As I See It

“KEBUKA!,” An Unforgettable Memory

By Hakim Abdul-Ali There are times in my life when I have to step back and seriously reflect about many isolated, disturbing and poignant issues that affect me as a thinking “hue- man” being of color. “Life’s occurrences are symbolic metaphors in so many instances” is something that I always have to remind myself of.…

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Arduous Voyages

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s rap is rather simple in literary delivery, but it’s powerful in meaning. It’s about handling some of the distressing twists and traumatic turns in our lives. We all go through some “Arduous Voyages” in life as my mother used to call the difficult times in life that many “hue-mans” in her…

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Don’t Let Negative Folks Destroy You

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Today I’m going to rap to you about a very troubling situation that’s oftentimes occurring in our lives. And that is dealing with negativities floating all around us.      First, let me briefly set the scenario behind why I’m addressing this topic now. It’s based upon a rather impromptu  conversation…

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Taking A Pause

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     A lot of stuff is going on in the world. Some global ethnically abstract-minded “colored” folk, including some of them who are here in our own vastly racially separated and political divided nation, don’t even know or care about the real happenings and its signs that are flashing before their…

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Remembering Dick Gregory, “Our” Ultimate Activist

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Legendary civil rights activist and accomplished former entertainer Dick Gregory died on August 19, 2017. The news of his death caused a stone, cold pause in my thoughts generating  immense reflective respect for this great teacher and iconic freedom fighter. I have nothing but respect for him because Mr. Gregory, or…

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Charlottesville Delivers a Message

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   This past weekend, America experienced another shameful round in its continuing battle with some of its citizenry as it relates to the establishment of freedom, justice and equality for all. The menacing occasion, now sadly and tragically known to this country and the rest of the world was the alt-right movement’s…

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“A” Game Playas

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Sometimes, in the parlance of day-to-communications, I find myself encountering many different types of  “colored” souls of all ethnicities. These are fascinating experiences because I learn so much about others and myself. Take for an example, last week when I met and became engaged in a brief conversation with a young…

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Preservation Is In The Blood

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      Today, I’m going to talk about a very personal and close subject to my heart, and that’s the aspect of collecting, specially collecting Afro-related items. This reviving topic has been on my mind since I had a very rewarding talk via telephone with a fellow collector and writer from Chicago…

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The Artistic Brilliance of Tom Feelings

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s a polite and humble honor to recognize the greats of anyone’s culture, especially those souls who make and have made significant impact upon “hue-manity,” no matter whatever ethnic culture they claim as their own. So, it is with absolute joy that I bring to your attention my heartfelt respect and remembrance…

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Losers and Winners

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Life is a wonderful voyage and the living arena is not a trivial adventure. It’s the journey of a lifetime in more ways than one. Some alert and varied “colored” folk among us know that, and there’s also a rather large populace of disingenuous folk among “The American People,” who say that…

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