Blast From The Past:
OUR HAMITE AWARD WINNER FOR 2012:
Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide.
She released six studio albums, one holiday album, and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.
Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly "Top Pop Albums") on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston's 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history.
Rolling Stone named it the best album of 1986 and ranked it at number 254 on the magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Houston's first acting role was the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, "I Will Always Love You," became the best-selling single by a woman in music history.
How many times have we witnessed other people trying to sing "I Will Always Love You", BIG FAIL. Nobody could master it like Whitney!
With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen SoundScan system.
The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). The Preacher's Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.
We honor Whitney with the 2012 Hamite Award for bringing so much joy and love into not only the black community but the entire world. She is truly missed and will go down in history as one of the greatest performers of all time. RIP.
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media.
Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub in late January 2015. Brown was kept in a medically induced coma for several months; she died in hospice care on July 26, 2015, at the tender age of 22. It was very obvious Bobbi Kristina missed her mom very much.
Whitney Houston |
For the year 2012:
- Claressa Shields was the first African-American woman to win a boxing gold medal at the London Olympic games
- Barack Obama was the first African-American to be re-elected President of the United States
- Fred Luter was the first African-American elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
| Sports in 2012 |
- African American boxer Claressa Shields wins a boxing gold medal at the London Olympic games.
- July 8, 2012 - Serena Williams defeats A Radwanska at the 119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis Championships.
- Juyl 11, 2012 - Basketball's LeBron James and Brittney Griner win at the 20th ESPY Awards.
- August 9, 2012 - Track and Field star Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100meter and 200meter sprint in back to back Olympics.
- September 10, 2012 - Serena Williams defeats Victoria Azarenka at the 132nd Women's U.S. Open Championships.
- 2012 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins the Best Fighter ESPY Award.
- 2012 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos
Three Proud People mural in Newtown
DID YOU KNOW?
Ever wonder how the term "African American" came into existence? After the civil rights movement, blacks felt the need for a more accurate term to describe the race than colored or Negro, which was associated with much pain and suffering. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, blacks no longer approved of the term Negro. In its experimental stages, the term Afro-American was used for a while but didn't last. Later the Black Power movement made us feel proud using black as the term in describing our race.
The song, "Say It Loud – I'm Black, and I'm Proud" by James Brown became an unofficial anthem of the Black Power movement. But it wasn't until the 1980s the term African American was advanced on the model of, for example, German-American or Irish-American to give descendants of American slaves and other American blacks who lived through the slavery era a heritage and a cultural base. The term was popularized in black communities around the country via word of mouth and ultimately received mainstream use after Jesse Jackson publicly used the term in front of a national audience. Subsequently, major media outlets adopted its use.
President Barack Obama
| Political Scene in 2012 |
- 2012 - Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree.
- March 4, 2012 - Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud.
- November 6, 2012 - Barack Obama re-elected as United States President.
Liberty, Justice and Freedom For All
It's true at one time in history; America was intended solely for white people, but not all white people. Most of America's founders desired only the fittest and smartest whites to settle here. The Irish, Italians and many more ethnic groups were considered low-life and not worthy to intermingle with the self-proclaimed superior whites, in fact, they were treated as harshly as the black slaves.
But within the time they changed their views and allowed lower class whites to have an equal say in the building of America, and of course being similar in color made it easy for these people to blend in with one another, and in time you couldn't tell the difference. A luxury that was impossible for blacks to attain.
But on the other hand, Black slaves were considered savage beast without the capabilities to learn and contribute to America, other than with their back-breaking labor.
Why did whites feel this way abouts blacks?
Before their arrival to America as slaves, they were very far behind in development and intelligence. There were great African Kingdoms, but they were no match for the ruthless Europeans. African rulers failed to educate their citizens which would have been a huge undertaking because there were thousands upon thousands of different tribes and clans with their distinct language and customs.
Most Africans didn't know how to read and write and would pass their history down from generation to the next orally. They also believed profoundly in superstition and all sorts of foolish beliefs that didn't help them once the Europeans arrived allowing them to ravage and dominate the African populations completely. Whites were very competitive and chose to proclaim themselves superior to the blacks, instead of sharing their knowledge to help these uneducated Africans.
