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annual hamite award

OUR HAMITE AWARD WINNER FOR 2013:
Lawrence Eugene Doby
    Lawrence Eugene Doby was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball (MLB) who was the second black player to break baseball's color barrier. A native of Camden, South Carolina, and three-sport all-state athlete while in high school in Paterson, New Jersey, Doby accepted a basketball scholarship from Long Island University.

    At 17 years of age, he began professionally playing baseball with the Newark Eagles as the team's second baseman. Doby joined the United States Navy during World War II. His military service complete, Doby returned to baseball in 1946, and along with teammate Monte Irvin, helped the Eagles win the Negro League World Series.

    In July 1947, Doby joined Jackie Robinson in breaking the MLB color barrier as he became the first black player to integrate the American League (AL) when he signed a contract to play with Bill Veeck's Cleveland Indians. Doby was the first player to go directly to the majors from the Negro leagues. A seven-time All-Star center fielder, Doby and teammate Satchel Paige were the first African-American players to win a World Series championship when the Indians won in 1948.

    With the Indians in Chicago in the midst of a road trip, Doby made his debut as the second black baseball player after Robinson to play in the majors after the establishment of the baseball color line. Two plainclothes police officers were hired to accompany Doby as he went to Comiskey Park. That day, Doby met his new teammates for the first time.

    "I walked down that line, stuck out my hand, and very few hands came back in return. Most of the ones that did were cold-fish handshakes, along with a look that said, 'You don't belong here,"

    Doby reminisced years later. Four of Doby's teammates did not shake his hand, and of those, two turned their backs to Doby when he tried to introduce himself. During warm-ups, Doby languished for minutes while his teammates interacted with one another. Not until Joe Gordon asked Doby to play catch with him was Doby given a chance to engage. Gordon befriended Doby and became one of his closest friends on the team. Doby entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter for relief pitcher Bryan Stephens and recorded a strikeout.

    "After the game, Doby quickly showered and dressed without incident in the Cleveland clubhouse. His escort, Louis Jones, then took him not to the Del Prado Hotel downtown, where the Indians players stayed, but to the black DuSable Hotel in Chicago's predominantly black South Side, near Comiskey Park. The segregated arrangement established a pattern, on Doby's first day, that he would be compelled to follow, in spring training and during the regular season, in many cities, throughout his playing career

    Analysis:  Most human beings are followers, which is crazy! If one hates, they all hate. It makes them feel part of the group. Joe Gordon who befriended Larry was not a follower, but a man who relied on his own judgement.

    He helped the Indians win a franchise-record 111 games and the AL pennant in 1954, finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award voting and was the AL's RBI leader and home run champion. He went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, and Chunichi Dragons before his retirement as a player in 1962.

    Doby later served as the second black manager in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, and in 1995 was appointed to a position in the AL's executive office. He also served as a director with the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 by the Hall's Veterans Committee and died in 2003 at the age of 79.

    What a commendable career Larry enjoyed! It was quite an accomplishment being the second Negro player in Major League Baseball, one I'm sure he was very proud of, even with the stupid racism he had to endure. He certainly made many people happy with his active play.

    He wanted to do other things besides playing baseball so later he moved into the front office, which was very rare in those days and says a lot about his personality.

    This website was created to be a confidence builder. Its stories are true. Larry did what it took to provide for himself and his family and practiced exactly what this website is trying to prove. Larry had to go to work every day around racist people who did not like him. Did that stop him from putting food on the table, and resort to living a life of crime to make money? No, it did not.

    He went out and did the best job he could and even excelled at it. He could care less about the racist people. He followed the rules and brought that paycheck home which was the most important thing.

    I imagine he had a lot of stress behind the racism, though, but that's part of life I guess. Thanks Larry for teaching us this vital lesson we will strive to imitate, because the racist element in America is not dead.

    We would like to honor Lawrence Eugene Doby with the 2013 Hamite Award for being an excellent role model and setting an exemplary example for all watching.

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Lawrence Eugene Doby
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LeBron James,  Dwyane Wade, Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a "Let's Move!" public service announcement with
2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade,
in the Map Room of the White House
(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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baseball in 2000s

Serena  Williams
Serena Williams
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Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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     Sports in 2013
  • May 4, 2013 - Boxer Floyd Mayweather beats Robert Guerrero to retain the WBC Welterweight title.

  • June 8, 2013 - Tennis great Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova at the 112th Women's French Open.

  • June 20, 2013 - The Miami Heat wins over the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals.

  • June 20, 2013 - The NBA finals MVP for the second straight year goes to basketball sensation LeBron James.

  • September 9, 2013 - Serena Williams defeats Victoria Azarenka at the 133rd Women's U.S. Open.

  • 2013 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award.

  • 2013 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins the Best Fighter ESPY Award.

  • 2013 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes.



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green door to success

Did you know you came from an amazing race of people who cared for you? It's true. The amazing accomplishments of our ancestors are recorded on this website. Years ago as slaves it was illegal for slaves to read and write, and a felony for anyone caught teaching them.

The slavemaster wanted to keep them ignorant so they wouldn't organize and rebel against their authority. They were able to completely dominate blacks in this way. The slavemaster understood the power of education.

