I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)The first of her seven books of autobiography has been an inspirational bestseller. It covers the years from three to 16, beginning when her parents send her and her brother away to live with their grandparents. The young Maya endures racism, poverty and rape by her mother’s lover;… Continue reading Maya Angelou
It is claimed out of the mouths of fools, babies, idiots and madmen comes truths and wisdom. So let’s take a madman like Donald T Sterling who spoke the truth the way he saw how successful Black people don’t reach back to empower their community.
When the general public heard the TMZ released recordings the culture automatically reacted with the “taking the fight to the messenger” approach. His peers fined him, forcing him to sell his business and subjecting him to a public flogging for his bad behavior, thoughts and language. This a man the NAACP were busy washing and kissing his feet and on his way to receiving his 2nd lifetime award. Yes two lifetime awards to a man many in Los Angeles County knew for who he is.
As a culture we now subject people who speak their minds to such public lynching, yet we are forced…
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Book of the Month: Things Fall Apart Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things Fall Apart: the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. --W. B. Yeats, "The Second Coming" Fellow Young African Pioneers, in the wake of 234 school girls kidnapped in northern Nigeria,… Continue reading Book of the Month: Things Fall Apart
In many stages of our lives we must create spaces for ourselves and speak truths in the face of stark opposition. As a writer that touches on controversial issues concerning race, ethnicity and sexism, I often experience this. However, Audre Lorde’s A Litany Survival reminds us that fear isn’t necessarily the worst that can happen.
Chances are you’re going to face fear even when you’re silent. Chances are oppression is not going to subside because you didn’t “talk back” or because you were “well behaved.” So don’t let the popular or mainstream worldview silence you. If you have something important to say, say it. Add your thoughts to history’s pages so future generations can say that you spoke up when no one else would.
A LITANY FOR SURVIVAL
For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
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Twenty Years Ago, The US was Behind the Genocide: Rwanda, Installing a US Proxy State in Central Africa By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, April 06, 2014 Global Research Author’s note The world is currently commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The official story is that the genocide directed against the Tutsi population… Continue reading Rwanda Genocide
Up to 275 schoolgirls were abducted from their classrooms.
Two weeks ago.
Two weeks ago.
Everyone in any relevant position of power – and I do mean everyone – has been slow to act on this. And, if you’ve been living off of mainstream media, you probably haven’t heard much about it. One of the reasons undoubtedly has to do with the fact that these girls are in Nigeria.
Two hundred and seventy five girls.
And now? Reports suggest that they’re being forced to “marry” the militants who abducted them. What this really means is that they are, in all likelihood, being raped and enslaved. There has been no massive response by the Nigerian president or military. Yesterday, parents and supporters in Nigeria protested for the second straight day to raise awareness about the plight of their children. On social media, the hashtag #bringbackourgirls is being…
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