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They tried to kill Malcolm again the other day

June 8, 2013

by Paradise Free Jahlove

Malcolm Shabazz with Malcolm X portrait at LA Sentinel 0710-2 by LA Sentinel
Malcolm Shabazz sits before a portrait of his grandfather, Malcolm X, in the conference room of the Los Angeles Sentinel, a historic Black newspaper, as he speaks with the managing editor, Yussuf Simmonds. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, organizing and advocating for the Black community, Malcolm had traveled to L.A. with Bay View associate editor JR Valrey to cover the trial of killer cop Johannes Mehserle and organize support for justice for Oscar Grant. – Photo: LA Sentinel
The first time it was in an auditorium
This time they threw him off the top of a building
They are trying to break our spirits
But the truth is you can’t get near it
We don’t die, we multiply
We reload and come back stronger
While you embrace your sickness
And it makes you weaker and weaker
Haven’t you noticed the Mighty Ms, the Messiahs
The Malcolms, the Martins, the Muhammads, the Moors
The Mayans, the Marleys, the Meneliks, the Melchizadecs
The Marcus Garveys just keep on coming?
In order to kill us you will have to kill our Gods
And trying to stop the Sun from rising
Or the stars from shining would give you better odds!
You can’t stop Jah Time!
And this is I and I Time! Our time!

If you want to erase black, you are in the wrong universe
For this is a Universe of Color
And we are all carbon units, brother
So it doesn’t matter how big you make your telescopes
Or how powerful you make your microscopes
You are still going to see black
From the blackness of infinite space
To the dark matter in between!
Even when you want to meditate
And seek enlightenment like Buddha
You have to close your eyes and go through black
Or when you want to sleep and dream and refresh yourself
You have to close your eyes and go back to black!
Going back to nature is going back to black
Blackness is the way, the door, the truth!
So don’t be afraid of global warming
Not too long ago, before the coming of the ice age
And the ice people, only black people roamed the earth
And the only gateway for a soul to enter the world
Was through the black woman! And that time shall come again
As the whole planet becomes a tropical island
So we rejoin and rejoice in the Orisha Family right now
We are the Orishas and the Orishas are us
We are the Super Heroes and Herus
Gods and Goddesses we’ve been waiting for
And we will have our paradise!

Paradise is president of the International Black Writers & Artists Local 5 in Oakland and was honored by the City of Oakland with “Paradise Day,” on Oct. 6, 2007. Visit and email him at Paradise also facilitates the Buy Black Wednesdays Facebook page and group, hosts the Black Wednesday Show every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on and blogs at

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