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When You Think About Fresh Pressed Juices & Smoothies: Think About Black Inventor Madeline M. Turner

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Madeline M. Turner invented Turner’s Fruit Press.  Her invention is believed to be the original blueprint and design on which many modern juicers are based.  Turner was inspired to create her juice press one morning when she struggled to hand squeeze a cup of orange juice. 

Turner’s invention helped pave the way for “juicing” to become a lucrative business endeavor. She was granted a patent for her fruit press machine on April 25, 1916 (U.S. Patent #: 1,180,959). Her invention was praised as “ingenious” due to its ease of use and its easy to clean design.  Norman Walker, a white businessman, is credited with inventing the first mechanical juice maker in the 1930s. However, Turner’s invention preceded his by nearly 20 years! The invention was first debuted in San Diego, CA.  From 1948 to 2014, seven other patents have referenced her invention and patent. In 2020, the juice and smoothie industry boasted a revenue of $2.6 billion!

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Beverly Bond:  The Trailblazer Behind “Black Girls Rock”

 

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Beverly Bond (1970 – )

 Beverly Bond (1970 – present) is an African American model, DJ, producer and founder of the not-for-profit “Black Girls Rock”,  which 2006.  What started out as a t-shirt imprint has now grown into a not-for-profit mentoring initiative designed to promote empowerment and self-worth among black girls.  In 2010, Black Girls Rock launched what is now its annual signature tv event broadcast by BET highlighting the accomplishments of black women.  Black Girls Rock has also launched in Africa as well. Continue reading “Beverly Bond:  The Trailblazer Behind “Black Girls Rock””

Dr. Willa B. Player: 1st Black Female College President Of A 4-Year Fully Accredited Liberal Arts College

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Dr. Willa B. Player (1917-2003)

Dr. Willa Beatrice Player (1917 – 2003) was an African American educator and civil rights, activist. She made history by becoming the first African American woman to lead a four year, fully accredited liberal arts college.  Player took the helm as president of Bennett College for Women from 1956-1966.

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Sarah Jane Woodson Early: 1st African American Female University Professor

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Sarah Woodson Early (1825-1907)

 

Author and educator, Sarah Jane Woodson Early (1825-1907) is recognized as the first African American female university professor in the United States; assuming the role in 1858; teaching Latin and English. Continue reading “Sarah Jane Woodson Early: 1st African American Female University Professor”

The Power of Black Girl Magic!

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Altanta Black Star reports that a young queen flexing her “black girl magic” caused some classmates to become upset. During, classroom free time, this young queen proclaimed loudly “I have black girl magic!!”. This proud proclamation apparently provoked tears from other students and prompted an email to this young queen’s mother from the teacher, asking if she could talk to her daughter about other classmates being upset.

Keep flexing that BLACK GIRL MAGIC young queen!!

Full article can be viewed at this link:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2018/11/30/can-you-speak-with-her-teacher-sends-letter-home-complaining-student-told-classmates-she-has-black-girl-magic/

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

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

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,

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Queens!!

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The black women in this slide show are TRUE ROYALTY!  They should inspire us all!  They are diverse in their pursuits and chosen paths.  If you don’t know who they are…….It’s time to do some research and learn about their accomplishments!  

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