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Tuesday, December 11, 2018


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   Two Grade 12 students are using metal as their medium to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
     Trinity Harry and Joseph Ginter spent more than 300 hours welding a red dress hanging from a tree at R.B. Russell Vocational School.
     "I do it because people don't really know what some girls have to worry about every single day," said 17-year-old Harry. "People missing their relatives, their moms, their sisters, their kids. It's sad and something that shouldn't even be going on.
     Harry and Ginter said the red dress represents MMIWG, a symbol created by Winnipeg artist Jaime Black through her REDress Project.
    The students put their own spin on Black's project, incorporating elements of their culture into the tree's design.
     "We made seven branches, they go together, the seven pieces represent the seven teachings," said Harry. "On the branches we have leaves with the provinces where girls have gone missing."

Monday, December 10, 2018

Senegal Opens Museum of Black Civilizations—One of the Largest of Its Kind In the World

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     What began as an idea proposed by Senegal's first president Léopold Sédar Senghor over 50 years ago, has now become a reality as Senegal has officially opened the Museum of Black Civilizations, one of the largest of its kind in the world.     Senegal's current president Macky Sall inaugurated the museum earlier today in Dakar. The design of the building, which contains 14,000 square meters of floor space and a capacity for 18,000 exhibits, was inspired by circular traditional homes native to Southern Senegal, BBC Africa reports. Its size is comparable to the National Museum of African American History in Washington, according to Al Jazeera...
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Sunday, December 9, 2018



Looks like ain't THAT much changed from dat day ta dis.



A repost

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Many African American women were highly active in the women's suffrage movement.

In the antebellum period, like Anglo women, many black women became active abolitionists and supporters of women’s rights. 
Sojourner Truth, a former slave, became famous as both an abolitionist and an advocate of woman suffrage. In 1851, [before slavery was over for most blacks,] she made her famous speech, “Ain’t I A Woman,” at a convention in Akron, Ohio. 

Alfre Woodard performs Truth's Speech Here

Other black women suffragists from this time period include Margaretta Forten, Harriet Forten Purvis, Ida B Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Nannie Helen Burroughs and 
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Fannie Barrier Williams, Anna Julia Cooper

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Saturday, December 8, 2018


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A few years ago, Chimamanda Adichie received a message from a childhood friend asking for advice: She wanted to know how to raise her newborn daughter to be a feminist.
For Adichie — a best-selling author who has also made a name for herself as a leading feminist voice — the question was a bit daunting, but she wrote a long letter back to her friend.
Clockwise to the Center: Beverly Bond, Chimamanda Adichie, Michelle Obama, Amandla Stenberg and Mommy, Beyonce and daughter Shonda and daughter, Viola and daughter, Barack and daughters, Kerry Washington carrying unborn child.

Now, that letter has been published as a book. It's called Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, and it talks about everything from how to choose toys to teaching self-reliance to challenging traditional gender roles.
Adichie says writing the letter was useful for her, too. "Yes, I wrote it for my friend, but I think to a large extent it was also my way of mapping out my own thinking. Because I have talked a lot about these things and I care very much about them and I get very passionate ... but I realized I didn't actually have a concrete map of the particular, specific things that I think will help if we do them differently.

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[In the book are] fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

Interview Highlights
On "feminism-lite" and why it's harmful...

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Friday, December 7, 2018

apathy by warsan shire

So what are you going to say at my funeral 
now that you've killed me?

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Here lies the body of the love of my life 
whose heart I broke
Without a gun to my head
Here lies the mother of my children, 
both living and dead
Rest in peace my true love who I took for granted
The most bomb pussy 
who because of me sleep evaded

Her shroud 


Her god 

Her heaven 
will be 
a love without betrayal

Ashes to ashes
Dust to sidechicks

~Warsan Shire
~Performed by Beyonce, 

Thursday, December 6, 2018


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"Sally Hemings, born in 1773 in Virginia, worked on the Monticello plantation of Thomas Jefferson. She was a nursemaid to his daughter Mary and traveled with the family to Paris. Though it was rumored that she had several children with Jefferson, both the family and [white] historians denied the claim. "
There are no known images of Sally Hemings
This is what someone imagined she looked like
Source: pinterest
"The claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello, entered the public arena during Jefferson's first term as president, and it has remained a subject of discussion and disagreement for two centuries."
"Recent DNA testing has concluded [for white people] however that Hemings’ children are connected to the Jefferson bloodline."

