Roots and Culture

In the midst of greatness…she was and I was, she is and I am…

Black History Month 2012

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Sonia Sanchez

DAY 29

Born September 9th, 1934 as Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama. She became a Harlemite in 1943. In 1955 she earned her B.A. from Hunter College in Political Science. She was married to a Puerto Rican immigrant named Alberto Sanchez. They divorced but she continued to use the surname when writing.

Notable:

Lucretia Mott Award

a National Endowment for the Arts Award

Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women

She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award

“She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began teaching in 1977, and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English there until her retirement in 1999.” Glad I got to take her class before she retired…

Personal:

In a building that no longer exists (Curtis Hall), on a campus that I watched grow, evolve, demolish and rebuild, I was blessed to be in the presence of a great in history every week for an entire semester. This woman who spoke like she was always in her poetic license was by far one of the most influential people on my path at Temple University. Now, since I am natural and do hair, have done hair for quite some time and was inspired to become natural from my experiences, health and otherwise, it’s only right that let you know I love Sonia’s hair.  She is one of the naturals who inspired me to do the big chop (that story to be told sometime in the month of March)  I loved to wear my two strands just like hers and in seeing her hair every week I would often wonder what my real hair looked like. At that time, I hadn’t seen or talked to it since I was 11.

In the early 90’s it was really a big deal to be natural. To be in the presence of a natural living legend who had probably never had a relaxer (not sure about this) was  an honor.  Her twists reminded me of -dare I say it – t’keyah crystal keymáh from In Living Color –  well, I got to see them up close every week and how she spoke through them and they through her. There was power all over her – all over her head and it was like I could see  sparkles around her crown whenever she spoke or reminded me of the good job I did with a presentation (that was huge).

She wore these immaculate two strand twists that puffed out just right and she often wore an loose wrap. I loved to see her wrapped too. A different feel came from her when she was wrapped.   When she had her twists out it was like watching her on stage even when she often gave us the floor to present and sat on the sidelines. I can see her at the desk now. She was sharing and caring.  One of the highlights of the semester was when she took us to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.  Speechless.

She was down to earth and no nonsense.  I felt right at home in her class and in her presence and did not want that class to end. I received good grades but don’t think that she was easy at all. Everything in the class was a challenge. Yes, it was literature- but African American literature with a trailblazing, smooth speaking, mothering, professing  powerhouse who expected nothing less than the best. She wanted understanding, interpretation, improv, candidness, everything. I could swing that. I had to swing that. Not everyone made it through that class. You had to come correct.  She also introduced us to Charles Chesnutt and some other quite difficult reads that opened me up to a new old world. That semester I must have written the most poems ever in my life. Because of her I had the courage to do spoken word and open mic nights all throughout Center City while before that I spoke mainly through my hair, my written words and my music.  Since I didn’t have my cello in undergrad my voice had to become my song and I sang it out loud and clear confronting fear and striving to speak with the love she sings about in her video.

Read more about her accomplishments here: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-World-Portraits-Changed-America/dp/1556709749  here  http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/276 and here http://soniasanchez.net/

Well that’s all folks! The last of the black history posts (for this year)-thanks for taking the journey. No matter where you are on your journey-you’re right where you need to be at this moment.

Blessings – Peace Love and Hair Butter – Ahava

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Tony Hansberry II

Black Youth Invents Surgical Technique – at 14

DAY 28

It took what seemed like forever for day 28’s posting of a magnificent male to come into my vision for this Black History Month post. When it came to me, it was a young male -Tony Hansberry II. History in the making for this 14 year old high school freshman who has developed a stitching technique that may prove helpful in reducing complications after surgery.

References: http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/10190

http://mycolumbusmagic.com/national/yterrell/tony-hansberry-ii-invents-surgical-technique/

Eleanor Holmes Norton

DAY 27

“Most people who know me would speak of my passion.”  

Favorite quote from her interview with Brian Lanker in my “I Dream A World” book.

Wow, I chose her last night and she is on a roll. I am just going to link you to her site. http://www.norton.house.gov/

Image source: http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Eleanor+Holmes+Norton/House+Holds+Hearing+FEMA+Post+Katrina+Housing/DLIvdFxgZnm

Blessings, Ahava

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Kenny Leon

“One of the most impressive African-American directors to hit the theater circuit” Jet Magazine Feb 6, 2012 pg 42

DAY 26

I didn’t have to search long and hard for today’s African-American man making history. My inspirations have come from books, magazines, intuition and other people’s suggestions. I asked for him and opened right up to Kenny Leon – I am learning about him for the first time, possibly right along with you.

