Phillis Whetley: The Mother Of Afro-American Poetry!

A Little Known Fact Is That Phillis Whetley Was The First Afro-American Female To Lay Ground Work For The African-American Poetry Genre! Yes, If You Enjoy Writing Poetry, And You’re An Afro-American Female… She Paved The Way For You Today To Put Out Your Literature!

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A Little Known Fact Is That Phillis Whetley Was The First Afro-American Female To Lay Ground Work For The African-American Poetry Genre! Yes, If You Enjoy Writing Poetry, And You’re An Afro-American Female… She Paved The Way For You Today To Put Out Your Literature! Phillis Whetley Managed To Overcome Being Captured As A Young Child And Taken From Her Native Home In West Africa…. On A Slave-Ship In 1761.

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Phillis Whetly Can Be Accredited To Her Literature “Poems On Various Subjects, Religion, And Morals” Published In September 1773! As A Young Child She Was Discovered Writing By Her Masters Using Ashes On A Wall. Allegedly, Her Owners Didn’t Discipline Her; And Phillis Was Actually Allowed To Learn How To Read & Write! As A Young Woman, She Was Also Allowed To Travel To France Where She Published Her Book; Then Earning Her Freedom! Much Love And Respect To You #BlackGirlMagic!! I’m So Honored To Be Following In Your Footsteps…  Please Share This Story With A Inspirational Person In Your Life! No Matter Your Color, Love & Light Can Be Shared With EVERYONE! Thanks For Stopping By!

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Women’s History Month: Activist Angela Davis

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Angela Davis, Afro-American Political Activist

Angela Yvonne Davis, Born January 26, 1944 is a inspiration to women whom peruse the Law & Criminal Justice profession. Although she has no actual law background, Davis was able to mingle, conduct business with, and accomplish more because she was actually emotionally invested as a child. Davis grew up in the infamous neighbor in Birmingham, Alabama named “Dynamic Hill” called that because it was common for local hate groups to place explosives. These explosives were targeting Afro-American communities and devastating lives. Davis publicly spoke out stating that she personally knew the 4 girls killed in the Birmingham Church Bombings. She always remembered how it made her felt and vowed to be a advocate for change. As a teen, she organized inter-racial study groups aiming to diffuse the injustice of Afro-Americans in 1950-60’s America.

As a graduate in the 1960’s, at the University Of California, she joined the Black Panther Party, the Che-Lumumba all Black Communist Party; later becoming the Party Leader. Davis was able to obtain a position at the University Of California teaching feminist studies; but later got chastised for her Communist beliefs.

The South In Birmingham, Alabama was definitely a time of racial tension with some still holding on to the hope of unity among us all. If your not familiar with the era of Jim Crow, please take a little time to research this. Then, you will be able to get a feel for how racial tension was heightened especially with the momentum of the Civil Rights Movement.

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I would be at no surprise that Davis would become a strong supporter of the Soledad Brothers (not really related), accused of killing a prison guard after several Afro-American prisoners were killed in a fight with another guard. Davis landed herself in a bit of hot water with authorities when she was brought up on several charges. The charges she were arrested for involved a escape attempt, in a courtroom, that left several people deceased. Davis was apparently proven to be linked to the gun used via Registration, and reportedly in love with George Jackson. On August 21, 1971, George Jackson was shot to death by a tower guard inside San Quentin Prison in a purported escape attempt. “No Black person,” wrote James Baldwin, “will ever believe that George Jackson died the way they tell us he did.”

On March 27, 1972, the two surviving Soledad Brothers—Clutchette and Drumgoole—were acquitted by a San Francisco jury of the original charges of murdering a prison guard. Davis was detained for 18-months and was acquitted of all charges.

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She has many accomplishments such as international speaking tour in Cuba (1972), receiving an invitation from East Germany accompanied by an Honorary Degree . Davis also has taught feminist studies, critical theories, Marxism, popular music, social conscience, philosophy, and history of punishment of prisoners. She is always remembered as an inspiration to women whom stood up and used their voice in the face of oppression.

Additional Readings:

“Angela Davis; An Autobiography”, Angela Davis, (1974)

“Women, Race, And Class”, Angela Davis, (1980)

“Women, Culture, And Politics”, Angela Davis, (1989)

“The Meaning Of Freedom”, Angela Davis, (2012)

“Abolish Democracy”, Angela Davis, (2005)

 

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Women’s History Month: Women Who Fought Back And Won! **Queen Nzinga Of Ndongo And Matamba**

As We Continue On In March With Women’s History Month, I Want To Personally Say That We All Are Beautiful In Our Own Special Ways. Perfectly Created With Each Smell Good Sprayed, And Each Mirror Kiss Blown! Thank You, As Well, To The Fellas That Show Support By Supporting The Hard-Working Women In Your Society. Thank You For All The Shares And Feedback From The Last Article! It Had Over 1.5K Views In A Week!

