Archive for August, 2015

In Cesare’s Name We Pray…Amen

Posted in Trending with tags , , , , , on August 6, 2015 by geniusscribbleink

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“Art is a deception that creates real emotions, a lie that creates a truth. And when you give yourself over to that deception, it becomes magic”-Marco Tempest

One of the most redundant quotes that is often recited when referring to what is believed to be the ultimate veil of deception, is the one that states that: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world that he did not exist”. Indeed such a quote like this leaves very little room for examination or reevaluation, as it is both masterfully poignant, as well as, prolific in nature. The truth however, tends to also hide behind a veil of deception that often requires labor intensive excavation in order to bring it to both the surface and towards the apparent light. Often it is during this tedious and laborious process that the tenuous people tend to flail off. They begin to resign to the information that is given, as opposed to seeking a greater understanding of the said “truth” and analyzing its origin and its construct. To paraphrase my former philosophy professor Peter Antonelli: “one should be able to step outside of his/her own belief and be able to examine, evaluate and scrutinize it without feeling discomfort if you truly believe in what you say you believe in”. So I guess the real question is, how much do you believe in your beliefs? Can you truly step outside of yourself and evaluate the philosophy that you have subscribed to throughout your very existence and still remain staunchly invested in your theory? It was the character of Morpheus (played by Lawrence Fishburne) who alerted Neo: “You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes”. For me, I always choose the red pill. I will always choose to seek the truth.

My red pill truth was more of an accident than an actual research item. I was on Facebook and saw an article posted relating to theology. It was in this very post that the name Cesare Borgia was referenced by someone who replied to the article, stating that his image or the likeness of his image had been utilized in the Christian realms to portray Jesus. Of course I did what I always tend to do, I began my vetting process, via Google, to try to either substantiate or dismiss the premise at hand. Interestingly enough my research resulted in finding articles that supported this notion. Cesare Borgia was the son of Pope Alexander VI (born Rodrigo Borgia). It was during the Holy Crusades in which war was declared by the Roman Catholic Church upon the purported infidels whose Islamic movement circa 1492 resulted in the capturing of Constantinople and the northern region of Europe extending towards Germany. These supposed “infidels” threatened the reign that the Roman Empire and its churches held over Europe at the time. Pope Alexander VI was faced with not only the dilemma of the Roman Empire losing its dominion, he also had an even greater fear of his own practicing religion (Christianity) and the physical appearance of its savior, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus, in all renditions of art (paintings carvings, sculptures) was depicted as a Middle Eastern man, whose complexion was dark-skinned. This of course was in direct conflict to the Roman Catholic Church, being that their enemy, the infidels or Islamic people, appearance resembled that of the very savior they ritually worshiped. So Pope Alexander VI upon achieving papacy, feared that he would have a hard time convincing his constituents that the infidels were indeed wicked, decided that the image of Jesus’ needed to be revamped to suit the new congregation of European Christians (note that prior to this most Christians were of Middle Eastern decent) that they must defeat the forward efforts of the Islamic people. Pope Alexander would in turn destroy any and all images of Jesus and solicit the help of Leonardo Di Vinci to re-form Jesus’ image in the Vatican and throughout. The model for the new Jesus was his son Cesare Borgia. The Roman Catholic Church accepted Cesare Borgia as the new-found template to represent Jesus, in spite of his questionable morals as accusations of a homosexual relationship with Leonardo Di Vinci and numerous other sexual partners surrounded him in controversy. Cesare Borgia is also said to have had an incestuous relationship his sister Lucrezia and was also said to be directly responsible for taking the life of his own brother Giovanni. In this case we find out that something as simplistic as art can not only become interpretive, but it can also falsify documented ancestry as it pertains the realm of religious origin. If indeed Pope Alexander VI fashioned Jesus in the image of his son Cesare, not only did he create a blasphemous diametric of biblical testament, he also created a misleading perception of Islamic people. If Jesus was indeed of Middle Eastern decent and possessed darker skin, then the question that must be posed is why has this erroneous image still remained at the forefront of Christianity? Why did Pope Alexander VI destroy the original images of Jesus and revamp the Vatican to his favorable liking? Did this create a sense of entitlement for one culture, while denigrating and ostracizing another? It makes one ponder as to what would the temperament of America and the world abound be, if Cesare Borgia remained the son of Rodrigo Borgia, instead of trying to fill the role of the son of God. #1John 5:21

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James Evans: The End Of The Good Times

