Will it ever stop?

So I’m doing a little news reading, and I come across an article on NFL player Ezekiel Elliot. There’s a video of him pulling down a lady’s shirt, and exposing her chest. What made him do this? I’m not sure.

There’s currently a women’s a group that is speaking out against the matter and calling it sexual assault. The women would like for Elliot to be punished for his actions.

This isn’t this first time we hear about him getting into some type of trouble that involves a woman. Last year, there were allegations of him abusing a woman. No charges were filed, and he wasn’t arrested.

I can’t say what really happened. Only him and that lady knows, but let’s be honest it seems as if too many people are getting away with abuse, and rape. For example, Brock Turner only served three months for sexual assault.

Student, James Enochs, was charged with raping two women, but he only served one day in jail, and was given one year of probation. Also teenager, Kraigen Grooms, sexually abused an one year old. He was given a 10 year suspension, five years of supervision release, and he must be registered as a sex offender. He was released after serving two years in jail.

The list goes on. I guess rape and harassment isn’t that serious these days. What are your thoughts?

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International Women’s Day!

Here’s a list of 21 great women:

  1. Billie Holiday– “The First Lady of the Blues”. She’s considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time.
  2. Rosa Parks– Refused to give up her seat to a white man, which led to some civil rights legislation.
  3. Eva Peron– Was a political activist, and campaigned on behalf of the poor.
  4. Elizabeth Taylor– An award winning actress who co founded the AIDS Research charity in the 80’s.
  5. Maya Angelou– A gifted poet and writer.
  6. Elizabeth Cady Stanton– A leader in the early women’s rights movement.
  7. Mary Magdalene– First person to see Jesus Christ after his resurrection.
  8. Benazir Bhutto– First woman to lead a Muslim state.
  9. Wangari Maathai– Women’s right campaigner from Kenya.
  10. Aretha Franklin– “Queen of soul”. A legendary singer.
  11. Marie Curie– A chemist who discovered many chemical elements.
  12. Toni Morrison– The first black woman to win a Nobel prize in literature.
  13. Lily Ledbetter– An activist for women’s equal pay.
  14. Sally Ride– First American woman to go out of space.
  15. Ida B. Wells– Founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) .
  16. Harriet Quimby– The first woman to gain a pilot license in the United States.
  17. Madame C.J Walker– Became a wealthy woman by developing and selling hair products.
  18. Zora Neale Hurston-An African American writer and anthropologist.
  19. Dorothy Fields– A popular song writer during the 1920’s and 1930’s
  20. Sojourner Truth– An abolitionist and women’s rights activist.
  21. Sybil Ludington– A heroine of the American Revolutionary War.

How I Feel About My Natural Hair

I started embracing my natural hair less than 10 years ago. During my school years, I would wear my hair in a curly ponytail every single day.

When I was 14 years old, I decided to get a relaxer, which was a bad choice FOR ME, because it damaged my hair. So I decided to never get a relaxer again. Of course I went back to the curly ponytail. When I reached my senior year, I started straightening my hair.

I would go to the salon every two weeks to maintain the straight look, but when I graduated from high school, I started wearing my natural curls, but I went back to the straight look.

My hair was damaged from all the heat I was using. I stopped going to the salon to save money so I started doing my own hair. My hair began to break off, and I lost my length.

So finally, I started wearing my natural curls again and my hair began to grow. I started watching natural hair tutorials on Youtube, and learned how to take care of my hair properly.

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I learned about deep conditioning once a week, and using shampoos that would clean, and moisturize without stripping my hair of its natural oils. I also learned that when heat styling, I should use good heat protectant.

I’m so glad I embraced my natural curls. I feel more confident in my look. My curls are apart of who I am.

I recently straightened my hair just to switch it up a little, but I made sure to used good heat protectants so my curls can bounce back. Check out my hair video!

The Women’s March

On January 21, 2017, a women’s march took place. The women’s march is a worldwide protests that supports women’s rights such as immigration, healthcare, and racial justice. The mission is to protect the rights, safety, and health of women’s families.

