Bessie Stringfield Woman Motorcyclist in the 1920s

Is she not a Queen Bada$$? Queen of Miami picture from AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

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.

 

Self-Defense Class in the DMV Area July 22

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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.

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NYDailyNews: Over 12 Missing Teen Bronx Girls Raise Concerns of Possible Abduction and Forced Prostitution

As a community we must be on the look out for children and the children in our vicinity. There is no reason why this trend of abducted young girls have not reach media airwaves. The girls are young, the article stated, between the ages of 12-19 years old and they are predominately African American and Hispanic. There is no surprise about the lack of coverage concerning missing children of color. But there are too many missing and not enough attention placed on their case. This is so sad, because these young children are being preyed upon and it’s not right. No monster should be able to abduct kids and possibly force them into prostitution. There has to be something we can do. I don’t know if its calling our kids while they are walking to their destination, teaching them how to be aware of their surroundings, ensuring someone is home when they get home, maybe even driving them to where they need to go. I just want kids to be safe.

“More than a dozen teenage girls from the Bronx have been reported missing over the last two years — and a City Councilman fears they may have been abducted and forced into a prostitution ring.

The list of missing girls released Wednesday by Councilman Andy King is long enough to fill the roster of a softball team.

But King fears the girls suffered a far worse fate, and is appealing to the public to help get the word out.”

You can read the details of the article here: 12-teen-bronx-girls-missing-pol-fears-abduction-article-

As Suicide Rates For Black Children Rise, Protecting Emotional Heath Is Vital

This article makes me worry greatly. In my everyday life I treat all young children the same but it is always important to me to engage the young black girls and boys I come in contact with whether its a smile, a hello, or just a you are so pretty or handsome. So to know that the rate of suicide for black children are rising worries me. Please share this article and think long and hard about the effects of it. We must fiercely protect our young. We must let them know that they matter, their voices matter, their opinions, and feelings. I am shocked by this article. Especially in the classroom, we must ensure our children are being included and not isolated, bullied or targeted. I have dealt with racist teachers before and it was not fun to be in their class or learn from them or listen to them. I thank God that I didn’t let their stupidity get to me, but no child should deal with that. Truly ask your kids about their day and their classes.

The researchers who found that suicide rates have doubled for Black children while declining for White children were surprised by their own results. These are the first recorded data in history for which Black suicide rates surpass that of other race groups. Suicide is what can happen at the extreme of when youth and adults are marginalized and lack the resources to cope with this marginalization. The reasons for the increase in Black children’s suicide are unknown. In today’s climate, however, efforts toward protecting children from the subtle and not-so-subtle burdens of discrimination and oppression seem warranted.

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Three University Alba students attacked by Whites

This story is just sad all around. Three young women beaten by white men and white women and no one helped them. This took place on a bus and people were more obsessed with recording the beating and telling them to shut up. I am beyond angry like what the heck? I am tired of this. The police officers did not care, the school did not care until the story got social media traction. My anger stems from the fact that no one helped these black women and these women were attacked for their race and gender.

No one sends their children to a school anywhere and expects to hear about them being assaulted. No one sends their child to school and think they are far from safe. Universities already do not have a good statistic on the violent and sexual assaults that take place on their campuses, they put the schools image ahead of the safety of the students who make them money. The Sunny Alba sent out some ridiculous lets get together letter out with some political correct garbage. I am thoroughly annoyed with all of this and people think the younger generation is somehow better, this proves they are not. There are still racist whites who find pleasure in this type of savage behavior, attacking black women, black girls, and recording it and probably laugh about it. The investigation should not even take long, they should be found, round up, and hauled off to jail. The white girls involved as well, feminist sisters my behind, also need to be round up and hauled of to jail. Everyone needs to be jailed, terminated, and have their life ruined.

The story can be read here: 3 BLACK FEMALE STUDENTS AT SUNY ALBANY ATTACKED BY WHITE STUDENTS ON BUS

The Root: “9-Year-Old Va. Girl Collects Dolls for Homeless Girls Her Age”

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I am so happy to post another article from The Root about another child making a difference. This little one is going to be a force to be reckoned with, with her big heart. Nine-years-old Gianni Graham from Norfolk, Va, is collecting Barbie dolls to give to young girls in homeless shelters around her area. The young girl decided to do this after Christmas. “I wanted to inspire them and give encouragement,” she said.

Graham’s goal is to collect a 1,000 dolls to give to 1,000 little girls like her. When she first started out she had five dolls, two of which she had received for Christmas. Since her story has picked up, she has received 500 dolls, but her goal hasn’t been reached just yet. I am just so proud of her and all the kids like her truly making a difference. The future looks brighter and brighter with kids like this setting a foundation of giving and caring. You can read the article in the link provided. You can also head on over to Graham’s site to donate dolls, 1kbarbiesfor1kgirls.

The Root: “9-Year-Old Va. Girl Collects Dolls for Homeless Girls Her Age”

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The Victims sexually assaulted by Daniel Holtzclaw Say Their Lives Are Forever Changed.

The last time I mentioned this case it was still on-going. Since then the monster has been sentenced to 263 years behind bars and will be serving them consecutively. Thank you Father God!

However, the scars he left behind on his victims are not so easily healed. The 17-year-old and 50 plus year-old both describe how fear of police and being assaulted again has left them paralyzed. While they are survivors and courageous, they are also hurting in ways I cannot imagine.

I truly hope that monster rots in prison and enjoy his time there, while getting the same treatment he dished out. You can read the article below, but these two comments stuck with me and it makes me glad that someone sees the end game in all of this. I pray that these women receive the support and help that they need in this trying time.

“Benjamin Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney representing several of the women in planned civil litigation against the city, said the convictions and sentence should send a message to the rest of the country that victimization of black women won’t be tolerated.”

“Every one of these women, from the 17-year-old teenager to the 57-year-old grandmother, … they survived a horrific experience,” Crump said. “Hopefully, this is an example for the rest of America to follow, right here in Oklahoma. We stopped a serial rapist with a badge when everyone else had doubt.”

While the past abuse and exploitation of Black woman was ignored, it will no longer be accepted or ignored. I don’t give a flying f**k your race or gender you hurt or endanger Black girls and Black women, we will get you.

Victims Say Their Lives Have Been Changed Forever