Hello All! I’m glad to have you. As you can see, DiasporAfri, LLC is growing. I really want DiasporAfri to feel like a family, a journey, and that is why I like to give life to Black people’s actual voices and stories. So give me feedback, what would you like to see? What is important to you? As DiasporAfri grows, I’d like to tell you what is next, and what I am currently working on to catch you all up.
- Dear Black People™ Webinar Series will be back at the end of March! I am taking the time to refine it using the feedback from the first round, and giving life to specific narratives. This series is liberating minds. I will use part of the proceeds to provide free workshops for youth on a mass scale, that has always been the plan, but now it is revealed!
- Melanated Gem™ Handmade Accessories to uplift and empower the Global Black Diaspora are now on sale! These waist beads, headbands, and bracelets are special y’all! I made them with the colorful character of the Global Black Diaspora in mind, they are themed, they are powerful, they are bright, and you’ll have a reminder everyday of who you are!
- Garden of Love: A Book of Poems is being updated to reflect the poems I have written this year that you all love, thanks for the feedback! The updated book will be available next Wednesday, right on time for Wordy Wednesdays! Please support, this book features poems that I have written from 2009 until now, yes 2009! when I was just in undergrad, you can definitely see the evolution of my mind through the poems.
- The DiasporAfri, LLC App is in pitch mode, and development mode, so I am using feedback to create a product that will really speak to my audience the way you all need to be spoken to, it’ll be great this time around!
- The Day I learned to Cook Oatmeal: A Journey of Faith, Love, and Redemption is being updated as well to reflect part 4, it has been off of the bookstore for a few months now, but I have ten copies at home, it sold pretty well the first time around, but with the change of events in the world, I am updating it to add some more advice for the times! That will be available in April.
- Check out the brand new events calendar page to see when the next event or workshop is, and when I’ll be featured as a guest speaker. I have an event coming up on Sunday 11/14/2021 as I’ll be presenting for the Africanidad community, the same one featured in this blog post.
- As always, you can subscribe to this blog to read uplifting and forward moving content everyday, and I’ll be working on new music soon as well, but as you can see, I’m very busy!
- Last but not least, I am doing my 2nd round of reaching out to members of Congress and the Senate, for a full list of initiatives on behalf of the Black Community. This is to create one authentic sound and due our duty of accountability as citizens! This time, I am also reaching out to partner with liberated organizations as well. Check out a meeting from the first round of meetings!
The purpose of DiasporAfri, LLC is to educate, uplift, and entertain the Global Black Diaspora for the purpose of unity! No division over here, if we notice an issue, we address it with forward moving solutions. We reject white supremacy and we free our minds to be fully confident and dependent on ourselves, as every united people should be. We have no time to waste, Black people’s safety and well being is on the line, and people are falling victim to 400 year old tactics. At DiasporAfri divide and conquer is demolished, and we support our sistren and brethren across the diaspora unapologetically. Consider donating as well, as I use the opportunity to reach as many people as I can, a donation form can be found below, especially for the development of the DiasporAfri app! With the many initiatives you see above, I kindly ask for your support and wish to partner with other liberated organizations doing the same!
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Hello All! I found 3 posts of Shirley Chisholm on my blog and chose this one as my favorite one as they each highlighted different accomplishments. I literally love her and her tenacity, it reminds me of me; which is why many people told me to run for Congress. As we move forward as a people, it is women’s voices and actions that will elevate us. It will also be men, but it will be in unity with Black women. We will lead some battles and some men will lead others, but we will no longer erase Black women from history. Enjoy my favorite activist “auntie”, Shirley Chisholm! Happy Black History Month! I look forward to continuing to create Black history with you all, all year round.
Shirley Chisholm, a descendant of Bajans (Barbados) born and raised in New York City, is the first Black woman to ever be voted into United States Congress in 1968. She is a woman of many firsts. As the first Black Person and First Black woman to ever run for president of the United States, as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic Party; she was “Unbought and Unbossed” as she titled her first published book. I resonate with her so much because I have the same sentiments, everything I do doesn’t need sponsorship or censorship, I move according to conviction on what’s right. Ms. Chisholm did the same.
Like many of us with parents from other countries, Shirley Chisholm spent time in Barbados which she credited for her strict education and structured upbringing. She credits her grandmother for giving her a sense of pride in herself that she didn’t need from others.
Prior to entering politics, Ms. Chisholm worked as a teachers aide until gaining her masters degree in early childhood education. While directing a daycare; she became well known for her advocacy on early childhood issues. She had a spirit of advocacy which carried her through her time at the New York State Legislature & all the way until her time at Congress. She helped create many policies that directly affected disadvantaged people, such as the SEEK program (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) to the state, which provided disadvantaged students the chance to enter college while receiving intensive remedial education.
Ms. Chisholm ran for Congress with the slogan “unbought and unbossed” as she campaigned to women voters due to strong opposition from men. Her election to congress made her the first Black woman and only woman elected that year. She played a critical role in the creation of the SNAP food program for women and children, and expanded the food stamp program. As a member of the education and labor committee, she was the third highest ranking member. Half of Ms. Chisholm’s staff was black women, while she only hired women as staffers. She was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Later in her career, Shirley Chisholm decided to explore the option of running for president. She became the first black personality to run for presidency as part of a major party. Although criticized, she understood the dynamics of what she was running up against so it did not discourage her; she ended up finishing in 7th place. She is also the first woman to ever appear in a presidential debate.
