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“Snipes begins to crack up. ”That’s crazy. I’m making movies, man.
Who the hell wants to start a militia when you’re in the movies?”

…In the late ’90s, the actor started a security firm called the
Royal Guard of Amen-Ra (named after the Egyptian king of the gods) to
provide VIPs with bodyguards trained in law enforcement, the military,
and martial arts. Snipes and his brother (who’s also named Wesley
Snipes, albeit with a different middle name) tried to purchase some
200 acres of land…

…Snipes and his brother ended up pulling their offer on the land.
Their security company is now based in Florida and Antigua…

…The expression on his face is deflated, wounded. ”I understand the
risks that are involved,” he says quietly. ”I don’t take this
cavalierly. But I am in a spiritual place where I may not react the
same way that other people may. At the same time, I have to be
prepared to fight tooth and nail…. That’s not a black thing, that’s
not a white thing. That’s an American thing.”



Snipes’ company may buy property

Actor’s Amen-Ra films is interested in Putnam land
By Rob Peecher  /   May 11, 2000

EATONTON – A security guard group affiliated with action-adventure
actor Wesley Snipes is interested in buying land in Putnam County to
build a training facility.

Snipes’ production company, Amen-Ra films, owns The Royal Guard of
Amen-Ra, the company planning to purchase the acreage, according to
Snipes spokeswoman Justine Hah.

The Royal Guard of Amen-Ra… bills itself on the Internet as “an
international, multi-level security and protection company,” [but] Hah
refused to provide details about The Royal Guard of Amen-Ra, but she
did confirm the group intends to build a training facility for private
security guards.

The Royal Guard of Amen-Ra’s posting on the Internet site
“” seeks 200 people for “an elite team of highly trained
men and women who will provide the following services: International
and domestic risk management; intelligence and protective operations;
V.I.P./executive protection to dignitaries and celebrities; special
event security; counter-surveillance and counter terrorist measures.”

A representative of The Royal Guard of Amen-Ra used the 257-acre
property’s address – 290 Shady Dale Road – in December to file an
application for a permit with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms for the “purchase, movement, travel and storage of
various weapons and ammunition nationwide to provide security,
security guard and firearms training services.”

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Wesley Rudy Snipes, who
identified himself as Wesley Snipes’ brother and a representative of
The Royal Guard, came to his office in early November to talk to him
about the group’s plans for the property.

Rudy Snipes is listed as the CEO of The Royal Guard on its
incorporation papers with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. He
compared the proposed training center to the state Public Safety
Training Center in Forsyth, Sills said.

“I had heard rumors about it, but I hadn’t heard anything lately until
yesterday, when I got a call from an inspector with the BATF,” Sills
said Tuesday. “He was following up on the application for a federal
firearms dealer license that The Royal Guard of Amen-Ra, Inc., had
applied for back in December.” Rudy Snipes signed the BATF
application. The permit is pending, according to Sills.”




Diddy to Save Drunk Starlets
BY Sheila Marikar  /  March 13, 2008

Had one too many blood-orange martinis? About to topple over in your 4-
inch Jimmy Choos? Abandoned by all your hard-partying, fabulous

Don’t drive home drunk — dial Diddy. Music and fashion mogul Sean
Combs plans to launch a car service for celebrities too tipsy to drive
after a night out. “After partnering with Ciroc vodka, he wants to
make sure everyone’s partying responsibly,” his representative said in
a statement to

His goal? “Making sure nobody gets arrested!,” he told Us Magazine.

He’s got his work cut out for him. For Hollywood starlets, driving
drunk seems to have become as natural a habit as posing for paparazzi
and hitting the gym. In 2007, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole
Richie and Mischa Barton were all arrested for DUI-related offenses.



“Political humor in Mexico often has a barbed edge. This mural depicts
“Super Barrio Man,” defender of the poor and powerless. A popular
professional wrestler shows up at demonstrations, mass meetings and
strikes in Mexico City dressed in this costume to rally common people
in their fight against social injustice.”

Defender of justice Superbarrio roams Mexico City poor  /  July 19,

MEXICO CITY (CNN) — He’s faster than a speeding turtle, able to leap
small speed bumps in a single bound. Look, up in the sky … Is it a
bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superbarrio — a flabby caped crusader
in cherry red tights who traverses the streets of Mexico City,
defending the lower class.

A high school dropout with a humble upbringing, Superbarrio has become
one of Mexico City’s greatest folk heroes. For the past 10 years, he
has stood as the champion of the working class, the poor and the

“I opened my eyes and found myself as you see me with a voice telling
me, ‘You are Superbarrio,'” he said, explaining that his name means
super-neighborhood. “I can’t stop a plane or a train single-handed,
but I can keep a family from being evicted.”

His true identity remains a mystery, masked behind his quirky outfit.
By day, he’s a street vendor, but at any time he can squeeze into the
flashy tights to fend off evil. Little else is known about the masked
man, fitting of a true superhero.

