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more of Huey’s type


Huey P. Newton –

Newton was born in Monroe, Louisiana. He was the youngest of seven children of Armelia Johnson and Walter Newton, a sharecropper and Baptist lay preacher. His parents named him after former Governor of Louisiana Huey Long. In 1945, the family migrated toOakland, California as part of the second wave of the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South to the Midwest and West.[4] The Newton family was quite poor and often relocated throughout the San Francisco Bay Area during Newton’s childhood. But, he said his family was close-knit, and he never went without food and shelter as a child. Growing up in Oakland, Newton stated that “[he] was made to feel ashamed of being black.”[4] In his autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide, he wrote,

“During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire.” Read the rest of this entry


A Cultural Statement by Christain Pierre Jury

A Cultural Statement

by Christain Pierre Jury


The 1968 Olympics in Mexico delivered unforgettable performances that have made an important mark on the black community. Tommie Smith and John Carlos are two of the most influential African-Americans in not only black culture, but Olympic history as well. These two icons gave the struggling black community something to pride itself on, unity. In a time when the African-American culture had been repeatedly brought down, mocked, and ridiculed, the gesture of the Black Power Salute brought the black community closer together.201010140744

Tommie Smith won gold setting a world record, breaking the twenty second barrier. An Australian named Peter Norman placed second and John Carlos finishing third was the running order of the two hundred meter dash. As if two black athletes that somehow managed to get into the Olympics were not bad enough, one placed in first and the other in third. Already being a racially divided “nation”, a great deal of people did not like the idea of having two African-Americans representing the United States in the Olympics. However, Smith and Carlos were determined to make a statement that day. After the race, the three went to the podium to receive their medals. Once the U.S. National Anthem, Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists high in the air signifying “Black Power”.

The “protest” sparked major controversy throughout the media. The International Olympic committee went as far as demanding the removal of the entire U.S. team from the Olympics because the salute was unfit for the Olympic spirit. Two black men raising their fists in the air to acknowledge the African-American race was inappropriate, however the United States Olympic Committee made no remarks toward the countless Nazi salutes that took place throughout the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Black Power salute that signifies struggle and unity within the black community was viewed as more offensive than the Nazi salute that gratified Adolf Hitler. Yet, the committee felt Smith and Carlos should be punished for their actions. As they walked off the podium, the crowd roared with boos and racial slurs. Smith and Carlos were both suspended from their national team and banned from the Olympic Village. The athletes’ were also sent home during the games. The gesture made front page news around the world. Read the rest of this entry

The End of the Negro Leagues

First a trickle and then a flood of players signed with Major League Baseball teams. Most signed minor league contracts and many languished, shuttled from one bush league team to another despite their success at that level. But they were in Organized Baseball, that part of the industry organized by the major leagues.

photograph_negro_leagues_01Early in 1946, Rickey signed four more black players, Campanella, Newcombe, John Wright and Roy Partlow, this time with much less fanfare. After the integration of the major leagues in 1947, marked by the appearance of Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers that April, interest in Negro league baseball waned. Black players who were regarded as prospects were signed by major league teams, often without regard for any contracts that might have been signed with Negro league clubs. Negro league owners who complained about this practice were in a no-win situation: they could not protect their own interests without seeming to interfere with the advancement of players to the majors. Read the rest of this entry

What O knows Fa’ sho

Looking at this O magazine real quick. In the back is “what I know for sure” by Oprah her self. In this short article she displays and conveys all of brilliance and all of her talent to enrich others.

She is undoubtedly insightful and thought provoking in the relation of her “own”(pun) experiences. Just goes to show why O is O and that what I know fasho.

Check out this O quote:

“At different times in our journeys, if were paying attention and able to create some luck, we get to sing the song we are meant to sing in the perfect key of life. Everything we’ve done and all were meant to do comes together in harmony with who we are”

What’s up Fred?


Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland, Douglas taught himself to read and write. In 1845, seven years after escaping ti the north, he published Narrative, the first if three autobiographies.

In this narrative Douglas calmly but dramatically recounts the horrors and accomplishments of his early years. An astonishing orator and a skillful writer Douglas became a newspaper editor; a political activist, and a an eloquent spokesperson for the civil rights of African Americans.

