Black History Month Series

Johnnie Lou Gaudy Carithers: My Grandmother’s Part in Black History

This last week of Black History I wanted to focus on my family, and the accomplishments of those who came before me in my direct lineage. Sometimes we fail to recognize the amazing history we have in our own family tree. While searching for the amazing achievements within Black history we become blind to the work of our own grandparents…

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Detroit’s Motown is My Family’s Black Owned Record Label

Black Ownership in Music and Entertainment Music runs through my veins, from my father’s side of the family. Every individual can do more than carry a tune, raised in the Gordy Memorial church of God and Christ, every member of the family, including my father, attended early morning church services, sang in the choir and enrolled in Sunday school. Having…

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Malcolm X Assassinated Today: The Leader They Failed to Mention in My Euro-centric Education

 My father kept this picture of Malcolm X framed on the wall, all while I was growing up I stared into his eyes on my way to the dining room. It was as if he was imparting wisdom into me everyday, “Think Amani, learn my story and know your truth.” Today is the day of Malcolm X’s assassination that occurred 52…

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Presidents Day in Black History Month: Remembering Black Presidential Candidates

Presidents’ Day is an odd holiday for me, its strange that it’s in the middle of Black History Month, when the majority of our presidents have done nothing to advance the place of Blacks in American society. However there are many, including our vice president Mike Pence, who will argue that presidents like Abraham Lincoln fought for slaves by releasing the…

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No Law Protected Our First Black Female Prosecutor: Murder Case Left Unresolved

For the past few weeks I’ve been watching How to Get Away with Murder, another one of my favorite legal dramas is Scandal, for the simple fact that I love seeing Black women in power. The fact that I studied law in college makes the plots all the more interesting, aside from the fact that in both shows the director,…

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The History of Blacks in the Circus from the Unpaid Sideshow Slave to the Ringmaster

The circus is a place where we can be amazed by the miraculous ability of the human body, dazzled by acrobatics and pushed to the edge of comfort by the threat of danger. The circus is fun because there we have a chance to come face to face with abnormalities that we don’t get to encounter during our daily lives.…

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The Assassinated & Forgotten Civil Rights Leader Who Paved the Way for MLK

There are so many influential Black characters that we are unaware of. Today while scrolling through Facebook I came across a quick informative video by Timeline News. Their videos feature Black activists whose stories are never written in the history books, they are our forgotten heroes. Overtime I come across a new name of a Black activist whose done outstanding…

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Record Setting Black Athletes during the Jim Crow Era

These past few weeks of research and writing for February’s Black History Month series has been a deeply rewarding experience as a young Black woman. I’ve learned about the names, voices, and accomplishments that have been hidden from our people for centuries. It’s incredible the depth of knowledge we have waiting for us to explore. There are hundreds of stories…

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Black History Month Series

Tell Your Valentine, “Happy Douglass Day” The Historic Holiday Among Former Slaves

This ‘holiday’ we call Valentines day, isn’t much different from those other days we celebrate in Western Culture, a corporate scheme to make some extra money. Something that we celebrate mindlessly, unaware of the meaning behind the day or it’s significance in our lives. How is St. Valentine relevant to me? He’s not, but each year I struggle to think…

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Black History Month Series

Black Enough to Die, but Not to Live: Historic Black Oppression in the Military

Being Black and maintaining professionalism in Western society has always been a sort of catch-22. It’s generally understood that as a Black person achieving a professional look is the equivalent adopting as many white looking characteristics as possible. For Black women this means sacrificing the unique beauty of our naturally kinky textured hair to straightening. Whether that be chemically processing…

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