What is a Homestead exactly? The legal definition is: A person’s permanent home or property that includes the land on which the home stands on and other adjoining building or property. My simple definition is: Living independently (as much as possible) by doing for self. Growing up in the islands, we […]
The world celebrates men. Men can be ambitious, they can work to liberate their countries, they can be revolutionaries, and lead people. No one is against that. The world applauds these men. But when women fight for the liberation of their countries, they are vilified; they are called all sorts of names. It’s as if […]
“This Is America” (2018) is a song and music video by Childish Gambino, the nom de rap of US actor Donald Glover, he of “Atlanta” (2016- ). The video has gone viral, getting 33 million views on YouTube in the first 48 hours. It is now past 60 million. Spoilers: If you have not seen […]
I know its been awhile since I have posted, but there is nothing like a good cause to bring me back posting. So there is a young girl named Triniti Harris who wants to attend an academic program, Duke TIP Center for Summer Studies. This summer studies program is not easy to qualify for. Triniti Harris scored impressively on the Duke TIP test. Now in order to attend she needs $4300.00 to afford it and out of that total, she has raised $2,050. She only needs $2250 to reach her goal. Today is the deadline. I know we can pull through and help her raise the amount needed. To champion and continue black excellence and girls in stem, we must invest in the youth. So I hope we help this young girl achieve her dream.
You can donate at her GoFundMe page link here.
I literally just learned of her and I am still amazed. A Black woman motorcyclist in the 1920s! This is what little girls need to know about. I wish I could do her story justice so I will give you a small summary. Bessie Stringfield was adopted by an Irish family as a young girl and as she got older she loved motorcycles. Of course her mom thought it was unlady like but her parents came around and got her a motorcycle at the age of 16. This young girl from that point on to adulthood rode her motorcycle everywhere. Let’s not forget this is the 1920s so she experienced racism and sexism, she learned how to repair her motorcycle herself, sometimes she even had to sleep on it. Another tidbit, this woman is traveling to different states without Google Maps, MapQuest, and this before real roads were created. She also ended up motorcycling important documents from state to state. See doesn’t that fascinate you?! Well you can learn more about her story in a cartoon format here: RejectedPrincesses.Tumblr. You can learn more about her in the AMA Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame.
I am all for women, especially Black women from all walks of life, knowing how to defend themselves in everyday life. There are enough stats of missing girls and women within the DMV area alone that is staggering and hits close to home. My sister pushed me to take a self-defense class and I thank her for it because it showed me how much strength I had that I didn’t know and how poor my boundaries were. I would silently suffer while people crossed boundaries that made me feel red hot angry. But boundaries are about self preservation. If someone crosses them it activates our fight or flight response. And I am still learning to enforce those boundaries I have learned. But for those who are confused and unsure there is a Self-Defense class taking place on Andrews AFB from 9:30am-12:30pm. You can purchase tickets and find more detail on the link above. The price of learning to protect yourself and your loved ones is priceless.