Wednesday, July 17, 2024

STEVANUS MARIA LETSOIN Meninggal Dunia

STEVANUS MARIA LETSOIN yang dikenal dengan STEVEN LETSOIN dan pimpinan BLACK SWEET, lahir di ‘kampung TERI’, Pulau ‘Kimaam’ (Merauke) tahun 1954 dimana orang tuanya bertugas sebagai guru disana. Di awal tahun 70an, merantau ke Fak-Fak sampai menyelesaikan pendidikan SPG disana. Di Fak-Fak pula beliau mulai bermain musik sebagai pemain Bass. Sebenarnya beliau sudah mendapatkan tempat tugas sebagai guru di Agimuga tetapi tahun 1977 berangkat ke Merauke dan tertahan disana. Di Merauke mulai bermain di Band The Mars sebagai gitaris dan juga vocalis. Album perdana BB yang baru saja keluar saat itu, beliau yang menyanyikannya di band. Hanya setahun di Merauke, berangkat ke Jayapura dan kuliah di UNCEN lalu bergabung di band UNCEN bersama Eddy Pattipeiluhu, Robby Manengkey dan Yan Ulukyanan, juga di Band BPD Irian Jaya. Setelah Harry Letsoin & John Keff datang dan bergabung, mereka bermain di Band KODAM XVII Cenderawasih sampai berangkat di Jakarta dan dikenal dengan nama Black Sweet. Lagu-lagu ciptaannya sangat melekat dengan musik Black Sweet dan menjadi hits, seperti: Rintihan Sebuah Hati, Mutiara Yang Ku Sayang, Sahabatku Sayangku (1&2), Lembaran Kisah Lalu, Akhir Sebuah Kisah, Memory 3 February, Badai Di Awal Kebahagiaan, Hati yang Sedih, Kesangsian Sebuah Hati, Mengapa Harus Terjadi, Everlasting Love, Just You And Me dll. (Rest In Peace, Uncle Steven) 🙏❤️️ (Dommy Gabriel Fofied)...

#SaveLegendMusicPapua
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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Nasehat Mike Tyson kepada Anaknya: Jangan Menjadi Petinju

Mike Tyson

“Putra tertua saya yang berusia 16 tahun berkata bahwa dia ingin menjadi petinju profesional. Tapi sampai di situ, saya katakan: kamu konyol! Kamu bersekolah di sekolah swasta, kamu tidak bisa menjadi petinju! Kamu sudah jalan-jalan ke Eropa, kamu sudah berkeliling dunia. Kau tidak akan bisa menjadi petarung dengan semua itu. Kamu mau bertarung dengan orang seperti aku? Berkelahi dengan binatang buas? 

Saya tidak ingin anak-anak saya seperti itu, itu menurunkan martabat. Jika anda ingin menjadi petinju, anda melakukannya saat anda tidak punya apa-apa. Butuh banyak pengorbanan, rasa sakit dan penderitaan. Saya menerima pukulan-pukulan agar anak-anak saya tidak perlu seperti saya. Ketika saya melihat anak-anak saya, saya melihat anak-anak kelas menengah, yang pergi ke sekolah, bebas melakukan apa yang mereka mau. Menjadi petinju berarti harus menjadi yang terbaik, mendominasi semua orang.

Saya tidak mau memberikan tekanan seperti itu pada mereka."

Friday, July 12, 2024

People called Mary McLeod Bethune "The First Lady of The Struggle."

People called Mary McLeod Bethune "The First Lady of The Struggle." The struggle being improving life for African Americans.

Born in 1875 in a small cabin close to Mayesville, South Carolina, Mary was the fifteenth of seventeen children of parents who had been enslaved.

From a young age, Mary was inspired to learn. With encouragement from her parents, she'd walk five miles a day to attend the mission school nearby. The experience set a foundation for her life. "The whole world opened to me when I learned to read," Mary would say.

