June 30, 2008
WEEN’s missions, goals and vision which will target three core areas:
- corporate social responsibility
- media/artist responsibility
- community programs/outreach
To purchase this book click here. Advise them that shecodes sent you.!!!
The Law and Policy Group, Inc.’s Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls® is the first ongoing report on the state of Black females in America. The Law and Policy Group has long believed that Black women and girls hold a valued place within both the Black community and the larger society. This Report responds to a long awaited need to present the Black female as a whole person with achievements and challenges enabling agencies, individuals, and the media to better understand the progress and pressures of Black women and girls. It provides data on the complex world of Black women and girls from infant to elder in areas of health, education, religious beliefs, employment/income, family status, political participation, and criminal justice.
I found this beautiful luxury hotel in Marrakech, Morocco. The Kasbah Agafay Hotel and Spa,
here are some photos from the hotel and information about the city. Enjoy!!
Marrakech or Marrakesh (مراكش Marrakesh), known as the "Red City" or "Al Hamra," is a city with a population of 1,036,500 (as of 2006) in southwestern Morocco, near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The possible origin of its name could be from the Tamazight (Berber) words mur (n) akuch, which means "Land of God". (The root "mur" is now in the Berber languages used only in the feminine form "tamurt"). The same word "mur/mawr" appears in the country Mauritania, but this interpretation is still unproven to this day. There are other possibilities that are often invoked. more info/source
7 more weeks until I hit the sunny beach of Barbados, I can't wait. The last time I was there I was only 9 years old and now I'm 23 , so its been long overdue. Both of my parents, grand parents, great grand and great great grandparents are from Barbados, so I will be going to the National Archives to try and trace back my history a bit further and see what I find.
Let the countdown begin.!!!!!!
June 29, 2008
Former "American Idol" Ruben Studdard has married Surata Zuri McCants at a church in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Alabama will be their home as the 29-year-old-singer gets set to release a new album later this year. source
June 27, 2008
The 10th annual white tea & tiara ball took place last night in London England, the benefit was held for the Elton John's AIDS foundation with Chopard. Guest included Will & Jada Smith, Denzel & Pauletta Washington, Mishca Barton, Chris Tucker and Naomi Campbell
"Anybody in the country who cares about children should be outraged that we have a Supreme Court that would issue a decision like this," said Alabama Attorney General Troy King, a Republican. The justices, he said, are "creating a situation where the country is a less safe place to grow up."
The court's 5-4 decision Wednesday derailed the efforts of nearly a dozen states supporting the right to kill those convicted of raping a child - and said execution was confined to attacks that take a life and to other crimes including treason and espionage.
At issue before the high court was a Louisiana case involving Patrick Kennedy, sentenced to die for raping his 8-year-old daughter in her bed, an assault so severe she required surgery.
In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote "the death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," despite the horrendous nature of the crime. source
June 26, 2008
'Lady Soul Greatest Hits' tour that featured R&B divas Coko of SWV, Shanice and Nicci Gilbert of Brownstone.
The ladies played 10 sold-out shows at Billboard Live venues in
'Lady Soul Greatest Hits' is an almost 90 minute show that features all three singers co-headlining. It has a very
June 25, 2008
~ Alan Cohen
He distinguishes race, racism and racial paranoia.
Race is a social construct; previously non-white groups have become white. In this new political landscape, race has been "pushed so below the surface that we think it no longer matters."
Jackson argues that straight-up racists have also been pushed out of sight:
Archie Bunker is dead. No one is a self-proclaimed racist. That's not the game you want to play. That's progress but it also means that we're living in a world where we have to talk about race when there are no explicit racists.Jackson said racial paranoia is real. It is fueled by politically correct racial interaction, residential segregation and segregated social networks. "We are not privy to what's going on in other communities." He added:Barack Obama has to walk an interesting tightrope between the candidate who doesn't want to talk about race and the candidate who's going to get the country to talk about race. His candidacy demonstrates that schizophrenia – putting out fires on one end and lighting them on the other end. source
June 24, 2008
Mary McLeod Bethune, founder-president of Bethune-Cookman College, named director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. She was the first Black woman to receive a major appointment from the federal government. She educator held the post until January 1, 1944. For bio click here
While she began to sing a tear-filled intro to her signature song 'He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat),' the blond-striped coiffed musician emerged with a bouquet of yellow roses and kissed the double-Grammy Award winner after whispering sweet sentiments in her left air. source
Justice Revius O. Ortique, a seminal civil rights figure and the first African American elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court, died Sunday following a stroke a week earlier. He was 84 years old.
