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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Send Silence Packing

Hey scholars!

As a college student, I know that there are so many issues we deal with from tuition bills, rent, gas, food, classes, work, time management, wondering if we should work more on our social life, relationships, I could go on and on. The one thing no one really talk about are the mental health issues so many of us are plagued with. It is such a taboo subject which is unfortunate. I know that people do not want to be stigmatized because they have a disability be it physical, learning, and/or psychological. I work in the Office of Disability Services on my campus and I am knowledgeable about the issues that students deal with behind close doors and sometimes not so privately. What about those who are able to keep their emotions and issues under wraps? How do we reach out to them and let them know that they are not alone and that someone cares, and help is always available. I am a very private person and there is so much that I do not open up about, but I would like to think that if I was in dire need I could.would be brave enough to speak up. Then again, I am not sure how I would handle such a situation and will not know unless it was to come up.

Yesterday, 7 April 2014, on the campus of Wright State University, the WSU chapter of Active Minds Inc. displayed 1,100 backpacks and personal stories to represent the 1,100 college students who die by suicide each year. The backpacks and stories were donated by families/friends affected by this mental health issue. Active Minds Inc. was founded in 2012 by Allison Malmon during her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania following her older brother's suicide.

Here are some links to consider:

Active Minds Inc.

Send Silence Packing

Suicide Prevention ---1.8000.273.TALK

*Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students
**1 in 10 students seriously consider attempting suicide
***Silence and stigma keep young people from seeking the care they need. A range of mental health services and treatments exist.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

What's In My Shower???

Hey Scholars!

I love showers. It is the one place where I am able to release my stresses of the day. Sometimes I play music, sometimes I shower in the dark (very soothing!). Here are some of my shower staples. First up the body products:

Natural Body Brush and Loofah: I do not use loofahs often. But I use a dry brush everyday.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint: I use this with my dry body brush. The brush helps with circulation and I love the peppermint soap. Using the two together makes my skin feel amazing and soft.

Pure Vanilla The Healthy Body Wash by LAVANILA Laboratories: The ingredients in this body wash are natural and most are certified organic.

Face products:

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash: At the end of the day i just want my face as clean as possible.

Nubian Heritage African Black Soap: I have been using this for years.

Hair Products:

As I Am Coconut CoWash: Love this stuff. It keeps my hair soft and my curls healthy.

Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler: All Shea Moisture products detangle my hair, that is why I keep several products in my collection at all times.

Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner: Great slip for detangling.

Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner: I typically use this after taking my my protective styles especially Marley Braids.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Unboxing CurlBox: Second Anniversary Box

Hey scholars!

I ordered the second Anniversary CurlBox. I was so excited to see what the products were. Being a product hoarder, I had to jump on getting this box. I was so serious that I set my alarm to make sure I was near my computer on time because CurlBox sell out fast. I received my box yesterday and here is what is inside.

Aunt Jackie's Curl La La- Defining Curl Custard

Motions For Naturals- Heat Styled Straight Finish Cleanser

nuNAAT- Natural Curl Activator

 Oyin Homemade- Hair Dew

Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracle Worker

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick

Paul Mitchell- The Truth About Curls- Shampoo, Leave-in Treatment, Ultimate Wave

Sienna Naturals- Hair and Body Shampoo, Leave-in Conditioner, Body Cream

Samples Galore!!!!

