We’re Cooking Pancakes for Rosa Parks

Why? Well, there’s a reason for that.

It’s Black History Month, but we celebrate the realness of Blackness all year ‘round. And for that reason, we’d like to remind you that Rosa Parks was a real person. It’s easy to look at historical icons as larger than life when their memory is only crystallized in a photograph. But a new collection of items from Ms. Parks’ personal life reveals a side of her not widely before seen. And we’re happy to share that she had a bomb recipe for “Featherlite” pancakes:

Sift Together

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Mix

  • 1 egg & 1 ¼ cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening or oil

Combine with dry ingredients, cook at 275 degrees on a griddle. 

You’re welcome.

Read the full article @ Vox ]

 


They (literally) built a park on top of Black bodies

Central Park was built on the backs on Black people. Like, there’s an actual Black neighborhood under the park.

Central Park/Nancy Smith/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0

Gentrification is nothing new, but did you know New York’s Central Park was built right on top of a black community?

While most newspapers of the time referred to the well-established minority community as “the insects,” and justified the city takeover by qualifying the grounds as a “wasteland” of “squatters,” the truth tells otherwise. Seneca Village, at the time of its destruction in 1855, was actually a Black settlement with 264 residents, three churches, two schools and three cemeteries. Of the 100 Black men who qualified to vote in New York City in 1850, ten of them lived in Seneca Village. Though it eventually grew to contain 30% of Irish settlers, the community remained predominantly Black- and it thrived.

There are no photographs of Seneca Village as photography was on the cusp of its very own beginnings, but an exhibition from the late 1990s was able to depict some images of what the village may have looked like based on historical data. Though curators use name records and newspaper clippings to link stories together, much still remains unknown. However, what they have found evidence for is the fact that after a survey of 34,000 lots in and around Seneca Village, the city evicted the inhabitants in 1855 – sometimes through the use of force. The New York legislature authorized the taking of the land by eminent domain and property owners filed court orders to try to save their land.

But to no avail.

“Today marks the end of an important excavation of New York City’s Central Park to uncover the remnants of Seneca Village, an African-American community founded in the 19th century. Researchers from the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History have been digging for weeks to find clues about the village, which was founded in the 1820’s and destroyed by the construction of New York’s iconic park in the 1850s.”

Read the full article @ Colorlines ]

 


 

The FBI has infiltrated our political organizations AND iconic entertainers. 

This is how the U.S. Government used race-panic to wage a drug war against Billie Holiday.

 

Bille Holiday’s Greatest Hits!/Chris Drumm/Flickr/Creative Commons

You may be familiar with the government’s attacks on Black political leaders, but do you know the lengths federal agents went to in order to bring forth the demise of our entertainers… and attempt to breakdown an entire art-form?

In her autobiography, Bille Holiday discusses the trusted relationship she held with a federal narcotics agent – which ultimately left her serving a year behind bars and tending to a pigsty. Once released, as a former convict, “Holiday was stripped of her cabaret performer’s license, on the grounds that her listening might harm the morals of the public. This meant she wasn’t allowed to sing anywhere that alcohol was served – which included all the jazz clubs in the United States.”

Want to know about the man behind this plot? Meet Harry Anslinger, former head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Learn why and how he shifted from prohibition “toward prosecuting Black American jazz artists, who he said ‘reek of filth.’

 [ Read the full article @ Colorlines ]

 


#SallieMaeBack

I’ll pay Sallie Mae Once My Degree Pays Me

What next!/Craig Sunter/Flickr/Creative Commons

 As an entire generation struggles to find work with their college degree, the numbers show how lenders prey on Black ambition.

What’s the true cost of an education? Though our community’s attainment of higher education has improved over the years, we’ve still landed – disproportionately – at for-profit schools, rather than other (public) options which would be more affordable. In a similar way that the mortgage crisis preyed on a specific demographic, for-profit educational institutions are poised to do the same. Find out how to avoid the trap.

 [ Read the full article @ Colorlines ]