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

WHOS BAD SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP

 

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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Missing: 14-year-old Rikaya Walker of Temple Hill MD

Please you guys lets reblog this and spread her image around on Social Media. Let’s aid in her rescue. Please share and spread.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) — Police are looking for 14-year-old girl who went missing on Tuesday.

Prince George’s County Police Department said Rikaya Walker of Temple Hill was last seen in the 4900 block of Brinkley Road around 3:40 p.m., Tuesday.

Walker is 4’9” and 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing khaki pants, a red polo shirt, a blue jean jacket and red Chuck Taylor shoes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division Southern Region at 301-749-5064.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/mary…girl/238009926

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

For Harriet: No One Special

“That was another common thread: We were all muted in some capacity. Always expected to think or behave a certain way, but never accepted for who we were. Once I realized that, my eyes opened to just how flawed the system really is. I would cringe when the counselor would act like joining extracurricular activities at school would solve our problems, or that sharing how we felt with our guardians would lessen our emotional burden.

No one was taking the time to resolve or respond to the root causes of our issues.”

Read more: http://www.forharriet.com/2016/01/no-one-special-black-girls-experience.html#ixzz3wflQuVie
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This entry details a young woman’s time in a Juvenile Detention Center and how it treated her. She details the feeling of her self esteem being dropped, but most importantly she talks about the other side of it. For some it can help, but for others it can harm. The harming and vulnerability of young Black girls are already exploited and in such a place it is legal for such exploitation and abuse. I believe God has placed her in a position to help other young girls, but this piece is one that needs to be shared. We must protect our young girls, we need to give them safe havens where they can flourish and build their self esteem. This article reminds me of why that is so important. Please read and share.

What We Should Learn from Carlesha Freeland Gaithers

This post from shine.forharriet.com about Carlesha Gaithers who was abducted by Delvin Barnes in Philadelphia and thanks to her quick thinking and God she was found 120 miles away in Jessup, MD. I thank God that this woman was found safe and sound. This idiot Barnes has a history of abducting women and for whatever reason this monster was free to roam the streets to continue his hobby. Read the article from the link below, please women and men be vigilant out in these streets.

http://shine.forharriet.com/2014/11/police-carlesha-freeland-gaithers-quick.html