Jul 17th

Man walks for miles to first day of work, CEO gifts his own car as thanks

By Victory

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May 21st

Knowledge Brings Self Love Respect and Confidence.

By Victory

 

Unless you have been other a rock these last few days, you have probably heard about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which is a biracial woman whose parents are African-American and White. Now I didn’t watch the wedding myself but I am truly have for the newlyweds. However I have taken notice to the effects of their union. It’s hard not to. The wedding is being covered by every news and radio station you turn to. In the mist of all this I  notice how a lot of African-American women and girls report about how inspired they are to know a black woman can really become a princess. After hearing this I thought about Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” I said these woman must not know that their ancestors were Queens and here are a few.

 

Queen Aminatu, daughter of Bakwa Turunku, was a great Hausa warrior who inherited her mother’s strong warlike nature. Her mother built the capital of Zazzau, which formed part of the seven original states of Hausaland in the 16th century. Aminatu was just 16-years-old when her mother became queen and she was given the traditional title of magajiya.

 

Amina chose to hone her military skills, and became one of the greatest warriors of Zazzau. She is credited as the architect of fortified walls in Hausaland, and as a warrior, she is known for her smart tactic as she increased the borders of Zazzau, ensuring that the kingdom became the centre of the North-South Saharan trade and East-West Sudan trade. Her career as a warrior princess spanned over three decades, and she is celebrated in song as “Amina daughter of Nikatau, a woman as capable as a man.”

 

Makeda, Queen of Sheba ccording to Ethiopia’s 14th century royal epic, the Kebra Nagast or “Glory of Kings”, Makeda was a brave young maiden who survived being sacrificed to the monstrous serpent king Awre who was troubling the northern Ethiopian kingdom of Axum. It is believed that Makeda killed the serpent and was then proclaimed as the Queen of Axum.

 

Makeda is popularly known for her interesting story with biblical figure King Solomon of Jerusalem, who taught her about leadership and monotheism. They had a son named Menelik I (or Ebna la-Hakim), meaning ‘son of the wise’, who became the first Imperial ruler of Ethiopia and the first of a line of Aksûmite Kings.

 

According to historians, Makeda and her son brought back the biblical Ark of the Covenant to Axum. Through them, the lineage of great East African and Nubian kings was born. The legacy she left to the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity is the strong emphasis on the Old Testament, as well as a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, which serves as a symbol of the connection between Makeda, Queen of Sheba, and Solomon the Wise.

 

Queen Nefertiti, whose name means ‘a beautiful woman has come’, is one of Egypt’s most prominent queens whose painted sandstone bust has become a global icon of feminine beauty and power.

 

On the walls of tombs and temples built during her husband Pharaoh Akhenaten’s reign from 1353 to 1336 B.C, when she was queen, Nefertiti is portrayed as a woman of power and authority, often driving a chariot or smiting an enemy. She and Akhenaten were responsible for Egypt’s major cultural and religious upheaval, establishing the cult of Aten – which saw the sun god Aten as the most important figure in Egypt’s polytheistic canon – and vigorously promoting Egyptian artwork.

 

It is believed that she was either born in the town of Akhmim or in a foreign country, which is now modern say Syria. It is believed that she was 15-years-old when she married Akhenaten, and together they had six children, including King Tutankhamun, who is described as a powerful pharaoh who, among other exploits, restored the traditional Egyptian religion. Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti often went on exploits together and were said to be genuinely in love, often kissing in public, which is a depiction that is not often seeing in ancient Egyptian pharaohs.

 

Queen Ranavalona the First ruled the large Indian Ocean island of Madagascar from 1788–1861. She is best known for being defiant against European colonialism, but is also said to have ruled as a dictator, often persecuting those who opposed her regime.

 

Her 33 year reign mainly consisted of preserving the political and cultural sovereignty of Madagascar in the face of European colonialism while creating a self-sufficient state for the good of her people. This led to her being viewed as a great sovereign and patriotic leader at heart, while colonists viewed her as a tyrant. It is believed that she was born in 1788 and may have been named Ramavo. It is also believed tQueen Cleopatra is one of the world’s most famous female rules whose life story inspired historians, ordinary people and storytellers, including William Shakespeare who wrote the play Antony and Cleopatra.

