Queen Latifah Got it Right!~ About Nefertiti It was only about a couple of weeks ago I decided to revisit a you tube that I had happened upon when I had viewed another link about the ancient Moors of Europe. I was so surprised to finally see someone else Black confirm my research about Nefertiti, in that she was actually a White foreign woman that became the head queen of ancient Egypt, and what made it even more amazing was that this particular youtube was narrated by Queen Latifah. But to my surprise and in just a couple of weeks, when I came back to revisit this blog and clicked, it was gone! Now, I wonder why? Because Queen Latifah is a celebrity, I felt that by her input, this kind of information could finally be received much better than it had been in the past. Not only that but, I faintly remember in my younger years that many urban Black African American women like Queen Latifah in the spotlight believed that they had descended from Nefertiti [var. Nefertete] and that she was a Black Nubian woman, and so byway of Queen Latifah’s narration and admission of new found facts, I believed this to be so awesome. But what happened to the blog? Who is the person that presented this blog, and did they just change their mind and decide to retract it for some reason? According to its listing, it was just recently presented only last year in 2010, so why the sudden retract? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLGuKNd0koE&feature=related At any rate, I thought the brief blog was well laid out and concentrated on my main approach to the confirmation of the truth in that it mostly showed words and quotes along with the narration that Queen Latifah offered. It also had a beautiful display of maps and other graphics that displayed other various proofs to the origin of Nefertiti and, I heard Queen Latifah read the quotes that overlapped these graphics and finally, she read that Nefertiti was indeed of foreign descent. The blog presented details that agree with my research in that Nefertiti and many other ancient White people also became apart of ancient Egypt during that time in history. I decided to do a search on just who was the source behind this retracted youtube and I did more research on Queen Latifah to see what kind of connection she could have had with the owner of this blog. I found out that the deleted youtube was connected to someone named ‘Noble Moorish Scholar’ and/or Justfarr1030, but initially, I saw no connection to him, or the content of the blog, to Queen Latifah. And to my surprise though, I was overjoyed to find out that, although the blog was deleted, I stumbled upon the very core of the research that he presented, in that it was quotes from the very credible and published works of the well noted Ivan Van Sertima! So it did not matter to me now that the blog was deleted because all I need to do at this point would be to go directly to the source and verify the information about Nefertiti from Sertima’s own research. However, because I am thankful for the connection that this blog offered me, I still wanted to find out more about the Noble Moorish Scholar and his possible connection to Queen Latifah. But after searching, it seems that nothing that she is affiliated with today in her celebrity world, even in her Hip Hop style of performance, has an attachment to anything scholarly in connection with an urban Afrocentric approach that this blog portrayed. Almost all of the recent biographies and links on Queen Latifah shed no light on her being connected to anything with the likes of the Noble Moorish Scholar, so I thought ‘Why in the world would he have chosen her to narrate his blog’? She seems different today than she was in the past, I suppose, more cosmopolitan, and not as ‘ethnic’ as she once seems to have been. No matter, her whole persona, including her celebrity name, reveals that there must be something in her past that links her to this kind of Afrocentric research. So I dug deeper. The more popular biographies reports say that her birth name is ‘Dana Owens’ and that it was her cousin that gave her the Arabic name ‘Latifah’ but when I looked into it further, I found that she herself chose the name ‘out of a Muslim book’ when she was at her cousins house, and it was not until years later that she adopted the name as a celebrity name. Queen Latifah was born in New Jersey, raised in a Baptist Church and went to a Catholic school, but during these young years, she began to rap and soon found recognition by a local DJ, and that would be the link that is not publicized today. The DJ, Mark James was connected to the movement started by Clarence 13X, the Five Percenters or, the Nations of Gods and Earth, and although it was hard to find information, it so happens that Queen Latifah was once a Five Percenter! It is written