So from the beginning, the Europeans made this a race issue. Africans were so far behind in human development, whites thought very lowly of them, and since they didn't have examples and scientific techniques we have today to prove otherwise they did as they pleased with little protest from the majority of the white population. In fact, most whites believed blacks were half human/beast only because they didn't know any better.
But in time things would change, and there would become many free blacks and also blacks in slavery who would achieve against all the odds of racism. Many whites began to realize that blacks were human beings and if given a chance could be just as intelligent as white people. The movement was started to get blacks equality in America to the dismay of hardcore white supremacist who refused to accept this undeniable evidence that all men are equal in ability.
Scientific discoveries would later determine there was no genetic proof that blacks were inferior to other races which would utterly destroy the superior white theory that had been preached for centuries. All that blacks needed was an education and an opportunity to compete and could do just as well as other races.
Although African-Americans were not immigrants but brought here as slaves, they had things in common because they also yearned for liberty, justice, and freedom. In time what made America so great was it realized it was wrong and attempted to change it's view so it could live up to the true meaning of liberty and justice for all.
But this wouldn't be easy because of many white people who refused to change their views and progress to a new era of love and cooperation for all humanity. They choose to live in the past where they enjoyed a comfortable, privileged life without blacks in the loop.
Since the races were compared to an inferior versus superior issue, many centuries ago white superior beliefs may have been a reasonable belief, with the Africans so far behind in human development and Europeans much more advanced. But with the successes of countless black Americans and other dark-skinned people around the world today, racism and hate have become an archaic, unreasonable and ignorant belief.
Is America at the crossroad?
Well if so, it had to happen one day. For generation after generation, whites have either consciously or unconsciously enjoyed special privilege in America. They control the purse strings not only in America but around the world in dictating a perverted version of justice and liberty for all. Other groups at home and abroad are growing weary and are fighting back.
Now the questions become, what will America do next? Will she attempt in becoming a true America of tolerance, justice, and liberty for all people or retreat to her lily white past where there is undoubtedly much danger awaiting for all who reside in her? Britain must answer the same questions.
Simply put, for people who say they love America but hate certain ethnic groups who reside in her are lying to themselves. Their hatred is not based on anything factual. They hate America. They're not true Americans and ultimately fail to understand the real meaning of her and seek to destroy the last great empire in world history with their foolish hate.
| Movies in 2012 |
- Alex Cross - Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito, Edward Burns, John C. McGinley, Cicely Tyson, Chad Lindberg, Carmen Ejogo, Stephanie Jacobsen, Yara Shahidi - Thriller
- Allegiance - Bow Wow - War, Drama
- The Avengers - Samuel L. Jackson - Superhero
- Battleship - Rihanna - Action, Science fiction
- Changing the Game - Tony Todd, Sean Riggs, Irma P. Hall, Sticky Fingaz, Brandon Ruckdashel, Dennis L.A. White - Drama
- Cloud Atlas - Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Keith David - Adventure, Drama, Epic
- Death Race 3: Inferno - Ving Rhames - Action
- Django Unchained - Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, - Western
- Fire with Fire - Josh Duhamel, 50 Cent, Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Richard Schiff - Action
- Flight - Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle - Drama
- Good Deeds - Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian J. White, Eddie Cibrian, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Phylicia Rashad, Gabrielle Union - Romantic drama
- Joyful Noise - Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, Courtney B. Vance, Kris Kristofferson - Comedy, Musical
- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Paz Vega, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, John DiMaggio, Conrad Vernon - Animated, Family
- Madea's Witness Protection - Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts, Romeo Miller, Tom Arnold, John Amos, Marla Gibbs, Danielle Campbell, Devan Leos, Jeff Joslin - Comedy
- Marley - The life of reggae singer Bob Marley. - Biographical, Documentary
- Men in Black 3 - Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones - Sci-fi comedy
- The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure - Toni Braxton - Family, Musical
