Fact 2: First Black College

According to jhbe.com, on April 29, 1854 The Ashmun Institute in Oxford, Pennsylvania was the First Black college for black men, where you could earn a degree. Even though Cheyney University may have been a college established for African Americans in 1837, they weren’t a degree-granting institute. Ashmun created theological, classical and scientific training to blacks during that time.

 

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The institute, which is now named Lincoln University, was named after Jehudi Ashmun. Ashmun was a social reformer who helped reorganize and preserve the struggling African American Colony, which is now Liberia.

After the name change to Lincoln University in 1866, Thurgood Marshall and Langston Hughes earned a degree from the university in 1930.

               

 

Yayyyy for education!!

Be on the lookout for Fact 3 soon.

Featured image photo credit:  thesophisticatedchronicles.blogspot.com

Thurgood Marshall photo credit: wikipedia.com

Langston Hughes photo credit: thenewyorker.com

 

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Black History Month: Fact 1

With Black History Month being here, it’s only right to pay homage to the dedicated month to African Americans who’ve changed history; even though we shouldn’t only celebrate for just one month, this month is specifically for us folks. Sooo I will be posting facts all month long, so here goes:

FACT 1:

Carter G Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History”, was the founder of Black History Month,  which at the time was called “Negro History Week.” In February of 1927, Woodson observed the second week of February for African Americans, their history and events. In 1976, President Gerald Ford expanded the week, to the full month of February.

 

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The month was picked because it was the birthday month of Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Preacher; and Former Prez Abraham Lincoln who abolished slavery.

Woodson not only holds the title of “Father of Black History” for implementing the observance but also obtained a Masters Degree AND Doctorate degree, emphasizing in History. He gets much respect and deserved/deserves every bit of his title.

Keep looking out for more facts as the days go by in February.

 

#OscarsWhiteout Nominations 2016

  The list of Oscar Nominations came out yesterday and as person could notice, there was something missing from the categories—black actors/actresses. I understand that the year 2015 wasn’t a big year for us, Blacks people to star in a lot of movies. A few movies that came out last year starring Black people were:

  • Selma

  • Focus

  • Straight Outta Compton

  • The Perfect Guy

  • Beast Of No Nation

  • Concussion

  • Creed

Maybe a few more, but anyhow, Selma already received “some” recognition by, at least, getting a nomination for “Best Motion Picture” and won the award for “Best Original Song” created by John Legend and Common.

As far as the other movies, there should have been a nomination for at least Will Smith in either movie he starred in;  O’Shea Jackson Jr, Jason Mitchell, and or Corey Hawkins for playing Ice Cube, Eazy E and Dr. Dre; Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy for The Perfect Guy; Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation”; and finally Michael B Jordan for playing in “Creed.”

  

 

Speaking of the movie “Creed”, actor Sylvester Stallone was able to get a nomination for his supporting role as Rocky Balboa. Even a few days ago he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Golden Globe Awards. How is it that, he was able to get  two nominations, and one that turned into a win–for a SUPPORTING role, which is okay, BUT how come the leading actor Michael B Jordan wasn’t able to snag at least one nomination? That’s not right at all. One reason why I think that Sylvester Stallone was able to get a nomination and win, is because he’s gotten some recognition in the past for his roles playing Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movies. The movies as a whole were nominated for four awards and the First Rocky Movie won the Best Picture Award. Stallone was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Rocky IV movie. So, I feel that the executives think they owe at least a nomination to the man, since he’s gotten nominations in the past–BULL SHIT right, but that’s my opinion.

 

According to Marc Malkin, from E News, he says that this is the second year in a row where all 20 actors and actresses nominated are white and he says sarcastically that you can guarantee that the hash tag for the night of the show will be #OscarWhiteOut

On the brighter side, Chris Rock is hosting the awards (the least they can do, right?) and I’m sure he’ll have the crowd laughing and cracking a few jokes about the obvious snugs.

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I don’t think I will be watching this year. Only because I believe boycotting, along with other black celebrities, will show white America that this acknowledge is in order and once their ratings show a decline, the executives will get it together.

 

DANII GOLD—OUT!

 

Photo credit Focus: movieposters2.com

Photo Credit Concussion: thereelcritic.com

Photo Credit Straight Outta Compton: popoptiq.com

Photo Credit The Perfect Guy: rollingout.com

Photo Credit Beats of No Nations: omgmagazinepics.com

Photo Credit Creed: http://www.youtube.com

Golden Globe Awards: My favorite highlights

The Golden Globes were alright to me…just alright.The highlight of the night for me, other than Denzel Washington winning the Cecile B. Millie Award, was one of my favorite actresses winning the award for Best Actress in A Drama Television Series–Taraji P Henson. I just LOVE this lady. This was her first Golden Globe win and really her first BIG win as her role on Empire, playing Cookie Lyon. She rocked a white Stella McCartney Gown to the show.

Before Taraji’s speech, when it was announced that she won the award, she started handing out cookies to people in the crowd on her way up to the stage. HA, now that was hilarious.  Her speech was everything and she was being herself, and that’s real. In her speech, she says that it’s odd that she got her award for playing a woman who sold crack and spent 17 years in jail versus, her getting an award for a more positive role, like what she had played in the Karate Kid. But she says “The World Loves Real.” Here’s the video below:

 

I wish her more success and more awards in the future and I will continue to be a fan of hers.

 

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Me’Nonca Johnson: Independent Public Relations Consultant

The year 2015 was a year of young adults being their own boss, from starting online boutique stores, to creating their own brand of clothing–BUT then there is Me’Nonca Johnson, or “MJ”. She is different from that typical line of entrepreneurship, she is an independent Public Relations Consultant.

