News Letter   Vol.1  01/04/00

Welcome to the First Edition of the the new century. Logical Thinkers Newsletter. This newsletter has been created to add some thought provoking insight to the events that have taken place in the last week. I will be trying to get information on the top stories on a weekly basis that matter to all people of color living in America. I am trying to cut threw the Bull that you usually get from the main-stream news organizations, and present the things that they so conveniently leave out when the media reports the news. I receive so much good information on my travels on the web that I just had to Make a news letter to pass this information on to all the folks I can. I will try to keep up and send out a news letter like this one on a weekly basis. 

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This Weeks Topics

  • "The passing of Curtis Mayfield"  Jazminda(X)
  • "Did everyone's computer survive the Y2K Bug?" B.C.Freeman
  • "legal information you may find interesting"  Jazminda(X)
  • "Bradley Delivers Address on America in the New Millennium"
  • "Something to think about.  Will You Stand For Jesus?" Jazminda(X)
  • "Driving while black' study begins in N.C". DENNIS PATTERSON 

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Brothers and Sisters,

It deeply saddens me to hear about the loss of Curtis Mayfield 

as he was a musical legend and one of my
favorite artist. What impressed me most about Curtis
was he was very active in the civil rights era, and his
proactiveness was deeply rooted in his songs.

He used the lyrics of his songs to educate, promote
unity, instill self determination, and awareness, among
our people.

These themes were captured in such songs as:

   * Choice of Colors
   * Keep On Pushing
   * Fred Is Dead
   * If There Is A Hell Below
   * Were A Winner
   * This Is My Country

   This is My Country

   "Some people think
   That we don't have the right
   To say... "This is my country'
   Before they give in
   They rather fuss and fight
   Then say... 'This is my country'
   But I've paid 300 years or more
   Of slave driving sweat and whips on my back
   This is my country'"

Curtis wrote these words in the late 1960's,and they
reflected a new attitude which was evolving in the
minds of many African Americans.

Curtis music was also banned by many white radio
stations who knew that the songs had double meanings
associated with them.

My favorite records in which Curtis recorded also
include, but are not limited to:

   * So In Love
   * Tripping Out
   * Love Me Now
   * Describing The Makings Of You

I would have to say that of all the songs in which
Curtis sung,"Choice Of Colors" is my favorite.

Since Curtis is so special to me, I'm going to close
this email in song, and everybody knows I can't sing.
lol Bare with me I can't find the CD to this
particular song , therefore I'm only going to sing
what I remember.

   If we had a choice of colors
   Which one would you choose my brother
   If there were no day or night
   Which one would you prefer to be right

   People must prove to the people
   A better day is coming
   For you and for me
   With just a little bit more education
   And love for our nation
   Will make a better society

   Well some of us
   Would rather cuss
   Then to bring ona little trust .....

If anyone has the lyrics to this song I would really
appreciate if you send it to me. Any CD's by Curtis
will also be gladly appreciated .

Curtis will be surly missed. However, I'm sure he's in
heaven right now jammin with Grover, Marvin, Eddie,and David.

Please sign the guestbook on behalf of Curtis
Mayfield's Tribute:"

Adam Jackson
Rosebush Productions Co.
December 31, 1999-5
People celebrating the year 2000 as the turn of the millennium are behind the times.

As A.D. (Anno Domini) replaced B.C. (Before Christ),  so has A.M.M.M. (After Million Man March) supplanted A.D. The time is now year 5 A.M.M.M..  The New Year changes on the Day of Atonement, October 16, the anniversary of the march.

The world as we knew it has ended. We are living in a new time, based on a modern perspective of the African-American experience with its chosen people and their future, history, heroes, exodus, tragedies, and triumphs. We should continue developing our culture and put together our program of national boundaries, arts, laws, economics, education, healthcare, spirituality, athletics, etc. We should be in control of our culture and continue sharing it with the rest of the world to make it better.

