I’d first like to give you all an update. I am the WORST for my lack of blogging lately. I’ve been sulking in my last bits of summer and I’ve let posting slip under the rug. So let me say, I AM SORRY! I’ll have some juicy posts for you soon 🙂
Learning that my ancestors were slaves was a lot to grasp as a first grader. My classroom became silent as my black classmates and I daunted what new information our teacher would tell us about the capturing, beating, and force that black people experienced to make them abide by the rules of their white abductors . But to my happy surprise, we were taught that slavery was abolished and now everyone, no matter their race, were equal.
Too bad that was, and is still, a lie.
I started listening to Kehlani’s music in January after one of my favorite writers, Alexandra Elle, liked Kehlani’s mixtape cover on Instagram. I listened to her mixtape Cloud 19 and was taken away. Female R&B singers are at a surprising low right now. Yes there’s Jhene Aiko, Justine Skye, and Ariana Grande but a few years ago there were girl groups and solo singers galore. Now it seems like we’re stuck with Chris Brown confusing rhythm and blues with rap music as he cries over the women he treated wrong while calling them btches on every verse… But anyway, Kehlani’s music felt relatable, honest, and graceful. She’s candid with her experiences in every way and I love it I love it I love it.
Today the inaugural Teens in the Park festival, hosted by the Chicago Park District, took place at Northerly Island. Chance the Rapper curated the festival with music, break dancing, food, etc. Though the graffiti art, jewelry making, and fashion design workshops that were listed as a part of the festival didn’t live up to the hype, Chance had a bigger surprise in store for the young audience.
Though the snow remains in full effect, it’s a new time of year… Black History Month!
This month, I will be featuring weekly posts about memorable events/ facts in Black History, Blast From the Past music posts, along with some of my FAVORITE YouTube series created and produced by BLACK creators. I’m a firm believer in supporting black businesses & organizations. This includes some online series that give Black people diverse and more proper representation. Stay tuned!
June 30, 1974:
Alberta Williams King (Dr. Martin Luther King’s Mother) was assassinated in Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1974, six years after her son was killed. King was an active civil rights activist in Atlanta, Georgia. She was shot and killed by a man named Marcus Wayne Chenault (from Dayton, Ohio), who believed all ministers were evil. He planned to kill Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., but decided to murder Alberta King because of her close relation to him. I am thankful for your strength and hard work to create a more civil and equal society.
February 26, 2012:
Trayvon Martin was 17 years old when George Zimmerman shot and killed him, claiming that he appeared suspicious, as if to harm Zimmerman’s home. George Zimmerman was ruled “Not guilty” for killing a boy whose “crime” was walking and Black. On February 5 of 2015, Trayvon Martin would have been 20 years old. He will never be forgotten. His fight is not at rest.
“Black & Sexy Baby!”
Black & Sexy TV is by far my best YouTube discovery! Watch the first episode of my favorite series from the lot, Hello Cupid. To watch the full series, click here.
Blast From the Past
Fun Fact: Today (February 6) is Bob Marley’s Birthday! This reggae music legend would be 70 years old. Bob Marley’s songs of love, strength, peace, and triumph still sing in our hearts and remain relevant today.