black history month

She Accomplished more in 4 Minutes than has been done in 50 years!

Beyonce

Good or bad, black or white, like it or not; Beyonce has accomplished more in 4 minutes to shake up racism in this country then has been done by all of us combined in 50 years! She could have done better, she could have done worse; or she could have sat back and pretended nothing was happening like most everybody else.  Formation has not only rocked the foundation of white dominance in America but has set off a ripple effect around the globe surpassing the highest magnitude of an earthquake on the Richter Scale — She gets a 10.0.

In recent history for Black America, the Black Panthers were the first group to get the NATIONAL ATTENTION of White America and that was over 50 years ago. They effectively outraged and injected fear into the class of white supremacy; but after the Black Panthers were all wiped out along with every other Black leader that was a potential threat of that time, white America has utterly ignored Black America since…that is until Beyonce performed live at the super bowl and in less than 5 minutes she GOT THEIR ATTENTION Nationally!  If we have learned our lesson the outcome will not be the same but the opportunity to do for self is once again upon us.

I strongly believe that if there is going to be change in the black communities around the world, it will be by the might and determination of those in danger of the greatest losses – The Black Woman.  She has shown what one black woman can do; imagine what all Black women can do together under one formation to stop the killings and disrespect.

Salute!

 

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How To End Racism with 2014: End Black History Month in 2015

Morgan Freeman could not have said it better and his solution could not be simpler; nor more profound.

In a 2005 interview with Mike Wallace of CBS’ 60 Minutes, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, took 60 seconds to make a statement that could virtually end racism in this country.  He said that having a Black History Month was “ridiculous” and that the best way to end racism today is to “stop talking about it.”  However, it is the last thing that he says in this video that is the end all to the problem of racism in America.

Freeman, known for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven,and Million Dollar Baby, summed it all up with the most profound solution in less than a minute.  No more needs to be said.  I emphatically agree with him!

In lieu of all the racial unrest that has occurred this year, we desperately need to do things differently next year.  What better way to begin than to let go of the most useless, ridiculous celebration of so-called “Black History” that is really the history of how White America treated us anyway.

It has always been offensive for other races to force their awareness on us and it is selfish for us to continue to force our awareness on others!

THE NEGRO MOTORIST GREEN BOOK

The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949

“The Negro traveler’s inconveniences,” writes Wendell P. Alston in The Negro Motorist Green Book for 1949, “are many and they are increasing because today so many more are traveling, individually and in groups. . . .

The GREEN BOOK with its list of hotels, boarding houses, restaurants, beauty shops, barber shops and various other services can most certainly help solve your travel problems. It was the idea of Victor H. Green, the publisher, in introducing the Green Book, to save the travelers of his race as many difficulties and embarrassments as possible.”

Click here to get the complete edition of The Negro Motorist Green Book in pdf format: http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Race/R_Casestudy/Negro_motorist_green_bk.htm

The Negro Motorist Green Book

The Negro Motorist Green Book was a publication released in 1936 that served as a guide for African-American travelers. Because of the racist conditions that existed from segregation, blacks needed a reference manual to guide them to integrated or black-friendly establishments. That’s when they turned to “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide by activist Victor Green and presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company. Originally provided to serve Metropolitan New York, the book received such an alarming response, it was spread throughout the country within one year. The catch phrase was Now we can travel without embarassment.

The Green Book often provided information on local tourist homes, which were private residences owned by blacks and open to travelers. It was especially helpful to blacks that traveled through sunset towns or towns that publicly stated that blacks had to leave the town by sundown or it would be cause for arrest. Also listed were hotels, barbershops, beauty salons, restaurants, garages, liquor stores, ball parks and taverns. It also provided a listing of the white-owned, black-friendly locations for accommodations and food.

The publication was free, with a 10-cent cost of shipping. As interest grew, the Green Book solicited salespersons nationwide to build its ad sales.

Inside the pages of the Green Book were action photos of the various locations, along with historical and background information for the readers’ review. Within the pages of the introduction, the guide states, There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States .”

The Green Book printed its last copy in 1964 after the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

The link below will take you to the 1949 book in its entirety

http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Race/R_Casestudy/Negro_motorist_green_bk.htm

Real BLACK History

(CBS) An explosive videotape that appears to show a group of Houston police officers beating a black teen burglary suspect last March has led to the firing and indictment of those officers, and a flaring controversy.

