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DEAR AFRICAN AMERICANS:You can read Ice Cube’s “Contract with Black America” here, Trump’s one-page “Platinum Plan” here...
10/18/2020
Don Lemon Draws Fire From Ice Cube For 'Punk Ass' Trump-Related Criticism: 'If You Have Any Balls. I Need To Be On Your Show'

DEAR AFRICAN AMERICANS:
You can read Ice Cube’s “Contract with Black America” here, Trump’s one-page “Platinum Plan” here, and Joe Biden’s 28-page “Lift Every Voice: The Biden Plan for Black America” here. https://smartnews.link/news/xHTn
To read it on the web, tap here: https://smartnews.link/w/CSU4

CNN anchor Don Lemon criticized Ice Cube for his involvement with President Donald Trump's presidential campaign, causing the rapper to lash out on Twitter and issue a challenge to meet on Lemon's show.

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor o...
10/17/2020

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

-Martin Luther King

10/08/2020

Bad cops are bad for good cops. -- Kamala Harris

10/07/2020
10/07/2020
Gay men take over #ProudBoys on Twitter
10/05/2020
Gay men take over #ProudBoys on Twitter

Gay men take over #ProudBoys on Twitter

A hashtag used by the far-right fascist group, Proud Boys has been hijacked by the gay men to the delight of thousands of people on social media.

10/02/2020
09/30/2020

Samuel L Jackson for debates moderator!

From FOX 5 DC - Apple apologizes for Siri glitch that ID's police departments as 'terrorists'Apple apologizes for Siri g...
09/24/2020
Apple apologizes for Siri glitch that ID's police departments as 'terrorists'

From FOX 5 DC - Apple apologizes for Siri glitch that ID's police departments as 'terrorists'
Apple apologizes for Siri glitch that ID's police departments as 'terrorists'

fox5dc.com/news/apple-apologizes-for-siri-glitch-that-ids-police-departments-as-terrorists

“According to Siri and Apple, law enforcement are now considered terrorists … How is this acceptable and how is this happening in America?”

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09/19/2020

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the definition of PHENOMENAL! RIP.
09/19/2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the definition of PHENOMENAL! RIP.

When black women try to send their kids to better schools, they are sentenced to 5 years in prison, while Lori Loughlin ...
08/24/2020
People are pointing out the glaring problem with Lori Loughlin's short jail sentence

When black women try to send their kids to better schools, they are sentenced to 5 years in prison, while Lori Loughlin gets 2 months. This is unjust.

https://www.indy100.com/article/lori-loughlin-jail-admissions-racism-9684901

Remember the college admissions scandal? A ring of wealthy parents were involved.  It emerged that the likes of actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin had paid cash in order to falsify details about their children so they could be accepted to prestigious universities. 

Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes
08/15/2020
Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged Thursday that he's starving the U.S. Postal Service of money in order to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in...

Dolly Parton makes her feelings known on Black Lives Matter
08/15/2020
Dolly Parton makes her feelings known on Black Lives Matter

Dolly Parton makes her feelings known on Black Lives Matter

Dolly Parton's making it clear that she supports the protests against racial injustice. "Do we think our little White a**es are the only ones that matter? No!" she says.

