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I'm young, black, single and fabulous!!! Trying to live my life to the fullest before its all said and done with . I'm just trying to figure it all out!


Friday, February 26, 2010

Afternoon Delight NBA Edition..

Carmelo Anthony
Denver Nuggest
DOB: 05/29/84

It's hard trying to find a pic of this man without his trusty sidekick LaLa

Married Men Do It Better?

Is dating a married man better than dating a single one?

This question has been running through every radio station here and I've learned that alot of women date married men..*blank stare* yeah so I can't really get with i hate playing second best. I'm taking it that this whole Topic was on Oprah or Tyra because the radio buzzing about one of there shows and the women on it.

I have a friend who only dates married men....and only married men. She told me today that its so much less drama and stress dealing with them. They just wanna have fun, buy u stuff, take u to great places and then return to their wives. They don't start no shit because they don't want no shit cause its runs a chance that I might drop the dime to wifey. Single men want to much from you have to know your every more and who u wit...married men don't care about that all they care about is your time with them.

Now I have never personally dated a married man..well married that I knew of , I don't think I could do it. Its just something about the whole situation that just rubs me wrong and I can't even touch it. I wouldn't want someone to do that to me so I wouldn't do it to someone else...no matter how happy or unhappy the relationship I don't wanna be apart of that. A commitment was made, last names were changed and a wedding has taken place and I don't wanna be the reason it broke apart.

So my question is Do you think dating a married man is better than dating a single man? past experiences...present experiences....or just ur thoughts I wanna know....

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hiram Revels

On February 25, 1870, visitors in the Senate galleries burst into applause as Mississippi senator-elect Hiram Revels of Mississippi entered the chamber to take his oath of office. Those present knew that they were witnessing an event of great historical significance. Revels was about to become the first African American to serve in the Senate. Revels' credentials arrived in the Senate on February 23, 1870, and were immediately blocked by a few members who had no desire to see a black man serve in Congress. Masking their racist views, they argued that Revels had not been a U.S. citizen for the nine years required of all senators. In their distorted interpretation, black Americans had only become citizens with the passage of the 1866 Civil Rights Act, just four years earlier. Revels' supporters dismissed that statement, pointing out that he had been a voter many years earlier in Ohio and was therefore certainly a citizen.

Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner brought the debate to an end with a stirring speech. "The time has passed for argument. Nothing more need be said. For a long time it has been clear that colored persons must be senators." Then, by an overwhelming margin, the Senate voted 48 to 8 to seat Revels. Three weeks later, the Senate galleries again filled to capacity as Hiram Revels rose to make his first formal speech. Seeing himself as a representative of African American interests throughout the nation, he spoke—unsuccessfully as it turned out—against a provision included in legislation readmitting Georgia to the Union. He correctly predicted that the provision would be used to prohibit blacks from holding office in that state.

When Hiram Revels' brief term ended on March 3, 1871, he returned to Mississippi, where he later became president of Alcorn College.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vote Epitome...

Vote for Epitome to be a Supermodelquin! http://bit.ly/9yK7cd

Afternoon Delight NBA Edition..

Derrick Rose
Chicago Bulls
DOB: 10/04/88
Idk who that is but lets focus on him...

Don't look to hard ladies because Epitome has already claimed him as her own!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African-American revolutionary organization established to promote Black Power, and by extension self-defense for blacks. It was active in the United States from the mid-1960s into the 1970s. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international fame through their deep involvement in the Black Power movement and in US politics of the 1960s and 70s. The Black Power movement is considered to be one of the most significant social, political and cultural movements in US history. "The movement [had] provocative rhetoric, militant posture, and cultural and political flourishes permanently altered the contours of American Identity."

Founded in Oakland, California, by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 15, 1966, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling for the protection of African American neighborhoods from police brutality, in the interest of African-American justice. Its objectives and philosophy changed radically during the party's existence. While the organization's leaders passionately espoused socialist and communistdoctrines, the Party's black nationalist reputation attracted an ideologically diverse membership. Ideological consensus within the party was difficult to achieve. Some members openly disagreed with the views of the leaders.

In 1967 the organization marched on the California State Capitol in Sacramento in protest of a selective ban on weapons. The official newspaper The Black Panther was also first circulated that year. By 1968, the party had expanded into many cities throughout the United States, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, Newark, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. That same year, membership reached 5,000 and their newspaper, under the editorial leadership of Eldridge Cleaver had grown to a circulation of 250,000.

The group created a Ten-Point Program, a document that called for "Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice and Peace", as well as exemption from conscription for African-American men, among other demands.[5] With the Ten-Point program, “What we Want, What We Believe”, the Black Panther Party captured in uncompromising language the collective economic and political grievances articulated by black radicals and many black liberals since the 1930s.

