Blast From The Past:
OUR HAMITE AWARD WINNER FOR 2016:
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with the great Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. Of course, we all know her as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966–1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.
Nichols' Star Trek character, one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant, was groundbreaking in U.S. society at the time. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. personally praised her work on the show and asked her to remain when she considered leaving the series to pursue other interest.
We're glad she listened to him. It was a breath of fresh air to view an African American play a role where intelligence was involved. Star Trek was years ahead of its time in assembling such a diverse cast of characters. Creator Gene Roddenberry was the producer of the show and had a vision few others possessed.
It was not unusual to see other black actors in minor roles, men as well as women. The show suffered a huge backlash from racist around the country when in one episode Captain Kirk kissed Lieutenant Uhura. In the scene, Kirk was forced to kiss her by some alien being. I guess that's the way the directors wanted to play that part to avoid even more backlash.
Can you imagine anyone complaining about kissing Nichelle Nichols? Only one word to describe these people. Ignorant.
After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols volunteered her time in a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. She was a huge role model for men and women minorities.
In addition to her acting skills, Nichols is an accomplished dancer and singer. She has twice been nominated for the Chicago theatrical Sarah Siddons Award for Best Actress. The first nomination was for her portrayal of Hazel Sharpe in Kicks and Co.; the second for her performance in The Blacks.
On June 4, 2015, Nichols' booking agency announced that the 82-year-old had suffered a mild stroke at her Los Angeles home and had been admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital. The actress's Facebook page stated that four days afterward, the still-hospitalized actress was feeling much better and was improving, remaining cheerful and alert and taking the time to read the messages from fans and well-wishers.
Good news, we want you around for a long time to come to Nichelle. We would like to take this opportunity to award you with the 2016 Hamite Award for your extraordinary example of American success to one's watching. You helped us to believe we could achieve whatever we set our minds. Thank you.
For the year 2016:
- Lisa Blunt Rochester was the first African-American woman elected to congress in Delaware.
- Channing Dungey was the first African-American president of a major broadcast TV network.
- Elaine Welteroth became the first African-American Editor in Chief at Conde Nast for Teen Vogue.
- Dr. Carla Hayden was the first African-American Librarian of Congress.
- Ava Duvernay was the first black woman to lead a $100 million, live-action feature film.
- Paul Beatty was the first African-American man to win the Man Booker Award.
- Allyson Felix became the only African-American track/field athlete to win six Olympic gold medals.
| Sports in 2016 |
- January 3, 2016 - NBA's Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in a half by scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
- January 30, 2016 - Serena Williams is defeated in the 104th Women's Australian Open by Angelique Kerber.
- February 9, 2016 - The Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers 24–10, in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara. This would make Denver's third Super Bowl title.
- February 17, 2016 - Manny Pacquiao loses his Nike endorsement because of his comment that gay people are "worse than animals."
- March 17, 2016 - Maria Sharapova reveals she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open in January.
- June 4, 2016 - Serena Williams is defeated in the 115th Women's French Open by Garbińe Muguruza.
- June 19, 2016 - Cleveland Cavaliers win their first title defeating Golden State Warriors 4–3 and became the first team to overcome 3–1 deficit.
- July 9, 2016 - Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber in the 123rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis competition and equalling Steffi Graf's 22 grand slam singles tiles.
- August 5, 2016 - The Summer Olympics begin at Maracană Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- August 21, 2016 - The Summer Olympics closes at Maracană Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- December 10, 2016 - The 82nd Heisman Trophy Award goes to Lamar Jackson, of the Louisville Cardinals (QB), who became the youngest player to win at age nineteen.
BY REMAINING NEUTRAL,|
HAS GOOD WHITE-AMERICANS DAMAGED DEMOCRACY?
Why do these seemingly caring human beings choose to sit on the fence?
In regards to race relations between black and white people in America there's always been a battle of principles of what is right or wrong. This has existed since the beginning of American history. The problem is that the participants in this battle claim to be on the side that's good and adores democracy. Someone is not being completely truthful. 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.
In contrast to Abraham Lincoln, the first President of the United States, George Washington didn't share Lincoln's view of democracy.
How can we be sure?
Because during Washington's time, black slaves were actively sought and recruited to fight in the Revolutionary War and promised freedom after the victory. It's well recorded that thousands of 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.
But after victory, 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 terribly as an upholder of truth and justice and set the tone for future race relations in our country by trivializing and compromising real Democracy for all.