So, I know that he has been nominated for 10 Tony awards, won for Best Revival, Best Actor and Best Actress.  He has worked with Denzel Washington, Phylicia Rashad, Sean Combs and Audra McDonald. His most recent projects include Mountaintop and Stick Fly.

Notable: He was the artistic director of Atlanta’s Alliance Theater Company and in his 12 years there, the endowment of the company went from $1 million to $5 million.

What’s cooking?: Since January 2012 he has been filming for Lifetime Television’s upcoming remake of Steel Magnolias.

A cool award: This Clark Atlanta University graduate, was the recipient of the 2007 Georgia Arts and Entertainment Legacy Award for his contributions to Georgia’s cultural legacy.

Hope you’re enjoying this as much as I am! Blessings +++Ahava

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Queen Latifah

“All Hail The Queen”

DAY 25

I started off the day with so much to say about the Queen. Now as the night dwindles in I will share in simplicity:

Favorite Book by her:

Favorite Movies: Last Holiday, Taxi, Just Wright, Brown Sugar, Secret Life of Bees, Hairspray, and Bringin Down the House.

Good Website for updates: http://www.queenlatifah.com/pages/home

It’s already tomorrow in Australia.

Day 26 – who will it be? Follow the blog, wait and see.

Blessings, Ahava

Frankie Faison

“I’m Coming to America”

DAY 24

From the library, to the post office, to the stage, to the big screen and cable, this present day great history maker is none other than …..drumroll pleeeaassseee…Frankie Faison.   Being a Montclair native means many things, carries many responsibilities and also the eyes that behold many celebrity sitings. But don’t even think of acting like he’s untouchable because every time I have seen or chatted with Mr. Faison he’s just like a friendly neighbor – yes, they do still exist.

Since I was a broadcasting undergrad and former “boobtube” kid, I loved tv and movies and watching Coming to America -over and over and over again (you know who you are if you did it too)- it played close competition to The Goonies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – LOL.  Frankie was the well-known landlord who rented Eddie Murphy’s character his first apartment in America and he was funny. This was just one stepping stone of his career and coming up it was cool to know that someone famous lived in your hometown.

Did you know?: 

  • He was born in 1949 in Newport News, VA
  • Studied at Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Graduated from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program

Frankie Fason is the only actor to have appeared in every one of the Hannibal Lecter movies. He played Lecter's guard, Barney.

  • This gave him distinction as he was the only actor in all four filmed versions of the Hannibal Lecter novels as well. Notable.
  • Frankie is a Tony Nominee Click here for what’s new.
  • Read at Montclair’s Little Read 2012 at the Montclair Public Library when one of his daughters and grandson were visiting from out of the country.  I was told he was a tough act to follow and was a true thespian in that big red chair. When I was finished reading he wanted to know about my book and I was honored. I read Lily Brown’s Paintings in honor of my daughter-it’s an artsy book.

Other good movie sightings:

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns – as Vera’s (Angela Bassett) brother

Fox Televison Comedy Series – True Colors 1990-191

Freejack with Anthony Hopkins and Mick Jagger

For The Wire fans: Starring role as Ervin Burrell Baltimore City Police Commissioner

Perfect Timing

Until Tomorrow….Blessings – Ahava

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Wyomia Tyus

Run Wyomia Run

DAY 23

Why did I choose this female athlete? Mostly because I read that her family went on Family Feud and won $5,000. I have a dream of going on that show – seriously – calling all Clermonts, Grants, Polynices and the like.

Now to our feature presentation:

Wyomia Tyus was the first woman athlete to win a gold medal for the 100 meter race in two consecutive Olympics. She set a new world record in Mexico City in the 1968  games after having won in the 1964 Games in Tokyo.  She traveled to places such as Russia, Poland, and Germany.

Born August 29th 1945 in Griffin, Georgia.  She was the youngest of four – three older brothers were made to ensure that she played on a team with them. Her father did not allow his children to work in the cotton fields-their responsibility was to go to school. She described herself as a “seared” little kid and she tried to see all she could when she traveled not knowing if she would get back home.  She always did.

