August 02, 2018

Les Lester on Candidate Filing, Achievement Gap

The achievement gap will be narrowed when Black students get their full history and not just the truncated and flattened narrative they're currently receiving in our schools.

July 31, 2018

Black Students Must be Told and Taught the Truth... .

The Federal Election Commission should ensure that incumbents not to be allowed to easily vacate their seats on the final day of filing for the ballot. By default, it leaves the door open for insiders, yet puts well-qualified and deserving candidates, who want to run, at a disadvantage. I believe I can win just as Lisa Murkowski of Alaska won as a write-in in 2010. The 5th Congressional District comprises a progressive electorate that voted-in Jesse Ventura, a few years ago.

June 23, 2018

Les Lester is Running as a Write-in Candidate for the Minn. 5th Congressional District

Photo: Mall of America, Mpls. Les Lester speaking at a Black Lives Matter rally.

There are some things that are simply too important to sweep under the rug. That’s why when I saw U.S. Representative Keith Ellison on the final day of filing for election switch to run for Attorney General, rather than his current seat, I was at once taken aback and intrigued. I admit it looked like a backroom deal between him and Ilhan Omar—one Muslim saving the seat for another Muslim. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Somali community. And Ellison once spoke when I was director of the Youth Development League to the participants at no charge. I appreciated that. And his politics mirror mine. But the way he handled the filing on June 5th—on the last day of filing—was unfair to the people of the 5th Congressional District.

The 5th District deserves the best candidate possible for the job, and right now I don’t see where Omar, Jamal Abdulahi, Margaret Kelliher, or Patricia Torres Ray are the best options. Omar, for one, has been invisible as a State Representative. Let her first show her mettle in the job she was elected to in 2016. The first Muslim issue played well in the media a couple of years ago, but now Minnesotans have clearly shown they’re fair in that respect. Let's move on to other concerns. None of the candidates, meanwhile, have shown any groundbreaking initiatives in their political careers. They’ve basically done business as usual, in this state.

Here's a little about my background. I worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily Defender newspaper and in radio news, before accepting a MacArthur Fellowship in international studies to the University of Minnesota in 1997, where I graduated from the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. Although I worked for a short time for Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH, in Chicago, I feel a strong kindred spirit to the Martin L. King movement and realize there’s some unfinished business our elected officials have overlooked, in this new era.

To say black kids today are being shortchanged in the educational system is an understatement. And I’ve dug-up some primary source investigative reporting information that genuine news people can have a field day with. One, there’s been a cover-up of epic proportions concerning black history that needs to be addressed by the Department of Education, and I feel I’m the right candidate to go to Washington and deal with this encompassing blemish on the American character. Black youth are being inundated with popular culture, but lied to about their classical story.

I’ve worked on this issue for some time. And believe me, the quality of life for everyone in Minnesota, and the world, will be enhanced when the unfinished business of merging black people into their rightful place in world history is accomplished. What will emerge is a more sophisticated and confident African-American populace, released from the confining constraints of European whitewashing.

Back in 2011, when the Egyptian Pharaoh King Tut exhibit came to the Science Museum of Minnesota, I was the communication chair of the local NAACP. I spearheaded a campaign to get the museum to depict the black boy king in his likeness on its billboard displays. Instead, they continued with sterile displays of Ancient Egyptian jewelry and a deafening silence on the reality that King Tut was a black man.

Telling the truth about black history will step on the toes of the status quo, but when it’s all said and done, we can move forward on a firm foundation as a nation, and as a legitimate leader in democracy and freedom.

Like Jesse Ventura’s Reform Party win, I believe the good people of the North Star State, when they see the substance of my campaign, will rally behind me and “shock the world," again.

Les Lester is a journalist and author of the novel The Awakening of Khufu. The information, herein, is available for use by the press.

May 19, 2018

Les Lester and Egyptian Ahmed Tharwat on Palestine

Talk Show host Ahmed Tharwat and I weren't intending to get really deep on the Black/Hebrew issue, we were more interested in how Middle Easterners should eschew being honorary whites and embrace the Middle East's special heritage, due to its location and history. The Middle East was greater Africa to the ancient mind. Meanwhile, the plethora of historical artifacts point-out clearly that literally all of the first classical civilizations of the world derive from Black people. (Video takes a moment to upload on some devices).

