Please visit the Black Money Matters Project to get information on this movement.
Imagine we're at a dinner table having a conversation about Hip Hop. Someone brings up N.W.A. as being pioneers in music.
They go on about how their music was groundbreaking and how it brought attention to the West Coast and opened up a whole
different world of the genre. Imagine me mentioning how the music was mysogynistic and helped usher in the era of men and
women referring cavalierly to black women as bitches and hoes. What kind of looks do you think I would get? What kind of
responses do you think would ensue. Would someone say something about women acting like bitches and hoes and therefore creating
the whole situation...or at least adding to it in some part? We create the conditions of our circumstances. Men are just
following suit to the situations we create? But a woman can't be a hoe without men to sleep with right? Men chase women and hunt
them down to have sex with them and then talk shit about them for giving in to the hunt. It's a woman's job to earn respect.
It's a woman's job to maintain her virtue. Nevermind the men who are out here lying, scheming, and wooing women to bed. It's
a woman's fault for falling for it. UHMKAY.
Imagine we're at a dinner table having a conversation about the black family. Someone brings up single motherhood. They go on
and on about how black women are raising children on their own. Someone comments that black women are to blame for most of
the problems in the black community. We aren't raising our sons right. We aren't raising our daughters right. We work too much.
We don't work enough. We're too busy looking for a man. We're too busy hating them. We don't cook, clean, or do much of anything
else to keep a man. We're too aggressive. We're too angry. We're too passive. We don't make men work hard. Our standards are too
low. Our standards are too high. We want too much. We're too money-hungry. We only care about looking good. Our kids can't read.
Meanwhile, no one examines the dynamic of why families fall apart. No one examines why families aren't coming together in
the first place. We acknowledge that black men are absent but aren't really holding them accountable. We just take them to child
support and let the system handle the rest. Or we don't. Either way, the situation and circumstances regarding the black
family are the mothers' issues to deal with AND fix. After all, we, in all our sourness and callousness, are the reason black
men don't want us anyway. Right? UHMKAY
Now imagine having these same conversations but being unable to load the blame onto just the black woman. Imagine having to
sift through the issues to find out where the roots actually grounded themselves. Imagine having to actually examine how
we collectively have made the black woman the reason we have so many problems. Imagine having to hold everyone accountable.
Imagine having to defend both men AND women. Imagine having to relinquish the notion that she is the problem and the resolution.
Imagine having to do all of this and have solution oriented conversations about how we can both come together AND make
our lives better as a people. Now welcome yourself back to the table. I'm interested in hearing your perspective.
It's hunting season, so...
Police hunt & kill us
We hunt & kill each other
America trains us to hunt & kill in other nations
Females go missing into the sex trade industry
You are posting some negative shit about somebody, right now
Police cover their asses when they kill your child
Neighbors won't tell the police which of your other neighbors killed your child
You think your movement is more relevant than mine
It's the woman's fault if she got raped
Offenders are hunting new victims
It's hard to find an offender who wasn't first a victim
Jails are being built, right now, to house our unhealed victimhood
Some kid is getting the shit beat out of them
There is poison in our food
Our entertainment industry glorifies the hunt & the kill
Laws are being made that rob you
You don't care who your lawmakers are
You think I'm rambling
Nothing only impacts itself
You had to read that last line again
It's hunting season
It ain't either white supremacy needs to be addressed, or black people need to take care of themselves
It ain't either racism is real, or people of color need to stop participating in their own oppression
It ain't either the police need to stop killing us, or we need to stop killing each other
It ain't either your cause needs to be funded, or mine deserves the dough
This is not an either/or problem
This is an "AND" situation.
"Either/Or" is a clever distraction
"And" is the key to designing & implementimg effective strategies
Everything is happening
Everything impacts everything else
So yup, you are right about what's wrong with the world AND so is the guy you're debating. Now that we've gotten that settled...
Just pick something. Pick anything.
Change something. Change anything.
Heal something. Heal anything.
No disrespect, & I mean this with love...Shut the fuck up complaining about something. Do anything. Or keep still until you know what to do.
Have an uprising in your mind, & address the pain in your own heart, or you will not be very effective in the revolution.
It's hunting season
Hunt my opinions
Plot on my movements
Just know I'm not engaging you
I'm busy disarming the guys behind you... the ones hunting you.
The Women’s Challenge Presents the Home is Where the Heart is: Obtain,
Sustain & Reclaim, concert fundraiser featuring singer songwriter Avery*Sunshine. Avery Sunshine is known for her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content. She emerged onto the scene with her 2010 self-titled debut album. Fluent in many languages from soul and house to classical and hip hop, AVERY Sunshine expresses with a voice that speaks boldly and tells a uniquely familiar story. Her music tells a story about love, loss, healing and finding the newness of oneself in the midst of it all making her a natural fit for the Home is Where the Heart is concert fundraiser.
LeFemme Totale, an ALL Girl Band, will also perform debuting “The GREEK Explosion.” With a unique blend of sounds from strings, drums, bells, chimes and voices these women will leave you standing in awe. LeFemme Totale “The GREEK Explosion” features JPope Percussionist, Vocalist, Emcee & Spoken Word Artist, Kendall Isadore Violinist, Vocalist & Pianist, and Drummer Shannon Browne, all members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Vocalist & Actress Kadejah Oni is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Home is Where the Heart is: Obtain, Sustain & Reclaim, concert fundraiser is taking place Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:45PM at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117.
This concert fundraiser is geared to raise funds to support the workshops and funds that are necessary to educate potential homeowners and financially support the grants to be given to residents of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County.
Myleik Teele is the CEO of CurlBox, Inc. Today, I honor her because I respect and appreciate her business savvy, insight, and perspective. When I need to get inspired to be more excellent, I listen to her podcasts. I tell all my sisterfriends about it also.
It's challenging for me to find women to look up to. It's not because there aren't enough role models. It's because it's difficult for me to feel "connected" to them in a way that makes me look for them when I need to be inspired. Myleik Teele inspires me. She teaches and reaches back to help others to learn.
She's funny. She's smart. She's talented. She's positive. She's beautiful. She's bold. She's fearless. She's SHAMELESS.
Her name is Maya Washington and she goes by Shameless Maya. I stumbled across her YOUTUBE page and was intrigued by her for so many reasons. She inspires me every single time I listen to her. I think she's amazing.
I spend a good amount of time on her YouTube channel, but here's the link to her website.
Today, I honor her for Women's History Month.
Fe del Mundo, Harvard Medical School’s first female student, was admitted because she was brilliant…and because they didn’t realize she was a woman. Del Mundo founded the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. She attended nine years before enrollment was opened to women. A whoops for Harvard was a win for humanity.
I'm Ellen Gee. When I'm honest, we learn things. When I'm not, we learn things too.
Capturing the Past