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Timmie Rogers
    Timmie Rogers was an American comedian, singer-songwriter, bandleader and actor who appeared on many national TV shows in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Timmie Rogers was born in Detroit. At the age of eight, he began earning money by dancing on the street. At the age of 12, Rogers ran away from home and found a job as a dishwasher on a boat, where he learned the languages of the cooks; eventually, he spoke nine.

    He was known as the Unknown Pioneer of (Black) Comedy. He insisted on not wearing blackface when performing his comedy act and stood firm with his conviction. His catchphrase was "Oh Yeah!" and it was a part of his act for over 50 years. Rogers starred in US television's first black prime-time show Uptown Jubilee on CBS Television in 1949.

    Rogers was one of the first Black comedians allowed to directly address a white audience when he worked. Before Rogers, funny African-American men had to either work in pairs or groups, only conversing with each other, and they had to play a character, while famous white comedians, such as Bob Hope and Jack Benny got to play themselves. Rogers worked by himself, always dressed well, often wearing a tuxedo, and never wore blackface.

    His humor was clean, topical, and political. Rogers was inducted into the National Comedy Hall of Fame in 1993, and is often called the Jackie Robinson of comedy, because he opened the door for other performers such as Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby.

    Well, I'll tell you I just don't know how these Hamites endured the humiliating actions of these racist whites the way they did and kept a smile on their faces. To be thought of as less a man, second class citizen. Blacks had proven over and over again in Timmie Days that they could achieve on the same level. It's all about an opportunity. No, you are not superior, so come down from that self-made mountain.

    Thank you, Timmie for exhibiting the class you did, and always taking the high road. Whether he realized it or not, black people were watching and no doubt many chose to model their life after his lofty example. We bestow to you the 2007 Hamite Award which exemplifies class, courage, and honor all of which you accomplished.

    On December 17, 2006, Rogers died of undisclosed causes in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

Timmie Rogers
Comedian Timmie Rogers
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 For the year 2007:
  • Barbara Hillary was the first African-American woman to reach the North Pole

  • Stephen Rochon was the first African-American White House Chief Usher

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women in sports

Charles Luther Sifford
Charles Luther Sifford
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Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds
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Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson
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Serena  Williams
Serena Williams
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Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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      Sports in 2007
  • Golfer Charlie Sifford was awarded the Old Tom Morris Award in 2007.

  • 2007 - feature the "50 Greatest Boxers of All Time" maming Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson the top boxer in history.

  • January 28, 2007 - Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova in the 95th Women's Australian Open.

  • August 7, 2007 - San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds breaks Hammerin Hank (Hank Aaron's) record by connecting with his 756th career home run.

  • 2007 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins The Ring magazine's Fighter of the Year award for the second time in his career.

  • 2007 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award.

  • 2007 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins the Best Fighter ESPY Award.

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blacks and education

     Education in 2007
  • 2007 - 29% of U.S. population and 19% of the African American population, age 25 and over, had completed 4 years or more of college, according tot he U.S. Census.

  • 2007 – The Supreme Court ruled that voluntary racial quota plans for school admission to achieve desegregation in Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Kentucky are unconstitutional, a violation of the equal protection of individuals. Analysis:  This website has done a year by year study starting in 1863 of the American Negro by one's in authority, which everyone knows were racist whites. The U.S. Supreme Court along with every single President after Abraham Lincoln and until Lyndon Johnson were completely absent in protecting and enforcing the rights of Negro citizens. Blacks were regulated as second class citizens in America for decades with The Supreme Courts assistance. Read for yourself some of the racist decisions these courts handed down for blacks, it's all recorded on this website. This treatment left many blacks demoralized and lost from generation to generation, but it gave whites an unfair advantage in achieving American success. Even though racism doesn't exist as it did out in the open in those days, it gave whites an opportunity to build a humongous stronghold on wealth and prosperity in America. Take a look at corporate America for an example of that, it's still white face, and tough to penetrate. Many people lost confidence in the Supreme Courts and didn't consider their decisions as sacred and holy as many others do. But in the 60s because of certain factors, the courts were forced to changed their course of justice, which wasn't justice at all. Blacks now have to learn that nothing will be given them, not even an admittance of privilege and everything must be fought for twice as hard. But it can be done, and will make the successes and accomplishments all the more sweeter.

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We are extremely happy and excited for the future!
There are smaller battles ahead, but we will prevail.
It was a horrific journey.
We thought after slavery was outlawed in 1863, everything would be okay.
But instead, it was a big disappointment the next hundred years for blacks.

Since emancipation blacks have been murdered by lynch mobs, tortured, raped, assaulted, disrespected, demoralized, discouraged and made to feel less than human, and a search of history would reveal blacks seldom retaliated but always longed for peace and justice. But after the victorious civil rights battle, many are in terrible shape mentally, but we will keep on pushing. We've come too far to quit now.

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Most white Americans along with our United States government actively participated in atrocities that bordered on genocide against blacks either by their silence or direct involvement, but there were also many good white American brothers who understood the true meaning of democracy for all.

We couldn't have been victorious without them. Our Civil Rights leaders have been excellent moral examples for us since freedom from slavery. It was a collective effort. They unselfishly lead blacks and did an outstanding job.

They were the only hope of a race of people without a voice in a privileged white society who had kidnapped our U.S. Constitution to their own selfish advantage.

We would like to take this opportunity to give recognition to ones who have helped our American struggle. This is not a complete listing by any means. There were many more shining examples of Americans, both black and white.

But now since we are victorious with our Civil Rights and ready to travel the next phase of our journey, we need strong black leaders who will teach us the critical importance of education. So an important question needs to be answered.

We need to know...
who speaks for the negro

Our fearless Civil Rights leaders have victoriously completed their task and have proudly passed the baton to all African American Mothers and Fathers to continue the struggle by raising our children with high moral standards encouraging them to achieve and soar like the eagles.

who speaks for the negro
The new black leaders of our community,
Aren't they beautiful?
They would make our ancestors very proud!
I think I feel a tear coming

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 President  George W. Bush
President George W. Bush
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     Political Scene in 2007
  • 2007 - George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He was elected president in 2000 after a close and controversial election, becoming the fourth president to be elected while receiving fewer popular votes nationwide than his opponent. incumbent Vice President Al Gore was on the losing end.

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The year 1877 was the worst year for American Blacks

A good foundation means everything when attempting to build and the newly freed Negro just didn't have one. When slaves first tasted freedom in the emancipation, they wanted to assimilate into American culture very badly. They wanted to build and live their lives in harmony with their white American brothers.