We plan to further define this entire concept in the future. For now, whenever possible or appropriate, we write dates as above until the new understanding is more widely circulated and accepted. Thanks for reading, responding to, and repeating this thought.

Did everyone's computer survive the Y2K Bug

 Dear Friends:
            I hope that your computers were able to
withstand the power of the Y2K Bug. I think that mine made it
without a problem. I am beginning to believe that maybe there was
no real problem only an opportunity for computer companies to make
easy money by scaring people . I note that from what I have seen
countries who had virtually no Y2K compliance have had no reported problems.  

What do you think??????

Your Friend,

Brothers and Sisters,
Here is some legal information you may find

In the September '99 issue of Ebony magazine, the DWB
(Driving While Black) article showed a white male
police officer dragging a middle-aged"Sister"
out of her car! While many brothers (including me)
have been subjected to harassment by police while
driving, few people understand that many Sisters and
their teenage children have to undergo this
unnecessary and life scarring treatment as well.

There is a new legal program that is provided by a 28
year old New York Stock Exchange company that many are
not aware of but everyone that hears of it is very
interested or knows someone that needs/wants it.

The New Legal Shield Plan provides 24 hours a day, 7
days a week access to attorney telephone
representation if you (or a covered family member) are
stopped by police for DWB (Driving While Black), etc.

You simply show the Legal Shield card to police or
security personnel which states: "If it is your
intention to Question, Detain or Arrest me, I
wish to call an attorney immediately."  (The card has
your name (or your spouse or child's name) and states
that you have 24/7 access to call your plan
attorneys in any state, even while traveling.)

In addition, legal plan membership includes: Attorney
"representation" for civil lawsuits or job-related
criminal charges and IRS audits or moving traffic
violations (i.e.: vehicular manslaughter, negligent
homicide-most people do not know their car insurance
does not cover these and if we are charged you go to
jail), attorney letters or phone calls on members
behalf, "unlimited" attorney telephone consultations
for personal or business related matters, a free Will
with annual updates and much, much more!

All for only $26.00/month and covers the entire
Family, an incredible value and very few people know
it is available!

My family's stresses have been taken care of and we
have saved over $8,000.00+ in the past 14 months since
becoming a member. (copies of letters lawyers wrote
are available to share with you)

We only use AV rated (highest rating) Law Firms as our
Provider Firms and the protection is nationwide as you
or family members travel for business or pleasure.

To get a true picture of this incredible program I
invite you to visit my website (the company gives a
web site to all associates) and see the credibility of
the company, quality of law firms used, how our
memberships can help you and your listeners, and last
but not least how your organization (or you) and
others that can generate hundreds to thousands of
every day (company pays commissions daily).

As a membership application is received, funds are
deposited into your account the same day! You send in
$36.00 ($26.00 + $10.00 application fee, company sends
you $93.74 to start, and as much as $171.00)

The Fund Raising program for your church or school,
etc., (or business opportunity for you) generates
$93.75 (up to $171.00) for every $26.00 membership,
yet it only costs $249.00 to become an associate. So
you inform the public of this new legal service your
organization (and/or you) receives almost $100.00 for
something others need and want once they become aware
it exists.

There are many individuals (just like I did) across
the country that would be interested in an opportunity
to become the person in their community that everyone
calls when they want legal help/ HMO type insurance or
need to speak with an attorney for a job related
issue, car accident, insurance company not wanting to
pay, car repairs not done properly, real estate
contracts, warranty not honored, etc.

Take care and God Bless,

David Allen, MBA

"Free Legal Checkup" visit:

"Our Nation Has The Ability To Resist Almost Anything,
But Not An Idea Whose Time has Come."
Harland Stonecipher, Founder & CEO
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.

A bill will be heard in Congress next week to prohibit affirmative action in
admissions for ANY institution of higher education that receives ANY federal funding (Pell grants, loans, etc.).