Sadly today too many of our own have not learned how truly important it is to learn. Some may look at education as a white thing and to pick up a book as a sellout. Has any ignorant person ever made you feel that way? If so, you should run away as fast as you can from a person like this. You will meet him in a few years while he's pushing a shopping cart around town.

Education and learning are not white; it's a gift for all humankind. Read at all cost; it will add a new dimension to your life, bringing a whole new world you never knew existed. Your ancestors made it all possible for you.

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african american first

 For the year 2013:
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs was the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

  • Jeh Johnson was the first African-American United States Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Simone Biles was the first African-American world all-around champion



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black school teacher

The year 1877 was the worst year for American Blacks

A good foundation means everything when attempting to build and the newly freed Negro just didn't have one. When slaves first tasted freedom in the emancipation, they wanted to assimilate into American culture very badly. They wanted to build and live their lives in harmony with their white American brothers.


There were over four million former slaves who were uneducated and illiterate without any life skills whatsoever. During slavery it was illegal and a felony for anyone caught teaching them to read and write. They were not independent like you and me, but depended on others to provide the necessities of life.


The United States government wanted to help the former slaves and assisted by providing Reconstruction aid which meant education, medical, housing, etc. Imagine the joy in these former slaves heart. The schools were consistently packed with Negroes trying to better themselves. Happiness was all around! Finally! Thanks, America, we will prove we can do it! YEAH! This was the general attitude of the Negro.


Sadly, this joy was very short lived because the United States government stopped aid after a few short years because of pressure by racist whites. This totally uncaring and un-American decision was called the 1877 Compromise, with many Negroes calling it the 1877 Grand Betrayal.


Although the Negro was now free, he would have to make do the best way he knew how, without any help whatsoever from the government who put him in slavery in the first place. These people became downtrodden, uneducated nomads living in a hateful white racist world, and because of future laws (Jim Crow) further restricting their rights would remain this way until the 1960s Civil Rights movement.


A good foundation was not laid with blacks assimilation into American culture. Many blacks were understandably demoralized, angry and defeated for many years. The weaker ones continue to be so until this day and still hold a grudge that hurts themselves more than anybody else.


Now ones like Mr. Lewis who is pictured above understood his amazing African American heritage, and the many examples of black success stories he went on to model his life after. This helped him because he had a good foundation to build on. Study your incredible history that's included in this website and grow because it really is a thing of exceptional beauty.



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 President  Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
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     Political Scene in 2013
  • 2013 - Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review.



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why do others dislike black people

good black americans
"It is worthy of emphasis, that the antiquity of the Negro race is beyond dispute. His brightest days were when history was an infant; and, since he early turned from God, he has found the cold face of hate and the hurtful hand of the Caucasian against him."   George Washington Williams


Dislike of black people is a relatively new phenomenon that started after the 16th century. Before this time there wasn't a thing such as racial prejudices. If color issues did arise, it was an infrequent occurrence. It's hardly mentioned in history books. For the most part, skin color was not a factor.




In fact, it's well documented how the early Greek philosophers who were all white, Socrates, Herodotus, Thales, Alexander the Great, Aristotle among others happily mingled with the blacks. Africa was known as the learning capital of the world, and many philosophers traveled to Africa to study about everything from philosophy to mathematics. Pythagoras is believed to have made it the furthest, having studied in Kemet for 23 years.


The Greek Poet Homer was one of those travelers and made the following statement:
"In ancient times the blacks were known to be so gentle to
strangers that many believed that the gods sprang from them.
Homer sings of the Ocean, father of the gods; and says that
when Jupiter wishes to take a holiday, he visits the sea,
and goes to the banquets of the blacks,--a people humble,
courteous, and devout."

Mr. Reade http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15735/15735.txt


Black people had a good reputation for being intelligent, kind and hospitable and enjoying an advanced civilization that the Greeks envied. If alive today, Greek scholars would find it surprising how a person might believe in superiority simply because of skin color.


science failed humanity


What happened?


    History makes the answer easy. After the 16th century, race became an issue for whites because of three dynamics. Greed, science, and white history (legacy).

  • Greed
  • The trans-Atlantic slave trade was about greed. Free black labor aided in making Europeans countries and America very rich on the backs of black slaves. This created animosity between the blacks and whites.

  • Erroneous science theories
  • The introduction of false science teaching aided European and Americans in abandoning their conscience, because science didn't require one. Early Western philosophy advocated peace and treating all men with respect, but subsequent white generations did the opposite. Whites started to feel like gods themselves with their advancements in science and began to exhibit hubris, which is a Greek word denoting overconfident pride combined with arrogance. In other words, their heads became too big.

  • Incomplete history recording
  • Eurocentric history is always portrayed as the centerpiece of world history. African history was habitually erased by invading troops to eliminate its contributions and accomplishments to the world while preserving their European legacy. White history regularly portrays Africa as a wasteland full of ignorant savages, but current excavations prove the opposite. Africa was a developed continent with advanced civilizations just as good as Europe if not better.

Not to pick on white people, but it's entirely accurate they made our co-existence on this earth a race issue. This developed scorn or dislike they have for blacks continues down to our day.


Listed below are a few of the so-called geniuses who got the ball rolling in pitting white against black.

