No Longer 3/5ths of a Person: a’n’t I a woman?

Harriet Tubman was a great woman and she deserves every honor we can get for her accomplishments, trials, tribulations, and love for her people.  She was born a slave in America and decided to free slaves during a time when she would have been hung, raped, and murdered just like Mary Turner.  Sojourner Truth said,…

Become Political “Gladflys”: African American Votes are Political Currency

#NOAMCHOMSKY: Well, before answering that, let me just make one comment on elections: They’re important. It does matter who sits in the White House, who’s—who appoints Supreme Court justices, who makes decisions about war and peace, about environment and so on. Matters who’s in Congress, matters who’s in the state legislatures and so on. It…

Black Girls are Angry too….and Politically Invisible

Why you gonna take me seriously if I don’t show you that I’m in charge of myself? That I’m no joke. You ain’t gonna respect me until you know that what I say is for real. —Samantha, a 14-year-old girl There ain’t nothing more convincing than a good punch. —Lakeesha, a 16-year-old girl This girl…

His Darling Nikki, and My Prince

My prose to one of the most musical genius, crooner that was out there.  Your music lives inside of me.     Also, Damien Escobar the violinist made a tribute to Prince.  It’s beautiful!!!  Check it out on his Facebook page.  

Journal Article: Battered Women “Compelled to Crime”

Gender Entrapment Theory Melanie – The lesson Melanie learned was that “Black men live a life that is more difficult than Black women, and that part of their family’s commitment to the community was to understand the pressures on the Black man and to forgive him for not making it in the world.” The women in…

Book Recommendation: The Sisters Are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris A few excerpts from the books that were enlightening to me.  Enjoy and purchase the book!!!!! – AcademicHustler1975 “If the male isn’t the primary breadwinner of the family, then the children of that family are forever deviant. It’s right…

I Guess I’ll See You Next Lifetime…

Reason You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re nervous. Or that smile that comes across your face when you see a certain person. Then again maybe it’s that feeling of comfort and love when your talking to this being. That’s how I feel right about now. I am…

The Best People I Know…

Not my work, but it spoke to me and as I read it, I realized he was talking about me…in my rarest form.  I couldn’t have said it better or written it this well.  Enjoy. – AcademicHustler1975   The Best People I Know… The best people I know have been hurt the worst. They have…

Learning to Forgive Myself; and in turn Others

“Give forgiveness; that is your greatness.”    As I am sitting here making my Yogi Kombucha Green tea I came across the tea bag’s paper label and written on it said, “Give forgiveness; that is your greatness.”    Which reminds me of the last two years of my mommy’s life.  I had to pull the…

April 2016: African American News, Highlights, and Mentions

“The book itself is a landmark of political protest and eloquent articulation of the demand for freedom for people of African descent in the United States,” says Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American Collections in the Rose Library. “It is as important for African American political and social history as Thomas Paine’s ‘Rights of…

Second Class Moms, Girlfriends, and Wives for Some Black Men

This is my take on women and how we are told that our black men and boys should be protected at any cost, even when it comes to their decisions on love….sometimes at our own detriment. We are always asked as black women to share our men.   Share our men with their mothers, their…

Betrayed by Someone you Love at Any Age

Have you ever met someone that you would bet on your grand-mom’s life that they would never betray or harm you?  There was something I found out over the last 24 hours that literally devastated me and brought me to my knees.  Someone that was very important to my present and future betrayed me and…