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Straight Out of “The 400th” By John Burl Smith I dedicated this post “Straight Out of ‘The 400th’” to my wife Dot, and other black women, who were and are continually on the frontline, as unsung heroines of our love story, which is as older as time itself. Recently there has been lots of buzz regarding Mrs. Michelle Obama’s recent statement, “I’m experiencing “low-grade depression.” Then she followed that with, “The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us-that we all should just feel OK all the time-that just doesn't feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling.” It is called empathy. For me her response is consistent with the nurturant role enslaved African women have always filled from slave pens until today. The powerful thing to me is that she felt that urge and openly expressed that matriarchal tendency to relate and comfort the community. While struggling to learn how best to express my thoughts in writing, when telling a story, Dot always admonished, “It has to be a love story!” So this is an “ode to black women and a love story in her honor.” Black women began expressing this concept most profoundly, during the story I learned and tell in my narrative “The 400th” From Slavery to Hip Hop. Believe it or not, I did not set out to structure “The 400th” as I did, but in telling of it, black women and their role, very subtly at first, but conditions kept dictated their survival strategy. The circumstances enslaved Africans endured forced black women to step into the void, whenever one existed. The following passages exemplify black women’s role “Straight out of “The 400th”. First and foremost, in terms of survival for enslaved Africans, black women seemed to have decided back in slavery to throw babies at the problem, until black men came up with a better strategy. Their decision to keep bearing children, in the face of total uncertainty, pain and loss, as well as degradation and exploitation, while beginning forced to nurse masters’ children, at the expense of her child; Black they took on the burden of caring for others. They were the foundation of the next crucial decisions for former enslaved Africans after emancipation, which was to make families and build communities; black women became the center of community survival. Black women were the ones most likely to be able to read and write, so that put them in control of the family’s business. Those families that followed this strategy prospered, but those that did not, didn’t fare as well. This result is reflected by the fact that black women with children survived without men, but men without families, mostly did poorly. Some family structures former slaves developed defy textbook descriptions. Families joined together; sometimes two or three women shared one man. Some arrangements were like confederations, formed based on mutual survival needs and agreements. Just the same, whatever structure former slaves came up with, proved to be resilient enough that small groups of families became communities, aiding contrabands survival. Their decision to build communities allowed what they learned, as individuals surviving in slave pens, to become group knowledge, underpinning their common experiences, made all their other experiences part of their communal strategies. Deciding to make families and build communities, rather than dispersing among others or existing as individuals, I believe, was enslaved Africans saving grace. Although keeping the family together was their primary responsibility, black women lead all kinds of civic/social movements and activities. Their most powerful weapon was “Colored Women Clubs, which united them in the efforts to find and care for orphans. Slavery and Civil War produced millions of children who had no idea of who or the whereabouts of their parents. While simultaneously, men formed groups among themselves—ministers, lodges, and fraternal organizations—which championed and established traditions of self-help and communal support, however, women’s groups were far more effective. Identical to white men, but for different reasons, black men were very chauvinistic about leadership. Most of these groups excluded women, and those that admitted women, relegated them to second class status, at best secretaries. Today, I felt compelled to offer this ode to black women to honor their determination, strength, intelligence, resolve and refusal to yield, as Maya Angelou penned so eloquently, “Still I Rise.” I refuse to attend any “pity party” where black women are looked upon as deficient in any respect or there are questions about black women regarding anything, except being overly generous to white women, who know the truth of their prowess, because they stand on black women’s shoulders. But to get their big chance, white women align with white men to get their slice of white privilege. This ode to black women is an appeal for them to stand strong in their tradition, you have nothing which to apologize. You have earned your bona fides, competing against white privilege, so never take a step back against yourself. When you do, you will be conceding ground you have fought tremendous battles to gain. Lives were lost by black women like you to preserve gains for the next generation. Then again because you are so magnanimous, today you stand before the world based on everyone—white men, black men and white women—readily moved up over your backs to stand on your shoulders, denying you your rightful place because you are black women. Today you have earned your rightful place at the highest levels of leadership. But, I have a final question, “If not now, what was it all for?” You, black woman, asked for this, and deservedly so it is before each of you. Each time you stepped, you passed a black man, who was comfortable, hanging out with the white boys in the backroom. On such nights, you were up late, burning the midnight oil, so you could be so incredibly stunning the next morning. “If not now, what was the struggle for?” You would have never made it to where you are if being a pretty party girl was what you dreamed of and pined. Feeding your fire, after being born in darkness without real hope, you reached for that which burned brightest, as your guide toward the light that shines upon you today. Your brilliance is yours by right, not anyone’s stolen joy; you deserve everything that is before. So reach out and possess it, as your prize, for all your battles won. The best needs to show young eyes what a powerful black woman looks like and behave like, by being the example you never had. What will young eyes see if you do not provide such images? “If not this time then when?”
I spent 3 years working kids with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities teaching them photography. Before that time, my life had no meaning, until I met those kids. Andrew, in this video reminds me of the joy I felt and received from those kids EVERY DAY. This video is proof of how working kids and adults with disabilities will change your life forever. Thank you Tim Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver of Special Olympics for introducing me to a HIGHER LOVE!
Happy Birthday Dr. King! When you only tried to change the South, who knew you would change the world? Thank you. ❤
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