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Not one ounce of truth could be found in what these early scientists preached as fact. Modern science doesn't agree with them. But guess what? There's still a lot of people who believe in this ridiculous white superiority crap, either conscious or unconsciously, which doesn't say much for the intelligence of these people.


Believe it or not, this is one reason a lot of whites dislike blacks today. It's not rare to hear about media services about blacks being called derogatory names associated with past world history.


science failed humanity


So to honestly answer the question above "Why do many in America dislike black people?" At this point, it's because they want to.



Resources:

Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a white officer in the Union army had the task of training colored soldiers in the Civil War. He kept a diary for our enjoyment today. (click here)

George W. Williams - History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. (click here)

Europeans Come to Western Africa - (click here)

The Characteristics of the Negro People - (click here)



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black Movies in America

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
photo #103-yr-2006

     Movies in 2013
    Movies:
  • 12 Years a Slave - Stars: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Michael Kenneth

  • About Last Night- Stars: Kevin Hart, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall

  • The Best Man Holiday - Stars: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Regina Hall

  • Ride Along - Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter

  • Tyler Perry's Temptation (The Marriage Counselor) - Stars: Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood

  • Black Nativity - Stars: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson

  • Baggage Claim - Stars: Paula Patton, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs

  • Go for Sisters - Stars: LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Edward James

  • Peeples - Stars: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier

  • Fruitvale Station - Stars: Kevin Durand, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan

  • The Butler - Stars: John Cusack, Forest Whitaker, Lenny Kravitz

  • I'm In Love With a Church Girl - Stars: Michael Madsen, Stephen Baldwin

  • Blue Caprice - Stars: Joey Lauren Adams, Isaiah Washington

  • The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete - Stars: Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

  • A Haunted House - Stars: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson

  • Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain - Stars: Dwayne Brown, Tonya George, Kevin Hart

  • Gimme the Loot - Stars: Ty Hickson, Zoë Lescaze, Joshua Rivera

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto

  • Life of a King - Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert

  • Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic - (archive footage) is a documentary film about the life of comedian Richard Pryor



  • Academy Award Winners:
  • 2013 - Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave. Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

  • 2013 - Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave. Academy Award for Best Picture

  • 2013 - John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave. Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.



  • Special Awards:
  • 2013 - Jennifer Hudson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



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James Avery
James Avery at the 2013 HAL Awards
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Kim Hamilton
Kim Hamilton, Ivan Dixon and Steven Perry
photo #105-yr-1960

Don Michael Mitchell
Don Michael Mitchell
photo #106-yr-1943

Don Michael Mitchell
Jane Cooke Wright
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     Famous Deaths in 2013
  • February 19, 2013 - Lou Leabengula Myers   was an American actor. Myers was typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he has appeared in many movies, stage plays television sitcoms, and dramas.

  • February 19, 2013 - Jane Cooke Wright (also known as "Jane Jones") was a pioneering cancer researcher and surgeon noted for her contributions to chemotherapy.

  • March 23, 2013 - David L. Early  was an American actor and teacher, best known for his work on various television series, motion pictures, and theater.

  • May 26, 2013 - Larry Doby Johnson  was an American professional baseball player. A catcher, he appeared in 12 games over five Major League seasons for the Cleveland Indians.

  • June 4, 2013 - Rudolph M. "Rudy" Clay  was an American Democratic politician. He served as the mayor of Gary, Indiana and member of the Indiana Senate from 1972 to 1976.

  • June 23, 2013 - Bobby "Blue" Bland  was one of the greatest American blues singers of all times.

  • June 29, 2013 - Jim "the Dragon" Kelly  was an American athlete, actor, and martial artist who rose to fame during the Blaxploitation film era of the early 1970s.

  • August 18, 2013 - Albert L. Murray   was an American literary and jazz critic, novelist, essayist and biographer.

  • August 19, 2013 - Lee Thompson Young  was an American actor.

  • September 8, 1943 - Ken Norton  was an American professional boxer who competed from 1967 to 1981, and held the WBC heavyweight title from 1977 to 1978.

  • September 16, 1943 - Kim Hamilton  was an American film and television actress, whose career spanned from the 1950s to the 2010s.

  • September 27, 2013 - William James "Gates" Brown  was an American Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career with the Detroit Tigers.

  • December 5, 2013 - Nelson Mandela  was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

  • December 8, 2013 - Don Michael Mitchell   was an American actor, best known for appearing with Raymond Burr in the NBC television series Ironside (1967-1975).

  • December 22, 2013 - Leonard Jackson  was an African-American stage, film, and television actor, perhaps most widely known for his roles in several PBS television series for children as well as his roles in films such as The Brother from Another Planet, Car Wash, and The Color Purple.

  • December 26, 2013 - Paul L. D. Blair  was an outfielder who spent seventeen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Baltimore Orioles.

  • December 28, 2013 - Sheila Guyse  was a popular African-American singer, actress, and recording artist, performing on stage and screen during the 1940s and 1950s, in the Dorothy Dandridge film era.

  • December 31, 2013 - James Avery  was an American actor. He played patriarch and Judge Philip Banks in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.



