Aug. 21, 2020

How Does It Feel To Be A Colored Me: Zora Neale Hurston

Sometimes I feel like at important times in our current period of confusion and sometimes community delusion. We need to hear the words of the intellectual giants of our African American past. It to me is called back up to the door and uplifts my soul history. Well, on this day I felt the need to be aboard my ship of consciousness the words of Zora Neale Hurston. I live in Florida now and I feel a strong kinship to this remarkable woman. Who's brilliance was hidden away during her life and had to be discovered after her passing. Why? Simply because of the color of her skin and hatred that consumed a Jim Crow White America that ignored almost every aspect of African American genius. Zora Neale Hurston cut against the grain of normalcy. Zora wanted so much more for our communities than what white society had offered. Zora bucked the Brown vs. Board of Education decision because she didn't feel the need to kowtow to society standards regarding integration. Listen to Zora’s writing about the awareness of her identity beginning at 13 and maturating through the years.

Aug. 20, 2020

August 20, 1619 ”Hold Up There's More To That Story”

By Michael Guasco
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American History. The year 1619, the first supposed date enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown is drilled into our students’ memories, but overemphasizing this date distorts that history. Today, across this nation many will hear and read of the story that August 20, 1619,​ was the date that 20 Angolan​ men and women left a Dutch ship to enter the colony of Jamestown. Thus beginning the horrific institution of slavery in what became the United States. However, that isn't the whole story in it's entirety. Because peoples of African descent were traveling to this new world long before 1619. They came as captives from European nations. Today I will read an article that details that covered up history.

Aug. 19, 2020

I Ain't Nobody's Boy Dammit

I hate that boybye hashtag that I see African Americans using on social media currently. These folks obviously know that African American men were nothing but boys for as long as they lived in much of this nation for damn near three centuries. You hashtag that to grown-ass black men and I'm you dishonor them but you show you own disregard of our struggle to be identified as men in this racist society. I can only recognize this #iamaman and dammit I don't care what your skin color is. If I am grown and able to serve my community and this nation I am not your boy. We need to respect each other space and opinions but we damn sure had better recognize the struggle we went through to be identified as men. Take that #boybye and shove it up to your ass. Because black men were lynched, assaulted, and burn alive simply because they told the white oppressors I ain't your boy.

Aug. 19, 2020

August 19, 1791, Banneker's Letter To Thomas Jefferson

Benjamin Banneker excelled at excellence he was a gift to the humanity of mankind. Those who looked at color first may have been fooled into ignoring his genius. However, those who looked past color marveled at Benjamin Banneker's astounding intellectual abilities. The shame was that it was more of the latter who ignored his greatness. On August 19, 1791, Benjamin Banneker wrote a letter to the​n Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson outlining the ills of forced​ servitude, or American slavery. Today, The Blackman Who Reads Aloud revisits the day 228 years ago today that ancestor Benjamin Banneker​ sent the letter to be delivered to Thomas Jefferson. The inequality of black illiteracy is that so many of our brothers and sisters are blocked from learning about our black history because of the inability to read. We must engage our communities to erase the negative​ impact of black illiteracy. I know that Benjamin Banneker was a Blackman​ who read aloud, the question I ask today is are you expanding your knowledge base and reading. Or are you depending on the media to elevate your thinking? Your African American ancestors can teach and arm you quite a bit with the knowledge of the challenges that they faced.

Aug. 18, 2020

Michelle’s Mantra

"In 2016 Michelle Obama's mantra was when they go low we go high, when they go low. Low won. Now, in 2020, Michelle Obama's mantra becomes ”it is what it is”,and the black communities goes bonkers again. ”It is what it is”, yes, no reparations, no disengaged police brutality, no health insurance for all those suffering African Americans, no shrinking of the enormous wealth gap between whites and African Americans, no rebuilt urban centers that will offer to expand employment opportunities, no dismantling of the prison industrial complexes, yes Michelle Obama, ”it is what it is” and has always been for African Americans no matter which political party wins in November, 2020.