Jan. 1, 2019

Imani! Imani! Imani! Imani! Imani!


Historical Perspective of Imani


Faith Once You Have It Nothing Can Shake You, Quake It And Only God’s Force Can Take You!


“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword and spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the deliver thee into my mind hand, and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee, and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know there is a God in Israel.”

1 Samuel 17

Imani can turn a simple rock into a force of nature that can take down nations of oppression.


The last day of Kwanzaa honors the principle that must be the foundation or the rock that runs within each one of us. It binds us against the harsh winds of life that sometimes will place obstacles in our path of individual and community growth. Just as David faced his demons with the faith that somehow, someway he knew his God would shield him from his enemies. David faced insurmountable odds, yet he had a faith level that was as high as the skies above him. That is what Imani is all about it is the resolute desire that when all the odds are seemingly against you. 

All one has to do is search within themselves and reach for power that ascertains each of our abilities to rise above all our circumstances and defeat the challenges that confront us. I truly believe that “our” ancestors fought against incredible odds that included bigotry, hatred, oppression, repression, depression, regression, violent evil intentions, and unheard of inhumane actions because of the internalized force of Imani. Within our ancestors capacity to withstand the storm and evil winds of a society hellbent on their destruction to not break from those bonds of Imani. The philosophy of Imani held each of them together who had it and allowed without it to develop Imani. 

Imani lessened the pain when events took away from them loved ones lost in the struggle for human, civil, judicial and social rights. So as we look around our blighted communities on this first day of 2019. We all must search for our own degree of IMANI and we must assist those in finding their own personal levels of faith. No matter how minuscule that level maybe it can be elevated, heightened and magnified to shine brightly within us. That is why the seventh day of Kwanzaa focuses on FAITH because it is FAITH that will move that mustard seed of doubt and belief in self to a gigantic mountain of belief. Imani can turn the sense of hopefulness to a force of hope that no one or nothing can stop our eventual progression towards the greatness that is due us. 

Yes, there will continue to be rocky roads or obstacles but belief in unity, self-determined effort, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, unyielding purpose, creative thought, and action, tied to the faith in ourselves and others will secure the desired results. Our black communities will indeed overcome and the day will come when all of God’s children will seek love, not hate and truly build the community of man. That was I feel the original purpose of Kwanzaa it was meant to build a humane driven society. Let’s all reach for those principles each and every day we live.



Faith/Imani joesmokeblackthoughts

When all those around you say it’s a waste

Heck, even your family leaves you with a bad taste

That’s when you had better make haste

You see you have to be the one who leads this dream chase

That’s why the most important theme is for YOU to keep faith

You see, YOU, are the most important cog in this here race

So make sure that you stand firmly and solidly in place

Don’t let disbelievers spin YOUR dreams aimlessly out in space

There are those who would love to see your brain encased in thick mace

However stay around those you believe YOU are becoming an ACE.

So remember to score and soar realizing your dreams your indeed make you ROAR

You can defeat those Goliath’s that come at you with just a little more faith

The caravan inside you indeed keeps your dreams safe

Those barking dogs once defiant don’t stop you from being self-reliant

The words that they utter don’t have to make you stutter 

Or make your dreams melt like hot butter

You see the life that you are living

Makes it possible for you to start giving

You see that dead lion over there you are certainly outliving

Find folks who believe and stay away from all that deceive

It’s vital that you perceive or your dreams well you will grieve

You have been caught by those nasty dream thieves

Finally, please affirm it will assure your inner self that you have confirmed

That dream YOU hold is not damaged it is gonna go and be met long-term.

You have just been REAFFIRMED and CONFIRMED.

So just remember the importance of focused alignment

It will protect against any destructive dream malignment 


I really hope that these seven days have bought you some knowledge and understanding of this black man's view of Kwanzaa.  Let’s make this year 2019, the year that black bodies are left standing and humanity and love of each other is what everyone in our communities is demanding. So have a great remainder of this first day of the year and I do hope you enjoyed my week of celebrating my historical interpretation of Kwanzaa's enlightened principles as we move into the year 2019