Favorite Quotes: “I wasn’t paid a dime for my track career. But participating in the Olympics gave me the opportunity to learn about different cultures; it made me a better person. I wouldn’t trade the time I competed for anything.”

“After the Olympics I did not even run across the street.”

Notable:  She was a founding member of the Women’s Sports Foundation.  If you love sports or want to support someone else in their physical endeavors definitely check out the site.

I believe that working out should be fun – I have tried running (which is my least favorite sporting activity but it works for cardio) Mostly I prefer to be on wheels – consider me like Tootie from The Facts of Life. LOL! We all have our preferences so get it in anyway you can.

Check out my daughter and I

(she would rather play basketball than blade any day)

Until tomorrow…

Bishop T.D. Jakes

“FORGIVE SO YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN”

Day 22

Inspired to post on the Bishop today after reading the Exclusive Excerpt: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven in Essence Magazine’s March 2012 issue pages 112-115.

Born June 9, 1957 in Charleston, West Virginia, Bishop T.D. Jakes certainly knows how to run an empire through God’s grace and acceptance. He’s one of those people who was told what he would never do simply because of a speech impediment and showed himself to be triumphant in every sense of the word. He dug ditches as his day job for over 3 years until dedicating to his ministry full time.

What started as a storefront church with ten members has become a non-denominational 30,000 megachurch. Talk about humble beginnings.  He has written over 30 books, most of which have been on the New York Times Best Seller list. He also has 13 honorary degrees and doctorates.

This man does it all with the help and support of his family. He is noted as a songwriter, playwright and performer as well having established a Christian record label, movie theater and production company.  On the homefront, there is his wife Serita Ann Jamison and their five children, Jermaine, Jamar, Cora, Sarah, and Thomas Jakes Jr.

Favorite Quote: “Music is a wonderful way to bridge the gaps that exist in our society.”

Notable:

  • PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly named Jakes among America’s “Top 10 Religious Leaders.”
  • His sermons are broadcast nationally and internationally on television and satellite.
  • Named by Time magazine as “America’s Best Preacher”
  • In 2008 Jakes was a correspondent for MSNBC during the 2008 presidential elections.

The article I read was so powerful and my favorite part was: “… Because a flower has bloomed and withered away does not mean you must plant a weed just to have something in its place.”  This is universal.

I have my own category for Bishop T.D. Jakes “African-American Men of Greatness Beyond the Realm of Imagination.

There is so much more so visit these sites http://www.tdjakes.com/bishops-bio/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._D._Jakes to learn more and read that Essence article.

Blessings Ahava (973) 619-2855  holistichairhealer@gmail.com

Tia Norfleet

A Ruby Amongst the World – Driving to be the first!

DAY 21

Tia Norfleet - NASCAR

I have a dream of going to NASCAR. Watching not driving. It will happen. Tia is driving and moving fast towards another first for an African-American female. Yes – there are still many firsts for us to accomplish.

I came across this phenomenal female while searching for greats for this month’s posts. You will see me use phenomenal often to describe the women I post and write about – the Maya Angelou poem was the second one I recited as a teenager who loved to public speak and perform in front of a crowd.

Now back to Tia… she is the first and only African-American female to be licensed by NASCAR. WOW Tia. Well-rounded, optimistic and well wishing. Would love to meet her in person one day.

Favorite quote: “I believe in God and that everything happens for a reason.”

Notable events: “In 2009, Tia Participated in a charity event with Step Up In Georgia, Inc. which was mentoring program to help at risk youth to deal with the pressures of life. At the event Tia spoke to the children and performed a song. ” source: http://www.tianorfleet34.com/tianorfleet/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=57

Little Known fact: “When she’s not racing, Norfleet gives back to the community. She launched a chapter of the Driven to Read program, which is dedicated to teaching children the importance of reading while relating it to racing.”  Source: http://www.thegrio.com/black-history/thegrios-100/2012-tia-norfleet.php

Anyone interested in going to a NASCAR event – drop me a line. We can go have some fun and meet Tia!

Blessings

Ahava  (973)619-2855   holistichairhealer@gmail.com

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Ernest Everett Just

Remarkable Marine Biologist

DAY 20

Ernest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just born August 14, 1883 was one of three children.  He lost his father and grandfather at the age of 4 and his mother raised the family on her own. At age thirteen he was sent to an all black boarding school.  At the age of 16, he left his home in the south to enroll in a college preparatory high school in Meriden, New Hampshire – Kimball Union Academy. He completed  the four year program in three years even after losing his mother in his second year.

