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Up Haki Madhubuti

"Because, Seeing is Believing"

ARTS & CULTURE

    We should all respect the arts of all cultures.   Traditions are preserved through creative art, literary arts, visual arts and especially the performing arts of dance, drum and music.  Below you will read information that can be referenced to all art forms.  However we will specifically stress the African and the African-American Arts that we do and specialize in.


Our Mission:     To educate and teach African Culture and History through music, art and the performing arts, especially African Dance and Drum.   In addition, we seek to instill pride, dignity, discipline development and enhance the understanding of the African American experience in relationship to our African Heritage.

"We Must Save the Children NOW / The Children, The Future"

"A model, A solution, THE ANSWER"  by Robert Dickerson

" The development of Self-Discipline is the KEY"  by Robert Dickerson

"EDUCATION is MEANINGLESS without LOVE and DISCIPLINE"
by Robert Dickerson

"Children
LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN"
 
by Mark G - Renowned Philadelphia, Pa. Artist

"It takes discipline to listen and when you listen, you LEARN"
by R. Mangaliso Davis - Camden NJ. African American Commissioner


WHY THE ARTS and
WHY WE SHOULD HONOR and LIVE OUR CULTURE OF
AFRICAN ART and THE
AFRICAN PERFORMING ARTS?
Basic Answer: "Knowing the righteous of self, is the essence of LOVING SELF, FAMILY and others"  
(Robert Dickerson)

"Consciousness precedes UNITY"  (Dr. Molefi Kete Asante)
Questions should be asked:
(1) Who are you?
(2) What are your roots and heritage?

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
(Honorable Marcus Garvey)

"We must display and be the beauty, righteousness and love of our culture." 
(Robert Dickerson)

"THE ORIGINAL AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM is where ALL DANCE and MUSIC COMES FROM"  (Robert Dickerson)


ART:  human ability to make things; creativity of man as distinguished from the world of nature / skill; craftsmanship / any specific skill or its application /
creative work or its principles; making or doing of things that display form, beauty, and unusual perception:
art includes painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, drama, the dance, etc.

CULTURE:  the ideas, customs, skills, arts, etc. of a given people in a given period.
Customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group;
A WAY OF LIFE


ROOTS:  YOUR SOURCE OR ORIGIN


HERITAGE:  something handed down from one's ancestors or the past, as a characteristic, a culture, tradition, etc..  The rights, burdens, or status resulting from being born in a certain time or place; birthright


The African Diaspora: refers to the communities throughout the world that have resulted by descent from the movement in historic times of peoples from Africa, predominantly to the Americas and among other areas around the globe. The term has been historically applied in particular to the descendants of the West and Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas in the Atlantic slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries, with their largest populations in Brazil, the United States, Haiti, and others. Some scholars identify "four circulatory phases" of migration out of Africa.[


Black on Black Crime, violence and hatred is the direct result of many African Americans or Black families being destroyed or dysfunctional in some form or another.  We must stress to all religious, community and educational institutions the value and importance of teaching our original culture, roots, heritage, history and love for one another, especially to our young people.  Remember what the Honorable Marcus Garvey said, "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."  When a person loves and appreciate who they are, they will respect themselves and others.

UNIVERSAL AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM ENSEMBLE (UADDE)- represents what we believe, our final model of family that understands and appreciate culture and values. UADDE serves as a proven example of the success we had in developing and helping to educate young people about their roots, heritage, culture, the African Diaspora and history.  Also, implement solutions and programs of education, discipline and moral development. We also believe this is a must and primary beginning in order to advance as a people in economics, family and community growth.

by Robert H. Dickerson


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●           Art, dance, music and the performing arts is usually the best way to get a idea,
              vision or a basic understanding of anyone's culture.

●          The arts have a built in discipline that increases the ability to achieve academic
             excellence.
The arts give you an interest, and a better understanding of global
             and world studies.  The arts also enhance critical thinking skills. The performing
             arts,
is a discipline that keeps you in rhythm with body, mind and spirit.

●          To inspire and exemplify hope for all.  To help stop the violence, the killings
             and self hatred,
for those who suffer identity, heritage and pride problems.

●           It displays, educate, teach and encourage cultural pride, dignity and
             appreciation

●           Cultural awareness through the arts, literature and the performing arts has been
              proven to be the best way to help present values, respect, love and
              understanding of anyone's culture. 

●           It helps Africans and other ethnic cultural organizations respect and see worth in
             others as well as themselves.  To help understand and appreciate the beauty of
             African culture, African people and where African-Americans or black people
             originated. 

●           It helps everyone and especially African-Americans or black people to learn and
             understand the importance of honoring their place of origin, Africa.  At the same
             time it helps our African family appreciate that there are African-Americans helping
             to build UNITY, through teaching and emphasizing the importance of EDUCATION,
             HISTORY, AFRICAN DIASPORA,
and the PERFORMING ARTS
             This is why Africans in America must love, appreciate and help African-Americans
             who love and honor this mission.  This will make it easier and safer for all of us
             to live in peace and happiness.

HOW CAN ART and PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS BE
            HELPED or SUPPORTED TO ASSIST IN
      EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY CULTURALLY
?
 

●           (1) Take time out of your busy schedules to observe performances, workshops and
                   seminars by African centered organizations to help teach and spread the beauty of
                   African culture.  Encourage your children, family and friends to observe
                   performances, workshops and seminars by African centered organizations. 