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deceased hip-hop artist
  • Awood Johnson (August 16, 1975 – March 1, 2013), better known by his stage name, Magic (or Mr. Magic), was an American hip hop recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. On March 1, 2013, Magic and his wife Chastity were killed in a fatal car accident in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

  • Kris Kross was an American rap duo of the 1990s, Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. The duo was best known for their hit 1992 song "Jump", which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and certified double platinum as a single. On July 1, 2013, a toxicology report was released that Kelly died from a drug overdose.

  • On June 20, 2013 Dream Chasers artist Lil Snupe was murdered at an apartment building in Winnfield, Louisiana.

  • O.F.T.B. (an abbreviation of Operation From The Bottom) was an American hip hop group from the Watts district of South Los Angeles, California. On September 23, 2013, member Kevin “Flipside” White was shot and killed.

  • Ricky Dunigan (November 17, 1973 – December 20, 2013), better known by his stage name Lord Infamous, was an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. On December 20, 2013, Lord Infamous died of a heart attack in his sleep at his mother's home in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Glenn Thomas (June 13, 1991 – December 28, 2013), better known by his stage name Doe B, was an American hip hop recording artist from Montgomery, Alabama. On December 28, 2013, Doe B was shot at the Centennial Bar and Grill in Montgomery, Alabama.



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 american standards



Will more blacks adopt the American standard?

Maybe it's time to send the old Negro standard to the black museum



In America's beginning, immigrants from Europe had the incredible opportunity to live a better life and perhaps become rich beyond their wildest dreams. This was a hope that had never existed for regular everyday people in the entire history of man.


In contrast, Africans were sold into slavery, mostly by their governments and forced to travel to America as slaves. For them, this was not a dream, but an atrocious nightmare. The opportunity didn't exist for the vast majority of blacks to make a better life for themselves.


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Once in America, these Europeans would eventually band together to focus on a common enemy, the black-skinned negro. This banding together against the blacks made whites stronger, and blacks weaker.


Some of these whites were very vocal in their dislike for black people, calling them bad names such as savages, animals, wild beast, ignorant, etc., and others were indifferent, choosing to remain on the sidelines by remaining silent. But they were just as guilty for allowing democracy to be trampled.


Even though professing to be the most intelligent compassionate creatures on earth, they couldn't understand how their actions would undermine everything America was supposed to represent. They became terrible guardians of hope and justice in a new and civilized world.


After slavery was finally outlawed in America, it was replaced with another oppression just as worse in the form of Jim Crow laws. These laws regulated blacks to 2nd class citizenship. These laws made blacks feel like they were not a part of the American process, and made many feel worthless as human beings and lacking in self-confidence.


But after the 60s civil rights movement, blacks started to slowly come around and take what belonged to them regarding good jobs, moving to nicer neighborhoods, etc. But still faced a white power structure at the job and at home that failed to recognize them as real American brothers. Even though new Civil Rights laws were in place, blacks still faced an uphill battle every day, but now in the form of a silent hate, called covert racism.


It's a situation that still exist in America.


Especially before the sixties, blacks were excluded in all aspects of American living by whites. Thus the need to create a black way of doing things became necessary. Many blacks in those days took pride in being different from white America. We felt that if whites didn't want anything to do with us professionally or socially, we didn't want anything to do with them.


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So, we spoke our language using jive talk and slang and created special handshakes when greeting one another. We designed our style of colorful clothes and fashioned our hair differently. We ate our style of soul food.


These were all great and original African-American inventions that we needed for our own identity and kept us with a measure of sanity in a racist and vile America.


These inventions were considered being hep/ hip by all, and if a black person didn't practice these Negro standards, they would be regarded as a sell-out or trying to act white.


Blacks were very smart to invent the Negro standard, so what's the problem?


The problem began after the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. It was now legal for blacks to achieve equality in America as much as our hearts desired. We now had the law on our side. Even though this was still not a guarantee to eliminate racism and exclusion, it would make our fight a little easier.


But sadly, many blacks were not prepared and attempted to bring the old Negro standard way of doing things into the American mainstream. There was an immediate culture clash. Whites didn't know anything about black Americans and became afraid and filled with even more hate towards them because now they had to share America equally.


Now with the law on our side, you would think that blacks would have run to the schools and colleges to educate themselves. But many were afraid of the white power structure because it was very intimidating.


But not to the black woman. She knew the only way to win this struggle was to fight fire with fire, by becoming better educated. She attended school and learned all she could, and quickly realized she was just as smart if not smarter than whites. She then went out to fight.


She was victorious and continues to be so today.


The black male didn't put up a good fight like the female because he was intimidated by the hate other races directed towards him and chose to live a life of running game and boy-like behavior to make his living. Also, the black man didn't want to abide by the America standard way of doing things because he still considered it an enemy.


The result was that many of our people got left behind by not successfully making the distinction between white people and the American standard. These are two different things, and that needs repeating. These are two separate things and are easily confused as being the same. White people don't own the American standard, and they don't control it. White people knew blacks get hung up on this stumbling block and discouraged us at every step.


There would be many blacks who gauged and jumped this obstacle, but far too many quit or didn't even try. The successful ones would go on to make a nice living and provide for their families and care less about racist whites and their hate for us, or the foolish blacks who would say bad things about them for acting white. To this very day, it remains a difficult thing for blacks to give up the old negro way of thinking.


