TAILORING AND LITERARY SERVICES

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 As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Asiatic Black Sisters & Brothers

QUILL AND INK

*If you, or someone you know, (must be Black) needs any type of literary assistance*

  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Typing

BOOKS

RESUMES

MENUS

BROCHURES

BUSINESS PLANS

MISSION STATEMENTS

&c.

sewing implements

*Also, if you or someone you know (must be Black) needs any tailoring (alterations) made on your clothing*

  • Pants hemmed $15.00
  • Pants, dresses, skirts, shirts, blouses taken in $15+
  • Buttons repaired $10.00 (Must have button
    or accept near original for an additional $1.00)
  • Zippers repaired $15.00
  • Ripped seams repaired $15+
  • &c.

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Alterations must be made in NOLA area.
Literary services are available online.
Thank-You

BLACK BUSINESS IN NOLA

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Sisters and Brothers

WE MUST MAKE JOBS FOR OURSELVES

Whereas, Los Angeles, heretofore known as L.A. is built on mostly chain stores and franchises, New Orleans, heretofore known as NOLA, is made up of private family-owned business, of which many have been doing business since the 1800s.

I LOVE the entrepreneurial spirit it fills me with but unfortunately, the majority of Black residents just go get jobs in hotels or restaurants. Fortunately, many of the fast-food restaurants are owned by Black People. Also, some of the nicer restaurants, but I have not seen a Black-owned hotel, which is where the bulk of the money lies in a city whose Number one Industry is TOURISM.

I’m trying my best to get the Brothers to unite and open their own hotel, so they can tap into the money from the top and not just scrape up the crumbs that fall from the devil’s convention room tables. :/

The Masons work as freelancers or start businesses but they are few and far-between.

The ones who work for these big hotels and restaurants don’t even receive benefits and the minimum wage here is $7.25! And, I’m sure the employees number at least 300 in the hotel I’m staying in.

I used to sit and watch in wonder when I saw BLACK CONSTRUCTION WORKERS here in NOLA.

I don’t recall EVER seeing a Black construction worker in Los Angeles. I’ve heard all about the “Good ‘Ol Days” when construction jobs were plentiful for Blackmen. Those days are long gone – taken over by Hispanics.

I understand the Blackman’s resentment, but it is misdirected. It is NOT the Hispanics’ fault that the whiteman prefers him over us. Be mad at the devil. He does these types of things DELIBERATELY. First, to leave you unemployed and Secondly, to divide us from our Red half-Brothers.

THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD (MAY THE PEACE AND THE BLESSINGS OF ALLAH FOREVER BE UPON HIM) taught us until he was unable to teach anymore, that we MUST DO SOMETHING FOR SELF, or else we would be FORCED to do something for self, which is going on now.

They have something out here in NOLA called “THE BLACKBOOK” (Allah (swt) Has Truly Blessed Me with some invaluable resources and opportunities since I’ve been in New Orleans.) and it lists Black-owned businesses.

There are profiles of business owners and almost all of them were FORCED to open their own businesses after they found themselves unexpectedly unemployed (fired).

used to get happy when I saw the Black Construction Workers out here working diligently on the many reconstruction efforts going on all over the city here in NOLA, then I thought about it and realized, we’ve been building the buildings here in America for the devils, since they brought us here to do just that!

I am proud of my Brothers for opening their own companies and working independently, gaining contracts to build these buildings, but I will be ecstatic to see the day when we are able to build OUR OWN infrastructure for OUR OWN BLACK NATION.

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Brotherhood Way General Contractors
2004 St. Andrew St., (504) 287-4416; www.teambwc.com
Contractors provide construction and energy services and specialize in new and commercial construction, energy efficiency and electrical, mechanical and solar PV work.

CHECK THE BLACKBOOK FOR A FULL LISTING OF BLACK CONSTRUCTION WORKERS/CONTRACTORS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER BUSINESS OR SERVICE YOU MAY NEED.

My Brothers and Sisters, currently employed by the devils, seek out your own by using this invaluable resource – THE BLACKBOOK – and offer your services as an apprentice or intern; do your best to help your Brother or Sister’s business grow and prosper; learn the business and then OPEN YOUR OWN.

That “climbing the corporate ladder” idea should have never been a part of our conversations, except to discourage each other from such thinking. You get the job, learn the business, “stack your paper” and open your own. Whatever you do for the devil, you can do for your own self.

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Shoulders, Chest, Pants, Shooze…….

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

OMG!!!

WHY DID I GO TO THIS FREE DANCE CLASS THE OTHER NIGHT AND HAD THE TIME OF MY LIIIIIIFE!!!!????!!!!

OMG YA’LL
I HAD NO IDEA…

On Sunday, they had some kind of event at the hotel and mostly bad music was blasting all night, but the DJ did play a couple bangers and I got up to take a quick peak. When I got up, I couldn’t help but dance a li’l.