A surveillance camera caught the end of a police chase of 15-year-old Chad Holley, who had allegedly burglarizing a home.

Holley goes right to the ground, face-down, hands over his head, as if to surrender.

But then, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane, one officer appears to stomp on Holley’s head, while others kick him. One cop seems to land five kicks. Then, another officer punches him again, and again. As he’s picked up, there’s another kick.

“They just started kicking me from there, and I blanked out,” Holley says.

The video wasn’t supposed to be seen yet by the public, but was leaked by community activist Quannel X of the New Black Panthers Party this week.

He told “Early Show on Saturday Morning” co-anchor Russ Mitchell he was “shocked” when he first saw the tape.

“I was appalled,” he said. “I was absolutely angry at what they were doing, these police officers, to this young man who was on the ground. You could clearly see he surrendered, he gave up, and the beating he took was absolutely unnecessary. It was shameful.”

“We hear these stories all the time in our community, all the time,” local NAACP President D.Z. Cofield told reporters. “We just happen to have one that was caught on tape.”

A federal judge had barred the release of the video before a trial scheduled this summer, but then came the leak.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who’d supported the judge’s decision keeping the video under wraps, told a news conference, “I resent any implication that we were trying to hide the tape. … We investigated. We turned that investigation over to the district attorney, we backed the district attorney, and we fired the officers.”

Four officers have been indicted, charged with “official oppression,” a misdemeanor, not a felony. If convicted, each faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Mitchell remarked to X, “Defense attorneys and Houston police say it will be tough for the defendants to get a fair trial now that this tape is out there, and they are blaming you specifically for putting this tape out there.”

“I believe the people have a constitutional right to see the videotape,” X replied. “These are public servants in uniform, caught in the public, and this was caught on tape. And to say to the people that you could not see what they’re doing in uniform, in the public, is a disgrace and disrespectful to the citizens of Harris County, who have the intelligence and the ability to sit on a jury, look at the facts, put the pretrial publicity to the side and weigh the real information in this case.

“The videotape speaks for itself. There’s not much science to it. So to say that a jury can’t make a clear determination of what they’re seeing and weigh the facts in this case here in Harris County is an insult to the citizens and the people of Harris County.”

But Dick DeGuerin, lawyer for one of the officers seen in the tape, the first one to arrive at the scene, says he’s “very concerned” about his client getting a fair trial now that the video is in the public domain, “and all the judges that have seen this have been concerned about it.

“I’m a lawyer. I respect the law. And I think that a case like this ought to be played out in the courts before a fair jury that’s not influenced unduly by a video that’s now gone viral. It’s ugly. It’s awful. But if you look at it very carefully, my client, for instance, all he did was he ran up and tried to get this burglar from escaping and also tried to get his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed. And then he ran off and made another arrest. He was only there less than four seconds.”

DeGuerin concedes, “If you look at the tape, you get angry. Anybody gets angry at seeing something like this.”

“These officers are paid by the public, with tax dollars,” Mitchell pointed out. “Shouldn’t the public have the right to see this tape?”

“Yes,” DeGuerin responded, “but I don’t think they have the right to see it right away. When you balance two constitutional rights, the right to a fair trial, and the right — the first amendment right of free speech, any time you have to balance one constitutional right against another, there has to be some compromise. The only compromise that all of the courts that looked at this said was, wait until the proper time to release the tape.”

Mitchell noted that Quannel X has been “applauded by the folks in your community for getting this tape into the public light. However there are people out there, I understand you received death threats, as well. Why do you think there are people angry about this?”

“Because,” X said, “many in the black community have always said that these beatings were taking place. Many African-American men make these allegations weekly in our community (about) the Houston Police Department. But this is the first time that we’ve ever captured one on videotape. And then, when the mayor herself publicly stated that I should be prosecuted for releasing this videotape to the public, that inflamed the community, and inflamed both sides, both police and those who want the police to be punished for this videotape. So I am in total disagreement with the mayor and those who say that the public had no right to see this videotape.”

THE COLOR PURPLE – LIVE AT THE SCRANTON CULTURAL CENTER

Broadway Theatre League is proud to announce that THE COLOR PURPLE, a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven, will be performed at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Scranton from March 4th thru March 6th. There will be five performances of the show and tickets are on sale “NOW”.
THE COLOR PURPLE is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous, GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love.
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