Washington had many slaves himself and didn't want to free them and damage his financial stake. He put money interests ahead of Democracy even when his contemporaries didn't. Future President John Adams hated slavery and was proud to boast he handled his business with paid workers. We wonder did George Washington look at himself in the mirror and feel guilty about compromising American Democracy? History says he didn't.
So in a sense, Washington created the blueprint for this distorted view of Democracy that would endure for many decades after his death by other Presidents. Whites felt if their supreme leaders thought so lowly of black people and not upholding Democracy in the true sense of the word, they would also. They felt blacks lives were unimportant and Democracy could be ignored when their interest were at stake.
Throuhout American history countless slaves and former slaves attempted to point out to these Anti-Americans that they were not being truthful and misrepresenting Democracy. History records their pleas fell on deaf ears, even by the majority of good white Americans. Yes they chose to remain neutral by sitting on the fence. It seemed no one really cared enough about real Democracy until Lincoln came along. He understood the importance of living the truth.
But this was such an important event because it marked the beginning of America living a lie. Let's call it for what it was. This view of Democracy was not truly American because it denied certain humans liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness. The truth of the matter is these actions were Anti-American. There would be many Presidents and white citizens after Washington who felt the same way about blacks.
So we had two different Presidents with different versions of Democracy, and sadly 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 beliefs about liberty and justice for all.
After Lincoln's death, democracy would take a fast downward spiral. Lincoln's successor and one of the most biased Presidents 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 and didn't lend a voice for justice.
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?
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.
It's important to note that not much has changed in the way American whites view black citizens today, both good white Americans who sit on the fence and also the Anti-Americans, in other words the George Washington type of people or the Abraham Lincoln type. Both groups prefer not to have much dealings with blacks even after all these years. Its still unusual to see blacks and white Americans in bonds of deep friendship and trust.
The problem is because of the good white Americans must speak up as Lincoln did and proclaim we are all brothers sharing this land in a Democracy and need each other for the peace and well being of the community. But good whites are too proud to ever admit that and will remain on the fence. Good whites are the only ones who must start this dialogue because they are in the position of power and privelege.
Believe it or not blacks want to be accepted very badly by whites but we view America differently. Both good and bad whites have a tendicecy to view race relations as a white superior issue constanly comparing with the view of doing things either the white way or the black way. In contrast blacks view race relations as all being united Americans helping each other minus the comparisons. Whites have a difficult time viewing whites and any other minority as united Americans.
So, what now?
Because of this folly of racism and privilege by Anti-Americans and the lack of action to speak up for Democracy by good Americans, the door has been left open for America to morph into another form of power. The lie is catching up to her. We are now living under a system that is completely different than it started out as and it's not nice. It's like an insatiable, detestable and ugly monster, without a soul or conscience that hates democracy because it doesn't want the people to have a say, but this abdomible creep demands the final word.
President-Elect Donald Trump
President Barack Obama
| Political Scene in 2016 |
- March 4, 2016 - Presidential hopeful Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
- March 20, 2016 - Barack Obama becomes the first Unites States President to visit Cuba since 1928.
- May 22, 2016 - President Barack Obama arrives in Vietman for a three day tour.
- June 23, 2016 - The United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referundum.
- July 16, 2016 - Donald Trump announces Indiana governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate.
- November 8, 2016 - Donald Trump is elected President of The United States of America.
- December 29, 2016 - President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems to influence the 2016 presidential election.
- 2016 - President Barack Obama ranked on his effectiveness as U.S. President.
* During Obama’s presidency, the economy has added more than 11 million jobs.
* The jobless rate has dropped from 7.6% to 4.7% - and from 12.6% to 7.8 for African Americans.
* The high school graduation rate for African Americans has increase from 66.1% to 85%.
* There were 614,000 fewer long-term unemployed.
* Wages went up 3.4 percent.
* More than 16 million Americans who were uninsured now have health care coverage, with the uninsured rate for African Americans cut by more than half.
Movies in America
|Broadway / Television / Movies in 2016 |
- June 12, 2016 - The 70th Tony Awards honors "Hamilton" with an amazing 11 awards after a record 16 nominations.
- November 28, 2016 - "Hamilton" sets a new record ($3.3 million) for most money earned in a week on Broadway.
Cast photo from the television series Barney Miller Clockwise from left: Ron Glass (Ron Harris),
Jack Soo (Nick Yemana), Barney Miller (Hal Linden), Max Gail ("Wojo" Wojciehowicz),
Abe Vigoda (Phil Fish) (back toward camera).
| Famous Deaths in 2016 |
- January 5, 2016 - Whispers Rhythm and Blues singer Nicholas Caldwell dies at 71.
