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Published February 6, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

The History Of Lynching In America Is Worse Than You Think, Says Study.  It always amazes me when people, especially black people, want to silence those of us that identify and remind us of our history in this country.  Much of that history is why we deal with the hardships we are dealing with today.  Some 500+ years later.  Yes, there was a time when a black person was hung in public for looking at a white person.  For bumping into a white person.  For not addressing a white person as “Mister” or “Ma’am”.  Now we are being executed for having a bag of skittles, or not putting our hands in the air fast enough.  To not know your history, is to be blind going into your future.  Read the research below in regards to study’s revealing the uncovered lynchings from our past.
Lynchings in which mobs raided jailhouses to hang, torture and burn alive black men, sometimes leading to public executions in courthouse squares, occurred more often in the U.S. South than was previously known, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The slightest transgression could spur violence, the Equal Justice Initiative found, as it documented 3,959 victims of lynching in a dozen Southern states.

The group said it found 700 more lynchings of black people in the region than had been previously reported. The research took five years and covered 1877 to 1950, the period from the end of post-Civil War Reconstruction to the years immediately following World War Two.

The report cited a 1940 incident in which Jesse Thornton was lynched in Alabama for not saying “Mister” as he talked to a white police officer.

In 1916, men lynched Jeff Brown for accidentally bumping into a white girl as he ran to catch a train, the report said.

Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Montgomery, Alabama-based EJI, said that while current events did not directly equate with lynching, “what happened then has its echoes in today’s headlines.”

He cited racial differences in reactions to last year’s shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer.

The group said the report was aimed at spurring Americans to face the lasting impact of their history. It also would like to see historical markers placed across the South to note sites where lynchings occurred.

Calling the violence racial terror designed to subjugate black people through fear, Stevenson and his associates sought to catalog every lynching in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

“The South is littered with monuments for the Civil War,” Stevenson said. “But we haven’t looked at the great evil of slavery. Its aftermath morphed into terrorism of lynching.”

“We as Americans haven’t dealt with our full history,” he added.

Sociology professor E.M. Beck of the University of Georgia agreed that past lynchings had affected perceptions of justice.

“Many white people look on the police as their protectors, defenders of their rights, and blacks can look at the same officers as part of a system sent to control and contain them,” he said. 

Via – http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/history-of-lynching-us-worse_n_6656604.html?utm_content=buffer09138&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer



Published February 5, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece


A new study reveals more Brazilians identify as Black or multiracial today than 10 years ago. While demographic shifts like this usually sound like they would be the result of birth rates and migration, it’s actually a reflection of something else.
The Brazilian Geographical and Statistics Institute reports that in their National Household Survey last year, 53 percent of Brazilians said they are Black or multiracial, up from 47.9 percent 10 years ago. Sociologists have been attributing this to shift in attitudes toward race in Brazil and increased education about the country’s history.
Brazil has a huge Afro-Brazilian population, descendants of the four million slaves brought to Brazil before the practice was abolished in 1888. Brazil, along with many other Latin American countries, has crafted narratives that overlook people of African descent, both culturally and demographically. Though most people have some African, native, and/or European heritage, there’s a history of emphasizing the latter, in that everyone is mixed but not black. Plenty of surveys have shown Brazilians in particular tend to claim a kaleidoscope of racial identities that translate to mixed, but stop short of acknowledging blackness.
According to El País, Katia Regis, an Afro-Brazilian studies coordinator, said, “The black population has more access to effective knowledge about African and Afro-Brazilian history to realize that being black is a positive thing.”
People have grown to appreciate the huge contributions African culture has made in Brazil, and they reflect that in how they identify. Samba, capoeira, and many Brazilian dishes have obvious African origins, and some of the most famous Brazilians in the world like Pelé and the bossa nova musician Gilberto Gil are Black.
Afro-Brazilians still face discrimination and their murder and poverty rates are significantly higher than white Brazilians, but this growing appreciation for blackness in Brazil indicates a rapid shift that many activists hope will transcend what people check on surveys.


Published February 5, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

It’s like the ghost of 2Pac has come back to haunt Diddy.  Diddy really do it?  I personally don’t trust Diddy.  He comes off as a cold calculated do whatever it takes type to get what he wants.  Just my vibe though.  You know how the saying goes….what’s done in the dark, will eventually come to light.
A retired Los Angeles cop is convinced he’s cracked the case of Tupac Shakur’s decades-old murder — and the mastermind was none other than Sean (Diddy) Combs.
The music mogul formerly known as Puff Daddy offered Crips member Duane Keith (Keffe D) Davis $1 million to whack Shakur and his manager Suge Knight, former LAPD detective Greg Kading alleges in a new documentary based on his 2011 book “Murder Rap.”


