Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dictionary: uninspired (ŭn'ĭn-spīrd')

adj.Having no intellectual, emotional, or spiritual excitement; dull. See synonyms at dull.

This is how I normally feel about the entire holiday season...all that is left for me to do is get a top hat,long wool coat and somehow incorporate "bah humbug" into everyday conversation. I don't know why I am like this, I actually love Christmas but every year this time I am like "OOHHH Boy, I don't want to shop, get a tree blah blah blah". I like to attribute my scrooge-like behavior to two things...

1. The time I overheated and almost passed out in the mall. I hate MALLS to this day. I absolutely can not go into a mall for more than an hour (or the 34th street Macy's) without a wave of nausea spreading over me.

2. Christmas music, I hate all of it (well not Nat King Cole). I blame that on my sisters, for bombarding me with Alvin and the Chipmunk Christmas all those many years. I will leave a store after 5 minutes if they are "holly jolly christmas" BAH HUMBUG!

But this year is different! I don't feel so scroogie and I've been singing the 12 days of Christmas to C.J. for a week and Christmas music doesn't really seem to be having its normal effect on me(though today in the grocery store I heard jingle bells in Spanish and I had the urge to run out the store screaming). Could it be that CJ is softening me to all things Christmas? Now that is too much Dang Kids.


This weekend my niece had her birthday party at Benihannas, and a good time was had by all. Well almost all, I was two seconds from shaking my poor child. Why? because when he is tired he is CRAZY! Here are a list of crazy things he did that afternoon:

1. Before we were seated:running all over the restaurant, and punching my nephew in the chest. They thought it was hilarious but all I could see was a recipes for disaster.

2. Using the chopsticks for karate practice (against the chair) and then throwing them across the room.

3. When he could not get sausage (don't ask) he threw the menu across the table onto the HOT grill.

I know its all apart of the terrible twos and no one seemed to care but all of these things plus my exhaustion just did not mix well. Once I got him to sleep things were better but I was still a tad tight (shoulders touching my ears, I get stressed easily). I thought that when he woke up all hell was going to break lose but he was fine. He just wants to be one of the big kids so I have to really relax and remember he's only two!


How did they come up with this one? I don't know what I could have watched that made Youtube recommend this song:

I do love this song and remember vivdly singing and dancing to it, but I just wonder what did I view on youtube that made them pick it.

This weekend I watched some of my favorite musicals.... if I had not spoken to my Nana I would have been late for dinner... Thanks TMC.

Guys and Dolls:

and my favorite (I can't even say that because I love every part of this movie)

"The Last Dragon"

C.J and I reenacted this scene for Mr F$%k for his amusement, CJ was Bruce Leroy and I was Sho'Nuff. hahah

I watched so many old movies this week but the last one was one of my favorites:

"I disagree homeboy!, A dude could jump off a mountain and not hurt himself because he braced himself" HA Robert Townsend is a comedic genius!

OK happy Monday folks, I will try not to be such a BLAH the rest of the week hahaha.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble Gooble

The holiday season has begun, we are only 24 hrs from eating until we are almost comatose and then eating again! Turkey, yams, macaroni and cheese, string beans...all Yummy yum yum but nothing makes me happier than my Nana's sweet potato pies. I look forward to helping her make them or just eating them all year long. So for me its all about the pie (ohh and my cousins carrot cake).

There are a trillion things I am thankful for and I could list them all day long but this is a short and sweet post because I think I hear a turkey calling me (by that I mean C.J ahahahaha)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"How small of you"- Nene

I know I have said on facebook that this show is madness, and it is! But its the kind of madness that makes you WANT to tune in. Well the show has ended, and its time for the reunion show. And I certainly can not wait, It's like Reality Show Christmas.

Here are a few clips from the reunion show:
Team Nene, she's the only one that seems 100% real. She is the only one that hasn't been afraid to say where she came from and truly embraces what has been given to her.. YEAH she's over the top but I still found her the least obnoxious of the women.

Ohh I hope Lisa really did smack that botox fiend. And Sheree, why child why? No sense of sisterhood.

Kim is the worst, let me count the ways:
She is a homewrecker, parading around her married man's checkbook. Uhm Boo you were just the jumpoff.
She's illiterate. When asked how to spell cat, she said K-A-T. Word? You are raising school age children.
She bought her 10 year old a Louis Vuitton bag. WHY maybe you should get her a tutor so she doesn't end up like you.