His role is primarily symbolic as the protector of low-income
neighborhoods. But on behalf of squatters and labor unions,
Superbarrio leads protest rallies, files petitions and challenges
court decisions. Rumors also have circulated that he attempted to run
for the president of the United States to better protect Mexican

He says his mission is simply to protect the right of ordinary people.

His followers find him inspirational and recently erected a statue in
his honor — a giant lifelike replica that looks like an oversized
Cabbage Patch doll at 40. The awed crowd chanted, “You see him. You
feel him. Superbarrio is here!”

Superbarrio, meanwhile, continues to stroll the streets of Mexico City
seeking to uphold justice and defend the weak.



“In favor of progressive transnational politics via what can be
understood as global gobernance, Superbarrio 1995’s electoral campaign
for US president proposed that the citizens of the Americas must have
the right of self-governance by having control over the US electoral
vote. In other words, Latin Americans, and Latinos/as alike, must be
able to participate fully in the US electoral process by having a
representative voice. Superbarrio Gomez for US president against the
“politics of fear” was the logic consequence.

Nine years later, from September 20, to October 4, the “Immigrant
Workers Freedom Ride”, a national march organized by labor and pro-
immigrant rights organizations toured the US nation. Their claims, the
provision of voting rights to non-US citizens. In the tradition of the
1961 “Freedom Rides”, more than 120,000 immigrants arrived to Flushing
Meadows Park in Queens, New York, the largest pro-immigrant march in
US history. Predictions attest that by 2080, Mexico’s north and the US
southwest will unify. The Mexicanization of California has already
taken place long ago, now we are in the North East.”



“This photo essay is about Superbarrio Gomez and his journey in the
construction of a “politics of the possible” (1) , an alternative
political imaginary constituted via popular culture and the
construction of a national and transnational social movement.
Superbarrio makes evident the collapse between politics and
performance; he forces us to think beyond the performance of politics
in order to understand the politics of performance. Superbarrio
belongs to both the majoritarian class and to the wrestling ring of
popular culture, which makes his politics possible. Superbarrio’s
practices of popular culture creates a political imaginary in which
winning was possible in spite of corrupt referees. But Superbarrio
makes evident how the wrestling ring teaches us about political
culture as well as social mobilization. Superbarrio’s wrestling ring
is a place of possibilities where corrupt landlords and politicians
are unmasked .As long as Superbarrio keeps his mask, we all win.
Superbarrio’s journey maps an alternative political imaginary that
functioned at the local, national and transnational/hemispheric
register. At the local level, Superbarrio, with the strength of Mexico
City’s Neighborhood Assembly [Asamblea de Barrios] created a social
movement that understood that to win one’s home, one had to win at the
national level, the National Palace and la Casa de los Pinos
[presidential house]. Superbarrio became the symbol to mobilize the
political imaginary in which to vote, (against seven decades of
perfect dictatorship) was the only option to own the Presidential
house. In 1988, Superbarrio aligned forces with Cuauhtemoc Cardenas in
the winning of the national vote and they won.

But against systemic corruption, to win was not enough and the social
movement had to reach beyond the US/Mexican border. In order to do so,
Superbarrio made his first US tour promoting the possibility of
Mexicans, living on the US side of the border, to vote for Mexican
president. After all, their income has contributed to the Mexican
economy 13 thousand million dollars in economic gross. Superbarrio
promoted a political imaginary in which voting– a fundamental right
of citizenship– could be exercised across national borders. But this
transnational campaign was the practice of a political vision that
understood the rules of the game within the then nascent process of
globalization and the privatization of the Nation-State. In 1994,
NAFTA (North American Free-Trade Agreement) would become the national
precedent. Knowing the dirty rules of what became a macro-economic
political game, Superbarrio jumped out of the national arena to fight
for the rights of workers transnationally; he ran for US president in
1996. Superbarrio’s strategy was to contextualize the concept of
national citizenship (exercised in the voting of national citizens
such as Latinos/as and Latin Americans living in the US with dual
citizenship) into that of free trade, not of goods but of people. In
his campaign he proposed “free citizenship”, a concept that assumes
rights to decent housing and working conditions across nations for
all, citizens and non-citizens, the workers of the hemisphere within
and beyond the US territory. Superbarrio’s free citizenship becomes a
model of global citizenship in which fair housing and fair working
conditions function within the realm of human rights transnationally.
He also proposed the voting rights of these transnational workers,
their vote would count for Mexican as well as US president.
Superbarrio’s US presidential campaign, and his premonitory “politics
of the possible”, produce an alternative political, social and
cultural imaginary. By implication, to believe in Superbarrio is to
believe in a collective struggle that functions regionally and
operates as a social movement across borders. To believe in
Superbarrio is to believe in us as transnational social agents.
Beneath the mask, we are all Superbarrio.”