While grounded in black nationalism, the party changed as it grew to national prominence and became an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s. The Black Panthers ultimately condemned black nationalism as "black racism". They became more focused onsocialism without racial exclusivity. They instituted a variety of community social programs designed to alleviate poverty and improve health among communities deemed most needful of aid. It also recognized that different minority communities (those it deemed oppressed by the US government) needed to organize around their own set of issues and encouraged alliances with such organizations

The group's political goals were often overshadowed by their confrontational, militant, and sometimes violent tactics, and by their suspicions of law enforcement agents. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover called the party “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country,” and he supervised an extensive program of counter-organizing that included surveillance,eavesdropping, infiltration, police harassment, perjury, and a laundry list of other tactics designed to incriminate party members and drain the organization of resources and manpower. ” Through these tactics, it was thought that their potential for further advancement would diminish and probability of continuing to serve as a threat to the general power structure of the US, or maintain a presence as a strong undercurrent would shrink.” While party membership started to decline during Huey Newton's 1968manslaughter trial, the Black Panther Party collapsed altogether in the early 1970s. Writers such as former Communist Party USA member Angela Davis and writer and political activist Ward Churchill have alleged that law enforcement officials went to great lengths to discredit and destroy the organization, including assassination.

Friday, February 19, 2010

This Guy...

Sooooooooooooooo...I'm over him.....His wife...his hoes....his sexual activity and the media for all of this coverage. I don't feel like his apology was needed or did i care about it. He cheated, got caught and is trying to correct all that....ok so when will the world let him be. He ain't the first or the last athlete to do this sooooooooooooo I never want to see him on Tv unless he is driving to the hole and wining another PGA....that is all...*drops mic*

Black Codes

The Black Codes were laws passed on the state and local level in the United States to limit the civil rights and civil liberties of African Americans. Even though the United States constitution originally discriminated against African Americans (as "other persons") and both northern and southern states had passed discriminatory legislation since the early 19th century, the term Black Codes is used most often to refer to legislation passed by Southern states at the end of the Civil War to control the labor, movements and activities of newly freed slaves.

In Texas the Eleventh Legislature produced these codes in 1866. The intent of the legislation was to reaffirm the inferior position that slaves and free blacks had held in antebellum Texas and to regulate black labor. The codes reflected the unwillingness of white Texans to accept blacks as equals and also their fears that freedmen would not work unless coerced. Thus the codes continued legal discrimination between whites and blacks. The legislature, when it amended the 1856 penal code, emphasized the continuing line between whites and blacks by defining all individuals with one-eighth or more African blood as persons of color, subject to special provisions in the law.

The black codes enacted immediately after the American Civil War, though varying from state to state, were all intended to secure a steady supply of cheap labor, and all continued to assume the inferiority of the freed slaves. The black codes had their roots in the slave codes that had formerly been in effect. The premise behind chattel slavery in America was that slaves were property, and, as such, they had few or no legal rights. The slave codes, in their many loosely defined forms, were seen as effective tools against slave unrest, particularly as a hedge against uprisings and runaways. Enforcement of slave codes also varied, but corporal punishment was widely and harshly employed.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

James Meredith

James Meredith
is an American civil rights movement figure. He was the first African American student at the University of Mississippi, an event that was a flash point in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by the broadcast of President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address (which did not mention civil rights per se) Meredith decided to apply his democratic rights and then made the ultimate decision to apply to the University of Mississippi. Meredith's goal was to put pressure on Kennedy administration.

Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi of Native American (Choctaw and Black American heritage. He enlisted in the United States Air Force immediately afterhigh school and served from 1951 to 1960. He then attended Jackson State College for two years. He then applied to the University of Mississippi, saying that he wanted to make this move in the interest of his country, race, family, and himself. Meredith stated, "Nobody handpicked me...I believed, and believe now, that I have a Divine Responsibility... I am familiar with the probable difficulties involved in such a move as I am undertaking and I am fully prepared to pursue it all the way to a degree from the University of Mississippi." However, even after all the trouble he went through he was denied twice. On May 31, 1961, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a suit in the U.S. District Court alleging that the color of his skin was the only reason for Meredith not being accepted into the university. The case went through many hearings and finally to the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled that he had the right to be admitted. Though Meredith was now allowed to register to the school, the Governor of Mississippi, Ross Barnett, attempted to block his entrance, passing a law that “prohibited any person who was convicted of a state crime from admission to a state school.” This law was directed at Meredith, who had been convicted of “false voter registration.”

