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Black Pharaohs: The Kings of Kush – Egypt’s 25th Dynasty

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Kings of Kush, Amenirdis I Pharaohs Egyptian 25th Dynasty

*Once upon a time, in the ancient past, Before the Common Era (BCE), in an time most European scholars refer to as the mythical “dark ages.”

In the land of Kush, there lived a great, grand, highly enlighten civilization of sophisticated, charismatic, powerful and compassionate African kings, who would become Egyptian Pharaohs. They thrived, prospered and ruled for thousands of years BCE. These same kings were students of the ancient mystery schools of Africa, worshippers of Amun (one God), and the Laws of Ma’at.

Lost in antiquity and shrouded in mystery, ancient Nubia (another name for Kush), extended south along the Nile River from the First Cataract to the Shubaluga Gorge (Sixth Cataract ). Today this region is located in modern Sudan, with a small portion crossing into southern Egypt also known as the Land of Ham, by the ancient Egyptians, Libyans, Assyrians, Hebrews, and Persians. It was also called Ethiopia by the Greeks, Romans and 19th & early 20th century writers.

New archeological discoveries have recently proven that earlier Egyptian lineage origins flow from Ethiopia ( Grandmother ) to Nubia ( Mother ) to Kemet aka Egypt (Child ). These rich new discoveries negate current Egyptology academics, who insist that all great civilizations originated in Egypt and Mesopotamia, however new DNA, archeology and anthropology studies conclude these were not the first great civilization and that Egypt’s roots of origin flow undeniably back into ancient African.

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Original Photo Kings of Kush – 25th Dynasty

The First Pharaoh
Pharaoh Alara 790 – 760 BCE
” Gods make a king, man make a king, but Amun made me.”

Although not given credit in mainstream academia, Pharaoh Alara was the first to unify upper Egypt, establishing Napada as the religious Capitol in Nubia. Father and founder of the 25th Dynasty, his reign lasted for thirty years. He was beloved and revered as the “father of the 25th Dynasty.” As founder of the dynasty he also established a matriarchal co-Pharaoh-ship that included promising his sisters as the Gods.

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Amenirdis l Co Pharaoh (Culture of Amun )

Appointed Gods wife and Divine Adoratice of Amun, daughter of Kashta and sister of future Piye’ and Shabaka. She practiced spiritual powers of religion and political economics, a position held by women only in ancient Africa. This prominent role in politics, in later dynasties only held by men, shared power with women of the time. They were represented as equals a position that was more powerful than today’s Pope or President.

Divine “Adoratrices of Amun” were strategically placed. They were sworn to celibacy a practice which can be traced as far back as the year 1000 BCE, and were expected to adopt a daughter who would follow as the next Divine Adoratrice.

Each new dynasty named a princess of royal blood as the “Wife of Amun.” She was adopted by and associated with the existing Divine Adoratrice and would keep the post until death regardless of political turnovers.

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Ring of Priest Sienaum 25th Dynasty 690 – 644 BCE

Women held high positions in ancient African politics. It was they also appointed their successor through adoption.

Amenirdis I, the High Priestess of Amun, had enormous power; she was very wealthy and was the number one political advisor to five of the seven Egyptian Pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty. The Kings of Kush.

Pharaoh Kashta 760 – 747 BC
Kashta, the brother on of Alara, who ruled Egypt in a time of turmoil and destruction. However he unified the kingdom extending his rule to Aswan in southern Egypt. He reunified upper and lower Egypt was no easy task. The kingdom of Nubia was a powerful force who’s alliance included the Ethiopian army. King Kashta was also known as a very savvy politician.

Piye’ 747 – 712 BC
Pharaoh Piye’ – son of Kashta, ruled upper and lower Egypt from the Capitol of Thebes. His reign emphasized a revival of the culture of the new kingdom. He is credited with rebuilding the pyramids as a royal tombs. He also very generous to engineers architects who renovated ancient temples throughout the empire.

Shabaka 712 – 698 BC
Pharaoh Shabaka, son of Kashta, Piye’s brother and successor moved the royal residence to Memphis in upper Egypt. Continuing in the family tradition, he promoted harmony and the culture of ancient Kemet (Egypt) by commissioning the reproduction of religious text from earlier historical periods.

Shebitku 698 – 690 BCE
Pharaoh Shebitku was the fifth king of the Twenty Fifth Dynasty of Egypt. The nephew and successor of Shabaka, son of Piye’. Shebitku’s name means “Enduring is the Soul of Ra.”

Tarharqa 690 – 644 BCE
Tantamani 664 – 657 BCE (Last Pharaoh of the 25th Dynasty)
Pharaoh Tantamani was the son of King Shabaka and nephew of his predecessor Tarharqa. Once the Assyrians retreated from their first major defeat, Tantamaini marched down the Nile from Nubia and reoccupied all of Egypt. Necho I, the Assyrian was killed and his army retreated only to return with more forces to conquer Egypt in the delta and advance far south to Thebes, ( Karnak ) where the city was burned and mercifully destroyed. The Assyrians’ reconquest ended Nubian control over Egypt although Tantamani’s authority was still recognized in Upper Egypt until 656 BCE. They ruled for over 150 years and their culture and influence lasted for another one thousand years.