There were over four million former slaves who were uneducated and illiterate without any life skills whatsoever. During slavery it was illegal and a felony for anyone caught teaching them to read and write. They were not independent like you and me, but depended on others to provide the necessities of life.

The United States government wanted to help the former slaves and assisted by providing Reconstruction aid which meant education, medical, housing, etc. Imagine the joy in these former slaves heart. The schools were consistently packed with Negroes trying to better themselves. Happiness was all around! Finally! Thank you America, we will prove we can do it! YEAH! This was the general attitude of the Negro.

Sadly, this joy was very short lived because the United States government stopped aid after a few short years because of pressure by racist whites. This totally uncaring and un-American decision was called the 1877 Compromise, with many Negroes calling it the 1877 Grand Betrayal.

Although the Negro was now free, he would have to make do the best way he knew how, without any help whatsoever from the government who put him in slavery in the first place. These people became downtrodden, uneducated nomads living in a hateful white racist world, and because of future laws (Jim Crow) further restricting their rights would remain this way until the 1960s Civil Rights movement.

A good foundation was not laid with blacks assimilation into American culture. Many blacks were understandably demoralized, angry and defeated for many years. The weaker ones continue to be so until this day and still hold a grudge that hurts themselves more than anybody else.

Now ones like Mr. Lewis who is pictured above understood his fantastic African American heritage, and the many examples of black success stories he went on to model his life after. This helped him because he had a good foundation to build on. Study your incredible history that's included in this website and grow because it really is a thing of extraordinary beauty.

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The Race Factor

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     Race in 2007
  • 2007 - 29% of U.S. population and 19% of the African American population, age 25 and over, had completed 4 years or more of college, according tot he U.S. Census.

  • 2007 – The Supreme Court ruled that voluntary racial quota plans for school admission to achieve desegregation in Seattle, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky are unconstitutional, a violation of the equal protection to individuals.

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The purpose of this feature is to arrive at an honest and reliable answer how white Americans feel about black citizens. What better way to accomplish this than to examine its past leaders who represented the communities they served. The three greatest Presidents in American history are revisited for their treatment of black people. Their actions or inactions will without a doubt give us a clue.


George Washington is considered the Father of our country. His contemporaries which included men such as John Adams, John Dickinson, and Willam Whipple just to name a few disliked slavery. Whipple, who was a signer of the Declaration couldn't bring himself to sign the document without first freeing his slave and Dickinson did the same. These men, among others, sincerely believed in the principle that all men are created equal and have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Another of Washington's contemporaries was British author Thomas Day who made the following comment about America's founders:

"If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature, it is an American patriot, signing resolutions of independency with the one hand, and with the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves."

While the Declaration was being created and debated most founders were content in sweeping the slave issue under the rug by leaving out much mention of black slaves because many of them were slaveholders themselves and figured this would make them look like hypocrites.

During the war, the colonist and British actively sought and recruited black slaves to fight and promised freedom after the victory. It's well recorded that slaves fought with courage and valor that ensured American success. George Washington himself remarked in writing:

Washington wrote a letter to Colonel Henry Lee III stating that success in the war would come to whatever side could arm the blacks the fastest.

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But after victory, America didn't keep its promises, and most blacks were forced back into slavery. Of course, George Washington had to know about this but did nothing. Washington had many slaves himself and didn't want to free them and damage his financial stake. History shows he put money interests ahead of principle. Washington was a brilliant soldier but failed as an upholder of truth and justice. As a leader, Washington's inaction would set the tone for future race relations in our country.

Washington had trivialized the principle of human rights for black people, the very complaint the Patriots had against England and the reason the war was fought. It's sad to say, but Washington didn't stay in the truth, but at least the British kept their promise by shipping the many blacks who fought on their side to Sierra Leone Africa and Nova Scotia for a new life.


In contrast to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln evidently didn't share Washington's view of the principles this country was founded. Lincoln was an ardent lover of truth and democracy. He took pride in doing the right thing. We must be honest in saying Lincoln had adamant opinions how he felt about black people personally. He would go on to make the following quotes;

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this to the extent of the difference, is no democracy."

"I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and the black races.... But I hold that ... there is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

"Nearly eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning, we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a "sacred right of self-government." Our republican robe is soiled and trailed in the dust.… Let us repurify it. Let us re-adopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it, the practices, and policy, which harmonize with it.… If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union: but we shall have saved it, as to make, and keep it, forever worthy of the saving."

Now it's very clear from the many negative comments Abraham Lincoln made against black people he wasn't likely to have them over for dinner or have any other social interaction. But if living in our day would have probably changed his views. He was well known for his ability to adapt. So why was he a great President?

Because even though Lincoln felt blacks were not equal, he still felt they should be able to enjoy all the rights a white person did. HOW COURAGEOUS! Lincoln went against the grain and chose to institute the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves and Reconstruction Acts that would eventually give blacks citizenship and the right to vote.

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Lincoln understood what every single President in American history ignored, and that the most important thing for America to keep sacred was upholding the principles of human rights and equality for all. Something that had never been accomplished in any government of humankind's history. Throughout the years all U.S. Presidents bowed down to racist white power and sold out these principles.


During the Roosevelt administration, America would proclaim itself a moral leader of the entire world for human rights and democracy. Without a doubt, this opened the door for the advancement of black people. This was when The Black Cabinet who were an informal group of African-American public policy advisors to the President came into existence, an accomplishment unheard of up until that time.

Roosevelt also issued Executive Order 8802, which created the Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC) which was the most significant federal move in support of the rights of African-Americans between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The President's order stated that the federal government would not hire any person based on their race, color, creed, or national origin. Millions of blacks and women achieved better jobs and better pay as a result.

In 1942, at Eleanor's instigation, Roosevelt met with a delegation of African-American leaders, who demanded full integration into the armed forces, including the right to serve in combat roles and the Navy, the Marine Corps and the United States Army Air Forces. Roosevelt agreed, but then did nothing to implement his promise.

Roosevelt also had a Vice President named Henry Wallace who was a true lover of democracy, justice, and liberty for all. Wallace was a different breed of people of his day because he believed all races were equal in America and weren't afraid to voice this. But sadly, Roosevelt didn't support Wallace as Vice President for his final term in office choosing instead go with Harry Truman who as a younger man once voiced how he felt about non-whites:

"I think one man is as good as another as long as he's decent and honest and not a nigger or a Chinaman. The Lord made the man out of dust, the nigger from mud and threw up what was left to create the Chinaman."

