Category Archives: Tributes
For Yuri Kochiyama
I visited Yuri mid-April with my friend Patty Hirota. We didn’t expect much because the last couple visits she had been drifting in great discomfort. We were filling time browsing the wall of photos above her bed, cozied with her stuffed animals. She stirred a bit and seemed willing to eat. While feeding her I said, “Mutulu is coming up for parole in August.” She somehow sprung to life. “Where is he? What is happening?” Patty and I looked at each as Yuri went on, “We have to get everyone together…we have to help Mutulu,“ she repeated over and over. Then she lifted her frail hand in my direction and said, “you have to get everyone together.”
I shared this with Mutulu when Tatsuo and visited last weekend. Mutulu, as always, shared his deep concern for her. On the morning of June 1, dear sister Yuri finally left her body.
With loving respect for her wishes…”We have to get everyone together.”
From your last discussion concerning your visit to Yuri, I yearned for her to be free– something that we do not like to say to each other. But most of my life Yuri’s spirit has been a comforting factor in all matters to our lives in struggle. A true ally and sister, friend and comforter. The last stages of her mental capacity must have been a task for her to comprehend. But knowing her and the many agendas she entertained, no thought, no statement, no directive did not have a precise objective. She was a person with a driving thirst to accomplish, and in her next life we better get on our p’s and q’s. She will be guiding our lazy spirits that yearn for rest. We must answer Yuri’s call and her example of a thriving spirit in all stages of existence.
Protected: Statement on Gil Scott-Heron and Geronimo ji-Jaga
Protected: Malcolm X Birthday Festival Statement (May 2009)
Honoring Dr. Beatrice Kinsey
STATEMENT BY DR. MUTULU SHAKUR ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE HEALTH ACTIVIST AWARD TO DR. BEATRICE KINSEY
It brings me great joy to bestow the Health Activist Award upon our sister Dr. Beatrice Kinsey. This is the first award granted in the field of acupuncture from our community to one of our own.
Dr. Kinsey searched out The Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (B.A.A.A.N.A.) in Harlem in the late 1970’s. B.A.A.A.N.A. was the forerunner of New African acupuncture in Harlem and North America. Our organization was under intense repression and media attack for providing alternate health care in general as well as for treatment of drug addiction. Dr. Kinsey chose our school knowing the risk of being labeled politically and professionally.
B.A.A.A.N.A. was not just a health care provider. It maintained a connection and support for the various struggles of self-determination of Third World people. As a result the FBI’s Counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) targeted and attacked B.A.A.A.N.A. in the early 1980’s to the degree that we were unable to survive in that form.
Remaining in our community, Sister Beatrice followed our first B.A.A.A.N.A. graduate cadres under the able and dynamic leadership of Sister Dr. Urayoana Trinidad at the First World Acupuncture Association of Harlem.
Finishing her training at First World, Dr. Kinsey was accredited internationally by the International Association of Acupuncture headquartered in Montreal. Our historical ally and professional master of acupuncture Dr. Mario Wexu representing the great Dr. Oscar Wexu did this.
Dr. Kinsey fought with Dr. Trinidad to force New York State to fulfill its obligation and commitment, demanded by the earlier work of B.A.A.A.N.A. to establish acupuncture licensing in New York. The end result has brought into reality the organization Positive Education Always Corrects Errors (P.E.A.C.E.) Health Center located in our community of Brooklyn making alternative health care available to our people.
What I’ve outlined is a description of what our Sister Dr. Beatrice has done to become a healer. I will attempt to outline the type of person she is to master the art of healing. The art of healing requires a high form of spiritual intuitiveness. The struggle to learn acupuncture over the last three decades within the context of our political and philosophical view was not easy. It required a realistic New World view after experiencing COINTELPRO and the resistance of the American Medical Association.
The skill of treatment required that we become spiritually based. I’m not talking about the “spirit” unconnected to matter or spirit on a cerebral intellectual level. I’m talking about the spirit, which is a part of your own spirituality that gives you an appreciation of cosmic inter-relationships. One’s ability to relate to metaphysical levels of experiences. It unites thought and feeling and therapy. Specifically and most important as a healer the spirit gives us health intuitiveness, an understanding of our environment, community and interpersonal thought that guides us to our future. A future unattainable without the spiritual guidance in “Bolekaja,” a Yoruba term meaning “Come on down let’s fight.”
