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OUR HAMITE AWARD WINNER FOR 2014:
Ruby Dee
    Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist. She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the films A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Do the Right Thing (1989), and American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

    She was the recipient of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005.

    Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Gladys Hightower and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace, a cook, waiter, and porter. After her mother left the family, Dee's father remarried, to Emma Amelia Benson, a schoolteacher.

    Dee was raised in Harlem, New York. She attended Hunter College High School and went on to graduate from Hunter College with a degree in Romance languages in 1945. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

    Dee joined the American Negro Theater as an apprentice, working with Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Hilda Simms. She made several appearances on Broadway.

    During the 1960s, Dee appeared in such politically charged films as Gone Are the Days and The Incident, which is recognized as helping pave the way for young African-American actors and filmmakers. In 1969, Dee appeared in 20 episodes of Peyton Place.

    Dee was nominated for eight Emmy Awards, winning once for her role in the 1990 TV film Decoration Day. She was nominated for her television guest appearance in the China Beach episode, "Skylark." Her husband Ossie Davis (1917–2005) also appeared in the episode. She appeared in Spike Lee's 1989 film Do the Right Thing, and his 1991 film Jungle Fever.

    In 1995, she and Davis were awarded the National Medal of Arts. They were also recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2003, she narrated a series of WPA slave narratives in the HBO film Unchained Memories. In 2007 the winner of the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album was shared by Dee and Ossie Davis for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together and former President Jimmy Carter.

    Dee was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her portrayal of Mama Lucas in American Gangster. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for the same performance.

    Ruby Wallace married blues singer Frankie Dee Brown in 1941 and began using his middle name as her stage name. The couple divorced in 1945. Three years later she married actor Ossie Davis, who she met while costarring in the 1946 Broadway play Jeb. Together, Dee and Davis wrote an autobiography in which they discussed their political activism and their decision to have an open marriage (later changing their minds).

    Together they had three children: son, blues musician Guy Davis, and two daughters, Nora Day and Hasna Muhammad. Dee was a breast cancer survivor of more than three decades.

    We would like to honor this great African American with the 2014 Hamite Award for a lifetime of continuous commitment to the black community.

    Ruby and her husband Ossie Davis were well known Civil Rights activist who gave back and didn't just take, take, take. Their selfless service of love for humanity will never be forgotten. RIP

    Dee died on June 11, 2014, at her home in New Rochelle, New York, from natural causes at the age of 91

Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
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Ruby Dee
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african american first

 For the year 2014:
  • Michelle J. Howard was the first African-American female four-star admiral

  • Mia Love was the first African-American female Republican to be elected to the United States Congress

  • Tim Scott was the first African-American senator to be elected in the South since Reconstruction

  • Tim Scott was the first African-American to have been elected to both the House and the Senate

  • Ava DuVernay was the first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Director by the Golden Globe Awards



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DID YOU KNOW?
    Ever wonder how the soul-food revolution began? It became a popular term in the 1960's. Slave ships with their cargo of slaves traveled from West Africa to North America with foods that were native to African soil. It was the ship's captain best interest to keep slaves alive and healthy by feeding them these foods for their long transatlantic voyage. Some of these foods native to Africa are black-eyed peas, rice, yams, peanuts and don't forget the infamous watermelon. Once here in America, slaves were allowed to grow these foods and along with the scraps the master would give them during 'ration times' (sometimes meat) is what laid the foundation for soul-food.


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baseball in 2000s

Angela Haynes
Angela Haynes
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Charles Luther Sifford
Charles Luther Sifford
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Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Serena  Williams
Serena Williams
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      Sports in 2014
  • Due to injuries Angela Haynes retired from professional tennis in 2014.

  • Golfer Charles Luther Sifford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

  • April 13, 2014 - Tough Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley to regain his WBO welterweight boxing title.

  • June 15, 2014 - Basketball's San Antonio Spurs wins the championship series over the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals.

  • September 8, 2014 - Serena Williams defeats Caroline Wozniacki at the 134th Women's U.S. Open.

  • 2014 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins the Best Fighter ESPY Award



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 President  Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
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Tim Scott
Senator Tim Scott
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      Political Scene in 2014
  • 2014 - 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.

  • November 4, 2014 - Tim Scott was appointed as senator in 2013 after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley named him to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint. Scott ran in a special election in 2014 for the final two years of DeMint's second term, and won the seat.

  • November 8, 2014 - Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War.