 

With MJ’s self-sufficient attitude, she’s managed to have a clientele that is continually growing.  She got her start from simply being around the right people at the right time.

MJ’s inspiration started when she randomly met Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams. She built a relationship with with him and gained his mentorship. She was also able to tag along with his Public Relations Representative Jane Higgins and THAT is when she had an eye opener. Higgins was also rapper Nelly’s P.R agent early on in his career. Higgins taught MJ what she needed to know to help forthcoming artists, like her big brother “Fame” who is an upcoming artist in St. Louis.

MJ was just 14 when she started tagging along with Jane. In a way, that was MJ’s way of interning her way into the business. By the time opportunities were available to her, she had already built relationships with people, to gain access through the doors of the Public Relations world.

MJ’s first legit job was with Nawgan, the Brain Alertness Drink, that was headquartered in St. Louis. Since then, the company has moved to Dana Point, California. After that opportunity, she needed to keep building contacts, so MJ continued interning with different companies. Of course she dealt with her fair share of scams, dealing with people who were saying they were something/someone that they weren’t. The scams were more about opportunity and less about money.

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She goes by the motto “Fool me once” especially dealing with certain people and companies. Once they fooled her once, she wiped her hands clean with them and moved on to the next opportunity until she realized that she can do this business on  her own. Her mindset is: “Once the contract is up, so is that opportunity.” With MJ’s self-determination, it motivates her to keep working on her next move. She likes her freedom and being her own boss because she says “She doesn’t have to be in a box and she can show off her talents without it being controlled.” She makes her on rules, because she is her own boss. Boss ladies don’t get play too often, if at all.

 In five years, MJ sees herself writing or co-writing movies, mentoring those in need,  being part of charitable organizations, and even being part of a lot of light shows, which are big on the east coast. She still keeps in contact with Aeneas Williams and Jane Higgins because she believes that “Where you get your start, Is important.” Those two are always helping her get new connections and they even vouch for her. When a Hall of Famer and his Public Relations Rep speak good things of you, then you KNOW you are doing something right.

She is doing big things at such a young age, 23. It’s good to see young black women being independent and starting their own businesses. If you ever need her business, here is her contact information: MenoncaJ@yahoo.com and be looking out for her in the year 2016.

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Boxycharm Arrival

That’s a deal you’re getting, especially only paying $21 a month.

So finally my month subscription arrived!

I’ve been with Boxycharm going a little over 9 month now. Every time I receive it in the mail I always get excited. There is always about 4-5 full size product (some times more like this month), some are every high end and other you can get from a local store. I pay $21 dollars a month. I have always loved the variety! So I’ll show what I received this month.

This is how the box normally looks. 20151220_122251 (1)

It always has a monthly theme.

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It gives a list and price range for the products inside. 20151220_122639

I haven’t tried all of these product yet. But I have tried the Ofra Creme Long Lasting Lipstick (Picture 3). As well as the Bellapierre Gel Lip Liner (Picture 1) and I love those two together. I have always tried the NCLA Cuticle oil (Picture 5)and I must say…

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New Year, Why Wait Now?

So it’s a new year and people are always making New Year Resolutions and never fall through with it, only because they hold off on it, or say they are going to start the next month and next month and so on. Some  resolutions people make:

  • ” I’m going to start eating healthier starting next year.”

  • ” I’m going to read more.”

  • “I’m going to start exercising….next year.:

  • “I’m going to cut a few people off.”

  • “I’m going to manage my money better.”

I’m sure you see my point, I personally think that you shouldn’t wait until the New Year, only because you should start the change while you are noticing that you want to make that change. If you want to eat healthier, start that same day or even the next day. While you are eating the McDonalds burger that isn’t healthy for you, just finish it up since you already paid for lol, and start fresh the next day, but don’t wait till the new year or in this case since the new year is here, don’t start the next month or a month before you are going on vacation to a beach. Start immediately because the longer you wait, dealing with health, it can get worse. That goes along with exercising. I’m no saint when it comes to doing either but I’m “slowly” working on it and I didn’t wait until January 1st to start. The longer you wait to exercise, the more you are going to gain weight, if you don’t eat healthy, depending on your metabolism.

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When it comes to reading more, that is very essential to this day and age, mainly because of all this police brutality and racism going on, you don’t want to read the first thing you see; research, get the facts before you jump to conclusions. The first thing you may read is “Black Man shot by police for stealing from convenience store.” If you don’t do your research then you won’t know the whole back end of the story. I’m getting off subject but my point is, read! Try to read a book a month or every two to three months, just to stimulate your mind and have peace.

 

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As far as cutting people, do it while they are doing you dirty and have you feeling sketchy towards them. Why wait till this year to leave ’em alone? You should’ve been doing that when the person was on some BS. It may be hard to fully cut people off, so my advice is to do slowly, then while there is the disconnect, let them know…or not, if that’s your thing. Don’t have people in your life that aren’t trying to better themselves. If your surroundings don’t motivate you then how will you better yourself? Some people can better themselves without having other positive people around them but why not have people in your circle that support you and that are positive influences on your life? Just saying.

 

 

Money management!! I know this could be hard but this is definitely an investment you shouldn’t wait on. If you manage your money right away, then you can invest in the finer things you may want, like a new coat, shoes, car, vacation, house, etc. Don’t wait, because something as simple as saving $5 once a week over a period of time, is a start, then eventually increase that amount. Every little bit counts.

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That’s all I got for ya.

Toodles!