2016 is just hours away and if there is no other promise we make to ourselves, we must all decide that Black Lives Matter more than in a hash tag or a status update. We have seen throughout 2015 something we didn’t want to acknowledge, the world has not changed as much as we like to tell ourselves it has. The media portrays African Americans as animals and savages while government officials beat and shoot us dead in the street. Our people are so misguided they have been wearing the clothing of designers who flat out say they wish we didn’t wear their clothes.
Our music has become a blue print of how to destroy the Black community from the inside, encouraging our young men to sling loud packs and worse, our young women to bend over and twerk something and everyone wants to be a trap star or hitter. It is a new year, a new chance for a new start, a new chance to care, to uplift , to embed in ourselves and our children what is means to be Black. What our ancestors fought for and how today’s generation is a slap in the face to those ancestors. We have a chance to put Black money into Black hands, Black businesses, Black communities.
We have seen with our own eyes that it is up to US to enact change. The proudest moment I had in 2015 as a Black woman was watching the student athletes of Mizzou stand up for their convictions. These brave young men risked all to stand up against racism in their school. Their dedication to their cause sparked nationwide interest and similar protests around the country. Multiple people lost their jobs and the powers that be saw the power in black unity and determination. Just this month a bill was introduced to pull the scholarship of any student athlete who refuses to play for any reason other than a medical excuse in the state of Missouri. You know why? Because they understood what so many of us don’t. There is power in unity, there is power in the Black dollar. There is power in sites like this and other Black media sites.
We are not a voiceless, senseless bunch. We have just been misguided and led astray. For those of you who want to get back on track BOOKMARK THIS PAGE and check out the links you find. I have provided a comprehensive list of websites that are rife with Black history, culture, news, and business resources.
NEVER FORGET: Where there is unity there is strength, where there is strength there is power.
http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/home/ – this site is full of historical footage, photos and interviews with people in Black culture the educational information and tools on the site are so extensive it would take anyone months to digest it all. And it’s ever changing. You even have an option of signing up for a FREE account to access more footage and photos.
http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/ – will keep you up on the governments plans for Black History Month, mainly throughout the District of Columbia. Keep up with events, exhibitions and other activities. The site also has information on various topics surrounding Black history.
http://blackhistorydaily.com/on_this_day/December/ each day you can click the calendar and see something historical that has happened in Black history or culture in that month. Click around the site for Black history, quotes and links to pro black websites and resources.
http://www.blackpast.org/aah/research-guides-websites Interested in Black history? This site is full of research articles and links to all types of resources. Anything you can imagine is available at the click of a link here.
http://www.africa.upenn.edu/K-12/Today_B_History.html need an interesting topic of conversation? Why not share knowledge that will further expand the minds of our people. This website is complete with little known Black history facts for throughout the year.
https://kathmanduk2.wordpress.com – A beautiful and yet different theme. This site is dedicated to speaking the truth of Blacks womens history and achievements in America. How innovative.
http://wwwmrhall.blogspot.com/ – I was surprised and excited to stumble upon this rare jewel. This site holds a plethora of well researched Black-culture and historical information. Little known facts and things you don’t see or hear about as much in mainstream media.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/black-voices/ – The Huffington Post is one of the biggest news sources worldwide, but did you realize they had a Black Voices section? Book mark this link to keep up with issues and articles surrounding Black culture, history and news.
http://blackhistory.com – Spend some time on this site educating yourself and family on Black history, terminology, photos, news and more.
For Black Bloggers you may be interested in check out the following links
Get your news and information on Black culture from sources who actually report on more than the stereotypical Black stories.
Need MORE Black culture in your life? Below you will find a list of more great websites for African Americans.
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