Africology 101

by marc imhotep cray, m.d.


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"We Are Afrikan People”
Wherever We Were Born No matter where we were born in the world. Afrikan (Black) People are historically and culturally linked. Our history, identity, and culture are rooted in the many thousands of years of development of Afrikan civilization on the Afrikan continent. This is a consequence of the ever forward movement and motion of the New Afrikan masses. It is from this historical march of our people (Afrikan [Black] People) that we derive our African culture, the sum total of material and spiritual values created by our people. It is this invincible weapon, Afrikan culture, that has always served to fight against all forms of oppression and exploitation, to move forward New Afrikan People and Afrikan civilization…

August 16, 2010


Dr Molefi states"...To be Afrocentric is to seek African agency in every situation, analysis, or critique..."

"Africology is the Afrocentric study of African phenomena. This is in keeping with my belief that definitions should be meaningful, establish boundaries, and have substance. If one cannot define the name of the field and give it meaning, then a field may not exist. I do not try to define Africana Studies, for example, because I do not know what it means in practical terms. I can define African Diaspora Studies but the definition frightens me because it isolates Africa from the rest of the African world. These are some knotty issues that are avoided when we say Africology. To say it is the Afrocentric study means that it is not the European study, the Arab study, the Christian study, etc., of the phenomena, but the Afrocentric study which clarifies where we are coming from in our approach to the study of the phenomena. To be Afrocentric is to seek African agency in every situation, analysis, or critique... " [emphasis mines] See: Africology 101: An Interview with Scholar Activist Molefi Kete Asante/pdf

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until there are inspirers. If we the healers are to do the work of helping bring our whole people together again. able to bring us together again.The work of healing is work for inspirers working long and steadily in a group that grows over generations. healers wherever our people are scattered. we need to know such work is the work of a community. “Healing is work. not gambling. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 The "re-Afrikanization Revolution" at RBG Street Scholars Think Tank revolves around Healing and Revolution of the individual and collective mind. not manipulation. activities and socialization rooted in our history and world experience as Afrikan people. It should not depend on people who do not understand the healing vocation….” --Ayi Kwei Armah— Link to Our Audio-Visual Study Guide Grid (over100 Playlist) RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 3 . It is the work of inspiration. It cannot be done by an individual.August 16. body and spirit of New Afrikan people through educational discourse.

The People’s Revolution. remains thus a collective consciousness in motion. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 In the words of Sekou Toure “to us. Revolution means the collective movement initiated by a group of men or by a whole people.htm) RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 4 . to us. progressive order in view of ensuring the safeguard and development of collective and individual interests. without any discrimination whatsoever.August and supported by their conscious determination to change an old degrading order into a new.panafricanperspective.” (From: http://www. and a collective movement guided by conscience and whose ultimate aim is the continued progress of man and the People.

The lessons herein will reflect the cultural continuity and recurring spiritual and pedagogical themes of Afrikan peoples education and socialization across space and time. is meant to be a cultural development and socialization process anchor. present and future-all of history is a current event. possibility and potentiality. transmitted in the context of what Dr. right on up to our present day experience here in the hells of north America. Richard King RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 5 .and this is precisely the course we chart. from ancient classic Nile Valley Civilizations to West Africa and throughout the diaspora.August 16. culture and educational ways. Of course any serious education of Afrikan people is best began with a study of Kemet (Ancient Egypt) and Classic Nile Valley Civilizations.. including our language. empathizing evidence of our contributions to world history and civilization and thus. So the process does not put in as much as it draws out what is already pre-existing in our mind and spirit (our collective ancestral unconscious). and within this classroom in particular. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 AFRICOLOGY and RBG EDUCATION: We are defining and representing Africology as the study of and participation in our Afrikanity and humanities Afri-essence. Clarke calls the "eternal now" (overstanding that there is no separation between the past.. See: African Origin of Biological Psychiatry Dr. and all current events are history). It is a deep layered journey into Who We Were and Who We Are down to the level of our collective ancestral unconscious . history. So africology at RBG Street Scholars Think Tank. our own present day probability.

Ben Teaches while in Kemet. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 WALK WITH ME / THE FOLLOWING IS A GUIDING SYNOPSIS: A Chronology of Ancient Egypt and Nubia "Dr.August 16. A 5 Clip Series" Click to read the full screen view RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 6 .

