Wednesday, March 10, 2010
My Co-worker just put me on an artist named Esperanza Spalding. The lyrics to her song entitled Precious, "You always wanted
Something more from my body And said you needed Something more from my loving But all you got was me And that's all that I can be I'm sorry if it let you down But I'm not gonna sit around and waste My precious divine energy Trying to explain and being ashamed of things You think are wrong with me" are the truth! Her voice is not only tantalizing but an infusion of jazz, Caribbean, and Spanish (she actually sings in English, Portuguese and Spanish). By the age of five, Spalding taught herself to play the violin and before she began high school she learned to play the oboe and clarinet. It was at high school where she discovered her love for the bass. Spalding has released two albums, Junjo (2006) and Esperanza (2008). To read more about Esperanza Spalding, go to the link below.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Archaeologists have discovered that wealthy black Africans lived in Roman Britain in one of the country’s earliest examples of multiculturalism.
Scientific research techniques have established that a lavish grave containing a woman’s skeleton, an ivory bangle, perfume bottle, mirror and jewellery, belonged to a North African member of York’s high society in the 4th century.
Scientific analysis of isotopes from the teeth revealed that water she drank during her childhood had contained minerals likely to have been found in North Africa. Skull measurements have also established that the “Ivory Bangle Lady” was black or of mixed race.
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Analysis of Roman grave reveals that York was a multicultural society - Times Online
Monday, January 26, 2009
Delivered 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.Source:http://www.feminist.com/resources/artspeech/genwom/sojour.htm
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
When we think about political activists during the civil rights movement, we tend to name people like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, W.E.B. DuBois, and Malcolm X as the main participants... and that's basically it. But what about Ella Baker, a civil rights and human rights activist who was right along King and DuBois fighting for the same causes and then some. Ella Baker, born on 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia raised in North Carolina, and honored class valedictorian from Shaw University is my kind of woman. Like most young political enthusiasts of the Civil Rights era, Ella moved to New York City and quickly became an editorial staff member of the American West Indian News and the editorial assistant at the Negro National News. ...
read more at the link: http://www.ellabakercenter.org/page.php?pageid=19&contentid=9