Month: February 2015

Black Women Just Keep Rising…

From The Mind of Truthangel

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http://hbcubuzz.com/black-women-are-ranked-the-most-educated-group-by-race-gender/

Yesterday, the sun seemed to shine a little brighter when I read an article indicating that Black women are ranked #1 in both gender and race, as being the most educated group in America.

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When I think about how many of us have to deal with not only sexism, but racism, in a country, and world, that does not often validate our worth, accomplishments, and value.

The stones they throw at us daily may slay us; we still keep rising.  Our HATERS just make us GREATER!!!

I’m already uppity, now it’s off the chain now.  I hooted, tooted, hi-fived, “liked, “shared”, “Pinned”, posted, and tweeted this news.  I just let loose.  Yes I did!

Do some of you remember that Newsweek article about 12 years ago that had Black women on the cover, acknowledging the success of the sisters in academics?  However, though we know we are some of the…

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Mary Eliza Mahoney, R.N.: America’s First Professionally Trained Black Nurse, Civil Rights Activist, and Women’s Rights Activist (May 7, 1845-January 4, 1926)

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This is Mary Eliza Mahoney. She is the first Black Woman in the United States to become a professionally trained nurse. In 1879, Mary graduated from the New England Hospital for Women and Children. Mary was born in 1845 to Charles and Mary Jane Mahoney of Roxbury, Massachusetts. She was the oldest of three children. Much is not known about Mary’s life before she enrolled into nursing school, but before becoming a student she was employed at the hospital as a maid-of-all-work.

Mary decided to pursue a career in nursing at age 18 while working at New England Hospital for Women and Children. This hospital has the reputation of having the country’s first professional nursing program.  At age 33, Mary enrolled in the New England Hospital for Women and Children on March 26, 1878. Mary worked very, very hard. She withstood the pressure of the nursing program’s very rigorous and strict standards: 12 months working within the hospital’s maternity,  surgical, and medical wards, four months of private duty, and many lectures and bedside instructions by a doctor. Out of the 42 nursing trainees accepted into the program, only Mary and three other women received their nursing degree.

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After her graduation, Mary became employed as a private-duty nurse. She was employed by the some of the elite families in Boston and was praised for her calm efficiency and charming personality. Because of her good character, Mary was called by patients from as far away as North Carolina, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., to care for them. Despite blatant racism, Mary’s professionalism and good character raised the status for ALL nurses and her hard work and perseverance paved the way for future Black nurses.

Mary also became a member of the ANA (American Nurses Association), being one of the first and few Black members. In 1908, Mary became a member of the NACGN (National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses). She supported the establishment of the NACGN because of the ANAs slow recruiting of more Black Nurses. She was happy about the establishment of the organization because she was troubled by the country’s good schools’ refusal to enroll Black Americans. Mary gave the welcome address at the NACGN’s first annual meeting.  In that speech, she called out the inequalities within nursing programs across the country and called for more admittance of African-American Women in nursing starting with her alumni. The NACGN also elected her as chaplain and gave her a lifetime membership. Mary helped recruit many new members to the new organization as a frequent attendee through 1921.

Mary also was a staunch supporter of women’s suffrage. After the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, she became one of Boston’s first Black Women to vote at 76. Mary became ill with breast cancer in 1923 and passed away in 1926 at the age of 81 at the New England Hospital for Women and Children. Mary’s final resting place in a Everett, Massachusetts cemetery is a site of national pilgrimages.

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In Mary’s honor for her hard work, achievement, and for making history as America’s first Black professionally trained nurse, the NACGN established the Mary Mahoney Award in 1936. This award is given to recipients for outstanding contributions to intergroup relations by the ANA. Mary was inducted into the ANA’s hall of fame in 1976.

Mary’s historical achievement as America’s first professionally trained Black Nurse has helped propel a rise of Black Nurses from 2,400 Black Nurses in 1910 to more than double that by 1930.

I salute this AMAZING HER-story making  sista!

Sources:

PBS: The American Experience. (2003). African-American Medical Pioneers: Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926). Retrieved from  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/partners/early/e_pioneers_mahoney.html

Empak Enterprises. (1984). A Salute to Historic Black Women. Empak Enterprises, Inc.: Chicago.

The Black Woman iz God History (Afrika)

Great post! Beautiful explanation on the Black Woman’s status on planet earth.

