Friday, December 30, 2016

December 30, 2016 Information

This is a very important time in our age. The Hidden Figures movie accurately showed the sacrifice, the intellectual ingenuity, and the passion for STEM fields that the 3 Sisters have expressed. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson are heroes who opposed racism and sexism to use their talents to benefit the world society. For thousands of years, black people have been inventors, scientists, engineers, and scholars. The movie showed how the research and calculations (involving geometry, calculus, trigonometry, etc.) of these 3 black women caused John Glen to successfully orbit the Earth (in the midst of the Cold War). Also, another great point should always be reiterated. We know what that point is. Girls and women have every right to pursue STEM fields and any endeavor in their lives. Black women's contributions for a long time have been ignored by many in mainstream society. That should end period. We ought to give great credit to the contributions of black women since black women are the mothers of the human race and it is the right thing to do. I was born from a black woman and honoring the greatness of black women is honoring our own humanity as human beings. Therefore, I do recommend anyone to watch the Hidden Figures film as it will motivate so many people to achieve their dreams. We still believe in the dream that our forebears dreamed of, that our ancestors fought for, and that we still are fighting for in this new century. Anyone, regardless of gender, should have human rights. We desire more people to love STEM fields and we desire human justice too.

We approach a new era of time. More and more visible voices of black people are being shown in film, television, and other forms of media. As many human beings has eloquently stated, the show Atlanta is not only popular among black people because of the characters and the scenery. It is popular, because it plainly shows realism and authenticity involving its depictions of poor and working class black Americans who live in Atlanta. Consequential, there are more shows that express stories that have a lot of black, talented actors and actresses in them like Insecure, Queen Sugar, etc. The truth is ubiquitous and we flourish with talent. Hopefully, our voices can expand more independently in 2017 and beyond. This goal of freedom has nothing to do with obstinate conformity. It has to do with us expressing ourselves as we see fit without tokenism and without unfair limitations. In the final analysis, what we want is not just power to express ourselves, but we desire the means to inspire others in following their own goals (so, they can find their own sense of joy and happiness). Our Blackness is Beautiful. More and more black people in our generation are forthrightly outlining the truth that Blackness is diverse. We live in different geographic areas and we have many stories. That signifies the reality that Blackness is never monolithic, but our experiences range from intellectual endeavors to other fields. Our stories are our own. We own them and we have the subsequent right to express them in a honest, enriching capacity. The Dream hasn't been fulfilled yet, but these new shows certainly show how we have that opportunity for the Dream to be realized. Also, Issa Rae from Insecure is a philanthropist who has helped black people in real life. So, many actors and actresses have utilized their platforms to legitimately give back to people. Interesting stories from the wide range of black people is a benefit for society.

I certainly believe in voting rights, social justice, and racial justice. Hardworking families and heroes like Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and Ella Baker have promoted these things for decades. The reactionary voter ID law in North Carolina has been opposed by heroic people. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. praised democratic socialism by his own words (that I can quote). Malcolm X promoted pan-African unity and rejected capitalism. Evil bigotry is anti-black, anti-family, and anti-liberation. What is being pro-black is standing up for the poor, respecting the African Diaspora, and expanding resources to help the black community. Being pro-black is about standing up for the freedom of black people (not sucking up to the views of far right white racists). Also, it is important to promote grassroots organizing and environmental justice (as the tragedy of Flint documents how important environment issues are). Carl Paladino is lower than low. He is the representation of the deplorables that many people who slander others are. Carl is not only a racist and a disgrace. He is a coward and not a real man. I have no respect for Carl. He being a Trump supporter is not shocking as many of Trump's supporters are notorious sexists, racists, and xenophobes. While Carl promotes bigotry and unjust hatred, we will promote love, justice, and human dignity.

Today is the Birthday of Brother Lebron James. He has made many accomplishments in the basketball arena and outside of it. He was born in Akron, Ohio and his life has been filled with obstacles and triumphs against those obstacles. He is the best NBA player today and one of the greatest basketball players in history. He is 32 years old now. He has 3 NBA Titles in 2012, 2013, and 2016. He has won multiple MVP awards. He is the Cleveland Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer. Ever since he was in high school, people have called him a legend. Many of his high school basketball games were shown on national TV. He is the youngest NBA player to score 25,000 points. He has great speed and great strength. His wife and his children support him everyday. Lebron James is very influential athlete and his charity work has helped children in many ways involving their education. He has spoken out about the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Trayvon Martin's tragic murder, Eric Garner's tragic death, and other important issues in our generation. He is a man who has worked in many economic endeavors. Lebron James is a legendary person not only on about what he does in basketball. He is a legend in helping tons of people in real life outside of the court too. I wish him a great birthday.

I always have great admiration for the Sister Miriam Makeba. She taught us more than about great music. She used words as a soundtrack to end apartheid in South Africa. She lived her life in promoting love and justice for love and justice go hand in hand. Filled with consciousness, she utilized her strength and her voice to help the poor, to help black people, and to help the human race in general. Her music certainly inspires me in my life to always oppose bigotry and tyranny. Today, we are near 2020. Her words have moved the world and we will continue to live for the intrepid goal of justice. One of the unsung, great heroes of our community is Janet Collins. She was born in Louisiana in March 17, 1917. She was a pioneer of black ballet dancing. She loved to dance and inspired humanity. She was raised in Los Angeles, and soon she developed her dancing skills. In her later life, Collins taught modern dance at Balanchine's School of American Ballet in New York City, and at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. In 1951, she became the first African American to be hired full-time by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Marian Anderson, the first to sing there, did not perform until 1955. She inspired many African Americans to perform in dance and ballet. She passed away in the year 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas. She has shined her talent for years and decades. Rest in Power Sister Janet Collins. Sister Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a young track and field legend. Today, she is 30 years old. For a number of years, she has expressed grace, power, and excellent skills in the track. Her accomplishments are lengthy and she gives back to her Jamaican community too. In 2008, she was the first Caribbean woman (at the age of 21) to win the 100m gold medal. She has won many gold medals and championships for years. She is one of the greatest female sprinters in human history. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Her mother, Maxine, was a former athlete herself. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has graduated in college and has her own foundation to help many young human beings. She is a beautiful black woman who represents what excellence and philanthropy is all about.

By Timothy

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