He was celebrated internationally as the leading black intellectual of his time, and his story still resonated today! Now that’s what’s up! Thanks Fred looking forward to reading your books sir.

Alex Haley


The Death of Trayvon Martin

If you have never read my oppinion I would really like you to know that I  truly hate to make and take point of popular “pop” culture issues  and trending topics.

I hate that no matter how sad, tragic, or even significant pop society will move on to more popular and more newly trending as soon as possible and completely forget all of the sadness, all of the tragedy, and all of the significance.

So in my usual I like to wait until all of pop society has moved well on and forgotten before I chime in to relative points, but I feel my perspective is urgently needed in this matter.

I first would like to apologize to the Martin family for using there son as content for a stage of my oppinion. I am not of Martin’s family, so I feel it infringing that I along with so many others have made their sorrow and their grief our own public oppinion. I deeply empathize and wish to convey my deepest sympathy for their son’s death.

My issue is that the tragedy in Trayvon’s death is being lost in the emotional reaction to the trial of George Zimmerman.

The fact that George Zimmerman was not convicted is not nearly the sad part of young Trayvon Martin’s death.  The sad part about Trayvon Martin’s death is Trayvon Martin’s death.  Read the rest of this entry

Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson – is the February 22, 2013, featured story selection from the book to celebrate Black History Month.

 Long before there was Usher, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye there was the man who only rivaled Elvis Presley and he was know a…s “Mr. Excitement.” Known as a singer and performer, he captured America by his incredible dance moves, high energy and excitement on stage, Wilson was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. He was considered a master showman, one of the most dynamic and influential singers and performers in R&B and rock history. Gaining fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and His Dominoes, he went solo in 1957 and recorded over 50 hit singles that spanned R&B, pop, soul, doo-wopand easy listening. During a 1975 benefit concert, he collapsed on-stage from a heart attack and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years until his death in 1984, aged 49.

Matthew Gaines

Stole this from my big bro Dre’s Facebook post.
Matthew Gaines was a former slave who taught himself to read by using smuggled books because blacks weren’t allowed to educate themselves. After being captured numerous times from trying to escape from him slave masters, he was forced to work as a runaway slave until the emancipation. Gaines established himself as both a Baptist preacher and a politician.
Gaines eventually was elected as a Senator… of the Texas’s 16th district in the Twelfth Texas Legislature.he was a fierce advocate for public education,prison reform,the protection of black voters and tenant farming reformation. One of his greates contributions was his role in passing the Militia Bill, which created a state police force to combat against lawlessness and protect against voter intimidation.
He was eventually removed from his seat because he preached black pride and stated “in the eyes of god, blacks are as good as whites; they should have pride and hold their heads up even in troubled times.”
Just in case yall thought black history month was only for the first week of February like most schools….smh – Drae Perry

Mr. Warren Perry

Everytime hallooween start to roll around  I think my folkz Je’marc and Dre popz Warren Perry. Warren Perry was a man that all men should aspire to be. Especially Black men. I think Mr. Perry is what is missing in Black community and I think i’m truly missing Mr. Perry in my community still.

Its crazy how influential such a strong person was on my life with so little actual interaction. I feel him and really miss him for myself but I really  feel him for my brothers Je’marc and Dre. I couldn’t even imagine losing a Dad. but they lost more than that they lost  a Father! 8 years ago around this time they lost Warren Perry, they lost stern guidance, stern direction, loving guidance, and loving direction.  That’s the shit I feel I yearned for as young boy and what was missing from my own life. So I respect so much a man that was exactly that for his two sons I and swear to my god It hurts me dearly that they lost that. Its different to never have such but to have known and lost I know is really tough.

Pops tied my tie on the way to Prom my junior year(whichh I wouldnt have went to if it wasnt for Jemarc) and I felt his whole no nonsense spirit. I loved him and I wanted to be his son.  Especially in hindsight and witnessing the quality people that both of his sons are. Even still as a Man I like to think I was raised by Warren Perry and i am of his same exceptional quality such as Jemarc and Dre.I know my brother’s miss they pops dearly so I just want to acknowledge their pain in a lost of a great man of legendary quality. Rest in paradise Mr. Perry. I thank your for concern and influence on the community you raised. and may your spirit live forever in the your sons and the young men you’ve raised.

