Highlights – Beautiful Black People Who Touch Lives

Melony McGant

Beloveds,

Let Us Enter This Day with Tender Consideration…

Know that we must be Gentle with ourselves and all others.
Breathe Deeply Six Times.
Inhale the Breath of Love and Exhale Tender Consideration with Love.
Today Is a Day for Compassion, Courage, Deep Listening, Tender Consideration and Healing.
With Humility, Breathe Deeply and Exhale Slowly Four More Times.
Inhale the Breath of Love and Exhale Tender Consideration with Love.
With Tender Consideration, Compassion and Courage…
Embrace, Feel and Honor Each Healing Breath of Love!
Always, Melony
Peace Is Possible through Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Deep Listening, Faith, Forgiveness, Hope, Integrity, Kindness, Mercy, Patience, Respect, Understanding and the Gift of Love!

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We Can’t Do While Black

I was browsing one of my favorite blogs, VSB(verysmartbrothas.com), really expecting to see an article on Baltimore from Panama one of the bloggers. Panama is near Baltimore. When I started reading this blog it was basically 2 bloggers and a guest blogger every blue moon. Now, the blog site has grown to include various blogger guests. But another blogger’s blog got my eye. Pleasantly, I found this article that provoked me to listen to”To Pimp A Butterfly” and share some of the things we Black folks understand to be true. Check out some “can’t do” from the list.

Living And Other Things We Can’t Do While Black

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We can’t start listing the names of the people who we know have lost their lives to police brutality without wondering if we forgot any.

We can’t keep up with those names day in and day out.

We can’t listen to some song about being in love or being happy without listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” first.

We can’t let two Black public intellectuals beef without feeling the need to remind everyone that we have more important things to worry about.

We can’t laugh at jokes about the police because no joke about them is funny.

We can’t walk by police without fearing them or hating them.

We can’t live without fear for our ownselves and each other.

We can’t protest in peace because that hasn’t worked.

We can’t riot because that hasn’t worked.

We can’t go to every march.

We can’t do a damn thing, but we also can’t stop trying.

Excerpt from VSB blog by Jozen Cummings who is often referred to by many as the real-life Jozen Cummings. He’s that real. He is a features reporter at the New York Post, where he is responsible for a weekly column called Meet Market. More importantly, he is the author and creator of Until I Get Married, and he hosts a monthly trivia night in Harlem called All Good Questions Trivia at Corner Social. He lives in Harlem, graduated from Howard University, and grew up in Seaside, California.

 

Black Social Clubs or Bougie Clubs

When I was in my twenties I seen older folks, in their 40’s, becoming members or members of various social clubs. Black social clubs are local and national organizations that were created by those who may be considered the talented tenth. Locally(Pittsburgh), we have the likes of the FROGS (friendly rivalry often generates success),Jack and Jill is a national social club started in Philadelphia 1938, as well as the Links. These Black social clubs can be considered the upper class of Black society. These folks use to be chauffers, housekeeping staff or cooking staff of rich white folks. Now these groups have professionals in medicine, education , business and entertainment fields.

The FROGS is frogstrana Black men social group whose purpose is to have fun. The club founder, Wilbur C. Douglas named the club and registered the in name in Harrisburg, May 10 1910. The FROGS celebrate more than 100 years as a Black organization that has evolved into a upper class group membership. Today, as in the past, there are Pittsburghers and folks from all over the land who spend the end of July with the FROGS before departing on August vacations. Below is the club’s description of itself.

The traditions that evolved in the past 95 years that have made the FROGS Club who we are, will continue into the next millennium, and are being renewed with increasing vigor. We are not only about the business of having fun, but also about the business of reaching back and helping those not as fortunate as we. Friendly Rivalry Often Generates Success- FROGS.
Excerpt from https://www.blacktie-pittsburgh.com 2005.

Another Black organization, the Links, was founded by 2 Philadelphia Black women for Black women. I have gone to a couple of events given by a local group of Links. I felt I was the youngest one in the room by 20-30 years not wearing a fancy-showpiece hat. But what do you do when you are with your boyfriends’ mom. You have no choice but to suck it up and enjoy the event.

The Links, Incorporated founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
Excerpt from http://www.linksinc.org

JJ-Color-LogoWe can’t talk about Black social clubs without talking about the Jack and Jill organization. It too was started by Black women who started a mother’s club of middle and upper middle class mothers who wanted to bring their children together to experience a variety of educational, social and cultural opportunities, which, due to segregation and racism, were not otherwise readily available to African American children, regardless of the socio-economic status of their parents. They plan age appropriate activities and events such as ski week-end, community service, pool parties, museums, theatre and college tours. And, here is the clincher, membership is by invitation only. Real Bougie!!

These folks may live in upper class neighborhoods with manicured lawns and country clubs but they can be found on Saturdays in urban barber and beauty shops and on Sundays in our urban Black churches getting their praise on before heading back to their piece of the pie in white suburbia.
We see you Black Bougie people, we are keeping our eye on you!!

Ferguson, MO???

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Black folks have been a target of white hate since the end of the civil war and slavery. I guess its hard giving up free labor and the ideology that makes Black folks lesser human beings and not entitled to the same rights as whites. Even though we have been free about 150 years we are still being plotted against.

We Black folks are good at sitting back and taking injustice and prejudice quietly. Like the great migration north and west. It was a quiet movement against the caste system established in the Jim Crow south to keep Black folks down and suffering. We did what any other people would do who wants freedom. We left the south. Over the years, we have had to endure various injustices and political plans against us. But now in Ferguson, Mo., Black folks have taken to the streets to protest and riot because of the murder of Mike Brown who was unarmed and shot while his hands were in the air.

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Ferguson is a suburb of St Louis, Mo., and St Louis is the headquarters of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). This organization is like the so-called respectable “citizens’ councils” formed in the 1950’s and 1960s to fight integration and maintain the southern way of life. This organization boasts as one of its founders the segregationist Lester Maddox, ex-governor of Georgia. In 1998, the media exposed prominent congressional republicans for their affiliation with this organization. For example, Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, who was Majority Leader, was forced to resign over his affiliation with the CCC. Over the years, the CCC had friends in high places like former senator John Ashcroft of Missouri who fought desegregation of St Louis schools. The CCC openly celebrated when President George W. Bush appointed Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General with the newsletter headlines “Our Ship Has Come In.” So, can you imagine the decades of the influence of this organization in the state of Missouri. Is this why Ferguson police force of 52 officers and only 3 are Black when the population is two-thirds Black.

Thank God, the Black citizens of Ferguson are not being quiet!!