    For example, we are not acting white if we.......

  • We live in America and are Americans. English is our nations official language. It's the American standard to speak proper English, and not only for white people. It's for yellow, brown, red and all Americans.


  • America is a civilized country and at the moment the best in the world. Its citizens are courteous and considerate to one another. This is not a white thing. It's the American standard.


  • The American standard teaches us to take care of our families and handle our business as responsible adults, which is not a white thing to practice, but an American thing to do.


  • To attend school and shoot for the stars to better ourselves is not a white thing, it's expected of all Americans to keep the country smarter and stronger which once again goes to the American standard category, not white people category.


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If we try to take our old way of thinking out in public or to the workplace, we surely will be met with problems. It won't work. Other races don't understand our old negro standard and will become annoyed or offended, just like we would if in a group of people and couldn't understand what they were doing or saying. This is why the old Negro standard and American standard cannot exist side by side.


Refusal to depart from the old Negro standard is one reason we still have black slums, living near poverty, low self-esteem and every other negative we can think. The Negro standard at one time served a necessary purpose but now holds us back as a race. It's time to put the Negro standard in a black museum. It's outdated.


Give up the swag?


But let's make one thing clear, it's not advocated giving up the music, fried chicken, chitterlings, corn bread and collard greens or even the swag that took years to perfect. There are a place and time for everything. No, that's not the point. The point is always to exercise common sense when dealing with other races and remain cognizant of the American standard.


There will still be plenty of hate to face us.


Yes, there will be, but it's better to have success and be hated than to be unsuccessful and hated. A word of caution though. There are many of our people who hate us also and would love if we still lived in the old Negro standard.


Do you believe that successful blacks have a moral obligation to help its people? Our ancestors thought so. They understood the path for success and continually stressed education and living within the American standard as the only way to achieve that.


Today, we don't have our ancestors to look up to for advice. But believe it or not, singers, entertainers, rappers and sports athletes have taken their place. Most blacks give these people the top priority and will follow their every word, frequently ignoring their education, and buying their product. The question becomes, are these people for their own needs or are they instructing the black community to embrace the American standard?


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african americans and weddings

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
photo #102-yr-1999

Jerome Kersey
Jerome Kersey
photo #114-yr-2015

     Famous Weddings in 2013
  • March 30, 2013 - Mekhi Phifer  and Reshelet Barnes were wed.

  • April 6, 2013 - Bria Valente and Alex Reece were wed.

  • April 27, 2013 - Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto were wed.

  • June 8, 2013 - Rockmond Dunbar and Maya Gilbert were wed.

  • June 22, 2013 - George Lucas and Mellody Hobson were wed.

  • June 22, 2013 - NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes were wed.

  • June 24, 2013 - Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington were wed.

  • July 5, 2013 - Mathew Knowles and Gena Charmaine Avery were wed.

  • July 7, 2013 - Jrue Holiday and Lauren Cheney were wed.

  • July 8, 2013 - Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose were wed.

  • July 2013 - Tina Turner and Erwin Bach were wed.

  • September 12, 2013 - Cody Runnels  and Brandi Reed were wed.

  • September 14, 2013 - LeBron James and Savannah Brinson were wed.

  • September 14, 2013 - John Legend and Christy Teigen were wed.

  • September 15, 2013 - Rosie Perez and Eric Hayes were wed.

  • September 21, 2013 - Jerome Kersey and Teri (Teresa Folsom) Donnerberg were wed.

  • September 28, 2013 - Dohn Norwood and Marlene Glasper were wed.

  • October 12, 2013 - Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh were wed.

  • October 12, 2013 - Jill Knox and Keith Powell were wed.

  • December 10, 2013 - Allison Holker and Stephen Boss were wed.



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famous african american divorces

Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton
photo #104-yr-1967

     Famous Divorces in 2013
  • July 25, 2013 - Toni Braxton  and Keri Lewis were divorced.

  • August 16, 2013 - Rutina Wesley and Jacob Fishel were divorced.

  • August 21, 2013 - Tim Duncan and Amy Sherrill were divorced.

  • September 2013 - Columbus Short and Tanee McCall were divorced.

  • December 31, 2013 - Luciana Abreu and Yannick Djaló were divorced.



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hip hop soul music

James Brown
James Brown
photo #103-yr-1933

 Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
photo #110-yr-1938

Otis Clay
Otis Clay
photo #104-yr-2013

     Music in 2013

  Billboard Top Soul Hits:
  • "Diamonds" Rihanna

  • "I Cry" Flo Rida

  • "Gangnam Style" PSY

  • "Thrift Shop" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

  • "Suit & Tie" Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z

  • "Can't Hold Us" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton

  • "Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell

  • "Holy Grail" Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake

  • "Berzerk" Eminem

  • "Hold On, We're Going Home" Drake featuring Majid Jordan

  • "Rap God" Eminem

  • "The Monster" Eminem featuring Rihanna




  Popular Soul Dances:
  • Getting Light

  • Swag Surfin’

  • The Dutty Wine

  • Crumping

  • Daggering

  • The Booty Bounce

  • The Harlem Shake

  • Flapping Your Wings

  • The Chicken Head



  Musical Happenings in 2013:
  • August 17, 2013 - the official R&B Music Hall of Fame honored and inducted James Brown at a ceremony held at the Waetejen Auditorium at Cleveland State University.