The reason I look up to Ms. Shirley Chisholm is because like many Black women, she led the way. She kept herself high and did not let the discouragements of a majority stop her. Everything she did was to uplift and create change for underprivileged people, and she was not there for just politics. She stood her ground and even though the works may not talk about her much; she created a legacy that any Black woman who wants to be a politician can look up to. She shows us that it’s possible to be genuine and not follow the clear set rules; but break them in a good way to create lasting change.
I plan to follow in Ms. Chisholm’s footsteps; thank you for layout out the blueprint for young change makers like myself!
Hello All! When you think about the many attempts Black people have made to liberate ourselves, it has been met with resistance or violence. However, when talking of inclusion, they are all for it, why? Because, inclusion means that America gets to pick and choose who enters their supremic space (yes I made that word up), and it keeps them in “check”, while falsely telling other Black people that “if you just do this, you can be like her/him”. Well, you have politicians, like this first Black Senator, Blanche Kelso Bruce, famously known as B.K. Bruce, who was born into slavery, attempt to really be a representative and make strides for Black people, but met with resistance. It is sad that almost 200 years later, Black politicians are still being met with resistance and have to sugarcoat what other ethnicities have never sugarcoated when they are fighting for justice. The saddest part is, we do not know whether or not to trust them as many times they get swayed away into the “diversity and inclusion” propaganda. We are not the spokesperson for everybody, we are the spokesperson for ourselves. I can’t advocate for other groups, I don’t have the energy or time, and neither should any black person! I wanted to highlight B.K. Bruce as a reminder that being met with resistance doesn’t mean that our efforts are in vain, it just means that we resist as well! Keep saying the same thing over and over again, that’s what I do, I just say it in different ways! A school in Washington. DC names after Senator Bruce was gentrified and changed to Cesar Chavez school, let’s not let them erase our history, let’s keep recording it and making history from our own point of view so that it is authentically preserved!
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
On February 14 of 1961, B.K. Bruce of Mississippi became the first African American to preside over the US senate.
Bruce’s advocacy for African Americans was most evident in issues affecting black war veterans. He was a staunch defender of black servicemen, promoting integration of the armed forces and fair treatment. On April 10, 1878, he unsuccessfully attempted to desegregate the U.S. Army, citing the U.S. Navy as a precedent. Two years later, Bruce delivered a speech asking the War Department to investigate the brutal hazing of black West Point cadet Johnson C. Whittaker. The following year, he supported legislation that prevented discrimination against the heirs to black soldiers’ Civil War pensions. He also submitted a bill in 1879 to distribute money unclaimed by black Civil War soldiers to five African–American colleges. As the bill gained publicity, however, more claimants came forward and depleted the fund. The Senate Committee on Education and Labor eventually reported against the bill.
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Hello All! So I originally wrote this blog post on January 29, 2018, about the Free African Society. As I’ve stated before, even last week, I know that Black people come from all backgrounds, religions, incomes, and ways of life, but our unity is our fight. That’s what the Free African Society of 1781 did, brought Black people together from all religions and backgrounds to strategize and provide aid to build up leaders in the Black community, so it can be done! I’m not the type of person who looks at the thousands who can’t, I focus on the ones who can, and have, and are; because I’m a doer. As a doer, I do, and I will, and I’m bringing people along with me. Check out the throwback Black History Month blog post below, and let’s have a dialogue! Also, register to join me for week 3 of the Dear Black People Webinar series, by clicking here. Enjoy!
I visited the African American Museum again last week, and I found myself asking the question “where is the Church’s place in our ongoing civil rights movement?” I am a Christian, and what I realized is that the church was unapologetic about fighting for freedom after slavery, and throughout the civil rights movement. Churches were the places where people organized, and used faith to bring the message of freedom and equality to the masses. We have to get back to that point. We can no longer apologize for using our faith to fight for freedom. The two go hand in hand, it’s relevant. I found this article on the Free African Society of Philadelphia, which was founded on January 28th, 1787. Check out the article below!
After Richard Allen secured his freedom, he was a circuit preacher and attended meetings in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. When Allen came to the Philadelphia in 1786, he was approached by the minister of St. George’s United Methodist Church to preach to the small number of African Americans who attended. It was here that Allen met Absalom Jones, a former worshiper at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The two men, along with other black community leaders, talked about forming their own religious society. However, since they came from many different backgrounds and religions, they instead formed the Free African Society in 1787.
Among the first organizations of its kind in America, the Free African Society’s main goal was to provide aid to newly freed blacks so that they could gather strength and develop leaders in the community. The Society soon became too large to meet in Richard Allen’s house and its meetings moved to the Quaker African School House. In 1789, the Society more closely aligned itself with the Quaker faith and its meetings began to mimick Quaker services. That prompted Allen, who was a Methodist, and many who were loyal to him to leave the organization.