- Red Tails - Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ryan Early, Method Man, Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, Tristan Wilds, Kevin Phillips, Robert Kazinsky, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo, Marcus T. Paulk, Michael B. Jordan, Jazmine Sullivan, Aml Ameen, Gerald McRaney - Action drama, War
- Safe House - Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga - Action thriller
- Sparkle - Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Cee Lo Green - Drama, Musical
- Think Like a Man - Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, Steve Harvey, Gary Owen, Chris Brown, Wendy Williams, Tony Rock, La La Anthony, Sherri Shepherd, Tika Sumpter, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland, Jenifer Lewis - Romantic comedy
- A Thousand Words - Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis, Clark Duke, Allison Janney, Ariel Winter, Steve Little, John Witherspoon, Jack McBrayer - Comedy-drama
- Thunderstruck - Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray, Brandon T. Jackson, Doc Shaw, Jim Belushi - Family, Sports comedy
- Won't Back Down - Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Rosie Perez, Ving Rhames, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Holly Hunter - Drama
- Strange Frame - Lena Horne - >(archive footage)
- Bad 25 - a 2012 documentary film about the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad. -
Academy Award Winners:
- 2012 - T. J. Martin (director) for Undefeated. Best Documentary Feature
Isabel Sanford with
The Jeffersons co-stars, Sherman Hemsley and Mike Evans
Wesley A. Brown
| Famous Deaths in 2012 |
- January 20, 2012 - Etta James was an American singer. Her new style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
- February 7, 2012 - Danny Clyburn Jr. was an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- February 11, 2012 - Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model.
- February 16, 2012 - Dick Anthony Williams was an American actor.
- April 14, 2012 - Viro the Virus was an underground hip hop artist based in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
- May 16, 2012 - Chuck Brown was an American guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "the Godfather of Go-go". Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid and late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music. Trivia: Chuck once did time for murder to which he claimed was self-defense. Brown is called the "Godfather of Go-Go" and was considered a local legend in Washington, DC. Darryl Brooks, a local promoter who worked with Chuck Brown during his career, stated, "He was a symbol of D.C. manhood, back in the day, because of the authority that he spoke with. He just spoke from a perspective that black men could understand."
- May 17, 2012 - Donna Summer was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late-1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period.
- May 22, 2012 - Wesley Anthony Brown was the first African American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), in Annapolis, Maryland.
- June 7, 2012 - Lil Phat was an American hip hop artist.
- June 14, 2012 - Yvette Renee Wilson was an American comedienne and actress. She was best known for her role as Andell Wilkerson on the UPN sitcom Moesha and its spinoff The Parkers.
- June 17, 2012 - Rodney King was an African American construction worker who became nationally known after being beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991.
- July 24, 2012 - Sherman Hemsley was an American actor, best known for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series Amen.
- August 9, 2012 - Al Freeman, Jr. was an American actor, director, and educator.
- September 3, 2012 - Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile.
- September 4, 2012 - Leila Danette was an African-American stage, film and television actress, noted for her stage work and for her role as Helen on the short-lived television sitcom, You Take the Kids.
- October 20, 2012 - David LaFrance May was an American outfielder who spent twelve seasons in Major League Baseball
- October 24, 2012 - Montrose Hagins was an African-American television actress.
- October 26, 2012 - Natina Tiawana Reed was an American rapper, singer-songwriter, Actress, beatboxer, and a member of the R&B trio Blaque.
- December 7, 2012 - Jeni LeGon was an American dancer, dance instructor, and actress. She was one of the first African-American women to establish a solo career in tap.
- December 24, 2012 - Capital Steez was an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York.
- Calvin James Howard (October 4, 1978 – April 14, 2012), better known as Viro the Virus, was an underground hip hop artist based in New Jersey and Philadelphia. There was no official statement explaining his death.
- Melvin Vernell III (July 25, 1992 – June 7, 2012), better known by his stage name, Lil Phat, was an American hip hop artist. On June 7, 2012, Vernell was shot 5 or 6 times with outside of a hospital.
- Above the Law is a hip hop group from Pomona, California, founded in 1989 by Cold 187um, KMG the Illustrator, Go Mack, and DJ Total K-Oss. On the morning of July 7, 2012, it was confirmed by multiple sources that emcee KMG the Illustrator had died from a heart attack.
