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20 September 2016

Anticipation: The National Museum of A-A History & Culture Opening

Founding Director:  Lonnie Bunch

September 24, 2016 marks the opening of a project that has been in the works for many years: The National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The scholar featured above, Lonnie Bunch, has steadfastly worked on this project for 10 years with the assistance of many.  He has met his goal of creating a museum with the huge task of presenting the black experience in America... the good, indifferent, bad and ugly.  The task was multi-fold; educative, devastatingly truthful, entertaining as well as empowering through artifacts, exhibitions, personal mementos and documents. This herculean display of the arduous plight of a people forced into slavery and their ongoing resolve to fight for dignity and full citizenship over the centuries merits not only our engagement but global participation. He didn't soft-pedal the experiences of Africans and their descendants which may or can be offensive to some, yet, has managed to be inclusive of all Americans through the lens of black experiences in this country.

Dare I say...that this will be a dynamic museum with historic,current and future events to show and tell! 


24 August 2016


" I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith".
~Timothy 4:7 ~
February 23, 1947 – August 20, 2016
There are a number of articles written about George Curry's multi-layered and illustrious life as a crusader for many in the black community with a focus on those issues, in particular, that have had a negative impact on us.  He was an outstanding and accomplished journalist and mentor for many in the field of journalism. His intent was to always make things better. What I remember the most about this amazing gentleman was his creative endeavor from 1993 to 2000 as editor-in-chief of Emerge, the magazine. I subscribed to this magazine until it became defunct.  Mr. Curry was according to his fellow journalist, Roland Martin 'heartbroken' when it folded.  He never gave up on the mission of that endeavor and had revived and continually supported before his death, Emerge Digital.

This giant was one of a kind and his "being" will be missed by those of us who admired his journalistic talents, truth-telling and dogged integrity when addressing those pressing, disturbing and at times catastrophic issues that black folks have endured over the years from those outside and within our communities. 

There is one personal and anecdotal share on the respect and recognition this noted journalist received when invited to speak or perform leadership roles in the field. My daughter upon graduating from high school attended a program for young folks who were interested in writing/journalism.  One of the major southern newspapers were co-sponsors and he was invited to speak to their group and discuss mentorship among other issues.  She spoke of how much he was admired by the veteran writers, editors and newspaper folks.  The fuss that went into making sure "things were right and tight" before he got there left an indelible impact on her.  She was certainly impressed and is now an author and adjunct professor at Medgar Evers College and truly understands the mission he set forth in claiming and constantly improving our institutions, e.g., HBCUs and the black press. 

04 August 2016

Women of Color Trending in Fencing & Gymnastics: Olympics 2016


Ibtihaj Muhammad - Sabre Fencer
It's been a eye-opener for this senior citizen to find that there are African-American women perfecting their skills in fencing and honing their craft to the point of participating in this year's Olympics.  I have a sense of pride and curiosity as to how they were introduced to the sport and what was it about fencing that piqued their interest. Ibtihaj Muhammad is a lovely Muslim woman from New Jersey and 2007 graduate of Duke University.  From what little I've read and of course the source; it was her religious beliefs and strict dress codes that led to a sport where she would be fully covered. She's been a member of the United States Fencing Team since 2010.  Competing with her skills is the fact that she is the first woman to wear a Hijab to the Olympics.

Nzingha Prescod - Foil Fencer

Nzingha Prescod is returning to the 2016 Olympics after competing in the 2012 at age 19.  She's from Brooklyn, N.Y. and is a recent graduate of Columbia University.  The accolades and awards cited on her bio are many.  She has continued  to hone her skills during the interim and she as well as Ibtihaj will keep us spellbound  as they both compete for the gold. 

Three Gymnasts of Color Lead 2016 Team

There are many black female athletes competing at the 2016 Olympics. As the world witnesses this 'magic' in traditional and non-traditional sports; our young girls will know no limits!    

Simone Biles (bio)

Laurie Hernandez(bio) 

Gabrielle 'Gabby' Douglas(bio)


Photo Credit:  —Mike Blake / Reuters
*Gabby, Simone, Laurie, Aly & Madison

05 July 2016

Memories: Summer Sights & Music

 In the midst of all that is going wrong these days, we all have the capacity and drive to find joy and promote good times that sustain us.  This brief collage and a timeless song and video by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince captures the adage "music is what feelings sound like."  Enjoy your summer!

17 June 2016

An Anniversary of Pain & Anguish: The Charleston Nine

A Re-posting of June 17, 2015 Massacre  

Nine Souls Taken From Us 


 Ethel Lance, 70
Tywanza Sanders, 26
Cynthia Hurd, 54
DePayne Doctor,  49
State Sen./Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Susie Jackson, 87
Myra Thompson, 59
Rev. Daniel Simmons
Sharonda Singleton, 45 

07 June 2016

Muhammad Ali: January 7, 1942 ~ June 3, 2016

Leonard Pitts article on Muhammad Ali's transition with the assertion that he may have been one of the first 'truly free black men in America' was not only a honest tribute but a glorious one.