We miss u popz. Love and Respect.

s/o to my brothers Jemarc and Dre who keep living. appreciate yall as examples and friends. major love and respect to yall both!

Earl G. Graves

Earl Gilbert Graves,Sr. is an  American entrepreneur, publisher, businessman, and philanthropist. A graduate of Morgan State University, he is the founder of Black Enterprise magazine and chairman of the media company Earl G. Graves, Ltd. Graves is nationally recognized authority on black business development.

In 1972, he was named one of the 10 most outstanding minority businessmen in the country by the president of the United States and received the National Award of Excellence in recognition of his achievements in minority business enterprise. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America and was named one of 200 future leaders of the country by Time magazine in 1974.

Today he is chairman of Earl G. Graves Ltd., parent corporation of Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., publisher of Black Enterprisemagazine—a business-service publication targeted to black professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and policy makers in the public and private sector. Black Enterprisemagazine has been profitable since its 10th issue and yearly sales are steadily increasing. The magazine has a paid circulation of 500,000 with a readership of approximately 4 million. Since 1997, the magazine has been a five-time recipient of the FOLIO: Editorial Excellence Award in the business/finance consumer magazine category.

In January 2006, Graves named his eldest son, Earl “Butch” Graves, the company’s new chief executive officer. The promotion of Graves Jr. to CEO represents the transition of Earl G. Graves Ltd. to the next generation of leadership. His formal title is president and CEO. Read the rest of this entry

Donald Goines

Donald Goines

Detroit, Michigan
Donald Goines (pseudonym: Al C. Clark) (December 15, 1936 – October 21, 1974) was an African American writer of urban fiction.
Donald Goines was born in Detroit to a relatively comfortable family – his parents owned a local dry cleaner, and he did not have problems with the law or drugs. Goines attended Catholic elementary school and was expected to go into his family’s laundry business. Instead Goines enlisted in the US Air Force, and to get in he had to lie his age. From 1952 to 1955 he served in the army. During this period he got hooked on heroin. When he returned to Detroit from Japan, he was a heroin addict.

The next 15 years from 1955 Goines spent pimping, robbing, stealing, bootlegging, and running numbers, or doing time. His seven prison sentences totaled 6,5 years. While in jail in the 1960s he first attempted to write Westerns without much success – he loved cowboy movies. A few years later, serving a different sentence at a different prison, he was introduced to the work of Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck). This time Goines wrote his semi-autobiographical novel Whoreson, which appeared in 1972. It was a story about the son of a prostitute who becomes a Detroit ghetto pimp. Also Beck’s first book, Pimp: The Story of My Life (1967), was autobiographical. Goines was released in 1970, after which he wrote 16 novels with Holloway House, Iceberg Slim’s publisher. Hoping to get rid of surroundings – he was back on smack – he moved with his family to the Los Angeles ghetto of Watts. Read the rest of this entry

Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen

Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry.

Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years.  Rushen has also been the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the Peoples Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief.  She was the only woman Musical Director/Conductor/Arranger for a late-night television talk show.  The show was The Midnight Hour, which aired on CBS.  In addition, Rushen was named the Musical Director/Composer for Newsweek’s first American Achievement Awards, broadcast from the Kennedy Center and she served as the Musical Director for Janet Jackson’s World Tour, “janet.”  As the Musical Director for the award shows, she composed and performed special musical tributes to Michael Landon, Ted Turner, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, The Temptations, James Garner and Leonard Bernstein to name a few.  Rushen was named Composer in Residence during the August 2004 sessions at the Henry Mancini Institute.