Just was well known for his work in marine biology, parthenogenesis and cytology. He was an advocate of studying whole cells instead of parts.  He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College. In 1910 he was placed in charge of the newly created biology department at Howard University. He is one of the four founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Notable: first recipient of the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal on February 12, 1915, first American to be invited to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin, Germany, authored two books, Basic Methods for Experiments on Eggs of Marine Mammals (1922) and The Biology of the Cell Surface (1939)  and the USPS honored him with a commemorative stamp in a 1966.

Favorite quote: “Life is exquisitely a time thing like music.”

Pushing the envelope

Blessings Ahava

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Alexa Canady

“How can you, a black woman, have the audacity to want to do this?”

DAY 19

This phenomenal woman was found on the pages of my I Dream A World book.  I love discovering new interviews from this book.  My daughter chose her today (and the picture below) and what great picks!

Alexa Canady was born November 7, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a specialty in pediatric neosurgery and at the age of thirty, became the first black woman neurosurgeon in the United States.

Alexa on the civil rights movement: “The civil rights movement made many things possible which would not otherwise have been possible.”

On her choice of career: “Some places you feel at home, and I felt at home in neurosurgery. I couldn’t play it nice and safe because that wasn’t me.”

Notable accomplishments: Being named Woman of the Year by the American Women’s Medical Association in 1993, as well as being inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Click here for more on Alexa.

My favorite quote: “I think the decision about what you do for a living is not an intellectual one.” I wholeheartedly agree with Alexa on this one!

Alexa Canady

Until tomorrow…Blessings Ahava

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Horace Pippin

Self taught African American Painter

DAY 18

Horace Pippin was an African American folk artist. It’s amazing how learning about one person brings you to another and another. From my visit to the Montclair Art Museum on February 16  for the Winfred Rembert film screening and discussion, I learned of a new artist. I had to find out who these people were that he was compared to and so I am here now.

A folk artist is an artist with no formal training. Folk means the common people or an army so I guess that would make Horace one of the army of artists who took the art world by storm at a “late” age and saw fruits of their labor from their talents. When Pippin was forty and returned from serving in World War I, her began to work with wood- all while having a crippled right hand. He began by painting with oil and made use of his left hand to guide him through his work.

Like many artists, I know and have read about, Pippin’s art was therapeutic and reflected his experiences from being in the war and his childhood. He visualized the painting in his head over and over adding detail each time and then when he was ready, he laid it on his canvas.

Blessings Ahava

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References: http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/counting_on_art/bio_pippin.shtm

http://www.museumsyndicate.com/artist.php?artist=213

ODETTA

The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement – Queen of American Folk Music

DAY 17

So, yes, I have had this I Dream a World book for several years and for the first time read about Odetta.  I read this interview to my daughter last night and then looked her up on-line.  This trailblazer used her music to speak  on political issues and broadened her scope by appearing on television and influenced many artists and actors who credit her with setting their passions afire.

She was a folk music artist born as Odetta Holmes in 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama raised in the  Los Angeles, CA – the city of lost angels had nothing on her. In her interview she mentions how different her life would have been if she grew up in Alabama with people telling her she just wasn’t quite right. She was in fact very right and very talented. At the age of 13 she took voice and piano lessons and sang in recitals and at churches.

She received a grammy nomination for her 2007 album Gonna Let It Shine. She must be talking about her light which I can imagine was very bright. Odetta was given the title “Traditional Folk Artist of the Year” in 2007 by The International Folk Alliance. She has an extensive list of contributions to society through her music. For more on Odetta click here and here.

Notable accomplishments: December 2006, the Winnipeg Folk Festival honored Odetta with their “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

January  2008, Odetta was the keynote speaker at San Diego’s Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration, followed by concert performances in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and Mill Valley, in addition to being the sole guest for the evening on PBS-TV’s The Tavis Smiley Show.

Favorite quotes: “No one can dub you with dignity. That’s yours to claim. My feeling is, the better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock somebody down in order to stand on top of their bodies and feel tall.” Well said Odetta. Rest in peace. Thank you.

Odetta probably on Chumpy Chump -her steel stringed guitar

Blessings Ahava

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Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe

mother.actress.role model.

