Hey, PushBlack family! Today, we’re celebrating Millie Jackson’s Birthday. Jackson’s raw lyrics and demeanor helped pave the way for the rise of rap and hip hop a decade later. She’s well known for her reprisal of If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right. In honor of the outspoken R&B singer known as the Godmother of Rap, we will be exploring some of the long forgotten beefs of R&B.
Hey, PushBlack family! This past June was pretty awesome. Not only did it mark the anniversary of the modern LGBTQ movement, it also marked a historic Supreme Court decision recognizing the right for same-sex couples to marry. For these reasons, we’re honoring Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender activist and general badass who during the 1969 Stonewall riots, helped start what we now refer to as Pride.
Hey PushBlack family! We’ve really enjoyed pushing powerful black stories to you the past two weeks. We’ve gotten some great feedback! Here’s what some of y’all have said.
Hey, PushBlack family! Derek Jeter’s birthday has us thinking about sports and race. The NBA may be less popular than the MLB and NFL, but its athletes are stronger in speaking out against social injustices. Though they have similar demographics to NFL players, NBA players have more power in going up against corporate policy and standing up for themselves and the communities they represent.
Hey, PushBlack family! Today, we’re wishing James Meredith an early happy birthday! Meredith, who turns 82 tomorrow, was the first black student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi. With Meredith’s contribution to the desegregation of our country on our mind, we’re thinking about how segregation and the unclear legacy of desegregation affect gentrification today.
Hey, PushBlack! Today we’re celebrating the belated birthday of author Octavia Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006). Octavia Butler used fantasy and science fiction to explore the black experience and to break free from the legacies of slavery and colonialism.
Hey, PushBlack! Friday’s email has us thinking about race and place. People of color around the world have a shared experience. Check out these shorter reads below and if you have some time on your hands, watch this fourteen-minute video about being a young black woman in Paris. It sounds a whole lot like being young and black in the US.
Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration of the end of slavery in the US. As we remember the events of Juneteenth, it is important that we recognize the continuing struggles for freedom by people of color around the world. While black folks are physically free, the legacies of slavery persist to this day.
Last night’s hate attack in Charleston is beyond heartbreaking. We’ll be thinking about Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Daniel L. Simmons, Reverend Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson and their families.
We’ve received some great feedback from folks on our first two emails, and we want more. Email us your thoughts at [email protected]shblack.org. Today we’re highlighting Venus Williams and Chance the Rapper: both have been professionals since their teenage years and are still going strong today.