The list on how awfully stupid and trashy she is could take two days and since I am trying to enjoy my last day off I'm gonna stop here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Two days off the financial plantation

HAHA, O.K that's 100% and exaggeration, I love my job, and my company but a sister is T-I-R-E-D. I am not in the mood to write anything but I will come visit your blogs today.

So for now I am just going to curl up in my bed with C.J.Read the newspaper and watch CNN (research for tonight's blog radio)
Obama... and why he rocks (or if you don't think so what's your beef?)
Economy/ unemployment... Yo what happen to my job son?!
Stock market ups and downs.... Is that my 401K plan flying away?
You know you want to know so tune in.....

And lastly, catch up on my new favorite shows (Tru Blood) and old favs (Brotherhood).
And if the mood strikes me I might even cook a meal for these boys and put away some laundry... Nah I'm on vacation.
Hey babe pass me the menu folder, I'm relaxing, relating and releasing!

So I'll see you guys on Wed, with many tales of the randomness that is my life.

oh one more thing is it me or is this thing just scary?C.J, saw these in a magazine and I wanted to run screaming from the room..... I don't like them at all.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Lil Birdie!

It was 8 years ago that you entered this world, and from the first time I held you I knew you were something special. And every year on this day we celebrate just that.

You are beautiful and smart beyond belief, and very strong willed. Your say the funniest things and sometime I can't help but laugh even when I know I shouldn't.

I love you and wanted to share my Birthday wishes with the entire blogsphere

HAPPY Birthday!
Glitter Text -

buy harry potter books

ok your aunt is not sure what to do about the buy Harry Potter books at the end of this but its a good suggestions

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Giggles 2 for the week

Yesterdays giggle was about the job market (If you didn't see it its below),. Have any of you seen the movie "What would a day without Mexicans be like?" It's comedic satire, so for any one whose up for a length debate.... Not interested.

Plus I know its true, this country would fall apart if not for the races that carry it on their backs, but this is for giggles so I'll stop there.

Have you all ever heard of Matisyahu? He's a Hasidic reggae artist from Brooklyn (ah we are so wonderful) and he is pretty good. Here he is:

But here is the giggle for today.. I was waiting for the A train at 42nd yesterday and was greeted by this flyer of yet another Jewish Reggae Artist:
Questions you may be asking yourself?
Are those cornrows? Yes they are, with the zig zag parts.
Is his Yamaka green and gold? Yes it is.
Is that the Jamaican flag in the center of the Star of David? Well yes it is... you all are very observant.
What you can not see because the print was too small was his name......

And that is how it was written on the flyer. I could not stop laughing because this so gimmicky.

Back to the serious stuff tomorrow.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Monday

Thanks Dee for the early Morning laugh!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Have you ever been in love with ........LOVE

My girl Sam (hey girl!) changed her FB status to "Sam is in love with......Love", after joking back and forth with her about it (her Love is a dear friend of mine, like a little brother and I adore him and them as a couple) I was inspired...
There are so many naysayers out there when it comes to love, but there are different ways to be in love with love. So here are a few ways I am in love with love.

Spiritually: Now I don't make it to church every Sunday but I know in my heart how I make it through everyday. So I am in love with the love and grace that is God.

This song gives me chills. I love that Lauryn Hill was not afraid to put her love of the almighty out there for everyone.

In Love with ME... that's right I am an in love with loving myself. In 2008 I've lived by this motto, because hell I'm the flyest and folks need to remember that.

Love... the Mr. I won't be all mushy gushy you all know how I feel about Mr F$%K it, so I'll let the song speak for itself:
Love Language - Talib Kweli

The last verse specifically. and of course what would love be without Debarge
Love Me In A Special Way - DeBarge

Love for my child... Wow this one was hard because there were so many songs. But I think this one shows how much he changed my life for the better. CJ taught me how to love more in a different way.

Love for my Mom & Momma....When I hear this song, I tear up because these women are the reason I am here. Their struggles are the reason I set goals others may doubt, but I know that no matter what happens these women love me like no other. They are my inspiration, why I get up every morning even when I don't want to. I love am in love with love because you taught me how too......Happy Birthday Mommy!

If you don't know this song, go here and listen to Bill Withers talk about the song: Grandma's hand.

My sisters... Heck who wouldn't love them, they rock. Always there for me one way or another. We try to reinforce what our momma taught us.....