"Based on documentary, scientific, statistical, and oral history evidence, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) Research Committee Report on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings (January 2000) remains the most comprehensive analysis of this historical topic.  Ten years later, TJF and most historians believe that, years after his wife’s death, Thomas Jefferson [became] the father of the six children...[Sally Hemings is recorded as having given birth to] including Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston Hemings. 

Historical Background
In September 1802, political journalist James T. Callender, a disaffected former ally of Jefferson, wrote in a Richmond newspaper that Jefferson had for many years "kept, as his concubine, one of his own slaves." "Her name is Sally," Callender continued, adding that Jefferson had "several children" by her..."

"Jefferson traveled to Paris in 1784 to serve as the American minister to France. He took his eldest daughter, also named Martha, with him, while his two younger daughters, Mary and Lucy, stayed with their relatives, as did Hemings. After Lucy Jefferson died of whooping cough, Jefferson called Mary to Paris in the summer of 1787. The 14-year-old Hemings came with her. Hemings spent the next two years living with the Jeffersons in Paris, along with her brother, James, who served as Jefferson's personal servant. There is strong evidence to suggest that during this time, Jefferson and Hemings began a sexual relationship..."
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A 14 year old girl who is owned by a forty-plus old white man cannot "begin a sexual relationship" with someone who owns her. I'd argue that a 40 year old slave cannot "begin a sexual relationship." Both of those relationships are rape because the slave has no choice. And raping a 14 year old makes Jefferson a pedophile or something one half step a way from being a pedophile.

Some will argue that "women got married younger back then" The lack of consent aside, I've traced my family's history and the women consistently got married between 19 and 21 years of age. It's amazing how consistent my family's history is on my mother and my father's side.

Jefferson raped a child. Period.

When white historians lie and shade history in their own favor they make movies where Sally is a curvy woman seducing her master. 

This is a still from the movie JEFFERSON IN PARIS.  

The black female stereotype in white imaginations everywhere has the black girl as overly overtly and overly sexual from a young age -- as compared to innocent white girls. For centuries this has made it easier for white historians to believe a man can own a woman and still have the relationship be consensual enough to call it "an affair."

In 12 YEARS A SLAVE, a black filmmaker makes sure that there are two realistic depictions of black women "voluntarily" having sexual relations with white men in the film. 

One of the stories in the movie is about a woman who slept with her white master and kept him happy to save her own life and eventually her children's lives -- which worked until he died. In the movie, we meet her after she's been sold as a result of his death. Her children are taken away and sold elsewhere. 

The other black woman, played by Alfre Woodard, smiles at the white owner has pleasant sex with her in exchange for dressing her in fine linens and letting her sit pretty and drink tea on the porch while he works. This black woman tells Lupita N'yongo's character that there's a special place in hell for all the white slave owners -- because the filmmaker has this character recognizing herself as raped. 

We'll never know how a 14 year old girl like Hemings responded to being forcibly raped or blackmail raped or seduced-by-owner rape. The thing we do know is that the white washing of history has left Thomas Jefferson as one of those superior caliber white men in the minds of white people. 

And anything that white historians add to white supremacy is deadly for black and brown people. 
Donald Trump riding a wave of white supremacy into the White House along with the subsequent rise in hate crimes is proof of this.

Previously unpublished data by the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism show that hate crimes in at least six major urban centers, including New York City, Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, registered double-digit increases last year.
Among them:
  •  New York City notched an uptick of 24 percent in hate crimes, the highest in over a decade.
  •  New York state had an increase of 20 percent.
  •  Chicago saw a rise of 24 percent, the highest since at least 2010.
  •  Cincinnati, Ohio, saw hate crimes jump by 38 percent.
  •  Columbus, Ohio, reported an increase of nearly 10 percent.
  •  Montgomery County in Maryland, adjacent to the nation’s capital, had an increase of more than 42 percent.
  •  Seattle, Washington, registered an increase of 6 percent in malicious harassment. 


