Education

Where We Come From…Leena Terese

For so long the history books have excluded our history, and the little that is included is watered down. When I was growing up I always wanted to know more. What I was taught in school about African American history and culture was just not enough for me. It was always briefly touched on during black history month and it usually included slavery, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks. That’s all folks! I wasn’t pleased with that. I knew that the people I came from had to contribute much more to this world and country than what I was being taught in school.

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To get answers and to find out the truth I had to ask my parents and grandparents. I listened to them tell their stories about their experiences and I learned to educate myself. I read the autobiography of Malcolm X and was blown away at the life this man lived. I discovered Langston Hughes and to this day and “Harlem” is one of my favorite poems by him. My cousin got me a tape of Duke Ellington’s songs and I would close my eyes and allow the melodies to take me to another world. All very talented amazing African Americans who contributed a lot to our culture, however, I never learned about them in school. Fast forward to 2017, and most of children still are not learning about our culture in school.

What I have realized is that we have to take on that responsibility. It is our job to teach our children the importance of where we come from. We cannot wait for someone else to do it, because it’s not going to happen. As parents and adults we have the responsibility of letting our black youth know that they come from. I bet half of them don’t even realize that we come from kings, queens, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, inventors, and so much more.

We have to let the younger generation know that they come from an amazing race of people. There is so much more to our history than slavery, racism, and discrimination. Yes that is a big part of our story, but it’s certainly not all of it. Today I challenge you to begin the journey of educating our youth to understand that we have a rich history that they need to know.

 Leena Terese

Leena is a Midwestern girl that believes in being  and speaking positivity in her life. She enjoys writing, being a mommy, and most of all being a child of God and a black queen.

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What Philando Castile’s Shooting Death Reminds Black America…Black Minds Black Voices

When you’re black in America police brutality and harassment is nothing surprising. It’s as common as going to the store and buying a carton of ice cream. For years and years, black people in America have been unfairly targeted and killed by the police. This is nothing new. The only thing that makes it seem new to others is social media. Social media is bringing a lot things to the forefront that this country has hidden underneath a rug. Our society is so good for that. Hiding problems as if they don’t exist, but when it’s on tape over and over again you can’t deny that it exists. You can but the reality is you are in something called denial. As Mark Twain said, “denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” Continue reading “What Philando Castile’s Shooting Death Reminds Black America…Black Minds Black Voices”

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson Poetry

Our Moral Decay…Hussein Ali-Hill Johnson

Change just for change sake
is a major mistake

If you follow leaders that are lost
guess who pays the cost

If you have a square and you cut off four corners you have a circle
that reminds me of the common sense wisdom of Studs Terkel

When it comes to self-respect and respecting others
we are going backwards my Sisters and Brothers

In a car reverse is the strongest gear
but, you can’t win Indy  guiding you car with it’s rear

The answer is not as simple is turning back the clock
in order to rebuild our society GOD must be our bedrock

Because  Devil is saying a big hooray
at the state of our moral decay


Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson has been a Poet and Activist since his Freshman year in High School back in the 1973. The addition of the -Johnson is to his name is to honor is Mother (R.I.P.). She was a Short Story Writer, who taught him 90% of what he knows about writing and 100% of what it is to be a person of faith. In the past 30 months, he has written 200 poems, 98 of which are currently published on-line. He can be contacted via  Twitter and via e-mail at husseinhill@yahoo.com

Love

Is Black Love in Trouble…Leena Terese

 

There has always been a negative stigma when it comes to black love in society. Especially how the media tries to make it out as if black women are the only single mothers in society without men in the household. The media is one thing, but sometimes in our own community we have a negative attitude ourselves on our relationships with the opposite sex.
 
 
I know you have heard at least one these following statements come from a black man or black woman’s mouth when referring to the opposite sex.  When a black man achieves a certain level of success he gets a woman of another race. Black women are crazy and have too much attitude. Black men are dogs and can’t be faithful. Black women are gold diggers and only want money and thugs. These are things that we say about each other. 
It  may look like to some that we just can’t get it right.  How did we get to a place where we have become so negative about each other? How can we as black men and black women get back to a place where black love is beautiful again?
 

(Black Minds Black Voices)


As a black woman I am truly disgusted with the black men that put down black woman over and over again. Not too long ago I heard a black man say that he was not attracted to black women. That we were not his type. I have also heard from several black men who date outside of their race that black women have bad attitudes, we’re lazy, gold diggers, etc. and that is why they date women of other races. Continue reading “Is Black Love in Trouble…Leena Terese”

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Black hair – why nappy, kinky and out of control?

Very interesting post in regards to black hair.

