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Kuji Village Wellness Retreat - Phase One

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Contrary to much of the urban decay, hopelessness and exclusion that many are feeling, we propose that wonderfully, healthy alternatives are available to us. We take responsibility for building our own self-determined living environments, educate our children toward scientific excellence within our cultural traditions and move rapidly toward a healthy and sustainable reality. Kujichagulia Villages are an alternative.

You know how long my attention has focused on self-determined solutions to persisting problems against which we have persistingly railed.  It's time to take our ranting to reality.  Powerful forces are rising in the world, and not all of them are contrary to our ambitions toward sustainable development.  Through Black Star Media Global, LIBRadio/LIBtv, and the Conscious Rasta Press, we are constantly investigating and highlighting these changes.  Ours is “Cutting Edge Research to Serve an Emerging Leadership.”  One consistent philosophy has persisted when we see an opportunity to ride these changes to global group empowerment: "Get in.  Get in Early.  Get in deep!"

Are you ready to invest in our group's future development?  Kujichagulia Villages anyone?

This Phase One funding round will be used to publish a solid business plan, organize an executive team, produce perks and incentives that we will use toward marketing the village, create promotional materials, and attend conferences where we can present our working plan to the larger community.

This work has already begun yet needs to accelerate immediately.  Powerful changes in society and the economy around us demand that we engage a masterful plan for alternative pathways to economic freedom, productivity, community security, and justice.  Your support is greatly needed and appreciated in multiple areas.  In the long run, this is a new beginning for a profitable group of businesses that will allow each of us to prosper and to transfer wealth to the next generations.

Today is the day that we will look back to with pride that we saw the opportunity, stood up with pride, and did the right thing.39129060_1557499409629744_r.jpeg39129060_1557499435796238_r.jpeg
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On this day of the year that we celebrate our Fathers and Grandfathers, I thank my father for teaching his sons to build. We grew up learning gardening, carpentry, fishing, repairing motors and maintaining our musical instruments. As well, my father and grandfather instructed us to cook the food which we grew on our own homestead. All throughout life these valuable skills have been practicably useful.

From this point forward, it is needed that we pass these and other valuable life skills on to our sons, daughters and future generations. We come from a long legacy of ever-higher generational accomplishment. It is reasonable to expect each generation to take this blazing record of achievement to a new level.

As we reach for the stars, we must always remember that we stand upon the shoulders of Giants.

One way to honor our Fathers and Mothers, Grandfathers and Grandmothers is to build upon their legacy. Please help us to build these Wellness Villages so that we can name these institutions in memory of our Ancestors.
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What Would You Do If You Were Given $1 Billion?

This is a straightforward question that I asked every guest for a month during our 2016 dynamic VOICES OF POWER series of interviews on www.LIBRadio.com. The answers spanned quite a broad range. Some have laughed at the question. One guest said that he would turn down the money. Most of our guests answered it readily because their lifetime of activities have them very clear about just where such an enormous investment would be best placed.

What would YOU do? That is enough money to have some lasting impact on the world. That is also enough money to expose just how weak and unprepared many of us are to handle financial power.

After asking the question all month long, the same question woke me up quite early this morning and in my semi sleep state I started calculating just how much I could get done with it. The central theme of my own focus for this large endowment was our already-existent Kujichagulia Villages development projects. I love the idea of rural and urban intentional communities wherein each member of our volunteer community could have opportunity to develop their creative, innovative, artistic, skilled and visionary talents to their ultimate capacity. We've already engaged in these behaviors through numerous projects since 2008. Of recent years, the momentum has suffered measurably, no doubt because of the economic recession. Nonetheless, the vision remains as pure in intention as ever.

So what would I do with my $1 billion? First, I would take 40% of it and lock it away in long term sovereign wealth investments; that way it could serve as foundation for a permanent endowment.

Next, I would invest around $20 million each in 32 Kujichagulia Villages over the next 5 years, beginning with 2 the first year focused on wellness; these villages to be located across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, as well as on the African continent. They would be live-in campuses, each with some 80 innovative leaders in residence, each endowed with a $50K annual salary and free living space (I'd provide free meals but charge them for the commissary, in case they like junk food). These villages, situated on large acreage properties, would include a spectrum of facilities, powered by integrated renewable energy systems, creative innovation labs, extensive agribusiness, media production with fiber optic connection to the world, auditoriums and amphitheaters, 30-bed healing resorts, industrial production facilities and extensive campgrounds. This is the type of stuff that frequently obsesses my mind in the early morning hours.