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the black woman is god! to merely respect the great black woman is a trivial thing; indeed she is to be worshiped as a living goddess! we are to wait on the black queen as a servant, to kiss her feet, to bow in her presence. we are to love and adore her more than life. for she is life! she is creation, and she is love, history most african cultures, including that of ancient kemet are matrilineal. this means that ones identity is through his or her mother. the mother, the black queen, is the creator, the life force, the sustainer and the producer of life and ones identity. “you know that in our country there were even matriarchal societies where women were the most important element. on the bijagos islands they had queens. they were not queens because they were the daughters of kings. they had queens succeeding…

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The Concept of The Black Woman Is God

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What does it mean when it is said that the Black Woman Is God? For the religious folks, it DOES NOT mean that the Black Woman is the creator of the heavens and the earth, so don’t get your panties or boxers in a bunch. It means that the Black Woman is the God, Creator, and Mother of ALL huemans (people of color; the word hue means to have color) and humans (people who do not have any color). Now that’s not racist so spare me with the “THAT’S RACIST!” bullshit. Now, moving on. Scientist have traced everyone’s DNA back to one African Woman, The REAL EVE, making the Black Woman a direct descendant of the Creator of the heavens and earth which is a GREAT BIG BLACK WOMAN (or some call her the GREAT BIG BLACK MAMMA). In the ancient world, the Creator was referred to “SHE” or “MOTHER GOD” and not “HE” or “FATHER GOD” as we have been taught to call the Creator in today’s time.

In The Real Eve, a 2002 documentary, scientist discusses the REAL EVE was a Black Woman that lived a couple of million years ago  who is the MOTHER OF US ALL. Her descendants  migrated out of all of Africa and across the planet.  Now, I wrote a post last month called Meet Your Mommy!: Mitochondrial Eve,  Mother of Us All! in which I discussed Mitochondrial Eve who is said to have lived between 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. Some sources say that the REAL EVE lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago whereas some sources say a couple of million years ago. Now there is another African Woman named LUCY (whose remains were found in the African country of Ethiopia) who scientist say lived about 2 to 3 and a half million years ago. So I draw upon the conclusion that scientist are saying that there were TWO AFRICAN EVES, LUCY AND MITOCHONDRIAL EVE, WITH LUCY BEING MITOCHONDRIAL EVE’S PREDECESSOR. European scientist love to say that humans come from apes or monkeys. If you Google Lucy you will see pictures of her as a cross between human and ape. I WILL NEVER BELIEVE THE RACIST NOTION THAT PEOPLE COME FROM APES. PEOPLE COME FROM PEOPLE (I will be discussing this later in a part 2 of Meet Your Mommy!), but I had to explain that so that I won’t confuse you all.

The ancient peoples recognized since women carry babies for 9 months, give birth, and nurture them during the early stages of life,  women were identical to the universe. This is why the ancients created woman deities worshiping them and holding them in high esteem. Since the Black Woman is the Original Woman ALL woman deities are in her image. Therefore, the Black Woman was worshiped throughout the ancient world. Most of us have been taught in Sunday school that the woman descended from the man (i.e., Eve descended from Adam’s rib), but many scholars and scientist such as Metaphysician and Engineer Dr. Delbert Blair say otherwise. He states:

“To start this and give it practicality, we have to go back to a basic concept that some people are still not sure about. I state that woman had to have been created before man because you cannot get a man from a man and you cannot get a woman from a man. But you can get a man from a woman and a woman from a woman. Think about that.The penis is an elongated clitoris and the males testes are the woman’s descended ovum, now in cased within the scrotum of the male penis. The female fallopian tubes are nothing more than the male vas deferens or the urethra duct, which is both of the fallopian tubes joined together. The male prostate is nothing more than an atrophied womb. Every man has a mammary gland that goes along with it. Those mammary glands can lactate if titillated. The bobo urethra glands of the male are equal to the larger vestibular glands of the woman.”

Blogger newafrikan77 shared what he/she learned from an article about this subject:

According to an article I recently read, scientific research dealing with the X and Y chromosomes led scientists to believe women existed for generations without men:

Scientists today have discovered that the Y chromosome in sperm has 2.8 percent less genetic material than the X chromosome in the same sperm specimen. Researchers were able to sift sperm to produce samples in which 85 percent of the cells had an X chromosome.

In fact, the X chromosome is five times larger than the Y chromosome, which means that females existed for generations without males. To get the Y chromosome out of an X chromosome, you lose one of your points, thus the chromosome is defected, which is why a man has the same components on his body, that the woman does. For example, the bosom and Tips, however men don’t breastfeed. Men are a genetic defect of women. A woman not only breastfeeds her children, but she nurtures the whole world with her wisdom.

The Y chromosome comes from female scientists, as Ninti, known as Mother Ninti or Nunet, who experimented with the side of an X chromosome maiming it by removing 2.8 percent of X chromosomes. This resulted in a maimed lower right stem, giving the appearance of a Y, which produces less genetic materials, resulting in a Y chromosome, called chromosomal manipulation, a well known experiment today.