April 03, 2018

Merging the Whole Black History with World History

Merging the full Black history with world history will serve as the linchpin to demolish European hegemony. I enjoyed presenting my recent PowerPoint presentation to Solidarity - Twin Cities. (Video takes a moment to upload, sometimes)

March 03, 2018

Black Panther, an African-Renaissance Film

The movie Black Panther represents the essence of everything we’ve desired in a Black-genre film, iconoclastic, trendsetting, intelligent, and visionary. It frames the African world outside the boilerplate European-influenced constraints that have come to define Black filmmaking. Wakanda, a small African nation that neighbors Narobia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, has a breathtaking skyline in its capital city, Birnin Zanda, reminiscent of a blended Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, cityscape, give or take another fifty to one-hundred years of unimpeded progress. But in the movie, the Kingdom of Wakanda is real and it’s now. The scenery and costumes are dazzling and evocative of the incipience that is primordial Africa, the father continent of us all. Add-in the maternal instincts of female imperial guards and mostly African characters, and we have the makings of an African-renaissance film that we can all be proud of. In the movie, Black Panther’s uncle had left an illegitimate African-American son in Oakland, California (in 1966) after he was killed following revelations that he was involved in selling vibranium, a precious metal derived from a meteorite collision in present-day Wakanda centuries ago. The valuable metal’s impact on a native herb is what gives Black Panther (T’Challa) his powers, and Wakanda its technological and financial wealth. T’Challa learns of the story of his uncle after his first cousin, the illegitimate African-American son, brings back the dead body of a pernicious vibranium dealer. The conflict between the African-American cousin (Erik Killmonger) and T’Challa reaches a climatic end that explicates the current real-world narrative of African-American, African relations. Characterizations like the dogmatic Jabari tribe, which evokes thoughts of Hebrew-Israelite brothers on America’s and London's street corners make for introspective analysis on the Black liberation struggle.

January 07, 2018

Images of the Moors Proliferated in Europe

Throughout Europe there remain family crests, statues, busts, and ornaments dedicated to the Moors who rescued Europe from the dark ages. The Moors brought enormous learning to Spain that over centuries would percolate through the rest of Europe. The intellectual achievements of the Moors in Spain had a lasting effect; education was universal in Moorish Spain, while in Christian Europe, 99 percent of the population was illiterate, and even kings could neither read nor write. At a time when Europe had only two universities, the Moors had seventeen, located in Almeria, Cordova, Granada, Juen, Malaga, Seville, and Toledo. Source: Atlanta Black Star.
The Moors were in Spain from 711 - 1492, until the fall of Granada.

October 21, 2017

Mesopotamia -- Paintings from Mari

From the palace of Mari’s Palm Court. The walls were covered with elaborate paintings depicting the deeds of Mari’s kings as well as depictions of daily life in the city. Mari flourished circa 2900 B.C. - 1761 B.C.

September 09, 2017

Blacks and Native Americans--the Jury is Still Out... .




The jury is still out on reconciling whether the Incas, Aztecs, and Mayans were aboriginal looking--what has been called aboriginal looking, or were they the mixed red man (Mongoloid/Africoid) that we have come to call the American Indian. The Egypt Search site had some interesting debate on the issue so I decided to post this artifact that has been posited in some camps as Inca noblemen and in others as Spanish soldiers wearing Inca nose jewelry.

Interestingly, a basic google of "Incas, Aztecs, and Mayans" has the indigenous people of the Americas looking pink colored.

July 13, 2017

Clarifying the Out-of-Africa Migrations... .



The out-of-Africa paradigm that early Africans traveled overland to the far reaches of the world needs to be modified to reflect the  more natural patterns of migration, which would have occurred along the Indian Ocean shores. The Dravidians of India, Indonesian, and Pacific Island Black people emerged from natural generation-to-generation migrations of Africans following the coastlines. In some cases, Monsoon storms would have transported lost boaters across the expanse in short periods. 

April 17, 2017

We Must Expand Our Cognitive Map Globally... .


The long siege of the Pacific Islands continues.  How many more of the West Papua New Guinean's must die before we raise our voices?

Remember, we often ask: Why didn't the continental African's work to help us during our long night of enslavement. 

December 17, 2016

A Young Lydia Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii

Source Link, Liliuokalani Trust--photo right, a relative with Liliuokalani. --------Melanesian, Polynesian, and Micronesian designations of the island peoples of the Pacific are Western labels designed to point out how much Africoid admixture is still present among the islanders' in question. Since the 19th Century, the percentage of indigenous Blacks in Hawaii, and some other islands, has dwindled to unprecedented lows. Over the epochs, the (volcanic) mountaintop Pacific Islands served as stepping stones to the Americas earliest inhabitants.

September 01, 2016

There Were Black Tribes Already in America... .

-------------------------Ruby Tigertail, Sister of Charlie Tigertail------------------------
Additional Research... .
European explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano (1524-1528 travels) concerning some of the Indians in the Carolinas: "They are dark in color, not unlike the Ethiopians, with thick black hair, not very long, tied back behind the head like a small tail. As for the physique of these men, they are well proportioned, of medium height, a little taller than we are. They have broad chests, strong arms, and the legs and other parts of the body are well composed."

