“13 Lenses from My Meditation” by Dr. T. Hasan Johnson

•June 28, 2014 • 2 Comments

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“Broken African Libraries and the Colonization of Creative Knowledge” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D. [Warning! Adult graphic material!]

•March 23, 2014 • 3 Comments

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I recently lectured in class about African enslavement and decided to include the Arab Slave Trade in Africa. I thought it important to address the role of African knowledge in the development of Europe, and the African relationship with Arabs was a useful jumping off point. Essentially, you can look at it in two ways: the impact of African wealth and intellectual advancement via Greece and Rome, and the Moorish occupation of Southern Europe. Greece and Rome’s colonization of North Africa provided them access to wealth both material and intellectual. Most obsess over the material wealth, but what we often miss is that the advancement of “civilization” in Europe was unprecedented in regard to the speed and breadth of Greece and Rome after it’s conquest of Africa. Why? Continue reading ‘“Broken African Libraries and the Colonization of Creative Knowledge” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D. [Warning! Adult graphic material!]’

“Dadisi Sanyika and American Horror Story: Coven” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D

•November 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment

My students have gotten me into watching American Horror Story: Coven this season. Although it’s only in the third or so episode, I must admit it’s intriguing. It’s entertaining…and it deals with the occult. Okay, to be honest, it sensationalizes the occult.

“The History Channel’s “The Bible”… (sigh) Charleton Heston on Easter all over again?” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

•April 1, 2013 • 2 Comments

sun movement2Ok. I, as with many of you, watched Charlton Heston’s The Ten Commandments and the Easter tradition of Jesus of Nazareth every year from my childhood on. I even watched it after I began reading books like The Autobiography of Malcolm X as reported to Alex Haley and Chancellor’s Williams’ Destruction of Black Civilization. To be honest, after the age of 15 I watched them for the sake of bearing witness to the mechanics of White supremacy. But strangely, it still has the ability to surprise me…the audacity that is… Continue reading ‘“The History Channel’s “The Bible”… (sigh) Charleton Heston on Easter all over again?” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.’

“Gnostic ‘Being’ and Omniscience” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

•August 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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I have not written for this blog in quite a while. My wife Desiree Lowe-Johnson passed away in 2009 and I have been…in meditation ever since. I have come to understand some things as a result, but offer no absolutes or edicts for any to follow. I can, however, share some observations…some revelations I’ve had. Continue reading ‘“Gnostic ‘Being’ and Omniscience” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.’

“My Dream on May 31, 2009…” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

•May 31, 2009 • 3 Comments

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I had a dream this morning that I was in a graduate level class and the teacher, an angry, old Asian man, asked the class the mathematical formula for all existence. Mathematicians of every stripe tried to explain things, including Philosophers, but no one could answer his question. So right as everyone was starting to grab their coats and prepare to leave, I took the podium. I said that I would be brief, but to allow me to add something. The people graciously sat back down (with a slight grumble in the process, as I was the only Black person in the class and they seemed to tolerate me as some strange, exotic character that didn’t belong with them). I started to write on the board several symbols and explained what I meant by them, while qualifying to them that I was not a mathematician, but a Humanities scholar. Continue reading ‘“My Dream on May 31, 2009…” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.’

“Spirituality and Cartoons: Can It Be?” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

•February 19, 2009 • 5 Comments

how-to-open-ur-chakras-avatar-aangRecently, I spent a holiday weekend watching, quite by accident at first, the complete series of the Nickelodeon-based cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. I must admit I was taken aback at the degree of spiritual symbolism involved, but I truly fell out of my seat when they started to define the seven major chakras and how to perceive them! In the thirty minutes of one episode (actually about 15 minutes if you focus on the part of the story where the chakras are concerned), they describe chakras as “pools of swirling energy in the body that can be blocked by emotional ‘gunk.’” This was, of course, accompanied by a visual of a bubbling brook that flows into seven pools of water (each of which was blocked by moss, and after having them removed they flow smoothly). They then took the Avatar through an initiation where he experienced all seven sequentially. Continue reading ‘“Spirituality and Cartoons: Can It Be?” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.’