- Lil Jojo was shot and killed on September 4, 2012.
- The Nationwide Rip Ridaz were an assortment of Crips gang members from Compton, South Central, and Watts, California. Member B.G. Scarface committed suicide on October 2, 2012.
- Blaque is an American girl group that had a string of hits in the late 1990s. The group's name stands for Believing, Life, Achieving, Quest, Unity, Everything. Member Natina Reed died on October 26, 2012, two days shy of her 32nd birthday, in a road accident.
- Courtney "Jamal"Everald Dewar JR (July 7, 1993 – December 24, 2012), better known by his stage name Capital Steez, was an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He committed suicide at the age of 19, by jumping from a building in Manhattan's Flatiron District.
| Famous Weddings in 2012 |
- February 24, 2012 - Torray Scales and Samantha Mumba were wed.
- June 16, 2012 - Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin were wed.
- June 18, 2012 - Bobby Brown and Alicia Ethridge were wed.
- June 26, 2012 - Yaya DaCosta and Joshua Alafia were wed.
- June 30, 2012 - Michael Vick and Kijafa Frink were wed.
- July 4, 2012 - Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson were wed.
- July 20, 2012 - Tiki Barber and Tracy Lynn Johnson were wed.
- September 1, 2012 - Jesse Williams and Arin were wed.
- October 13, 2012 - Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich were wed.
- October 21, 2012 - Model/Actress Talisha Graves married Eric Dawkins.
- December 1, 2012 - Ryan Howard and Krystle Campbell were wed.
- December 12, 2012 - Amare Stoudemire and Alexis Welch were wed.
- December 15, 2012 - Donald Faison and Cacee Cobb were wed.
- December 2012 - Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana were wed.
| Famous Divorces in 2012 |
- March 26, 2012 - Tika Sumpter and Hosea Chanchez were divorced.
- April 2012 - Ruben Studdard and Surata Zuri Mccants were divorced.
- July 12, 2012 - Tiki Barber and Ginny Cha were divorced.
- September 19, 2012 - Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson were divorced.
- 2012 - Dennis Rodman and Michelle Moyer were divorced.
- 2012 - Ben Vereen files for divorce from his wife Nancy Bruner Vereen of 36 years citing irreconcilable differences.
Slaves kidnapped from their homes years ago belonged to tribes. Each tribe was as different as night and day to the next tribe.|
They each had their individual languages and customs. So upon arriving in America they had to create a way to communicate with their master and each other, so over time they developed a spanking new and unique language called African American Vernacular English, and it didn't stop there.
Each group had their defined drum beat from their tribe that was added to the new way of life in the New World but with a new American twist with musical instruments they didn't have in Africa.
So to put it simply, soul or black music is a mixture of many different African beats incorporated into a new American culture. Think about how exciting that is, if it's possible to create anything positive at all from slavery it has to be African American music. It's admired all over the world.
We all originate from the same place, so it doesn't matter if we're listening to early 1900s blues singer "Ma Rainey" or the great 1940s singers "Billie Holiday" and "Nat King Cole" down to the famous rappers of our time such as the two late greats, "Biggie Smalls" or "Tupac", it all sounds good to us because we can feel and hear that beat.
Many cultures have contributed to the American way of life such as German Americans who introduced the Christmas tree tradition, or Italian Americans with their delicious pizza, or Mexican Americans with the tacos and delicious burritos, or the English Americans with their mainstays such as baseball and apple pie. The list goes on and on. To add to those contributions and without a doubt, soul music has changed the American way of life; it is truly an original, and one of our many proud contributions to our home in America.