The Indians in America Were Like Those in India... .

The Indians in the Americas were an admixture of Africans and Mongoloids, just like those in India. I agree with those who prefer to keep their earlier appellation of Indian.

May 26, 2016

Black Athena Revisited -- Our Youth Must Know the Truth!

Why haven't European classicists corrected their 19th century errors. Greece was fostered by the Minoans, Black men!

March 27, 2016

Princess Enheduanna, Daughter of Sargon of Akkad

Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's show Cosmos: A Space-time Odyssey was keen to feature the proper racial depiction of Princess Enheduanna the daughter of King Sargon of Akkad. Kudos to Neil and his staff.

February 17, 2016

Les Lester's March with Black Lives Matter


The Merging of African History with World History in The American Education System
Posted by Keith Porter on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
I was rather hoarse due to cold weather. Video uploads slowly, sometimes.

December 06, 2015

Journalist Les Lester

The primary source findings on my blog, here, show conclusively that America is not living up to its mantra of "freedom and justice for all." Modern artistic depictions of classical Black cultures such as the Minoans, Etruscans, Egyptians, and others reveal institutional complicity in the cover up of the epic saga of Black civilizations. It is time now to merge the full story of Black history with world history--to do anything less is to ensure the continued second-fiddle existence of our children. Furthermore, full diffusion of our classic narrative will strengthen our esprit de corps, lessening the high crime rates in our communities, as our youth emerge with a fuller legacy to draw from.

June 09, 2015

We Must Protest the King Tut Mini Series

The real King Tut, from his throne back rest. This fallacious Eurocentric movie characterization of King Tut is unconscionable. It is set to air on July 19, 2015 via Spike TV. Please direct complaints to the FCC and your local cable providers.

May 04, 2015

The Minoans, Black Aegean Cruise

A perusal of this blog indicates that world history, as we know it, should be revamped to ensure that all students get the truth about history and not the fallacies that have come to represent the current narrative. The Minoans, who fostered Greek civilization, are just one of the many Black cultures that have been obscured under Western colonialism. The Etruscans preceded Rome, in Italy. And the Middle East could well be called Northeast Africa, as all of the so-called Middle East was populated by Blacks prior to later admixtures. Egyptians, Assyrians, Akkadians, Ethiopians, and the Minoans, among others, comprised a trading block that represented the premier cultures of the pre-Eurocentric world.----- Link

April 02, 2015

Senegal's African Renaissance Monument

There's a language in art. Sometimes it's codified. But more often than not the pure beauty of a piece communicates simply because it's there. That's how I feel about Senegal's colossal African Renaissance Monument--it's breathtaking. Imagine waking up to that on your skyline every day. Lauded by some; minimized by others, it gets a thumbs up in these quarters.

November 20, 2014

Images From the Black Diaspora

Assyrian art taken from the ancient capital of Nineveh circa 1854-1855 by Schomberg Kerr an attache' to Tehran. The Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Minoans, Etruscans, Phoenicians, Moors were all Black cultures that have been expropriated by Westerners. These type images of Black history must be brought out of the world's vaults, since obscuring them serves as a linchpin for Western hegemony and colonialism.
Source: Gazeteer for Scotland

September 07, 2014

The Minoans, Ancient Civilization of Crete

Study tip: Good research follows primary sources, not modern artists' renderings. I don't always agree with the narrator's assertions, but much of this video does show true archaeological findings. (Other Links)

February 10, 2014

The Etruscans -- Black Progenitors of Rome



Although this documentary is from a Eurocentric viewpoint, close observations of the priests and tomb wall paintings reveal a narrative about black heritage that has been obscured.

December 26, 2013

The Ancient Hebrews Were Black People... .


An Assyrian soldier leads Hebrews into captivity in 701 B.C. The reliefs from the walls of the palace of Sennacherib, depicting the seige of Lachish, show definitively that the Hebrews were black men. The pepper corn hair texture is distinct to people of African descent.

The Torah, or Bible, indicates in Genesis 10:3 that the Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Japheth, not Shem. Thus the Ashkenazi (European Jews) are not descendants of Abraham, who descended from Peleg, a Semite.

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December 11, 2013

The Etruscans -- Augurs Tomb, Tarquinia, 6th Century B.C.

Before Rome, there was Etruria. The early period tombs of the Etruscans depict Black men. Bordered roughly in what is now known as the Tuscany region of Italy, Etruria emerged circa 900 to 700 B.C. and lasted until the late 4th century B.C. Rome began as a colony of Etruria.