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Roosevelt was a mixed bag when it came to upholding the principles the nation was founded. For example, there were black leaders during his administration who petitioned the United Nations with the declaration of Genocide that the government was committing against blacks. Roosevelt failed to see the importance of being proactive in upholding the principles of the Declaration of Independence for all citizens.

What can we learn from these three great men?

The one most important observation is there weren't any of these Presidents who sincerely liked black people, and throughout the years America's white citizens haven't been any different. The honest truth is whites don't care for blacks as brothers. In their eyes, it's either white superiority or black superiority and forget all that brother crap.

But on the other hand black people view themselves as Americans and don't understand why they can't be looked upon and treated the same as an Irish American, Italian American, English American, Polish American, etc. and are always seeking inclusion as one big happy American family which makes total sense but sad to say many whites can't truthfully see beyond color (which represents advantage).

When it's all said and done racism exist because of money and pride. Just imagine if every single black person in America was a millionaire and lacked for nothing and controlled the purse strings with all white people in extreme poverty begging and eating out of garbage cans. This would eliminate the bulk of racism because whites wouldn't have any power.

Money=power, but money doesn't have to equal hate, it what the one with the power chooses to do with it. This is where pride comes in because all racist feel they are special people and their way of doing things is the best way, the superior way and the only way as far as they are concerned. People have the power to opt for love, but always choose selfishness and hate.

Because of this, America has never been the one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all we see on television, and being the father of our country, George Washington started these false beliefs and practices.

Generally speaking, white citizens today are not much different than these three past Presidents and through the years have become three distinct classes:

(1) George Washington class: This shortsighted and selfish class puts money and greed interest ahead of principle that would promote peace and harmony for the whole.

(2) Abraham Lincoln class: This class puts the welfare of whole first and recognizes this earth doesn't belong to one single group of people and must be truthfully shared equitably.

(3) Franklin D. Roosevelt class: This class hopes for the best but won't lift a finger in achieving that. This class straddles the fence and can sympathize with both the Washington and the Lincoln class. They are wishy-washy and travels where the winds blow them.

It's important to remember that all three classes don't particularity like blacks and have minimal association with them if any, and this is said because even today it's rare for the races to mingle and when they do can be uncomfortable in a social setting, how ridiculous! The race with the power is the only one that can change this for the better. It's that simple.

In a sense, Washington created the blueprint for a distorted and false view of American principles that became the norm in much of America's dealings with black people. Abraham Lincoln tried to do away with this damaging logic and desired America to live up to the principles it was founded and died for his beliefs. Roosevelt dabbled on either side by sitting on the fence of inaction and did little for principle because being partakers of a privileged life was more advantageous to his class.

The danger of this, of course, was that in continuing to undermine principle, the prospect would exist of being faced with an America that wouldn't be recognizable. Lincoln was the only President to understand and appreciate this danger.

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“Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”  Tim Wise

So has America changed, if yes, what has she become?

Good question, but you must answer yourself.

But there are many more questions that need to be answered. Because of the folly of greed and racism and lack of action to speak out by the real Americans, has this country morphed into another form of power that is completely different than it started out? Has it become like an insatiable, greedy, detestable and ugly monster without a soul or conscience?

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     Television / Movies in 2007
  • Forest Whitaker wins at the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland, making him the fourth African-American actor in history to do so, joining the ranks of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx.

  • Television:
  • Yo Momma was an American television show based upon insulting another's mother for fun. The show—which ran from 2006 to 2007, and as the title suggests—used "yo momma" jokes, and many episodes featured guest appearances from rappers.

  • Guest appearances:

    Season 1: Los Angeles
    Week One: Method Man
    Week Two: Mike Jones
    Week Three: Chingy
    Week Four: Ne-Yo
    Best of LA: The were selected as the jury for the hosts
    Season 2: New York City

    Week One (Brooklyn): Jadakiss
    Week Two (Manhattan): E-40
    Week Three (Bronx): Fat Joe
    Week Four (Queens): Chamillionaire
    Best of NY: As was the case in Season One, the mommas of the weekly runner-ups were jury members.

    Season 3: Atlanta
    Week One: Ying Yang Twins
    Week Two: Bow Wow
    Week Three: Jermaine Dupri
    Week Four: Frankie J
    Best of Atlanta

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Frank Morgan
Packed with thrilling music, SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY, is a feature documentary about a gifted alto sax player and Charlie Parker's protégé, Frank Morgan. Morgan fell hard into heroin and got to be almost as good a conman and thief as he was a musician in order to feed his habit. The habit cost him 30 years of his life in and out of prison, most of it at San Quentin, where he performed in a big band with fellow junkie jazz musicians that grew famous in the Bay Area. To bring the past into the present, director NC Heikin and writer Michael Connelly (THE LINCOLN LAWYER) brought an all-star band together into the "Q" for a concert. This hyper-emotional event forms the backbone of this riveting film. A Film By N.C. Heikin
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Barbara McNair
Barbara McNair, was always a great presence on television
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Roscoe Lee Browne
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 Juanita Millender McDonald
Juanita Millender McDonald
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     Famous Deaths in 2007
  • February 4, 2007 - Barbara McNair   was an American singer and actress. Her big break came with a win on Arthur Godfrey's TV show Talent Scouts, which led to bookings at The Purple Onion and the Cocoanut Grove. Barbara was always a very pleasant and familar face on the television screeen.

  • February 17, 2007 - William McGhee was an African-American stage, film and television actor.

  • April 11, 2007 - Roscoe Lee Browne,  was an American actor and director, known for his rich voice and dignified bearing.

  • April 22, 2007 - Juanita Millender-McDonald  was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1996 until her death in 2007, representing California's 37th congressional district, which includes most of South Central Los Angeles and the city of Long Beach, California.

  • May 15, 2007 - Yolanda Denise King  was an American activist and first-born child of Coretta Scott King and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • May 19, 2007 - Carl Wright  was an American tap dancer, actor, and comedian whose late life acting credits included Soul Food, Barbershop, and Big Momma's House.

  • July 16, 2007 - Harold Russell Scott, Jr.  was an American stage director, actor and educator.

  • July 29, 2007 - William Henry Robinson, Jr.  was an American outfielder and coach in Major League Baseball.

  • August 16, 2007 - "Max" Roach,  was a drummer, and composer.

  • September 8, 2007 - DeForest Covan was an American actor, dancer, and former black vaudeville performer.

  • October 30, 2007 - Karen Elizabeth Fraction Hamilton  was an American actress, dancer and model from Flint, Michigan.

