11 Affordable Coffee Table Books That Celebrate Black Beauty

I’m definitely buying these…they’re perfect, and long-overdue, conversation-starters!
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GOOD BLACK NEWS

Being natural is a gift, and in this book, author Michael July explore the progression of natural hair into mainstream culture and media.

article by Alexis Webb via essence.com

These are the perfect conversation starters for your house guests. 

What happens when you combine your love for literature with an interest for beauty and hair? Well, tons of fun and interesting home décor that can inspire your daily routine!

Coffee table reads don’t always have to be mundane. They can often also offer some lighthearted relief, much needed pick-me-up or an education while chatting with friends and family over the latest “tea.”

Vintage Black Glamour

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Black Love Day…2016!!!

This warrants a repost today, for 2017…so, share the love!
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Today marks Black Love Day! Here’s a bit of info, for those who are wondering what it is and what it celebrates:

BLD is an African-centered, alternative to the commercial Valentine’s Day with the wholistic goals of encouraging: 1) Black self-love instead of self-hatred; 2) Racial healing to stop White supremacy, racism and entitlement; 3) The return to Love to heal all relationships for increased peace to stop violence!

BRIEF HISTORY: BLD was founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA), and CEO of PositivEnergyWorks. Founder of Optimum Life Breathology, Transcendence Breath Worker, Sound Healer, Speaker, Storyteller, Author, Host- “The Sage-ing Baby Boomer Show”.

Yearly, Black Love Day has grown in popularity similar to Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. It has become recognized on many college campuses, notably FAMU, Morgan State and Howard U. as well as in many communities.

Black Love Relationship…

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Nomine Michelle Obama – Named after Michelle Obama

I meant to post this on Mrs. Obama’s birthday…but, no harm done in re-blogging it now!
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Happy Belated Birthday, Mrs. Obama – 2017!

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama: 17 January 1964 – Present

Yesterday, 17 January, was the birthdate of current but outgoing First Lady of the United States: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. She was born on this day in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, which makes her a steadfast Earth sign – the “Water-Goat,” Capricorn.

I will miss her when she and her family officially leave the White House. It was refreshing to see, in my lifetime, a first lady that I could look at and draw inspiration from – because she resembles me. She knows the struggles of, and the roadblocks faced by, women of colour. These issues are generally minimized and dismissed by most, even by other ‘marginalized’ groups.

She is educated. Intelligent. Elegant. Classy. Caring. Statuesque. Beautiful. The love she has for her husband and her daughters is apparent and genuine. She is committed to good health in a way that isn’t preachy, arrogant or self-centered. She stands up for what she believes in, and speaks out openly and honestly about things that matter. I look at her and see myself – and see a woman that I can look up to. She represents myself, my sisters, my niece, my aunts, and my mother. She represents the dreams of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I sure wish that they’d lived to see President Obama’s election – they certainly would have felt as proud as I did when I watched his inauguration.

I can’t help but note that she is the same height as I am. The comparisons don’t end there; I was pleased when a former co-worker of mine came up to me at a company picnic one year. I was wearing a sleeveless leather vest with jeans and chaps, as I was on my motorcycle. He looked at me and blurted out: “You have Michelle Obama arms!” A clumsy compliment, to be sure – but a compliment nonetheless, so I accepted it and went on my merry way.

She is a lawyer, educated at Princeton and Harvard. She isn’t a model, but very easily could be – her sense of style and fashion is enviable, and some of the outfits she has worn are phenomenal.

Happy belated birthday, Mrs. Obama. I hope that you and your family have a nice, long, quiet, relaxing, well-earned and well-deserved vacation! Your presence in the White House meant quite a bit to myself and many others. The historic significance of your tenancy cannot be denied – the magnitude is immense.

Thank you.

Monday Music: 16 January 2017

I’m working on a post about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this national holiday, keeping in mind that not all states, districts, or even industries celebrate it. Here’s a bit of music to keep you entertained while I get it completed.