L'Oreal- EverCurl Curl Care System

Organic Root Stimulator- Shea Butter Hair & Scalp Lotion

Elentee Soy Organics- Waterless Shampoo and Braid Marinade

Elentee Soy Organics- Twist & Lock Gel

Organic Root Stimulator- Intense Moisture Creme and Anti-Breakage Creme

Lustrasilk- Keratin Protein Deep Conditioner

nuNAAT- Karite Special Hair Mask

nuNAAT-Brazilian Keratin Intensive Hair Mask 

Goin Natural- Rare Moisture Butter

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Black Berries Hanging from Trees: Accounts of Black Women Lynched in America

Hey scholars!
     I celebrate Black History everyday. Do not get me wrong. I appreciate having a Black History Month. It allows people to bring awareness to the events, figures, and places here in America and throughout the Diaspora that helped to shape history. Last semester in my Comparative Slave Systems class, we talked about the film Birth of a Nation and all of the ridiculous bull that was in it. I also brought Oscar Micheaux' response which was Within Our Gates. These films brought on talk about the deep scars America has but has been covered up with heavy foundation. If you saw Mississippi Burning, one of the most impactful images was the lynching of a man in front of his son. Throughout the American South, black men were lynched in large numbers. After numerous friends were lynched, Ida B. Wells-Barnett became an anti-lynching crusader. 

With Mrs. Barnett, we see black women in the fight against lynching, but what about those who were lynched themselves? Who were they? 

Ann Barksdale or Ann Bostwick

She was accused of killing her female employer in Pinehurst, Georgia on 24 June 1912. It is uncertain if or why Ann killed her employer. There was no trial and taking a statement from her was seen as asinine because she of ten had "violent fits of insanity." She was place in a car with a rope around her neck, the other end of the rope was tied to a tree limb; lynchers drove at high speeds, strangling her to death. She had her eyes shot out and bullets riddled her body in two. 

Mae Murray Dorsey and Dorothy Malcolm

On 25 July 1946, these ladies along with George Dorsey and Roger Malcolm were shot hundreds of times by as many as fifteen unmasked white men in broad daylight at the Moore's Ford bridge, which spans the Apalachee River about 60 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. No one was ever prosecuted for this heinous crime. At the time, President Harry Truman became enraged, leading to historic changes that were later forgotten.      

Laura Nelson

In Okemah, Oklahoma on 23 May 1911, she and her fifteen year old son were lynched. She was accused by authorities of killing a deputy sheriff who allegedly came across some stolen goods in the Nelson household. She was rap by a mob and dragged six miles to the Canadian River and hanged from a bridge.

                                               (Laura Nelson: This picture came from a postcard) 

Marie Scott

At the age of seventeen, Marie was taken from jail by a mob who threw a rope over her head. As she screamed, she was hung from a telephone pole in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. Why was Marie hanged? She was in her house getting dressed when two drunk white men barged in on her and raped her. Marie's brother heard her screaming out for help. One of the assailants was either stabbed or killed. The brother eventually fled. Since the brother could not be found, Marie was hanged. 

Jennie Steers

On 25 July 1903, Jennie was lynched on the Beard Plantation in Louisiana. She allegedly gave Elizabeth Dolan, a white sixteen year old, a glass of poisoned lemonade. Jennie was forced to confess, upon refusing she was hanged.

Cordella Stevenson 

On Wednesday 8 December 1915, Cordella's naked body was hung from the limb of a tree outside of Columbus, Mississippi about fifty yards north of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. The next morning, thousands of passengers passed by this gruesome scene. She was stolen from her bed and raped then lynched. Prior to these events she was taken into police custody and questioned about the burning down of Gabe Frank's barn. Her son was suspected of arson. She was released after telling police her son left home several months prior and she was unaware of his whereabouts. Later that night, there was knocking on the Stevenson's door. Cordella's husband, Arch, answered the door, but before he could get to it, it was knocked down and Cordella was taken away. Her body was left hanging until Friday morning. Her cause of death was labelled "at the hands of persons unknown." 

Mary Turner 

In Lowndes County, Georgia on 17 May 1918, Mary was lynched by a mob because promised to have those responsible for killing her husband arrested who was arrested in connection with the shooting and killing of Hampton Smith, a white farmer the coupe worked for. His wife was wounded. Sidney Johnson, a black man, supposedly killed Smith because he grew tired of abuse from the farmer. Since Johnson could not be found, the mob killed eight other blacks including Hayes and Mary Turner. Mary was hung by her feet, her body doused with gasoline and oil, and fire was set to her. It was said that her body was cut open causing her baby to tumble to the ground. Afterwards, the mob stomped the baby to death and then shot Mary's body up. 

