into the Israel-Palestine Conflict: An Inward Journey

post image Though not a religious Jew, Rich Forer had been a loyal defender of Israeli policy all his life and zealously supported Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon. In response to what he perceived as growing global anti-Semitism, he became a member of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Angry that two of his most trusted friends resisted his views and surprised that a long-time Jewish friend would suggest that his opinions were not as factually based as he assumed, Forer began an intensive study of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, determined to discover the facts for himself.

With an uncompromising commitment to the truth, he went far beyond his original intention, even challenging his very identity. Reaching into the depths of himself, in a remarkable moment he underwent a spontaneous spiritual transformation in which he awoke to his true identity, beyond the limits of the ego and its enforced loyalties.

Feeling how his attachment to Israel had blinded him to the human dimension of the conflict and had led him to reject the other in a heartless way, Forer realized that the true root of conflict is one's presumed identity and the beliefs and images that emanate from and reinforce that identity, and that these presumptions are false and unnecessary. He discovered that in Truth we are all Muslim and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli. Forer had recognized the heart of Judaism, which embraces the Universal and identifies with all of humanity.

Forer's book: Breakthrough -- Transforming Fear Into Compassion
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Journalist and Poet, Shahram Vahdany, Tells us his Personal Stories of Iran and his Political Stories of Iran

post image Shahram Vahdany, poet and writer, is a long time human rights activist, who resides in Canada. He is a member of LAW (Lawyers Against the War) Co-founder of Modern Writers Community and Managing Editor at Media with Conscience.

Vahdany's grandfather and father were both members in the Shah of Iran's Army. And Shahram was the youngest to graduate from the Iranian Naval Academy at 17. He tells us his personal story of being imprisoned for treason for 18 months, fighting in the Iran-Iraq war and later, escaping Iran on horseback for 3 days, via Turkey, only to move to Canada and defend Iran against Israel's effort to engage her in war and the US application of sanctions against Iran.

Listen to his compelling, ironic and bittersweet personal and political story.
 
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