 

Cleopatra was born to a royal family around 69 B.C to King Ptolemy XII. The throne was left to her and her brother after her father died when she was 18-years-old. Their relationship became strained after they assumed power, resulting in Cleopatra assembling an army to overthrow her brother. She would come to meet Julius Caesar of Rome when Caesar followed his rival Pompey into Egypt when he was seeking refuge from Rome’s civil war. Caesar helped Cleopatra defeat her brother in the Battle of the Nile, and it is believed that together they had a son named Caesarion.

 

Following Caesar’s assassination, Cleopatra met Marc Antony, with whom she had 3 children. After a tumultuous love affair, Antony died after committing suicide, being falsely led to believe that Cleopatra had died in the battle at Actium. She in fact died much later after being bitten by an Egyptian cobra in 30 B.C. The two were buried together, as they had wished, and Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire.hat she is of Merina descent, which is the island’s largest ethnic group.

 

Queen Cleopatra is one of the world’s most famous female rules whose life story inspired historians, ordinary people and storytellers, including William Shakespeare who wrote the play Antony and Cleopatra.

 

Cleopatra was born to a royal family around 69 B.C to King Ptolemy XII. The throne was left to her and her brother after her father died when she was 18-years-old. Their relationship became strained after they assumed power, resulting in Cleopatra assembling an army to overthrow her brother. She would come to meet Julius Caesar of Rome when Caesar followed his rival Pompey into Egypt when he was seeking refuge from Rome’s civil war. Caesar helped Cleopatra defeat her brother in the Battle of the Nile, and it is believed that together they had a son named Caesarion.

 

Following Caesar’s assassination, Cleopatra met Marc Antony, with whom she had 3 children. After a tumultuous love affair, Antony died after committing suicide, being falsely led to believe that Cleopatra had died in the battle at Actium. She in fact died much later after being bitten by an Egyptian cobra in 30 B.C. The two were buried together, as they had wished, and Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire.

 

Queen Nandi was the mother of Shaka Zulu, one of the Zulu kingdom’s greatest kings in Southern Africa. Queen Nandi’s story is one of resilience as a mother, and one of hope against social pressures.

 

She fell pregnant with King Senzangakhona’s son, who was considered illegitimate as the couple was unmarried. She endured great humiliation and rejection as a result, but still persisted with raising her son who was named after the iShaka beetle, which was initially blamed as the reason for her raised stomach as leaders tried to deny her pregnancy.

 

During Shaka’s reign as king, Queen Nandi had great influence over affairs of the kingdom, including being a voice of reason during political strife with neighbouring kingdoms. Through her being Shaka’s pillar of strength, he was able to go on his great exploits, extending the borders of the Zulu kingdom over a period of 12 years. Her death was marked by a long period of mourning known as “Isililo SikaNandi”.

 

 

 

Feb 21st

Vernon Johns

By Victory

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney and Henry W. Powell, in The Life and Times of the Prophet Vernon Johns: The Father of the Civil Rights Movement, wrote that the three greatest pushes for civil rights in the U.S. — Adam Clayton Powell Jr.’s campaign against Jim Crow in the North, the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education and MLK’s fight against segregation in the South — were all influenced by one person: Vernon Johns.

 

Johns (1892-1965) was Dr. King’s predecessor as pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. and was a mentor of Ralph Abernathy, Wyatt Walker and others in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His whole demeanor reflected his fight against class inequality in both the black and white communities.

 

Johns thought that whoever controlled the money controlled the overall society. From this insight, based this on teachings from the bible, the pastor stressed that blacks needed to own more businesses. He’s quoted as saying, “I noticed that some of you noted that I had neglected to wear shoe strings. Well, I’ll start wearing them when Negroes start producing them.”

 

Feb 20th

Alexander Crummell

By Victory

Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) was an American scholar, an Episcopalian minister, and founder of the American Negro Academy, the first major learned society for black Americans. He was also an early advocate of African-American self-help.

 

Education — progressive education — was an important part of Crummell’s youth. Born to the son of an African prince and a free mother, he attended an interracial school, an institute run by abolitionists and had private tutors. In 1839, Crummell was denied admission to the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church because of his race, so he studied theology privately and became an ordained Episcopalian minister in the Diocese of Massachusetts in 1844 at the age of 25.

 

In 1873, after spending some 20 years in Liberia as a missionary, Crummell came to Washington, D.C., where he was appointed “missionary at large of the colored people.” Seven years later, he founded and served as the first pastor of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. Crummell, whose vision was that the black church should be a place not only of worship but also of social service, encouraged black ministers in Washington to establish charitable institutions for their race.