"I want to go back, wanna go back to those simple days"

Love with my Girls... that's right I love ya'll cranky butts too. And its that love that keeps me on your side, even when you all feel like the world has its foot in your neck. I'll be your Iyanla Vanzant (hehe Dee) when the boys start acting a damn fool, so that you can always remember that you all are Good Girls:

I am in love my people....Black people. Look at what we've done in the last 400 years, yes we have a long way to go but as long as we don't forget our past (teens pay attention, someone forward this to Souljah boy) we are on our way....

Remember these words.....

And of course last but not least you my blog fam! I love you all... When I started this blog in February I never thought people I didn't know would show so much love . I never thought I'd be hanging out with you guys, laughing, making plans (and sometimes not keeping, sshhh Eb and Shelly Shell), and I thank you all for it.... LOVE TO LOVE YA.

"Here's my life long anthem, can't forget about you!"

And since its Friday I leave you with this... You can love your car, love your jeans, love your shoes (I see you Shelly Shell), but remember what the Blast Master said:

heheh, I had to put that one in... I just had too... HAPPY FRIDAY

Thursday, November 13, 2008

C.J is a spelling genius....

In the last 48 hrs I have watched my little boy "spell". I know you are thinking isn't that boy only two years old? Yes he is and no he's not really spelling (unless I tell him to repeat after me), but he thinks he is......

1st Story
On Tuesday while I was working from home, I had the genius idea of going to IHOP for breakfast, which after actually doing some work turned into an early lunch ( I forgot about the other parents who were home, and didn't feel like cooking, a story for a later time). So after brunch, I came back home and finished working while C.J. & Mr. F$%k it took naps. When they woke up, Mr. F$%k it and I were talking which is where the story begins.

Me: IHOP was a mistake, every parent in Brooklyn and Queens must have been there. Then to top it off I had the most amazingly S-T-U-P-I-D waiter. I think he was the worst waiter in all of N.Y.
C.J.: Yeah Daddy he was C-E-D (with his mad face, eyebrows raised and eyes lowered)
Me: HAHAHAHA ( I was doubled over in laughter)
Mr. F$%K it: (after recovering from shock) Yeah that's true lil man
C.J. Uh huh. Bye Daddy I go watch Blues Clues
We both just looked at him and then each other. There was nothing to say after that.

2nd story
C.J and I were in the cab on our way to the sitter, and in an effort to get him to sit down I try to get him to tell me what he sees out the window. On Farmers Boulevard there are a lot trees so when I ask him what did he see, he said leaves. YEAH CJ.
ME: Do you know why all of the leaves are on the ground
C.J. Yes, they fell.
ME: Do you know what season this is?
ME: (in shock) right Fall, let's spell it F- A-
* ME dead*
So when I get to the sitters house I asked her because this is the first I've heard him spell Fall. She tells me he walks around saying FALL - L-L all the time. HAHA

This is not a spelling story but still pretty funny.
Now that CJ is in his toddlers bed he has taken to visiting me at random hours every night, but his favorite time is usually about 3am. Normally I would escort him right back to his room, because co-sleeping is not my idea of a good night, he sleeps to wild and I enjoy being in the bed alone (Yes I said ALONE, Mr F$%k it takes up too much space but I deal with that). Well two nights ago he visits and I was just too tired to take him back to his room, so I move over and give him one side of the bed and tell him "C.J. go to sleep now" , this child turns to me and looks me dead in the face and said "No Mommy C.J. wake up, you go sleep, I watch Barney" I turned off the cable box and told him No TV and to go to sleep. To which he responded "Mommy you go sleep, I rub your back, Can I have 'mote?" Did he just turn my words against me? Dang!

I didn't let him watch Barney but I laid awake thinking about it for a moment.
Ah life of a Mommy... I Love it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aaron McGruder where are you?

For years I have turned to my man Huey Freeman to speak on the society ills. I watch the show on Adult Swim, but nothing compares to the comic strip that ran daily in the newspaper. Now is the time when I would want to hear what Huey had to say about the history that was made on November 4th, 2008.

If you have no idea what I am talking about here is a clip of the comic:

courtesy of

So Aaron if you are reading this, then where are you and what do you have to say.

This is why I love him

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I don't think there is any good in this one that's just the way the saying goes.

I see a few blogs talking about 'Yonce and her metallic glove. I don't particularly care for it
Beyonce (or Sasha Fierce)

Looks like a fashion version of this:

Not her just the glove. I like that she is trying something new (not a fan of that "put a ring on it" though it is a good work out tune, also not sure why Sasha has a last name now but anywhoo) but this glove really makes me want to sing "1, 2 Freddy's coming for you, 3, 4 better lock your door, 5, 6 Grab your crucifix"

I'm don't know how I feel about this, I want to laugh but I am too disturbed.