  • December 2, 2014 - An aide to a Republican congressman Elizabeth Lauten, resigns after her online criticism of President Barack Obama's teenage daughters. Trivia:  Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-Tenn.), came under fire after posting derogatory remarks about Sasha and Malia Obama regarding their appearance at the president’s annual Turkey pardoning.

    “Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class,” Lauten wrote. “Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”



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HOW LONG WILL GOOD WHITE-AMERICANS
SIT ON THE FENCE?




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Since the beginning of American history, there's always been a fight between good and bad. The problem is that both good and bad forces claim to adore democracy. Someone is lying. You be the judge.


First, we need to define democracy and we'll let two of America's greatest Presidents do this for us by their actions and famous quotes.


Abraham Lincoln made 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."


Now it's very clear from the many biased comments Abraham Lincoln made against black people he wasn't the type that would have blacks over for dinner, in fact, most whites shared his views many years ago. But that's okay, at least he was honest. This site believes he would have changed his racist views if living in our time because one of his most admirable qualities was flexibility.


In contrast to Abraham Lincoln, the first President of the United States, George Washington didn't share Lincoln's view of democracy.


Black slaves were actively sought and recruited to fight for America in the Revolutionary War and promised citizenship after the victory. It's well recorded that slaves fought with courage and valor that ensured American success. George Washington himself made the comment:

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 in the war, America didn't keep it promises, and most blacks were forced back into slavery. Of course, George Washington had to know about this but did nothing. Washington was a brilliant soldier but failed as an upholder of truth and justice and set the tone for future race relations in our country by trivializing and compromising real Democracy.


Washington had many slaves himself and didn't want to free them and damage his financial stake. He put money interests ahead of real Democracy. But all of America's founders didn't feel this way. A contemporary of Washington and future President John Adams hated slavery and was proud to boast he handled his business with paid workers. Did George Washington look at himself in the mirror and feel guilty about compromising (true) American Democracy? History says he didn't.


Washington created the blueprint for this distorted view of true Democracy


Blacks in the colonies had been treated poorly since their arrival from Africa, but this action by Washington made it official. This blueprint became the norm in much of America's dealings with black people. Whites felt if their supreme leader thought so lowly of black people, they would also.


We must all be honest with ourselves in admitting this view of Democracy was not American because it denied certain humans liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore we must call for what it was, which is Anti-American.


So we had two different Presidents with various versions of Democracy, and this is the way it remains today. What made Lincoln a force for good and better President was he put Democracy first and his personal prejudices second, but Washington put his financial interest ahead of true Democracy. This is what set these two men apart. Both were great men with different views about what it meant to be an American on the side of liberty and justice for all.


After Lincoln's death, democracy would take a downward spiral. One of the most biased President in American history led the attack. His name was Andrew Johnson, and he fought against the Civil Rights of blacks tooth and nail. Every favorable bill for former slaves that appeared on his desk was immediately denied. Later, there were new laws created to restrict black American citizens that worked very well. This was called the Jim Crow era. It was an all-out attack on Democracy by Anti-Americans and aided by good white Americans who remained on the fence. Read for yourself.


There's not enough room on this web page to describe the hate and exclusion by government and white Americans against blacks during this period. Jim Crow laws touched every part of life, all across America. Blacks and whites were kept apart as much as possible. Good jobs went to whites; blacks were given the worst with less pay. Many industries wouldn’t hire blacks. Many unions passed special rules to exclude them. All juries and judges were white; blacks were illegally denied voting rights. No blacks allowed in public pools. Many restaurants would not serve blacks, and those that did had a dirty colored section. Blacks and whites went to county fairs on different days. Blacks couldn't use public libraries. Simple common courtesy was rarely shown the blacks. Whites beat, tortured, raped and killed blacks with no fear of punishment. Blacks were denied credit for businesses, housing, cars by the banks. Blacks were kept out of white neighborhoods with housing covenants. Oklahoma had black and white phone booths. Texas had cities where blacks were entirely restricted from living. Blacks could not leave their homes after 10:00 pm in Mobile Alabama. Blacks could not marry whites. Georgia had separate white and black parks. Prisons, hospitals, and orphanages were segregated as were schools and colleges. Blacks and whites had to use separate sets of books in school, in Florida, they couldn't be stored together. When a person was sworn in at a trial, the whites used one Bible, and the blacks had a separate Bible. For those who did complete college, a crucial question had to be answered. Who was going to be their clients? Whites didn't engage blacks in business, and the battered Negro couldn't afford their services. These laws became so entrenched in American life; even unwritten laws affected black citizenship; blacks understood to stay out of white stores and establishments. Segregation was so complete that whites did not see blacks except when being served by them. After the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, blacks have made enormous gains. This is how the United States of America became a polarized country. Each and every President knew what was going on and allowed this illegal activity for 87 years. Were they guilty of not upholding the United States Constitution in the Negroes behalf? Is this the reason why many other nations laugh at America with its constant claims of being on the side of good and high morality?