This would end affirmative action in EVERY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY IN
Rep. Frank Riggs (R-CA) Chairman of the House Education
Subcommittee on Children, Youth, and Families is planning to offer
an ANTI-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION in admissions amendment when the Higher Education Act
is voted on the floor NEXT WEEK.
The amendment would prohibit all institutions of higher education
from using affirmative action in its' admission decisions. If even one student
at the institution receives federal funds (i.e., Pell Grant or Student Loan)
they would be violating federal law under this proposal.
Affirmative action would be illegal even if the school believes it is necessary

to insure a diverse student body, or to remedy past
or present discrimination. E-mail address:
Congressman Frank Riggs - U.S. House of Representives
Call members of Congress (202) 224-3121 and the President (202)
456-1414. They need to hear from us the importance of affirmative action.


From: "Lorraine Williams"

** Bradley Delivers Address on America in the New Millennium **

In a speech today outlining his vision for the new millennium, Bill Bradley called upon America to meet the challenges of this new era.

Bradley invoked the "faith in our future" that has characterized this nation of pioneers and immigrants, and challenged the American people to make the "21st century even more of an American Century than the 20th." As we head into the new millennium, note
d Bradley, we must apply this pioneer spirit, along with our recent prosperity, toward addressing the challenges the face our country.

"We must use our prosperity and our new technology to lift up those who are struggling, and ease the uncertainty that so many Americans still have about their economic well-being," said Bradley. "...We can't afford in this new age to leave anyone behind."

Find out more about Bill Bradley and the other Candidates.

"Click here "

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Brothers and Sisters,

 Something to think about. 

Hotep, Jazminda(X)    

 Will You Stand For Jesus? One Sunday morning during service, a 2,000-member congregation was surprised to see two men enter, both covered from head to toe in black and carrying sub-machine guns.   One of the men proclaimed, "Anyone willing to take a bullet for Christ remain where you are. " Immediately, the choir fled, the deacons fled, and most of the congregation fled. Out of the 2,000 there only remained around 20.   The man who had spoken took off his hood, looked at the preacher and said, "Okay Pastor, I got rid of all the hypocrites. Now you may begin your service. Have a nice day!"   And the two men turned and walked out. ===== 

"Yesterday is History.  Tomorrow is a Mystery. Today is truly a gift....That's why it's called the Present." Note: Literature sent is not necessarily the opinion of the mailer, she is a conduit for the masses.


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  2. If you missed Wonders of the African world with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Brothers and Sisters,
Of all of the emails in which I have sent you in the
past three years, this one is among the most
important. I'm really feeling this piece. Please read
and distribute widely.




There is a real distinction between real black
leadership and leadership that just happens to be
black.  As we close the 20th century and move ever
so swiftly into the 21st century, we must clearly
define what authentic effective leadership is for our
communities. Dr. W.E.B. Dubios prophetically stated
that "The problem of the 20th century is the problem
of the  color line" or racism?

Racism is not a permanent proposition.  We should not
so easily resolve that "we just have to live with it"
nor should we feel that we must, "get over it" or "get
around it." We can, must and will eradicate racism in
the 21st century.  Just as legal chattel slavery in
America and legal apartheid in South Africa were
temporary, so is institutional racism in America,
temporary.  Any Leadership that proclaims the
permanency of any form of oppression is a leadership
not fit to lead.

However, after saying all that, I submit to you that
the challenge for Black Leadership in the 21st century
is to develop the organizations and collective
leadership that will lead us to the obtaining and
maintaining of Political and Economic "POWER," to go
along with our already God-given spiritual power.  The
black leadership quest for the 21st century is indeed
a quest for power.  When we say "Black" leadership, we
must then ask the question;  What does it mean to be
black?  Or better yet what makes a person black?  It's
not our skin pigmentation because some of us are light
skinned and nobody is asphalt black.  It's not our
African features; broad noses, full lips or course
hair, because some of us have pointed noses,thin lips
and straight hair.  So what makes us black?
Blackness is a political statement and a cultural
declaration of solidarity as a people who have a
common African ancestry and a common history of

In order to effectively deal with the acquisition of
power in the 21st century, we must go back to our
original critique of making the distinction between
"Real Black Leadership and Leadership that happens to
be Black."