Often Times Women Articulate, Enterprising, And Ambitious Women Aren’t Recognized In The Light They Should Be. I Set Out To Educate Myself On The Women Who’s Accomplishments I’ve Never Heard Of. I Decided To Educate Myself, And You, On My Findings.. The Uncommon Stories Of When Women Fought Back The Oppressors– And WON! With This Outlet, I Will Continue To Pursue My Destiny By Bringing You The Second Part Of “Women Who Fought Back.. And WON!” Now, An Inspirational Quote From The Marvelous, Late, Great Philanthropist, Professor, Writer & Poet: Maya Angelou “Take Up The Battle. Take It Up.. It’s Yours.. This Is Your Life.. This Is Your World!”


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Queen Ann Nzingha, Is The Great National Figure of Pre-Colonial Angola, In Southern Africa. The Extraordinary Scholar John Henrik Clarke Referenced her As The “Greatest Military Strategist That Ever Confronted The Armed Forces Of Portugal.” Queen Nzingha Was Born In Central Africa In A Portuguese Settlement Around 1582 And Her Brilliance Was Recognized Early On. The Fact That She Was A Woman Was Not An Impediment To Her Ability To Lead. She Was Often Sought After First When It Came To Important Issues Of War. Toward The Middle Of Her Life, She Became Increasingly Aggressive In Her Desire To Maintain The Power And Dignity Of The People Of Central Africa. Indeed, Her Military Campaigns Kept The Portuguese In Africa At Bay For More Than Four Decades. Her Goal Was The Final And Complete Eradication Of The Portuguese Capture And Enslavement Of African people.

Queen Nzingha Ambitiously Sent Ambassadors And Representatives Throughout West And Central Africa With The Goal Of Building A Massive Coalition Of Africans To Eject The Portuguese. The Beautiful Queen Nzingha Died Fighting For Her People in 1663 At The Age Of 81. Thank You Once Again For Joining Us Here At Rantings Of Mocha As We Continue To Honor Women’s History Month!

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Women’s History Month! Chicks That Fought Back– AND WON…

Definitely Want To Kick Off Woman’s History Month Right With Honoring Women Whom We Feel Should Be Recognized More For What They Brought To The Table. The Month Of March Should Be Celebrated With Great Regards Because Often Times, Women Created, Instilled, Or Helped Developed The Major Things We Use Today Such As The Paper Bag, The Foot-Pedal Trash Can, Starting A Civil Rights Evolution, Or Maybe Inventing A Common Board Game Such As Monopoly! Oh Yeah, It’s A Little Bit Of Everything In This Galaxy! So Lets Get Started! First Make Sure You Like This Post And Subscribe Now For Future Articles.

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Diane Judith Nash Born May 15th, 1938, In Chicago, IL. Little Known Fact Is That She Was The Runner-Up For Miss Illinois! She Found Her Purposed In Life When She Transferred From Frisk University In Nashville, TN To Howard University In Washington, D.C And Witnessed The Segregation First Hand. She Too, Was Also Discriminated Against As Well Being Of Lighter Skin. Her Horrible Experiences In The South Lead Her Drive To Fight Against Segregation. She Was A Leader & Strategist Of The Student Wing Of The Civil Rights Movement Successfully Integrating School Lunch Lines. She Was A Member Of The Infamous Freedom Writers, Whom Successfully Integrated Travel Roads, Helped Found The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) And The Selma Voting Committee Campaign, Which Helped Blacks In The South Gain The Right To Vote And Have Political Powers.

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Throughout Her Life She Has Worked Along Side Many Of The Well Known Names Of The Civil Rights Movement Such As Martin Luther King, Jr, Septima Poinsette Clark, Rosa Parks, And Even Volunteered To Be Detained To Show Solidarity With The “Rock Hill Nine” In February 1961; The Notorious Black Students Arrested For Sitting In A Restaurant After Refusing To Be Served By Staff Due To Their Race.