For Mary, her love for learning evolved into a profession of teaching. And after some years of being a teacher, Mary opened the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training Institute for Negro Girls in 1904. The initial class of six students learned from a curriculum that began at 5:30am with Bible study and continued throughout the day with a focus on self-sufficiency skills development until the school day ended at 9pm. And with sparse financial resources, as Mary started the Institute with only $1.50, amongst a number of cost-saving initiatives, students made pencils from burned wood and ink from elderberry juice. But within a couple of years, the number of students attending grew to two hundred and fifty.

Mary had a motto for life: "not for myself, but for others." Following this creed, she dedicated herself to many initiatives throughout life. Amongst educating young students, she opened a hospital and training programs for nurses, took an active role in politics, where she held a number of positions, including Director of Negro Affairs at the National Youth Administration, and helped integrate organizations such as the Red Cross.

Mary passed away in 1955. In her Last Will and Testament, she wrote nine maxims - "I leave you to love. I leave you to hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a respect for the use of power. I leave your faith.

Ignatius Sancho was born in 1729 on a slave ship bound for the Caribbean

Orphaned at the age of two, he was taken to Britain where he was given to three sisters in Greenwich. A chance meeting with the Duke of Montagu (1690-1749) changed the young Sancho’s life. Montagu was taken by the child’s intelligence, and encouraged his education. After Montagu’s death in 1749, Sancho persuaded his widow to take him away from his mistresses, and she hired him as a butler.

With the support of the Montagu family, Sancho established a grocery in Westminster (ironically selling slave-produced commodities). His wealth and property secured him the vote.

Sancho moved in, and corresponded with, a wide and influential social circle of nobles, actors, writers, artists and politicians. He was a supporter and patron of the arts, as well as being a composer in his own right. Sancho died in December 1780, and was the first African in Britain to receive an obituary.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

This is Princess Sophie Charlotte

This is Princess Sophie Charlotte, born in 1744. She was the first Blàck Queen of England, married to King George III. She reigned during the American revòlution and was Queen of the 13 original colonies before they won independence. In fact Charlotte, North Carolina is named in her honor. Between, Queen Charlotte is the great great grandmother of Elizabeth II and the great, great, great, great grandmother of Prince William’s (next to be King after Charles) young daughter, Charlotte. Yes, there is African blòòd in the Britìsh Ròyal fàmily. I ùrge you to rèad “The Journey of Man.” Scièntists using DNA say they can pròve ALL HÙMAN LIFÊ begàn in Africà! Yup, gò back far enòugh and yòu’re Blàck!)

#queencharlotte #Netflix 

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Monday, July 8, 2024

SUARA KEBEBASAN BOB MARLEY

 Bob Marley adalah lebih dari sekedar seorang musisi; dia adalah simbol perjuangan, kebebasan, dan cinta yang melampaui batasan waktu dan ruang. Lahir di pedesaan St. Ann, Jamaika, Marley tumbuh menjadi ikon global yang menyuarakan pesan perdamaian, persatuan, dan keadilan melalui irama reggae yang memukau dan lirik yang mendalam.

Musik Marley adalah cerminan dari pengalaman hidupnya dan perjuangan rakyatnya. Dia menggunakan irama reggae yang kaya dan harmonis untuk menyampaikan pesan-pesan yang kuat tentang ketidakadilan sosial, penindasan, dan penderitaan yang dialami oleh orang-orang yang terpinggirkan. Dengan lagu-lagu seperti Get Up, Stand Up, Redemption Song, dan One Love, Marley memobilisasi jutaan orang di seluruh dunia untuk berdiri melawan penindasan dan memperjuangkan hak-hak mereka.

Namun, di balik aktivisme dan protes, ada sisi lain dari Marley yang penuh dengan cinta dan harapan. Lirik-liriknya yang penuh dengan kebijaksanaan dan spiritualitas mengingatkan kita akan pentingnya cinta dan perdamaian dalam kehidupan kita sehari-hari. Dia percaya bahwa musik bisa menjadi kekuatan yang menyatukan, yang mampu melampaui perbedaan ras, agama, dan budaya.