There have been many reports that suggests the black woman could have possibly created human civilization without the sperm of a man. Virgin births occurred more frequently in the ancient world but still occur today.

The British Medical Journal reported that one in two hundred U.S. women reported to have given birth without ever having sexual intercourse. The findings were based on a study of 7,870 women and girls aged 15 to 28, as part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which ran from 1995 to 2009.

Dr. Edward Bichoff M.D. started a theory called epigenesis in 1854. This theory suggests that the union of sperm and egg is the way humans are formed, the first trimester after conception. Dr. Blair says this was presented first as a theory and became a fact only after males who studied under males made it a fact.

I am going to stop right here for now. There is much more research out there about the concept of the Black Woman As God and the science is deeep, brothers and sisters. I will be doing more posts as I go along. For more information visit The Black Woman Is God (Documentary) or The Black Woman is God (Parts 1 through 10).

Dr. Ida Gray Nelson-Rollins: America’s First Black Woman Dentist (1867-1953)

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This is Dr. Ida Gray Nelson-Rollins. She was the first African-American Woman to earn a DDS (Doctoral degree in Dental Surgery). Dr. Gray Nelson-Rollins was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1867 and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio  as a young girl. She attended Gaines Public High School in Cincinnati, graduating in 1887. After graduation, she enrolled in the University of Michigan Dental School. She received her DDS in 1890 and returned to Cincinnati where she opened her very successful private practice. A newspaper editor said of Dr. Gray Nelson-Rollins, “her blushing, winning ways makes you feel like finding and extra tooth anyway to allow her to pull.”

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In 1895, Dr. Gray married James S. Nelson, an accountant, lawyer, and officer in the Eighth Illinois National Guard Unit and relocated to Chicago. She joined and became active in several Women’s organizations in Chicago and became an example for Black Women achieving success in a racist and masogynoiristic society. He passed away in 1926 and married again in 1929 to William A. Rollins. Dr. Gray Nelson-Rollins passed away in 1953 and on her headstone is the epitaph: ” Dr. Ida Gray Nelson Rollins, 1st Negro Woman Dentist in America.”

I Salute this AMAZING HER-story making Sista!

Sources:

African American Registry. (2000-2013). Ida Gray Nelson-Dentistry Born. Retrieved from http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/ida-gray-nelson-dentistry-born

BlackPast.Org. (2007-2015). Rollins, Ida Gray Nelson (1867-1953). Retrieved from http://www.blackpast.org/aah/rollins-ida-gray-nelson-1867-1953

Empak Publishing Company. (1984). A Salute to Historic Black Women. Vol 1. Div. Of Empak Enterprises.

I Thought I’ll Never See The Day When…….

WHITE PEOPLE WILL BE WEARING SHIRTS AND SWEATS SAYING “I SAW GOD AND SHE’S BLACK”

ISawGodShesBlack1Dylan Chenfeld (pictured above) is a Jewish atheist who created these $30 t-shirts. He has also posted posters all over Manhattan with this phrase. From what I understand this phrase has picked up steam on social media in light of the #BlackLivesMatterMovement. Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com/…/i-met-godshesblack_n.

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For us Black Folks who are aware of our true history/herstory we know (and some whites know too) that this is true because the first Gods and Goddesses that were worshiped (and still are) on the planet in EVERY religion were Black. Take it from a comment from an aware Black person on a discussion forum on another site:

if so many of us weren’t so damn ignorant and petty we’d know that it’s actually
true, tough I see the gimmick/trend factor obviously BUT
the first gods of this planet and first gods to be worshipped were dark black women
as black women we are generally unaware of the immense power we have lost
but there’s a reason so many try so hard to keep us down……….

…time to research black goddess

Like the commenter above, I am suspicious with the sudden trend of white people wearing these shirts and sweats, although there are some Black People wearing them too. It’s not everyday (or lifetime) in which white people admit that God is Black. Lol. I think that this may be a way for Chenfeld to profit ($30 for the t-shirt) and it looks like just a trend for some people. It’s not a trend nor a profit for us aware Black folks, its TRUTH!

