Viola Davis Makes Black History At The 2015 Emmys – Watch Her Acceptance Speech Here!

“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”

There’s absolutely no stopping this smoking train, Viola Davis has had one incredible year. History was made at Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, as Davis became the first Black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. An emotional, overwhelmed, and honored Davis delivered a riveting speech in acceptance of the award.

“In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how,”

Viola quoted Harriet Tubman.

The struggle for Black woman in television has been a topic of discussion for decades. Viola addresses her difficulty as an actress of color in her acceptance speech.

“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,”

Viola expressed.

At this year’s Emmys, there were also wins by Orange Is The New Black‘s Uzo Aduba in the Supporting Actress Drama category and American Crime‘s Regina King as Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie — a record for diversity in the top categories.

These woman have changed the conversation and are finally being recognized for their undeniable talents, despite the color of their skin. This moment is a step in a revolutionary direction for sure.

Congratulations to Viola Davis, she’s truly deserving of the honor!

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

Black August: The Assassination Of George Jackson

Today in history, George Jackson was murdered by prison guards during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin in 1971

Black August originated in California in honor of Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden; known as the San Quentin Six.

Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to free McClain, Christmas and Magee which is the only survivor and the former co-defendant of Angela Davis.

George Jackson was killed by prison guards during a Black prison rebellion at San Quentin on August 21, 1971, along with three prison guards. Officials charged six Black and Latino prisoners with the death of those guards.

Black August although it is a time to reflect on the Black struggle, celebrating as leaders such as Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Pan-Africanist Leader Marcus Garvey, Maroon Russell Shoatz and Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton were all born in August. Let us not forget the freedom fighters of this time who gave their lives in hopes of better ones for us.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Misty Copeland Named The First Black Women To Be Named Principal Of American Ballet Theater

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This ballerina is easily making history – making the cover of Time magazine, being recognized in 60 minutes, and starring in ballet’s biggest roles across the nation. Misty Copeland, 32, has been a soloist with the American Ballet Theater since 2007, and she now makes the first African-American principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland is idolized by millions of girls and has become a social media sensation, as fans rave about her recent promotion and success.

“I had moments of doubting myself, and wanting to quit, because I didn’t know that there would be a future for an African-American woman to make it to this level,”

Ms. Copeland said at a news conference at the Metropolitan Opera House on Tuesday afternoon.

“At the same time, it made me so hungry to push through, to carry the next generation. So it’s not me up here — and I’m constantly saying that — it’s everyone that came before me that got me to this position.”

Copeland’s athleticism and urning for success helped her rise to the high ranking achievement and she accepts the title as principal dancer with grace.

Watch Misty Copeland’s Under Armor commercial that gained over 8 million views above.

Watch White Parents Demand Apology From School For ‘Black Lives Matter’ Event

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCNc0aUKlNY

Virginia family tells “Fox & Friends” how they pulled their daughter from school after ‘Black Lives Matter’ event

Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” interviewed two White Virginia parents, Rebecca and Charles, who were outraged because their 8-year-old daughter’s school district held a Black History Month ‘Black Lives Matter’ event. The parents complain that the gathering seemed to show support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and other protests aimed at police brutality that have been making headlines over the past several months.

Everywhere that we looked were students, high school students, wearing shirts that said ‘Black Lives Matter’, ‘I Can’t Breathe’; as I was flipping through my program it had ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’.”
-Rebecca (Mother)

Charles wanted to yank his daughter from the auditorium immediately, but his wife thought it was best to at least let her stay long enough to sing with her school’s choir.

Students started coming out on stage saying things like, ‘I’m from Ferguson, Missouri. I was told to put my hands up. I did and I was shot seven times. My name is Michael Brown’. I immediately realized that this was not something that was a good idea for my daughter to be seeing.”

After the event, Rebecca and Charles’ daughter asked why cops shoot “good people”. Charles is a police detective, and felt extremely uneasy about having to explain his position to his daughter. Both parents are outraged that they were put into the position to speak to their child about racism and are now seeking an apology from the school district.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Her Source | Seven Influential Black Women That We Should All Know

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Today marks the beginning of Black history month and it’s only fitting to pay homage to 7 very influential women that we should all know, from Harriet Tubman to Oprah.

There are so many original women who have reshaped the course of history, and taking a moment to acknowledge them is a matter of respect and honor. In truth, we all understand that there are more than seven beautiful black sisters who have contributed greatly to our rich culture. So, as we delve in these seven women, take the time later to look into more Black women who helped enrich our culture.

Howard University Middle School Principal Suspected Of Firing Teachers For Teaching Black History

D.C. Principal allegedly fires three social studies teachers for teaching Black History

Three social studies teachers at a D.C. public charter school, Howard Middle School of Mathematics and Science, located on the campus of Howard University, were fired for teaching black history lessons beyond what is in the normal curriculum. The teachers were fired and escorted out of the building by police in front of their students, even after all three of the teachers gave their two weeks notice the week prior.

Principal Angelicque Blackmon confronted all three with pink slips and made a spectacle of the teachers for supposedly teaching too much Black History. According to the parents, the children were left crying and confused, upset that they couldn’t even say goodbye to their teachers.

The school administration does not want the social studies teachers to teach African-American history. We are on the campus of an HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities]. We need to know our culture; the school is 90-percent African American.
-Shannon Settle (Parent)

“Parents are outraged and say it is unacceptable for a school located on the campus of a historically black university to not encourage African-American history lessons in classrooms,” says Lateefah Bilal, a grandmother who heads Parents in Action, a Howard Middle School’s parent group.

