AcademicHustler: My Best and Favorite Writing of 2015

Some are not safe for work. Please be mindful. ūüėČ I write while in love, hurt, when feeling sexy or just horny. I let it out because I am woman that feels erotic. I found one of my passions and writing spoken word, poetry or prose is it. Enjoy!!!!

Comics and Coffee: A Black Woman with Beauty & Brains

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse¬†in 2578 Frankford Ave, Kensington, Philadelphia is the baby of one¬†Ariell R. Johnson who¬†tells Philly.com¬†that ‚ÄúI got the idea for the shop about 12 years ago, when I was still attending Temple University‚Ķ¬†My favorite coffee shop was directly across the street from my comic book store of choice. So, each Friday, I…

The Sherlock Holmes of Black History: Arturo A. Schomburg

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Afro-Latino, the Sherlock Holmes of Black History. (January 24, 1874-June 8, 1938) A bibliophile, collector, writer, and a key intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Puerto Rico in 1874, to a mother of Danish West Indian origin and a father of German ancestry, Schomburg moved to New York in 1891….

Social Media Shaming: Grow Up!!

It’s bad enough when you experience it as a child in the 70s/80s, but to experience it as a grown woman in the Era of Social Media is quite different. ¬†I am very grateful for not having technology around as I was growing up because I honestly wouldn’t be here. ¬†For some kids, teens, and…

Sandra Bland’s Death: No Indictments in 2015…One Indictment in 2016

#WhatHappenedtoSandraBland Update on January 6, 2016 per the New York Times: The state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the Chicago-area woman who three days later was found hanged in her cell at the Waller County jail, was indicted on a perjury charge, a special prosecutor said here Wednesday. The charge against the Texas state trooper,…

From Harlem to Bronx: African American Migration History Detailed in Online Archive

This is great information for all to relive and share. ¬†According to Professor Mark Naison, there were “unusual mixes of people” and their stories are now here and being told through this online archive. ¬†Congratulations on your work, Professor Mark Naison!!! – AcademicHustler1975 The interview collection, now housed in Fordham libraries, documents the mass migration…

Recy Taylor: Silenced and Forgotten

I was told by a black man in one of my Facebook groups last month that the reason our black men didn’t riot or march for Sandra Bland’s murder was because to her one death there were several black men that died and that she wasn’t a priority as the men were. It saddened me….

White Fragility: Crucial Conversations about Race

White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. ‚Äď Robin DiAngelo Whiteness itself refers to the…

The Invisibility of the Black American Woman

Update ¬†01/21/2016:¬†‚Ä™#‚ÄéBREAKING‚Ĩ: ‚Ä™#‚ÄéDanielHoltzclaw‚Ĩ will serve all 263 years consecutively @OKCFOX! http://okcfox.com/news/local/sentencing-slated-today-for-former-oklahoma-city-police-officer-daniel-holtzclaw   Update 01/21/2016: ¬†This is Holtzclaw’s sentencing day. ¬†I am anxious, nervous, and giddy all at the same time. ¬†I am hopeful that this “man” will be rightfully sentenced and justice for the victims will prevail. ¬†I will post what the outcome will be…

The First Black Trans Model Was on a Clairol Box in 1975

The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol in 1975 No one knew her secret. Until they did. ‚ÄúShe had that commercial look,‚ÄĚ says Pat Cleveland, one of the biggest models of the day. ‚ÄúShe looked like how the girl next door might wish to look.‚ÄĚ Cleveland remembers Norman well…