Bob Marley juga mengajarkan kita tentang kekuatan memaafkan dan menerima. Dalam lagu One Love, dia berbicara tentang pentingnya bersatu dan hidup dalam harmoni, mengajak kita untuk meninggalkan kebencian dan perpecahan. Pesannya adalah pengingat bahwa, meskipun dunia ini penuh dengan ketidakadilan dan penderitaan, kita masih bisa memilih untuk merespons dengan cinta dan kebaikan.

Warisan Marley tidak hanya terbatas pada musiknya; dia juga menjadi simbol budaya Rastafari, yang menekankan pentingnya kembali ke akar spiritual dan hidup selaras dengan alam. Melalui kehidupannya dan ajarannya, Marley menginspirasi banyak orang untuk mencari makna yang lebih dalam. 

Bob Marley adalah bukti bahwa musik bisa menjadi alat yang kuat untuk perubahan sosial dan spiritual. Melalui irama dan liriknya, dia menyentuh hati jutaan orang dan menginspirasi mereka untuk berjuang demi dunia yang lebih baik. Meskipun Marley telah pergi, suaranya tetap hidup, menggema melalui setiap nada dan lirik yang dia ciptakan. Dalam setiap lagu, kita menemukan pesan tentang cinta, kebebasan, dan persatuan yang tetap relevan hingga hari ini.

Sebagai legenda musik, Bob Marley mengingatkan kita akan kekuatan musik untuk menyatukan, menyembuhkan, dan menginspirasi. Dia adalah suara kebebasan yang abadi, dan melalui warisannya, dia terus mempengaruhi dan menginspirasi generasi demi generasi untuk bangkit, berdiri, dan mencintai.

BOGOR 7 JULI 2024 
PENULIS MOHAMMAD LUTHFI AKA AKIRA KUROSAWA 
#BOBMARLEY #REGGAE #RASTA

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Beverly Loraine Greene, the first Black woman architect in the United States


Beverly Loraine Greene, the first Black woman architect in the United States, was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 4, 1915. She grew up in Chicago and was raised by her father, James A. Greene, a lawyer, and her mother, Vera Greene, a homemaker. Greene earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Illinois in 1936. One year later she earned a Master's of Science degree in city planning and housing from the same university. On December 28, 1942, at the age of twenty-seven, Greene was registered in the State of Illinois as an architect.

After completing the second degree, Greene returned to her hometown and initially worked for the Chicago Housing Authority. Greene was one of the first African Americans in the agency. Despite her education and her official recognition as an architect, Greene found it difficult to obtain jobs in the profession.

She moved to New York City in 1945 to work on the planned Stuyvesant Town private housing project in lower Manhattan being built by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Given her past experiences, and the Company's prior announcement that African Americans would not be allowed to live in Stuyvesant Town, Greene believed she would not be hired. She applied anyway and to her surprise she was the first architect employed on the project. Greene quit however to accept a scholarship at Columbia University where she would study urban planning. She received a Master's Degree in Architecture from Columbia on June 5, 1945.

Greene went on to work for a number of notable architectural firms. Her employers during that period included the architectural firm headed by Isadore Rosefield which specialized in health care and hospital design. She also worked with Edward Durell Stone on the arts complex at Sarah Lawrence College and in 1952 on a theater at the University of Arkansas. During her time with the architectural firm headed by Marcel Breuer she worked on the UNESCO United Nations headquarters in Paris, France which was completed in 1958. Her next projects included buildings at New York University (NYU) which were completed between 1956 and 1961. Greene never saw most of the buildings at NYU she helped design.

Beverly Greene died on August 22, 1957 at age forty-one in New York City. Ironically she had also designed the Unity Funeral Home, the building in which her memorial service was held.