Saturday, February 26, 2011

Soulful Saturday- Chrisette Michele

Contrary to popular belief, I don't just like music from the 90s... all the time. There are a couple contemporary artists that I listen to on a regular basis, and Chrisette Michele is one of them. I actually saw a concert that she put on in Washington DC in 2008 when I was there for a conference. Amazing. Seriously, her voice is an instrument that everyone should become used to hearing (and loving). She is a very talented young lady. Her fusion of jazz and R&B is nothing short of amazing, and she makes me believe that there are still "artists" out there, not just pop stars. Check out a few selections below.

If I had my way

*You're who I desire, you light my fire.
*One day we'll make love; passion unheard of. I'll be your woman, if I had my way.

**I like to call this song: One day you're sorry ass will realize... but that might be a little too bitter for some folks! :)**
*So I think I'm just about over being your girlfriend. I'm leaving.
*No more wondering what you been doing; where you been sleeping. It's over.

Best Of Me
*Loved you, lost you; thought I'd give you all the best of me. We departed, brokenhearted. I need to be free.
*My momma made me much wiser- what's mine will be just for me.
*Promise I'm glad you're happy. When it's my time, it will be! Look I'm moving on.

Don't Speak
**Remake of a great No Doubt song

Love Is You
**It is fair to say that one of the reasons I love this video is because it features an interracial couple... whatever- I'm allowed! :)**
*Freedom to breathe, oh baby, love is you.
*When the chips are down, love will stick around.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mary Mitchell and the Death of Black Politics in Chicago

Hopefully we all know that Rahm Emanuel is the new Mayor of Chicago. In total bad ass fashion Rahm (don't you love how I act like I know everyone personally, so I call them by their first names?) was victorious in 40 of Chicago's 50 wards. His huge win was all over the papers today, and everyone, including Mary Mitchell wrote about what his victory means. According to Mary, Rahm's very decisive win over Carol Moseley Braun (CMB) "signals the end of the black political empowerment movement in Chicago."
As with most of her articles- I have an issue with this. She says that CMB was the 'consensus candidate' a title that was given to her by "a coalition of black business and civil leaders, clergy and activists." Um, first of all- who gave this 'coalition' any power over MY vote? I don't even like or respect half of the so called civil leaders, clergy and activists in the coalition. If I don't like them, why would I vote for the person that is going to cater to their needs? According to Mary, I should have voted for CMB because, like Harold Washington, she was picked because she had the best chance of winning City Hall. Apparently not. CMB is no Harold Washington, let's just go ahead and put that out there- she never WILL be on Harold's level, and truthfully, there was not a standout Black candidate in this race that I would liken to Harold, ever.
Mary then goes on to say that when only "40 percent of registered voters turn out to vote in an election...the failure is not just the candidate." Again, I disagree. Mary always seems to gloss over the most rational reason in order to play her race card, and I have to say- that shit is infuriating. Not everything is because Rahm is a successful White man. Not every downfall is because CMB is some lowly Black woman, either. In order to illustrate my point, I have a few take aways for Mary Mitchell and those in her school of thought. Ready?
            *I'm Black and did not even consider voting for CMB, or anyone involved with this "coalition" ridiculousness. CMB did (does) not represent my interests and I have no reason to vote for her. I don't like her personailty and I don't like her as a politician.
            *If Rahm wasn't in this election, I STILL would not have voted for CMB, James Meeks OR Danny Davis. I might have voted for Patricia VanPelt Watkins.
            *CMB showed exactly how outmatched she was when she started (and continued) to belittle her opponents, which was so unnecessary and not classy.
            *If CMB is the best that we have for Black politicians in Chicago, then 1. we should be ashamed of ourselves and 2. until we can get it together, I don't think another Black politician should be elected. Honestly, if I had the choice of CMB and Tony Peraica... I might just abstain from voting.
See, I don't prescribe to voting for someone simply because they look like me. There are tons of Black people in America right now who are pissed at Barack because they did just that and now they think that he is an awful President because he has not solved all the ills of the Black community. That is not his jobs and those who are upset should not have voted for him simply because he was the Black candidate. Shame on them. For that same reason, I refuse to vote for every Democrat, simply because that is the party I usually align with. Dude, if you are a moron, I don't care what party you are with-- I am NOT going to vote for you.
CMB did not get elected because she can't play the game of politics. She was a subpar Senator, and has done nothing with her political life since she lost re-election. She embarrassed herself on several occasions during this campaign and she lost. She lost because she was not the best candidate, not because she is Black. Not because the Black political empowerment movement in Chicago is dead, but because the "coalition" is made up of people who are no longer liked or relevant. If the "coalition" continues to back bad candidates, they will continue to lose-- and I will continue to be happy about it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - From Colored to a Colorless World

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Choir Boys 1941

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Panic!!