- February 4, 2016 - Earth, Wind & Fire singer Maurice White dies at 74.
- February 17, 2016 - Former Oakland Athletics baseball player Tony Phillips dies at 56.
- March 22, 2016 - Rapper Phife Dawg dies.
- March 22, 2016 - Emmy-winning actor David Smyrl dies at 80.
- April 5, 2016 - R&B singer-songwriter and producer John Young dies in his sleep.
- April 21, 2016 - Multi-talented Singer-songwriter and musician Prince dies at 57.
- April 24, 2016 - Singer Billy Paul dies at 81.
- May 2, 2016 - The late Tupac Shakur mom Afeni Shakur dies at 69.
- June 3, 2016 - The greatest Muhammad Ali dies at 74.
- June 6, 2016 - Fighter Kimbo Slice dies at 42.
- July 16, 2016 - NBA Basketball great Nate Thurmond dies at 74.
- July 21, 2016 - Former great Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green dies at 67.
- August 10, 2016 - Sports broadcasting legend John Saunders dies at 61.
- September 24, 2016 - Actor Bill Nunn dies at 63.
- October 9, 2016 - Boxer (The Hawk) Aaron Pryorn dies at 60.
- November 14, 2016 - Journalist and writer Gwen Ifill dies at 61.
- November 18, 2016 - Sharon Jones was an American soul and funk singer. She was the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Trivia: Jones suffered a stroke while watching the 2016 United States presidential election results and another the following day. Jones remained alert and lucid during the initial period of her hospital stay, jokingly claiming that the news of Donald Trump's victory was responsible for her stroke.
- November 25, 2016 - Actor Ron Glass dies at 71.
- December 26, 2016 - Comedian and actor Ricky Harris dies at 54.
- 2016 - 'Martin' star Thomas Mikal Ford dies at 52.
- 2016 - MusicianStanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., dies at 68.
- 2016 - Youth baseball program founder John Young dies at 67.
- 2016 - Cherished keyboardist for Parliament-FunkadelicBernie Worrell dies at 72.
- 2016 - Minister and Gospel singer Daryl Coley dies at 60.
- 2016 - Singer and entertainer Vanity dies in Freemont California at age 57.
| Famous Weddings in 2016 |
- February 20, 2016 - R&B singer Ne-Yo and Crystal Renay Williams were wed in Los Angeles.
- June 25,, 2016 - Singer-songwriter Jill Scott and Mike Dobson were wed.
- July 6, 2016 - NFL quarterback Russell Wilson and singer-songwriterCiara were married.
- July 17, 2016 - Tatyana Ali and Vaughn Rasberry were wed in Beverly Hills, California.
- August 12, 2016 - Singer-songwriter Ray J and Princess Lovey were wed.
- August 13, 2016 - Comedian Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish were wed.
| Famous Divorces in 2016 |
- June 7, 2016 - Rapper Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose were divorced.
3 level hi-top fade
1990s inspired tribal prints fashionable in the 2010s
| Fashions in 2016 |
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
| Our Community in 2016 |
Newsworthy Events in the Black Community:
- February 3, 2016 - Barack Obama visits his first United States mosque - the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland.
- May 24, 2016 - Comedian/ActorBill Crosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case.
- May 28, 2016 - A gorilla from the Cincinnati Zoo Harambe is shot after dragging about a boy who slipped into the enclosure.
- July 6, 2016 - African-American citizen Philando Castile is shot by police in St Paul, Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken rear light.
- July 6, 2016 - African-American citizen Alton Sterling is shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge, while being restrained on the ground.
- July 9, 2016 - In Dallas Texas a lone gunman shoots and kills five police officers.
- September 20, 2016 - African-American citizen Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a black police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- September 21, 2016 - Three genetic studies published in "Nature" agreed all humans descended out of Africa 50-80,000 years ago.
- September 22, 2016 - White Police officer Betty Shelby charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- November 29, 2016 - Former NFL player Darren Sharper sentenced to twenty years in prison for rape.
- December 1, 2016 - Former NFL player Joe McKnight shot and killed during a road rage incident by white man.
- December 15, 2016 - White supremacist Dylann Roof is found guilty of murdering nine people in the Charleston Church Massacre.9
- 2010s - The United States Population is 308,745,538 with a total of 38,929,319 being African Americans.