Did religion made things worse?


Even though the U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation and existed solely as a secular state completely free of religious influence in lawmaking, religion would soon be thrown into the loop. This made American people feel righteous and just in their own eyes. White's beleived they were "good" and made in God's image and blacks were not. In time slogans such as "In God We Trust" were printed on money to describe a people who had snuffed out Democracy, They felt God was on their side and loved only them.


Countless movies, radio shows, newspapers, magazines and other media would consistently portray these Anti-Americans as on the side of good, morally upstanding and righteous to the world with God on their side. Good white Americans had to know this was a farce because of the way it's black citizens were being treated and did nothing.


There were a relative few brave, good white Americans who spoke up during this period and got involved with some even losing their lives, but the majority did nothing. They remained on the fence because they were also partakers of the privileged American way of living and failed to realize how this was undermining true Democracy with the threat of one day being faced with an America they wouldn't recognize.


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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, what now?


Because of the folly of racism and privilege by Anti-Americans and the lack of action to speak out for true Democracy by good Americans, has our country morphed into another form of power? Something that is completely different than it started out as, perhaps like an insatiable, detestable and ugly monster, without a soul or conscience? You be the judge.


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racial harmony

     Race in 2014
  • August 10, 2014 - Racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of African American Michael Brown by policeman, Darren Wilson.

  • November 24, 2014 - In Cleveland, a 12-year-old boy is shot dead by police after brandishing a fake gun in a local playground.

  • December 3, 2014 - Racial protests erupt in cities across the United States for Eric Garner after a grand jury decides not to charge the New York police officer who killed him with a choke-hold.


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black Movies in America

Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer
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Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
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Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson
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     Broadway / Movies in 2014
    Broadway:
  • August 2014 - it was announced that Keke Palmer would be the first African-American to star as Cinderella on Broadway performing her first show on September 9, 2014. Her last show was on a closing night of the show's run on January 4, 2015.



  • Movies:
  • Addicted - Stars: Kat Graham, William Levy, Boris Kodjoe, Sharon Leal

  • No Good Deed - Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb

  • Beyond the Lights - Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Aisha Hinds

  • The Good Lie - Stars: Corey Stoll, Reese Witherspoon, Kaitlyn Ervin

  • Get On Up - Stars: Chadwick Boseman, David Andrew Nash

  • Think Like a Man Too - Stars: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union

  • Top Five - Stars: Adam Sandler, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart

  • Falcon Rising - Stars: Michael Jai White, Neal McDonough, Laila Ali

  • The Single Moms Club - Stars: Nia Long, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey

  • From the Rough - Stars: Tom Felton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Taraji P. Henson

  • Half of a Yellow Sun - Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John Boyega

  • Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot documentary film about Michael Jackson's last magazine cover-shoots in 2007.



  • Awards:
  • January 12, 2014 - The 71st Golden Globe Awards goes to - 12 Years a Slave

  • January 16, 2014 - 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards goes to - 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film

  • March 2, 2014 - The 86th Academy Award goes to - 12 Years a Slave





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Tommie Smith  and John Carlos black power salute
Tommie Smith and John Carlos
Three Proud People mural in Newtown photo #109

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.

Proud to be African American


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     Famous Birthdays in 2014
  • May 2014 - Baby Future  was born to parents Ciara and Future.

  • November 4, 2014 - Titan Jewell Witherspoon  was born to parents Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon.



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Marion Barry
Marion Barry
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Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
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 Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore
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Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
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     Famous Deaths in 2014
  • January 1, 2014 - Juanita Moore was an American film, television, and stage actress. She was the fifth African American to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category, and the third in the Supporting Actress category at a time when only a single African American had won an Oscar.

  • February 20, 2014 - Roger Hill  was an American actor.

