These are the makings of you

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Mysteries of the African Diaspora

I love Fiji.  Some of the most warmest, most beautiful people on the entire planet.

 But Fiji isn’t part of the African Diaspora.  Fiji is made up of Indigenous Fijians, some of whom are of Melanesian descent and others are of Polynesian descent as well as Indo-Fijians, descendants of Indian indentured servants brought over by the British during the 19th century.  As far as I know, anyway.

Check out Amani Olubanjo Buntu’s “African Glory and Downfall in Asia”

“Little has been written about the African origins of the many peoples scattered on the numerous islands of the South Pacific. It is believed that they arrived by canoes from the west.

European colonialism divided the islands into three regions—Melanesia (north and east of Australia), Polynesia (central Pacific) and Micronesia (east of the Philippines). Largely ignored by Africans in other parts of the world, there seems to be a growing process of self-discovery between the islanders themselves.

Runoko Rashidi, after a visit to Fiji wrote: “The brothers and sisters in Fill, dark-skinned black people who wore big natural type hair-styles, don’t merely identify themselves as black but said that they came from Africa and say it with great pride!”

European scholars have long claimed that the island populations originally came from south Asia. This view is now increasingly being challenged. The Indian born research specialist, Rafique Ali Jairazbhoy, has studied variations in mythology, religious customs, oral history and iconography throughout the Pacific region and concluded that they can be traced an Ancient Egyptian origin. He has also proved that the Polynesians at one time operated a direct sailing route to Madagascar.

As some of the Fijans whom Rashidi met said:

“We the don’t when we came to Fiji, but we know that we came from Africa”

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The only 3 African American women to win Grand Slam singles titles and the only ones to have held the number 1 ranking.

Althea Gibson (French Open ‘56; Wimbledon ‘57 & ‘58; US Open ‘57 & ‘58)

Venus Williams (US Open ‘00 & ‘01; Wimbledon ‘00, ‘01, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08)

Serena Williams (US Open ‘99, ‘02, ‘08, ‘12; Australian Open ‘03, ‘05, ‘07, ‘09, ‘10; French Open ‘02; Wimbledon ‘02, ‘03, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12)

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"(CNN) — He used the N-word and told racist jokes. He once said African-Americans were inferior to whites. He proposed ending slavery by shipping willing slaves back to Africa. Meet Abraham Lincoln, “The Great Emancipator” who “freed” the slaves. That’s not the version of Lincoln we get from Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln.” But there’s another film that fills in the historical gaps left by Spielberg and challenges conventional wisdom about Lincoln and the Civil War. “The Abolitionists” is a PBS American Experience film premièring Tuesday that focuses on the intertwined lives of five abolitionist leaders. These men and women arguably did as much — maybe even more — than Lincoln to end slavery, yet few contemporary Americans recognize their names."

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"In 1784, five years before he became president of the United States, George Washington, 52, was nearly toothless. So he hired a dentist to transplant nine teeth into his jaw—having extracted them from the mouths of his slaves."

The sorry legacy of the founders

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they used slaves for spare body parts.

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Exploitation of Black bodies assure white people can eat.  Literally.

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In fifth grade I learned the mythology that he had wooden teeth, but had a fine porcelain set.

And now… there is this.

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“…1784, Washington paid several unnamed “Negroes,” presumably Mount Vernon slaves, 122 shillings for nine teeth, slightly less than one-third the going rate advertised in the papers, “on acct. of the French Dentis [sic} Doctr. Lemay [sic],” almost certainly Le Moyer. Over the next four years, the dentist was a frequent and apparently favorite guest on the plantation…Washington probably underwent the transplant procedure—“I confess I have been staggered in my belief in the efficacy of transplantion,” he told Richard Varick, his friend and wartime clerk, in 1784—and thus it may well be that some of the human teeth implanted to improve his appearance, or used to manufacture his dentures, came from his own slaves.

Because the “History from a Christian Perspective” textbooks I was given as a child absolutely idolized the founding fathers and told charmingly quirky stories about cherry trees and wooden teeth.

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This is haunting…

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Classy, SD. Shannon is the first woman reffing an NFL game. Only took 93 years and a labor dispute lockout, but I’ll take it. #feminismftw #fuckyeah #nflpreseason2012 (Taken with Instagram)


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J. Marion Sims is called “the Father of Gynecology” due to his experiments on enslaved women in Alabama who were often submitted as guinea pigs by their plantation owners who could not use them for sexual pleasure.

