Last night the state of Oklahoma added to America’s long history of botched executions when it attempted to execute Clayton Derrell Lockett by lethal injection. At 6.23 p.m., a doctor administered the first drug, which corrections officials identified as the sedative midazolam. What followed was an agonizing spectacle that ended when Lockett died at 7.06 p.m.—43 minutes after the drugs began to flow. Continue reading
El Preste Juan; Emperador de los Abisinios, Pierre-Antoine Demachy
Did a Black Man Discover the Fountain of Youth?
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: Learn about the legend that predates Ponce de León’s legendary search.
By Henry Louis Gates Jr., Dec. 23 2013
Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 61: What myth of eternal youth in Africa inspired Europeans for centuries?
Whenever he encountered a counterintuitive fact, my mother’s brother, my Uncle Ed, was fond of saying, “That’s another one of those things that ‘they’ just don’t tell us,” as if key bits of information about the order of things were systematically being withheld from black people. At the top of my own list of things we weren’t told in school is the fact that the legendary Fountain of Youth was not only Continue reading
Love my hair
I can have straight hair, but I love my hair as it is.
My hair becomes me, as I take good care of it.
I know to nurture my hair like any other body part.
Without attaching my self-worth to it.
I feed my hair Natural oils, so it can take care of itself. Continue reading
Adopted by the Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations,
University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 9-11, 1996.
1. IN HONORIS CAUSA:
On this distinguished occasion of the Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland (9-11 August 1996), we honor Professor Continue reading
“Its influence (the Ankh) was felt in every dynastic period and survives as an icon possessing mystical powers throughout the Coptic Christian Era.”
“One of the most famous of these shrines was the ARK (ANKH) of the Covenant. Built by Moses the Egyptian, to protect the tablets of the Ten Commandments and to serve as a reminder of God. Once charged, this portable shrine was potentially lethal if touched, as was evident in the Old TEstament account. A priesthood specially trained to handle the shrine wore special clothing for protection and used a ROD to ground or discharge the Ark. When the shrine was discharged by the priest it could be handled safely. (Exodus 25) (I Chronicles 13:9)” Continue reading
Almost every other second, somewhere in America, one of our neighbors is abused by the person they love.
And all the while they might tell themselves …
“I’m pregnant and he’s scared of being a dad, so he hit me”
Where’s Aniysah? A Campaign to End Violence Against Women of Color
From Black Youth Project, 2009
This week, I am going to feature a blog I wrote for Document the Silence which is a website I co-founded dedicated to ending violence against women of color. Right now, we are in the midst of mounting a national online media campaign to document how domestic violence and the family court system work in tandem to re-victimize women of color survivors. The title of the campaign is “Where’s Aniysah?” It is a campaign about the (in)justice system and how it fails brown women and children daily. Specifically, it is a story about a mother named Angeline and a daughter named Aniysah. The blog I wrote below gives more details about the case.
A Tragic Story of Continual Violence against Women of Color: Anyisah’s Mother’s Story, Angeline Continue reading