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In ancient Kemet (Egypt), Africans created a numerical system that broke down the universe in a way to find out what God form they were. This system lined up with a specific person based on their chosen Gods or Goddesses, and their incarnation name, according to Speaker and Lecturer Bobby Hemmitt.
The incarnation name is the birth name of a person. The numerical system works by counting the number of letters in your full name (first, middle, last), and the letters go up to 32.
0. Nuit, Harpokrates, Ammon, Hadit
1. Ptah, Ausar
2. Ammon, Thoth, Nuit,
3. Nephthys, Muat, Isis
4. Ammon, Auset,
5. Horus, Nephthys
6. Ra, Ausar
7. Hathor, Horus the Elder
8. Thoth, Anubis
9. Shu, Tefnut
10. Osiris, Seb, Isis, Nephthys, Eye of Heru
11. Muat, Nuit, Geb
12. Tehuti, Seshat
13. Hathor, Chomse
14. Het-Heru, Horus the Elder
15. Isis, Menthu
16. Osiris, Apis, Amushesh
17. Shu & Tefnut, Twin Merti, Rekht, Heru-Ra-Ha
18. Harmakhu, Khephera
19. Horus, Ra-Har-Khuit or Ra-Heru-Kuhodi, Pashet, Sekmet, Mau
20. Isis as Virgin, Heru-pa-Kraath, Harpocrates,
21. Amoun-Ra, Amonet
23. Osiris, Ausar, Isis, Auset
24. Typhon, Apep, Khephera, Hammemit
26. Set, Kemset
27. Menthu, Horus
28. Ahepi, Aroueris, Nuit
29. Anubis, Anpu, Khephera
31. Thoum-Aesh-Neith, Mau, Kabeshunt, Heru, Tarpesheth, Asar
32. Sebek, Mako, Satem, Ahapshi, Nephthys, Ameshet
The letters in my birth name came out to number 23, which is Osiris, Ausar, Isis, Auset (Osiris is the same as Ausar, and Isis is the same as Auset).
Osiris is God of the underworld and judge of the dead. He is also known for justice and rebirth because of his experiences. As a living God, Osiris was depicted as handsome, and dressed in royalty wearing a crown in Upper Egypt, according to Joshua J. Mark of Ancient History Encyclopedia.
As one of the most popular Egyptian God’s, he was known as The God of Love, King of The Living, and Eternal God. He was just, generous, and the God of giving life and abundance. Osiris is also known as a terrifying figure who sends demon-messengers to drag the living down to the realm of the dead, which only happened occasionally.
When Osiris married Isis, Osiris was the God of the Earth, and Isis was his queen. They were rulers of the world and took the responsibility seriously because they made sure humans were living in paradise with streams of water being easily available, plenty of food to eat, and the perfect climate for human living conditions.
While they were ruling the world together, there was no injustice, all men and women were treated equally, and everybody lived peacefully.
Even though Osiris was as a just and kind ruler, he was killed by his resentful and jealous brother named Set. Osiris came back to life with help from Isis, and became pregnant with their son, Horus.
Osiris became the most popular and enduring image of God.
Although Osiris experienced a rebirth, he was unable to rule the land of the living, so he withdrew into the underworld where he became God and Judge of the Dead. Isis was afraid of what Set would do to her son, so she hid him in the swamps of Egypt. Horus eventually emerged as a mighty warrior and conquered Set and the chaos he created.
Horus followed in his father’s footsteps and restored law, order, and equality to the world while ruling with his mother.
Isis’ name is referred to as seat, because of her stability to stay on the throne of Egypt. She became the goddess of all people in Egypt, which meant male, female, royal or the everyday common person looked for her guidance, according to Mark.
In some stories, Isis disguised herself as a homeless woman, an old woman, a mother mourning her child, a wife searching for her husband, and a woman fighting for her family to name a few. Egyptians identified with these stories because they believed the Goddess Isis would help them during their darkest times.
Osiris’ myth became the blueprint of values such as justice and rebirth that has had an impact on Egyptian culture, which consists of humans having harmony, order, and showing gratitude towards each other, along with Osiris granting them eternal life.
Isis’ myth represents love, magic, and harmony, which is the Egyptian Goddess Maat. The Egyptian’s believed the God’s depended on them to live accordingly to the rules of Maat because they would live a peaceful life on earth and will be rewarded in the afterlife.
