The Dream of the Dance: Janet Jackson’s Early Music Videos — Discover

“Each gesture is a glyph in an elaborate alphabet of steps and angles, slaps and smacks.” At Open Space, Maxe Crandall reflects on how choreography, identity, and politics come together in Jackson’s iconic music videos.

via The Dream of the Dance: Janet Jackson’s Early Music Videos — Discover

The Five Reasons Why: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper — The Neighborhood

When our bond is understood, being our brother’s keeper, becomes more of a privilege and less of a burden.

via The Five Reasons Why: We Are Our Brother’s Keeper — The Neighborhood

Easter Flow – Family Flower

Holidays are always family time. It’s a requirement for my family. Most times there is a big event for every holiday at my uncles, and a few times here at my house. We live for everyone to come together,  the children play and the adults catch up. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

 This Easter was a bit different. It was just the nucleus, the core, my immediate family – Hubby, my Mom, and the girls! And we had a ball!! Everyone attended church and the girls danced with their modem dance teacher from Studio A Mrs. Staci!! Always awesome (video coming)

 
Then we went out to dinner at Fogo de Chao! The girls and my Mom had never been and we had the BEST time!!  

  It was crowded and not the ideal table; I took a small tumble earlier at church, and my foot started to swell to double its size, but MY FAMILY had a great time together. We ate until we were stuffed and bloated. The food just kept coming.  The waiter was gracious and attentive. After dinner, my Mom retired home, and we visited Kevin’s Mother at the hospital. It was truly family time!

This year, we added a craft to the mix. Easter morning we baked a cake which we decorated after the day’s activities. The idea came from Pinterest, and I think it came out PERFECT! Just take a look! 

 
It’s a Sunflower Cake! Our Sunflower Easter Cake!! And despite my temporary handicap, my children came together and finished the project. It’s is lovely!!  

  I’m so happy with the family Kevin and I have nurtured and loved! Even though we missed Reggie’s birthday, didn’t see my uncles, cousins, or our other children: Trey, Mark or Chedda, family time is great whether big or small! That’s our Easter Flow!!

Never Give Up

When I first started pursuing home-based business ideas, the best advice that one of my mentors gave me was to never give up. 
While I haven’t come up with my breakthrough business idea and still work my business part-time, I have had lots of personal and financial successes just because I refused to give up…on me, on an idea, a grea idea and even on others. So my #WednesdayWisdom is to Never Give Up on you… Failure can motivate, teach and lead to success. 

 

Dr. Paula A. Johnson Named 1st Black President of Wellesley

Wellesley College, a private women’s college in Massachusetts, named Dr. Paula A. Johnson as president, making her he first African American to ever head the school, according to the Boston Globe.

  

Johnson in July will officially replace H. Kim Bottomly, who announced in April that she would be stepping down after nine years of service. 
Johnson, who will become the 14th president of the women’s liberal arts college, said that as its first African-American president, she feels she has a special duty toward the school, the Globe reports, promising to work to “strengthen and [deepen],” the college’s diversity, while also ensuring “that our residential experience is taking full advantage of that diversity, that our young women are really experiencing all the richness that that diversity brings on campus.”

“For someone who looks like me, a black woman, to become president of Wellesley College—it is so inspiring to me. She truly embodies black excellence,” Wellesley sophomore Gabrielle Taylor told the Globe Thursday.

Johnson also signaled the importance of the university in preparing students to be well-equipped for the expanding leadership opportunities for women and for addressing the continuing disparities in women’s employment and health care options, the Globe reports. 

“Wellesley could not be more relevant today in terms of its role in providing an outstanding liberal arts education, which we know is so critical to developing the next generation and to the future of our world,” she said.

Celebrating Black History: Rosa M. Parks

Happy Birthday to Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)   

She was an African American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in California and Missouri (February 4), and Ohio and Oregon (December 1).

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. 

(December 1st is a great day in history and my family since it’s the day one of my daughters was born.)

Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, including Bayard Rustin in 1942, Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1952, and the members of the ultimately successful Browder v. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) who were arrested in Montgomery for not giving up their bus seats months before Parks. 

NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, although eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts while the Browder v. Gayle case succeeded.