The Quotes of Chinua Achebe

R.I.P. Chinua Achebe I thank you for allowing the world to share your intelligence and literary works of art.


His mission was to set the record straight through literature. His writing from the past still holds true today in the hearts of many people. Chinua Achebe was a titan in his own right. Even after his recent passing, his words will continue to live on, serving much needed wisdom in a revolution against modern oppression. To honor his memory, here are several of his numerous and powerful quotes as seen on

“While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”

“If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.” 

“Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.”

“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably…

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Hero: Doyin Oladipupo

Doyin Oladipupo

This young teen, 15 years old, from Cali was brave during a break in at her house. She was able to hide and call the cops, who caught the three teenage thieves. I can only imagine how terrified I would be, but this young girl is truly brave. Check out her story here at–abc-news-topstories.html

The link includes the story and a video.

The picture came from

Shout outs to young Doyin Oladipupo 🙂

Kimani Gray

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Smh, R.I.P Kimani Gray



Kimani “Kiki” Gray (c. 1996-2013) was gunned down and killed at age 16 in front of his best friend’s house by plain clothes policemen on the streets of East Flatbush, Brooklyn in New York City. He was killed Saturday night, March 9th 2013, when he was coming back from a party with six of his friends. At least four days of angry, sometimes violent, protests have followed.

The police account and that of eyewitnesses are different on important points. The police said they wore badges and said they were the police, that Gray pointed a gun at them. Eyewitnesses say Gray was empty handed, that the police did not wear badges nor said who they were. Their car was not a police car. Eyewitnesses call Gray and his friends “kids”, the police called them a group of “men”.

The police say Gray “adjusted his waistband” in “a suspicious manner.” Seeing…

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Sonny Charles and The Checkmates: Black Pearl

A very beautiful song. Thanks Abagond for sharing it.



This song came out May 1969, going to #8 on the American R&B charts and #13 on the pop charts.


Ooh, hoo
Yeah, yeah, yeah
My, my, my, my

Black pearl
Precious little girl
Let me put you up
Where you belong

Black pearl
Pretty little girl
You been in the background
Much too long

You been working so hard
Your whole life through
Tending other peoples houses
Raising up their children too

Hey, how about
Something for me and you

Here in my arms
You’re gonna reign supreme
No more serving, baby
They’re gonna serve my queen

It’s our turn for happiness
And our day has come
Living for each other
Answering to no one

Black pearl
Precious little girl
Let me put you up
Where you belong
Because I love you

Black pearl
Pretty little girl
You been in the background
Much too long

Together we’ll…

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Guest Post: Sassy Best Friend

Something that I have noticed for years.


by Lavern Merriweather

After having the misfortune of sitting through an episode of CBS’s poor woman’s answer to ABC’s “The View” called “The Talk”, I noticed a time old trend that I hate, courtesy of one of the show’s host comedian Sheryl Underwood, and that is the ‘sassy’ best friend.

Apparently any time that the media sets up a group of women, there always has to be that loud, unattractive, dark skinned, overweight black woman who is so much ballsier than the others and will usually make the most obnoxious comments while the others giggle and blush at her naughtiness. Gag me! Granted, they do have a better looking and thinner black woman on the show as well, but she is often overshadowed by the extra mouthy one. It’s not the young, thin or pretty one white male producers want to focus on. It’s the one who best fits their…

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What’s in Your Cereal?

😦 my cereals!


26 Sep 2012

By now, nearly everyone interested in healthy living is aware of the recent research linking Monsanto’s GMO corn to cancer tumors and an increase risk of premature death in both men and women. News of the research is spreading like wildfire across the ‘net, and support for Proposition 37 – which seeks to label GMOs in foods — is growing by the day.

But the media has not yet reported on the everyday foods being sold in grocery stores right now and made with Monsanto’s genetically modified corn (GM corn). Which foods are most likely to contain Monsanto GM corn? To answer this question, I visited a local grocery store in Austin, Texas and purchased 10 breakfast cereals made with high levels of non-organic corn.

According to the Center for Food Safety, up to 85% of the corn grown in the United States…

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