●           (2) Teach your children, family and friends the value, significance and love of
                    the African drums, dance, songs and instruments.

●           (3) Encourage your children, family and friends to support, join and get involved with
                   African centered organizations.

●           (4) Learn as much as possible and then teach and encourage radio, television
                   and print media to help support  and advertise cultural arts. 

●           (5) Encourage radio, television and print media to promote presentations of
                   African Dance & Drum organizations for their listening or viewing audience.

●           (6) Encourage PROMOTERS of Cultural, R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Jazz, Blues,
                   Rock & Roll and Reggae events, to use their Main Attraction, Headliners
                   or Superstars to promote high energetic and entertaining
African Dance
                   & Drum troupes
.  We must encourage our people to appreciate the
                   original culture of Africa where all music, rhythms and dance comes from.  
                                                 
                          WHY?
                   Within the news media and our own personal experiences of family, friends, community
                   and nation, we are witnessing
BLACK on BLACK CRIME at an alarming rate.
                   BLACK on BLACK CRIME, such as murder, rape, theft, child abuse, child neglect,
                   intentionally sexually transmitting diseases and more is basically BLACK on BLACK
                   HATRED.

                   Hatred or self hatred within the African American community is the results of a
                   people and/or race, whose culture has been lost.   The results are having
NO love,
                   self-pride, dignity, honor, and respect of themselves.
                  
NOT, advocating and supporting the arts and history is very dangerous and
                   contributes to the major problems and the social ills that effect Africans and
                   African-Americans (black people), within the United States of America.

                   African Dance & Drum Troupes will directly and instantly get to the
                   heart and spirit of the individual.    This will give your audience the desire
                   to appreciate their culture and history.  It will also help educate them of
                   the past and present.    Hopefully, this will teach them to respect
                   themselves and others for the future.   This will bring the respect of order
                   and safety to your events.

                   Always add your African Dance & Drum troupes on your advertised promotions
                   as additional HEADLINERS to encourage and display to your audience the value
                   of culture (The original music) especially for African Americans or Black people
                   who suffer identity and pride problems.   Some promoters have used Universal
                   African Dance & Drum Ensemble
this way and it has been very successful in
                   educating and entertaining their audiences.  Many promoters and Universal African
                   Dance & Drum Ensemble have received many accolades, e-mails, letters and kind
                   words from their audiences concerning their enjoyment and appreciation at these
                   events.

                   Use us to inspire and exemplify hope for ALL, especially for African Americans
                  
To help STOP THE VIOLENCE, STOP THE KILLINGS and SELF-HATRED
                   WE MUST ENCOURAGE AND CREATE HEADLINERS OF THE CULTURE

              

     On July, 15, 2008, these alleged young men killed two Africans (husband and wife) from Africa.
In an unrelated incident a husband and wife also lost their lives while their five children were inside
the residence.  These killings are of  the highest level of evil, hatred and ignorance.   These
young killers
are culturally, historically, religiously and spiritually deprived.
     We (Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble) believe that we have been blessed to
travel the United States of America to EDUCATE and TEACH at-risk or inner city youth the
values of love, discipline, culture, history, and the African Diaspora.   We also believe that
we should be used at school assemblies, colleges, community and religious events TO DO WHAT
WE WERE BLESSED TO DO.

"Mentoring, Educating, Saving and Transforming Lives to be productive and righteous"

PLEASE SUPPORT & DONATE

●           (7) Point 9 of the 10 Issues of the Millions More Movement is very important, it states:
              Artistic / Cultural Development -
We demand a greater accountability and
              responsibility of our artists, entertainers, industry personnel and executives,
              for them to commit to the redevelopment and upliftment of our people.  We demand an
              end to the exploitation of our talent by outside forces.  We will make strides in obtaining
              greater control over the means of production and distribution of our immense artistic
              talent and creative genius. 
We advocate for cultural development, and for the
              knowledge of our
original culture to be used as a model for future advancement.
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●           (8)   Study the benefits and value of African Dance & Drum organizations. 

●           (9)   Support financially and morally to help encourage organizations to continue
                     the great works of advocating African Art and African Performing Arts. 

●           (10) Encourage others to give and support. 

THE BENEFITS, KNOWLEDGE and VALUE OF AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM 

♥           African Drum Beats and Music is the true root of all music
             THE FIRST HEART BEAT - THE FIRST DRUM -  (1st NOTE) 

♥           The Pulse of the Drum - Is the Spirit of the HEART 

♥           IT IS MUSIC THAT HEALS and PENETRATES THE SOUL 

►         All music including  Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Rap, R&B, Hip Hop, Rap,
             Rock & Roll and etc., come from the African Beat 

►         African Drums are one of the highest levels of spirituality produced through
             BODY, MIND and SPIRIT. 

EXCELLENT POINTS OF INTEREST AND FACTS 

1           Africa is known to many as the continent that feeds the world.

2           Africa is very rich in natural resources.

          Most of all the natural resources, such as diamonds, oil, gold, silver, minerals and etc.,
             were taken from Africa.

4           According to anthropologist, Africa is the origin of man and THE MOTHER LAND.
             THE FIRST HEART BEAT - THE FIRST DRUM

5           BECAUSE OF AFRICA, WE ALL ON THIS EARTH, GET A CHANCE TO LIVE THE
             WAY WE DO, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A GOOD LIFE


              Robert H. Dickerson
              Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble

              www.unitycommunity.com

 

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