Real Black Leadership is authentically rooted in and
genuinely committed to the Black Community and is
anointed by the masses, not appointed by the media or
the classes.

Leadership that happens to be Black has no authentic
roots in, or solid commitment to the Black Community
and is appointed by the white power structure and
media to be an overseer and a partner in the political
and economic oppression of the Black Community.

Real Black Leadership views their blackness as a
cultural declaration and statement of political
solidarity with the Black Community and is willing to
be held accountable to black organizations and a black

Leadership that happens to be Black is in denial of
their Blackness and states that Blackness is something
they just so happen to be.They will "sellout" the
Black community to the highest bidder, usually a White
developer or White Politicians.  They will justify
their betrayal of the Black Community by calling it
"economic development," and "political propagmatism"
when in fact it's  "economic exploitation" and
"political cronyism."

Real Black Leadership is principle centered, people
centered and will readily adhere to a collective
leadership philosophy and a collective decision making

Leadership that happens to be Black is egocentric,
individualistic and often uses their Blackness as a
"Front" to fulfill a personal agenda for personal
aggrandizement. This type of leadership builds fan
clubs and calls them organizations and suffers from
delusions of grandeur while building personality
cults, not collective leadership.

Real Black Leadership  boldly challenges the  system.
They are not afraid to "put it on the line" and
challenge white supremacy and its political and
economic oppression of the Black community.

Leadership the happens to be Black, is co-oped by "the
system" and is on a mission to maintain the status quo
even if it means "selling out" its beloved Black
community. This kind of leadership "goes along to get
along," and prioritizes "the party over the people."

Real Black Leadership wants us to never forget our
enslavement and fights for reparations and justice.
This type of leadership fights against institutional
racism, classism and sexism.  It builds on our
historical legacy of resistance from civil rights to
human rights, from integration to separation, and from
reform to revolution.

Leadership that happens to be Black suffers from an
acute case of historical amnesia.  They want us to
forget slavery and stop blaming the system for our
problems.  This is a type of "pull yourself up by your
boot straps" leadership that blames Black people for
their oppression and lets "the system" off the hook.
They must be reminded that any analysis of the
condition of an oppressed people that excludes the
oppressor will always conclude by blaming the

Real Black Leadership proudly asserts their African
heritage and readily identifies themselves as Africans
or African Americans. This leadership understands that
"we may have come over here in different ships but we
are all in the same boat now."  And that "the blood
that binds us is thicker than the waters that divide
us."  This type of leadership proclaims that
whether you are an African born in America, an African
born in the Caribbean, or any where else in the
diaspora, we are all one proud African family destined
to be free.

Leadership that happens to be Black suffers from an
identity crises and readily identifies with the labels
that their host oppressive nation provides for them.
These are leaders in America who denounce their
African-ness and proudly proclaim that they are plain
and simply "Americans."  These are leaders in the
Caribbean and Africa who denounce their African-ness
and act more British than the British.
These are leaders who suffer from low self-esteem and
self- hatred, and who believe whole heartedly in the
superiority of their white oppressors.

Real Black Leadership is balanced and flexible with
strategy, but uncompromising and rigidly committed to
principles and values. This type of leadership
understands that there is a time for protesting and
marching, and there is a time for building
institutions, economic development and self-reliance.
But at no time do you compromise your principles and

Leadership that happens to be Black is rigidly
committed to "safe strategies" and readily compromises
its principles and values for personal gain.  This
type of leadership falsely promotes economic
development and denounces marching and protesting as a
"thing of the sixties."  They fail to see the
connection between social activism and economic
development as a means toward social change and
community empowerment.

