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Nancy Wilson Has Died

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Iconic vocalist Nancy Wilson died on December 13, 3018 at the age of 81. Her career spanned five decades. Well known known hits included, “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”, “If I Had My Way”, and “How Glad I Am”. Wilson was born in Chilcothe, OH and began singing as a young child. She retired in 2011. Many don’t know that Wilson was active in the Civil Rights Movement and that she participated in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Suprisingly she did not consider herself to be a traditional jazz singer; but rather an “interpreter” of lyrics she sang. She was the epitome of style and grace. It was said of Wilson that she, “turned songs into to stories”……and that she did!! May she rest well.

#ripnancywilson #nancywilson #blackentertainer #chilicotheohio #blackwoman #blackhistory #africanamericanhistory #jazzsinger #lovewontletmewait
#selmatomontgomery

Sources:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1058801/Nancy-Wilson-dead-jazz-singer-Grammys-Nancy-Wilson-songs-cause-of-death-pictures/amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/12/14/obituaries/nancy-wilson-dead-jazz-singer.amp.html

Winnie Mandela – Dead at 81

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Nomzamo Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela has died at age 81. The former wife of Nelson Mandela, the two were married for 38 years. However over three decades of that time was spent in separation sure to Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment due to his opposition of apartheid oppression.

Source:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-africa-43621112

Happy Birthday 74th Birthday Diana Ross!

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The legendary songstress was actually named Diane not Diana. Her name was, incorrectly printed as Diana, and that’s what folks started using. Another interesting fact about Diana Ross is that her neighbor growing up in Detroit was the legendary Smokey Robinson. Many also don’t know that her group, The Supremes original name was The Primettes.
What’s your favorite song or movie featuring Diana Ross?

When The “Public” You Collides With The “Private” You….

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A powerful quote from our Black Mail founder, Enid Gaddis.

Something for my sisters to ponder……..

“When the public you collides with the private you……. My dear sister, whatcha gonna do?”

Stop hiding behind true lies.

Watcha gonna do when your sleeping giants rise?

The cape is ripped.

Your wings are clipped.

That shiny halo was just a disguise.

Whatcha gonna do when you sleeping giants rise.

Enid Gaddis ©2017 All rights reserved.

We must not “lose” or “loose” ourselves to be anything less or more than who we actually are. Sometimes, being your authentic self is a radical and defiant response to the demands that society and individuals will place upon you.

Remember you are wonderful. But you are not Wonder Woman. So excel at being your own brand of wonderful.

You are beautiful, but not Beyonce beautiful. Excel at being your own brand of beautiful.

Revel in, and relish your own complicated, complex, imperfect, got-it-going-on, one-of-kind, phenomenal self!

-Enid Gaddis, Black Mail

Dorothy Height Drops Wisdom

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“If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time.”

-Dorothy Height

This quote powerfully speaks to the life and legacy of Dorothy Height.

Dorothy Height (1921-2010) was a commanding leader of the civil rights movement. She was a strong advocate for women’s right; particularly African American women. She is perhaps best known for her leadership of The National Council of Negro Women. She led this organization for 40 years. Height is also known for her work with “Wednesdays In Mississippi” which created opportunities for black and white women from the north and south to increase dialog and collaboration. Height also was employed by the the YWCA and was instrumental in helping the organization’s integration efforts.

Born in Richmond, VA, Height was raised in Rankin, PA. She received a $1,000 scholarship from The Elks, an African American social and benevolent organization, which helped her pursue a college education in the field of social work. Height was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and served as its national president from 1947-1956.

Height never married and had no children. She died at the age of 98.

Sources:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/social-sciences-and-law/social-reformers/dorothy-i-height

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/height-dorothy-irene-1912

https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com/local/la-me-dorothy-height-20100420-story,amp.html

Remembering Mamie Till-Mobley: Mother Of Emmett Till

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In September 1955, the murderers of Emmett Till were acquitted. Till was brutally beaten and murdered for whistling at a white woman in Money, MS. His mother Mamie Till-Mobley (1921-2003) held an open casket funeral. She wanted the world to know what happened to her son.

Mamie Till-Mobley became an advocate for racial justice and continued to be active in advocating for civil rights. She died at the age of 81, in 2003.

Sources:

http://www.anb.org/articles/15/15-01388.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/emmett-tills-open-casket-funeral-reignited-the-civil-rights-movement-180956483/

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

Harriet Wilson: 1st African American Woman To Publish A Novel In the United States

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Harriet Adams Wilson (1825-1900)

On September 5, 1859, Harriet E. Wilson, (1825-1900) published, “Our Nig” making her the first African American woman to publish a novel in the United States. Wilson was born in Milford, New Hampshire. Her father was African American and her mother was white. When her father died, her mother abandoned her; leaving her at the home of a family where she worked as an indentured servant. She would remain with the family until the 1840’s. Wilson was married in 1851 and had a son named George. After being abandoned by her husband, she left her son in the care of foster parents and left to seek work in Boston. George died at the age of 7.

 

Wilson is said to have gone by the name, “Dr. Hattie E. Wilson” and worked as clairvoyant and psychic healer. She traveled across the U.S. making speeches on the spirit world and race relations. Wilson’s novel, “Our Nig” was a fictional story about her experience as an indentured servant, as well as her experiences with racism and prejudice. Continue reading “Harriet Wilson: 1st African American Woman To Publish A Novel In the United States”

Black Women: WE BE Surviving”!

Black History:  Special Delivery!! Quote: “Black women be surviving; don’t we?” -Lhea J. Love

This quote speaks volumes!  “WE BE SURVIVING” was inspired by this quote. The poem celebrates African American SHEros, survivors, past and present who made a difference!

“WE BE SURVIVING……..”

Momma did it!

Grandma did it!

Great grandma did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Rosa did it!

Harriet did it!

Sojourner did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Maya did it!

Aretha did it!

Tina did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Angela did it!

Fannie did it!

Dorothy did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Coretta did it!

Betty did it!

Ida did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Disrespected, WE DID IT!

Devalued, WE DID IT!

Dehumanized, WE DID IT!

Abused, WE DID IT!

Accused, WE DID IT!

Alienated, WE DID IT!

Unloved, WE DID IT!

Unwelcomed, WE DID IT!

Unpaid, WE DID IT!

Extorted, WE DID IT!

Exploited, WE DID IT!

Exhausted, WE DID IT!

WE DID IT! WE DID IT! WE DID IT!

We be surviving don’t we!

By Enid A. Gaddis ©2017 All Rights Reserved.

Poem may not be republished, reprinted, or otherwise distributed without the expressed written consent of the author. Requests may be submitted via email to:

Enid Gaddis,  blackmailsd4u@gmail.com

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