When the gang member’s nephew, Orlando (Baby Lane) Anderson, eventually pulled the trigger, he fatally wounded Shakur but only injured Knight, Kading claims in the upcoming Netflix doc.


The shooting took place on a Las Vegas street in September 1996 and remains officially unsolved.

One ex-cop thinks he knows who killed Tupac Shakur.

Combs scoffed at the theory when it first surfaced with the book.
“The story is pure fiction and completely ridiculous,” he said.
But Kading, who led an LAPD task force investigating the shooting deaths of Shakur and Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls, wrangled a confession out of Keffe D after the Crips member feared facing charges for a different crime.
His personal copy is heard in the Netflix documentary.
“You get a very strong sense that he’s speaking very genuinely and transparently. He comes across as telling the story as someone who was there. The fluidity is very natural,” Kading told the Daily News on Thursday.
Diddy (seen in April 2014) had Shakur killed, a retired LAPD cop has alleged.

Hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur died in 1996.

“But what really convinced us it was true was all the corroboration,” he said. “He told us things that he couldn’t known unless he was actually a participant in the murder.”

For example, Keffe D knew there was a secondary shooting that night that investigators kept a secret, he said.
“There was engagement with one of the members of Tupac’s entourage. That was very critical and placed him at the scene of the crime with investigative information not previously made public,” Kading said.
He said it’s important to consider Combs’ “perspective” when weighing the allegations against the Bad Boy Entertainment mogul.

“He was in precarious situation where Suge Knight was actively hunting him down. Suge held him responsible for the (1995) death of a friend in Atlanta. So there was this sense of desperation that Combs was working from,” Kading claimed.
“There was a very clear and present danger. He’s not a calculating, sinister assassin, but a person trying to protect himself from something he knew was coming,” Kading said.
He said after Shakur’s death, a vengeful Knight shelled out $13,000 to his own hitman, Bloods member Wardell (Poochie) Fouse, to kill Smalls — a close friend of Diddy’s — as retaliation.
Smalls was gunned down in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, six months after Shakur died.

Public fascination over the still-unsolved murders has endured nearly 20 years, fueling competing rumors and speculation.

Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls (l.) leaves a Los Angeles party with producer Diddy on March 8, 1997, shortly before Smalls was shot to death.

Knight, 50, is currently behind bars in Los Angeles on charges of murder and attempted murder in an unrelated case.
He has pleaded not guilty to allegations he ran over two men with his truck, killing one, outside a Compton burger restaurant in January 2015.
The documentary in which Kading makes his case — also called “Murder Rap” — is due to stream on Netflix in June, he said.

Via – http://m.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/lapd-claims-diddy-tupac-shakur-killed-article-1.2519915


Published February 3, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

We can’t forget our history. It reminds us of our trials as well as our triumphs. And travel gives us the opportunity to experience, firsthand, the black-history moments we’ve only read about and seen on TV and in movies.

The picture above shows a couple strolling through Savannah Georgia’s Forsyth Park.  Know for it’s rich history and many lavish former slave plantations.
“You have to explore African-American historical travel for yourself. Seeing the images, museums and landmarks in the media cannot begin to convey the complexity of our journey from Africa through slavery and to the modicum of freedom we have now, ” says Elaine Lee, author of Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure.

Theroot.com gives us the top 5 locations that are loaded with black history, museums, and experiences.  Check them out below.

1. Follow the path from slavery to freedom in Savannah, GA.

Savannah is a pretty city with an ugly past. Known as “the weeping time,” in 1859 the largest slave auction in U.S. history (436 men, women and children) took place at a Savannah racetrack. In commemoration of the Africans brought into America through Savannah’s port, a local artist created the African-American Families Monument (at the west end of historic River Street). The bronze statue inscribed with words by Maya Angelou depicts a black family with broken shackles at their feet.

A short walk from the statue, in Franklin Square, is Savannah’s First African Baptist Church, the oldest black church in North America. Original pews made by slaves have been preserved. And holes and prayer symbols carved into the lower auditorium’s floorboards indicate that the church was a point on the Underground Railroad. Guided tours are given daily, except Mondays. Another significant site is the Laurel-Grove South Cemetery, the city’s segregated burial ground for slaves and free people of color.