  • December 12, 2007 - Ike Turner  was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer.

  • December 14, 2007 - Frank Morgan   was a jazz saxophonist with a career spanning more than 50 years. He mainly played alto saxophone but also played soprano saxophone. He was known as a Charlie Parker successor who primarily played bebop and ballads.

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  • Doc Doom shot and killed on February 11, 2007

  • Stack Bundles, an up-and-coming New York rapper, was shot to death outside his home June 11, 2007.

  • Kenneth Doniell Moore (August 20, 1974 – October 14, 2007), better known by his stage name Big Moe, was an American rapper from Houston, Texas. Moe died on October 14, 2007 at 33 years old, after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma.

  • Chad Lamont Butler (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American rapper, singer, and producer. Pimp C was found dead in his hotel room in Los Angeles on December 4, 2007. Butler suffered respiratory depression due to an overdose of promethazine and codeine coupled with a preexisting sleep apnea condition.

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National issues have always been compounded for black males and females in America. The feminist movement of the 70s ushered in a division between men and women relationships both black and white. It taught the woman to be self-reliant, strong and independent from the male, and we must all admit she has down an outstanding job.

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But in regards to relationships, black women had another issue to add to this because the black male in America has historically been a target of hate and fear and will probably continue to be so. After the 60s, the face of racism and exclusion changed its ugly image from overt to covert for the most part which can be just as damaging.

Let's be totally honest. Black men are simply not well liked or spoken of kindly in America. Just about every article we read in the papers or internet is something negative when editors just as easily could have chosen a positive story of black male kindness. People tolerate black men, but don't want any part of us, or to get to know us as human beings or fellow Americans.

After slavery whites instituted illegal laws that were 100% against our Constitution which enabled them to build an enormous and exclusive white power structure that still stands today.

Even today many black men are intimidated by this power structure and refuse to challenge it in an intelligent way, like picking up a book and using their God-given brain power. This is why our distant ancestors in Africa who come to America as immigrants to enroll in American colleges don't want anything to do with black Americans.

They think we're foolish for wasting this incredible opportunity in gaining success. They know it's not because black American males can't do it, it's because we don't want to do it. To prove this point, Google "African immigrants in college" and discover that African/Asian immigrants out-perform all races academically in higher learning.

No one would deny that African-Americans and Africans are from the same stock of humanity. So why is it black immigrants can achieve on such a high level in America and we don't?

It's because we start out the gate with a disadvantage created by this humongous power structure against us and even more sad is our own people, AKA black role models who sell their damaging and harmful products which teaches our young males an entirely different approach to American success while they pad their already fat pocketbooks.

These people fail to uplift our race and are always portraying negative images and imply that something is owed to us and we should feel sorry for ourselves, so why even try? What they rap/sing/act about doesn't include books and education but glorifies a life of having fun each and every day. For the most part, good black parents struggle to compete with these very powerful enemies and lose their sons to the streets.

Before the movement, there were more blacks who were married than whites. But that would later change. When the opportunity presented itself, these aggressive and amazing black women took off to achieve and soar like the eagles, leaving the intimidated black male in the dust with his foolish boy-like games. Many black women would go on to raise families without the intimidated and targeted black man in the children's life.

No one better than her understood what the black male was going through facing everyday life, and she would have supported him if he would have put up some intelligent fight, but many struggling black men didn't and chose a foolish life of running game, and backwards living that's opposite of what it takes for American success.

In today's world, black women probably encounter these same struggling black men much more than the successful ones in their quest for love, but judge them as all the same.

Many extraordinary black men have figured out the white power structure game and became successful at it, and continues to do so. There are tons of black fellas who are intelligent, honorable, stable, gainfully employed, and faithful who just desires a smart, sexy, girly black woman who understands how to relax in her femininity and allow the man to rest in his masculinity for the well-being of the relationship.

These extraordinary single black men sincerely wonder if they stand an ounce of a chance with the characteristic traits of a typical Black American woman.

Who are today's black women? We all know they are amazing human beings to accomplish what they have, but have they out-smarted themselves in regards to male-female relationships?

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How would you answer?

Letisha is a 30-year-old college educated black woman who has worked hard as a lawyer to achieve the lifestyle she adores which includes a lovely home, luxury cars, plenty of cash in the bank and much food in the refrigerator. In a good year, Letisha will make $150,000. Letisha doesn't want for anything except for meeting a nice man, falling in love and getting married.

Lamont is a blue collar worker earning just enough to get by. He is self-taught in everything he does and is quite smart. He owns a junk yard that was left to him by his long-deceased dad, Fred. Lamont prefers his profession to be recognized as dealing in commodities. He loves his work. He just doesn't make much money from it. In a good year, Lamont will make $35,000.

Letisha decides to treat herself to a month long vacation in Hawaii staying at the best hotel. Lamont who plays the lottery every week finally hit a little jackpot decided to do the same. Fate would have these two young black people meeting and discovering an instant attraction and love connection, and happy they have a whole month to nurture it along.

Lamont and Letisha are inseparable the entire vacation. Letisha explains to Lamont that she's a lawyer and Lamont explains to her he's a dealer in commodities. They are so connected; they never run out of words to say, and even finish each other's sentences. Well, needless to say, they eventually make mad passionate love with Letisha shedding one tear which was always her gauge of a real lover.

Letisha and Lamont were very excited about what the future held for them. Possible marriage was even discussed. On the last day of vacation, they exchanged addresses. Letisha was so excited she expressed to Lamont she couldn't wait to visit him. Two weeks later and upon arriving at Lamont's junkyard business she couldn't believe the huge sign that read "Top Commodities Dealer, Lamont." Letisha made a quick u-turn and never called Lamont again. Lamont felt hurt and wondered if another type of woman would have stayed.

Which woman do you more associate with?

(1) The woman that stayed and continued with her relationship with Lamont is a level headed woman and hasn't let money cloud her view of real life and potential happiness with an otherwise good black man who had proven to stimulate both her mind and body.

(2) The woman that made the quick u-turn is the frustrated one, and always complaining about there not being any good black men because she equates money with happiness, when quite the contrary joy and love is very straightforward and easy. Being unreasonable she makes everything difficult.

Analysis:  Independent black women have accomplished so much since the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, and have our wonderful African American ancestors to thank for the opportunity. Money should only be used as a tool for the benefit of the relationship between a man and woman not a gauge of another person's character or worth. Real men for decades found pride in bringing home the bacon to their wives who didn't work and those relationships worked just fine, only because money was not the primary factor, love and respect was.