 Blues Hall of Fame for 2013:
    The Blues Hall of Fame is a music museum located in Memphis, Tennessee. Until recently, the "Blues Hall of Fame" was not a physical building, but a listing of people who have significantly contributed to blues music. Started in 1980 by the Blues Foundation, it honors those who have performed, recorded, or documented blues. The actual building for the hall opened to the public on May 8, 2015

  • Otis Clay
  • Earl Hooker
  • Little Brother Montgomery
  • Jimmie Rodgers
  • Jody Williams
  • Joe Louis Walker


 BET Awards winners in 2013:
    The 2013 BET Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2013. The awards ceremony recognized Americans in music, movies, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year. Chris Tucker hosted the event.

    Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
  • Nicki Minaj


  • Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
  • Kendrick Lamar


  • Best Gospel Artist
  • Mary Mary


  • Best Female R&B Artist
  • Rihanna


  • Best Male R&B Artist
  • Miguel


  • Best Group
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


  • Best New Artist
  • Kendrick Lamar


  • Best Collaboration
  • "Problems" – A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar


  • Video of the Year
  • "Started from the Bottom" – Drake


  • Video Director of the Year
  • Benny Boom


  • Viewer's Choice
  • "Started from the Bottom" – Drake


  • YoungStars Award
  • Gabrielle Douglas


  • Centric Award
  • Tamar Braxton


  • Best Actress
  • Kerry Washington


  • Best Actor
  • Jamie Foxx


  • Best Movie
  • Think Like a Man


  • Best Female Athlete
  • Gabrielle Douglas


  • Best Male Athlete
  • Lebron James


  • Best International Act: Africa
  • Ice Prince (Nigeria)


  • Best International Act: United Kingdom
  • Emeli Sandé


  • Humanitarian Award
  • Dwyane Wade


  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Charlie Wilson



 Grammy winners in 2013:
    The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the second time by LL Cool J.

    Song of the Year
  • "We Are Young" (Fun featuring Janelle Monáe)


  • Best R&B Performance
  • "Climax" – Usher


  • Best Traditional R&B Performance
  • "Love on Top" – Beyoncé


  • Best R&B Song
  • "Adorn" Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)


  • Best Urban Contemporary Album
  • Channel Orange – Frank Ocean


  • Best R&B Album
  • Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment


  • Best Rap Performance
  • "Ni**as in Paris" – Jay-Z & Kanye West


  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  • "No Church in the Wild" – Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream


  • Best Rap Song
  • "Ni**as In Paris"


  • Best Rap Album
  • Take Care – Drake


  • Best Gospel Song
  • "Go Get It"


  • Best Gospel Album
  • Gravity – Lecrae


  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
  • Eye on It – TobyMac


  • Best Reggae Album
  • Rebirth – Jimmy Cliff


  • Best Album Notes
  • Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)


  • Best Short Form Music Video
  • "We Found Love" – Rihanna & Calvin Harris


  • President's Merit Award
  • L.A. Reid


  • Grammy Hall of Fame Award
  • "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five


  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Temptations



  • For many winners, this year's Grammy Award wasn't their first. These winners now (2013) have achieved three or more wins. These artists have received the most cumulative Grammy Awards:

  • 19th, 20th and 21st Grammy: Kanye West

  • 15th, 16th and 17th Grammy: Jay Z

  • 14th Grammy: Beyoncé (plus three as member of Destiny's Child)

  • 6th Grammy: Rihanna





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3 level hi-top fade
3 level hi-top fade
photo #110-yr-2010

Polo-neck shirts
Polo-neck shirts
photo #111-yr-2010

tribal prints
1990s inspired tribal prints fashionable in the 2010s
photo #112-yr-2010

     Fashions in 2013

  Popular Fashions:

    Overview:
    The 2010s ("twenty-tens") have been defined by a revival of austerity era period pieces, 1980s neon colors, and from late 2012 to 2014, unisex early 1990s styles influenced by grunge and skater fashions.


    Women:
    The early 2010s saw many recycled fashions from the 1950s, 1970s and 1980s as designers from stores like Topshop replicated original vintage clothing. In the United States, it was popular to wear designer brands like Gucci, Chanel, and Versace, neon colors such as pink, green, teal, black, purple, and yellow. Popular upper apparel includes ugly sweaters, khaki superdry trenchcoats, T-shirts with blazers, plaid, oversized flannel shirts worn or tied around the waist, oversized T-shirts, padded gilets, and crew neck sweaters. Crop tops were also reintroduced, but they didn't prove popular in stores. In the UK and the US, popular bottom apparel includes skinny jeans, leggings, parachute pants, railroad stripe pants or skirts, boyfriend jeans, and high-waisted shorts. Monochromatic clothing trends of 2014 and early 2015 included black and white lace dresses, lace blouses, jackets and dresses with peter pan collars, blazers, tuxedo jackets (often having contrasting black velvet or satin lapels), crop tops, oversized coats, striped culottes, loose Capri pants, patent leather gladiator sandals, romper suits, puffer jackets and vests. Brief fads of the mid 2010s included snuggie sleeved blankets and the unisex onesie suit. Desirable footwear included rain boots, flat sandals, stilettos, Keds, TOMS Shoes, Chucks, Sperry top-siders boat shoes, flat knee high riding boots, Uggs, Hunter brand rain boots, Ballerina flats, cavalier boots, gladiator sandals, combat boots, Doc Martens, and The Timberland Company hiking boots.


