Thursday, February 7, 2013

Black History month: Celebrating our Pioneers!

                     Phillis Wheatley 1753-1784

Phillis Wheatley was one of the first "African-American" poets and women to have her work published. At the age of 7 she was taken from Africa and brought to America where she was sold into slavery. Phillis Wheatley lived a life more fortunate than other slaves; shortly after her arrival to the U.S. she learned English and spoke so eloquently it astonished others  

Phillis Wheatley was allowed by her owners the Wheatley's to study Latin and English Literature, this literary exposure allowed her to develop into a great writer! 

"Phillis's place was designated by her white world, and she was virtually cut off from her own people, but she was definitely still a slave, although a privileged one. Though superior to most in her intellectual and literary accomplishments, she was clearly never their social equal."-vcu

"On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phillis Wheatley
Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic dye."
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.

This is one of the many controversial pieces written by the once enslaved poet, who seemed to praise slavery because it led her to Christianity. Despite the critical debate about the writer's loyalty and literary content... Phillis Wheatley was an astonishing African writer who paved the way for other minority writers.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NYPD's STop and Frisk STats

The recently released NYPD "Stop and Frisk" policy stats are completely alarming! It is reported that 9 out of 10 people that were "stopped and Frisked"in 2011 were African American or Hispanic! In 2011 there were close to 700,000 stops reported by police that year.

"The data comes from a report released by the NYPD Monday, which showed that of the 685,724 stops made by police that year, 53% of those questioned were black, 34% were Latino, 9% were white and 3% were Asian... The citywide population in 2011 was 23.4% black, 29.4% Hispanic, 12.9% Asian, and 34.3% non-Hispanic white, according to the report."- CNN

These numbers are unbelievable!! These numbers also bring the major problem of racial profiling to the fore front!! Racial profiling is illegal and unjust tactic that should not be used when stopping an individual that looks "suspicious".

The Stop and Frisk policy is a strategy originally created  to decrease crime in many of our communities. The top reasons for stop and frisk encounters are to check for weapon possession.
According to Police Commissioner Kelly all stop and frisk encounters are reported by police and they are meant to "increase public confidence". Whose confidence??

"The city’s reliance on stop and frisk has come under intense scrutiny and legal challenges. Critics say that the police unfairly target black and Hispanic young men, who have made up 85 percent of those stopped."- The New York Times

I am writing this story in response to my son's homework assignment tonight. The assignment talked about the NYPD's Stop and frisk policy and how the very same policy might affect him. This homework assignment really stimulated plenty of thoughts in my mind and really messed with my emotions.  I am strongly against any policy that would discourage or diminish the confidence, pride or dignity of an individual by violating his or her personal space and constitutional rights!! This policy profiles people based on race and sends a negative message to the community! It also encourages racism by stereotyping a particular group and labeling them as "suspicious"!! What do suspicious people look like??? What do criminals look like??

I do not want my son followed around a store or targeted on the streets because he fits the description of a "suspicious" individual! I dedicate this blog to my son who is a Black and Hispanic male growing up in the heart of New York City. *I Love you Jay!*

One Time for your Mind!! - I am not bashing all police officers! I understand that their job is not easy. But we need to regulate this policies today!! Please check out this very thought provoking cartoon and tell me what you think. Remember stand for something or fall for anything!!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Please participate in a Women of Color Health Survey and win a Prize!!

 A good friend of mine is conducting a women's health survey geared towards women of color. Please take a moment out of your time to participate in the survey. Test your knowledge or even learn more today!! The rules are listed below and Thank you in advance for your participation! Good luck and Stay Healthy!

The first 200 women who (1) start the survey, (2) then watch the 9 videos at this portal, (3) then go back and finish the survey (including rating the videos, etc…) will have a 3 in 200 chance of winning a $300, $200, or $100 gift certificate for use on

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl 2013: The Ravens Beat 49ers 34-31!!

The Baltimore Ravens take the win 34-31 for Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers!! The Super Bowl is undoubtedly the most popular sporting event throughout the nation. I, amongst millions of others, stationed myself on a sofa and stuffed my face with chips, dip and drink!

The Ravens literally struggled to see the light of  victory against the 49ers, through the huge power outage that shut the lights off during the third quarter.

The half time performance had all eyes glued to their sets as we watched Beyonce along with a Destiny's Child sing our favorite songs!! The girls looked fantastic. I think this was my favorite part of the game considering I am so not into sports. Okay, Super bowl Sunday had its glory now its diet Monday!

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