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Black Girl on the Fourth of July

Happy birthday, America!  Behind Christmas and Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July is easily my third favorite holiday.  I have the warmest memories of growing up and watching my daddy grill, eating and spending time with family and friends, and the best part of all, putting on a homemade fireworks show at night with my sister and cousins.   998 more words

*(GENTLE GIANTS ON THE 4TH)* SHOCKING: 19 Year Olds Attackers Post Video On Facebook (VIDEO)

FOREST PARK, Ohio – Cheyanne Willis says she was beaten up, threatened and humiliated by her ex-boyfriend and several women while others took video on their cellphones and later posted it on Facebook. 96 more words

Racist and Proud: Is This What it Means to be Free?

I saw disturbing hashtag on Twitter the other morning.

It said #RacistandProud.

While I applaud the efforts of Governor Haley of South Carolina, the representatives and the legislators such as Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, who are fighting to take down the Confederate flag, the bottom line is you cannot legislate the hearts of men and women. 903 more words

Melba Pearson

Today In Black History

July 04, 1881

Tuskegee Institue ~ opened by Booker T Washington


Allegheny Front, An NPR Interview

One love of my life is studying and sharing about African Americans and the environment. Read and watch “Looking Back at African-American Environmental History… 12 more words

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What It Means To Be A Black American On Independence Day

“I remember you was conflicted, misusing your influence..”

Having a sense of patriotism to the country we call America can be fleeting.

After all, as a millennial and an African-American (with sprinkles of West Indian and Puerto Rican seeds), I can unapologetically say I’ve felt proud to be an American about four times in my life. 490 more words