What is he saying? And is he laying hands on that woman in this next video:

Did Daddy just say "he's stomping the devil, get down devil". I don't even know what to say about that video.

Did anyone see Wife Swap this week? No? neither did I but I did catch the soup with the white Rastafarian family swapping with the non-Rastafarian family.

Watch more YouTube videos on AOL Video

Quote from the show that had me rolling on the floor: "She said Jar, I said JAHH,RASTA-FAR-I" haha, it's so much funnier with the video.

I laughed long and hard at this one:
Thanks Moearora on twitter!

Those are all the funnies I have for you today, enjoy and stay warm if you are in the tri-state area.

It's been a minute

Thanks to Kitty at The Young and the Reckless I've been tagged.
And now I have to subject you all to 6 more random things about me. :)

The Rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself. (See below)
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. ( I might skip this part, cause ya'll are so difficult)
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

6 Random Things About Me:

1 - I am the epitome of a Capricorn,

Traditional Capricorn Traits
Practical and prudent
Ambitious and disciplined
Patient and careful
Humorous and reserved

On the dark side....
Pessimistic and fatalistic
Miserly and grudging

2 - I have a slight case of OCD and it manifest itself in setting deadlines. I am also a bit of a control freak but I'm learning to deal with it (and so should you :P)

3 - In the last few days I've spent more on newspapers than I have on lunch in a month. I have this need to get every paper I can with Obama's picture on it, including the Chinese newspaper (that one was free)

4 - I wonder about these things: how will I act when I'm my nana's age? she's so cheeky and it cracks me up! And what would I do if CJ got decided to date a white girl, will I go all "if she can't use my brush don't bring her home" Haha probably not, I love white folks some of my best friends are white hahaha. Ya'll know I'm playing!

5 - I really am over Hip hop, I can't see how these kids think Souljah boy tell 'em is real hip hop. Thats crap-hop. (ya'll know I can't stand him). What happen to positive music that encourage you to change your lfe, Like the Message? Ok now I'm dating myself (but I don't care, 30's the new 20 sucka!)

6 - My dream vacation starts in Australia, goes through the coutry side in Japan at the natural hot springs, and end in Italy. And then back to the states.

7- My dream home is a plantation house in South Carolina. So I can sit on my back porch and drink Arnold Palmers all day long. (ah a sister can dream rght, maybe at retirement.

So now I have some folks to tag.. Red rover, red rover send ____ right over.

Nah I'm not listing anyone! So if you want to do the tag, be my guest!

ok get to work!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

My Obama playlist

What do you think Obama was doing when it was announced that he had won the election? When they announced that history had been made tonight and he was the first Black President?!

I've imagined he was probably laying down and when they announced it he probably broke out into a dance....hehe, that's what I would have done. I actually danced, cried, called everyone I know or could reach (the lines were busy) and sang along to these songs.

"He's an on time God" was added by my sister Mrs Mr and "Champion" by my sister Viola.

And ofcourse:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Look below

I think I need a little more time to let this all sink in (not to mention I am still dirt dog tired from being up until 2am, so I'll be back in a day or so).

Take it all in folks, but if you need something to read, look at what Michael Moore had to say:

Enjoy "Pinch me" a letter from Michael Moore:

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008


Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair.

In a nation that was founded on genocide and then built on the backs of slaves, it was an unexpected moment, shocking in its simplicity: Barack Obama, a good man, a black man, said he would bring change to Washington, and the majority of the country liked that idea. The racists were present throughout the campaign and in the voting booth. But they are no longer the majority, and we will see their flame of hate fizzle out in our lifetime.

There was another important "first" last night. Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war. I hope President-elect Obama remembers that as he considers expanding the war in Afghanistan. The faith we now have will be lost if he forgets the main issue on which he beat his fellow Dems in the primaries and then a great war hero in the general election: The people of America are tired of war. Sick and tired. And their voice was loud and clear yesterday.

It's been an inexcusable 44 years since a Democrat running for president has received even just 51% of the vote. That's because most Americans haven't really liked the Democrats. They see them as rarely having the guts to get the job done or stand up for the working people they say they support. Well, here's their chance. It has been handed to them, via the voting public, in the form of a man who is not a party hack, not a set-for-life Beltway bureaucrat. Will he now become one of them, or will he force them to be more like him? We pray for the latter.