Osiris and Isis Have Always Been Within Me
After doing my research about Osiris and Isis. I realized they both came to me spiritually at different times in my life. For instance, I believe when I was diagnosed with cancer at 14 and 17-years-old. Osiris was with me during this scary time because he helped me defeat cancer twice.
Another time I could remember was when I created the foundation of “CalmandStrong.” I was in my darkroom with just my computer. My creativity was at its highest during this time because Osiris was guiding me through the process of me wanting to inspire teenagers and young adults with my story of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee.
Osiris is the God of the afterlife and his realm is always dark. I was in my own dark realm, but I believe Osiris brought me out of the darkness, and CalmandStrong became my light and rebirth.
Isis also came into my life while I was creating CalmandStrong. Sony PlayStation’s inFAMOUS videogame franchise and superhero Cole MacGrath is a part of my story because I was inspired by how he carried himself as a superhero after facing many adversities.
I believe when I played the original inFAMOUS in 2009, Isis forced me to notice the comparisons between Cole and myself. The first thing I noticed was when Cole and I were in the hospital with our friends and family members by our bedsides.
This picture of me was taken in 1999, and the other image I lifted from the original inFAMOUS, which was released in 2009.
Even though there is a 10-year difference, the comparison with Cole and me is undeniable. The magic of Isis helped me articulate everything concerning CalmandStrong, and the comparison between Cole and myself.
My imagination was at its highest in 2013, and I ended up with an idea that has never been done before. I’m 33-years-old, and I appreciate God Osiris and Goddess Isis for guiding me during the process of helping humanity through my creativity.
“The realm of imagination is the ultimate, most powerful realm.”
– Speaker and Lecturer Bobby Hemmitt
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Two electric-based superheroes centuries apart (Shango:1800s, and Cole MacGrath: 2000s) were focused on saving a generation of people.
I became interested in comic books and superheroes when Sucker Punch Productions released the inFAMOUS videogame franchise in 2009 for the PlayStation 3 starring electric-superhero main protagonist (main character) Cole MacGrath.
The foundation of “CalmandStrong” is based on comparing my experiences and realities with cancer and becoming a hip amputee as a teenager to the digital world of inFAMOUS and Cole.
inFAMOUS’ Cole MacGrath: Superhero or Supervillain?
While Cole was delivering a package, it exploded leveling six square blocks of Empire City. Leaving Cole at the center, alive, but changed and able to control electricity. Cole looked at his new-found powers as a burden, and he knew he had a responsibility to save what was left of the city or destroy it.
This is where the karma system comes in because depending on Cole’s actions in the game. The civilians will react to him as being a “Superhero” or “Supervillain.”
For example, when Cole is a hero, the civilians will say, “You give us something to believe in,” and they’ll pull out their cell phones and say, “Hey look its Cole!” and take pictures of him while he is saving the city. The women in the game will ask if he dates normal girls or if he has a girlfriend.
When Cole is a supervillain, the civilians will protest him by chatting, “Cole is Crap!”, “Kill MacGrath!” and say, “You’re the reason why we have a death penalty!” They also form mobs around him and throw rocks chatting, “Let’s kill him before he kills us!”
There are “karma” moments in the game where Cole must think on his feet and do what he feels is right to him. For instance, civilians will approach Cole and ask him to heal somebody who is seriously injured. Cole has the choice to heal the person, or not care and go on about his business.
Depending on Cole’s actions, his appearance changes. For example, Hero Cole is clean and pristine. His electricity is blue, and his powers are defensive. He can also heal civilians and arc-restrain his enemies, which are electrical handcuffs.
Supervillain Cole appears dirty, with veins visibly showing throughout his body and he has red bloodshot eyes. His electricity is red, and his powers are about creating collateral damage killing anybody who gets in his way. He also drains the electrical charges from people killing them instantly, but re-healing himself in the process.
One of my favorite missions is from the original inFAMOUS called “The Price.” The mission starts with the antagonist Kessler telling Cole that he abducted his girlfriend Trish. Kessler had Trish hanging from one building and the other building had six doctors hanging.