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african americans and weddings

     Famous Weddings in 2007
  • January 1, 2007 - Lance Gross and Tika Sumpter were wed.

  • February 24, 2007 - Marion Jones and Obadele Thompson were wed.

  • May 19, 2007 - Kamar Reyes and Sherri Saum were wed.

  • July 7, 2007 - Eva Longoria and Tony Parker were wed.

  • July 20, 2007 - Tyrese and Norma were wed.

  • July 23, 2007 - Laila Ali and Curtis Conway were wed.

  • July 23, 2007 - Kim Fields  and Christopher Morgan were wed.

  • July 2007 - Eric Abidal  and Hayet Abidal were wed.

  • August 3, 2007 - Usher Raymond and Tameka Foster were wed.

  • August 28, 2007 - Gary Coleman and Shannon Price were wed.

  • September 1, 2007 - Byron Allen and Jennifer Lucas were wed.

  • November 9, 2007 - Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery were wed.

  • November 15, 2007 - Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa were wed.

  • 2007 - Stacey Dash and Emmanuel Xuereb were wed.

  • 2007 - Darius McCrary and Karrine Steffans were wed.

  • 2007 - David Alan Grier and Christine Y. kim were wed.

  • 2007 - Veronica Campbell-Brown and Omar Brown were wed.

  • 2007 - Syleena Johnson and Kiwane Garris were wed.

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famous african american divorces

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
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Anita Baker
Anita Baker
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     Famous Divorces in 2007
  • January 9, 2007 - Jason Kidd and Joumana Samaha were divorced.

  • April 24, 2007 - Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were divorced.

  • April 2007 - Solange Knowles and Daniel Smith were divorced.

  • June 22, 2007 - Kenneth Babyface Edmonds  and Tracey E. Edmonds were divorced.

  • June 2007 - A.J. Calloway and Dr. Lao Sealey were divorced.

  • August 1, 2007 - Ike Turner and Audrey Madison were divorced.

  • 2007 - Niecy Nash and Don Nash were divorced.

  • 2007 - Alfonso Ribeiro and Robin Ribeiro were divorced.

  • 2007 - Jill Scott and Lyzel Williams were divorced.

  • 2007 - Anita Baker and Walter Bridgeforth, Jr. were divorced.

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soul music in 2000s

James Brown
James Brown
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Mary Jane Blige
Mary J. Blige
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Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
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Duke Ellington
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The Ronettes
The Ronettes
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     Music in 2007

  Billboard Top Soul Hits:
  • "Irreplaceable" Beyoncé

  • "Promise" Ciara

  • "You" Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne

  • "Lost Without U" Robin Thicke

  • "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" T-Pain featuring Yung Joc

  • "When I See U" Fantasia

  • "Let It Go" Keyshia Cole featuring Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim

  • "Bed" J. Holiday

  • "No One" Alicia Keys

  Popular Soul Dances:
  • Turfing

  • Jerkin

  • Harlem shake

  • Cat Daddy

  • Krumping

  • Gas Pedal

  • Wop

  • Ailey

  • Graham

  • Dougie

  • Twerking

  Musical Happenings in 2007:
  • February 11, 2007 - During the 49th Annual Grammy Awards presentation James Brown's famous cape was draped over a microphone by Danny Ray at the end of a montage in his honor. Earlier that evening, Christina Aguilera delivered an impassioned performance of one of Brown's hits, "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" followed by a standing ovation, while Chris Brown performed a dance routine in honor of James Brown.

  • 2007 - The Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

 Blues Hall of Fame for 2007:
    The Blues Hall of Fame is a music museum located in Memphis, Tennessee. Until recently, the "Blues Hall of Fame" was not a physical building, but a listing of people who have significantly contributed to blues music. Started in 1980 by the Blues Foundation, it honors those who have performed, recorded, or documented blues. The actual building for the hall opened to the public on May 8, 2015

  • Dave Bartholomew
  • Dr. John
  • Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe

 BET Awards winners in 2007:
    The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. Actress, comedian Mo'Nique hosted the show.

    TV ratings (in millions)
  • 6.3

  • Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
  • No Award

  • Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
  • T.I.

  • Best Gospel Artist
  • Kirk Franklin

  • Best Female R&B Artist
  • Beyoncé

  • Best Male R&B Artist
  • Ne-Yo

  • Best Group
  • Gnarls Barkley

  • Best New Artist
  • Jennifer Hudson

  • Best Collaboration
  • Ludacris feat. Mary J. Blige – "Runaway Love"

  • Video of the Year
  • "Irreplaceable" (Beyoncé)

  • Viewer's Choice
  • Birdman and Lil Wayne – "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"

  • Centric Award
  • Gerald Levert

  • Best Actress
  • Jennifer Hudson

  • Best Actor
  • Forest Whitaker

  • Best Female Athlete
  • Serena Williams

  • Best Male Athlete
  • LeBron James

  • Humanitarian Award
  • Don Cheadle

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Diana Ross

  • Controversy:
    Selection of nominations brought up controversy in the sports category. Reggie Bush was nominated for the award twice, in 2007 and 2009, despite putting up average numbers on the field. He was nominated among athletes who were considered the best of the best in their sports, which upset some sports fans, as Bush has not accomplished enough to be on the same list.

 Grammy winners in 2007:
    The 49th Annual Grammy Awards was a ceremony honoring the best in music for the recording year beginning September 15, 2005 and ending September 14, 2006 in the United States. The awards were handed out on Sunday February 11, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group With Vocals
  • "My Humps" - The Black Eyed Peas

  • Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
  • "For Once in My Life" - Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder

  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • "Mornin'" - George Benson & Al Jarreau

  • Best Dance Recording
  • "Sexy Back" Nate "Danja" Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake

  • Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • Turned To Blue - Nancy Wilson

  • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
  • "Be Without You"-Mary J. Blige

  • Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
  • "Heaven"-John Legend

  • Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
  • "Family Affair"-Sly & The Family Stone, John Legend, Joss Stone & Van Hunt

  • Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
  • "God Bless the Child"-George Benson, Al Jarreau & Jill Scott

  • Best Urban/Alternative Performance
  • "Crazy"-Gnarls Barkley

  • Best R&B Song
  • "Be Without You"-Mary J. Blige

  • Best R&B Album
  • "The Breakthrough"-Mary J. Blige

  • Best Contemporary R&B Album
  • "B'Day"-Beyoncé Knowles

  • Best Rap Solo Performance
  • "What You Know"-T.I.

  • Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
  • "Ridin"-Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone

  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  • "My Love"-Justin Timberlake & T.I.

  • Best Rap Song >
  • "Money Maker"-Ludacris & Pharrell

  • Best Rap Album
  • "Release Therapy"-Ludacris

  • Best Traditional Blues Album
  • "Risin' with the Blues"-Ike Turner

  • Best Contemporary Blues Album
  • "After the Rain"-Irma Thomas

  • Best Reggae Album
  • "Love Is My Religion"-Ziggy Marley

  • Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
  • Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together - Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

  • Hall of Fame Award
  • "Cocktails for Two" Duke Ellington

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why do many dislike white people

“Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.” Tim Wise

How did it begin?

Actually, it's a worldwide negative perception of whites, but why? Well, a quick and simple trip back in history will get the probable answer.

The best way to describe European history would be wars, wars, and more wars.

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The Europeans wanted better and pursued a life of civilization as opposed to barbarism. They discovered a tool that would help them with that. It was called Science, which was a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In other words, every single thing would be studied and scrutinized.

Foolishly, church leaders of that day welcomed science, but it would eventually become a direct enemy of humanity's maker.

Why so?

Because science would teach the ordinary person to believe in themselves and the intellectual powers, they possess as opposed to an All Mighty Creator. Because the Creator of the universe is mathematically correct, once these early scientists were able to figure equations for themselves in regards to nature, they felt there were like a god. Science would also teach the world to exist because of a Big Bang theory and evolution, instead of being created.

Did these early Europeans belief in science affect the Negro?

Absolutely! It affected all tribal nature human beings. Whites collectively proclaimed themselves superior and this is where the trouble started for the rest of humankind. The Europeans were much smarter and more advanced than tribal communities. Millions of Negroes and other races lost their lives and suffered much because of science.

Before slavery, the Negro had been isolated from the rest of the world for many years due to the humongous Sahara Desert to the North and the Arab slave traders to the East made it tough if not impossible to travel. They weren't able to share in the new learning discoveries the world were experiencing. These people were a group lost in time, away from the modern world.

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Once the Portuguese got the slave trade started with the entire world, the scientist had an opportunity to scrutinize and evaluate the lowly Negro, and I have to warn you right now it wasn't pretty.

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An illustration from the influential American magazine Harper's Weekly shows an alleged similarity between "Irish Iberian" and "Negro" features in contrast to the higher "Anglo-Teutonic." The accompanying caption reads "The Iberians are believed to have been originally an African race, which thousands of years ago spread themselves through Spain over Western Europe. Their remains are found in the barrows, or burying places, in various parts of these countries. The skulls are of a small prognathous type. They came to Ireland and mixed with the natives of the South and West, who themselves are supposed to have been of small type and descendants of savages of the Stone Age, who, in consequence of isolation from the rest of the world, had never been out-competed in the healthy struggle of life, and thus made way, according to the laws of nature, for superior races."  (this is an Harper's Weekly assessment of race, not ours) photo#101-yr-2015

The following excerpts are scientist views of the Negro back then:

Charles White (1728–1813), an English physician and surgeon, believed that races occupied different stations in the "Great Chain of Being," and he tried to scientifically prove that human races have distinct origins from each other. He believed that Whites and Negroes were two different species. White was a believer in polygeny, the idea that different races had been created separately.

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was a German philosopher who said "The yellow Indians do have a little talent. The Negroes are far below them, and at the lowest point are a part of the American people".

Franz Ignaz Pruner (1808–1882) was a medical doctor who studied the racial structure of Negroes in Egypt. In a book which he wrote in 1846, he claimed that Negro blood had a negative influence on the Egyptian moral character. He argued that the main feature of the Negro's skeleton is prognathism, which he claimed was the Negro's relation to the ape. He also argued that Negroes had very similar brains to apes and that Negros have a shortened big toe, which is a characteristic connecting Negroes closely to apes.

Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778), the Swedish physician, botanist, and zoologist says The Afer or Africanus: black, phlegmatic, relaxed; black, frizzled hair; silky skin, flat nose, tumid lips; females without shame; mammary glands give milk abundantly; crafty, sly, careless; anoints himself with grease; and regulated by will.

Scottish lawyer Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782) was a polygenist: he believed God had created different races on Earth in separate regions. In his 1734 book Sketches on the History of Man, Home claimed that the environment, climate, or state of society could not account for racial differences, so the races must have come from distinct, separate stocks.

Charles Darwin (1809 – 19 April 1882) apparently believed that the struggle for existence among humans would result in racial extermination. In Descent of Man he asserted, "At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.

When comparing Caucasians to Negroes, Voltaire (1694 – 1778) compared them to different breeds of dog:
The Negro race is a species of men different from ours as the breed of spaniels is from that of greyhounds. The mucous membrane, or network, which Nature has spread between the muscles and the skin, is white in us and black or copper-colored in them.

Benjamin Rush (1745–1813), a Founding Father of the United States and a physician, proposed that being black was a hereditary skin disease, which he called "negroidism," and that it could be cured. Rush believed non-whites were white underneath, but they were stricken with a non-contagious form of leprosy which darkened their skin color. Rush drew the conclusion that "Whites should not tyrannize over [blacks], for their disease should entitle them to a double portion of humanity. However, by the same token, whites should not intermarry with them, for this would tend to infect posterity with the 'disorder'... attempts must be made to cure the disease.

The German anatomist Johann Blumenbach (1752–1840) was a believer in monogenism, the concept that all races have a single origin. He also believed in the "degeneration theory" of racial backgrounds. He said that Adam and Eve were Caucasian and that other races came about by degeneration from environmental factors, such as the sun and poor dieting and believed that the degeneration could be reversed if proper environmental control was taken and that all contemporary forms of man could revert to the original Caucasian race. According to Blumenbach, there are five races, all belonging to a single species: Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, American, and Malay. Blumenbach said: I have allotted the first place to the Caucasian because this stock displays the most beautiful race of men.

O.K. O.K., enough already! I told you it wasn't going to be pretty.

The beliefs these so-called scholars had is the single most reason why millions of Negroes were tortured, murdered and raped throughout history. Scientist published their findings as fact and people all over the world believed them.

But we wonder what the scientist would say if alive today with access to a computer, and visit Google to type in the key phrase "African immigrants in college" they would discover that these same Africans out-perform academically every single race in America's colleges.

That's interesting, but what does it prove?