August 16.Critical Thinking & Decision Making A Great and Mighty Walk RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 7 . 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 Some questions education relevant to New Afrikan peoples development should Ask and Answer: FUQ (frequently unasked questioned)             now? What will happen if I ignore this feeling? Is there another way to interpret the world / and my situation in it? What part do/did I play in my situation? Why do I expect my circumstances to change if I continue to do the same things the same way? Is this way of living my last resort or is it Plan A? Do I have a Plan B? Should my Plan B be my Plan A Who am I? Why am I where I am? Why do I think as I do? Could I think differently? Why am I feeling the way I feel right See: Problem Solving .

LSATs). > education. raptivists. WISDOM AND OVERSTANDING of the historo-cultural. and thus serve as our objectifiers. poets. SAT/ACT and MCATs.explaining Dr. authors and revolutionaries to do the teaching. suitable for one to confidently sit for high stake exams (ie. > political science. we simultaneously advance the psycho-emotional healing and spiritual upliftment of our people by providing KNOWLEDGE. Our approach is an integrated one as against subject-based segmentation. while at the same time advancing an Afrikan centered academic process and solutions that are cognitive. > creative productions/ entertainment. Including: > computers & information technology. socio-political and psychoeducational experiences of Africans in America in away that RADICALLY REAPPRAISES EDUCATION from the pained and angry perspective of the oppressed black community. Cheika Ante Diop trailblazing contributions and much more RBG CommuniVersity addresses the above metioned FUQ (frequently unasked questioned) in a uniquely thought provoking manner. The school is a series of scholarly revolutionary higher education multimedia environments. The CommuniVersity's target audience is the Hip Hop Generation (Blacks / New Afrikans born between 1965 and 1984) and their children. by allowing our historians. > health promotion and disease prevention > economics and > psychology RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 8 . psycho-motor and experiential in nature. > sociology. > religion and spirituality. presented using an Interactive Edutaining Teaching Methodology. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 In the video link above Dr. With strict attention to developing our student’s basic education skills in the context of the highest standards of academic excellence.August 16. Clarke Speaks to our Afrikanity and humanities Afri-essence. scholars. > history and cultural development.

INTERNAL LINKS DON'T SNAP.. The player is a 100 Trax EduTainment tool that includes complete standalone lessons. This is why we suggest that you go to full screen view to interact videos with images more completely.this is a cognitive. support and validate each other. absorb and assimilate large amounts of information and data in short packets of time. Therein lays the staying power of the approach. RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 9 . video and audio ) re-enforce. Video players are self contained subjects. This is what I have coined the "RBG Learning Method". You can also scroll and read to the audio of any given video.August 16. psycho-motor and experiential activity / learning task. topics and lessons. studying RBG will teach you computer skills in real time.B. ONE OF THE MANY FUNCTIONS OF OUR SNAP PREVIEW TOOL IS TO PREVENT YOU FROM GOING SOMEWHERE YOU DON'T WANT TO GO. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 The method is to read and survey while you listen to audio from the RBG Blakademics Audio Player at the header. Another example would be configuring your computer with RBG tools and applications (apps) in order to make it smarter. the learning has to be smart enough to make the school smarter. The interaction of the media and your interacting with it is what teaches you so intently. But. N. IF YOU HAPPEN TO CLICK A LINK / EXTENSION AND IT LANDS ON ANOTHER RBG ENVIRONMENT PAGE. It enables you to cover . UNTIL YOU LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SCHOOL BEST FOR YOUR LEARNING. For example. YOU CAN ALWAYS HIT YOUR BACK BUTTON TO PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING FURTHER LOST IN THE RABBIT HOLD. This is to say that in order for one to study lessons in a given classroom it requires scrolling up and down to activate and deactivate other media. Its like progressing to another level. The more you play with the school to make it smarter the smarter it makes you.. This is because the functionality of the various curriculua are not predicated on rote memory. text. Downloading and installing the RBG Toolbar and search engine enables the potential for the highest level of integration. All media components ( image. rather lessons are progressively advancing integrated interactive processes--you learn by dynamic rhythm and symbolism.

we know is a European construct devised to oppress). 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 The Afrikan & Traditional Afrikan American Family Worldview / Definitional System / Conceptual Framework vs The Europeans: >we. me. RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 10 . So.not individualism >spiritual-not material primacy >man & women were a complimentary dualism--not man vs women >man in harmony with nature--not man vs nature >peace and harmony--not violence and greed. mines >cooperative--not competitive >groupness--not oneness >collectivism-. us--not I. RBG Blackademics (New Afrikan) Education say's "I am because WE ARE and because we are therefore I AM.. ours.August 16..and I can go on and on. What happens to and with me happens to My Family> My Community> The New Afrikan Nation (Afrikans in America) > To the Afrikan Race (race.

