Sometimes I think my folks need to take a few steps back and really ask if this is a battle we need to fight.… Read More Shudu – The Creation of a Beautiful Model
Welcome to Day 1! As I close the books on Black History Month and transition to Women’s History Month please be warned – sometimes it may seem as if the two have become one. Some of these posts will relate to the inequalities experience any some who are considered double minorities – being black and… Read More Day 1- Women’s History Month
Today marks the official end of Black History Month and let me tell you, this has been really interesting this time around. While initially it seemed as if we only had the same heroes to celebrate and same stories to tell, I pushed myself to find content that was fairly new or rarely talked about.… Read More Day 28- So Now What?
**WARNING** This post contains graphic details. It’s a story that will once again bring up the dark side of American History and the horribly gruesome slaughter of a (9 months) pregnant, married and mother of two woman named Mary Turner. Here is how it all began… From May 17 through May 22, 1918, two counties… Read More Day 27- How Do We Explain This Kind of Cruelty?
I just came across a photo on Instagram showing a $2 dollar bill and the caption read “First black U.S. President. Stay woke!” Say what?!? Is this why the bill is so limited and many of us treat then like our lucky rabbit foot? I’m not so sure. First of all, I never even noticed… Read More Day 26- Who’s the Black Man on the $2 Bill?
In the mid 19th century, New York decided a park was needed to appease the needs of a largely affluent group of people that were in need of a “fashionable and safe public place” for their families. So in 1855, the city chose Seneca Village, a stretch of land along the Hudson River located between 82nd… Read More Day 25- Seneca Village Was Destroyed to Make Way for the Wealthy’s Nice Playground
The day really got away from me and I was heckled for trying to research and draft my post while at a gathering. Thanks Shavell! 😁 But I will not let you or myself down because I said I would bring it for the entire month. Welcome to Day 24 and the story of a… Read More Day 24 – Phillip A. Payton: The Father of Harlem
Today’s black history post has to do with a different kind of “passing”. Welcome to Day 23! Born a male in the 50’s, transitioned into a woman during the 70’s, and became a successful model until being outed during a photo shoot in 1980, bringing her career to a halt. Tracy Gayle Norman was born a… Read More Day 23 – Tracy Norman, First Black Transgender Model
Passing is classified as a member of one racial group being accepted as a member of a different racial group and usually applies to a person of color or multiracial ancestry. Think Nicole Richie, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Soledad O’Brien, or Rachel Dolezal. Okay, maybe not that last one but you get the picture. Welcome to… Read More Day 22 – Passing Privilege
Welcome to Day 21! On January 29, 1951, a poor black and young mother of five from Maryland named Henrietta Lacks visited John Hopkins Hospital complaining of pain and vaginal bleeding and upon examination, was informed by gynecologist Dr. Howard Jones that she had a malignant tumor on her cervix. Lacks was diagnosed with an… Read More Day 21- The Unexpected Research Subject, Henrietta Lacks