Billy Boy Arnold
| Music in 2012 |
Billboard Top Soul Hits:
- Lotus Flower Bomb" Wale featuring Miguel
- "Make Me Proud" Drake featuring Nicki Minaj
- "The Motto" Drake featuring Lil Wayne
- "Love on Top" Beyoncé
- "Climax" Usher
- "Mercy" Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz
- "No Lie" 2 Chainz featuring Drake
- "Adorn" Miguel
- "Diamonds" Rihanna
Popular Soul Dances:
- Getting Light
- Swag Surfin’
- The Dutty Wine
- The Booty Bounce
- The Harlem Shake
- Flapping Your Wings
- The Chicken Head
Blues Hall of Fame for 2012:
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
- Billy Boy Arnold
- Mike Bloomfield
- Buddy Johnson & Ella Johnson
- Lazy Lester
- Furry Lewis
- Matt "Guitar" Murphy
- Frank Stokes
- Allen Toussaint
BET Awards winners in 2012:
The BET Awards celebrates African Americans and other minorities in music, sports, acting, and other fields of entertainment. Samuel L. Jackson hosted the 2012 show. The ceremony also provides special treats by featuring performances by various popular artists.
TV ratings (in millions)
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
- Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Gospel Artist
- Yolanda Adams
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
- Chris Brown
- The Throne
Best New Artist
- Big Sean
- Wale feat. Miguel – "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Video of the Year
- "Otis" (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Video Director of the Year
- Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson
- Mindless Behavior – "Hello"
Young Stars Award
- Viola Davis
- Kevin Hart
- The Help
Best Female Athlete
- Serena Williams
Best Male Athlete
- Kevin Durant
Best International Act: Africa
- Sarkodie (Ghana) and Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best International Act: United Kingdom
- Wretch 32
- Al Sharpton
Lifetime Achievement Award
- Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
- Chris Brown
Grammy winners in 2012:
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles being broadcast on CBS. LL Cool J hosted the show. It was the first time in seven years that the event had an official host.
Best Pop Instrumental Album
- The Road from Memphis – Booker T. Jones
Best R&B Performance
- "Is This Love" – Corinne Bailey Rae
Best Traditional R&B Performance
- "Fool for You" – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
Best R&B Song
- "Fool for You"
Cee Lo Green, Melanie Fiona, & Jack Splash, songwriters (Cee Lo Green featuring Melanie Fiona)
Best R&B Album
- F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown
Best Rap Performance
- "Otis" – Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
- "All of the Lights" – Kanye West, Rihanna, Fergie & Kid Cudi
Best Rap Song
- "All of the Lights"
Best Rap Album
- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
- The Good Feeling – Christian McBride Big Band
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
- "Jesus" – Le'Andria Johnson
Best Gospel Song
- "Hello Fear"
Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Best Gospel Album
- Hello Fear – Kirk Franklin
Best Reggae Album
- Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life – Stephen Marley
Best World Music Album
- Tassili – Tinariwen
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"
(Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
- Diana Ross
- Gil Scott-Heron
- The Memphis Horns
- Roy Haynes
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
3 level hi-top fade
1990s inspired tribal prints fashionable in the 2010s
| Fashions in 2012 |
The 2010s ("twenty-tens") have been defined by a revival of austerity era period pieces, 1980s neon colors, and from late 2012 to 2014, unisex early 1990s styles influenced by grunge and skater fashions.
The early 2010s saw many recycled fashions from the 1950s, 1970s and 1980s as designers from stores like Topshop replicated original vintage clothing. In the United States, it was popular to wear designer brands like Gucci, Chanel, and Versace, neon colors such as pink, green, teal, black, purple, and yellow. Popular upper apparel includes ugly sweaters, khaki superdry trenchcoats, T-shirts with blazers, plaid, oversized flannel shirts worn or tied around the waist, oversized T-shirts, padded gilets, and crew neck sweaters. Crop tops were also reintroduced, but they didn't prove popular in stores. In the UK and the US, popular bottom apparel includes skinny jeans, leggings, parachute pants, railroad stripe pants or skirts, boyfriend jeans, and high-waisted shorts. Monochromatic clothing trends of 2014 and early 2015 included black and white lace dresses, lace blouses, jackets and dresses with peter pan collars, blazers, tuxedo jackets (often having contrasting black velvet or satin lapels), crop tops, oversized coats, striped culottes, loose Capri pants, patent leather gladiator sandals, romper suits, puffer jackets and vests. Brief fads of the mid 2010s included snuggie sleeved blankets and the unisex onesie suit. Desirable footwear included rain boots, flat sandals, stilettos, Keds, TOMS Shoes, Chucks, Sperry top-siders boat shoes, flat knee high riding boots, Uggs, Hunter brand rain boots, Ballerina flats, cavalier boots, gladiator sandals, combat boots, Doc Martens, and The Timberland Company hiking boots.