Each blog has multiple inter-related lessons and each lesson has its own links /extensions for deeper layered study. that the serious learner attempt to cover everything in any given classroom in one session. Lessons in classrooms of any given learning environment are related (horizontal integration). all the classrooms of that particular learning environment are related (vertical integration). The assets herein represent a series of multimedia digital classrooms (over 300 to date). Lessons are sectioned off by RBG dividers. Rather. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 See: Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness ( Dr. and heroism The crossed swords were a popular motif in the heraldic shields of many former Akan states. the swords can represent legitimate state authority. and the various learning environments RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 11 . valor. Amos Wilson) & Understanding Racism Source: RBG Afrikan Centered Cultural Development and Education Wikizine Introduction Africology Books and Video HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF RBGz EDUBLOGS: AKOFENA "sword of war " symbol of courage. nor do we recommend. so it gets smarter as the navigator advances in knowledge and skill. the graduated learning process that characterizes the various inter-related and integrated RLOs (Reusable Learning Objects) and media assets is captured by the learner engaging the process. bookmark the classroom and come back to continue where you left off at another point in time. we recommend that you study/enjoy/draw lessons at a pace that is most comfortable for you. We do not expect. In addition to recognizing courage and valor.August 16. RBG is very intuitive and acute. So.

In this since.In other words the college is behaving as "Dr. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 (websites / networks) are related (concentric integration).Marimba Ani teaches "Let the Circle Be Unbroken". to do their own teaching from. Thus. The acute learner inculcates the concept of Afrikan unity by interacting with the school. It is at that point the communiversity becomes a supreme scholarly research and content resource tool in the learners own work. Discussion & Learning In The Core RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 12 . RBG is not only academic but experiential as well. Thus the school is not only Afrikan in its conceptualization and content. one knows when they know how the communiversity works when she/he is able to get anywhere from anywhere in two clicksacross the 5. but also.August 16. in its methodology. She/he is now ready to cipher off assets to create her/his own derivitive products. To Learn More About How the CommuniVersity Works see: RBG Street Scholars Think Tank Rules of Engagement & Extensions to Our Computer Skills Basics RBGz Student-Teacher Users Guide: A Basic Prime/ Abridged How RBG Provokes Thought.000 plus RLOs and media assets. and most distinguishably.

and Blacks use of popular (ENEMY) culture (through music. their world and their role as people of Afrikan descent. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 WHY RBG (AFRIKAN CENTERED) EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT: AKOBEN "war horn" symbol of vigilance and wariness Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry. RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 13 . suicide. Our new methodological style is intended to get our young people to begin to think critically about themselves. weed smoking. rather than getting caught up in the entertainment / BLACKPLOTATION aspects of the hip hop / rap industry. socio-political and psycho-educational framework to address these various death walks forthrightly. cocaine. we have chose to design a curriculum that. video games and popular movies) to celebrate "antiintellectualism. irresponsible parenthood. dope dealing. rampant police brutality. loose sexual behavior and criminal lifestyles / thuggism". ignorance. x-pills. drunkenness.August 16. unprecedented unemployment. With the present day high rates of Black on Black homicide. will use hip hop culture/rap within a historocultural. and imprisonment and a rise in single-parent homes.

RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 14 . 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 MATE MASIE "What I hear. Our scholars teach on subject in the Learning Series that follows. Understanding means wisdom and knowledge. knowledge and prudence The implied meaning of the phrase "mate masie" is "I understand". but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said. I keep" symbol of wisdom. What is Culture & Why is it so important to proper education.August 16.

2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 All of RBGz EduTainment / teachinglearning methodologies and content are presented in the tradition and spirit of Afrikan Symbolism (as well as our rich oral / musical traditions) as this is the way we learn. It is the reason why one of our rules of engagement is "a picture (image/symbol) is worth more than a thousand words". This teaching/learning strategy goes to demonstrating the cultural-spiritual continuity of Afrikan people across time and space (from Kemetic to West Aafrikan to the Companion: diaspora). RBGz images / symbols are what make you think (Think Tank) and learn so intently. and the hearer that has become a listener through mastering hearing receives meaning that is deeper still. but are nonetheless more germane and in keeping with our way for development as a New Afrikan people. video and text) in any given lesson/topic/subject. working together doing what we do best for the collective advancement of the group. Becoming a master hearer > master listener is the pre-requisite to becoming a teacher / healer in Afrikan educational pedagogy. interpret and experience the world as Afrikan people--a right brain (hemisphere) function. So we teach the same lessons on multiple levels to strike a responsive cord with our whole family by integrating all four forms of media (image. audio. Thus. the learner that is a Adinkra Symbols: A New (Nu ) Afrikan Aphorist Collection hearer is provided with the opportunity to grasp deeper meaning. Furthermore. So we are applying a traditional philosophical precept in the context of our westernized experience to project us in a positive and unified manner. RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 15 . we are also demonstrating computer skills that you will not learn at M. and also what makes you feel so inspired.August 16.I.. This is important to do because if our young people don't see themselves in what we want them to learn then how can we blame the for not wanting to learn it! Hence the problem with us and Euro-education (mis-education and dis-education).T.