 

Late in life, he taught at Howard University and founded the American Negro Academy, which promoted the publication of scholarly work dealing with African-American culture and history. Crummell emphasized African-American self-help and the need for practical education — and he did this independent of Booker T. Washington.

 

Feb 19th

Mordecai Johnson

By Victory

Mordecai Johnson (1890-1976) was the first black president of Howard University where he served for 34 years. Prior to his career in education, Johnson studied at Harvard and Rochester Theological Seminary where he was the first black graduate.

 

During his time at the head of Howard, Johnson was renowned for amassing an esteemed faculty of African-American scholars. The NAACP also awarded Johnson its highest honor for his ability to secure federal and private funding for the construction of new buildings and to secure the long-term financial security of the school. He also was known for frequently using his leadership position as a platform to speak out against racism, segregation and discrimination.

 

Feb 15th

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

By Victory

In Black Power Between Heaven and Hell, Tony Chapelle wrote, “Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was the equivalent of the rap group Public Enemy, the protest politician Jesse Jackson, and the Congressional Black Caucus all in one.”

 

Powell (1908-1972) was born in New Haven, Conn. to a minister, who headed the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, N.Y., a church he would lead himself beginning in 1937.

 

In 1945, Powell was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives, representing the 22nd congressional district, which included Harlem. He was the first black Congressman from New York, and, as one of only two black Congressmen at the time, Powell challenged the informal ban on black representatives using Capitol facilities by taking black constituents to dine with him in the “whites only” House restaurant.(www.huffingtonpost.com)

 

 

Feb 15th

18 School Shootings in the First 45 Days of 2018

By Victory

 

None of us wants to believe that someone we love has the ability to cause bodily harm, let alone death to anyone, but we must do so. So when you see that family member or friend always speaking of harming someone, and has access to a fire arm please bring it to the attention of the proper authorities. Please understand doing this does not mean you are sending your loved ones to jail. The police and the justice system is well trained to understand when someone needs help and does not fall under the criminal category. If you are not comfortable with dealing with law enforcement please try to talk them into getting counseling. Someone who is always angry or talking about hurting someone is not right, and should be given a lot of attention. Don’t just assume that, “that’s just John being John.”  Remember just like all have a responsibility to protect our loved one we also have a responsibility to protect everyone else from our loved ones, and by doing so we are protecting our loved ones. If talk to the family and friends of any of the suspects in any mass shooting that has taken place in this country, the majority of them wish they would have said something beforehand. My heart and prayers goes out to everyone effected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl. I love you and God bless you all.

 

Feb 12th

Thomas A. Dorsey

By Victory

Thomas Dorsey (1901-1960) was an American pianist, arranger and composer who is considered to be one of the most important figures in the development and popularization of Gospel Music.

 

A prolific composer, Dorsey spent his early career playing and singing the blues. However, after undergoing a spiritual conversion and experiencing the tragic death of his wife and child, Dorsey forsook popular music and focused his work on religious music like the song, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” He toured for many years with Mahalia Jackson and penned hits that would usher in the popularity of many of the era’s biggest stars including Sister Rosetta Thorpe and Elvis Presley.(www.huffingtonpost.com)

 

Feb 8th

Benjamin Elijah Mays

By Victory

An ordained Baptist minister, Benjamin Elijah Mays (1894-1984) was a career educator, serving at various times as a Professor at South Carolina State College, Dean of the Howard University School of Religion, and President of Morehouse College. He also served as the first black president of the Atlanta school board.

 

Mays was a frequent and vocal critic of segregation and racism in America. He was an important early mentor to many of the civil rights leaders who were products of the black colleges including Martin Luther King, Jr. Additionally, his written work and widespread respect in the academic community helped to coalesce support for the civil rights movement among the nation’s intellectual elite.(www.huffingtonpost.com

 

Feb 4th

Howard Thurman

By Victory

The long-time Dean of Chapels and Theology at Morehouse College and Boston University, Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a major proponent of nonviolent protest as a primary tactic in the movement for black civil rights. While leading a delegation to South Asia in 1936, Thurman spoke at length with Mahatma Gandhi about his experiences with nonviolence. This conversation would have a strong influence on Thurman’s work for the entirety of his career. His seminal work, the 1949 book Jesus and the Disinherited, would be a major influence Martin Luther King, Jr. and other black religious leaders.(www.huffingtonpost.com)