Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quote for Feb 23

Freedom has never been free.

Medgar Evers

Black History Month-- This one's celebrating non-Negros

I recently met Paul Salzman who (I found when I did a little research) is pretty famous as a director and photographer.  I went to see a film he did and listen to his talk because he'd been a part of Freedom Summer  and I wanted to make contact with him because I want to write something about that.

Anyway, he was one of the many Whites who put their lives on the line for change.  Their presence kept media attention on the Civil Rights battle and the atrocities that accompanied it.  Some blacks were bitter (understandably) that a different value was placed on a White life as opposed to a Black one (sadly, that has not changed), still, those White people and the abolitionists before did the right thing.

They helped change Black History and so here's a shout out for Mr. Salzman and all those who know it truly is about our character and not our color.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Riley B.

The absolute BEST:


You know a lot about Oprah.  There are two things I find amazing and anyone can change his or her life by doing what Oprah did:

1) She learned to read at 3 and has made this a lifetime passion.

 The ability to read.  It's a life-changer.

2) When her grandmother was teaching her how to do white people's laundry, she decided that that was not going to be her life.

The power of the mind to change things.  Embrace it, harness it and you can change most everything.

sniffle, sniffle, cough cough

Been sick.  Ugh.
Where were we?

Oh, yeah, Negroes you should know.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Quote for Feb 9

"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations."

- Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

Black History Month

I once read a comment by someone who said that Black people didn't contribute anything to America.  Yeah, right.

You have light in your house? 

Here you are:

America, you're welcome.

Those "youngsters from Liverpool"

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Quote for Feb 8, 2015

“I made a lot of mistakes out of the ring, but I never made any in it.”

--Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson-- Black History Month

Heavyweight champ!
But he was something of an inventor too-- held a patent for improvements to the wrench.  Bet you didn't know that.

Did you see the PBS special back in the day--" Unforgiveable Blackness"?  The book

Bad Nigger! the National Impact of Jack Johnson by Al-Tony Gilmore is also recommended.

And the Johnson inspired "The Great White Hope" with James Earl Jones.

America spared little hatred for this black man.

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Beatles came to America 50 years ago today

“So this is America…They all seem to be out of their minds.”

 – Ringo

Two Negroes (yesterday's and today's) for Black History Month

Cathay Williams or William Cathay (Cathey) 
A Buffalo Soldier and a black woman!!

W.E.B. Du Bois
Met a woman in Nashville who knew him at Fisk-- wow!  He was amazing.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Quote for 2-5-14

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

--Fannie Lou Hamer

Black History Month--Fannie Lou Hamer

She was active in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.  They beat her mercilessly, but they didn't beat her spirit down. 

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Monday, February 03, 2014

Quote for Feb. 3, 2014

"I once wrote a short story called 'The Best Blues Singer in the World' and it went like this: 'The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning.' End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I've been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story. I'm not sure what it means, other than life is hard."
– August Wilson

Black History Month

August Wilson

"Author, Author!"  a million times over

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Quote for February 2

For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.

- Mary McLeod Bethune

Black History (Negroes You Should Know)

Nella Larsen

read about her and works from her


What a spanking Manning and crew are getting.


Saturday, February 01, 2014

Black History Month or Negroes you should know

Diane Nash

google and learn yourself  something