From the New York Times: Afeni Shakur, a civil rights activist and former Black Panther whose tumultuous but close relationship with her son, the rapper Tupac Shakur, was the inspiration for much of his work, died on Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was 69. The sheriff’s office in Marin County, Calif., confirmed […]
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 […]
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.
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-