  • April 26, 2014 - DJ Rashad  was a Chicago-based electronic musician, producer and DJ known as a pioneer in the footwork genre.

  • May 6, 2014 - William Harrell  was a reserve infielder in Major League Baseball who played between 1955 and 1961 for the Cleveland Indians.

  • May 25, 2014 - Herb Jeffries  was an American jazz and popular singer and actor.

  • May 25, 2014 - Lee Chamberlin  was an American theatrical, film and television actress.

  • May 28, 2014 - Maya Angelou   was an American author, poet, dancer.

  • June 11, 2014 - Ruby Dee  was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist.

  • July 7, 2014 - Philip Raymond Hurlic  was an American child actor.

  • June 13, 2014 - Joseph Wayne "Shoes" Pittman  was a backup infielder/outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres.

  • June 16, 2014 - Tony Gwynn  nicknamed "Mr. Padre", was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 20 seasons (1982–2001) in Major League Baseball (MLB)

  • June 28, 2014 - Meshach Taylor  was an American actor. He was Emmy-nominated for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom Designing Women .

  • September 5, 2014 - Simone Sherise Battle  was an American actress and singer from Los Angeles, California. She was a finalist on The X Factor in 2011 and a member of the pop group G.R.L.

  • September 16, 2014 - Edward L. "Buster" Jones  was an American voice actor.

  • October 5, 2014 - Ike Jones  was a producer and actor who was perhaps best known for coming forward after the death of actress Inger Stevens with the claim of being her "secret" husband.

  • October 5, 2014 - Geoffrey Lamont Holder  was a Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist.

  • November 9, 2014 - Kelvin Orlando Moore  was a Major League Baseball first baseman. He played parts of three seasons in the major leagues, from 1981 until 1983, for the Oakland Athletics.

  • November 17, 2014 - Jimmy Ruffin,  Motown Records singer.

  • November 23, 2014 - Marion Barry,   former Mayor of the District of Columbia.

  • 2014 - Reather Dixon   was an African American R&B girl group member of The Bobbettes.



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deceased hip-hop artist
  • Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hit "It Takes Two", a single that was a top 40 hit and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. DJ E-Z Rock died after suffering from a diabetic seizure.

  • Rashad Harden (October 9, 1979 – April 26, 2014), known as DJ Rashad, was a Chicago-based electronic musician, producer and DJ known as a pioneer in the footwork genre, and often associated with Hyperdub Records. On August 7, 2014 an autopsy confirmed that the death was drug related.

  • Cali Swag District is an American hip hop group from Inglewood, California, founded by former Death Row Records artist Big Wy and Dairold Potts. Cahron Childs, known in the group as "JayAre", died on June 6, 2014. According to a source, the rapper JayAre suffered from sickle cell anemia.



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     Famous Weddings in 2014
  • January 9, 2014 - Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon were wed.

  • January 16, 2014 - Trinity McCray and Jonathan Solofa Fatu were wed.

  • January 23, 2014 - Terrell Owens and Rachel Snider were wed.

  • January 30, 2014 - Baron Davis and Isabella Brewster were wed.

  • April 4, 2014 - Todd Tucker  and Kandi Burruss were wed.

  • May 9, 2014 - Kelly Rowland and her manager Tim Weatherspoon were married in Costa Rica with guests including Beyoncé and her sister Solange Knowles.

  • May 17, 2014 - Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and Nicole Pantenburg were wed.

  • May 24, 2014 - Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were wed.

  • July 5, 2014 - Joseph Morgan and Persia White were wed.

  • July 6, 2014 - Mike Conley, Jr. and Mary Peluso were wed.

  • July 12, 2014 - Lilit Avagyan and Reggie Bush were wed.

  • July 22, 2014 - Adrian Peterson  and Ashley Brown were wed.

  • August 1, 2014 - Tony Parker and Axelle Francine were wed.

  • August 30, 2014 - Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade were wed.

  • August 31, 2014 - Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross were wed.

  • November 16, 2014 - Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson were wed.

  • 2014 - Ray Rice  and Janay Palmer were wed.



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     Famous Divorces in 2014
  • October 14, 2014 - Heidi Klum and Seal were divorced.

  • September 29, 2014 - French Montana and Deen Kharbouch were divorced.

  • 2014 - Lil' Mo and Phillip Bryant were divorced.