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Demanding respect and more space in society but why does black women’s activism bother people so much?

Yep – this is what I live on a daily basis…and I refuse to be silenced.
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Well, one must admit that this seems to be the case. For the decades and in fact centuries that black women of Brazil simply accepted the position that Brazilian society reserved for them, no one really said anything because, well, it was just the way things were. But times have changed and continue to change. Black Brazilian women want representation in ALL areas of Brazilian society as well as a voice at the table to discuss her role and how she will be portrayed. But with this activism has come all sorts of complaints and push back. Black women and the black population as a whole has been accused of “seeing racism in everything”, “whining” and forgetting “their place.” And we also note these attitudes in the increased racist internet attacks on black women who have prominent public profiles (see here

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Meet Ana Flávia: From Salvador, Bahia, she recently made history after becoming the first black woman to win the Ford Models contest

This is excellent! Back when I did modeling, the Ford Agency was highly sought-after. Congratulations to this beautiful young woman!
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Well anyone who heard about this story recently just knew that she would make headlines here at BW of Brazil! I mean, her whole story is what this blog is all about! A black woman with salient African features and rockin’ cabelo black power (an afro). And she’s from Salvador, Bahia, the city whose nickname is Roma Negra, meaning Black Rome! Of course congrats are in order as her victory brings yet another topic that we consistently speak on here: black representation. But in typically Brazilian fashion, there IS one problem with the way she won. She was the ONLY black woman in the contest! The more things change the more they remain the same! Anyway, congratulations to Ana Flávia!

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Meet the young woman from Mussurunga who made history as first black woman to win the Ford Models contest

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Beautiful Images…15 December 2016

I found out this morning that I have been nominated for a blog award, and I’m prepping for a B2B (blogger-to-blogger) interview! I’m humbled and honoured to be noted by these bloggers, and am very appreciative of their support. I can’t thank them enough!

I’m combing the vast corners of cyberspace for inspiration, and happened to find these wonderful images and pictures – so, I figured that I’d share them! Enjoy…

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(Image by Terry Love, Love Plumbing & Remodel)

Comments Policy

I moderate all comments for this exact reason…I always have, and I always will!
I’m standing with my fiery-spirited Sister on this…racists, trolls, and dumb mutha-fuckas BEGONE!
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Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit

This is a direct response to a nasty comment made on one of my previous posts. I am not a nice person when somebody says or writes the wrong things so things are about to get ugly. Real Ugly!!  You May STOP Reading Now.

As Creator and Moderator of this blog I reserve the right to call out any stupid, racist, sexist, dumb ass or ageist comments.  I recently ReBlogged a post about an All Black Cowgirls Team. Anyone who has an ounce of good sense and a knowledge of racist American History should know why Black people in this country need and must have All Black Teams, Events, Organizations, Groups etc….. There has rarely been and given the upcoming administration will be any societies, organizations, groups, etc… where Blacks are or will be seen as equals. We’ve been having this battle for 400 years and even through the eight…

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The Cowgirls of Color: Black Women’s Team is Bucking Rodeo Trends

I love this – it’s awesome! These young ladies are an inspiration.
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GOOD BLACK NEWS

Pinky, Pennie (in background) and KB calm their horses before riding in the grand entry. (Photograph: M Holden Warren)

article by Annalies Winny via theguardian.com

The Cowgirls of Color are frustrated. It’s the final stop of Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and the only all-female team has had a difficult first ride, making their chances at a victory very unlikely. “The whole point was to win, not just to be in [the event] because we’re girls,” says KB, a 39-year-old legal administrator who has been riding with the team for a year and a half.

In a sport dominated by white men, the all-female, all-black team is a rarity. At the Bill Pickett rodeo, the only black rodeo in the country, high-octane events such as bull riding and steer wrestling remain almost exclusively male. But every year brings more female contestants than the last.

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