Valley of the Kings
Pharaoh Tarharqa Ordained by God

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Pharaoh Taharqa – Ordained by God

The ancient Nubian Kings of Kush ruled an empire that stretched along the Nile river. Pharaoh Taharqa one of the most famous rulers of the 25th Egyptian Dynasty of Napatan Kush reigned from 690 to 664 BCE. He was also ruler and King of Ethiopia.

At age sixteen the boy pharaoh was called by the Hebrews for help, and the sons of Ham protected the sons of Shem, he led his armies against the invading Assyrians defeating them. This courageous act earned him acknowledgment in the Bible.

Tantamani 664 – 657 BCE (Last Pharaoh of the 25th Dynasty)
Pharaoh Tantamani  was the son of King Shabaka and nephew of his predecessor Tarharqa. Once the Assyrians retreated from their first major defeat, Tantamaini marched down the Nile from Nubia and reoccupied all of Egypt. Necho I, the Assyrian was killed and his army retreated only to return with more forces  to conquer Egypt in the delta and advance far south to Thebes, ( Karnak ) where the city was burned and mercifully destroyed. The Assyrians’ reconquest ended Nubian control over Egypt although Tantamani’s authority was still recognized in Upper Egypt until 656 BCE. They ruled for over 150 years and their culture and influence lasted for another one thousand years.

(Isaiah 37:9, 2 Kings 19:9 ) The Nubian’s were ordained by God.

After the invasion of Egypt by Syria the Kushite Pharaoh was victorious and regained control of Egypt. Revered as a great military leader, politician, diplomat and builder, renovating temples, ushering in a great period of rejuvenation and renaissance.

Egyptian Pharaoh Tarharqa granite statue discovered after 2,500 years in Sudan

In 2003, Swiss and French archaeologists discovered seven 2,500 year old ancient granite statues of Egyptian Pharaohs, better known as the Kings of Kush, in what is now Northern Sudan.

The team from Geneva University uncovered the “exceptional” treasures while excavating the Nile valley.

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The Swiss archaeologist and head of the expedition, Charles Bonnet, describes the statues and monuments as sculptural masterpieces. “The quality of the work means they are real masterpieces of this period and for the history of art the discoveries are fabulous,” Bonnet told Swissinfo. Bonnet was excavating the site 500 kilometers north of the Sudanese Capital of Khartoum when he came across a small piece of stone. He began to clear away the sand and eventually revealed a two meter long granite statue. The name Taharqa was inscribed on it and the words, Council Supreme, engraved on the statue, just above the head of the king, in what appears to be English writing. It’s an extraordinary masterpiece and discovery — indeed.

Continuing the dig, Bonnet and his French colleague, Dominique Valbelle, discovered a pit filled with finely carved, granite statues of the Nubian Pharaohs. “It was really fabulous,” Bonnet said of the find, which he believes is of worldwide importance and “represents” a significant contribution to the history of Egypt and Sudan, also known as Nubia the land of Kush.

Well preserved the archeologists were impressed by how well the statues – which date back to approximately 600 BCE had been preserved in the ground.

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There were seven stone carvings uncovered, including the Pharaohs Tarharqa, and Tanoutamon – and the King of Kush, Senkamanisken, 640 – 620 BCE who ruled from Napata for twenty five years after the end of the 25th Dynasty.

The Nubian’s ruled over the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient land that included Egypt.

They were eventually overthrown by the enemy who destroyed and smashed statues to obliterate any signs of Nubian rule. The recently discovered archeological art treasures seem to be have been intentionally buried and hidden.

“We are the Kings of the world we stunned the world by our Knowledge and we still will though we took the secrets of knowledge with us.” — Priest Sienamun, late 25th Dynasty 690 – 644 BCE

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Ancient Map of Africa

Footnotes:

Dr. John Henry Clark –  Teach Our Children Our History, Black History Cheikh Anta Diop – The African Origin of Civilization Myth or Reality Chancellor Willian’s – Destruction of the Black Civilization

Ashra Kwesi, historian  – Kemet Nu  http://www.kemetnu.com

University of Cambridge – http://www.egyptsearchreloades.proboards.com

Black Pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty: 

Contact historian, researcher, writer, media, producer Diane Blackmon Bailey via: [email protected]

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  1. Curious

    March 1, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Can you link some sources?

  2. Ateasweet

    March 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I see why they the 1st born was so sought after so much and the video help me understand whites and persians also. History is history. We have the war fighting against evil and darkness which are the nubians. Dark skin blacks as myselc men or women. I am a women. Then war number two the fight against principalities and rulers in high places. Uuuuuummm. Against not for or with. This video was good.

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*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.

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He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.

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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

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Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

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