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Released June 25, 1975 New York City premiere ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
American International Pictures, 1975
Written by Eric Monte, the creator of the black TV sitcom Good Times (1974-1979) and directed by veteran Michael Schultz (Car Wash, Greased Lightning, Which Way is Up, The Last Dragon), Cooley High was pitched as the black American Graffiti. Critically received, it is a coming of age action comedy that follows the adventures and aspirations of two high school buddies (Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs) in Chicago in the early 1960's. Void of the extreme sex and violence requirements of exploitation films, Cooley High was fondly embraced by audiences both black and white. The film’s spectacular Motown soundtrack featuring The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Jr. Walker, and Smokey Robinson certainly helped its popularity and box office gross. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You are a damn fool if you ever donated anything to these scams ... You must have the audacity and common sense... They only care about the money... Flint Michigan got that fresh water yet? #yngrasta#blackunity#blackhistory#akon
As part of ongoing contribution to diversity and inclusion with impact is a fairer and more inclusive society for all, @channonoyeniran provided training to Toronto District School Board staff as part of the newly introduced Universal Design For Learning. In her words, Channon says, “As a people, our progress will be dependent upon how much of our history we know, how we engage with the present and how we use both to design our future”
#RepostSave @airykahkane with @repostsaveapp ・・・ 👤 WHITEWASHING OF AFRICA 👤 🔵 It’s been over half-a-century since most African countries severed the chains of European colonialism and officially gained their independence, and during the intermediate years between then and now the academic community has largely come to the point of acknowledging, albeit kicking and screaming, that humanity and much of civilization as we know it have their roots in Africa.↕🔰 🔵 But while science firmly places humanity’s origins inside the continent, Hollywood has apparently changed very little since the world supposedly did away with its colonial racist past. Two major studio films will be released this year – The Gods of Egypt,(directed by Alex Proyas) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (directed by Ridley Scott) – which will attempt to portray historically-based events that occurred in Ancient Africa, but with all-white actors being cast in the lead roles. ↕🔰 🔵 Adding insult to injury is the fact the only roles in which people of color have been cast, at least in the latter film, are those of guards, assassins, “lower class civilians”, thieves, and oh yea… servants. Never mind the reality that during the historical period in which these movies are supposed to have taken place, virtually no white person had yet even stepped foot anywhere in Africa, particularly not in Egypt.↕🔰 #blackpeople#blackpower#exodus#blackegyptians#egypt#maarifacircle#egyptians#kemet#blackhistory#blackegyptians#blackpeople#power2dapeople#africanhistory#africa#nubia#blackamerica#blackhistory#blackawareness#WhiteSupremacy#skinbleach#Holocaust#Justice
Today in #blackhistory we will be celebrating rapper hands. Rapper hands are hand mannerisms used to accentuate rhymes, drive home points, deliver messages, rep a set, and for some have even became a signature. Rapper hands have been used throughout all eras, across gender and color lines, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We saulte you rapper hands! It just wouldn't be the same with you in our favorite rappers pockets! Who has your favorite rapper hands? What's your favorite mannerism?
This week I want to be a little more aggressive than I’ve typically been. There are times when I’ve been a little passive when it comes to closing deals pertaining to my business.
My mind isn’t going allow me to let anything slide past my fingertips this week
Closing all the deals and getting all the fucking money!!!!
Legacy is all that matters
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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born as a free woman during a time of slavery in the United States of America. Actively involved in the slavery abolishionist movement, Harper was a staunch advocate for equal rights for Africans in the young nation actively involved in trafficking of humans as slaves. She was a sought after orator and spoke on the equality of all races and genders, calling for increased temperance in civil society. In 1858, at the age of 33 -- and before the U.S. Civil War --Ms. Harper refused to ride in the “colored” section of a segregated trolley car in Philadelphia.
Frances Harper's short story "The Two Offers", first published in June 1859, is historically noted as the first short story published by an American woman of any race or ethnicity. By 1892, Harper would publish Iola Leroy; or, Shadows Uplifted, which many literary commentators distinguish as the first novel written by an African-American woman. A prolific poet, Harper published nine volumes of poetry all related to equal rights. Arguably her most famous poem is “Bury Me In A Free Land.” The story behind the poem is that it was written while Ms. Harper was traveling on a lecture tour in the late 1850s. At the time she wrote the poem, she was very ill and may have thought she was writing a last testament to her people. A literary masterpiece, the poem was first published in 1864.
@kehindewiley, Los Angeles native and New York based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, among others, Wiley, engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and the sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world
"The economic philosophy of African nationalism only means that we have to become involved in a program of re-EDUCATION.
To educate our people into the importance of knowing that when you spend your dollar out of the community in which you live, the community in which you spend your money becomes richer and richer; the community our of which you take your money becomes poorer and poorer" - Omowale Malcolm X 📝💸 #GroupEconomics#BlackHistory
SAVE THE DATE: Octavia Poetry Collective presents the official #AfricaWrites2018 festival. Join them in their Wakanda themed evening of poetry, music and dancing. Enjoy and celebrate the words, arts and the song of women from Africa and the diaspora. When? Sat June 30th @richmixlondon
Get your tickets over on their page
#pressplay have you listened to this weeks episode of ‘The Life of Lex Podcast’: Black girl nerds exist too!| Everything is love, Free the children, Stop forgiving abusers?
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