October 04, 2013

Persian Archers, Assyrian Glazed Brick... . Click

 
Persian archers, known as the 10,000 Immortals, originally featured in the palace at Susa. Only Persian nobles could serve as Immortals. While modern artists depict the Persians/Babylonians/Assyrians as Caucasoid, primary source depictions of them were of Black men.
Source Pergamon Museum, Berlin. Free use commons photo via Wikipedia. Encyclopedia Iranica

February 11, 2013

Black History Month Update

Hannibal Barca, Commander of Carthage

This coin of Hannibal Barca is said to be carbon dated to the time of Hannibal, 247 – 183 B.C., while later European-looking images of the Carthaginian general are reportedly dated a century or more after his death.
Hannibal Barca, the historic Carthaginian commander, became famous for crossing the Alps with war elephants and his subsequent dominance of the Roman army during the Second Punic War.  

Hannibal’s troops won battle after battle against the Romans and were never defeated in Italy. In fact, he was set to breach the city of Rome but administrators in Carthage failed to send reinforcements and siege equipment needed to complete the campaign. In 202 B.C., Hannibal returned to Africa to defend Carthage against invading Roman military forces, and there he was finally defeated by Scipio Africanus at the battle of Zama.
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July 04, 2012

Nigeria's Eko Atlantic



Nigerian's new capital city, Abuja, was indeed forward thinking. But get a look at Lagos' new Eko Atlantic, a city rising from reclaimed coastland.

Savvy African diaspora business people will see the great investment opportunities in Nigeria, nowadays. The potential there for Black Americans is analogous to the boon that Ebony magazine, Johnson Hair Care products, and the blaxploitation films of the 1970s garnered. The fashion industry for Afrocentric couture can reach unprecedented heights right about now. I'll be visiting Nigeria and reporting back soon.

February 12, 2012

It's Black History Month!

Houston Chronicle photo of Tutankhamen exhibit

Kudos to the Houston Chronicle for covering this tomb wall painting of King Tut at the current exhibitition in that city. Media depictions of the Black pharaoh(s) and other Africans of the ancient world have been few and far between, in modern culture.

Biblical institutions must also step up and accurately display Blacks justly. The current imagery would have our children believe that African people have perpetually played second fiddle to Europeans, which is a total misnomer. In fact, much of what is called the Middle East today would be called Northeast Africa if proper geometric measures were used. Ancient Africans populated the so-called Middle East to Asia. Cush, Akkad (Akkadians), and Assyria, among others, comprised the Black lands.

Northeast Africans in the Melanesian Islands of New Guinea and Fiji are still evident. Bounded by Europe to the north and Asia to the east, the Middle East today is a region of amalgamized people.

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July 29, 2011

Open Letter: Science Museum of Minnesota


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Here in the Twin Cities the NAACP of Saint Paul, where I serve as communications chairman, has reached out to local media with "An Open Letter to the Science Museum of Minnesota" concerning the museum's "institutional complicity" in the misrepresentation of the ancient pharaohs--those who reigned for over a millennia prior to the Greek and Roman incursions.  Its National Geographic Society convened exhibit, "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," which impacts tens of thousands of African Americans in this city and millions around the globe, is blantantly, among other things, showing a documentary in its Omnitheater that depicts all of the pharaohs as Caucasian.  Rameses the II, also known as Rameses the Great, is featured prominently in the film as European-looking.

Thanks to a great African-American newspaper, this story has seen the light of day. Also, Minnesota Public Radio's Facebook page, Art Hounds, made note of the "Letter." But no news stories have been presented by public radio, any of the White newspapers, or the network TV stations. I am in contact with a Black television reporter who has been out of the office, but until he returns to work, I suppose it's business as usual in America's mainstream news industry. I will elaborate on the "black out" of African Americans in the nation's news rooms in another posting.

Here's what we're asking of the "Science Museum of Minnesota" as a corrective measure, since perhaps they're acting unwittingly on behalf of National Geographic. This is the only just way we see to initiate corrective action to the ongoing wrongs that are being depicted daily in the Omnitheater viewings. Why not present ads that feature King Tut as depicted from his tomb-wall painting and or a depiction of Tutankhamen from the throne picture that clearly shows him as African?

The current golden-coffin cover face depiction (that looks like the golden mask), and the little shabti figure (which may or may not be King Tut) continue to obscure the likeness of Tutankhamun, tacitly implying that he is White.  The museum is a steward of the public trust, and tax payers rely on institutions such as the Science Museum of Minnesota to tell the truth.  This is the North Star State. Science Museum of Minnesota, please show 'em where you're from.


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