black lives matter. again.

Timeline

It goes in cycles but seems never ending. Every generation of African Americans has that moment where the anger boils over like fire because the racism and hatred just becomes unbearable. It’s got to stop but we know it’s never ending.
Watts Riots – 1965
LA Riots – 1992
Ferguson Riots – 2014
Minneapolis Riots – 2020

#poetry #instagrampoetry
#DoBetterAmerica #AmericanHistory

A Favorite Professor

I’m 47 now, but 23 years ago, 1997 to be exact, my senior year, a group of students from #KentStateUniversity , got on the bus headed to the first ever #MillionWomenMarch in Philly, PA, accompanied by Dr Adilene Barnes-Harden (pictured with us in the Kente cloth outfit, I’m next to her, holding the sign) . During my time at Kent State, I switched my major about 5 times, had some interesting experiences (we’ll just leave it at that, thankfully before the Facebook lol) , and I had some very awesome professors, especially in the Department of #PanAfricanStudies . If there was anything that was constant during my college years, in between all of the fun, it was the classes I had the privilege to take at Kent State. One of my favorite and one of the best professors EVER, was Dr. Barnes-Harden who taught The Black Woman, The Black Family, and other courses that changed my life! She was so raw and so real in the classroom and inspired us as black students on campus! She has transitioned, gone but definitely not forgotten. Ashe! RIP #KentStateForever #PAS #BlackStudies #PeaceAndLove

The Million Women March, circa 1997

Watch “Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Official Video)” on YouTube #ThrowbackThursday #OldSchool #the80s

What do you do when Wham, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, pops in your head randomly and you’re just a dancing and singing? You post it up for #ThrowbackThursday of course! Song premiered 36 years ago (yikes). This was the first time we saw George Michael with his beautiful feathered hair. Gorgeous! He was fierce! #40AndOver #the80s #the40andoverproject #theclique

Watch “Fight The Power (Full Version) – Public Enemy” on YouTube

ThrowbackThursday In July 1989, thirty-one years ago (I was a sophomore in high school), the movie Do The Right Thing hit theaters, one of the most prolific and symbolic #SpikeLee films. One of the the most powerful songs from the #soundtrack was #FightThePower by #PublicEnemy, an anthem for a generation dealing with the same issues the youth of today are dealing with (i.e., Bed-Stuy in New York and two years before #RodneyKing in LA in 1992; I entered college in 1991). So you see, history, in the black community, continues to repeat itself, and racism doesn’t end, but we still have to fight so they hear us and make change! And make sure you watch the whole video as it’s a reflection of the passing of the batton from #the60s to #the90s generation and today, we’ve passed it on to #the2000s generation to keep up the work and to raise their voices for #socialjustice #40AndOver #GenerationX #the40andoverproject #theclique #QuarantineChronicles #pandemic

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

May 13, 2020 marked the 70th Birthday of the musical icon, #StevieWonder. As a person who grew up in the 70s and 80s, his music was a part of the soundtrack of my life. Some of my favorite songs are Sir Duke, Master Blaster Jammin, Living For the City, All I Do, Ribbon In The Sky, just to name a few. What are your favorites? #HappyBirthdayStevieWonder #OldSchool #the40andoverproject #theclique

#90sFlashback. J. Crew Catalog

A piece of nostalgia, filing for bankruptcy. If you are #40AndOver and attended college in #the90s, you probably remember receiving a #JCrewCatalog in your dorm mailbox. It was probably the first catalog that catered to the college age student, so unlike the JC Penney and Sears catalogs of our parents and grandparents day. It was a hallmark of life on campus. I never ordered anything from them and I’m guessing not many of my friends did nor this current generation, because, unlike the JC Penney catalog (or Penny’s as my grandmother liked to call them), J. Crew was super expensive so really, most of us just looked at the pictures. #the40andoverproject #OldSchool #memorabilia