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Growing up I had the nattiest, kinkiest, toughest, roughest, driest, most unmanageable hair. No blow drier, no relaxer and no hot comb could tame my unruly fro. It is the curse of the wild black hair. They don’t call them “relaxers” for nothing!

Hair and culture
Hair is an outward expression of culture and heritage. It also represents a sense of personal style.  Women’s hair is teased, straightened, crimped, permed, braided – we adorn it with beads and shells and shape it into intricate styles. For the last few centuries, different hair styles have indicated a person’s marital status, age, religion, ethnic identity, wealth and rank within the community.

In the very insightful documentary Good Hair by Chris Rock, he estimates that the American black hair industry is valued at about 9 billion dollars. In America,  black women make up about 6.5 percent of the population yet they buy…

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Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson Poetry

It’s Time: A Message To Some Of My Brothas…Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson

It’s time to holster that glock

    and show respect for the block

    It’s time to stop dealing those adult refreshments

    and start selling derivative based investments

    It’s time to apply to Harvard and Yale

    instead of wasting your time going to jail

    It’s time to quit dissing our Black Queen’s

    and protect them by any necessary means

    It’s time to put that Yak down

    and put back on your crown

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson has been a Poet and Activist since his Freshman year in High School back in the 1973. The addition of the -Johnson is to his name is to honor is Mother (R.I.P.). She was a Short Story Writer, who taught him 90% of what he knows about writing and 100% of what it is to be a person of faith. In the past 30 months, he has written 200 poems, 98 of which are currently published on-line. He can be contacted via  Twitter and via e-mail at husseinhill@yahoo.com

Beauty

Is Our Beauty Enough…Fatiha Malik

Black women have always been on the outside when it comes to the standard of beauty in America. We have historically been viewed as not beautiful. Our hair is nappy. Our lips are too full. Our hips are too wide. Who black women naturally are has never been considered the standard of beauty in our society. Fast forward to today, and black women are scolded sometimes for wearing weaves, getting plastic surgery, and trying to fit into the American beauty mold. My question is . . . do black women truly accept and embrace their natural beauty or try too hard to look like something they were never meant to be?  (Black Minds Black Voices)


If you ask me, black is the standard of beauty. Civilization originated in an African country (Ethiopia) where the native people are of darker complexion. We possess the magical ingredient, MELANIN: which is the one thing other races cannot synthetically create to protect them from the sun, or make themselves look more ethnic.

It is true, Black women have been ostracized and overlooked when it comes to their depiction of what beauty is. We’ve been criticized for our full lips, our curvier body types, and our thicker and coarse hair but at the end of the day I believe other races secretly wish they possessed these characteristics.

Continue reading “Is Our Beauty Enough…Fatiha Malik”

Love

Is Black Love in Trouble…Darious Hart

There has always been a negative stigma when it comes to black love in society. Especially how the media tries to make it out as if black women are the only single mothers in society without men in the household. The media is one thing, but sometimes in our own community we have a negative attitude ourselves on our relationships with the opposite sex.
 
 
I know you have heard at least one these following statements come from a black man or black woman’s mouth when referring to the opposite sex.  When a black man achieves a certain level of success he gets a woman of another race. Black women are crazy and have too much attitude. Black men are dogs and can’t be faithful. Black women are gold diggers and only want money and thugs. These are things that we say about each other. 
It  may look like to some that we just can’t get it right.  How did we get to a place where we have become so negative about each other? How can we as black men and black women get back to a place where black love is beautiful again?
 

(Black Minds Black Voices)


I don’t believe black love is in trouble, simply because I don’t believe you can put a color on love. We can blame television and the media for the images they portray of us, but it’s really up to us to prove them wrong.

Continue reading “Is Black Love in Trouble…Darious Hart”

Beauty

Is Our Beauty Enough…BJ Henderson

Black women have always been on the outside when it comes to the standard of beauty in America. We have historically been viewed as not beautiful. Our hair is nappy. Our lips are too full. Our hips are too wide. Who black women naturally are has never been considered the standard of beauty in our society. Fast forward to today, and black women are scolded sometimes for wearing weaves, getting plastic surgery, and trying to fit into the American beauty mold. My question is . . . do black women truly accept and embrace their natural beauty or try too hard to look like something they were never meant to be?  (Black Minds Black Voices)
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I am the father of two black girls. I am the brother of two black women. I am the husband of a black woman. I am the son of a black woman. At the risk of sounding brutally cruel, I will tell you that if you are not in an industry where your looks are crucial (acting, sales, food service), then this question only comes up to the insecure. In popular culture, there have been black women who have been universally seen as beautiful going all the way back to even before Eartha Kitt, and Grace Jones. And these two women had dynamically different looks. Kitt was sexy, with a voice that was meant to curl men’s toes. Continue reading “Is Our Beauty Enough…BJ Henderson”