A deal was finally made between the Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Governor Barnett and Meredith was allowed to attend Ole Miss. On October 1, 1962, he became the first black student at the University of Mississippi, after being barred from entering on September 20. His enrollment, firmly opposed by segregationist Governor Ross Barnett, sparked riots on the Oxford campus, and required enforcement by U.S. Marshals, and later by (federal) U.S. Army military police, Mississippi National Guard and U.S. Border Patrol. The riots led to a violent clash which left two people dead, including French journalist Paul Guihard, on assignment for the London Daily Sketch, who was found behind the Lyceum building with a gunshot wound to the back. 48 soldiers were injured and 28 U.S. Marshals were wounded by gunfire. Barnett was fined $10,000 and sentenced to jail for contempt, but the charges were later dismissed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Bob Dylan sang about the incident in his song "Oxford Town". Meredith's actions are regarded as a pivotal moment in the history of civil rights in the United States. He graduated on August 18, 1963 with a degree in political science

Many students harassed Meredith during his two semesters on campus. Though the majority of students accepted Meredith's presence, according to first person accounts chronicled in Nadine Cohodas's book The Band Played Dixie, students living in Meredith's dorm bounced basketballs on the floor just above his room through all hours of the night. When Meredith walked into the cafeteria for meals, the students eating would all turn their backs. If Meredith sat at a table with other students, all of whom were white, the students would immediately get up and go to another table.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spelman College

The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the first historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. It thus holds the distinction of being America's oldest black college for women.

The Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary was established on April 11,1881 in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, by two teachers from the Oread Institute of Worcester, Mass. Harriet Giles and Sophia Packard. Giles and Packard began the school with 11 African American women and $100given to them by a church congregation in Medford, Mass. In 1882 the two women returned to Mass. to bid for more money and were introduced to wealthy businessman John Rockefeller at a church conference in Ohio.

In April 1884, Rockefeller visited the school and decided that he liked what he saw, so he settled the debt on the property. The name of the school was changed to the Spelman Seminary in honor of Laura Spelman, an Oread student and wife of John D. Rockefeller who helped to fund the school, and her parents who were longtime activists in the anti-slavery movement. Rockefeller's gift precipitated interest from other benefactors.

Rockefeller also donated the funds for what is currently the oldest building on campus, Rockefeller Hall; in 1887 Packard Hall was also established. Packard was appointed as Spelman's first president in 1888, after the charter for the seminary was granted. The first college degrees were awarded in 1901.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Alpha Kappa Alpha

The first black sorority was formed on the campus of Howard University. The brainchild of Ethel Hedgeman, Hedgeman approached eight other women in the Liberal Arts School and soon Alpha Kappa Alpha was established as a Greek-letter organization in 1908. Founding members included Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Beulah E. & Lillie Burke, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Marjorie Hill, Lucy Diggs Slowe, Marie Woolfolk Taylor, Anna Easter Brown, and Lavinia Norman. Initially seen as a source for enhancing the social and academic life of its members, it soon expanded its horizons to include enhancing the lives of those in the community. It was the second Greek-letter group established on campus, the first being Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

In 1912, the undergraduate group embarked upon a plan to take the sorority in a different direction and decided to change the name as well as the symbols associated with it. One graduate member, Nellie Quander, opposed the change. She rallied the graduates together all of whom remained firm in their commitment to Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA). The AKA's were the first to incorporate in 1913, and since, the organization has evolved into an affiliation of college educated women committed to academic excellence, ethics, mentoring and public service. Today, the sorority has an impressive membership of more than 170,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa

Monday, February 15, 2010

First Historic Colleges

The first HBCUs were established in the North and were products of independent religious institutions or philanthropic Christian missionaries. The first two were Cheyney University (Pennsylvania), founded in 1837, and Wilberforce University (Ohio), founded in 1856. However, historically black colleges and universities cannot be examined without revisiting major legislations and court decisions that led to the birth of many and the death of a few. The First Morrill Act (also known as the National Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862) made postsecondary education accessible to a broader population of American citizens. Ten years after this act was legislated, the Freedman's Bureau was established to provide support to a small number of HBCUs. The Second Morrill Act of 1890 led to the establishment of nineteen HBCUs. Although these three legislative acts provided an atmosphere for change, it was the segregation movement in the South that provided the impetus for black higher education, particularly with the 1896 Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, which ultimately established by law the right to set up separate but equal schools for blacks. This decision led to the expansion and growth of historically black colleges and universities.

