November Round Up

Get your products or services featured in my December Buy Black Blog! Calling on businesses and services to secure a spot in the listing. You get a brief blurb featuring a photo or logo representing your product or service and a link to your website or contact information. Please reach out soon. I hope to have the blog post up by November 29, so we can make it a true Black

Bronner Brothers to Become Bronner Sisters?

Bronner Bros., an internationally recognized black haircare brand, may soon become Bronner Sisters, a scion of the family-owned business recently revealed. Bernard Bronner may have spoken in jest at a recent gathering of black bloggers, but the CEO and President of the company that has been in business for more than 70 years, acknowledged that the family demographics has changed, which may indeed prompt a change in the name of the business. Bronner, answering an audience question about the future of the company, noted that the first generation of the…

Things to Do This Fall, Y’all!

What?!?!? It’s October already? While it certainly doesn’t feel like it, it’s officially fall, y’all. Here’s some stuff to do to make your fall festive! Enjoy! October 5 East of the River Book Festival“Sixth annual East of the River Book Festival is being held the Arc (1801 Mississippi Ave SE) -from 1 1a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a family fun centered event will feture local authors of children’s books, face painting, arts and crafts and more! Come dressed up as your favorite book character for a costume contest!” For more…

What’s in a Name?

So, what prompted Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden to write African Americans and Africa: A New History (Yale University Press, 2019)? Several things – as she revealed during a recent radio interview with David Whetstone on WPFW. She is the daughter of an African American mother from Worchester, MA and a father from Sierra Leone. She taught at the University of Texas, Dallas, where she recalled an incident involving an African American family in the Dallas suburbs waking up one morning to find the words, “Go back to Africa” scrawled on…

Why I Decided to “Join the Movement”

I started this blog out of frustration with not seeing enough of our good news in the mainstream media. And if you’re like me, you, too, are also frustrated by what is presented in the news – stories of racial animosity, systems and institutions not working the way they should, and billionaires getting away with – well, everything! Sometimes, voting doesn’t seem like enough. But, let’s not forget, we do have other options, as well. We can always vote with our wallets – which is why I decided to become…

Mobile Lab to Bring STEAM into Northern Virginia Classrooms

Monica Nichols’ twenty-plus years working in IT management for the federal government belies the fact that she struggled with math in school. “I was placed in remedial math when I first went to college,” Nichols recalls of  her time at Michigan State University. Math struggles aside, Nichols didn’t let this setback discourage her from graduating with a degree in Applied Engineering and going on to earn a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. She also has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a STEM focus from…

Buy Black This Holiday Season

Still got some last-minute shopping to do? Consider these black-owned businesses for unique gift ideas: Mahogany Books: I met the wife of this husband-and-wife entrepreneur duo at a black business expo last year in Woodbridge, VA. According to their website, Mahogany Books, located in Washington, D.C., is a local independent bookstore that believes in social entreprenuership. “We take a leadership role in the African American community by promoting reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love and ultimately our communities to enrich the lives of motivated individuals,” says…

Football More Than a Game for This Long-Serving Volunteer

When Cecil Anderson walked through the doors of the Dale City Sports Club (DCSC) in 1993, the new resident of Prince William County, Va., was looking to register his son for youth football, and maybe assist with coaching his son’s team. But the volunteer-starved organization quickly recruited him as a head coach.

And that day was the beginning of a 25-year journey for Anderson, who has since risen from coach to commissioner to serving for the past 15 years as president of an organization that has been around since 1976.

Educator Deploys Virtual Reality to Make Museums More Inclusive for Kids of Color

The school field trip has become a staple of our education system, with trips to local museums being a popular destination.

But these educational enrichment excursions may be out of reach for some students – both financially and culturally.

Educator and historian Kai Frazier explains that, while the museums may be free, “many of our students can’t afford to chip in to pay for the bus and driver to get to the museums, plus a boxed lunch provided by the school.” The former teacher at Manassas Park (Virginia) Middle School adds that museums can seem unwelcoming to people of color.

Who Should Run for Office?

That was the seductive subject line in an email I received last month from Emily’s List and their Run to Win campaign.

According to their web site, Run to Win “is a national recruitment and training program focused on helping pro-choice, Democratic women around the country run for office—and win.”

Their site goes on to tout the group’s track record, having, since its founding in 1985, “trained nearly 10,000 women to run and helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office” and also noting that “forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color, and more young women than ever are stepping up to run.”

So, do I want to run for office? I have considered it in the past, albeit in a random-thought, this-politician-is-so-stupid-I-could-do-that-job kind of way while I’m yelling at some idiocy or injustice on CNN.

Even though I didn’t have an office in mind, I clicked the link and signed up for an August 11th workshop in Richmond, VA. Two hours of I-95 bad traffic later (somebody ought to do something about this traffic!), I arrived (slightly late!) at the workshop.