He kept seven women as subjects for four years, but left a trail of death and permanently traumatized black women.

Anarcha was one of the women Sims experimented upon. A detailed history of this monster is in Harriet Washington’s book, Medical Apartheid.

Sims believed that Africans were numb to pain and operated on the women without anesthesia or antiseptic. The procedures usually happened this way.

Black female slaves who were guinea pigs would hold one subject down as Sims performed hysterectomies, tubal ligation, and other procedures to examine various female disorders.

Sims also performed a host of operations on other slave populations. The following excerpt details his “practice” on enslaved infants.

Sims began to exercise his freedom to experiment on his captives. He took custody of slave infants and, with a shoemaker’s awl, tried to pry the bones of their skulls into proper alignment.

We can only imagine what they endured at the hands of Sims and what horror an enslaved woman must have felt at the news that she was being sent to him for treatment. Surely rumors must have run rampant among enslaved communities about what he did to women there. All over South Carolina, Sims has been honored and memorialized with statues and plaques. Buildings, hospitals, schools and streets bare his name. While it is impossible to negate the historical context of his racial, class and gender biases, shouldn’t we agree to apply some standard of humanity to those we choose to honor?

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Frances Wilson, 1961.

Frances, a 23 year old student at Tennessee State University, was expelled for her participation in the Freedom Rides along with 14 other students.  In 2008, the expelled students all received honorary doctorates from Tennessee State University.  Sadly, Frances did not live long enough to receive her degree.  

Historically Black Colleges were predominately NOT in favor of the Civil Rights activism that we all celebrate today. 

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Little-Known Black History Fact (No. 75)


May 2, 1845

Macon B. Allen, the first African American admitted to the Massachusetts bar and the first African American admitted to practice law in the United States. Allen became a justice of the peace in Massachusetts until after the Civil War. In 1873, he moved to South Carolina and was elected a judge.
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“Before Ellsbury. Before Kemp. Before Ichiro, Mo, and Thomas. Before Gwynn. Before Ozzie. Before Murray and Carew. Before Frank. Before Ernie. Before Aaron and Mays. There was Jackie.” (X)

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65 years ago today Jackie Robinson stepped onto Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, changing professional baseball forever. Breaking the color barrier, Robinson was the first African American player in Major League Baseball.

Read more about his legacy here.

Pictured: Jackie Robinson poses for LIFE’s Allan Grant during filming of The Jackie Robinson Story, 1950. (Allan Grant—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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The First Black Girl Scout Troop


This photo, taken in the late 1930s, is of the first African-American troop in the Dixie Region, which covered the Southern states. Source:

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March 10, 1972


Maya Angelou, esteemed poet and activist, premiered Georgia, Georgia on this date in 1972 and became the first Black woman to have a motion picture produced.

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Let’s get this discussion started: Who do you think was the greatest all-around baseball player? 

With all due respect to Aaron, Musial, and even Ruth, we think Willie Mays was the greatest all-around player baseball has ever seen. While you’re pondering on who you think is the greatest — look back at these stunning, unpublished photos of Willie Mays. (we may, or may not be trying to sway your decision here)

Pictured:  A Loomis Dean photo of 22-year-old Willie Mays at spring training in Arizona in 1954, the year the Giants won the World Series — the sole championship of Mays’ long career.

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As the third African-American soloist for the American Ballet Theatre and a dancer in a Prince video, Misty Copeland is my favorite ballerina in the world.

P.S. She didn’t start dancing until she was 13.

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Svante Myrick, at age 24 is the youngest mayor in history of Ithaca.

In an interview with NBC News’s Kate Snow for Rock Center, Myrick describes growing up homeless, his father a crack addict, and his mother, Leslie, worked multiple low-paying jobs to support the family. “(My mother) went above and beyond. She sacrificed everything … She saved our lives,” says Myrick.

Growing up poor helped shaped Myrick’s political beliefs — he supports local food banks and free lunch programs, stating that they were the reason his family got by.

Myrick, who is biracial, says he’s been inspired by another biracial politician: Barack Obama. “Well, if this, you know, guy with that name and those ears can do it, then a guy with this name and these ears can do it,” Myrick told Snow.


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