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famous black/african american singers
Slaves kidnapped from their homes years ago primarily belonged to tribes. Each tribe was as different as night and day to the next tribe.
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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; 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, and 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 here in America.
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Serena  Williams
Serena Williams
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Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer
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Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
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Eddie Vinson
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
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     Music in 2014

  Billboard Top Soul Hits:
  • "The Monster" Eminem featuring Rihanna

  • "Drunk in Love" Beyoncé featuring Jay Z

  • "Hold On, We're Going Home" Drake featuring Majid Jordan

  • "Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

  • "Happy" Pharrell Williams

  • "Fancy" Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

  • "All of Me" John Legend

  • "Wiggle" Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg

  • "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj

  • "Don't Tell 'Em" Jeremih featuring YG

  • "Black Widow" Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora

  • "Hot Nigga" Bobby Shmurda

  • "Tuesday" ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake

  • "I Don't Fuck with You" Big Sean featuring E-40

  • "7/11" Beyoncé

  • "Only" Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown




  Popular Soul Dances:
  • Getting Light

  • Swag Surfin’

  • The Dutty Wine

  • Crumping

  • Daggering

  • The Booty Bounce

  • The Harlem Shake

  • Flapping Your Wings

  • The Chicken Head



 Blues Hall of Fame for 2014:
    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

  • Big Jay McNeely
  • Eddie Shaw
  • Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
  • R. L. Burnside
  • Robert Pete Williams


 BET Awards winners in 2014:
    The 2014 BET Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 2014. Chris Rock was unveiled as the host.

    Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
  • Nicki Minaj


  • Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
  • Drake


  • Best Gospel Artist
  • Tamela Mann


  • Best Female R&B Artist
  • Beyoncé


  • Best Male R&B Artist
  • Pharrell Williams


  • Best Group
  • Young Money


  • Best New Artist
  • August Alsina


  • Best Collaboration
  • Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – "Drunk in Love"


  • Video of the Year
  • Pharrell Williams – "Happy"


  • Video Director of the Year
  • Hype Williams


  • Viewer's Choice
  • August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ – "I Luv This Shit"


  • Young Stars Award
  • Keke Palmer


  • Centric Award
  • Jhené Aiko – "The Worst"


  • Best Actress
  • Lupita Nyong'o


  • Best Actor
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor


  • Best Movie
  • 12 Years a Slave


  • Best Female Athlete
  • Serena Williams


  • Best Male Athlete
  • Kevin Durant


  • FANdemonium Award
  • Beyoncé


  • Best International Act: Africa
  • Davido


  • Best International Act: UK
  • Krept and Konan


  • Humanitarian Award
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams


  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Lionel Richie




 Grammy winners in 2014:
    The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held on January 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the third time by LL Cool J. The show was moved to January to avoid competing with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as was the case in 2010.

    Record of the Year
  • "Get Lucky" – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers


  • Album of the Year
  • Random Access Memories – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams,


  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
  • "Get Lucky" – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers


  • Best R&B Performance
  • "Something" – Snarky Puppy & Lalah Hathaway


  • Best Traditional R&B Performance
  • "Please Come Home"– Gary Clark, Jr.


  • Best R&B Song
  • James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake


  • Best Urban Contemporary Album
  • Unapologetic – Rihanna


  • Best R&B Album
  • Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys


  • Best Rap Performance
  • "Thrift Shop" – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz


  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  • "Holy Grail" – Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake


  • Best Rap Song
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz


  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo
  • "Orbits" Wayne Shorter, soloist


  • Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter


  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album
  • Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue – Terri Lyne Carrington


  • Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
  • "Break Every Chain" (Live) – Tasha Cobbs


  • Best Gospel Song
  • "If He Did It Before... Same God" (Live) Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)


  • Best Gospel Album
  • Greater Than (Live) – Tye Tribbett


  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
  • Overcomer – Mandisa


  • Best Reggae Album
  • Ziggy Marley In Concert – Ziggy Marley


  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
  • "Swing Low" Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)


  • Best Album Notes
  • Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded)


  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
  • Pharrell Williams


  • Best Music Video
  • "Suit & Tie" – Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z


  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Isley Brothers
  • Clifton Chenier



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3 level hi-top fade
3 level hi-top fade
photo #110-yr-2010

Polo-neck shirts
Polo-neck shirts
photo #111-yr-2010

tribal prints
1990s inspired tribal prints fashionable in the 2010s
photo #112-yr-2010

     Fashions in 2014

  Popular Fashions:

    Overview:
    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.


    Women:
    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.


