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The Story of Joyce Bryant

Joyce Bryant was considered “The Black Marilyn Monroe” and called “The Bronze Blond Bombshell.” She is singer and actress who achieved fame in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a theater and nightclub performer. She was called one of the most beautiful black women in the world and regularly appeared in magazines like Jet. A Life magazine layout in 1953 depicted the sexy singer in provocative poses. (born Oct 14, 1928 – alive and well) Her act was outrageously sexy; she wore provocative, tight, backless, cleavage-revealing mermaid dresses thatRead More


Queen Charlotte – African Presence in British Royalty

The riddle of Queen Charlotte’s African ancestry was solved as a result of an investigation into the black magi. A great debt of gratitude is owed the History Department of McGill University. They found at least half a dozen quotes by Queen Charlotte’s contemporaries, regarding her Africoid features. Because of its “scientific” source, the most valuable references would probably be the one published in the autobiography of the Queen’s personal physician, Baron Stockmar, where he described her as having “…a true mulatto face.“ Perhaps the most literary of these allusions to herRead More


I Am Woman

I am kali, I am gaia  I am nut, isis and mami-wata I am The One I’ve been waiting for I am the venus of willendorf I am every woman Originator of life and love A reflection of the first mother Soil below and soul above I am every periodic element Known and unknown to man I breast fed this entire planet Made it everything it is I am every woman Life goes back to one My darkness created the light I was deified before my sun I am every wombman The matrix is within me I am every woman Infinite, eternally Wonderwombman.comRead More


A Tribe That Refused To Be Captured Into Enslavement

Kru People A Tribe That Refused To Be Captured Into Enslavement  The Kru people inhabit a homeland in coastal southeastern Liberia and neighboring Cote d`Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The Kru are a tribe known for sailing. Some Kru have also migrated to the neighboring Sierra Leone to work as fishermen and dockworkers. The Kru along with the Grebo resisted Maryland settlers’ efforts to control their trade. They were also infamous amongst early European enslavers as being especially averse to capture. Their reputation was such that their value as enslaved people wasRead More


Sojourner Truth – The Different Versions of “Ain’t I A Woman?”

Sojourner Truth born Isabella (“Bell”) Baumfree; (c. 1797 – Nov 26, 1883) was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born enslaved in Swartekill, Ulster County New York. She escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828, she became the first woman of color to win such a case against a so-called white man. Sometime after gaining her freedom in 1827, she became a well-known anti-slavery speaker. She gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843. Her best-known speech wasRead More


Black Privilege

Born in a system where they say I’m not privileged Yet the sun loves my skin, I am divine, genetics infinite Born in a state where brown is put down Yet my skin matches all soil on mother earth’s ground Born in a system where blacks had to sit in the back Yet I was the first to walk this earth and keep our existence intact Born in a nation where lynching was legal Yet Webster defined “Black” as bad, wicked and evil? Born is a doctrine where women areRead More


Torn Apart

Birthed this nation from her navel Built civilization from her babies Took her stories and painted their faces Made first million off her creations A symbol of rape, lynching and slavery A symbol that fought against liberation Just the good ole boys fighting for free labor Couldn’t enslave grown minds, so they split families to break you Let’s breed more and more baby negros Programmed them all to feel inferior Whip their behinds to let them know Nigger is a line on how far you can go This land isRead More


The Black Fives – First Women’s Basketball Teams

The Black Fives First Women’s Basketball Teams   The term Black Fives refers to all-black basketball teams that thrived in the United States around 1904. Early basketball teams were often called “fives” in reference to the five starting players. Some of the first all-male teams were known as colored quints, colored fives, Negro fives, or black fives. Dozens of all-black teams emerged during the Black Fives Era, in New York City, Washington, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and other cities. They were sponsored by or affiliated with churches, athletic clubs, socialRead More


Fearless Warrior Queen Nanny

Fearless Warrior Queen Nanny (c. 1685 – c. 1755) Queen Nanny, a Jamaican national hero, was a well-known leader of the Jamaican “Maroons” in the 18th century. In Jamaica when slavery was at it’s peak a number of West Africans fled the plantations to form tribes in the mountains. These people were called a derogatory Spanish name “cimarrons” or “Maroons” which meant savage, but they were very civilized, and extremely organized with the intent of freeing their brothers and sisters. The so-called Maroon tribes are said to have inter-married withRead More


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