It proves that intelligence is not dependent on skin color or race, but instead access to education and a fertile mind to receive instruction. In America, slavery happened years ago but damaged and demoralized the fertile minds of many black Americans, and continues down to this day. There are some blacks who think of education and learning as a white thing and don't want anything to do with it, now if that's not an effect of slavery I don't know what is.

Doesn't It boggles the mind that these so-called superior, intelligent and civilized humans didn't for one time think to share their knowledge of enlightenment with the world so all could live a better life, be happy and progress? No, sadly these people chose to claim white superiority, to dominate and to kill weaker ones similar to the barbarian way of life they came. An example of this is with Colonialism.

What is Colonialism?
Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colony in one territory by a political power from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous population.

good whites Colonial rule in the Belgian Congo began in the late 19th century under King Leopold II of Belgium. Leopold exploited the Congo for its natural resources, first ivory and later rubber which was becoming a valuable commodity. The regime in the Congo was responsible for using forced labor, murder and mutilation to force native Congolese who did not fulfill quotas for rubber collections. It's estimated millions of Congolese died during this time.
In other words a much powerful nation sets up shop in a weaker nation by force and robs the resources and forces the natives to work as slaves for little or no pay while grossly benefiting from unequal trade activities while depositing profits to it's mother country.

Colonialism demoralized the native population making Europe stronger and Africa weaker. Even though many white nations participated, non-Europeans nations included, the United Kingdom was the king in this horrible act against humanity.

Because of whites belief in science aided with their secondary faith in religion, they felt they were obligated to save and civilize the world. Google "White man's Burden" for proof of this belief, and by the way our United States President Teddy Roosevelt loved the White Man's Burden theory.

Whites tend to have a poor memory in regards to their crimes against humanity, but the other nations who suffered through it haven't forgotten, because just like the effects of slavery still lingers for blacks in America, people who suffered through colonialism still feel the pain and can see with their literal eye the destruction it left behind.

There isn't any denying that science has also helped make our lives better, but the responsibility that goes along with it is simply too much for humans to handle. Whites did not temper science with love and common sense. Just look around the world today, and you would probably agree we are on the brink of destruction with pollution, nuclear weapons, degradation of the earth, etc. are all products of science. The bad far outweigh the good.

Early science also taught Europeans it was man's nature to compete. In fact, they felt it was healthy and natural to compete to create superior human beings, especially white ones. This erroneous belief about competition would go on to be the largest difference in European and African cultures.

Whites brought these competitive qualities and attitudes with them from Europe. Africans were totally opposite because in their homeland everything was shared and done for the tribal community. There wasn't an I in Africa, it was US.

Blacks played an enormous role in the building of this country, even with hands tied behind their backs but were not welcome to participate. Whites felt that it just didn't look and feel right for blacks to be associated with superior whites in the building of America. So white Americans kidnapped the U.S. Constitution and created laws (Jim Crow) to keep things entirely separate and achieved like crazy in all aspects of life, and boasting white superiority.

It has not been proven that competitiveness is better than teamwork. View this small list of words associated with competitiveness out of the dictionary and you'll have to agree this is the state of America today.

aggressive, brutal, cutthroat, every person for themselves, fierce, merciless, ruthless, unmerciful, vicious, voracious, without mercy, adverse, alien, argumentative, belligerent, bitter, cold, contentious, contrary, disapproving, dour, hateful, ill-disposed, inhospitable, inimical, malevolent, malicious, malignant, militant, nasty, ornery, pugnacious, rancorous, scrappy, sour, spiteful, unfriendly, unkind, unpropitious, unsociable, unsympathetic, unwelcoming, viperous, warlike.

More and more blacks have developed this competitive and lofty spirit and probably will soon look down on others as well, even within our race. Ole Blue Eyes, who was a great singer and real American who viewed each human being as equal had an incredible grip on the situation about the division between blacks and whites. Check out what he said below.

Frank Sinatra

One of the greatest entertainers of all times, Frank Sinatra once made a quote about the damaging effects of ones who subscribe to white superiority whether covertly or overtly.

"We've got a hell of a long way to go in this racial situation. As long as most white men think of a Negro first and a man second, we're in trouble. I don't know why we can't grow up."

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whitetail fashion
Low-rise jeans and thong whale tail of the 2000s
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Young woman in low-rise jeans
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Nike Jordan Tennis Shoes
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Men's baseball cap
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     Fashions in 2007

  Popular Fashions:

    The 2000s fashion are often described as being a "mash-up", where trends saw the fusion of previous styles, global and ethnic clothing (e.g. boho), as well as the fashions of numerous music-based subcultures. Hip-hop fashion generally was the most popular among young people, followed by the unisex indie look later in the decade.

    When the 2000s kicked off, the fashion was profoundly influenced by technology. From late 1999 until late 2001, there was a monochromatic futuristic approach to fashion, with metallics, shiny blacks, heavy use of gray, straps, and buckles becoming commonplace. This was called "Y2K fashion". Particular pieces of Y2K clothing included mesh tops, box-pleated skirts, handkerchief tops, satin skirts, leather skirts, concert t-shirts with rhinestones, sparkling shoes, halter tops, and sequinned pants. Girl's fashion trends were oversized sunglasses, aviator sunglasses, oversized hoop earrings, jeans worn for numerous occasions (such as low-rise, boot-cut, fabric accents down the sides, fabric accents sewn into the flares, lace-up sides and tie-dye), wedge flip flops, hot pants, denim jackets, chunky sweaters, pashmina scarves, Skechers, belly shirts, and tube tops. Women wore long-sleeved shirts with bell sleeves, cowl-neck tops, crop tops, Burberry, hoodies, flare jeans, hip-huggers, low rise pants, white jeans, whale tails, cargo pants (especially ones made out of silk, satin, and velvet) hip-hop inspired sweatpants, daisy dukes, thong underwear, and solid bright-colored tights. These fashions remained popular well into the late 2000s. Popular accessories of the early 2000s include white belts, aviator sunglasses, trucker hats, hoop earrings, Mary Janes, leg warmers (worn with mini skirts), ugg boots, flip-flops, jelly shoes, lace-up sandals, newsboy caps, ponchos, and jelly bracelets.

