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Dr. Jose` Celso Barbosa:  Afro-Puerto Rican, Physician, Political Leader, & Activist

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Dr. Jose`Celos Barbosa (1857-1921)

Dr. Jose`Celso Barbosa (1857-1921) was a trailblazing physician, political leader, and activist. Known as the “father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement”. Barbosa was born in the city of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. His parents were of African and European descent. Barbosa received his primary and secondary education at the Jesuit Seminary in Puerto Rico. He was the first person of mixed ancestry to attend. Barbosa was also the first Puerto Rican to earn a medical degree in the United States.

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“I AIN’T SCARED!” -Maxine Waters

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been one of several political and public figures to be sent exclusive device in the mail. Her response: “I AIN’T SCARED!!”

Fetal Death Rate In Flint Has Risen 58% Due To Water Crisis

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It’s been more than 3.5 years and Flint is still reeling from the impact of its PREVENTABLE water crisis. Research recently made available by David Sluslky (University of Kansas) and Daniel Grossman (West Virginia University) details the devastating impact the water crisis is having on Flint’s children. The research has identified a 58% increase in fetal deaths along with a 12% decrease in fertility rates.

An urban community with approximately 99,000 residents, Flint’s population is approximately 53% black, 38% white, and 6% other ethnic groups. 42% of Flint’s residents have incomes below the poverty line.

15 state employees have been indicted and may face criminal prosecution related to their involvement with the Flint water crisis.


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.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters Ain’t Having It!!



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Congress Maxine Waters is given us all LIFE!  In response to remarks made by Bill O’Reilly about her hair…..Waters comeback was EPIC!  Check out the video and be inspired.  One of the quotes we love from her comments was:  “I am a strong BLACK WOMAN.  I CANNOT be intimidated and I’m not going ANYWHERE!”  A more complete clip is also available from MSNBC,


The Harriet Tubman Travel Agency: Specializing In “Underground Excursions”

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Ben Carson’s, ill-fated reference this week, of enslaved Africans as being immigrants received major shade on social media. (Click here to view our blog post on the incident) 

Amid the social media black lash, a quote from @justlikecandi_1 received thousands of likes and retweets.  It is the prefect combination of humor truth, and sarcasm.  

MLK Statue With Donald Trump Slogan “Make America Great Again” At University Of South Florida Draws Outrage And Anger

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A University of South Florida statue of Martin Luther King,  Jr was photographed wearing a hat with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan,  “Make America Great Again”.  The photo was posted on Instagram by “students4trump” with the banner  “MLK KNOWS -TRUMP 2016” and the caption,  “Pretty Self Explanatory” Continue reading “MLK Statue With Donald Trump Slogan “Make America Great Again” At University Of South Florida Draws Outrage And Anger”

Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Candidate Forum – Monday 1/11 @ 8pm EST

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The Iowa Brown and Black Forum is hosting a forum for democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.  Forum will be streaming live on Monday, January 11 at 8pm,  The forum will focus on issues such as education, healthcare, criminal justice, immigration and the economy.  Each candidate will answer questions from the moderators for 30 minutes.  Continue reading “Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Candidate Forum – Monday 1/11 @ 8pm EST”

Ellen Walker Craig: 1st African American Female Mayor In The U.S.

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Ellen Walker Craig (1906 – 2000) was the first African American woman to be elected mayor of a municipality in the United States by popular vote. Craig was a life long resident of Urbancrest, OH. Urbancrest is located near Columbus, OH.  She was mayor from 1972-1975. Under her administration, Urbancrest received a $3 million dollar housing complex for low income citizens. She also improved street lighting, and made street repairs. A former domestic worker, she gained political experience through membership and leadership in several civic and political organizations. She also served on the Urbancrest City Council for 12 years.

She and her husband were also well known for their generosity. In their home they had a special drawer that was called, “God’s Drawer”. Located in her china cabinet, she and her husband kept money in the drawer for the needy. Each pay period they put money into the drawer and when families in the community had a need, “God’s Drawer” was opened. Ellen Walker Craig died in 2000.

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