Posted in Trending with tags , , , , on August 3, 2015 by geniusscribbleink

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”-Marcus Garvey

Though it seems so off in the distance, time has a way of exaggerating its own elapse as though thousands of years have thus surpassed and the futurism that is today has all but superseded the so called yester-years of what is considered an archaic era of extinction. I pause before subscribing to this idea that my era is antiquated. In fact that theory is for lazy people who have accepted convenience over conventional thinking. I say this not with a vibrant arrogance, but I do make this statement with unapologetic conviction. The “old school” temperament had an invaluable substance to it. It contained certain values and working elements that did not require an in-depth analysis nor a downloadable app to enhance the functionality of a simplistic daily routine. I stand mystified and often perceive myself a relic of sorts, when recognizing that the values that I cling on to like the accessory weapon inside the Kung Fu grip hand of a G.I. Joe action figure, seems to no longer be a viable option that many are willing to subscribe to. I certainly have applauded the newfangled world we reside in on several other blogs that I have written; as I have acknowledged the fact that the advancement of technology is both wondrous and brilliant. My one caveat, however, is the fact that the quality of humanity, in spite of today’s nuances, resembles that of a fallen world and that of a society on the brink of self-destruction. There is no longer a conscious, nor is there honor, discipline, truth, justice and dare I say a strand of hope, when reflecting on the ills that continue to haunt and affect our society as a whole. We have rogue policemen murdering innocent victims, assailants killing their own family members, streets that resemble a war torn third world country and the senseless rants of bloviating, political orators whose tongues speak with the principles of ignorance and not that of education. Even those public figures who we once held in high regards, we now find that they have skeletons of alleged laced cocktails and non-consensual sexual deviancy at the forefront of their character assassination. Yes these are troubling times with a hand written signature of a demonic glyph on full display for all to see; yet we still continue to ignore. These are not the rants of a bitter man frozen in the tundra plains of the late 70’s and early 80’s. These are also not the ideological rants of a man who is not modernized. Simply put, this is a man who enjoys observing and documenting the occurrences of life. I am sure you are asking, what does this have to do with James Evans from the television show Good Times? Well that is a great question and one I would be more than happy to answer. When the character of James Evans (played by John Amos) died on the socially conscious television show, it symbolized a shift in not only the way the nuclear family was being displayed on television (especially in the African-American community), but it also marked a shift in television philosophy as well. John Amos character was killed off in the episode entitled “The Big Move”. The quick synopsis was the fact that the Evans family, who had been living in impoverished conditions, were now finally moving out of the doldrums of poverty and into the world of prosperity. Before the “Big Move” took place, James Evans was killed and thus the move never took place and the family was left in dire straits and despair. I won’t delve too deep into the ramifications and symbolism this represented on a grander scale as it pertains to the African-American household, however I do want to tell the backstory of what this represented from a production mindset. The show was originally a vehicle for both John Amos and Esther Rolle that would deal with socially conscious topics in a comedic like platform. The character of J.J. Evans (played by Jimmy Walker) was a subordinate role at the time, but do to his “Dy-No-Mite” catchphrase, the producers at the time stopped writing quality dialogue for the show and began to favor and focus on the buffoonish antics of Jimmy Walker’s character. Esther Rolle (Florida Evans) did an interview with Ebony Magazine and was quoted the following when describing Jimmy Walker’s character during its ascension to popularity: “He’s 18 and he doesn’t work. He can’t read or write. He doesn’t think. The show didn’t start out to be that…Little by little—with the help of the artist, I suppose, because they couldn’t do that to me—they have made J.J. more stupid and enlarged the role. Negative images have been slipped in on us through the character of the oldest child”. John Amos echoed those same sentiments stating: “The writers would prefer to put a chicken hat on J.J. and have him prance around saying “DY-NO-MITE”, and that way they could waste a few minutes and not have to write meaningful dialogue”. Both statements were extremely provocative and profound in nature, as it provided insight into the philosophical shift from conscious imagery to the unconscious philosophy of finance and marketability. The death of James Evans, represented a plethora of changes. It symbolized the removal of the African-American patriarch from the household, the death of African-American prosperity and the injection of coon-like buffoonish imagery of the African-American to the forefront of the American television audience. All of the aforementioned are even more prevalent today. Rarely do we find prominent images of African-Americans in the realms of entertainment that don’t exhibit some form of degradation. If you don’t believe me, do your own research on this. I am sure that by the end of your research, you too will utter the greatest catchphrase of despair from the show Good Times #damn, damn, damn!