Author Archives: Family and Friends

NYT notes Mutulu and young Tupac’s backing vocals on ‘A Grain of Sand’ Album

A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle of Asians in America, a 1973 Paredon Records release, is widely recognized as the first album of Asian American music. Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, and William “Charlie” Chin deliver their activist message through simply–recorded acoustic guitars and vocals, with the occasional accompaniment of bongos, bass, and di zi, a Chinese flute. Soul, jazz, and blues elements are interwoven in the American folk style of the songs. The artists were also influenced by their solidarity with African American and Latin American social movements; for example, their musical collaboration with Puerto Rican duo Flora y Pepe and exposure to Latino artists while living in New York. The liner notes include a political statement by the musicians, lyrics, and a list of Asian American publications from the era:

All tracks can be purchased through Smithsonian Folkways

The album Yellow Pearl released on Paredon was the poetic and groundbreaking “A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America,” which included anthems like “We Are the Children” and “Free the Land,” featuring backing vocals from Mutulu Shakur (his stepson, Tupac Shakur, sang along to “A Grain of Sand” as a child, according to Smithsonian Folkways Magazine). It was recorded in two and a half days at a small New York studio and that no-frills spontaneity brings the music alive still.

New York Times, February, 10, 2021

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Support for Dr. Mutulu Shakur

The National Acupuncture Detoxification (NADA) is a not-for-profit training and advocacy organization, encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. This organization originated from Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s development and use of what is now known as the NADA protocol to treat heroin and methadone addiction. Thousands of healers continue to be trained through NADA to carry on this healing work in communities all over the world. Due to Dr. Shakur’s foundational role in bringing acupuncture to underserved communities in NYC, organizations such as NADA support his freedom.

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Acu-Points: Black Acupuncture Meet & Greets – July 26, August 2, 9 & 16 (Online)

The next four events in Dr. Tenisha Dandridge’s ‘Acu-points: Black Acupuncture Meet and Greet’ series will direct donations to the Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur organization. These online events are held every Sunday featuring Black acupuncturists from all over the country, and everyone is welcome to participate!

Register now on Eventbrite!

July 26 – 8pm EST
Dr. Lorena White on Women’s Health

August 2 – 8pm EST
‘Meet Our Elders’ feat. Dr. Tolbert Small, the renowned People’s Doctor and Acupuncturist in Oakland, CA

August 9 – 1pm EST
‘Meet Our Elders’ feat. Dr. Shadidi Kinsey, Dr. Shakur’s former student and acupuncturist at PEACE Health Center in Brooklyn, NY

August 16 – 8pm EST
Alison Reid-Bretell, Herbologist

Learn more about this fabulous medicine we all love. Ask us questions and get to know your melanated healers. What’s better than the gift of health, wellness, and peace of mind? Be sure to check the bottom of your confirmation email to get the link for the Zoom meeting!

By Any Means Necessary Radio Segment on the Struggle for Compassionate Release

Last week, Watani Tyehimba of the Friends and Family of Dr. Mutulu Shakur joined Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman to discuss the effort to get compassionate release for life-long radical organizer Mutulu Shakur, his recent diagnosis of life-threatening bone marrow cancer and medical mistreatment while incarcerated, and what people can do to spread the word about Dr. Shakur’s condition.

“By Any Means Necessary” on Radio Sputnik is hosted by Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman and aims to connect the political, social and economic movements shaping the world around us. With a sensibility informed by movements from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter with a dash of Occupy, the show elevates the people and narratives that (while often ignored) are driving some of the most important changes in the world.

‘Maroon My Love’ by Rev Love <3

Maroon My Love by @revlovemusic
Video directed by @kyjproductions
Produced by @isaacfaith718 and Rev Love for Youth Black Faith Records
Executive produced by Femmes on Film

Please download and stream the single and B-Side as all proceeds go to support Russell Maroon Shoatz and Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/maro…

https://open.spotify.com/album/02GC4y…#revolutionarylove

Premiere of ‘Dope is Death’ at the True/False Film Fest – March 6th-7th (Columbia, MI)

Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur is please to announce the premiere of this feature-length documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Mia Donovan.

‘Dope is Death’ has three showings at the True/False Film Fest:

Friday, March 6 – 11:30am at the Big Ragtag theatre

Saturday, March 7 – 12:45pm at the Showtime theatre at Blue Note                                  7:30pm at the Willy Wilson theatre at Ragtag

Passes to the film fest can be purchased at truefalse.org/attend/passes/.

For information on future showings stay tuned to eyesteelfilm.com/.