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
**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
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
Welcome to Day 20! I tried a little something different for today’s post honoring the late Gil Scott-Heron but the music rights (“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”) muted the background music, so a slideshow it is. Enjoy this little montage telling you a little about a man who wrote poetry and music about his… Read More Day 20- Revolutionary Poet, Musician, Rapper, and Activist. Gil Scott-Heron
Let me say again how much I am enjoying these discoveries of some of the lesser known black men and women that should be acknowledged and celebrated and today I came across yet another who may be familiar to some, but new to me. Before Pam Grier, Halle Berry or or other curvaceous Beyonce’, there was… Read More Day 20 – The Black Marilyn Monroe
If you relied solely on what is being taught in schools about Black history or what you can easily find on the internet, you would think Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Robert Smalls were the only “significant” escaped slaves. Everyone who escaped and survived is significant but there was one who had an interesting story… Read More Day 19: Escape to Canada- Shadrach Minkins