If you know your culture, if you know from whence you came, it tends to build your self-esteem.

D.C. Council Education Committee member Anita Bonds and Council member Brianne Nadeau are thoroughly looking into the claims. Parents and the press have questioned the D.C. Public Charter School Board all this week and although they promised to release a statement, they have yet to release one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZszE6ffA7uA

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Harriet Tubman Escapes From Slavery On This Date In 1849

Today in history: December 6, 1849 one of the most renowned African American slaves, Harriet Tubman, escaped and headed north

Born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, she endured the harsh existence of a field hand, including brutal beatings. In 1849 she fled slavery, leaving her husband and family behind.

Tubman using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses, known as the Underground Railroad, returned to the South at least 19 times to lead her family and hundreds of other slaves to freedom. Later she helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women’s suffrage.

Harriet Tubman changed American history as a pioneer activist. In Sarah Hopkins Bradford’s book Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People , originally published in 1869, Tubman’s famous quote states:

There was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.

-Infinite Wiz (@infinitewiz)

Today In Hip Hop History: The Historic Million Man March In DC 19 Years Later

Inspired and led by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, more than a million Black men gathered in Washington, D.C. to declare their right to justice to atone for their failure as men and to accept responsibility as the family head

The day produced a spirit of brotherhood, love, and unity like never before experienced among Black men in America.

On October 16, 1995, an estimated 850,000 African American men from across the United States gathered together at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to rally in one of largest demonstrations in Washington history.

This march surpassed the 250,000 who gathered in 1963 for the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

This assembly of black men was organized and hosted by the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan who called for all able-bodied African American men to come to the nation’s capital to address the ills of black communities and call for unity and revitalization of African American communities.

Although the Million Man March was proposed and organized primarily by the leader of Islam, many religions, institutions, and community organizations across the spectrum of African America joined together not only for a rally of black men but also to build what many saw as a movement directed toward a future renaissance of the black race.

Those unable to attend the march in Washington were asked by Louis Farrakhan to stay home from work and keep their children at home from school in a show of solidarity and support for the objectives of the march.

March participants took a public pledge to support their families, refrain from violence and physical or verbal abuse toward women and children, and renounce violence against other men “except in self-defense.” They also pledged abstinence from drugs or alcohol and to concentrate their efforts on building black businesses and social and cultural institutions in the communities where they lived.

Farrakhan also called on march participants and supporters to refrain from spending money on October 16 to illustrate to the United States the importance of African American dollars to the national economy.

The march participants were then asked to “go back home” to implement the changes they had pledged.

Although many of the changes pledged in Washington on October 16 to revitalize African American communities were not prominently in evidence in the years that followed the march, however, organizers claimed two notable successes.

In the year after October 16, over 1.5 million black men registered to vote for the first time. There was also an upsurge in the number of black children adopted by African American families.

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Million Man March Movement which is slated to take place in Jamaica. Muhammad said Jamaica was chosen because of its importance to the Nation of Islam.

“The Caribbean region is recognized by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as being a beacon of consciousness for the global black liberation struggle, and most of the literature, for example, that has offered guidance to black America has come from the Caribbean,” he said.

“Minister Farrakhan’s father is from Jamaica and his mother is from St. Kitts, and you even have great scholars like J.A. Rogers, who was born in Jamaica, and Walter Rodney, who was from Guyana. All of these came through the Caribbean region and spread through black America,” he added.

The major themes of the anniversary will center around atonement, reconciliation, and responsibility.

-Tamara El(@_SheWise_)

5 Albums That Should Be Taught In African American History Classes

Black-history-pic1Educator and son of former slaves, Dr. Carter G. Woodson created Black History Week (Now Black History Month) in 1926 to preserve the history of African Americans.

Hip-hop is one of the ways that our history has been preserved. Artist likes Nas, Public Enemy and Lupe Fiasco, to name a few, have schooled fans by tackling issues like racism, gender inequality and disenfranchisement, among other important topics.

To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve complied a list of albums that can be taught in an African American History class.

Tariq Nasheed Reveals Our Hidden Colors

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This week, I got the opportunity to see the second installment of the Hidden Colors documentary. I thought that the first one couldn’t be top, but I was definitely proven wrong. I have to commend Tariq Nasheed on delivering such an enlightening product to our people. This documentary TRULY opened my eyes to the power of our race. We, as a people, spend so much time focusing on the negatives that are present in our community that we never appreciate all the positives that we’ve contributed to society. We are a powerful, envied, and mysterious race and I love it. I digress. The documentary discusses the untold story of Black history and how most of OUR history has been whitewashed and erased.

The documentary is broken up into different chapters that delve into problems that our people face such as prison industry warfare, economic warfare, medical warfare, and broader topics such as what parts of our history have been replaced with white people or images. It’s a pretty amazing and revealing documentary. I wish that it could be shown in schools so that young kids growing up knew our history and ancestry. Do your research, folks! Whether you realize it or not, we built this country and were the first inhabitants of this land. That says a lot. EVERYBODY: DO YOUR BEST TO FIND, BUY, AND WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY! Support your own. I will say that the documentary IS lengthy, but it’s WELL worth the watch! Stay tuned for the Hidden Colors 3 installment that’s Hidden Colors 3 Teaser coming soon!

– Amarii (@AmariiDavu)