Dancing is like second nature when you’re a music lover like Love Amad. But, honestly? I hadn’t bust a move in like six months. Just haven’t been in the mood, you know? With all of the changes going on in and around me. But it felt really good to let loose. So, that night was sort of a precursor to what happened the next night.

I mainly went because the notice read that they serve a “healthy” dinner after the class, and Lord Knows, I haven’t had one of those in weeks! But, I told myself not to get my hopes up because I know you (my people) very well.

When you realize there’s something someone likes, needs or wants, you do your best to make sure she doesn’t get it. :/ I know. I know. Willie Lynch.

So, I just put it in my mind to try and have a good time.

And boy, Did I!!!

When I walked in, they were playing, “Cold Blooded” by Brother Rick.

and I was convinced I was going to enjoy the class.

But, I am from L.A. – the toughest crowd in the country.

So, I put my bags down and was immediately impressed by the instructor AND the students! They could ALL DANCE and one of them was a DEVIL!

But I stayed on anyway. :/

I walked around, looking at the pictures on the wall – just getting a feel of the space, but when I got where no one could see me, I went in! 😉

This is New Orleans, and good music must flow through the veins of these “Saints.” I mean how else would you explain it?

Finally, I joined the Class.

The Instructor smiled (I really dug her flavor) and the next song was some Zydeco remix of “Bad Mamma Jamma”
(My theme music NOLA style 😉 )

I let go!

Man, I was turnt up the whole class.

But, my favorite part….

She played some song where the guy says, “Shoulders, Chest, Pants, Shoes….” and I went bananas. It was like The Wop on steroids or something. I couldn’t wait until Thursday!

Oh Lord Jesus, I just watched the music video. I was so on point, the way I did it. These hoochies are lame.

FABIOLA! I MEAN FAIL!

Dinner was in the pocket. I didn’t eat the fish and told them why. It was Tilapia. But I ate the mashed potatoes even though the Messenger (PBUH) taught us to “Leave those old white potatoes alone!” But I hadn’t eaten potatoes since, I think 2008, when me and Hakim took the Greyhound to NYC. We stopped at Mickey D’s and I got some fries and a Shamrock shake. 😛 (That sounds like a dance, huh? “Say man, you know how to do that new dance, The Shamrock Shake, Brother?” LOL)

We had some cabbage and a green salad as well. Al Hamdulillah الحمد لله الله أكبر
I filled my plate then cleaned it. 😉

* * * * *

The next day, this Black-owned company was celebrating their Founder’s Day and 131st Anniversary. Yes, 131st Anniversary. As in One Hundred and Thirty One Years of Doing Business in New Orleans.

I can’t believe how old everything is out here. NOLA was colonized by the French in 1718 – Almost three hundred years ago, and it is not uncommon to find businesses, neighborhoods and families that have been here a good two hundred or so years.

That is mind-blowing to me, being born in Los Angeles, which was founded in 1781, but didn’t really become the thriving metropolis it is today, until the Gold Rush of 1849 – which is barely 150 years. New Orleans has been at it twice as long.

So, I knew in my heart, that I had to go and see how this family had been in business so long.

A couple of years ago, I wanted to do a documentary on Black Businesses that had been in existence for at least fifty years, and I thought that was a long time. But here are the Rhodes, celebrating nearly three times that length.

So, I went and I did some piecing together of certain facts and discovered that basically, you really just need to have a son to carry on the business. They are going into their fourth generation. All named after the founder. 😉

Expanding into other related fields must have helped too. It’s always good to diversify.

Theirs is the funeral business. The founder saw a need for Black people to be able to obtain a decent and respectable burial shortly after the Civil War, wherein we were still being treated little better than livestock.

So, he opened his funeral service and now over the course of three generations, the Rhodes have expanded to include an insurance company also a limousine service.

I am so thankful to my Zawji and my Saviour, for bringing me here to New Orleans and giving me a first hand view of what is possible when Black People truly do something for self.

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. I LOVE YOU!
#15moredayz #makethedayzcount

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

One thing I hadn’t planned on was the breakdown and solitude I had to seek out after reading an article about Hurricane Katrina and how they had to process all of the corpses. Reality is a mutha. 😥

ONE UNITED BANK

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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As-Salaam-Alaikum Dearly Beloved Sisters & Brothers!!!

THINK OVER THOSE WORDS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS

ONE UNITED

THAT’S ALL WE NEED

ONE UNITED NATION, RIGHT?

WHY NOT START WITH A BANK?

I ALWAYS hear progressive Brothers and Sisters talking about how we need to unite, pool our resources and

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WELL, IT’S TIME TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!!!!!

YOUR VOICE IS YOUR CHOICE
OF WHERE YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY.

Our Brothers and Sisters at ONE UNITED BANK have already established a bank just for us, wherein we can store our money, take out loans for business and property ownership.

