Book Recommendation: Female Assertiveness vs. Black Power

Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement by Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin Click the book title above to purchase book.  The names of the authors are links too and will lead you to their university or college webpages. Angela Davis Excerpt: Black Power Collides with Female Assertiveness As…

Milly Swan Price: Freedom, Kinship, and Property

Milly Swan Price (1824 – 1880) Her story reveals how free black women negotiated racial, gender, and familial relationships in the antebellum and post– Civil War South. On March 2, 1840, sixteen year-old Milly Swan— along with her three brothers (Nick, eighteen; Jim, seven; and Addison, about three) and four sisters (Peggy, twelve; Charity, about…

The Giving Tree: Mothers

Many black women writers recount their mothers coming home after long hours of domestic labor and somehow, miraculously, finding the energy to prepare hot meals for their own families and braid their daughters’ hair. This labor-intensive work often resulted in neglect in their own homes. As adults they understood, but even as children, they remember…

Journal Article: Unarmed, But Still Dangerous????

Update on September 20, 2016: #Charles Kinsey, behavioral therapist was shot in the leg on July 18th with his hands up on the ground while yelling to the cops that he was unarmed and trying to calm down his client who ran into the street with a toy truck. They found in favor of the cops…

Destroying Stereotypes of the African American Mother

This is not information that’s not known about black women and mothers, but sometimes people need to be reminded on how great we are and what we have gone through and continue to face every day.  We are not perfect by any means, but the negative stereotypes that are attached to us needs to be…

Pigmentocracy: Color-Coded Racial Hierarchies

Update: Nina Simone’s documentary movie features Zoe Saldana in heavy, dark makeup to represent this icon.  A lot of people have voiced their outrage and I can understand why.  The pictures of Zoe as Nina does not do Nina Simone justice and she should be represented by an actress that doesn’t need to color-change, widen…