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Wonder what Eve has been up to lately?
Well, E-V-E has teamed up to star in a documentary in conjunction with Reebok Classics and Complex, and in the process of doing comeback performances around Philly (at Kung Fu Necktie to be specific), she stopped at her alma mater, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School and kicked it with her young fans. With DMX coming back out, Lil Kim on tour, and Eve now getting back to being focused on music and making moves, it’s about to feel like the early ’00s (aka, Millennium) all over again! Check out all the colorful photos of the former first lady of Ruff Ryders as she meets the kids, prepares for performances, and rocks 54-11s. And you can see more over at Hip-Hop Wired.
*Reaches to play “Who’s That Girl”…*
See more photos HERE.
Photos courtesy of Reebok.
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The old adage is certainly true, ‘behind every good man, stands a good woman’; and while we modern day ‘feministas’ would prefer to remix the saying to ‘beside every good man, stands a good woman’, these women still made history from behind the iconic men in their lives. Their passion to correct civil injustices may have been publicly carried out by their well known husbands, but it was evident before and after their husbands’ death that they were a driving force behind their men. Read the rest of this entry »
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Martin Luther King Jr. died for a lot, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t for the right to drink Ciroc and throw dollar bills at strippers. That’s the image a Miami graphic designer portrayed on a flyer advertising an “I Have a Dream” birthday bash this past Sunday.
Jeffrey Darnell Paul/ DJ Big Boy just barely uttered the words “I apologize” when an NBC newscaster asked what he was thinking when he made a flyer like that.
“What was I thinking?,” he responded. “Promotion, my business.”
The promotion didn’t work so well though. The gentleman’s club, which did not approve the flyers and claims Jeffrey acted on his own, called the entire celebration off and there was no party when the club opened its doors on MLK’s bday. Appearing halfway apologetic, although able to easily make this mistake again, Jeffrey said he wishes he would’ve taken the time to think about what he was putting on the flyer, which he says he spent no more than five minutes creating.
“If I could turn back the hands of time, it wouldn’t have happened…that’s something you don’t play with as I’ve learned.”
I still have a feeling he’ll find someway to disgrace the nation’s founders for President’s Day next month. I pretty much hate all of the flyers promoters come up with for night clubs anyway but this one by DJ Big Boy definitely takes the cake.
Do you think the DJ even realizes what was wrong with what he did? Did you come across any crazy MLK party promotions this past weekend?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 15, 1929, a star was born. You know who he is: The late great Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, we celebrate the gains and revolution ushered in by the civil rights pioneer and activist. For African-Americans and for any group which has been discriminated against, King represents an integral part of our lives, our souls, and our freedoms. Although he died at the hands of hate, we continue to celebrate his life of love. We hope all our readers take the time today to consider King’s principles and to feel inspired.
Dreams do come true, and for Viola Davis it was definitely a sweet dream. At this year’s Critic Choice Awards, Viola Davis won an award for Best Actress in the movie The Help. A surprised yet graceful Ms. Davis was not short on words as she described her determination to follow her dreams despite her challenging childhood. During her profound speech she gave a nod to all of the women who are out there living their dream and fulfilling their purpose and how important it is to do so.
As we observe the late Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous Dream speech this weekend, let’s take a moment to say thank you for having the opportunity to follow our own dreams and live the life we were destined to have.
Watch Viola’ heartfelt speech here
We know how much you love our vintage black beauties. But up until now we’ve done models, actresses or singers. Well, today we’ve decided to spice it up with a woman who never appeared on Broadway or sang in front of packed crowds–unless it was a congregation. Today’s profile is an educator, orator, author and businesswoman.
Nannie Helen Burroughs was born to ex-slaves John and Jennie Burroughs in 1879 in Orange, Virginia. Jennie, her mother, worked as a cook while her father was a traveling Baptist preacher. Education was a priority for Nannie’s parents from an early age. Nannie’s father died when she was five years old, but her mother, determined to provide the best opportunities for her young daughter, relocated to Washington D.C. to pursue a better education. As a high school student Nannie studied business and domestic science before graduating with honors in 1896.
Right after graduation Nannie got right to work. In the same year she graduated high school she was instrumental in establishing the National Association of Colored Women. After that she began working as an associate editor for the Christian Banner, a Philadelphia-based newspaper.
In 1900 she earned a name for herself, nationally, with a speech entitled “How the Sisters Are Hindered from Helping” at the National Baptist Convention.
Nearly ten years later she founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in D.C. in 1909. The Christian school focused on preparing its female students for the workforce, a service that was greatly needed during this time period. The school’s curriculum offered classes in domestic work, clerical occupations and careers that weren’t typical for women like repairing shoes, barbering and gardening. Nannie established a creed for the school which she referred to as the “three B’s-the Bible, the Bath and Broom: clean life, clean body and clean house.” The school also offered courses in Black history that every student was required to take.
Nannie, who was later awarded and honorary doctorate, dedicated her life to the school believing that it was her God-ordained mission. “I had God’s hill which He had given me for the Negro women of America. I felt like I think Abraham must have felt when God told him ‘In thee shall all the people of the earth be blessed…”
In addition to her duties at the school in 1931 she served as the chairwoman for a committee regarding Negro Housing during President Hoover’s administration.
In 1954, she invited a young Martin Luther King Jr. to speak to the Women’s Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention. She continued her support of King as he achieved greater notoriety within the country.
Nannie continued to serve as the president of the National Training School until she died in 1961. In 1964 the name of school was changed to the Nannie Helen Burroughs School, Inc. in her honor.
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Does race play a major part in preserving one’s family history? What if you are from one of the most significant lineages this turn of the century? Virginia Beach’s Conservative Examiner article titled, “MLK family makes a fortune from memorial statue…press ignores,” questions the supposed racketeering, committed by the King children, and how they are profiting from their father’s priceless legacy. But what they failed to include was the protection of image, known as copyright, and how it applies to every single aspects of a person’s public life works, whether living or deceased.
(Washington Post) — On Feb. 4, 1968, two months before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a haunting sermon at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church about a eulogy that might be given in the event of his death. “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice,” King told the congregation. “Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” The sermon was so powerful that the designers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington selected those lines to be inscribed on the memorial’s towering statue of the civil rights leader. But because of a design change during the statue’s creation, the exact quotes had to be paraphrased, and now one of the memorial’s best-known consultants, poet and author Maya Angelou, says the shortened inscription is misleading and ought to be changed.
(Washington Post) — The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is attracting all the fanfare this week. But just outside the spotlight, in Washington and its surroundings, there are dozens of houses, museums and other sites that reflect the history of African Americans in this capital city and the country. Some places boast a large historical footprint, such as the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill, where Thurgood Marshall argued 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education . The case ended in the landmark decision that declared segregated schools unconstitutional. Others offer more backstory to the story of race in America, such as the home of Carter G. Woodson, known as the “father of African American history.” Located at 1538 Ninth St. NW and recently acquired by the National Park Service, the house will eventually be restored and opened to the public.)
(Detroit Free Press) — In the nation’s capital, on the banks of the Tidal Basin, a new memorial opened Monday — one that many believed might never come. A 30-foot-tall vision of a resolute Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., rising from a block of granite, peering across the peaceful waters toward the neoclassical pillars and dome of the Jefferson Memorial. Behind him, across Independence Avenue, stands the Lincoln Memorial — the site of the slain civil rights leader’s most famous speech 48 years ago. ”I think it’s beautiful — just as beautiful as the Lincoln or the Jefferson or any other memorials,” said Renee Robinson, 49, of Washington, D.C. “It makes you think there’s hope out here.”