Cole had enough time to go to one building before the bomb exploded. Which building would Cole choose? Kessler told Cole he could save Trish, the love of his life, or the six doctors.
This is the kind of phycological torture that Cole had to endure when he was forced to become a superhero.
Cole will always be special to me because I understood what he must have been feeling during his superhero journey, because I also experienced phycological torture, along with mental, spiritual, and physical torture while on my journey of defeating cancer twice as a teenager.
Shango: West African King and God of Thunder and Lightning
I recently found out about Shango, the God of Thunder and Lightning from West Africa. Shango was the fourth king from the ancient Oyo Empire during the 1800s (located in Nigeria), which was the center of culture and politics for the Yoruba people.
Shango is often depicted with a double-headed axe, and the symbol of a thunderbolt.
Although Shango was a powerful king, the people of the Oyo Empire felt he was unfair. When Shango’s throne was challenged, he fled for the forest and committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. Shango became the God of Thunder because when he went up to the heavens, he sent fire down to the earth and destroyed the houses of his enemies.
Another account asserts that Shango was fascinated with his powers, and he started a thunderstorm and lightning struck his palace and unfortunately, his many wives and children were killed. He fled his kingdom after the tragedy and hung himself. Shango’s followers believed the storms were from his wrath, avenging his enemies.
Besides seeking revenge on his enemies, Shango represented the theme of being creative, authoritative, destructive, magical, medicinal, and moral.
Shango’s thunderous energy was used as a form of resistance during the transatlantic slave trade in the Americas for the Yoruba people during the 19th century. Shango is still worshipped in the Americas, especially in the Caribbean.
Electric Superheroes Live On...
After the release of inFAMOUS in 2009, I became interested in electric-superheroes from different cultures and mythologies. For instance, Thor is from Norse mythology and is probably the most popular having movies, tv shows, etc. Zeus is from Greek mythology, and DC Comics created Static Shock and Black Lightning. These electric- superheroes were released before inFAMOUS, but they were an influence on Cole MacGrath being a modern-day electric-superhero.
Shango, who was often forgotten in history can now be added to the great list of electric-based superheroes.
I always get excited when I find out something new and interesting that existed hundreds of years before I was born. Knowing Shango was an electric-based superhero, a king, and an inspiration for his people who were forcibly in bondage in the Americas was fascinating to find out.
My favorite superhero and video game character is Cole MacGrath, but it was great for me to find out an electric-based superhero named Shango came from the origin of my existence: Africa.
I don’t own any content or images displayed from African King and God Shango and Cole MacGrath from the inFAMOUS videogame franchise.
No Copyright Intended. All image content is copyright to their respective owners. Cole MacGrath image is property of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), developed by Sucker Punch Productions, SIE Santa Monica Studio, Bluepoint Games and SuperBot Entertainment.
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If you love Hip-Hop artists Nas, Common, J Dilla, and The Pharcyde. Chances are you will love Hip-Hop duo Blu & Exile.
Blu & Exile are a Hip-Hop duo from Los Angeles, CA consisting of Blu (rapper) and Exile (producer). Both artists met in the mid-2000s, decided to form a group, and released their celebrated debut album, “Below the Heavens” in 2007.
I became a fan of the duo when they released their second album “Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them” in 2012. Their second album will always have a special place in my heart because it was released during the time when I was a struggling senior at California State University, Long Beach.
This album was released at the perfect time because I was in a transitional period of graduating from college and looking for a good job. My self-esteem was low at the time because I never had a job before due to me having cancer twice as a teenager and getting my right leg amputated at 17-years-old.
The foundation of ‘Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them’ gave me the same spiritual experience I had after listening to Nas’ Stillmatic and The Pharcyde’s Labcabincalifornia.
I connected with the overall theme of the album, which showcases Blu’s reflective poetic lyricism about his life, and Exile’s beautiful and soulful beat selection created an atmosphere for Blu to speak about his personal experiences.
Their album was therapeutic for me because of the content and substance within the songs. For instance, my favorite song from the album is “More Out of Life,” which helped me realize if I want my situation to be better, I need to do something about it if I want more out of life.
“On the brink of trying to make my mind, save my soul, at the same time trying to make this rhyme. Wonder, will I be saved in time? Make Salah, say grace case God change his mind. How insane am I? Just the same as you, came here what you came to do, I’m just saying the truth.”
