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breenewsome:

The black women were also murdered by police. #ferguson #mikebrown

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blackstaraura:

breenewsome:

The black women were also murdered by police. #ferguson #mikebrown

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beautiesofafrique:

Elected and appointed African female heads of state

1. Monique Ohsan Bellepeau, Acting President, 31 March 2012 - 21 July 2012 (Mauritius)

2. Joyce Banda, President, 7 April 2012 - 31 May 2014 (Malawi)

3. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, 16 January 2006 - Incumbent (Liberia)

4. Ruth Sando Perry, Chairperson of the Council of State, 3 September 1996 - 2 August 1997 (Liberia)

5. Carmen Pereira, Acting President, 14 May 1984 - 16 May 1984 (Guinea-Bissau)

6. Rose Francine Rogombé, Acting President, 10 June 2009 - 16 October 2009 (Gabon)

7. Catherine Samba-Panza., Acting President, 23 January 2014 - Incumbent (Central African Republic)

8. Sylvie Kinigi, Acting President, 27 October 1993 - 5 February 1994 (Burundi)

 

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Telling black people not to be enraged when their children are ruthlessly murdered, is violence.

No good result can come from any investigation which refuses to consider the facts. A conclusion that is based upon a presumption instead of the best evidence is unworthy of a moment”s consideration. The lynching record, as it is compiled from day to day by unbiased, reliable, and responsible public journals, should be the basis of every investigation which seeks to discover the cause and suggest the remedy for lynching. The excuses of lynchers and the specious pleas of their apologists should be considered in the light of the record, which they invariably misrepresent or ignore.

The Christian and moral forces of the nation should insist that misrepresentation should have no place in the discussion of this all important question, that the figures of the lynching record should be allowed to plead, trumpet-tongued, in defense of the slandered dead, that the silence of concession be broken, and that truth, swift-winged and courageous, summon this nation to do its duty to exalt justice and preserve inviolate the sacredness of human life.

Ida B. Wells Source: Independent, May 16, 1901.

113 years later, why is Ida B. Wells still painfully correct? 

#BlackLivesMatter

(Source: britannica.com)

In the past two weeks, police officers have strangled, shot and killed four, unarmed Black men. We honor the lives of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown and Ezell Ford; and mourn with those who love them.

As we grieve the loss of our brothers, we also mourn the life of Renisha McBride and grieve over the brutal beatings of Marlene Pinnock and Ersula Ore. Despite the lack of media attention, we know our sisters are also brutalized and murdered at the hands of police officers and vigilantes too.

BYP100 Responds to the Death of Four Black Men Killed by Police

(Source: blackyouthproject.com)

thecoalitionmag:

EIGHT VERY MAJOR REASONS WHY THE SAFETY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN TRANS WOMEN IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND CANNOT BE TRIVIALIZED, MINIMIZED, OR SUGAR COATED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM. 

  1. Duanna Johnson: In Febuary 2008, Duanna Johnson, 40yrs old, was arrested by two Memphis police officers and was brutally beaten and abused in a Memphis jail by the two police officers. Her assault was caught on taped and aired on major news channels, garnering major attention. Duanna went public, talking about her assault and became “the public face of our community’s campaign against racism, homophobia, and transphobia.” On November 10th, Duanna was shot ‘execution style’ between Hollywood and Staten Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.
  2. SANESHA STEWART: Sanesha Stewart was stabbed and killed on Febuary 10th, 2008, by an ex-convict who was enraged after finding out she wasn’t cisgender. Sanesha was 25yrs old.
  3. DANA LARKIN: Dana Larkin was murdered while working as a prostitute in Milwaukee, Winsconsin. She was 26.
  4. CHANELLE PICKETT: Chanelle Pickett was strangled in November 1995 at the home of William C Palmer after he realized she wasn’t cisgender. Palmer was quitted of murder and only served 2yrs in prison on assault and battery charges. Chanelle was 23.
  5. VENUS EXTRAVAGANZA: Venus Extravaganza was strangled and stuffed under a bed in a New York City hotel. Her body was found 4 days after her death. 
  6. BRANDY MARTELL: Brandy Martell was fataly shot in the torso and genitals in a street corner in Oakland. Brandy was 37yrs old.
  7. LATEISHA GREEN: LaTeisha Green was fatally shot on November 14, 2008. Her killer, Dwight DeLee, was found guilty of first degree murder as a hate crime against gays.
  8. PAIGE CLAY: Paige Clay was found murdered in an alley in West Garfield park, Chicago. She was 32 and well known in the Chicago ball scene. 

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Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.

— Dream Hampton (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

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Mo’Ne Davis makes Little League World Series history in three-hit shutout

Mo’Ne Davis isn’t your typical youth baseball player. The 13-year-old became the first girl to toss a complete game shutout in a Little League World Series-clinching contest Sunday thanks to a three-hit, six-strikeout effort for the Taney (Pa.) Dragons in an 8-0 victory over Newark (Del.) National. Davis hit 70 mph on the radar gun and fooled boys her own age.

Davis told The Today Show she tried softball when she was younger but eventually switched to baseball. The right-hander’s talent has earned her the respect of her male peers. “I end up striking them out and I look at my teammates and they’re laughing,” Davis said. “So I just laugh with them.” She added her baseball dreams won’t end at the LLWS. “I’ll probably either be the first female in the MLB or in the NBA,” said the pitcher.

She’ll be the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years. Taney’s first game in the LLWS is Friday at 3 p.m. against South Nashville, which is representing Tennessee.

Did y’all peep this flex though? Sorry Monica Wright McCall!!! Is there anything Black girls can’t do?!

(Source: Yahoo!)

tbgptumbles:

Launching this Fall!
The Black Girl Project Ida B. Wells Academy is an innovative digital and traditional learning environment for young women and girls aged 13-22 in the NY Metropolitan area. We engage young people interested in building critical, analytical, leadership, and interpersonal skills. In adhering to our core values, we support participants in creating the lives and outcomes they desire, using the arts and culture as a foundation.
Our program is free of charge to all participants. We offer workshops that use literature, poetry, film, movement, and photography to build skills, self-confidence, and enhance participants’ ability to participate creatively in life, and as tools of resistance. 

Sign up for newsletter to have first access to the application. Only 10 participants will be accepted this inaugural year! http://eepurl.com/tXp1

tbgptumbles:

Launching this Fall!

The Black Girl Project Ida B. Wells Academy is an innovative digital and traditional learning environment for young women and girls aged 13-22 in the NY Metropolitan area. We engage young people interested in building critical, analytical, leadership, and interpersonal skills. In adhering to our core values, we support participants in creating the lives and outcomes they desire, using the arts and culture as a foundation.

Our program is free of charge to all participants. We offer workshops that use literature, poetry, film, movement, and photography to build skills, self-confidence, and enhance participants’ ability to participate creatively in life, and as tools of resistance.

Sign up for newsletter to have first access to the application. Only 10 participants will be accepted this inaugural year! http://eepurl.com/tXp1


"The decision by our City Council to select Ivy Taylor to become mayor of San Antonio for the next year underscores once again San Antonio’s place as one of the most inclusive and fair-minded cities in America. I believe we are now the largest city in the United States ever to have an African-American mayor."   Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros 
Photo Credit: ExpressNews.com

Congrats Mayor Taylor!

"The decision by our City Council to select Ivy Taylor to become mayor of San Antonio for the next year underscores once again San Antonio’s place as one of the most inclusive and fair-minded cities in America. I believe we are now the largest city in the United States ever to have an African-American mayor."   Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros 

Photo Credit: ExpressNews.com

Congrats Mayor Taylor!

(Source: politifact.com)