101st Anniversary of That Woman on the Wall

A garden is a delight to the eye and the solace for the soul. –Saadi

On December 22, 2018, the Gladys Inabinette Shoatz Community Sitting Garden Committee celebrates the 101st anniversary of the love, compassion, community, and strength of Gladys Inabinette Shoatz.


Everyday Black History – Carlota Lukumi

Life sometimes gets in the way. A few days passed us by, but alas, I’m baaack!! Was I missed? Was the everyday Black History missed? Well, I’m ready to rock-and-roll again.

Until recently, I’ve not heard of Carlota Lukumi. So, let me share a life of what I learned. If you know more, please share.

She is also known as La Negra Carlota. She was forced into slavery in Cuba after being kidnapped from West Africa as a child. In 1843, she led a raid that freed dozens of slaves from captivity. Does she remind you of anyone?

She was captured a year after the revolt began. However, she was able to liberate slaves from many different plantations in the area.

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Everyday Black History – Audre Lorde

Don’t get it twisted and think that phenomenal Black people in general, or phenomenal Black women in particular, only helped in the US or Africa.

Today you will meet Audre Lorde. She empowered African women living in Europe to become more conscious through Afro-German movement she started in Berlin.

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Everyday Black History- Amy Jacques Garvey

One thing I can say about Marcus Garvey, he loved women named Amy. Not only did he love them, they loved him. This strong Black woman named Amy Jacques Garvey didn’t stop the cause when her husband went to prison.

Amy Jacques Garvey was the second wife of Marcus Garvey. But, that’s not her claim to fame. She also was a pioneering journalist, publisher, and advocate for the improvement of African-American lives through Black Nationalism. What did James Brown say? “It’s a man’s world, but it’s nothing without a woman.”

Learn more about Amy Jacques Garvey and other phenomenal women from volume two of Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards. Click here for more information on the flash cards by visiting my affiliate website.

Everyday Black History- Amina Queen of Zaria

Who said women are docile and weak? They must not have heard of Amina, Queen of Daria. She was a 16th century Queen of present day Nigeria.

She was accredited as a brilliant architect who constructed strong earthen walls around the cities she built and seized.

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Everyday Black History – The Olmecs

Because I skipped yesterday, there will be two Black History facts today. So, look for the second one tonight.

Do you remember learning about the Olmecs in World History? Did itcrossyourmind that theymayhave been Black? Well, prepare to have your mind blown!

Urban Intellectuals added the Olmecs to Volume 1 of the Black History Flash Cards. They were the first great Mesoamerican civilization. Mesoamerica is present day Central America.

They were believed to be of African ancestry by African scholars and are heralded as one of the foundations of the book of Ivan Van Sertima entitled “They Came Before Columbus. The distinctly African features of a broad nose and thick lips led many to these conclusions.

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Everyday Black History – Amanirenas

When learning Black History, citizens of the United States oftentimes assume it’s only the history of Black Americans. But, meet Amanirenas. Born approximately 40BCE and died around 10CE. Amanirenas and her army used gruesome tactics against the enemy, including attacking with war elephants and feeding captives to her pet lion. Learn more about her and other courageous Black women buy purchasing volume 2 from my affiliate link at Urban Intellectuals.

I Saw This Picture Today

I saw this picture today and although the conversation attached to it was one I wasn’t interested in engaging, I did see a story from it. I am from the African Diaspora. Seeing this iceberg of Africa made me reflect on many conversations I’ve had and many posts I’ve read.

I was taught that there is only one perfect place, jennatil-firdaus (the highest heaven). Therefore, although people may want to think there is a heaven on earth, it’s non-existent. It was interesting when someone told me that I am in a cage because I do not feel the need to migrate from the US because our ancestors were brought here and we should not die on the land where our ancestors were raped, tortured, and murdered.

This statement bothered me because the person who made a snap judgment about me doesn’t know me and this was the first time having any communication, heck, this was the first time I ever saw the person’s name. Why is this important you may ask? The importance of this is that many people, whether they’re young, middle aged, or young make snap judgments about people. This is defined as prejudice.

Sometimes as a writer writes, it may be necessary to define specific terminology used so the audience is aware of the context of the word. According to dictionary.com, the following are definitions of prejudice.


1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
3. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.
4. such attitudes considered collectively:
5. damage or injury; detriment:

It was with prejudice that this person assumed that I lived in a cage and didn’t know my history or embraced everything that occurred in the US. Which brings me back to the photo below. When I saw this photo I saw that on sea or on the surface, one sees the tip of the African Iceberg. This tip is not even one percent of what Africa is. This is equivalent to the two posts we had was just the tip of what I am about.
African Iceberg
The moral of this story is to be careful of prejudice. Don’t think that people can only be prejudice to another race, ethnicity, religion, etc. Prejudice is intra-racial, intra-religions, etc. Most people have strong opinions on a lot of things. However, sometimes it is a good thing to view multiple perspectives before assuming anything.
I am able to point this short coming out because I used to be one of those black-and-white thinkers. If I didn’t say it, it wasn’t right. Age and maturation helped me to view multiple perspectives before taking a solid stance on anything.
Thank you for reading.