The first protest took place in Washington DC with 500,000 participants. The march came about after Trump was announced president and support of women is coming from all around the world. Prime example, leaders and activists, came together to show support for activist, Linda Sarsour.

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Sarsour is a Palestinian-American who stands for justice and change for people of color. Sarsour has gained a lot of support from around the world. She was actually trending on twitter with the hashtag “IMarchWithLinda”.

The march has impacted a lot of women. Some women are making sacrifices to be a part of the movement. There were a few celebrities present at the march, such as Alicia Keyes, Cher, and Janelle Monae.

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Women’s march dates back to 1913 with only 1,000 participants for the women’s suffrage parade. In the year 2000, there was a million mom march with a total of 750,000 participants. In 2004, there was march for women’s lives, with a total of 1,150,000 participants. The numbers continue to increase as the years goes on. There is power in numbers.


Do you believe that there is power in numbers?

Black History Month: Day 28

Well it is the last day of Black History Month, but that doesn’t mean the Black History research has to stop.

Dinah Washington was the “Queen of the Blues”. She was born Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as Ruth Lee Jones. Her family was musically talented, but they were poor.

In 1928, Washington and her family moved to Chicago. She began to play piano, and sing in church. As she grew older, she became attracted to Chicago’s nightlife music. She would perform secretly at different local clubs.

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Ruth toured with a quartet called Colored Ladies Quartet in 1940. She struggled financially for three years, and decided to move back to Chicago.

Manager of the Garrick Lounge, Joe Sheridan, convinced Washington to change her name from Ruth Jones to Dinah Washington, because it sounded better for promotional business.

Washington and Sheridan began to perform together. She performed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra, and with Mercury Records, the label company where she recorded for 16 years.

She released 45 Billboard hits. Some of her songs included: “What a Difference a Day Makes”, “This Bitter Earth”, and “You Got What it Takes”.

Washington used her fame to help launch the careers of others, and make contributions to the civil rights movement.

Washington died in 1963 due to an accidental overdose of pills.

Black History Month: Day 27

Horace Mann Bond was an educator who had a passion for teaching. He served as the first president of Fort Valley State college from 1939 to 1945.

Bond was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1904. He was born to a family who were highly educated. He was three years of age when he began to read. He began his education early, entering high school at the age of nine. He was a college freshman at the age of 14.

Bond began teaching at Langston University in Oklahoma after completing college. He married Julia Washington in 1930. They had three children.

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Bond earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1936. He moved to Pennsylvania in 1945, and became the first black president of Lincoln University. He traveled to Africa in 1949 to establish relationships with people.

He helped with the founding of the American Society of African Culture. In 1957 he became a professor at Atlanta University. He stood  for equal education opportunities for black youth.

He was the author of Education for Freedom: A History of Lincoln University, The Education of the Negro in the American Social Order, and The Education of the Negro in Alabama.

Bond died in the year of 1972, at the age of 68.

Black History Month: Day 26

Sidney Bechet was an African American jazz musician. He played along the side of Josephine Baker, and recorded popular tunes such as, “Loveless Love”, and “Dear old Southland”.

Bechet was born in New Orleans, in May of 1897. His ancestry consisted of Creole. His father was a shoemaker. He came from a musical background. Most of his household consisted of musicians.

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Bechet loved the clarinet. One was passed down to him from his older brother. He would consistently practice and play musical genres such as waltzes, and whatever else was popular among the middle class of New Orleans.

One day he was drawn to jazz music. He loved the rhythms and harmonies. He would skip school to sit in local jazz bands. Musician, Bunk Johnson, was drawn to young Bechet’s talent, and invited him to join to his band.

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At 19 years old, Bechet left home to play Jazz with piano player, Clarence Williams, in Chicago. He was invited to join the Southern Syncopated Orchestra in London, England in 1919.

Bechet gained his fame in London. He also desired to learn another instrument. The soprano saxophone is what made him more popular.

In 1945, he moved back to the United States. He formed a band, taught music to young students, and opened a dry cleaning business. Bechet moved back to Paris after his retirement. He died in 1959.