     In 1937, Abel Meeropol, a white Jewish teacher from the Bronx wrote the poem  "Bitter Fruit.
 It was published in the New York Teacher, a union magazine. Meeropol and Billie Holiday worked to put the poem to music. In 1939, Billie Holiday recorded "Strange Fruit." It sold a million copies, making it her biggest selling record. 

This link will take you to a page that has accounts of many more black women who were lynched. Click here.

Sources and Further Readings:


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Facial Steam Bath

Hey Scholars!

     This winter season has been one for the record books. As long as I have been in school and I have been in school for quite a while, I have never had so many days off due to inclement weather. This weather has taken a toll on everyone involved. I have kept my hair in my protective style of twists and have been keeping my scalp oiled so that it does not dry out. My skin, my skin, my skin....oh my goodness! I am not playing with this weather. My skin has been so dry because of this cold weather, sorry, this polar vortex. Below zero My face has never been so dry before. So I had to come up with a regime this season so that my face stays moisturized. What is a girl supposed to do? I mean I wash it, tone it, and moisturize it. On occasion, I use a mask. What else am I supposed to do? I decided to give myself a facial using hot cloths. Needless to say, the cloths are only hot for so long. Then  I decided that facial steam baths would be much more effective.

Here is what you need: 


Boil water in a pot.
Add a few drops of essential oils in the boiling water--I use lavender and vanilla. 
Pour the water into a glass bowl.
Drape a towel over you head.
Place your face several inches above the hot mixture.
Keep your head under your homemade tent for 6 minutes.
Then wipe face with an astringent.
Splash face with cool water.

*For great results, do this a couple times a week.*

Saturday, December 28, 2013

What's On

     Hey scholars! I saw this list on Marie Claire and decided to give it a try. Why not? So here goes.

What's on your.....

Coffee Table: Books, Yankee Candles and Magazines

TV in the Morning: MSNBC's Morning Joe or Arthur (I love that aardvark!) 

Radar: I am currently in the process of applying for doctoral programs and writing a local history book for 
             capstone project.

Netflix Queue: Orange is the New Black, indie film Medicine for Melancholy

Nightstand: Nook Color, Journal, and Young Living Essential Oils in Lavender, Patchouli, and Peace &

DVR: Modern Family, Scandal 

Bucket List: Travel to New Zealand, see Paris in the Winter, have a great conversation with Oprah!

Weekly Grocery List: Organic Baby Spinach, Almond Milk, Kale, Frozen Fruits (Strawberries, Peaches
                                      Pineapples, Mangoes), and Bananas

Go-To Menu: Greek Deli Isle

Perennial to-do List: Meditate Daily

Radio Dial: Local Jazz Station or NPR All Things Considered

Feet: Footies 

Charity List: Red Cross, Charity Water, and the American Cancer Society

Work out Plan: Running, Yoga

Android App List: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

Kitchen Counter: Coffee Pot, Crock Pot

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hey scholars! Here is part two of my Kerry Washington obsession. This has been an amazing year for her. She has been on the cover of numerous magazines here and abroad. This post is dedicated to some of my favorite Kerry Kovers of 2013.

1. Marie Claire- South Africa- October 2013

2. Essence- September 2013

3. Glamour- October 2013

4. Elle- June 2013

5. Vanity Fair- August 2013

6. Uptown - December 2012/ January 2013

*Photo credits:
Marie Claire spread- credited to Marie Claire
Essence photos- Photographer Nino Munoz
Glamour- photos credited to Glamour
Elle- photoshoot credited to Elle
Vanity Fair- Photographer Norman Jean Roy
Uptown- Photographer Nino Munoz