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September 2017

Makeovers vs. Takeovers

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“Makeovers are great. TAKEOVERS are better.”

-Enid Gaddis, Black Mail

Diane Abbott: 1st Black Woman Elected To British Parliament

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In 1987 Diane Abbott (1953 – ) became the first Black woman elected to British Parliament in the United Kingdom. Abbott is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant were also elected to Parliament with Abbott, making them the first black men to be elected to British Parliament.

Abbott was first elected to Westminster City Council in 1982. Her first parliament election bid in 1985 was unsuccessful. In the British Parliament, Abbott is known as a fiery politician who is especially outspoken on the subject of race and racism. She is a member of the left leaning Labor Political Party.

Abbott is known for her community involvement. In the 90’s she founded the organization, “Black Women Mean Business.” to support and empower black business women.  Abbott also also worked to expand educational opportunities for black children in London. Additionally, Abbott has been active in the “Scrap Sus” campaign to end police profiling of black youth during stop and search patrols.

Abbott was previously married to David Thompson from 1991-1993. They have one son, James Abbott Thompson.

Sources:

http://www.blackpast.org/gah/abbott-diane-1953

http://www.dianeabbott.org.uk/about.aspx

Conversation With A Queen!

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Today I was fortunate to hear some powerful gems shared by a QUEEN that I greatly admire…. Melita Travis-Johnson! One of these gems was the one listed above.

When it comes to racism and other “isms” faced by black people; we can rest assured that there are MANY forms and layers of oppression that impact us all collectively.

We must remain UNITED and vigilant in fighting oppression in all of its forms.

Happy Birthday To “The Maestro” Barry White

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Barry White was born in Galveston, TX but grew up in South Central, Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his mother. At the time of his birth, his father was married to another woman. Whit grew up in poverty and also got involved in gangs as a teenager. His mother gave him music lessons. Disabled by arthritis, she also gave lessons to make extra money. White learned to play on his mother’s second hand $50 upright piano. She wanted to teach him how to read music. But he asked her to let him learn his own way and she did! He never learned to read music but became an accomplished composer and arranger.  As a youth he was placed in juvenile detention after stealing tires that were worth thousands of dollars. While in detention, he heard the Elvis Presley song, “It’s Now or Never” and decided to turn his life around. Continue reading “Happy Birthday To “The Maestro” Barry White”

James Baldwin Quote

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A child cannot be taught by anyone that despises him.”

-James Baldwin

Katrina Adams: 1st African American President of U.S. Tennis Association

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We’ve seen the headlines about Sloane Stephens defeating Venus Williams to win the U.S. Open. It’s great to see another wave of African American women excelling in the sport.

Many may not know the CEO of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is also an African American woman. Katrina Adams has been at the helm since 2015. She is USTA’s first African American CEO and its youngest CEO in the 135 year history of the organization.

An accomplished, tennis pro, Adams began playing tennis in Chicago in 1975 at the age of six. She played tennis in college for Northwestern University before launching her 12 year professional career. She also spent several years as a tennis coach.

Adams is proud of the progress that African American women have made in tennis. She would like to see greater participation in the sport by African American boys and Latino youth.

Sources:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/amp/usta-president-katrina-adams-bringing-diversity-u-s-open-n799411

https://www.usta.com/en/home/about-usta/usta-leadership/national/katrina-adams.html

Removing Symbols vs. Eliminating Substance

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Powerful quote from Rev. Dr. William Barber: “If statues come down racism can still be up.”

Encourage Entreprenuership!

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Let’s encourage our youth to explore entrepreneurship as a career option. Ownership is the key to building wealth!

Bree Newsome Keeping It 100!

Black History: Special Delivery!! Bree Newsome treated some REAL truth! Had to share! It costs less to educate than it does to incarcerate!

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