But today we celebrate this triumph of decency over personal attack, of peace over war, of intelligence over a belief that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs just 6,000 years ago. What will it be like to have a smart president? Science, banished for eight years, will return. Imagine supporting our country's greatest minds as they seek to cure illness, discover new forms of energy, and work to save the planet. I know, pinch me.

We may, just possibly, also see a time of refreshing openness, enlightenment and creativity. The arts and the artists will not be seen as the enemy. Perhaps art will be explored in order to discover the greater truths. When FDR was ushered in with his landslide in 1932, what followed was Frank Capra and Preston Sturgis, Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, Dorothea Lange and Orson Welles. All week long I have been inundated with media asking me, "gee, Mike, what will you do now that Bush is gone?" Are they kidding? What will it be like to work and create in an environment that nurtures and supports film and the arts, science and invention, and the freedom to be whatever you want to be? Watch a thousand flowers bloom! We've entered a new era, and if I could sum up our collective first thought of this new era, it is this: Anything Is Possible.

An African American has been elected President of the United States! Anything is possible! We can wrestle our economy out of the hands of the reckless rich and return it to the people. Anything is possible! Every citizen can be guaranteed health care. Anything is possible! We can stop melting the polar ice caps. Anything is possible! Those who have committed war crimes will be brought to justice. Anything is possible.

We really don't have much time. There is big work to do. But this is the week for all of us to revel in this great moment. Be humble about it. Do not treat the Republicans in your life the way they have treated you the past eight years. Show them the grace and goodness that Barack Obama exuded throughout the campaign. Though called every name in the book, he refused to lower himself to the gutter and sling the mud back. Can we follow his example? I know, it will be hard.

I want to thank everyone who gave of their time and resources to make this victory happen. It's been a long road, and huge damage has been done to this great country, not to mention to many of you who have lost your jobs, gone bankrupt from medical bills, or suffered through a loved one being shipped off to Iraq. We will now work to repair this damage, and it won't be easy.

But what a way to start! Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Wow. Seriously, wow.

Michael Moore

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pleased to meet you

President Barack Obama!
There's a natural mystic blowing through the air -
Cant keep them down -
If you listen carefully now you will hear. -
Robert Nesta Marley

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's simple......

He did it first....
She was proud to do it for you...
They will want to someday.. ......
where will you tell them you were at when history was made?

Be proud today, and exercise the right so many sacrificed for you to have...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Black Solidarity Day

In the last few days I have been watching more political news in anticipation of the upcoming election (one more day, are you as nervous as I am?) when I came upon this ad.....

Yet another desperate attempt to sway the "undecided" by the GOP and their cronies.

Though I don't approve of how Reverend Wright used this 10sec sound bite to launch a tirade against Barack Obama, I don't think its fair to label him Anti-American.
As Joe The Plumber would say, do the research. Start here :Wiki on Rev. Wright. His military service alone makes that claim null and void.


Below I've posted a brief timeline of African American history, because on various blogs discussing this election people in the comment sections have said that "Black people need to stop dwelling on slavery and move on",and I think that is ridiculous! This is our story and we should never forget but teach it to younger generations, so that they do the same. Yes We've come a long way, but the work doesn't stop in 2008.

After viewing this timeline, there are a few times you might want to echo Rev. Wrights sentiments, no matter the color of your skin:

Photograph of newspaper advertisement from the 1780s

Photograph of newspaper advertisement from the 1780s

The first African slaves arrive in Virginia.


Slavery is made illegal in the Northwest Territory. The U.S Constitution states that Congress may not ban the slave trade until 1808.


Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin greatly increases the demand for slave labor.

Poster advertising $100 reward for runaway slaves from 1860

Poster advertising $100 reward for runaway slaves from 1860

A federal fugitive slave law is enacted, providing for the return slaves who had escaped and crossed state lines.


Gabriel Prosser, an enslaved African-American blacksmith, organizes a slave revolt intending to march on Richmond, Virginia. The conspiracy is uncovered, and Prosser and a number of the rebels are hanged. Virginia's slave laws are consequently tightened.


Congress bans the importation of slaves from Africa.


The Missouri Compromise bans slavery north of the southern boundary of Missouri.


Denmark Vesey, an enslaved African-American carpenter who had purchased his freedom, plans a slave revolt with the intent to lay siege on Charleston, South Carolina. The plot is discovered, and Vesey and 34 coconspirators are hanged.


Nat Turner, an enslaved African-American preacher, leads the most significant slave uprising in American history. He and his band of followers launch a short, bloody, rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia. The militia quells the rebellion, and Turner is eventually hanged. As a consequence, Virginia institutes much stricter slave laws.

