This, too, shall pass.

Why do we always seem to be “it”, the people tagged to be on the fatality frontlines – year after year, decade after decade, century after century, from one millennium to the next – at least in this country? I was so depressed about African Americans being the bulk of COVID-19 deaths across the nation, I almost didn’t get out of bed to listen to my church’s online services on Sunday. Despite my despair, I did get up and tuned in to the service, and I’m glad I did. I…

An Interesting Read in These Trying Times

Them Summer Daze” takes place in the summer 1969 and involves an African American girl on the cusp of being a teenager who is trying to find a way to fit in with the “in crowd”. However, life-altering events over that one turbulent summer has her questioning whether being in with the in crowd is truly worth the price of admission.

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
Friday!

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…