This is the type of person Dr. Beatrice Kinsey is. We thank you Sister Beatrice. It is my hope that a tradition has been established in honoring you.
It is written, “Be not impatient in delay but wait as one who understands when spirit rises and commands, the gods are ready to obey.”
The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart-this you will build your life by. This you will become. Congratulations on Becoming.
I am honored to be a part of this history.
PREPARE FOR WAR
DO ALL WE CAN FOR THE PEOPLE ALWAYS
Dr. Mutulu Shakur
Letter to Biggie’s Family
THE SHAKUR FAMILY EXTENDS OUR SYMPATHIES TO MS.WALLACE, SISTER FAITH, AND BROTHER BIGGIE’S SON AND DAUGHTER.
To Brother Biggie’s Family; We believe the lost of Biggie and Tupac will have a tremendous impact on our younger generation. When all the facts are received and analyzed, it will show through all the negative and false accusations and unprincipled actions in the public which is where our young draws its influence, Brother Biggie acted in a principle way toward our son and his public actions were principled by their very nature which was true to the life game in which he lived.
Our family has not come to any final conclusion as to who killed our son, Tupac. Nor, why he was killed. His murder and the death of Yafeu “Kadafi” Fula son of Yaasmyn Fula and P.O.W. Sekou Odinga a month after Tupac, and the senseless murder of Javana Thomas the daughter of Freedom Fighter Innie Thomas and the late B.L.A commander JOHN THOMAS has our family and extended family in constant grief as well as searching for the truth in all matters. It has always been our position that with no investigation, no right to speak or act. We are continuing our investigation as to determining the truth of all actions and the matters associated with reasons; thereby determining our actions.
We do know that Brother Biggie was a part of an industry that has been under attack from the highest form of government officials. They have targeted Tupac, Sister Souljah, Ice T, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg to just name a few. The object of this attack reportedly was the lyrics’ contents and the connection to crime. “If” this is/was the only case why would devil worshippers (music and artist) not be hounded out also? Since they openly worship the devil in a so-called, God fearing country. (Their music and profane religion outright denounces the government while preaching mayhem, destruction and even death to their parents, government and even nonbelievers in their philosophical satanism).
Yes, we must take responsibility for our own actions. We must acknowledge that we have powers to shape minds and souls. Tupac, Biggie and Yafeu all could bring us closer to the real deal or turn us in upon ourselves. That power is not easy to comprehend when your only goal is to “come up”. The struggle of saving and speaking for has been a tremendous task for most if not all leaders. But, this government and those who have profited from the music culture of Black people; really know “power” and how to utilize it both internally and externally. Their goal has been long range and very specific to their economical survival and political agenda.
Whereas our loved ones; our rappers, wanted to explain their pain and identify from where they came, and describe their present life and at times asked us to hope for a better tomorrow, if all things were fair. If our family’s (Shakur’s) lack of response to rumors and allegations contributed to any confusion as to what principle we stand on; let it be known and clear!! We do not believe in COINCIDENCES. We believe history has demonstrated that the murders of Black people (young & old) who can have a profound impact; those who refuse to “Bow Down,” even if they themselves are not clear on the reasons why, have and will be targeted by the government at its highest level. These murders have historically proven over time to have the hand of government secret agents or the stimulation by the government for negative responses and was initiated by these agents working on behalf of the government and their secret agendas.
We mourn Brother Biggie and Tupac with the rest of the Black Nation because they (our son, brother, father and leader in their own rights) have clearly been victims of a set of circumstances which was implemented outside of their control and/or ability to influence. While I disagree with the method of discussing issues of our internal contradictions in the entertainment media. Tupac in his Makaveli record clearly changed his wrongful view of who shot him and who was heading it in New York, and why? That’s not to say that we know the Makaveli allegations is correct, only that any “Fan” of Tupac’s would surely have known that Tupac revised his wrongful (stance) against Biggie’s involvement concerning his shooting in New York. And he wanted his “Fans” to know it.
