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Rihanna’s images for Vouge Arabia are stunning!

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“A Long And Sordid History” by Slynstad

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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!!!

Beyoncé channels Yoruba Goddess Oshun.

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I loved Bey’s performance at the GRAMMYs on Sunday. I loved it even more because one of the two songs performed, was co-written by my good friend Ingrid Burley!

Some people are saying that Bey’s look was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The Yoruba people are “descendants from variety of West African communities” who are “united by geography, history, religion and most importantly language.” The main countries where the Yoruba people live are Nigeria, Togo and Benin. In their religion, Oshun is the “goddess of water, fertility, motherhood, and the passing of the generations.” This deity is also responsible for blessing women with twins. As you [may] know, Bey is pregnant with twins. For more information on the Yoruba, click here.

I’ve always loved Bey, but I love her even more for continuing to use her platform to help [re]awaken the psyche of Africans, especially those living in the United States of America.

More pics from her performance are below:

our ancestors were NOT slaves — they were PRISONERS OF WAR!!

Source: Dr. Edward Robinson. 

“Following [World War I], black veterans returned to face a struggle no less fierce than the one overseas. More than seventy black people were lynched during the first year after armistice. Ten black soldiers, some still in uniform, were lynched.”

Source: Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokley Carmichael) and Charles Hamilton. Black Power. pg. 26-7. 1967.

“Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that this country entered World War I ‘to make the world safe for democracy.’ This was the very same President who issued executive orders segregating most of the eating and rest-room facilities for federal employees. This was the same man who had written in 1901: ‘An extraordinary and very perilous state of affairs had been created in the South by the sudden and absolute emancipation of the Negroes, and it was not strange that the Southern legislatures should deem it necessary to take extraordinary steps to guard against the manifest and pressing dangers which it entailed. Here was the vast “laboring, landless, homeless class,” once slaves; now free; unpracticed in liberty, unschooled in self-control; never sobered by the discipline of self-support; never established in any habit of prudence; excited by a freedom they did not understand, exalted by false hopes, bewildered and without leaders, and yet insolent and aggressive; sick of work, covetous of pleasure — a host of dusky children untimely put out of school.'”

Source: Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokley Carmichael) and Charles Hamilton. Black Power. pg. 25. 1967 (citing Woodrow Wilson. “Reconstruction in the Southern States.” Atlantic Monthly. January 1901.).

new books to add to my collection.

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I’ve read earlier works from each author, so I’m excited to start reading these books!