    Men:
    Neon colors and elaborate T-shirts were popular for much of the early 2010s, especially graphic print hoodies, novelty socks, red or blue skinny jeans, studded belts with large buckles, and Ed Hardy T-shirts embellished with rhinestones. Many styles from the late 2000s remained fashionable in the Americas, with brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren and J Crew being well favored. Popular tops for men aged 20–50 included shawl collar cardigans, V-neck T-shirts, acid wash denim work shirts, cable knit pullovers, Tartan flannel Western shirts with snap fastenings, grunge style padded tartan overshirts in red, navy blue or dark green, throwback basketball or baseball uniforms, denim jackets, Aloha shirts, car coats, 1930s style linen sportcoats, brown or black brogues, and black leather jackets like the Schott Perfecto motorcycle jacket. Men's accessories of the early 2010s included Doc Martens, The Timberland Company, combat boots, Converse All Stars, Sperry Top-Siders, Nike Elite crew socks, snapback hats inspired by artists like Mac Miller, brown Oxford shoes, and classic Nike trainers.


    Hip Hop:
    Hip hop fans wear tactical pants, Nike Air Jordans, Ralph Lauren Polo Boots, Obey and Diamond Supply Co. T-shirts and snapbacks, Hollister T-shirts, and goggle jackets. Retro 1980s fashions like snapbacks, skinny acid-wash jeans, baseball caps, baseball jackets, nylon tracksuits, varsity jackets, Vans, Chuck Taylors, rain boots, retro Nikes, Shell tube socks, leather jackets, Levis, Adidas and Nike apparel, gold chains, Ray Ban sunglasses, Air Jordans, and over-sized sweaters, and colors such as red, green, and yellow, made a comeback in the African American community due to the influence of drum and bass, rave music, and indie pop-inspired rappers. Independent brands have risen to popularity, as well as floral print items and tie-dye items. Button-down shirts are often worn fully buttoned. Black boots, leather jackets, denim vests, bombers, monochrome sports jerseys, waxed jeans, black varsity jackets, tapered sweatpants, drop-crotch trousers, layering shorts over leggings and occasionally floral print are all popular trends within this style as well. Other notable rappers that sport this look include Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, and Pusha T.


    Hairstyles:
    The hi-top fade style fell completely out of fashion by the late 90's, but it has made a great comeback in the mid-2010s due to the late 1980s/early 1990s revival in hip hop fashion that started since 2011, and inspired by Wiz Khalifa. The hi-top fade was and still is commonly called just a flattop, due to the great likeness of the two styles. In fact, the hi-top fade could qualify as a variation on the flattop. Many African-American and Afro-Caribbean British women favor natural, Afro-textured hair in reaction to the damage caused by relaxers which were extremely popular in the 2000s, opting instead for natural products to style their hair. For African-American men, mohawk variants of the Afro, The 360 Waves, jheri curl and The Taper are popular in the 2010s, as are shaved patterns or "steps" into variants of the buzzcut.




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african americans and religion


How did religion begin for the American Negro?

Well, it was an exciting journey for sure, but as usual, we have to go back into history for the likely answer. Before arriving in America as slaves, generally speaking, our ancestors practiced a religion which included fetishism.

What is fetishism you may ask?


 Traditional  Benin Voodoo Dance
Traditional Benin Voodoo Dance

Fetishism is a man-made object (such as the doll aound the lady's neck in the picture) that is thought to have power over others. Africans were extremely superstitious in their native land.

But once exposed to religious teachers in America, quickly left their superstitious past behind them, and would frown upon new arrivals of Africans who practiced fetishism in religion.

In Europe, the Roman Catholic Church had lost their grip on people with their questionable religious practices. There were many who thought the Church was wrong and formed a protest or a Protestant Reformation that resulted in the creation of tons of different religions with their doctrines and teachings claiming to be Christian.


Religion definition:
A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems,
and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence.



Episcopal, Jesuits, Methodists, Protestant, Anglican, Lutheranism, Calvinism, Presbyterianism, Wesleyanism were all against Roman Catholic teachings.

But there would be a new religion on the horizon for humanity that went by the name of science. The introduction of science was in many ways entirely different than Christianity because it taught man to believe and rely on himself and his creations, rather than on a Supreme Being he couldn't see.

Faith is something foreign and unbelievable to a scientist. Also, this new form of religion would give these believers complete moral authority to do as they wished without a guilty conscience or retribution from a Surpreme Being.

This is what made slavery right or moral in the eyes of so many whites because new science taught that whites were superior and blacks inferior. The theory of evolution is another example in clear teaching that the world exists because of a big bang instead of being created, and also man evolved from apes rather than being created.

Do you believe in Evolution? If so, evolution is your religion because mainstream religion and evolution just don't jive, it's either one or the other.

