Not Ghetto Mess
“Karyn Washington, founder of “For Brown Girls” and the “Dark Skin, Red Lips” project has died at the tender age of 22. And this was not a natural death. This was a suicide.
Karyn, who dedicated herself to the uplifting of dark-skinned black girls and women, and worked so that they would have a sense of well-being, was struggling with depression and mental illness, and was unable to extend the love she gave to others to herself.”
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May she rest in power and peace. HGM salutes Karyn Washington and the For Brown Girls movement.
“In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough decision: Which of the eight Ivy League universities should he attend this fall?
A first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., the 17-year-old violist and aspiring physician applied to all eight, from Brown to Yale.”
Be inspired! Black History Month 2014.... DO BETTER FOLKS!
“Dr. James West, born in 1931 in Prince Edward County, Va., received patent no. 3,118,022 in 1964 (while an employee at Bell Laboratories), along with Gerhard Sessler, for the electroacoustic transducer, an electret microphone, which offered greater reliability, higher precision, lower cost and smaller size. The electret microphone revolutionized the microphone industry, with almost one billion manufactured each year. West and Sessler were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1999.”
-Excerpt taken from uspto.gov
Time to do some research!
This last decade in the Black community has been full of YIKES moments. Along with progress, our community has had huge setbacks. Unemployment rates, high crime rates in cities like Chicago and child abuse has become the topic of each Black news media outlet. Are we getting closer to the dream or further from it? Your thoughts???
“One of America’s most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.
Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. His poem about that attack, “Somebody Blew Up America,” quickly became infamous.”
Rest In Power.
RIP James Avery, a great example of fatherhood!
MOSS POINT, Mississippi — District 110 residents chose “youth and ambition”Tuesday when they elected 21-year-old Jeramey Anderson to the state representative seat by nearly 61 percent of the vote, his campaign members said.
According to unofficial results from the runoff election, Anderson took 1,455 votes to former Moss Point Mayor Aneice Liddell’s 948 votes. There are still 110 absentee and affidavit ballots to count, but they won’t affect the final outcome.
“We are excited,” Anderson said of the win. “We went into the election with the intent to win, and we started out with momentum and energized the community to get them excited about the opportunity we were presenting to them. We have given this campaign our all.”
Anderson, the youngest to be elected to the Mississippi Legislature since Dirk Dedeaux won House District 93 in 1995 at age 23, is a 2010 graduate of Moss Point High School. He is now a senior at Tulane University’s Gulf Coast campus in Biloxi, where he is studying homeland security and public relations.
He will take the House of Representatives seat that was previously held by longtime legislator Billy Broomfield, who vacated the post earlier this year when he successfully ran for mayor of Moss Point against incumbent Liddell.
Anderson won the representative seat despite Liddell’s endorsement by the Jackson County Democratic Party Executive Committee.
The race was for the remainder of Broomfield’s term, which ends in 2015. Broomfield himself was an Anderson supporter, clapping for the young man as he entered a celebratory party at campaign headquarters.
“I’m just excited that I was given the opportunity to run this race and that the community rallied behind me to support me in this endeavor,” he said. “I look forward to serving the community of District 110.”
Anderson said his priority during the campaign was to get his message out and then “leave it up to God.”
Anderson noted that he’ll need the continued support and help of his community as he serves on the state Legislature.
“It’s going to take everybody in the community to move the district forward,” he said. “We need the community as a whole to get the job done.”
While campaigning, Anderson focused on education, availability and cost of insurance and economic growth.
“We need our parents and our community to get more involved in our educational system,” he said in an interview last week. “We need to hold our community and a whole accountable for the products we produce from our education system.”
Anderson said he has already began organizing volunteers — local figures such as Terrell Buckley, Melvin Booker and Antonio Harvey — to give of their time and mentor students at Moss Point schools.
Anderson believes in the power of positive role models, as he founded a non-profit called Purple Knights of America to mentor young boys.
To aid economic growth, Anderson promises to be an accessible resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs and to support legislation that fosters sustainable growth.
Ty Burden, campaign manager, said she believes District 110 residents “wanted to see something different” when they cast their votes for Anderson today.
“They were voting for their own future,” she said.
Wow. Amazing isn't the word....
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