Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim
In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful Sisters!!!
For some reason I am only able to post one video. I would like to post another one, but it is on YT if you care to look it up. It is an episode of an old Black T.V. show called “Soul” with Stevie Wonder performing. Click “Stevie Wonder. Live. NYC. 1972.” And it should come up. Stevie is interviewed and the Brother asked him who were his musical influences. Brother Stevie answered with a name I had never heard of – JESSE BELVIN.
I was immediately intrigued, because every musical artist that I like has always named Brother Stevie as their influence, so when Stevie named Jesse Belvin, someone completely unfamiliar to me, as his musical influence I had to find out who he was!
Well, come to find out, the Brother was extremely talented and was even positioned to rival the Great Nat King Cole. However, his life was cut short due to the vicious racism we live among here in the Wilderness of North America.
Brother Jesse had the unfortunate luck of performing at the First Integrated Concert in Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to the performance and during the performance, white devils threatened and taunted him with murderous intentions. Well, they lived up to their promises because as Brother Jesse and his wife (who was also his manager and writer of his hit song, “Guess Who?”) were leaving Little Rock, they had a fatal car accident. It was discovered that the rear tires had been tampered with and blew out causing the accident.
If you look him up on Wikipedia, they leave out that critical piece of evidence and seem to go out of their way to make it appear as if it was just an accident. But we know better.
Brother Jesse was very handsome, had a dynamic stage presence and was extremely talented. I understand completely why he had such an influence on Brother Stevie. The incidents surrounding his death also probably had an impact on Brother Stevie, who has always been very political. He is the ONLY person I’ve ever heard even mention his name. Even though Brother Jesse, wrote the hit song, “Earth Angel,” which everybody’s heard of.
In my humble opinion, I think people are afraid to talk about him. You can sense the tension in the room when Stevie mentioned him. But I think Brother Stevie has always liked to make people feel “uncomfortable.” Shake them up out of that comfort zone and think. I met him in Leimert once and he asked me my name. I told him and then he asked me my last name. Even before I joined the Nation, I knew to feel ashamed of carrying my slavemaster’s name. And leave it to Brother Stevie Wonder to bring that shame out. Being able to make people think and recognize what is really important is a noble characteristic, which Brother Stevie has mastered remarkably.
So, when Brother Stevie mentioned Brother Jesse’s name, it immediately caused a reaction. And here we are, 40 years after this interview, and just the mention of Brother Jesse Belvin’s name is still making waves. I mean why else would Brother Jesse be excluded from musical discussions of that time period? We know about everybody else, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, etc.
This man was popular! Ask anyone over 65 if they’ve ever heard of him. His song “Guess Who?” was nominated for a Grammy. But have you ever heard of him?
Conspiracy. Cover up. Christian America.