Real Black Leadership is a radical visionary
leadership that sees with their biological eyes the
conditions of the Black community for what it is in
reality, while simultaneously sees with their minds
eye a vision of how powerful and magnificent the Black
community can be in the future. This type of leader is
a "prisoner of hope" and eternally optimistic.

Leadership that happen to be Black has no vision for
the Black community and sees leadership as the "art of
deal making." They claim that "there are no permanent
friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent
interest." This type of leadership prides itself in
securing contracts and political patronage jobs and
programs for family members and inner circle
They are pessimistic about the future of the Black
community and provide no hope or inspiration for
radical social change.

Real Black Leadership is more proactive than reactive,
organizes more than mobilizes, fights for systemic
change and social transformation while calling for an
equitable redistribution of the wealth and power in
this nation.  Real Black Leadership can, must, and
will emerge in the 21st century.  We will do this in
honor of our ancestors, who were "a people who refuse
to die" and for our children, who "dare to live."

"Yesterday is History.  Tomorrow is a Mystery.
Today is truly a gift....That's why it's called the Present."

Note: Literature sent is not necessarily the opinion of the
mailer, she is a conduit for the masses.
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This Weeks Quiz Question.

From a Great African American pioneer.

Who said this?

I think I may say without boasting that in the period from 1901 to 1930 I was the main factor in revolutionizing the attitude of the American Negro toward caste. My stinging hammer blows made Negroes aware of themselves, confident of their possibilities and determined in self-assertion. So much so that today common slogans among the Negro people are taken from the words of my mouth.

answer below next article.

Driving while black' study begins in N.C.

Copyright 1999 Nando Media
Copyright 1999 Associated Press


RALEIGH (December 29, 1999 12:27 p.m. EST -
The Highway Patrol and other state law enforcement
agencies will begin keeping detailed statistics on all
traffic stops Saturday as part of an experiment to see
if black drivers are unfairly targeted.

The "driving-while-black" study is one of several
dozen new state laws that take effect Jan. 1. Others
will double the penalty for parking in a handicapped
space, allow cities to use cameras to snag drivers who
run red lights and require insurance companies to
cover prescription

"I've been pleasantly surprised with the attitudes of
most officers who have talked to me," said state Sen.
Frank Ballance, D-Warren, who sponsored the
driving-while-black measure. "I haven't talked to many
of them, but the ones I've talked to say, 'Hey, we
don't do it. A test won't bother us at all.'"

Ballance and other black legislators who endorsed the
bill said there is a perception among blacks that they
frequently are stopped because of their color. Keeping
information on each traffic stop, and not just
those in which tickets are issued, will help prove or
disprove that

"What I think will happen is, with all the publicity
coming out about this issue, people will clean up
their act," Ballance said. "It won't hurt my feeling
if this shows they aren't doing it."

Sgt. Jeff Winstead of the state Highway Patrol said
troopers are ready to begin keeping the figures
Saturday. The statistics will be turned over to the
Attorney General's Office, which will compile and
analyze them.

"One of our considerations is that the motorist
shouldn't notice any  difference," Winstead said.
"Yesterday is History.  Tomorrow is a Mystery.
Today is truly a gift....That's why it's called the Present."

Note: Literature sent is not necessarily the opinion of the
mailer, she is a conduit for the masses.


anwser to quiz question
W.E.B. Dubois

Educator, editor, historian, sociologist, First Black to receive a Doctorate from Harvard and the premier architect of the civil rights movement. 1868 - 1963

  1. Fredrick Douglass
  2. Dr. W.E.B. Dubios
  3. George Washington Carver
  4. Marcus Garvey
  5. Dr Martin Luther King
  6. Malcolm X
  7. Booker T. Washington
  8. John Brown  he wasn't Black But but gave his life in the fight against Slavery.
  9. Harriet Tubman
  10. Paul Robsen
  11. Michael Jordan
  12. Muhamed Ali
  13. Jesse Owens
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