The New Orleans native and World War II veteran earned his bachelor’s degree from Dillard University, a master’s from the University of Indiana and his law degree from Southern University in 1956, according to HistoryMakers.com.
Ortique began his own private law practice in 1956, working on any type of case but focusing primarily on estate cases. His practice became one of the largest estate practices in the State of Louisiana. As the President of the Community Relations Council, Ortique served as "chief negotiator" for the peaceful desegregation of lunch counters, hotels and other public facilities in New Orleans.
Between 1965 and 1967, Ortique served as the president of the National Bar Association. In 1970, after the National Guard shot to death four students and wounded four others who were protesting the war in Southeast Asia, then-President Richard Nixon appointed Ortique to the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Four years later, Nixon named Ortique to the newly created Legal Services Corporation, designed to guarantee equal access to the criminal justice system by providing legal assistance to poor defendants. source
June 23, 2008
"Many said Obama’s lambasting of the stereotypical black father was over the top. I don’t really agree with that. He thankfully did note that half of black households do indeed have a Dad present. Again, not great, but certainly not the dire 70% picture many people usually correlate with the unfortunate percentage of out of wedlock births. And while he did lay it on Black fathers who aren’t active, he did praise the men (especially Michelle’s father) who do indeed sacrifice and put in work. And given the occasion (duh, check the holiday) I think such a speech was timely and appropriate, not pandering. What did you want him to talk about, burning bushes and whales? Sheesh." read full story here
Rihanna was spotted wearing these Balenciaga gladiator boots last week I recall on 106 & Park. The craftmen ship is amazing I must say, wouldn't catch me wearing them because I'll most likely hurt myself !!! I am a fan of Balenciaga they have beautiful tailored clothes.
Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful "the man of the moment," Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power." source
June 22, 2008
Cornrow hairstyles originated in Africa a very very long time ago . The descendants of Africans who live all across the globe (fyi: blacks were in America waaay before the slave trade & ( the diaspora) have created new and innovative styles to the practice. Just like African art and architecture , cornrow hairstyles show the use of four geometric concepts: translations, rotation, reflection, and dilation.
"Hieroglyphs and sculptures dating back thousands of years illustrate the attention Africans have paid to their hair. Braids were etched into the back of the head of the majestic sphinx."
Cornrow hairstyles in Africa also cover a wide social terrain: religion, kinship, status, age, ethnicity, and other attributes of identity can all be expressed in hairstyle. Just as important is the act of braiding, which transmits cultural values between generations, expresses bonds between friends, and establishes the role of professional practitioner.Source
Katherine Mary Dunham (June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator and activist who was trained as an anthropologist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century and has been called the Matriarch and Queen Mother of Black Dance. read more
The resolution, which passed unanimously, called for greater protections for women and demanded aggressors around the world end practices of using violence against women during war, the United Nations reported.
Officials say when women are targeted during conflicts as a tactic to humiliate and instill fear, the conflict deepens and exacerbates fragile security and humanitarian conditions.
The resolution says perpetrators of sexual violence in war should be excluded from amnesty. Additionally, the resolution calls for new measures to be taken to train troops in military humanitarian conduct and to increase protections for women and girls.
June 21, 2008
First proclaimed 12 years ago by the Liberal government of Jean Chretien, National Aboriginal Day is held on June 21, the first day of summer, the longest day of the year and the day deemed to mark the rebirth of Mother Earth. This year's celebration comes less than two weeks after Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally apologized on behalf of the government for the legacy of residential schools, where many young aboriginal people suffered abuse and neglect. source