So, the day is upon us. The day that single and involved people can do without equally. The singles- me included- can't go anywhere by ourselves without being stared at by googly eyed couples. They unknowingly (sometimes) give us a pity look and whisper to their significant other "Oh, look honey, s/he is alone." We get to watch you make out and hold hands, all sorts of lovely PDA for 24 hours (puke)... I mean, how exciting for you! :) The couples are always trying to do enough to make the partner happy, but not as much as Christmas or birthday. I mean, it is relatively early in the year... you can't front load the romantic holidays and come with all the bells and whistles in February, right?
I received an email asking what I suggest for a Valentine's Day present. I am not sure why this person asked ME, since I am single, but I will tell you what I would personally do. I have written about this before, the most intimate thing that I give my friends, family, whomever is music. I'm telling you, even if it sounds corny, music moves my soul. I generally tell people how I feel through some nice musically selections. Happy, sad, pissed off, whatever-- if you are in my life, I have a playlist for you! Please know that! The guy that this post is about, has a personal playlist on my YouTube channel and I have to say, it is not flattering! Whatever, music is my coping mechanism. So, it seems simple to me that on top of whatever I had planned for Valentine's Day (dinner, outing, flowers, etc) music would be involved somehow.
In this email, the writer did not tell me what kind of Valentine's Day celebration he is planning, but he did say that he likes Soulful Saturdays, so I will try to keep the music relatively current and try to cover all the basis with enough songs to fill up a couple CDs-- just in case you need to be hands free on the music front... :) Clearly, this list is in NO way exhaustive... My all time top 5 romantic songs are listed at the very bottom, and some songs that should be included are:
**So you should check out ALL of the Soulful Saturdays... all of those artists are a great place to start- so I will not mention them in the post.
**No mix CD is complete without Prince. Seriously, don't even try it. Despite popular opinion, not all of his songs are about sex. He is wonderful with love songs. The man is a musical genius, not to be surpassed-- and the sexiest 52 year old around! Check out: Call My Name, Morning Papers, Do Me, Baby (ok that is about sex), Insatiable, Damn U, I hate U, The Most Beautiful Girl In the World, Nothing Compares 2 U... the list goes on.

**Proposing? Try these songs out:
Amazed- Lonestar; I turn to You- Christina Aguliera; You Were Meant For Me- Jewel; I'll Be- Edwin McCain; Everything I Do- Bryan Adams; Always and Forever- Heatwave; I can love you Like that- All 4 One; Tonight I Celebrate My Love- Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson

Need to apologize? Try: Nobody Knows- Tony Rich Project; If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time- RKelly; When Can I See You Again?- Babyface (ok- truly anything by Babyface- he is amazing); More Than Words- Extreme; Anytime- Brian McKnight; How Do I Live- Trisha Yearwood Version; A House is Not A Home (Luther-- he is so bad I don't even need to put his last name!)

Need some grown up time? My One and Only Love- John Coltrane; Moments In Love- The Art of Noise; Come Inside- Intro; Two Occasions- The Deele; Intimate- Coming Of Age; Between The Sheets- The Isley Brothers; The Closer I get To You- Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway; Sexual Healing (Of Course)- Marvin Gaye

Romance: Somebody Loves You Babe- Patti LaBelle; Open Arms- Mariah Carey; Sweet Thing- Kwame; I Need Love- LL Cool J; Thank You For Loving Me- Bon Jovi; November Rain- Guns n Roses; Wicked Game- Chris Issac; True Colors- Cyndi Lauper; Your Song- Elton John; You're Still The One- Shania Twain; She's Like the Wind- Patrick Swayze (RIP); Kiss From A Rose- Seal; Bring It Home to Me- Sam Cooke (and Marc Broussard has a great remake) and finally-- almost any version of MY FUNNY VALENTINE