It is common knowledge that Brother Biggie was under surveillance by the FBI or other government agents. And his every movement was reportedly being watched concerning a parole or possible parole violation. How come those agents did not protect him, or at least apprehend or pursue the people who did the shooting? (and, the same must be said, for my son Tupac). The tactics by law enforcement agencies in the past have been to arrest these high profile artist on gun violations. Leaving them in a “catch 22″ situation to violate parole by defending themselves. Or leaving themselves defenseless making them easy prey for a would be assassin and stick-up kid. Surely, the FBI was at the party.
Afeni and I have never supported a Crip vs. Blood feud as presented by the Las Vegas Police concerning our son’s assassination. And, I have always pushed the “Codes of the Thug Life”. Which demands that the various crews select representatives and sit down as the peace table and talk about any disputes and misunderstanding that falls between them. Our life is committed to our people, even with the death our our own Tupac and Yaki. (They are not the only martyrs of our family killed under questionable circumstances, and probably won’t be the last. Though I pray otherwise). If we, on the East Coast and the West Coast or the Crips and Bloods (as well as other rival Black Gangs and Street Organizations) began to kill each other (ourselves) over or, for unclear reasons in revenge for matters we are not sure of, we will be killing good potential warriors, who will be needed greatly in the face of OUR REAL STRUGGLE against THE REAL ENEMY (Like you don’t know!!!) who has masterminded the dissension that now exists between families of the same Nation by eradicating ourselves with (Black on Black) crimes.
What we must understand is that our warriors are needed when it has been proven beyond contradiction that the CIA were principal importers of Crack Cocaine and Cocaine period into the hood, initiating the newly created Drug laws that were blatantly racially motivated to set into motion tactics of genocide to destroy and lock away our brothers and sisters for the rest of their lives. They have also created conditions that breed the worst in us. Look at how long the struggle in South Afrika was extended because of the fighting of (Afikan on Afrikan) Zulas against A.N.C and P.A.A.C.
Rap music and the Hip-Hop nation is a movement unclear of its final objectives, but a movement nevertheless, with potentials this government already fully understands and is prepared to destroy. If we look back in our history on the Black Nationalist Movement, the assassination of Bunchy Carter and John Huggins two great Panthers on the West Coast by the members of U.S. organizations ran by Mr. Ron Karenga. Afters years of my investigation as a member of the National Task Force for COINTELPRO Litigation Research, in connection with Geronimo Ji-Jaga’s trial. The motivation and participation in the murders by the FBI has been proven beyond a doubt. The murder- assassination of Robert Webb, a West Coast Panther functioning out of New York, killed on 125th St. and 7th Ave, sparked a vengeful killing of another great Panther, Sam Napier.
The assassination of Robert Webb was revealed to be FBI motivated as well as their direct participation in his assassination which in design was to split the parties East Coast and West Coast connection. At that time many of us functioned out of our emotions and ignorance and played into it. These types of specified killings helped to destroy our movement, accomplishing the governments’ goals. Don’t go for it!!! Learn from our past mistakes…Act at all times by rationale and reasoning. We do not want the death of Tupac or Biggie to be used as a base for internal fractional side contradictions. Nor for Biggie and Tupac to be used to fuel further strife, dissension, and destruction internally by the Federal/Mass Media governing the situation.
In the name of Biggie and Tupac, stop playing yourselves, and start putting resources into the real struggle. Show love to your warriors, pay attention to the game that’s being played on/against us. SEARCH FOR TRUTH!!! Don’t look at who shot Biggie and Tupac, but WHY they were shot. Don’t be fooled by the media that (seldom if ever had a kind word for rappers) has never shown real concern for your/our welfare. STOP FAKING TUFF…BE TUFF…!!!
Remember Biggie for being a principled man, not playing into the media’s hype; jumping the gun even in the face of some clear disrespect which I apologize for. Don’t allow them to continue to play them. Instead show them love…Tupac and Biggie will talk on another plane.
Let Tupac’s and Biggie’s fans grow into a true bond like when they first started out.
Let’s do it for them!!! Continue to search for truth.
May ALLAH give comfort to Brother Biggie’s family. Especially his offspring as well as friends and fans. MUCH LOVE TO YOU, BIGGIE!!!
To all the Thugs; Live by the code, protect yourselves at ALL times. Failure to do so could cost us all.
DR. MUTULU SHAKUR