Neon colors and elaborate T-shirts were popular for much of the early 2010s, especially graphic print hoodies, novelty socks, red or blue skinny jeans, studded belts with large buckles, and Ed Hardy T-shirts embellished with rhinestones.
Many styles from the late 2000s remained fashionable in the Americas, with brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren and J Crew being well favored. Popular tops for men aged 20–50 included shawl collar cardigans, V-neck T-shirts, acid wash denim work shirts, cable knit pullovers, Tartan flannel Western shirts with snap fastenings, grunge style padded tartan overshirts in red, navy blue or dark green, throwback basketball or baseball uniforms, denim jackets, Aloha shirts, car coats, 1930s style linen sportcoats, brown or black brogues, and black leather jackets like the Schott Perfecto motorcycle jacket. Men's accessories of the early 2010s included Doc Martens, The Timberland Company, combat boots, Converse All Stars, Sperry Top-Siders, Nike Elite crew socks, snapback hats inspired by artists like Mac Miller, brown Oxford shoes, and classic Nike trainers.
Hip hop fans wear tactical pants, Nike Air Jordans, Ralph Lauren Polo Boots, Obey and Diamond Supply Co. T-shirts and snapbacks, Hollister T-shirts, and goggle jackets. Retro 1980s fashions like snapbacks, skinny acid-wash jeans, baseball caps, baseball jackets, nylon tracksuits, varsity jackets, Vans, Chuck Taylors, rain boots, retro Nikes, Shell tube socks, leather jackets, Levis, Adidas and Nike apparel, gold chains, Ray Ban sunglasses, Air Jordans, and over-sized sweaters, and colors such as red, green, and yellow, made a comeback in the African American community due to the influence of drum and bass, rave music, and indie pop-inspired rappers. Independent brands have risen to popularity, as well as floral print items and tie-dye items. Button-down shirts are often worn fully buttoned. Black boots, leather jackets, denim vests, bombers, monochrome sports jerseys, waxed jeans, black varsity jackets, tapered sweatpants, drop-crotch trousers, layering shorts over leggings and occasionally floral print are all popular trends within this style as well. Other notable rappers that sport this look include Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, and Pusha T.
The hi-top fade style fell completely out of fashion by the late 90's, but it has made a great comeback in the mid-2010s due to the late 1980s/early 1990s revival in hip hop fashion that started since 2011, and inspired by Wiz Khalifa. The hi-top fade was and still is commonly called just a flattop, due to the great likeness of the two styles. In fact, the hi-top fade could qualify as a variation on the flattop. Many African-American and Afro-Caribbean British women favor natural, Afro-textured hair in reaction to the damage caused by relaxers which were extremely popular in the 2000s, opting instead for natural products to style their hair. For African-American men, mohawk variants of the Afro, The 360 Waves, jheri curl and The Taper are popular in the 2010s, as are shaved patterns or "steps" into variants of the buzzcut.
United States Census for African Americans
in the 2010s
Street Musicians (1939-1940)
by William H. Johnson
| Our Community in 2012 |
Newsworthy Events in the Black Community:
- June 17, 2012 - Rodney King drowns in his swimming pool. King's autopsy results statied he died of accidental drowning, and alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and PCP found in his system were contributing factors.
- 2012 - a bronze plaque with Bessie Coleman's likeness was installed on the front doors of Paxon School for Advanced Studies located on the site of the Jacksonville airfield where Coleman's fatal flight took off.
- 2012 - the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in William H. Johnson's honor, recognizing him as one of the nation’s foremost African-American artists and a major figure in 20th-century American art. The stamp, the 11th in the American Treasures series, showcases his painting Flowers (1939-1940), which depicts brightly colored blooms on a small red table.
- 2010s - The United States Population is 308,745,538 with a total of 38,929,319 being African Americans.
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