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BLACK GIRLS ROCK! HATERATION

In my last post, a profile on BLACKGIRLSROCK! CEO and Founder Beverly Bond, I mentioned the hateration that has been trending on social media sites towards the BLACKGIRLSROCK! movement. This is old news, but I wanted to put this out there for those who may have not heard about it. A Black Woman Blogger I follow, Ebonychic205 of Fed up Black Woman Blogspot discussed this briefly in a post from 2013 saying:

A white woman doesn’t support “White Girls Rock” in response of bitter angry white women, white men and black men

 I mentioned black men because black men participated in the “#WhiteGirlsRock trending topic in spite of #BlackGirlsRock. This is a testament sistas. No matter how many white women, white men or black men tell you that you’re not a threat remember that YOU ARE INDEED A THREAT. When a black women is confident and begins to shine on her own people are quick to try and put her back in her place.
Ebony (as I call her) also posted the article in which a White Woman posted her thoughts on the ridiculousness of #WhiteGirlsRock which was to spite #BlackGirlsRock:

Why I’m Not Here for #WhiteGirlsRock

The Black Girls Rock! Foundation was founded in 2006 as an organization dedicated to the empowerment of young women of color; a foundation committed to helping black and brown girls overcome the myriad of obstacles a misogynoiristic society places squarely in front of them. The Black Girls Rock! Awards are now featured on BET as a way of recognizing role models, encouraging teachings of self worth, and emphasizing the talents of extraordinary women of color who are otherwise unseen in American media.Let me emphasize that last part. “Women of color who are otherwise unseen in American media.” We need Black Girls Rock! because black girls and women are almost invisible in American media. Because if you were a black girl growing up in this country, watching TV and movies and reading magazines like every other kid, looking for some representation of yourself as something beautiful or heroic, you would be sorely disappointed.
    • Black Girls Rock! is necessary because when you Google “beautiful women,” this is what you see.





    • Because Pixar has never made a movie featuring a black cartoon character.


    • Because a black actress has never won a drama series Lead Actress Emmy. (Although Kerry Washington will change that, I am certain.)


    • Because in 39 years, only three black women have been part of the cast of SNL.


    • Because, until Scandal, the only real place you could find black women in leading roles on television was The Real Housewives of _______.


  • Because the “first black Disney Princess” was a frog for 95 percent of the movie.

I could go on. But I think you get the gist. What it comes down to is that black girls are missing representations of themselves in positive contexts. When they turn on the TV, they are missing. When they are looking at the cover of magazines like Vogue and Elle, they are missing. When they go to the movie theater, they are missing. For black women’s faces to appear in mainstream films, it seems they must be either wearing a maid’s apron or chains. So when Black Girls Rock! appears on the scene, ready to uplift and empower the girls who are so tragically neglected in American media, ready to showcase women of color who are smart and fun and beautiful and accomplished and positive, I am so here for it.

But let me tell you what I’m not here for.
I’m not here for #WhiteGirlsRock. The hashtag appeared on Twitter in an apparent response to Black Girls Rock! that aired on Sunday night with typical nonsense such as:**EXAMPLES IN THE LINK**
Let me tell you something, white folks. From one white person to another.
You are in everything. 99 percent of Hollywood movies feature your faces. 99 percent of magazine covers are covered in you. The Emmy Awards and Oscars are almost entirelyyou. If you Google “beautiful people” the screen is covered in white faces. Black girls (and boys) are taught from birth that there is one version of beauty, and it is you. Many black girls go their entire lives thinking they are ugly, thinking they need to be lighter, straighter, whiter in order to have value. Everything that you see every day that reaffirms your whiteness; every commercial that has a nice white lady embodying the perfect “mom;” every magazine that has blue eyes and bone-straight hair; every Hollywood blockbuster that has a leading lady with skin never darker than Halle Berry… all of these things are reinforcements of your identity that you take for granted.
You may be fat. You may have hair that curls up at the ends. You may even have acne. But your face is everywhere. Your people are everywhere. What in your heart recoils when you see Black Girls Rock? What bone in your body sees empowerment for black girls and thinks “that’s not fair”? Where is your bitterness rooted? What do you think has been taken from you when women of color are uplifted?
All of the things you take for granted are what you’re protecting when you shout down Black Girls Rock: your whiteness, the system that upholds your face as the supreme standard of beauty, your place in the center of a culture that demands people of color remain hidden in the margins, present but only barely and never overshadowing the white hero/heroine. Your discomfort with black girls who rock tells me that you prefer the status quo: you prefer for black faces to remain hidden, you prefer for America’s heroes to have white faces, you prefer for black actresses to wear aprons and chains.
This is not to say that white girls don’t rock. I’m white. I kind of rock. But this conversation isn’t about you, it isn’t about us. Why must everything always be about us? It doesn’t have to be. And it shouldn’t be. From one white person to another… please sit down. Queen Latifah is on and you’re blocking the screen. To read more details follow the link to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/olivia-cole/why-im-not-here-for-white_b_4214132.html
Beverly Bond found herself having to defend BLACKGIRLSROCK! against white women, self-hating Negro men, and white men. Read at http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/12/09/black-girl-rocks-beverly-bonds-responds-whitegirlrocks/ and at  http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/12/_whitegirlsrock_called_out_by_black_girls_rock_founder.html