Day 16

It’s so easy for me to begin this one having a few things in common with this Baltimore bred actress who shifts easily into her roles as wife, mother and health advocate.  Her role as the relationship troubled attorney in the Soul Food series is where I first noticed her.  I saw such great potential in her as an actress and someone I felt was new on the scene with something special.  She was just very different from the others.  She was meant for something greater.

God had her path laid out when she got together with her husband Boris and started their family. I can only imagine what it’s like to be in the public eye on that level and have people share in your romance as well as what may be your family’s greatest challenge. In 2005 she gave birth to their first female child, Sophie Tei Naaki who was born with spina bifida. From that stemmed the couples creation of Sophies Voice Foundation. News of this made me take a second look at a condition I had never heard much about. It happens in 3 in 10,000 births and is also known as open spine.

Nicole interviewed with People Magazine check it out here.

Favorite quote: “I was really into great preparation — hypno-birthing, prenatal yoga,”….As they came to terms with Sophie’s condition, Nicole grappled with whether or not she was to blame. “I’ve racked my brain, been to therapy, cried my eyes out with guilt,” she admits. But doctors assured her there was nothing she could have done.

She shows the reality of motherhood, life and moving forward in having established this foundation to help others. For a little more on this not-so-well-known great in African American history visit here.

Now off to clean up and clean out!
Blessings

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Boris Kudjoe

3 NAACP award nominations later, my former celebrity crush – Boris Kodjoe…

Day 15

There is so much to say about this father, husband, actor, producer, model man I don’t know where to start.  I have to say he was eye candy in the first role I saw him in on Soul Food and have checked in on his career from time to time. Favorites being radio interviews where he raves about his wife, Nicole Ari Parker (another one of my favs who doesn’t get as much credit for her well-roundedness as I think she deserves -saving her for tomorrow LOL) Whenever someone asks him about himself, he re-directs the conversation to her and family and plugs some project she is doing after politely and briefly answering questions about his own personal endeavors. Talk about sharing the wealth and love.

Boris has had three NAACP award nominations which is pretty good for someone who broke into film the water man (I love water!) He was born March 8, 1973 – just thinking about this – Pisces certainly does breed some attractive men…you know who you are.  I guess that Marketing Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University combined with determination, family support and confidence is paying off http://www.worldofalfa.com/. More on Sophie’s Voice when I post on Nicole.

In a world where we see so much drama in the lives of “stars’ who started out much like most of us, it’s always good to see families like his working at what they love, what they’re good at, being role models for themselves and their families and finding ways to give back through their experiences.  For a peek into Boris’ world and find out what this great man in African-American history is doing click here. http://www.boris-world.com/index-2.html

That’s the post for today, now off off and away…I go to household duties, mommy updates, and prepping for hair healing clients.

Blessings, Light and Love

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Eva Jessye

Sing Eva Sing

Day 14

Not only was Eva Jessye the first black woman to win international distinction as the director of a professional choral group, the Eva Jessye Singers, she was the choral director for the first Broadway production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in 1935. She is credited with authenticating the sound of this American classic.

From what I’ve read about her, she was musical, confident and proud.

Favorite quote: “What you were born to do, you don’t stop to think, should I? could I? would I? I only think, will I? And, I shall.”

For more information on Eva click here.

Blessings

Ahava

Spike Lee

Spike Lee “…the perfect balance of grown man and Brooklyn.” S. Tia Brown: JET Magazine Feb.6, 2012

Day 13

Spike Lee wowwed us with Malcolm X, Jungle Fever and School Daze, not to mention Do the Right Thing and the very interesting Get on the Bus. He has 48 films and is a true sports fan, having named his daughter after the great Satchel Paige, whom I posted on a few days ago.

I like his views on parenthood, identity and entitlement. He created my favorite camera movement technique. Most amazing accomplishment to me: In 1985, Lee began work on his first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It. With a budget of $175,000, the film was shot in two weeks. When the film was released in 1986, it grossed over $7,000,000 at the U.S. box office.

Favorite Spike Lee quote: “There is nothing cute about being ignorant.”