William Lloyd Garrison begins publishing the Liberator, a weekly paper that advocates the complete abolition of slavery. He becomes one of the most famous figures in the abolitionist movement.

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

The Wilmot Proviso, introduced by Democratic representative David Wilmot of Pennsylvania, attempts to ban slavery in territory gained in the Mexican War. The proviso is blocked by Southerners, but continues to enflame the debate over slavery.

Frederick Douglass launches his abolitionist newspaper.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery and becomes one of the most effective and celebrated leaders of the Underground Railroad.


The continuing debate whether territory gained in the Mexican War should be open to slavery is decided in the Compromise of 1850: California is admitted as a free state, Utah and New Mexico territories are left to be decided by popular sovereignty, and the slave trade in Washington, DC, is prohibited. It also establishes a much stricter fugitive slave law than the original, passed in 1793.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin is published. It becomes one of the most influential works to stir anti-slavery sentiments.


Congress passes the Kansas-Nebraska Act, establishing the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. The legislation repeals the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and renews tensions between anti- and proslavery factions.

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Oil painting of Dred Scott

The Dred Scott case holds that Congress does not have the right to ban slavery in states and, furthermore, that slaves are not citizens.


John Brown and 21 followers capture the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va. (now W. Va.), in an attempt to launch a slave revolt.


The Confederacy is founded when the deep South secedes, and the Civil War begins.

Slaves at Cumberland Landing, Va.

Slaves at Cumberland Landing, Va.

President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the Confederate states "are, and henceforward shall be free."


Congress establishes the Freedmen's Bureau to protect the rights of newly emancipated blacks (March).

The Civil War ends (April 9).

Lincoln is assassinated (April 14).

The Ku Klux Klan is formed in Tennessee by ex-Confederates (May).

Slavery in the United States is effectively ended when 250,000 slaves in Texas finally receive the news that the Civil War had ended two months earlier (June 19).

Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, prohibiting slavery (Dec. 6).


Black codes are passed by Southern states, drastically restricting the rights of newly freed slaves.


A series of Reconstruction acts are passed, carving the former Confederacy into five military districts and guaranteeing the civil rights of freed slaves.


Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, defining citizenship. Individuals born or naturalized in the United States are American citizens, including those born as slaves. This nullifies the Dred Scott Case (1857), which had ruled that blacks were not citizens.


Howard University's law school becomes the country's first black law school.

Hiram Revels

Hiram Revels

Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, giving blacks the right to vote.

Hiram Revels of Mississippi is elected the country's first African-American senator. During Reconstruction, sixteen blacks served in Congress and about 600 served in states legislatures.


Reconstruction ends in the South. Federal attempts to provide some basic civil rights for African Americans quickly erode.


The Black Exodus takes place, in which tens of thousands of African Americans migrated from southern states to Kansas.


Spelman College, the first college for black women in the U.S., is founded by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.

Booker T. Washington founds the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama. The school becomes one of the leading schools of higher learning for African Americans, and stresses the practical application of knowledge. In 1896, George Washington Carver begins teaching there as director of the department of agricultural research, gaining an international reputation for his agricultural advances.


The American Colonization Society, founded by Presbyterian minister Robert Finley, establishes the colony of Monrovia (which would eventually become the country of Liberia) in western Africa. The society contends that the immigration of blacks to Africa is an answer to the problem of slavery as well as to what it feels is the incompatibility of the races. Over the course of the next forty years, about 12,000 slaves are voluntarily relocated.


Plessy v. Ferguson: This landmark Supreme Court decision holds that racial segregation is constitutional, paving the way for the repressive Jim Crow laws in the South.


W.E.B. DuBois founds the Niagara movement, a forerunner to the NAACP. The movement is formed in part as a protest to Booker T. Washington's policy of accommodation to white society; the Niagara movement embraces a more radical approach, calling for immediate equality in all areas of American life.

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W.E.B. Du Bois

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded in New York by prominent black and white intellectuals and led by W.E.B. Du Bois. For the next half century, it would serve as the country's most influential African-American civil rights organization, dedicated to political equality and social justice In 1910, its journal, The Crisis, was launched. Among its well known leaders were James Weldon Johnson, Ella Baker, Moorfield Storey, Walter White, Roy Wilkins, Benjamin Hooks, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julian Bond, and Kwesi Mfume.


Marcus Garvey establishes the Universal Negro Improvement Association, an influential black nationalist organization "to promote the spirit of race pride" and create a sense of worldwide unity among blacks.