Diane Nash Is A Woman That Showed Everyone Around Her That She Was Willing To Go Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty To Ensure Justice! She Fought Back When Injustice Reared Its Ugly Head! We Here At Rantings Of Mocha Would Like To Say Thank You For Paving The Way For Minorites, People Of Color, And Women Like Me!

 

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Lost & Forgotten Afro-Americans In History: Ester “Baby Ester” Jones Presented By Rantings Of Mocha And #TEMG

Often Times We Hear About The Same, Yet Pivotal Afro-Americans During The Month Of February For Black History Month; Such As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Honorable Thurgood Marshall, And Fredrick Douglas. We Value The Hard And Sometimes Deadly Sacrifices They Made Before, And For Us Today. But How Often Do We Hear About People That Played Key Influential Roles In American History, Music & Entertainment, And Science Such As Matthew Henson, Ella Baker, And Claudette Colvin? Please Join Rantings Of Mocha, As A Member of Tiger Eye Management Group, As We Discover The Lost & Forgotten Afro-Americans In History! The Real Question Is, “Why Did They Get Left Out Of History?” This Is A Glimpse Of Ester “Baby Ester” Jones A Cabaret Jazz Performer… Turned Cartoon Personality Icon.. By Theft Of Black Girl Magic!

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Ester “Baby Ester” Jones was claimed and proven to be the Real Betty Boop! Her style personality, stage presence, and clever one liners captured the hearts of those whom got a chance to see her perform. Not to be confused with another Jazz Singer “Little Ester”, Ms. Jones was a regular performer at The Cotton Club in Harlem, NY. After tiring research, I could literally only find one picture of Baby Ester and absolutely NO AUDIO! 😥😢 Hmm.. Carrying On..

Cartoonist Max Fleischer had the opportunity to see a performance by Baby Ester and was inspired by the Jazz singer in the early 1920’s. The cartoon Betty Boop was dubbed the “First Sex Symbol In Animation.”

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Betty Boop was best known for her revealing dress that showed off her curvaceous figure, and signature “Boop A Doop” tag line. As controversy swirled during the 1920’s and even then, some say Betty Boop the cartoon character, can be traced back to Ester’s trademark vocal styles using “boops” and other high-pitched scatting sounds. During this time, a singer & performer, Helen Kane had a chance to see Ester Jones perform at an event in Harlem, New York and quickly adopted her style for herself. WOW! Can you say “Swagga Jackin” LOL

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Anywho, when cartoon Betty Boop was finally introduced to the world by Paramount Publix Corporation and cartoonist Fleischer, Kane sued them claiming that they were using her image and style. Theatrical manager Lou Walton testified during the Fleischer v. Kane trial that Helen Kane saw Baby Esther’s act in 1928 with him and appropriated Jones’ style of singing, changing the interpolated words “boo-boo-boo” and “doo-doo-doo” to “boop-boop-a-doop” in a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You”. Who do you think would have exclusive rights to the unique sound? Take a guess.. 👀 Max Fleischer located a sound film made in 1928 of Baby Ester performing, which was introduced as evidence in court. Did you guess Baby Ester? YOU my friend, guessed right!

The courts ruled Helen Kane had no exclusive rights to the unique “Booping” sound she claimed to invent. Now today, the (revised) world wide image of Betty Boop is actually a caricature of ESTER JONES… Well… Actually… NO IT’S HELEN KANE!! In 1930, Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick introduced a caricature of “Helen Kane”, in the form of an anthropomorphic singing dog with droopy ears and a squeaky singing voice, in the Talkartoons cartoon Dizzy Dishes. “Betty Boop”, as the character was later dubbed, soon became popular and the star of her own cartoons. In 1932, (So from 1928-1932 the character resembled an animal— 😑.. I’ll continue y’all 😑) Betty Boop was changed into a human, the long dog ears becoming hoop earrings. Her appearance became more appealing to the eye and resembled the then Official voice of Betty Boop, Helen Kane..

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The soul, personality, and heart of Betty Boop Is Most Definitely Ester Jones!

Ester’s Date of Death was deemed in 1934 and declared “Death In Absentia” which is when a person is declared legally dead despite the absence of direct proof of the person’s death, such as the finding of remains attributable to that person.. Something Just Doesn’t Seem Right Here… Hmmm… None the less, she can still live (partially) through the personality of Betty Boop. Kind of makes you think twice when you see cartoons glorified over the years, Huh? #MindBlown

“Lost & Forgotten Afro-Americans In History: Ester “Baby Ester” Jones Presented By Rantings Of Mocha And #TEMG” Written By: Mocha Williams 07 February 2018

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