by some that she eventually left off from that movement due to her feminist approach, nevertheless, it was stated that some of her material comes from that movement! And the Five Percenters’ nation still claims her in connection with their ‘God Hop’ style of spreading their message and research. In addition, in the very same region where Queen Latifah grew up in Newark, New Jersey, the connection of the Noble Moorish Scholar and the Moorish Science temple, was also apart of that same city. The founder of the Moorish Science temple, Noble Drew Ali, founded the first temple in 1913 in Newark, New Jersey, and they do have some affiliating with the Moorish Science temple. So although the recent deleted blog sort of goes along with her in vogue image today that she seems to portray, and has kept Queen Latifah disconnected from her past connections with such organization, amazingly, I found the source of her very beginnings right in the very city that she lived and grew up as a young girl. In one sense, her not being with the Nations of Gods and Earth because of her feminist personification sure does seem to fit todays’ gossip about her close relationship with her friend, Jeannette Jenkins, but in another sense, her stylish and glamorous poses sometimes presents another side that she can exonerate as well: So even though the deleted blog wiped out Queen Latifah’s very recent contribution to understanding more hidden facts about ancient Egypt, she at least caused me to have to search deeper, and what I found was even more credible that the blog. I was able to go straight to the source of this renewed history, the late Ivan Van Sertima, who not too much longer before his death, wrote in detail about the ancient records that reveal the foreign origins of Nefertiti. Even though, my research comes from another angle, because Sertima is a well known and well disciplined and a famous scholar, I find it so incredible that he confirms some of my own research. In his recent publications, he quotes other authors and various interpretations of ancient scripts on this subject as well and gives us a variety of references to cross reference and confirm. Because of the mis-education of our system, I feel that it is so important to rely on words in context as a primary source in order to confirm history and because Sertima was bold enough to revisit the history of ancient Egypt and concentrated on the words and proper translations of ancient text instead of just relying upon the ancient idols, the truth has come to light. For so long, we have been made to concentrate on just the color of Nefertiti as being the source of controversy, but the words reveal that it is much more than just color that goes along with marking the origins of the kinds of foreigners that migrated into ancient Egypt and became apart of that ancient civilization. As Sertima’s research reveals, Nefertiti was connected to the Mitannian civilization, a predominantly White civilization of people to the north of Egypt, but even still, it would be the other dominant traits of these Indo-Aryan people that confirms Nefertiti’s origins, in my opinion, more so than her being White complexioned. And based upon even other recent translated script and digs and etc., I find that it would be the prevalent genetic traits that reveal the true origins of Nefertiti that should be the focus. In a recent National Geographic publication, even though the experts rely upon imaging and CT scans to bring forth new truths, it is the actual words that they are only confirming, words that were already written a long time ago: Nefertiti's Real, Wrinkled Face Found in Famous Bust? Nefertiti's "hidden" visage is more realistic, with creases around the corners of her mouth (above, bottom left) and cheeks, less prominent cheekbones, and a bump on her nose…. A carefully carved limestone face in the inner core of the Egyptian queen's famous bust (above, right) has emerged in new images, a new study says…. These new images show that Thutmose placed stucco layers of varying thickness on top of a limestone core…. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/03/090331-nefertiti-bust-picture.html The name of the actual sculptor, Thutmose, who sculpted the bust of Nefertiti almost 3000 years ago has been revealed in ancient scripts. Script becomes so reliable not only because of what was found in Egypt, but because of many other scripts from other civilizations that also record events that coincide with what was happening in Egypt and they can be cross referenced and verify history as well. Because Egypt had relations with other countries, some of their activities have been well recorded in these various countries and if we concentrate on these scripts, the truth will surface. And this is what Sertima offers. Although some translations may vary for awhile, with the opportunity for Black African Americans to be able to look at words in context for ourselves , ultimately, the truth will eventually surface and we won‘t have to merely rely upon the translations of others. And this is what I have found to be so rewarding, to able to read and understand the words in context for myself and even go deeper into what has been offered by various authors in which Sertima references as well. At any rate, here are just a few quotes from the findings of Sertima: Nefer-Titi (Circa 1350S to 1340S b.c.e.) But just who was Nefertiti? What did she really look like?