    At the very beginning of the decade, the excitement of entering the new millennium had become evident in fashion in the first couple of years, although this was only prominent in nightclub and "going out" attire. Clothing was mostly made in black, though silver was also fashionable. An example of this would be a tracksuit, a dress shirt, a pair of pants, a camp shirt, or a jacket in a fancy metallic pattern for going out; while also compromising of items such as leather coats and pants, puffy vests and jackets, ribbed sweaters and shirts, and chunky dress shoes, usually in futuristic colors such as black, silver, light gray, and white. After the events of 9/11, fashion became more conservative, forgoing the futuristic styles of before. Distressed denim made a comeback, with sandblasted highlights, frosted jeans, ripped jeans, and whiskering becoming commonplace. A lower rise jean had emerged during this part of the decade, effectively getting rid of the high-waisted styles of the 1990s. Light-colored polo shirts (sometimes striped and with collars popped), cargo pants (even ones made out of linen during warmer months), khaki chinos, bootcut jeans, corduroy pants, and rugby shirts. Practical hiking jackets (of the type made by Berghaus), fleeces, puffer jackets, and padded tartan lumberjack-type shirts were worn as winter outerwear along with brown, grey, burgundy, rust, maroon, or forest green turtleneck sweaters, and odd navy blue, stone grey, beige, or natural linen sportcoats that fastened with three buttons. These fashions continued into the mid and late 2000s. Men's Accessories of the early 2000s included white belts, Aviator sunglasses, trucker hats, flip-flops, oxford shoes, argyle socks, sneakers from brands such as Nike, Skechers, Adidas, and Puma, baseball caps (bearing the logos of football, soccer, basketball, and baseball teams), and jelly bracelets.

    Youth Fashions:
    Youth fashion was strongly influenced by Hip-Hop. The clothing of American hip-hop fans underwent an evolution from the sagging baggy gangster jeans of the late 1990s to a more retro look by the end of the decade. Popular items of clothing included wide leg jeans, baseball jackets,Nike Air Jordans, tracksuits, sweatpants, bucket hats, stunna shades, fur-lined puffer jackets, and flat-brim trucker hats or baseball caps (often retaining the store label). During the early 2000s, many wealthy white jocks and preppies imitated the gangsta lifestyle, eschewing the semi-formal conservative look of the 1980s and 90s in favor of gold bling, expensive designer clothes, sneakers, dark jeans, and sweatpants.

    For African-American men, the cornrows (popularized by former NBA player Allen Iverson) and buzz cut were a popular trend that continued into the early 2000s.

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pretty lady cooking
Hi there, I'm Annie.
Thanks for viewing my collection of wonderful soul-food dishes that my amazing ancestors cooked, and more than likely yours did too.

We didn't have much of anything back in the day and had to live off the scraps we were given. But like a famous rapper once said in his songs, we knew how to "make a dollar out of 15 cents" Enjoy.

sweet potatoes
Sweet Potatoes / Yams

Barbecue Ribs
Barbecue Ribs

Ham Hocks
Ham Hocks

Rice and Beans
Rice and Beans

Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips

Bean Soup
Bean Soup

Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and Gravy


Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken


Collard Greens
Collard Greens

Fried Liver
Fried Liver

Peach Preserves
Peach Preserves

Pinto Beans
Pinto Beans

Pound Cake
Pound Cake

Pork Chops
Pork Chops


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Southern Cooking - Soul Food

    Have you ever wondered what African-Americans ate back in the day? Well, maybe we can help you with that. We've found the oldest known black cookbook to date.

    This cookbook was written by an actual former slave woman that had once lived on a plantation, but gained her freedom with the Emancipation Proclamation moving from Mobile, Alabama to San Francisco, California where she published an entirely excellent collection of 160 authentic and tasty recipes of the Old South entitled;

    "What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking"

    This book is indeed a rare gemstone with tons of actual recipes that black folks enjoyed back in the day, but Mrs. Fisher cooking wasn't limited to blacks only, many whites also loved her delicious recipes and persuaded her to make a cookbook.

    Here is just a sample of some of the southern foods mentioned in her book, and by the way, it wasn't called soul-food until the 1960's.

  • Maryland Beat Biscuit
  • Waffles
  • Cream Cake
  • Flannel Cakes
  • Sallie Lund
  • Egg Corn Bread
  • Plantation Corn Bread
  • Light Bread

  • Broiled Meats
  • Beefsteak
  • Lamb or Mutton Chops
  • Pork Steak or Chops
  • Venison

  • Croquettes
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Liver
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  • Pastry for making Pies of all kinds
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  • Beef
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  • What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking
    Paperback – March, 1995
    by Abby Fisher (Author), Karen Hess (Editor)


Southern Jewel Million Dollar Pound Cake
(this recipe is not from Mrs. Fisher cookbook, but has been in Annie's family for generations, it's everyones favorite!)

    Butter: 1 pound
    Sugar: 3 cups
    Eggs: 6
    Milk: 3/4 cup
    Cake Flour: 4 cups (Soft as Silk Cake Flour)
    Baking Powder: 1 teaspoon
    Vanilla Flavor: 1 teaspoon
    Lemon Flavor: 1 teaspoon

    For best results, leave butter and eggs out overnight
    Cream butter well, add sugar and mix until butter and sugar look like whip cream.
    Beat each egg individually and then add with sugar and butter, mix well for at least a couple minutes.
    Add milk and cake flour a little at a time, then add flavorings.
    Spray Pam spray on entire round cake pan, and then add cake batter.
    Bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes at 325.
    Let cake cool for about 30 minutes, and then remove cake from cake pan.

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United States Census for Negroes
United States Census for African Americans
in the 2000s

Bass Reeves
Bass Reeves - first African-American US Deputy Marshal
photo #102-yr-1875

John Jordan  ONeil
John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil
photo #101-yr-2006

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
photo #100-yr-1959

Our Community in 2007

Newsworthy Events in the Black Community

  • March 31, 2007 - the day of Major League Baseball's first annual Civil Rights Game John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil was posthumously awarded MLB's first annual Beacon of Life Award at the inaugural MLB Beacon Awards luncheon.

  • October 24, 2007 - John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil was posthumously given a Lifetime Achievement Award named after him. He had fallen short in the Hall of Fame vote in 2006; however, he was honored in 2007 with a new award given by the Hall of Fame, to be named after him.

  • Bass Reeves was one of the first Black Deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi River. He arrested over 3,000 felons and shot and killed fourteen outlaws in self-defense. In 2007, the U.S. Route 62 bridge crossing the Arkansas River between Muskogee and Fort Gibson, Oklahoma was named the Bass Reeves Memorial Bridge in his honor.

  • April 2007 - Ella Fitzgerald was honored with her own United States postage stamp. The stamp was released in April 2007 as part of the Postal Service's Black Heritage series.

  • 2000s - The United States Population is 281,421,906 with a total of 34,658,190 being African Americans.

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#101 -   Public Domain image

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