TNFro Is Reading…Black History Month, Celebrating Black Excellence

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I am still moving content to Anchor.fm Please check it out and let me know what you think! This post is an extended note from the latest episode in which I give Side-Eye to the Latest Franken-Rona Surge. Seriously, I am high risk and not trying to die.   Nerd New and Year in Review, James Webb launched Successfully. Scan the QR tag to explore systems and planets we will get to explore with the astrophysicist of NASA, ESA, and CSA I talk about Books and Year in Review, Arts and Entertainment, Insecure Finale, Just Like That The death of Stanford, and Big and real-life getting in the way of Chris Noth's career. I read Part 4 of 4 Bridges of Chattanooga. The holiday season is here please be kind to your mind and others. Give love to receive love. Check out Dale's Angels Inc Blog for notes from this episode and other subjects. Contact Us via LinkedIn: Dale's Angels Inc Twitter: @tvfoodwinegirl Instagram: @tnfroisreading Facebook: TNFroIsReading Bookclub You know your girl is on her hustle, support the show by navigating to: Chattabooks…Last releases to read Dale's Angel's Store…For Merch Promo Code: Christmas time for 15% off Writer's Block Coffee Ship A Bag of Dicks Promo Code: tnfrogotjokes Don't forget to drop me a line at tnfroisreading@gmail.com comments on the show or suggestions for Chattabooks additions.
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Spotlight Black Excellence

Cicely Tyson

Rest in Power 1924 to 2021, to a great lady, amazing actress, and strong woman. Who shared her craft with the world for almost 7 decades leaving us with a beautifully written memoir documenting the wild ride. An inspiration to generations of creatives to be the best with the tools given them.

Video Tribute to Cicely Tyson, TNFro Feb 1.

Amanda Gorman first youth poet Laureate for our country, and whose long poem soared to heights during the inauguration.

Now she has entered into a lucrative modeling contract and has a multi-part deal to publish her work all to be released in 2021!

The Hill We Climb is my site Chattabooks but her other works will not be released until September of 2021, and I will be sure to add.

Brandon Dudley is a hip hop inspired visual artist best known for portraiture

Brandon Dudley in his studio

is showcased on RAW, an organization to serve independent artists with tools, resources, education and exposure needed to thrive and succeed in their creative careers.

History of Black History Month

Of Course I am going to highlight a book because this is a blog mostly about books. Four Hundred Souls, is a historical collection of stories from the African American community our experience in our words.

400 Souls Release Date Feb 2 2021

Summary from Amazon, The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, this collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith—instead it unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness.  Promises to be a thought provoking read!

This month started out as a recognition of a week as far back as 1926 by the brilliant historian

Carter Woodson, Historian

and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History then expanded to the entire month of February recognized since 1983 by every US President with the exception of the previous occupant in some meaningful way. The Library of Congress has a website, African American History Month, dedicated to the celebration and recognition from all Smithsonian and Endowment of the Arts and even the Holocaust Museum accurately preserving and recording our history for posterity. What is the threat behind this recognition when we have been present at every stage in the building of the country. Why not recognize our contribution as integral to the establishment of the United States.

Compelling because everyone points to the historical election of President Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States and now Vice President Kamala Harris to the current administration. But, they both speak of influence of Shirley Chisholm, the first elected Black women from the 12th District of New York to Congress and then becoming the first Black woman to run for President in 1972.

Shirley Chisholm, NY Congresswoman

Can you imagine how much she was threatened by the Klan and every racist in this country? I can only wonder she couldn’t even safely campaign right where I live in TN now.

Everyone on the planet unless they live under a rock hears about Dr. Martin Luther King, icon, Civil Rights leader, and I played parts of his powerful, I Have a Dream Speech, on a recent podcast in celebration of his birthday in January. But do you know of a little known leader, Bayard Rustin?

Bayard Rustin, Activist Harlem NY

But it was Rustin who organized and strategized in the shadows. As a gay man who had controversial ties to communism, he was considered too much of a liability to be on the front lines of the movement. Nonetheless, he was considered to be one of the most brilliant minds, and served his community tirelessly while pushing for more jobs and better wages.

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