Yeah, history means "his story." The victor (dominate-er) gets to frame the narrative more often than not. But sometimes a lie is a lie is a lie when someone is deliberately white washing history.

Read the fine print.This movie is about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.
And the full title says, "Sally Hemings An American Love Story."
And then below the title,  "Bound By Slavery Freed By Love" 

This DVD/Movie cover doesn't just reflect a lie being told about Sally Hemings. The white history articles and white history books and white history movies mentioned above reflect the widespread lies that white people have been telling themselves about the horrors of slavery for centuries. 

This movie SALLY HEMINGS AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY has 4.5 stars out of 5 star rating and is being sold on right now. White people are still telling themselves that white supremacy and slavery was not the horror that it was.

Make no mistake, the cotton was being picked in the south, being processed into material in the north, and sold to Britain. All of the white people in these areas benefited greatly from slavery. American and British capitalism and wealth was built on slavery. We are all benefiting from it to this day (some more than others) That's why so many white people are STILL very invested in making slavery look less horrible than it was.

It's ridiculous that and have romance language or white-washy neutral arrangement of language that hides the fact that Jefferson in Paris at 44 years of age while Hemings was 14 when he sent for Hemings (his wife's half sister) the in the very same year his wife died.

There's no romance here or anywhere there's ownership of a black girl child --- depicted as grown woman in white movie after white movie and a white history book near you.

 Bottom Line: Your history source always matters.
the personal history of your historian matters
which includes that person's 
race, ethnicity, and gender. 

Some historians try to overcome their personal history and some do not. White people have a crappy record of refusing to overcome their personal histories in an attempt to tell an accurate history. Furthermore, many white historians cannot separate the description "American" from description "white people" when writing about history which is another discussion altogether.
Black people, brown people, and especially white people should read about black history written by black people. You should always read a people's history from one of it's own. When that's not possible, make sure to check and double check what's being said by getting multiple sources....and even then find a source of history from the same demographic that's being reported about.

When you get down to wanting to know about black women specifically, refine your sources even more. Read about black women's history as written by black women. Because male supremacy is real too, inside and outside the black community. I learned all kinds of things about Martin Luther King, SNCC, and Marcus Garvey's wife Amy Garvey that I'd never heard before thanks to the writings of black women. 

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And now, a black view of Thomas Jefferson

The Real (Despicable) Thomas Jefferson

  • ---> Michael Coard



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Black Tesla Employees Band Together To Expose Alleged Culture Of Racism

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     Approximately two dozen Black former and current Tesla employees have spoken out about the racism and discrimination they endured at the car company's factory in Fremont, California.
     A damning New York Times report alleged Telsa ignored complaints of racism when brought to the attention of executives. Workers allegedly endured racial harassment in the form of bullying, slurs and taunting. Court documents, interviews and other testimonies describe a culture of racism which prevented Black workers from moving up the corporate ladder.
     Former employee Owen Diaz, 50, told The Times he saw multiple swastikas drawn on the bathroom walls during his time at the factory. He worked at the factory as a contractor for 11 months before leaving in 2016.
     In one instance, Diaz said fellow workers taunted and called him a racist slur. “You hear, ‘Hey, boy, come here,’ ‘N-i-g-g-e-r,’ you know, all this,” said Diaz. A few hours passed before he discovered a racist drawing on a bale of cardboard boxes.
     He texted his manager informing him about the racist effigy he saw. Diaz learned that a supervisor drew the figure as a joke. This revelation was the last straw; he quit shortly after...


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Lena Waithe [Netflix "Master Of None" Writer] and a host of Black women writers in Hollywood gathered to discuss the work they do in supporting each other in an industry that's not built for their success. The numbers of Black women in television writing are so low you can't find statistics. In an op-ed article for The Guardian, Stefani Robinson (an Emmy-nominated writer for her work on "Atlanta"), lamented that only 4.8% of TV writers are Black.  The problem is systemic. She wrote:

Black showrunners are hiring black writers, sure. But what about white showrunners (the majority of showrunners)? Why aren’t they hiring minorities to write on their shows? I don’t know. Something that I hear a lot from white writers is that they like to “write what they know”. In my experience, this also means “I’m white so I only know and want to write white things. I don’t want to write about minorities because I won’t do them justice...