My Top 5 Songs... In No Particular Order
- Unchained Melody- Righteous Brothers
- When A Man Loves A Woman- Percy Sledge
- Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
- Just Breathe- Pearl Jam
- Adore- Prince (seriously- listen to those lyrics... "If God one day struck me blind, your beauty I'd still see... Love is too weak to define, just what you mean to me"-- That is some GREAT stuff right there.)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Soulful Saturday- Shai

These four young men from Howard University burst on the music scene my freshman year of high school and made me anxious to get to a college campus ASAP!! Seriously, musically talented guys on a college campus-- love it! I immediately fell for the tallest guy in the group (until I found his name was Garfield-- whatever, I was 14, and truthfully Garfield is NOT a flattering name). There seemed to be a working formula in the early 90s- guy groups, four members, harmonies, and slow love songs. Yep, I loved it! Remember Soul For Real, The Boys, Mint Condition and half of the groups on Soulful Saturday. Whatever that formula was exactly, I wish they would revive it... there is only so much nonsense I can listen to on the radio!! Below is one of the early 90s boy bands at their best!

If I Ever Fall In Love (Acapella)

Baby, I'm Yours
*Realize girl, that my faith is kinda torn.
*Watch your step- cuz my heart is weak and worn.
*Baby, I'm Yours

Comforter (My Favorite Shai Song)
**This song should remind everyone that when you take your loved one for granted, there is always someone willing to comfort them... permanently. Stay on your "A" game.**

*Lay down and tell me what's on your mind- what exactly did he do to make you cry this time?
*When you're in pain, I'm in pain- that's part of being a friend
*I don't mean to disregard your feelings, but I think that he's a fool-- he don't know how sensitive you are, and baby that just ain't cool.

Come With Me
*I'm turning to you, because you always seem to know what to do...
*I call on my only true friend in the world, my girl.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fed Up Friday- Chicago

There have been several things on my mind about the city that I live in, that I really need to express. It is true that I choose to live in Chicago (thank you to one of my friends for reminding me, every time I say something negative about the city-- you know who you are!!). I love it here. I moved two states away from my friends and my family to make a life in Chicago and MOST days it seems totally worth it. There is always something to do; the people are welcoming without being super touchy feely (hot, black and bitter does NOT do touchy feely); the people of Chicago WORK-- hard, and party hard, which I can appreciate; and the people who make up Chicago's population are hard core. We survive Chicago winters every year, Chicago crime, and Chicago politics-- it takes a strong group of people to make it through that year after year. Trust me- I am six years in and it is hard! But with everything there is room for improvement, right? Right!

