LEADER BEN AMMI DIES AT 75
Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, a former Chicago metal worker who led a migration of hundreds of fellow black Americans to what they consider their ancestral homeland, Israel, died on Saturday in a hospital in Beersheba, Israel. He was 75.
His organization, the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, announced his death on its website. The cause was not disclosed.
To his followers, who called him the father or the holy father, Mr. Ben-Israel was a prophet-like figure who maintained that he had a vision in 1966 in which the angel Gabriel told him to lead an exodus of black Americans to Israel.
Since the first African Hebrews arrived there in 1969, the community has grown to about 3,000 members, half of whom were born in Israel. Most live in the city of Dimona, at the edge of the Negev Desert in Israel, and two nearby towns.
The tale of two holy cities, the ‘Real’ Jerusalem & Mount Zion found in Tel Arad
The Hebrew Israelite Rabbi Howshua Amariel a well noted activist,researcher and Biblical Archeologist has discovered the site of the “real” mount Zion and the “real” Jerusalem. The Rabbi has an three decade tenure in the land of Israel in which he has become a prominent figure in the Hebrew Israelite Community as well as on the world stage at large. The Rabbi has been documenting his holy land finding since well into the 80′s and he is more than willlng to share with enthusiasm and fervence what he has discovered.
In recent years his exposure has begun to expound due to the popularity of the internet. Rabbi Howshua has recently been featured in the newly released documentary: The Cry from Mt. Ephraim “Arise & Let Us Go Up to Zion” Documentary (True Jerusalem and Zion). This film was produced by Ashira Ben Yisrael and sponsered by Eliyah Ben Ysrael. The documentary depicts Hebrew Israelites journeying to the land of Israel to learn of the true Mount Zion which is revealed to be located in Tel Arad. Rabbi Howshua welcomes the long awaited Israelites and gives them an engaging and candid tour of the ancient biblical sites, sources and history. These findings go beyond claim as Rabbi Howshua substantiates this monumental find with scriptures, artifacts, history and geography.
MY NAME IS NOBLE, I WILL BE REDEEMED
In the book Twice sold, Twice Ransomed in chapter one, Mrs. Emma Ray notes “Every slave, after be made free had the privilege of choosing a name for himself.” One such privilege is being violated and denied in the case of Noble Yehudah Ben Ysrael of Missouri. Noble and noteworthy is the ability and desire to return and reclaim ones prior estate. It is no secret that the children of slaves lost their name, heritage and prior recollection of self during the horrific institution of slavery.
Repairing this breech is pivotal to the awakening of the ‘children of ex-slaves’. So many wake up to reclaim their past, their culture and their name. Such is the case of Noble Yehudah who back in December 2012 took the proper legal steps to take advantage of his privilege. A short two weeks later he was pulled over in St. Charles county Missouri on December 31, 2012 for bearing a license plate issued by the Mu’ur Republic. Yehudah Ben was taken to and spend nintey-one days in county jail. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.
International Hebrew Prayer line celebrates 10th year anniversary
Hebrew Prayer line celebrates ten years of servicing the community with an invaluable resource. The prayerline team opens their hearts and phone lines six days a way to offering biblical teachings, emotional support and a platform for other brothers and sisters throughout the diaspora to connect. The second day of the week trough the sixth day of the week the sisters only line is open. Each day they read, dissect and discuss the scriptures chapter by chapter.
On the Shabbat day the line is open to an awesome line up of Torah, Hebrew word of the day, Deep thoughts, proverbs and psalms readings.
If you have not experienced the rejuvenation that this experience can bring, be sure to tune in and spread the word. To learn more about the prayerline community visit www.facetheland.com
Grammy nominated gospel group James Fortune & fiya starts viral #proverbschallenge. Thousands of Facebookers & Twitterites are reading collectively posting and sharing each day for the month of July. James & Fiya notable musicians are using their social muscle, bringing inspiration to many who may have not seen a bible in a years encouraging them to dust it off and get into proverbs. Some followers have even taken to youtube making daily vlog during their challenge. Youtuber A Faithful Life delivers a punchy animated interpretation of what she terms her "Gem Jewels" each day and YouTube Wisdom over book smarts went as far as to make a commercial for the event. Where is this all leading to there may be a collaboration in the works a sort of a wisdom fest to take place on the last day of the challenge ending with the World renown "Virtuous Woman" Proverbs 31chapter . A live group meeting among the participants is in the works to read at the same time and comment in real time.
Here are some vlogs from the #proverbschallenge
More black men are in prison than enslaved during 1850.
ColorLines' Thoai Lu is reporting that the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that as of 2008, there were more than 846,000 black men in prison, making up 40.2 percent of all inmates in the system. The article highlights a recent talk given by author Michelle Alexander, who puts those numbers in context. Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, told an audience at the Pasadena Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, "More African-American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began."
Alexander argues that prisons have become the latest form of economic and social disenfranchisement for young people of color, particularly black men. In it, she grapples with a central question: If crime rates have fluctuated over the years and are now at historical lows, then why have rates of incarcerated men of color skyrocketed over the past 30 years? The "war on drugs," which focuses primarily on communities of color, is the answer, although multiple studies have proved that whites use and sell illegal drugs at rates equal to or higher than blacks. Despite this data, four of five black youths in some inner-city communities can expect to be incarcerated in their lifetimes.
