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The Tragic Story of Margaret Garner

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I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up there, I learned that the Queen City has a rich history. As I have made my way through undergrad and then two graduate degrees, I have learned so much about my hometown. During Fall semester of 2013, I was able to share some of this history with my classmates in our Research in Local History class. This post is about Margaret Garner, her ties Cincinnati, and her tragic story.

Margaret Garner was born into slavery on June 4, 1834 on the Maplewood plantation in Boone County, Kentucky to a slave mother and a plantation owner father. Working as a house slave for much of her life, Garner often traveled with her masters and even accompanied them on shopping trips to free territories in Cincinnati. She married Robert Garner in 1849. The couple had four children (this piece of information is conflicting because multiple sources claim they had six).

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Stereotypes and Images of Black Women in the Media

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      So this post is a topic I have discussed numerous times either as a lecture/presentation topic or in conversation. This is a topic that has come up many times. It is also a topic I do not mind discussing because as a black woman I am hyper aware of how the world around me perceives me/us. I am conscious of how images of us (black women) are projected and also how we as black women are either perpetuating stereotypes or using our power to overcome them.

     Last summer, I took a Women's Studies class and the topic was Families and Society in Literature. All of the graduate students had to give a presentation on a topic involving some aspect of society in regards to families. So, I decided that I would discuss Black women, images, and stereotypes and how they affect the black family (community) as a whole.

     What are these images and stereotypes? Where are we seeing these images? Who is responsible for these images? Are their any efforts to overcome these ima…

Unboxing CurlBox: Second Anniversary Box

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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-Breaka…

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

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     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?