The Harlem Renaissance flourishes in the 1920s and 1930s. This literary, artistic, and intellectual movement fosters a new black cultural identity.

Scottsboro Boys

Scottsboro Boys

Nine black youths are indicted in Scottsboro, Ala., on charges of having raped two white women. Although the evidence was slim, the southern jury sentenced them to death. The Supreme Court overturns their convictions twice; each time Alabama retries them, finding them guilty. In a third trial, four of the Scottsboro boys are freed; but five are sentenced to long prison terms.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball's color barrier when he is signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers by Branch Rickey.

WWI Black Soldiers

WWI Black Soldiers

Although African Americans had participated in every major U.S. war, it was not until after World War II that President Harry S. Truman issues an executive order integrating the U.S. armed forces.


Malcolm X becomes a minister of the Nation of Islam. Over the next several years his influence increases until he is one of the two most powerful members of the Black Muslims (the other was its leader, Elijah Muhammad). A black nationalist and separatist movement, the Nation of Islam contends that only blacks can resolve the problems of blacks.

Pictured from left to right: George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James Nabrit

Pictured from left to right: George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James Nabrit

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans. declares that racial segregation in schools is unconstitutional (May 17).

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

A young black boy, Emmett Till, is brutally murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. Two white men charged with the crime are acquitted by an all-white jury. They later boast about committing the murder. The public outrage generated by the case helps spur the civil rights movement (Aug.).

Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat at the front of the "colored section" of a bus to a white passenger (Dec.1). In response to her arrest Montgomery's black community launch a successful year-long bus boycott. Montgomery's buses are desegregated on Dec. 21, 1956.

The Little Rock Nine pictured with Daisy Bates, the president of the Arkansas NAACP.

The Little Rock Nine

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a civil rights group, is established by Martin Luther King, Charles K. Steele, and Fred L. Shuttlesworth (Jan.-Feb.)

Nine black students are blocked from entering the school on the orders of Governor Orval Faubus. (Sept. 24). Federal troops and the National Guard are called to intervene on behalf of the students, who become known as the "Little Rock Nine." Despite a year of violent threats, several of the "Little Rock Nine" manage to graduate from Central High.


Four black students in Greensboro, North Carolina, begin a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter (Feb. 1). Six months later the "Greensboro Four" are served lunch at the same Woolworth's counter. The event triggers many similar nonviolent protests throughout the South.

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is founded, providing young blacks with a place in the civil rights movement (April).


Over the spring and summer, student volunteers begin taking bus trips through the South to test out new laws that prohibit segregation in interstate travel facilities, which includes bus and railway stations. Several of the groups of "freedom riders," as they are called, are attacked by angry mobs along the way. The program, sponsored by The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), involves more than 1,000 volunteers, black and white.

James Meredith

James Meredith

James Meredith becomes the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi (Oct. 1). President Kennedy sends 5,000 federal troops after rioting breaks out.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King is arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Ala. He writes "Letter from Birmingham Jail," which advocated nonviolent civil disobedience.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is attended by about 250,000 people, the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital. Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The march builds momentum for civil rights legislation (Aug. 28).

Despite Governor George Wallace physically blocking their way, Vivian Malone and James Hood register for classes at the University of Alabama.

Four young black girls attending Sunday school are killed when a bomb explodes at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a popular location for civil rights meetings. Riots erupt in Birmingham, leading to the deaths of two more black youths (Sept. 15).

FBI photographs of Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Schwerner

FBI photographs of Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Schwerner

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin (July 2).

The bodies of three civil-rights workers are found. Murdered by the KKK, James E. Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner had been working to register black voters in Mississippi (Aug.).

Martin Luther King receives the Nobel Peace Prize. (Oct.)

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Malcolm X, black nationalist and founder of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, is assassinated (Feb. 21).

State troopers violently attack peaceful demonstrators led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as they try to cross the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. Fifty marchers are hospitalized on "Bloody Sunday," after police use tear gas, whips, and clubs against them. The march is considered the catalyst for pushing through the voting rights act five months later (March 7).

Congress passes the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other such requirements that were used to restrict black voting are made illegal (Aug. 10).

In six days of rioting in Watts, a black section of Los Angeles, 35 people are killed and 883 injured (Aug. 11-16).

Members of The Black Panthers Party

Members of The Black Panthers Party: Bobby Seale and Huey Newton

The Black Panthers are founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale (Oct.).

Thurgood Marshall

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Stokely Carmichael, a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), coins the phrase "black power" in a speech in Seattle (April 19).