Historically black colleges and universities increased from one in 1837 to more than 100 in 1973. Most of these colleges were founded after the Plessyv. Ferguson decision. According to Jacqueline Fleming, "the majority of black public colleges, then, evolved out of state desires to avoid admitting blacks to existing white institutions" . On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas that separate education for blacks in public schools was unconstitutional because separate facilities are inherently unequal. This decision, which ended de jure racial segregation in public schools, also impacted higher education, as states were required to dismantle dual systems of higher education. This required predominantly white institutions (PWIs) to open their doors to black students, who prior to this time could not attend these institutions.

Friday, February 12, 2010

taking a break....for real this time

Believe it or not i was debating on writing this all day while i sat at my desk being bored . I originally was going to catch up on my black history posts for the rest of the week but my heart and mind just weren't in to it today i guess. I know a couple t of posts ago i said i was going to take a break from the blog world and focus on the real world but I just couldn't tear myself away from this place. But after my real world got a little bit more real this time I'm sticking to it. I need to sort somethings out in my head before i hit this world full force again. maybe once I get my mind right i'll blog about it or maybe not I vowed after my last Blog about "HIM" i was going to leave the men in my life out of my blog...but after today I don't think this person will be in my life anymore..*wipes tears*

So stay safe out there and keep blogging...Because I ain't posting don't mean I ain't reading...

I'll Holla!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Constance Motley Baker

Constance Motley baker

As a prominent civil rights attorney, Motley won 9 of 10 cases she argued before the US Supreme court including the 1962 case in which James Meredith won admission to the University of Mississippi. In 1966 she became the first black women to become a federal judge. Motley was born to West Indian immigrants. Her father was a chef at an exclusive Yale University fraternity. She was an outstanding student, but her parents could not afford to send her to college. After Graduating from High School, she took a position with the national youth
Administration. Philanthropist Clarence Blacklee, impressed by Motley's intelligences and oration, offered to fiance her education. She enrolled at Fisk University and transferred to NYU, where she earned a BA in economics in 1943. She went on to Columbia Law School, where she met Thurgood Marshall, who hired her as a law clerk at the New York branch of the NAACP Legal defense and Educational Fund. She remained with the fund after graduating in 1946. She married Joel Motley, a real estate broker, in 1949. motley wrote brief for the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954. I 1964 she was elected to the New York State Senate, the first black women to do so, and in 1965 became the first women President of a Manhattan borough. following her judicial appointment in 1966, Motley was made chief judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1982 and senior judge in 1986

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ruth Simmons

Ruth Simmons

The 18th and current President of Brown University and the first black president of an Ivy League institution. Simmons was elected Brown's first women president in November 2000. Simmons assumed office in fall of 2001 and hold appointments as a professor of Comparative Literature and African Studies. In 2002, Newsweek selected her as a Ms. Women of the year and in 2001 time named her as America's best college president.

Simmons was born in Grapeland, TX, the last of 12 children. She earned her bachelor's degree from Dillard university in 1967 and earned her master's and doctorate in Romance literature from Harvard in 1970. She served as provost at Spelman College from 1990-1992. Ruth Simmons became president of Brown in 2001. At Brown, she has completer an ambitious $1.4 billion initiative the largest in Brown history...known as Boldly Brown: The campaign for Academic Enrichment in order to enhance Brown's academic programs. In 2005 President Simmons earned enough confidence in her leadership to motivate philanthropist and Former Brown student Sidney Frank to make the largest aggregate monetary contribution to Brown in its entire history in the amount of $120 million. By 2007 Simmons earned philanthropist Warren Alpert's confidence that he made an generous contribution to the school of $100 million. Thanks to Simmons the school accomplished its $1.4 billion fundraising campaign for the support of endowment of students scholarships.

Monday, February 8, 2010

NFL's First African American player and Head coach

Fredrick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard

Pollard Along with Bobby Marshall were the first two as African American player in the NFL. Sports Writer Walter Camp ranked Pollard "as one the greatest these eyes have every seen." Pollard graduated from Lane Tech high school in Chicago where he ran track. Pollard played college football at Brown University, graduating in 1919. He played in the 1916 Rose Bowl.

He later played professional football with the Akron Pros, the team he would lead to the NFL (APFA) championship in 1920. In 1921, he became the co-head coach of the Akron Pros, while still maintaining his roster position as running back. He also played for theMilwaukee Badgers, Hammond Pros, Gilberton Cadamounts, Union Club of Phoenixville and Providence Steam Roller. Some sources indicate that Pollard also served as co-coach of the Milwaukee Badgers with Al Garrett for part of the 1922 season. He also coached the non NFL team Gilberton in 1923 and is believed to have had some coaching duties with Hammond in 1923 as well.In 2005, Fritz Pollard was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Fritz Pollard appears as a free agent in Madden NFL 09 and appears as part of the Hall of Fame feature.