A classically trained pianist, Rushen has spent a lifetime honing the skills that make her one of the music industry’s most versatile and sought after artists.  In 1998, she was again honored by the music industry when her adult contemporary CD, “Signature”, received a Grammy nomination.  Read the rest of this entry

ms. Aaliyah Haughton

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly. Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Detroit, Aaliyah got her first major exposure appearing on the syndicated television series “Star Search” (1983) where she awed the audience with her amazing voice and talent. Withdrawing from the celebrity scene for a few years, Aaliyah lived the life of a… normal teenage girl, attending Detroit’s Performing Arts High School where she majored in dance. It was around this same time that Aaliyah met singer/composer R. Kelly. Kelly assisted Aaliyah with the production of her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A number” which scored several number hits, specifically “Back and Forth.” The album’s title was a brief reference to her short-lived marriage to R. Kelly (she was 15 years of age at the time, and he was in his 20s). Thir marriage was annulled due to her status as a minor. During her senior year, Aaliyah went on to record “One In A Million” which featured the songwriting talents of major R&B producers/writers ‘Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott’ and Tim Mosley. That album was a major success and sealed Aaliyah’s fame forever. After seeing her at an awards show and in the video for her hit song “Are You that Somebody?” (from the Eddie Murphy film Doctor Dolittle (1998)), film producer Joel Silver (producer of The Matrix (1999) and other major actor films) asked Aaliyah to audition for a role in an upcoming romance/action film called Romeo Must Die (2000). With her determination and sex appeal, Aaliyah won Silver over and was cast in her first major film role. Romeo Must Die (2000) was a hit at the box office. This film led to her being cast as one of the stars of the film based on Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned (2002) and in the two sequels to the major box office hit, The Matrix (1999). During the busy schedule of her film career, Aaliyah took time to record her third album, the self-titled “Aaliyah”. July 2001 was a busy time for Aaliyah. After the sucess of her song “Try Again” for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award and won several MTV Video Awards, Aaliyah finally released her “Aaliyah” album. Debuting at number two on the Billboard charts, “Aaliyah” was a sales success despite many lack-lustre reviews it received. In August 2001, Aaliyah took time off from her busy album promotional tour to fly to the Bahamas to film a video for the song “Rock the Boat”. The video, filmed on Abaco Island, was directed by Hype Williams, a major music video director known for his style and wit. On August 25, 2001, after filming the video, Aaliyah and about 9-11 of her entourage took off from Marsh Harbour airport at 6:50pm EDT in a small Cessna 404 en route to Opa-Locka, Florida. A few minutes after take-off, the plane crashed about 200 feet from the runaway killing Aaliyah and many others instantly. Four passnegers were pulled alive from the wreckage, and one later died at a hospital in Nassau. Aaliyah was only 22 years old. Aaliyah’s short-lived, but brillant career was a true success story for a young African-American woman who went against all odds to be herself in an industry where originality is scarce. Truly missed by her family, friends, and fans, her music and film contributions will live forever.

Soul Lady; Sade

Helen Folasade Adu better known as…..

Sade (pronounced /ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-day) are an English band that formed in 1983. The band’s music features elements of R&B, soul, jazz, and soft rock. The band is named after their British Nigerian lead vocalist, Sade Adu. (born 16 January 1959; better known as Sade), is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade.

Sade’s debut album, Diamond Life, went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984 and sold platinum. In 1986, Sade won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Sade’s US certified sales so far stands at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[1] and has sold more than 50 million units worldwide to date. They were ranked at #50 on VH1‘s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time


Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.[1] Her middle name, Folasade, means honour confers your crown.[2] Her parents, Adebisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria.[1] Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old [3] Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents.[1] When Sade was 11, she moved to Holland-on-Sea to live with her mother,[4] and after completing school at 18 she moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.[1]

While at college, she joined a soul band, Pride, in which she sang backing vocals.[1] Her solo performances of the song “Smooth Operator” attracted the attention of record companies and in 1983, she signed a solo deal with Epic Records taking three members of the band, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, with her.[1] Sade and her band produced the first of a string of hit albums. Their debut album Diamond Life was in 1984. She is the most successful solo female artist in British history, having sold over 110 million albums worldwide.[1]

In 2002, she appeared on the Red Hot Organization‘s Red Hot and Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to the music of fellow Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. She recorded a remix of her hit single, “By Your Side”, for the album and was billed as a co-producer.