It was such a GREAT and productive vision that I've decided to go ahead with it and start this work. I am convinced that it doesn't take a billion dollars to begin acting like a billionaire leader. I think we each just need to develop supreme competence, confidence and collaborative networks and that the best way to develop them is to do the work.

So if YOU are one of our Kujichagulia Village residents, an innovator, leader, visionary and a person who loves working for the progress of humanity, do drop me a line and let me know. As you can probably tell, I can't wait to get this party started!
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As we examine much of the world of today, as well as the society within which we live, we might often conclude that much of what is occurring is not sustainable. We’ve witnessed the rise of toxic conditions such as greed, racism, sexism, poverty, environmental degradation, chronic disease pandemics, poor governance, state-sponsored and individual violence, and other expressions of man’s inhumanity toward humankind, the animals, and toward Mother Nature.

It isn’t difficult to conclude that, at the current pace of these negative conditions growing ever more dangerous as each year passes, humanity is creating conditions by which it is undermining, or even destroying its future. We can find an excess of confirming, data-based evidence that we are living in an unsustainable manner which must fundamentally change immediately. The longer we delay these changes to our macro and micro-behaviors, the deeper is the hole within which we are burying our planetary future.

We offer these intentional communities, the Kuji Village Wellness Resorts as wholistic permaculture campuses to serve as a foundation for great changes in our individual and collective lives. Within this environment, we will govern our lives by the wisdom, sensitivity, experience, and spirituality of the Wise and Esteemed Elders of our generation working in concert with the brilliance of the younger people who will use this space for creating the future within which they imagine their living toward the Greatest Good.

Our villages will certainly not be a Utopian fantasy. We know that there will be challenges to face, problems to solve, and hard choices to make. We are certain that our healing environment will do much to bring Providence to bear on our lives – blessing and bestowing upon ourselves a strong foundation of self-determination and mutual support. As a people marching through these past five centuries of this Maafa Journey, it has always been our undying faith which has carried us throughout darkest moments. This faith, which we often call by its Swahili name Imani, transcends time, space, and personality. It is like a powerful river whose current gives strength and power to countless generations. When it sometimes seems as if the darkest clouds of man’s inhumanity have placed a terrible burden upon us, we turn to our faiths, our spiritual expression, and our religious communion to remind us that there is indeed not burden too great that can overcome the power of Spirit.

As we move boldly forward in this generation toward new horizons, we ever remember the faiths of our mothers and fathers and those who came before them. Our spirituality is like the fire of a candle. As we come together and touch the lit candle to others, there arises in our collective presence an ever-greater illumination, which in turn leads even more to this place of our glowing light. In time this leads to a critical mass that no longer must suffer and endure the fear of darkness overtaking our lives. We come together to build these wellness resorts and bring everlasting light to life.

Thank you for stepping up to help to build this future.
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One of the multiple functions of our Kuji Village Wellness Resorts is media production with on-site radio, TV production, amphitheater and film sound stage. As part of our first round of fundraising for the Villages I am currently putting together a short documentary explaining our strategic mission. During the second phase of activities we will raise the funds to create the first of a series of 13 documentary films. The following is a description of one of these productions which has great relevance for the vision we have of these Kujichagulia Village projects.

BLACK TOWNS: The Untold Story
Over the course of a century, beginning in the 1820s, there were created as many as 200 Black Towns across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Some of these become well known such as: Boley, Oklahoma; the Greenwood District of Tulsa (also known as Black Wall Street); Nicodemus, Kansas; Rosewood, Florida; Mound Bayou, Mississippi; and others.

During the period after Emancipation in the United States which included the Reconstruction as well as the Jim Crow apartheid era, Blacks migrated from plantation residence to many independent, self-determining and self-sufficient communities. Many of these were incorporated into formal municipalities. The fates of these Black Towns were quite diverse. Some prospered beyond belief in relatively brief periods. A few came under assault by racist and xenophobic terrorism, frequently due to the success of black business success.

Many distinct voices rose from within these Black Town developments, who were great heroes whose stories need to be comprehended. How these municipalities rose to carry forward our people’s hopes, dreams and industrial initiative is a compelling and necessary part of our historical narrative.
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