August 16. 8 March. Afrikan culture. 1995 / Link to Full Lesson RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 16 . The Adinkra Dictionary) "We Are Afrikan People” Wherever We Were Born No matter where we were born in the world. Modified with "k for c" from Ayize Atiba. "An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty. This is a consequence of the ever forward movement and motion of the New Afrikan masses. Afrikan (Black) People are historically and culturally linked. Our history. and culture are rooted in the many thousands of years of development of Afrikan civilization on the Afrikan continent. to move forward New Afrikan People and Afrikan civilization. that has always served to fight against all forms of oppression and exploitation." (Willis. It is this invincible weapon. It is from this historical march of our people (Afrikan [Black] People) that we derive our African culture. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 WE ARE AN AFRIKAN PEOPLE: AYA "fern" symbol of endurance and resourcefulness The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. the sum total of material and spiritual values created by our people. identity.

is a well-known character in African folktales. creativity and the complexities of life Ananse. RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 17 . and computer / information technology domains. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 AFRIKAN CENTERED EDUCATION AND RBGz EDUCATIONAL MISSION: ANANSE NTONTAN "spider's web" symbol of wisdom.August 16. math. science. the spider. critical & creative thinking.combined with a rigorous basic education skills development program that includes the language arts. African Centered Education is a system of sequentially planned educational opportunities provided for African heritage children. (Dr. E. artistic expression and positive character development (through the principles of Nguzo Saba & MA'AT / see below ) -. youth and young adults to develop the necessary and required skills to participate in the global marketplace with specific interest on the upliftment and empowerment of their AfricanAmerican communities and the total development and growth of the African continent. Curtis Alexander) More Definitions From Our Scholars RBG Street Scholars Think Tank's educational mission is to develop in each learner a Luv of learning by providing an Afri-Centered interactive learning environment that fosters problem solving.

Control of actions (3).August 16. 91. Have faith in [themselves] to wield the truth (7). the cosmic order. but virtue could only be achieved through special study and effort." The path to the development of godlike qualities was through the development of virtue. the cosmic order. Have faith in the ability of [your] [teacher] to teach [you] the truth. the ancient Kemites sought Maát or to be more correct they sought to become one with Maát. James in his timeless work Stolen Legacy writes: The following of the 10 virtues were sought by the Neophyte in ancient Kemet. Devotion of purpose (4). Have faith in [yourself] to assimilate the truth (6). (1). In the final analysis. RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 18 . (5). M. The heart of the deceased was believed to be the seat of the soul and it was where ones virtues resided. Control of thoughts (2). pg. According to George G. Maát. This symbolic weighing of the heart against the feather of truth (Maát) was performed to established the righteousness of the deceased. is the Netcher of the weighing of the soul in ancient Kemet. The scale of Maát was balanced after the recitation of the "42" Declarations of Innocence or Admonitions of Maát. The Neophyte or students ultimate aim in Kemet was for a person to become "One with God" or to "become like God. NVCTC. Be free from resentment under the experience of persecution. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 VIRTUES OF MAÁT MAÁT: The symbolic representation of Maát as a human figure with outreached hands and wings.

(9). 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 (8). Principles of MAÁT Truth Justice Harmony Balance Order Reciprocity Propriety RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 19 . Gerald Massey. Be free from resentment under the experience of wrong.Cultivate the ability to distinguish between the real and the unreal "TRUTH IS LIKE LIGHTING WITH ITS ERRAND DONE BEFORE YOU HEAR THE THUNDER" Dr. Cultivate the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and (10).August 16.