- Blu & Exile, More Out of Life, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
Other noticeable songs from the album are Ease Your Mind, Maybe One Day, O Heaven, The Only One, A Man, and Cent from Heaven to name a few.
In 2017, Blu & Exile released “In the Beginning: Before the Heavens,” which is a prequal to their debut album because the songs were from the sessions from Below the Heavens that didn’t make the album.
The Legacy of Blu & Exile
Blu & Exile as a duo is often overlooked and underrated, not just in Hip-Hop but in music in general. In my opinion, the duo has never made a bad song or bad album because they always stayed close to the musical foundation they created.
The duo was formed in the mid-2000s, but they presented themselves like their 90s duo counterparts like Gang Starr, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, etc. When listening to their music, the listener could hear that they were influenced by the 90s Hip-Hop era.
Both Blu & Exile are solo artists and have created music outside of the duo. In my opinion, they make the best music when they are together because there is a certain level of understanding and respect they have for each other to create the best album possible.
When I listen to a Blu & Exile album, I expect nothing but the best because Blu is a master lyricist, and Exile is a master producer.
Even though they have only released three albums as a duo, they are some of the best albums I’ve ever heard because of their talent to be consistent with the foundation they created starting with Below the Heavens. Their songs have creative lyrics with soulful production and memorable melodies.
My Personal Wish List That Will Never Happen: Nas & Blu EP and A New Pharcyde Album Produced by Exile
I have two personal wish lists that include Blu & Exile, but I would like to see them collaborate with my other favorite Hip-Hop artists: Nas and The Pharcyde. I’ve had this idea for a long time, and I’ll go in-depth about who I want to be involved in the creation of these two albums.
For example, Nas and Blu are my two favorite solo rappers, and it would be great to see them collaborate on a six song EP entitled, “My Life in Color.” Both Nas and Blu are both great storytellers and master lyricists, and when I hear them rap, I envision vivid pictures from their colorful lyrics.
The content within the album will be about their experiences growing up in their respective states (Nas: New York, and Blu: California), their thoughts about the social-political climate in the United States with suggestions of how to combat racism, and the plight of African descendant people from around the world.
I’d like J Dilla to produce the album, co-produced by Exile, and executive produced by A Tribe Called Quest and DJ Premier from Gang Starr. Unfortunately, both J Dilla and Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest have passed away, and therefore this album could never happen.
Blu & Exile share some similarities with The Pharcyde because both group’s lyrics reflect their life experiences in Los Angeles, and they both prefer to rhyme over soulful-jazzy production.
When I became a fan of The Pharcyde in 2008, they reunited for the Rock the Bells festival. While touring as four, in an interview with ughhdotcom, the interviewer asked if they were going to release a new album since they were back together after being broken up for many years.
Pharcyde member Imani said the group needed to vibe with each other again first before making an album because The Pharcyde’s previous albums were built on the vibe they created in the 90s. He also said they need a producer who has creative ideas and is connected to the youth.
After listening to Blu & Exile’s ‘Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them.’ I thought about this particular Pharcyde interview and realized Exile would be the perfect producer to help The Pharcyde create a new album.
For instance, both Exile and The Pharcyde are from LA, and Exile’s production style is reminiscent to the late-great J Dilla, who produced most of The Pharcyde’s second album, Labcabincalifornia.
Unfortunately, this won’t happen either because The Pharcyde broke up again shortly after their reunion tour for Rock the Bells. As an optimist, I’m hoping they could get back together again and bless the world with more timeless music.
Blu & Exile Influences and Identity
Blu & Exile are talented musicians, and I believe Blu’s conscious and street-style of rapping is a mixture of Nas and Common, with the soul of J Dilla. Exile’s boom-bap soulful and jazz-style production is like J Dilla, DJ Premier, and A Tribe Called Quest.
If you are a fan of Nas, Common, J Dilla, Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Pharcyde. You will love Blu & Exile because they incorporate elements from these artists, but they still have their own identity, and should be regarded as one of the best duo’s in Hip-Hop music.
Blu & Exile: My World Is…: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewpVbFT1mpk
Blu & Exile: More Out of Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHJL0IbVLYY
Blu & Exile: Stress Off My Chest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGXo_RHwF_o
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