So here is part one of my Fed Up Friday- Chicago edition. I have severe issues with Cook County and taxes. Yep, I said it. Cook County has been the highest taxed county in the United States for two years (at least), yet it is all over the news that Cook County is broke. My taxes keep going up but the cops have to take furlough days? I have to go to Meijer in a neighboring state or county to really afford groceries and we can't pay police officers or city workers? There is a deficit? Um... What? I pay higher taxes than Los Angeles and New York and we are broke? Something. Does. Not. Compute.
Not only is the WHOLE county broke (and the state is financially ill too) but where I live is exceptionally bad. Damn. The south side is the step child in the city. The el doesn't come all the way down here (stops at 95th street, city limit stops at 136th street), and the services we receive are substandard. That is all kinds of messed up. I am a homeowner that pays the same percentage of taxes as some homeowners on the north side and I suffer because I live south of downtown? Huh? Let me give you an example: the closest major intersection in my neighborhood is 115th and Halsted. Halsted is a major street, and has mostly been cleared off from last weeks blizzard, but 115th (also a major street and an exit on the expressway) hasn't. In a majority of places it is down to one and a half lanes. Which doesn't sound awful, until you are stuck behind a bus. You can't go around, it sucks. Or it is Sunday and you have to wait for people to get into House of Hope's parking lot (which makes me curse at the people headed to church). And it has been a week and a half since the blizzard. What? On the north side companies are towing cars, clearing the snow and putting cars back. Um, I just more than one lane shoveled.
Where the hell are all my tax dollars going? I look around- we have a failing school system, public transportation systems that are always asking for money and raising rates, we're losing business because our businesses are getting tax breaks in other states-- which also means we are losing jobs, the south side gets ignored, we don't have enough cops, crime is skyrocketing (despite what the reports say-- it REALLY depends on where you live) and like Eddie Vedder says: "the haves be having more, yet still bored." And that is just the beginning. What the hell am I paying for? I want to see some return on my investment... there are just over 5 million people living in Cook County, paying some ridiculously high taxes and we are broke? Impossible.
So then the question remains- why do I live here? It has been asked often- especially during times of unemployment (or break ins), and honestly- it is the easiest question to answer. I live in Chicago and take all that it offers (or doesn't) because I love this city. I sincerely think that I am where I am, so I can help the people in my neighborhood. Everyone might not like my tactics-- hey, if your kid is acting like an asshole, I'm going to call him an asshole-- but it all comes from a good, less bitter place. I want to help the south side get the recognition that it deserves (we aren't all ghetto fab). I want my senior citizen neighbors to be able to feel safe in our neighborhood. I want the kids on my block to know that they can accomplish something more than knocking up some girl or standing on my corner all day. If I don't call attention to the problems and lay out a plan, how are they going to get fixed? Chicago is like a close family member-- if you live here, you can talk shit about the city (or inhabitants) because you live here and you experience this craziness. But you only get that privilege if you LIVE here. No outsiders can talk shit about your close family member or the City of Big Shoulders... When you do, you get to experience the Chicago Way... and that, my readers, has nothing to do with taxes! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Tuskegee Airmen, 1945

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Do You Know What Yesterday Was?

Yesterday was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the United States. Did you know that? Have you been tested? Do you know your status? You may be asking yourself why there is a designated day for Black HIV/AIDS Awareness. The reason is that numbers don’t lie. While African Americans make up around 14 percent of the population in the United States, they account for more than half of all new diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. Digest that for just a minute.

I think that one of the reasons why HIV/AIDS is running unchecked in the Black community is our reluctance to talk about it. All day yesterday, I waited (and waited) for one of my 900+ buddies on Twitter and 800+ buddies on Facebook to mention what day it was, how important testing is, and how to educate your children so that there can be less diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in the Black community next year. I had one very vocal buddy on Twitter (thank you @raelt) and 5 on Facebook. You read that right—6 people. That is shameful. This disease is coming in and demolishing our community. Teen pregnancy may be down overall, but there are thousands upon thousands of teens who are contracting sexually transmitted diseases. We need to be teaching our community that in 2011, an unplanned pregnancy is not the worst thing you can get by having unprotected sex. We need them to understand that not all diseases can be cured. We need them to be taught that taking care of yourself is not just going to the gym… it is getting tested and convincing your partners to get tested.

The problem doesn’t just lie in the Black community. The United States as a whole is very mum on HIV/AIDS. We see the PSAs and automatically think of AIDS affecting some far off, third world country. It is not far off—it is your neighbor, a cousin, a friend… your blind date. You never know who, but the one thing you can be sure of is: it isn’t YOU. Get tested. Do it for yourself, and your partners- know your status.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Soulful Saturday- Boyz II Men

It may be a little cliche that I waited until February to post Boyz II Men for a Soulful Saturday, but hey, I *might* be a little cliche! :)
This super group made some serious (SERIOUS) baby making music in the 90s!! I remember going to Toledo with my church youth group and buying the tape at the mall, getting our chaperon to put the tape in (without looking at it) and singing along to "I'll Make Love to You" for exactly ONE minute before said chaperon realized what was going on and promptly removed the tape from the deck. That was an amazing song (plus I had a huge crush on Duane Martin, who is in the video-- those thick lips *sigh*).
Boyz II Men songs hold a special place in my heart and the hearts of most people that were coming of age in the early 90s. From Motown Philly to End of the Road, our teenage imaginations were set ablaze by the harmonies of these four guys. Talk about pouring your heart out to someone... OMG!! Still Amazing... wish they were touring, because I would certainly grab a ticket or two for a show!