Major race riots take place in Newark (July 12-16) and Detroit (July 23-30).

President Johnson appoints Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court. He becomes the first black Supreme Court Justice.

The Supreme Court rules in Loving v. Virginia that prohibiting interracial marriage is unconstitutional. Sixteen states still have anti-miscegenation laws and are forced to revise them.
Eyewitnesses to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eyewitnesses to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. (April 4).

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing (April 11).


The infamous Tuskegee Syphilis experiment ends. Begun in 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service's 40-year experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis has been described as an experiment that "used human beings as laboratory animals in a long and inefficient study of how long it takes syphilis to kill someone."


The Supreme Court case, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke upheld the constitutionality of affirmative action, but imposed limitations on it to ensure that providing greater opportunities for minorities did not come at the expense of the rights of the majority (June 28).


The first race riots in decades erupt in south-central Los Angeles after a jury acquits four white police officers for the videotaped beating of African-American Rodney King (April 29).


In Grutter v. Bollinger, the most important affirmative action decision since the 1978 Bakke case, the Supreme Court (5–4) upholds the University of Michigan Law School's policy, ruling that race can be one of many factors considered by colleges when selecting their students because it furthers "a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body." (June 23)


In Parents v. Seattle and Meredith v. Jefferson, affirmative action suffers a setback when a bitterly divided court rules, 5–4, that programs in Seattle and Louisville, Ky., which tried to maintain diversity in schools by considering race when assigning students to schools, are unconstitutional.

2008Sen. Barack Obama, Democrat from Chicago, becomes the first African American selected as a major party nominee for president.
Today I am taking a break from blogs and twitter, reflecting on my history. I'll see you all on election day.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Birthday V-diddy

I have two sisters, one many of you are familiar with (Mrs. M.R) and my younger sister who I rarely speak about over here. Well today is all about her, its her birthday.

We are so close in age yet you never seemed like my baby sister, in fact you would get so mad when I said that (bet you still do). We've been cracking jokes for many years and no matter how upset I am you always seems to get me to smile, with songs and impersonations like no other. We've had disagreements, hung up on the phone on each other (more you than me) but I always know you are there for me and for that I am lucky. So Happy Birthday Baby Sis, with much love!

Video on our many funny moments together:

getting in trouble for singing:

"What do you know about "doggin someone around?"

Dancing in the living room:

We had this dance down to a science ; Lost boyz

How many times did we watch this:

and fastforward the Suddenly Seymour song...ugh still do!

and this:

Rock it don't stop it, rock it Jerry kurl.

I could go on forever about all the fun stuff we've done, but instead I'll just say again Happy Birthday V-Diddy!
Glitter Words
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I have the best two sisters in the world, older and younger and me in the middle :)

My poor baby.....

On Thursday I got the call every mother hates " Hi, its me Mrs. Katherine, CJ is not doing well today and I can't get Mr F$%K it on the phone". I was sitting at my desk trying to deal with a rather annoying request from a rather annoying client when I got the call. My first thought was "OK I need to get out of here and get to my baby" Second thought was "Now where the hell is Mr. F$%K it?" My last thought before I exited the building was "I need to make sure I answer this request because I don't want people feeling sorry for me and offering to pick up my work. Life as a full time working mom is hard enough without others feeling the need to throw you a pity party because they think that is what you need.

Anyway I answer the email, send an email to everyone that I am leaving and rush out the door. When I finally get to CJ, he is laid out in his little bed at the sitters burning with fever. Now I consider myself to be pretty tough but when I don't CJ running, jumping and causing all kinds of havoc I freak out. I got him up, dressed and home as quickly as I could only to find Mr F$%K it list home sleep (he's lucky his a$ was home asleep because I had a few choice words for him otherwise). Long Story short he has a rather intense cold and he had a very high fever. Our crazy pediatrician (he really is a awesome dr but still a tad nutty), suggest no medicine, steam 2-10 minutes a day 10 times a day (clearly not something one can do at work) and high caloric intake (he actually said if he wants ice cream at 2am give it to him, hehe). But the real kicker and worst part of the entire thing was CJ was not able to enjoy his first real Halloween!

After searching high and low for the perfect Fire chief (no simple fireman for my boy) costume, complete with real helmet, and baby boy was too sick to even say trick or treat (he saw twick or tweat).

So today is his honorary Halloween, he will be wearing his costume all day. So if you see him show him some love and give him some candy :).CJ will be so much cuter than this little boy :)