August 16. words or deeds 34)I have not polluted the water 35)I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly 36)I have not cursed anyone in thought. word or deed 37)I have not placed myself on a pedestal 38)I have not stolen that which belongs to God 39)I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased 40)I have not taken food from a child 41)I have not acted with insolence 42)I have not destroyed property belonging to God RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 20 . 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 Admonitions of Maát (Concepts for Living in Balance) 1)I have not committed sin 2)I have not committed robbery with violence 3)I have not stolen 4)I have not slain men and women 5)I have not stolen food 6)I have not swindled offerings 7)I have not stolen from God 8)I have not told lies 9)I have not carried away food 10)I have not cursed 11)I have not closed my ears to truth 12)I have not committed adultery 13)I have not made anyone cry 14)I have not felt sorrow without reason 15)I have not assaulted anyone 16)I am not deceitful 17)I have not stolen anyone's land 18)I have not been an eavesdropper 19)I have not falsely accused anyone 20)I have not been angry without reason 21)I have not seduced anyone's wife 22)I have not polluted myself 23)I have not terrorized anyone 24)I have not disobeyed the law 25)I have not been excessively angry 26)I have not cursed God 27)I have not behaved with violence 28)I have not caused disruption of peace 29)I have not acted hastily or without thought 30)I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern 31)I have not exaggerated my words when speaking 32)I have not worked evil 33)I have not used evil thoughts.

Open discussions of family problems and their probable solutions are very important. National African-American unity begins with the family. it can be accessed from The Official Kwanzaa Web Site . they have yearround applicabilty and should be reviewed frequently. KUJICHAGULIA (CO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-AH) SELFDETERMINATION The second principle is a commitment to building our lives in our own images and interests. for without unity. This day calls for a reaffirmation of our commitment to Afrikan American's struggle to build a more meaningful and fulfilling life. If you want to study our Kwanzaa material. In addition to the Nguzo Saba. RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 21 . This principle is a foundation.August 16. other Kwanzaa components (such as libations) also come into use during the year. neither the family nor the community can survive. If we. are to achieve our goals we must take the responsibility for that achievement upon ourselves. as a people. UMOJA (00-MOE-JAH) UNITY The first principle is a commitment to the idea of togetherness. for self-determination is the essence of freedom. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 NGUZO SABA: THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES (N-GOO-ZOO-SAH-BAH) While the Nguzo Saba are commonly linked to the yearly Kwanzaa celebration.

RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 22 . Further. dance exhibitions and the like. African America's goal of freedom rests significantly on our belief in our own ability and right to control our own destiny. It is through new ideas that we achieve higher levels of living and a greater appreciation for life. KUUMBA (KOO-M-BAH) CREATIVITY The sixth principle of the Nguzo Saba relates to building and developing our creative potential. To the New Afrikan community at large. Without collective work and struggle.August 16. progress is impossible. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 UJIMA (00-GEE-MA) COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY The third principle encourages self-criticism and personal evaluation. can aid in promoting the Importance of Kuumba. Each family member should find creative things to do throughout the year that will enhance the family as a whole. there is no possibility of victory. On this day you should try to determine if this purpose will eventually result in positive achievements for family and community. The family and the community must accept the reality that we are collectively responsible for our failures. On this day. IMANI (E-MAH-NE) FAITH The seventh principle is belief in ourselves as individuals and as a people. Take time to reflect on your expectations from life: discuss your desires and hopes with family and friends. songfests. Without Imani (faith). It involves both aesthetic and material creations. as it relates to the common good of the family/community. It is essential that creativity be encouraged in all aspects of African American culture. as well as our victories and achievements. it is a commitment to the development of the family and the national African-American community. Discussions concerning each family member's responsibility prove helpful in defining and achieving family goals. poetry reading.

wealth and resources should be shared. Each family member should examine his/her ability to put his/her skill or talent to use In the service of the family and Maulana Karenga. M. transportation and other goods and services. day care. cooperative economics can help African-Americans take physical control of their own destinies. Marc Imhotep Cray. On the national level.D. health. On this day. food. The Institute of Karmic Guidance Asante & Associates (At these sites you will find additional scholarly Afrikan-centered education links) Alkebulan Reference Center Web Site: Get the Latest Black Conscious Lectures in DVD's and Audio CD's Over 200 More Free Downloads like this. Ph. 7 September 1965 For further study link out to: Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC). Documents: 44 IMHOTEP VIRTUAL MEDICAL SCHOOL Documents: 166 RBG STREET SCHOLARS THINK TANK Documents: 204 RBG Street Scholars Think Tank 23 .. 2010 AFRICOLOGY 101 UJAMAA (00-JAH-MAH) COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS Out of the fundamental concepts of "African Communal Living" comes the fourth principle of Kwanzaa. NIA (NEE-AH) PURPOSE The fifth day of Kwanzaa is a day for reviewing our purpose for living. In a community or family..'s Scribd Collections IVMS Intro to Biochemistry Course Documents: 10 RBG ARTIST PRESS BOOKLET PORTFO.August 16. education.D. ideas should be shared and discussed for cooperative economic efforts to provide for needs as related to housing.

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