He is co-author of one of my favorite children’s books with his wife (talk about a dynamic duo!). We owned this book, which was handed down to my daughter and then she handed it down. The little baby is the cutest and I love how Kadir designed her kinky curly hair. http://www.amazon.com/Please-Baby-Spike-Lee/dp/0689832338

Make sure to check out the artist who illustrated this book as well. Another trailblazing African-American man: http://www.kadirnelson.com/

Until tomorrow…Blessings Ahava

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Lee

Josephine Riley Matthews

Day 12

“I am the fourth. My great grandmother was a midwife, my grandmother was a midwife, my mother was a midwife and then it dropped into my lap. I didn’t have any children. I am not a birth mother.” Excerpt from Brian Lanker’s I Dream A World -Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America

Josephine was a midwife for about four decades and safely delivered over 1,300 babies, black and white. She was seventy-four when she graduated high school and was honored with being named Woman of the Year and Outstanding Older American by the State of South Carolina in 1976.  Her accomplishments are outstanding. Thank you Josephine.

Josephine Riley Matthews was born on October 3, 1897 in Aiken County, South Carolina. My daughter was born on October 3, 2000 in Bryn Mawr, PA and was delivered by a midwife from The Birth Center. They’re great!

Kayla was excited to hear about her since they share a birthday.  She sketched while I wrote, listened while drawing and asked questions that I still have to answer.  Josephine Riley Matthews- Kayla’s great African-American birthmate (I use the term birthmate for anyone born on the same day as youa term of endearment)

Kayla’s artwork during the post:

The Artist at Work-inspirations while hearing about a famous birthmate

Blessings Ahava           (973) 619-2855           holistichairhealer@gmail.com

Charles Waddell Chesnutt

Day 11

I first learned of Charles Chesnutt while in undergrad at Temple University in an African America Literature course professed by Sonia Sanchez – a notably amazing experience.  One of the literary works of art assigned to us was his book “The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line”. This was one of my most difficult reads ever.

I studied African American literature in high school (remember taking a piloted class ) and invested loads of hours researching, discovering and creating at the Charles Blockson Library in Sullivan Hall on Temple University’s Main Campus.  There was so much to learn! His book was a challenge for me because of the broken English that I still have hard time reading to this day.  I made it through and had an appreciation for his work by the end of the semester and a good grade.

Chesnutt was the first African American writer whose texts were published predominantly by leading periodicals such as the Atlantic Monthly and The Outlook and major publishers, including Houghton Mifflin and Doubleday.  In 1928, Charles Chesnutt was awarded the Springarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in recognition of his literary achievements. http://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/chesnuttwife/summary.htm  On January 31, 2008, the United States Post Office honored Chesnutt with the 31st stamp in the Black Heritage Series.

Click here to read more about him and view his stamp.

This great African American man was an early day trailblazer as a lawyer, author, essayist and political activist. He was a controversialist by covering and writing about racial and social identity in the post Civil War south.

Blessings Ahava

Kim Coles

Day 10

Well, what can I say about Kim Coles? She is another inspiration. Her going natural  with the Kim Coles Grow-Out Challenge swept the natural nation. What! was she really coming out of the braids. Yes. One great signature look transformed to another. Her videos to naturals on YouTube giving credit and props to naturals everywhere are so forthright.  We inspire each other.

She is back on the scene stronger than ever and glowing in her naturalness. Kudos to Kim Coles – definitely a great! I am going to meet her one day and give her a big hug.  Hoping all my clients are with me too. Check out one my favorite videos with her:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2gxRLlEIfk&feature=related

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Winfred Rembert

Today in African American History & Culture

Day 9

Today’s post is dedicated to someone not known to me at all. So  have begun to check out the sites and my family and I plan to be at this free event next week in honor of art, history, culture and the life of this present day great for Black History Month. Hope to see you there!

Excerpt from the Montclair Art Museum’s Facebook page.

“In this moving documentary, the artist Winfred Rembert relives his turbulent life in the segregated South and the injustice and bigotry he experienced as recently as the 1960s and 70s. The film is abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in that era; his indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, and working on a chain gang are especially powerful. In a series of intimate reminiscences, the film shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful.

Rembert, now in his 60s, and film producer and Montclair resident Mark Urman will introduce this not-to-be-missed documentary that preserves an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. After the screening, film director Vivian Ducat, Rembert, and Urman will participate in a question-and-answer session.

For more information on the film, visit allmethemovie.com.”

I love his hair! Make sure to click the link with his name to see a pic.

Blessings

Ahava

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Herein this page lives information on people and events significant to history and culture. That description should cover just about everything I plan to post here.

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