This bank offers every amenity offered by the devil’s banks, including multi-home property loans, which appear to be the hot thing right now. I live in one. 😉
With the exception of investments in the devil’s worthless dollar/economy (stock market). :/

YOU CAN OPEN AN ACCOUNT ONLINE AND USE YOUR ATM CARD AT ANY STORE OR ATM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

WWW.ONEUNITED.COM

LET’S SUPPORT OUR OWN BANK AND BUILD AN INSTITUTION WHEREIN WE CAN GROW AS A NATION.

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(This is the CRENSHAW branch. Almost ALL of the employees are Black. It’s so relaxing. They always have refreshments and comfy  seats (not these 😛 ). The tellers, managers, even the Security Guards are family friendly and make for a very pleasant banking experience.)

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(I see you Magic!!! 😉 )

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SPRING MITTENS

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BISMILLAHI RAHMANI RAHIM

In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Most Merciful

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To see the mittens in greater detail click HERE

 As-Salaam-Alaikum Dearly Beloved Asiatic Sisters!

I was thinking with the advent of Spring, I wouldn’t be crocheting any warm weather attire, but it’s been unseasonably cold the last couple of days and we even had rain a couple nights ago! So, I’ve been bundling up with my crocheted hats and scarves and whatnot, but I have yet to replace my gloves.

I decided to crochet some mittens and these are very simple so I thought I would share the tut with my Beloved Readers! I was going to make them without the bumps, but they are a part of the pattern so I kept them. And they ended up being the most fun part!

I used a smaller hook and crocheted the stitches tighter so my pattern is a bit different. I also crocheted more bumps.

Anyway, if you have the wherewithal to create these wonderful mittens, comment and post a picture. Share your talent! 😀

As-Salaam-Alaikum!

 

PATTERN

Chain 10
One Returning Chain
Row 1 – Ten Single Crochet in Backloop
One Returning Chain
Complete 24 more rows
Connect edges
Remove hook and turn inside out
Row 1 – 42 Single crochet across top
Row 2 – Bump, 5sc (single crochet), bump, 5sc, bump sc to the end of the round
*Bump* – insert hook into backloop, yarn over, insert hook into next backloop, yarn over, insert hook into next backloop, yarn over, pull through first loop on hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through last two loops on hook, insert hook into last stitch, yarn over, pull through loops on hook
Row 3 – sc entire round
Row 4 – sc entire round
Row 5 – Five sc, bump, five sc bump, sc, bump, sc to the end of the round
Row 6 – sc entire round
Row 7 – sc entire round
Row 8 – Bump, 5sc (single crochet), bump, 5sc, bump sc to the end of the round
Row 9 – sc entire round
Row 10 – sc until 9 loops from first bump, chain 9, insert hook 9 loops from chain,  sc to the end of the round

Repeat pattern until desired length then decrease

*Decrease* Insert hook into backloop, yarn over, pull through, insert hook into next backloop, yarn over pull through, yarn over pull through all three loops

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ALLENSWORTH, CALIFORNIA

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Asiatic Black Sisters & Brothers 😉

A few years ago my son and I were lucky enough to be a part of an expedition that traveled from Los Angeles to the remains of the historic all-Black California city of ALLENSWORTH.

You may be familiar with the John Singleton movie about the all-Black township, “Rosewood,” or about the all-Black town, Greenwood, Oklahoma aka “Black Wall Street”. Well, there were several ALL-BLACK towns, at one time, all across America! The first one to be incorporated that was also immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel which was made into an HBO movie, starring none other than Miss Halle Berry – Their Eyes Were Watching God – was the town of Eatonville, Florida. It is also the only one I know of that is still in existence today.

All the others met the same fate – destroyed overtly or covertly by the American devil slavemasters and their children, who cannot stand to see their once-slaves living independently.

The founder of  Allensworth, Allen Allensworth was killed in a suspicious motorcycle accident while out soliciting more residents for his burgeoning metropolis, which was followed by construction of a railway through the town which brought about its ultimate demise.

For more information on Allensworth,, click here.

HOW TO HARVEST YOUR OWN WHEAT

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Sisters & Brothers 😉

Growing up, I used to always get hurt and annoyed by those little brown things that would get stuck in my socks and stick me on my ankles. Well, I recently found out that those annoying little buggers are wheat granules! Wheat grows wild like crazy out here in L.A.

Growing our own food, canning and other means of becoming self-sufficient are areas in which we should be masters, so I checked out a book from the library a while back and it illustrated the means of harvesting wheat and it is very simple.

Our Beloved Messenger (PBUH) taught us that whole wheat makes the best bread. So, I thought I would share this tut from YT with my Beloved Asiatic Family. You can use a coffee grinder to grind the wheat into flour. Enjoy! And, leave a comment and let me know how you went about the process and how well it turned out for you! 😀

As-Salaam-Alaikum!