**Note: I have omitted a song from this entry. "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" is one of my favorite Boyz II Men songs, however, it was played at my brother-in-law's funeral and I have yet to be able to play that song since without crying. It is a great song, so please feel free to find it online... I just can't do it yet. RIP Daryl**

I'll Make Love To You

*tonight is just your night...
*pour the wine, light the fire, girl, your wish is my command-- I submit to your demands-- I'll do anything, girl you need only ask.
*I'm just gon concentrate on you...

On Bended Knee :)

Four Seasons of Loneliness
*Life's empty without you, by my side... My heart belongs to you, no matter what I try.

End of The Road
*We belong together and you know that I'm right
*Said we'd be forever, said it'd never die
*Although we've come to the end of the road, still I can't let go
*It's so natural, You belong to me, I belong to you
** And watch out for the guy talking** :)

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Self Esteem Battle- Fed Up Friday

Chicago did, in deed, get snowed in during #snOMG 2011. During the time that twenty one inches of cold, white, fluffy stuff was blowing all over my neighborhood, I got to indulge in some internet news overload. During my review of the latest and greatest news in the entertainment world, I came across this headline: "Method Man Doesn't Like Natural Hair." Hmm, that can't be right, I thought to myself as I twisted my natural hair between my fingers. I read the article and already knew that no matter how that shit came out of his mouth, it was going to be a wrap for him in my mind-- and it is.

Essentially what he said (he has said that he was joking- and the video has been removed from YouTube) when asked if he liked natural hair was: "No. I don't like peasy afros, sorry. I don't like dreads either. I like a woman to get her hair did." This fool... SMH. Ok, just so I put it out there- I could give two shits if Method Man (aka Clifford Smith) likes MY natural hair. In fact, I could give less than two shits. Clifford is totally not relevant in my life, he pays no bills at this casa, and trust me what he dislikes, someone else LOVES and that is all that matters. Clifford is known for what? Smoking weed and acting like a dumb ass? And now I should care that for some reason my natural hair is not his thing? Yeah- he totally is not my flavor, so I am going to take Clifford's comments to mean that we are not a match made in heaven-- and trust me, I am ALL too good with that. I am disturbed by his comments (especially since he has daughters), but I am even more intellectually displaced by some of the conversations that took place after his comments became public.

If you didn't know, the natural hair community is fairly large (and ever growing). If you YouTube "Natural hair care" you will have thousands of videos detailing regimens that may be helpful on your natural hair journey. All of these women seem to be filled with self love and helpfulness. Now, however, Clifford's ridiculous comments have some in the natural hair community all in arms-- with each other. I read more than a few comments that said what I have said on several occasions: opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one; I don't like Clifford, so I don't care if he likes me, etc. But then some of these "women" lost their damn minds. I cannot tell you how many times I read: "He fine so, I still like him." Bitch, what? Ignorant statements like that make me want to go on a profanity laced tirade. Some man has CLEARLY stated that he doesn't like something that you find valuable; something that helps define you and you let that slide because... he is fine?

Grrr- first of all- Clifford is NOT fine. Let's just put that out there. Secondly- where the hell is your self love? It is 2011, and you will continue to support someone (Clifford depends on the public buying his albums and going to his movies- all of us- even the ones with 'fros and dreads) who publicly denounces something that you think is important? Wow. Let me put it to you like this: if Eddie Vedder, Prince or any of my other (numerous) musical crushes said that they wanted me to get my "hair did" I would laugh in their face, give them a few choice words and refuse to buy their music- ever. Trust me- it would be hard because I LOVE their music, but I love the person that I am more. The things that I think are valuable are with me always, they help define who I am, they make up my whole persona. And that girl isn't going to say "oh, but that man is so fine, that he can say whatever he wants, however he wants and I am just gonna take." Um, no. My money pays you and your insensitivity will be checked... HARD and IMMEDIATELY.