    Men:
    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:
    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.


    Hairstyles:
    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.




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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


Waffles
Waffles


Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken


Cornbread
Cornbread


Collard Greens
Collard Greens


Fried Liver
Fried Liver


Peach Preserves
Peach Preserves


Pinto Beans
Pinto Beans


Pound Cake
Pound Cake


Pork Chops
Pork Chops


Watermelon
Watermelon


black man hungry


(images - https://pixabay.com/)
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.

    Breakfast
  • 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
  • Oyster
  • Fish


  • Cakes Etc.
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Almond
  • Feather
  • Sponge
  • Fruit
  • Jelly
  • Carolas
  • Ginger Cookies
  • Sweet Wafers


  • Pickels, Sauces Etc.
  • Sweet Cucumber Pickles
  • Sweet Cucumber Mangoes
  • Chow Chow
  • Creole Chow Chow
  • Cherry Chutney
  • Game Sauce
  • Compound Tomato
  • Napoleon
  • Sweet Pickle Peaches
  • Sweet Pickle Prunes
  • Sweet Watermelon Kind Pickle
  • Sauce for Boiled Fish or Mutton
  • Milanese Sauce
  • Sauce for Suet Pudding


  • Pies, Etc.
  • Pastry for making Pies of all kinds
  • Preparing the Fruit for Pies
  • Rhubarb
  • Apple
  • Peach
  • Lemon Pies
  • Cocoanut
  • Cream Apple
  • Sweet Potato
  • Gooseberry and Cherry
  • Light Bread
  • Mince
  • Blackberry Roll
  • Oyster


  • Puddings
  • Snow
  • Plum
  • Corn
  • Corn Fritters
  • Batter
  • Rice
  • Yorkshire
  • Cheese
  • Suet


  • Preserves, Spices, ETC.
  • Brandy Peaches
  • Quince Preserves
  • Syrups for Preserves
  • Preserved Peaches
  • Preserved Pears
  • Currant Jelly
  • Cranberry Jelly
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Raspberry and Currant Jam Combined
  • Marmalade Peach
  • Crab Apple Jelly
  • Blackberry Brandy
  • Blackberry Syrup for Dysentery in Children
  • Preserved Apricots
  • Apple Sauce for Roast Pork
  • Charlotte Eusse
  • Spiced Currants
  • Preserved Cherries


  • Roast Meats
  • Venison
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Pig
  • Veal
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Birds
  • Quail
  • Domestic Duck
  • Wild Duck


  • Salads
  • Chicken
  • Veal
  • Lamb
  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Meat


  • Sherbets
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Pineapple


  • Soups, Chowders, Etc.
  • Beef
  • Ox-TaH
  • Calf 's Head
  • Mock Turtle
  • Green Turtle
  • Oyster Gumbo
  • Ochra Gumbo
  • Old Fashioned Turnip
  • Chicken
  • Corn and Tomato
  • Creole
  • Fish Chowder
  • Chicken Gumbo


  • Miscellaneous
  • Fricassed Chicken
  • Fried Chicken
  • Chicken fried Steak
  • Meat Stews or Entrees
  • Ice Cream
  • Boiled Turkey
  • Beef a la Mode
  • Neckbones
  • Spiced Round
  • Hog Maws
  • Stuffed Ham
  • Lima Beans
  • Jumberlie a Creole Dish
  • Baked Fish
  • Ribs, Beef or Pork
  • Boiled Corn
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Egg Plant Stuffed
  • Chitterlings or "Chitlins"
  • Corned Beef Hash
  • Ladies' Custard
  • Tonic Bitters
  • Terrapin Stew
  • Leaven Biscuit
  • Pap for infant Diet
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Cracklins
  • Meringue for Pudding
  • Circuit Hash


  • What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking
    Paperback – March, 1995
    by Abby Fisher (Author), Karen Hess (Editor)

    http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Knows-About-Southern-Cooking/dp/1557094039

 

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

    Directions:
    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 2010s

Our Community in 2014

Newsworthy Events in the Black Community:

  • December 4, 2014 - The world is on course for the warmest year since records began according to a United Nations report.

  • 2010s - The United States Population is 308,745,538 with a total of 38,929,319 being African Americans.



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Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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By United States Senate [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

#102 -   Public Domain image -
By Universal Attractions (management); It's extremely small but there is a "Ross Photo, NY" at the lower right of the uncropped image. (eBay item photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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