During slavery, most of the first black congregations and churches were founded by free blacks, but slaves learned about Christianity by attending services led by a white preacher or supervised by a white person. Slaveholders often held prayer meetings at their plantations. Methodist and Baptist were the preferred choices of slaves because of its message.

But after slavery blacks were still restricted in the white churches so what they did next is not a surprise. They began to form their churches free from white rulership and exclusion, but kept the doctrine and teachings, but of course with a more lively twist (singing and dancing). It's clear they still had African culture in their hearts. This would mark the beginning of a new American creation, the black church.


The following is a very brief history of religion in Black America:


Pentacostal -
 Pentacostal Movement
    William Seymour
William J. Seymour - photo#111-yr-2015

Charles Fox Parham an independent holiness evangelist who believed strongly in divine healing, was an important figure in the emergence of Pentecostalism as a distinct Christian movement. But it wasn't until one of his black students named William J. Seymour learned these teaching and took it back to California with him that the Pentecostal movement took off like wildfire.

Seymour's preaching sparked the famous three-year-long Azusa Street Revival in 1906. Worship at the racially integrated Azusa Mission featured an absence of any order of service. (whites would later dislike this) People preached and testified as moved by the Spirit, spoke and sung in tongues, and fell in the Spirit. Blacks whites and other races would attend these services. But there was a matter of Jim Crow to be kept in mind that made it illegal for blacks and whites to mix.

So whites broke away from Seymour and began their Pentecostal churches. It's a fact that the beginning of the widespread Pentecostal movement in the United States is considered to have started with one-eyed black preacher William J. Seymour's Azusa Street Revival.




The Church Of God in Christ (COGIC) -
 The Church Of God in Christ baptism
Church Of God in Christ Baptism
photo#112-yr-2015

The Church Of God in Christ was formed in 1897 by a group of disfellowshiped Baptists, most notably Charles Price Jones (1865–1949) and Charles Harrison Mason (1866–1961) and is a Pentecostal Christian denomination with a predominantly African-American membership. It ranks as the largest Pentecostal denomination and the fifth largest Christian denomination in the U.S. Evangelical Baptist, and Methodist preachers traveled throughout the South in the Great Awakening of the late 18th century and appealed directly to slaves, and a few thousand slaves converted. Early COGIC leaders were very much attracted by the Pentecostal message and would break from the Baptist for this reason.



A.M.E. Church -
The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the A.M.E. Church, is a predominantly African-American Methodist denomination based in the US. It is the oldest independent Protestant denomination founded by blacks in the world. It was founded by the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816 from several black Methodist congregations in the mid-Atlantic area that wanted independence from white Methodists.



Baptists -
Baptists are individuals who comprise a group of denominations and churches that subscribe to a doctrine that baptism should be performed only for professing believers (believer's baptism, as opposed to infant baptism) and that it must be done by complete immersion (as opposed to affusion or sprinkling). Other tenets of Baptist churches include soul competency (liberty), salvation through faith alone, Scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice, and the autonomy of the local congregation. Baptists recognize two ministerial offices, pastors, and deacons. Baptist churches are widely considered to be Protestant churches, though some Baptists disavow this identity.



Islam -
An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim. Jews felt like they were chosen people who were promised a land filled with milk and honey, a holy land. This promise was made to Abraham and his seed. Abraham's wife Sarah had trouble conceiving children so to keep the promise alive and in the family she chose Hagar who was an Egyptian handmaid to have sexual relations with Abraham to bear a son, which is what they did. This son's name was Ishmael.

But something happened later that would throw things into a tizzy. At a very old age Sarah was now able to have kids and bore a son named Isaac.

Now here's the problem. Does the promise belong to Sarah's son or Hagar's son? Sarah felt it belonged to her bloodline, so she sent Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness for them to die. But guess what? They didn't die. Muhammad who was the final prophet sent by God as identified in the Quran was born within Ishmael's seed line.

So even to this day these two groups don't care for each other.




Science -
This religion by far has proven to be the most destructive for humankind. Its users have created a world of me, me, me, by magnifying themselves, sincerely believing they are all of that and a bag of chips. Also the belief that spirited competition is healthy and useful. Win at all cost! The survival of the fittest theory. Many genocides were accomplished in the name of science. It teaches us that man originates from apes, (many blacks lost their life because of this false teaching) the earth was created from nothing and in essence humans are their gods. The bad far outweighs the good with the practice of science. Just look around.


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United States Census for Negroes
United States Census for African Americans
in the 2010s

Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman
photo #104-yr-1892

Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin
photo #116-yr-1910

Charles Young
Colonel Charles Young (United States Army)
photo#107-yr-1929


Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint
photo #116-yr-2015

     
Our Community in 2013

Newsworthy Events in the Black Community:

  • 2013 - Allen Toussaint was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

  • November 20, 2013 - President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • 2013 - President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act to designate Colonel Charles Young's house as the 401st unit of the National Park System, the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument.

  • 2013 - Bessie Coleman was placed at No. 14 on Flying Magazine's 2013 list of the "51 Heroes of Aviation".

  • 2010s - The United States Population is 308,745,538 with a total of 38,929,319 being African Americans.



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