You don't like the way I wear my hair? Cool. I don't like the way you look? Cool. You want to put all these afro wearing ladies on blast? Fine... just don't come looking for us the next time you drop an album, Clifford. At least not me... those "ladies" who will support you because you are "fine" after you tell them that their afro is peasy (unattractive) deserve whatever other degrading words you have for them. They deserve more lyrics like "I'm not above smacking a bitch's teeth down their throats"; "these big butt bitches get they ass kicked"; "Hell yeah I gotta have them verses and them hooks, plus a little money off the books, and a playboy bunny that can cook"; "Bitch we both want some, you got titties and ass, but I got dick and some cash, you ain't talking bout shit then Imma bout to smash, bitch. On three, on me, bitch you my property." ... Fine my ass- those lyrics should make you uncomfortable. Even without his latest ignorance, those lyrics should already make you NOT support him. "Ladies" are you listening? Because he is putting it out there for you to hear in almost every song.

Ladies: Do better; demand better. What you accept is all that you will ever get.

Clifford: I hope that you get it together... Natural is beautiful. Relaxed is beautiful. Some ladies have enough self image issues without your help... Thanks.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

I am scheduling this post, so the *real* snow hasn't started yet. With this impending snow-pacolypse barreling towards Chicago, many people are asking why Chicagoans remain here, year after year; snowfall after snowfall. The answer is quite simple: We hang in because this snow makes us appreciate Springtime SO much more! :)

Be safe, bundle up!
Long live Blizzard of 2011 (if it is actually a blizzard!)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Has Black History Month Made Us Lazy?

Today is February 1st, which means it is the first day of Black History Month. People have said several things about Black History Month being the shortest month of the year, etc. In fact, one of my Twitter buddies said that his February wish was that Black History Month took place during the longest month of the year, not the shortest. I responded, of course, with "Why? We only teach about the same top five Black people." He agreed, and said that it was sad that our kids don't get to know about more people. So here is my question- has having a month where we are supposed to celebrate African American history made us lazy? Have we started to see it as a burden, and therefore started to teach the same stuff about the same people every year? Are we even using the few days we have to teach ANYONE about the dramatic effect that African Americans have had on this country? If not, who is to blame?

So, I get easily annoyed, right?! (LOL) Well, nothing really "toast my buns" as much as holier than thou people (in ANY situation- any topic). In this situation, I am thoroughly turned off by Blacker than Black people who judge me (or anyone else) because I don't want to move back to Africa and live in a village. Or because I date outside my race; or have the audacity to correct Black men, women and children if they get out of line. Man, please. Where are the Blacker than Blacks during February? Why aren't they loading up their facebook news feeds with a different Black trendsetter, every day in February? Why aren't they out in their communities making a difference? Why aren't they mentoring? Could it be because they don't know 28 Black trendsetters, innovators, scholars? Could it be they are running from their communities? Don't know how to be an effective mentor? *crickets* I know more than 28 Black innovators, but damn me for calling your ass out and bringing home white boys, right?! Sickening!!

Where would the United States be without the inventions of Black people? Have you ever thought about that? Do you teach your children about the extraordinary things that Blacks overcame- some not even 50 years ago (truthfully some feats were overcome last week, yesterday even!)- in order to make the life that they have more comfortable? When they ask you for help with a school project on African American history, do YOU do research on someone out of the "safe box" and help them find out about someone new... or do you ram MLK down their throats for another year? Don't get me wrong- MLK was fabulous. He was a voice when many didn't have one. He made a stand, and sacrificed his life for the betterment of ALL of us... but he wasn't at those rallies alone! He wasn't the only Black man thrown in jail! He wasn't the only man who lost his life during the Civil Rights Movement. Right?!

Do we deserve 28 days, if we are only using 5... OK, maybe we are using 10. WTF are you doing the other 18? Should you even be complaining if you don't fully use the month you have been given? Can you name more than 10 Black educators, innovators, politicians, etc.?? And don't come at me with Barack Obama, Cornel West, MLK, Malcolm X, Farrakhan, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, Marcus Garvey, Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Eldridge Cleaver, or anyone like that- the people that EVERY one knows about (or should). For all you lovelies in Greek organizations-- I am not talking about people that are your brothers and sisters, either-- because while those people were surely revolutionaries, our culture has had WAY more revolutionaries than that, right?

My point is this: until we are willing to fully USE all the days that are allotted to us to celebrate the culture, beauty and astounding richness of African American history in this country and beyond, we really shouldn't complain about having the shortest month of the year. Because really- without any doubt- it is OUR responsibility to make Black History Month happen, every month, every week, EVERY day. So, get on your job... do better.

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