… Ankh-en-aten and Nefertiti changed the royal residence from West to the city of Ankhenaten. Ankh-en-aten took, as we shall see, a foreign woman as his Great wife. He and Tuth-mes IV were the only kings in the 18th Dynasty to do so. These moves by Ankh-en-aten weakened the power of the Waset Priesthood temporarily. So the new religion that the royal pair, Ankh-en-aten and Nefertiti, initiated was alien and foreign to Kemet. Was Nefertiti herself also alien and foreign? Alexandre Moret said that Nefertiti was the daughter of a foreign king. “ The breach with tradition was already marked by a first innovation-the Mitannian marriages…. the Pharaohs decided to take Mitannian princesses as their Great Royal Wives, Thothmes IV married the daughter of Artama, King of Mitanni, and she was treated as the true Queen of Egypt, where she bore the name Mutemuiia. Amenhotep III, at the height of the glory of the Egyptian Empire, took into his harem first the sister and then the daughter of Dushratta, King of Mitanni, but his Great Royal Wife was Tii, … …Their son, Amenhotep IV, took as his Great Wife Nefertiti, as the Egyptians called Tadukhipa, Dushratta’s daughter; she having been sent to Egypt to marry Amenhotep IIi a few days before his death, married his son instead.” (Moret, 1972, p. 316, italics mine) …To say that Nefertiti was a beautiful woman is one thing. To say that the “Berlin Bust of Nefertiti” was the most beautiful image of a woman in Kemet, and perhaps the most beautiful image of a woman ever is a bit much….It is an irony of ironies that the world “knows” an alien woman and an alien image as the most famous symbol of Africa’s Grand Golden Age! http://books.google.com/books?id=D1...w#v=onepage&q=mitanni queen nefertiti&f=false But I so disagree; For Black people to say and think that a foreign woman or man is the most beautiful images more so than themselves [ourselves] back then, is not at all different from what many of us manifest this very day! No. It is not unusual at all that the majority of ancient and indigenous people of Kemet could have been deceived and eventually accepted this elevation of an Asiatic women above their own kind without even a small concerted effort to rebut it. Unfortunately we perpetuate this intense form of self-hatred almost everyday in many ways, starting with our ‘Bad hair?’. And it is for this very reason that we have been deceived about Nefertiti even though the evidence is here in script and has been for quite some time now. Our suppressors know how to appeal to our weaknesses and deceive us and keep us suppressed because it has been a repeated pattern. Although the words have been scripted long ago, we seem to gravitate to idols as a way to confirm our history and don’t consider the inherent flaws that goes along with this form of acceptance. Anyone can make an image and change features at will, but words are eternal. Even the photos of Queen Latifah that are presented can be altered in ways to downplay her origins, not to mention her difference in hairstyles from her youth up until today that she and most celebrities manifest. Idols and pictures are important in regards to date history and verify other elements in time, but they should always be confirmed with words. Behind the idol is always the idol maker and if we accept it to be the truth without confirmation to words, then it is as if we are playing a game of chance, but no matter, the idol maker becomes our god, no matter what the image presents. But it is of no affect as to how much words can be blasphemed, with research the truth always goes back to an origin of which is not mankind. And based upon my own research, I have so much more to share because I like to look deeper into the origin of words offered even in various translations. We need to be able to read, translate and understand script in order to confirm history for ourselves and not have to depend upon others interpretations. And this is what I try to bring to the forefront in my research. Although some scholars may say that Nefertiti was Mitannian, I say to look at her name, because she is also ‘Hittite’ as well; ‘Nefertiti’ [Nefer-TITI; ‘Titi’ is a shortened word for ‘Hitite’].