Everyday Black History – Billie Holiday

I remember watching movies; going to plays; and learning about Billie Holiday growing up. Such an interesting and beauti ful woman with a great voice. She also had a lot of sadness.

She received four posthumous Grammy awards, for Best Historical Album. She, herself, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 1973.

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Every Day Black History – bell hooks

Took on the pen name “bell hooks” (After her grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks) in the 1970s to move away from writing poetry and into a focus on critical essays on systems of domination.

Continues to be a voice for educational reform, and the ability of students to engage in rigorous study and to think critically.

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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.”

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Nominations

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I’ve been nominated for the first time for this award. I am thankful to Papatia for nominating me. I am honored. Drum roll please….This award gives credit to deserving women across the globe for their efforts to bring solidarity amongst women amongst other things.

The rules for taking part:

  1. 1.Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
    2. Put the Award logo on your blog.

    3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.

    4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

    5. Nominate five blogs.
I nominate the sisters below with no particular attention to the order I listed them:
My questions to them now:
1. When you read a book, what determines whether you will write about it or not?
2. How frequent do you post blogs?
3. Is goal setting important to you?
4. Name three things you do each day to move you towards your goals?
5. If you participate in professional development, how often do you participate?
6. What about personal development, which do you prefer, listening to books and tapes or reading? Why?
7. If there was one thing you wanted the public to know about you, what would it be?
8. If you have children, do you encourage them to look outside the box? If you do not have children and you plan on having children, how will you prepare them for adversity in life?
My questions from Papatia Feauxzar

– What inspired you to blog?

I’ve wanted to blog for a while but didn’t know what to blog about. When I wrote my books, my friend Jennifer was telling me about how she blogs and that I should blog also. When I started it, I realized it is something worth doing. I appreciate the connections I’ve made since I started blogging.

– How do you choose your topics?

Some of my topics are from my books. Others are from things I’ve read on the web or heard on the radio.

-Are you a morning person?

Yes, I’m a morning person. But sometimes I find myself staying up late for various reasons.

– Are you married or single?

I’m married.

– Any children if married? If single, how many you plan on having?

I have four children and two grandchildren.

– What makes you happy?

Leaving it to Allah (SWT) and knowing that He is in control makes me happy. Also, being around my family. One thing that recently makes me happy is people reading my book and telling me they enjoy the stories. It is always frightening when someone has to read your book because you don’t know what their response will be.

– What kind of food do you eat?

I eat a variety of foods. I like vegetables, fish, chicken, rice, potatoes, spinach, broccoli. I like Italian, Jamaican, Chinese, different types of Spanish & Hispanic foods as well as Indian food.

– Do you love nature?

I thought I didn’t, however, after looking at many of the photos that I take, most of them are of nature. So, yes, I do love nature.
– What qualities do/did you look in a man?
I look for a man who loves Allah (SWT) and realizes he has to answer to Him. I also like a kind man who has a sense of humor. Also, he can’t be easily angered and must not be threatened by my knowledge and thirst for additional knowledge.