Alexander discusses how convicted felons are subject to forms of discrimination reminiscent of the Jim Crow era. This includes being denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education and public benefits, much like their parents or grandparents.
Alexander raises a pressing issue as states like Florida move to privatize prison systems and strip convicted felons of the right to vote even after completing their sentences. The only thing sadder than having more men in prison now than in slavery during 1850 is that many don't understand that slavery is still legal within the prison system. Indeed, it is the only place where slavery is still legal in the United States. It is clear that our community is in trouble. What are we going to do about it?
Read more at ColorLines.
By: Nsenga Burton | Posted: March 30, 2011 at 1:04 PM
Prophetic dry bones spiritually connecting the dots
As the dots appear on the spiritual grid more and more connections are being made. The real Jerusalem has recently been revealed to the world at large via a series of grass roots documentary film makers. These films have been sponsored, produced and shared by spiritually charged Hebrew Israelites and others in search of unadulterated truth.
Have you noticed the emergence of hundreds of thousands of Israelite videos, lessons and teachings on the internet ? Youtube features a myriad of Hebrew persona’s, ranging from the mild tempered, eclecticly entertainmenting, mentally adept even to down right over the top teachers. Who are these people? The viewing numbers indicate that the world is starting to take notice and in turn being put on notice with the message they bring.
'BLACK' LOVE IN A LIGHT WORLD
What does it mean to love being ‘black’? Created images and stereotypes plaster the walls and imaginations of we the people. Being ‘black’ has so many positive and negative connotations in today’s world. Scorned, glorified, degraded, revered, objectified, exploited and beguiled ‘blacks’ fight an up hill battle socially, physically and spiritually. For centuries the world used Euro-Centric lenses to view and interpret the depth and beauty of ‘blackness’. African, Indian, Asiatic and European cultures have all partaken of the light vs. dark skinned paradigm. In areas of art, media and entertainment the dark faces of society have been castigated, leaving an indelible mark on the consciousness of a melatoninated people.
DO 'BLACK' WOMEN BREASTFEED?
According to 30,000 plus supporters on the successful Facebook page ‘Black women do Breastfeed’ the answer is a resounding “Oh YES! we do”
‘Black’ women from all walks of life band together on a daily basis to show international support for the topic of breastfeeding in the ‘black’ community. The news feed on ‘black women do breastfeed’ bubbles over daily with questions,comments and concerns surrounding nursing mothers, infant children, pregnancy, mother’s to be jitters and body changing concerns. Health, economics of motherhood, marriage relations relating to nursing and social insecurities are spoken of and often addressed with love, resourcefulness and comforting words
LOST TRIBES FOUND
Whether on the streets of NYC or on the pages of YouTube it is no longer a secret about Israelite's in America. A few keystrokes reveals thousands of hits on their outlandish videos, in depth history lessons and hours upon hours of Biblical teachings. Exactly who are these people and what are they talking about.
Take time to listen to these people, beyond the outbursts of anger there is hurt and pain. Formerly know as African American, Afro American or Black and colored they have chosen to reject these bywords and labels to embrace their true identity; not as Africans but as Israelite. They cleave unto the Torah which many call the Bible, the same text which the Creator pronounced they would be plagued with curses and exile for disobedience. Join us as we highlight the lives of Israelite 's in the west, many of whom are not so outlandish, who are not over the top, those who are devoutly observant and returning to the Creator as one. It's time to take a closer look as more and more of the Lost tribes scattered abroad are coming to light.
Mahaleyah Goodman arrived on You tube a little over a year ago, her channel Diary of a Revolutionary has budded into a genuine and authentic source of nation news. A vetted resident of the land of Israel Mahaleyah landed in the holy land over 30 years ago. She was once a part of the Hebrews of Dimona and now works with several organization for the healing and restoration of our people. Recently she has given a voice to many who in time past have been silenced, Mahaleyah is the author of Israel's Secret Cult a book detailing her experience among the Hebrews of Dimona.
Budding Reggae artist Sojournah connects with producer Selektar Rebel of Idubs Music located in Nairobi, Kenya. This link-up produced her vibrant new single "Everything".
Hebrew Pre-school to opens In NC
T'helah Ben Dan founder of Kefar Publishing is taking things to another level. We were blessed back in 2012 by the release of several Hebrew Israelite Biblical tales such as 'And it was good' and ' My Forefathers'.
In addition to self-publishing much needs reading content for our children she is now forging ahead in the realm of Child Pre-school education with the anticipated opening of her new Pre-school Gam Makom Shalom located in North Carolina.
HOUSE OF YEHUDAH WORKING THINGS OUT
The nation of Yehudah a Hebrew Israelite initiative has joined alliances with Members of a better world a NGO located in Arad, Israel. Both organizations are on the path to helping the return of the children of Israel to the promised land. The Nation of Yehudah has weekly Blogtalk shows and a number of programs to the building up of our nation.
23 Year old Mayor of Dawson meets with the first twins of 2012
DAWSON, At city hall on an unseasonably cold Tuesday morning in late March the youngest African African Mayor of Georgia met with the first babies of Middleton, Connecticut 2012. The twins, brother and sister M'ale and M'layah from Connecticut were accompanied by parents Aadil , Faith, Sister Shiloh and Parrot resident proud first time Grandfather Aadil Al'Alim I. The twins were named the first babies of 2012 making headlines in Dawson & their hometown in Connecticut.