2. Trace the Civil Rights Trail in Alabama 

The Civil Rights Trail encompasses landmarks and attractions in several neighboring towns in Alabama, all accessible by car. Among the important sites are the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, where four little Sunday-school girls (Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley) were killed in 1963; and the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, which honors the mother of the early civil rights movement and depicts events that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The trail’s most harrowing landmark, however, is the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where marchers for voting rights were beaten by police on March 7, 1965, known as Bloody Sunday. On March 21, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led a successful five-day march from Selma to Montgomery, which initiated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You can follow the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail along U.S. Route 80. (An interpretive center highlights key events along the route.)  


3. Discover Gullah Culture in South Carolina 

Gullah (also called Geechee) people are descendants of enslaved West and Central Africans brought to the Southeastern states to farm rice. They live in the idyllic low country of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, and to this day, Gullah people speak their own Creole-like dialect and maintain African-based culture through food, music and crafts. In St. Helena, a Sea Island in Beaufort County, S.C., the Gullah-Geechee Nation offers authentic tours and workshops for groups of seven or more, conducted by natives of the island.

“People can truly learn our story and support our community by engaging with us,” says Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee Nation. “We don’t do drive-by tours. We want to invite people into our homes and not have them peeping through the windows on our porches. This is not a safari. It is a living community.”

4. Celebrate Chicago’s proud past and present


It’s ironic that a city as racially divided as Chicago was founded by a black man. Born in Haiti, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable is known as the Windy City’s first settler and its first black resident. In his honor, there’s a bust of DuSable on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) just north of the Chicago River, and the DuSable Museum of African American History celebrates African-American achievements and contributions through art exhibits and family-friendly activities.
The Obamas, meanwhile, are part of Chi-town’s modern history—they lived in Hyde Park, a traditionally black middle-class neighborhood on the southwest shore of Lake Michigan, before they moved on up to the White House. Sneak a peak at their guarded Georgian mansion (5046 S. Greenwood Ave.), and stand at the spot of their first kiss, marked with a plaque at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and 53rd Street.

5. Explore Baltimore’s Black History Museums


A wax figure of Martin Luther King Jr. stands on exhibit at the National Great Blacks in Wax Musuem in Baltimore, Feb. 13, 2006. 

Although Baltimore’s image is still rebounding from the unrest after Freddie Gray’s death, the city is a great source of black history. Noteworthy museums include the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, the first wax museum of African-American culture in the nation, with over 150 realistic-looking wax figures of prominent people of color; the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, which celebrates the history and accomplishments of black Americans in Maryland through exhibitions and events; and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, an educational and historic site that highlights African-American maritime history and chronicles the formative years of Douglass, a Maryland native who worked in a Baltimore shipyard before he fled North to freedom.
Credits – http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/02/the_5_best_black_history_travel_destinations.html


Published January 28, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

Did you know that during slavery in the U.S. gay white slaveholders would buy male slaves to engage in forced homosexual sex acts? 

These male slaves were purchase based entirely on the prerequisite of them possessing a large penis.

Black men were routinely raped by their gay slave owners. The process was known as “breaking the buck”. It involves perhaps the most heinous and atrocious acts known to man.

A strapping Negro slave, who was defiant, surly and may stir up trouble, was beaten with a whip till bloody in front of his entire slave congregation. The slave owner, deathly afraid of an uprising, would cut down a tree and, with the help of the overseer, would then pummel the deviant “buck” into submission. Once the slave was worn down, the white master had the other Negro slaves force him over the tree stump where his britches would be removed and he laid fully exposed and ripe for the taking.

What came next caused fear and terror to ripple through every slave plantation across the South.

The master, drunk on blood lust, would explain to all strong, young black men that if they do not follow strict orders and comply with the whims of the Overseer and the Master, this too would be their fate. He removed his own clothing and proceeded to savagely sodomize the buck in front his wife, family, friends and children. He then invited his associates from other plantations to join in the ****** Festivities.

In order for his plan to take effect, he would require the buck’s male child to watch, front row center, so he too can witness his father’s sexual demise and humiliation. Buck Breaking was the slave master’s very effective tool to keep all young black slaves from ever being defiant and taking revenge. It also frightened the mother’s and wives from ever giving consent to an uprising.

Buck Breaking was so successful that it was made into a “Sex Farm” where white men could travel from plantation to plantation feeding their sadistic, homosexual needs. If there was ever any doubt that the white race is our mortal enemy, please remove all doubt and see the truth for what it is. 

For more info on sexual abuse of slaves check out the link below