wb051389Some of the wisest words ever spoken originated in Africa and the African Diaspora. In this two-part post, Soulreflectionz.com will share some such words of wisdom with our readers.

 

copsThe most painful conversation any black parent will ever have to have with his/her son/daughter is the one that revolves around how to avoid being assaulted, and, in a worse case scenario, murdered, by law enforcement officials.

It’s a topic that black parents ought never to have to broach, but it is the reality of the world we live in.

 

daisy_bates-03In the quest to obtain civil rights, The Fourth Estate (print journalism/media) had a resounding voice. Daisy Bates was one of those individuals who ensured that that resounding voice was heard.

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was born on November 11, 1914 in Huttig, Union County, Arkansas. An awful shadow was to hang over the young woman’s life for all of her days; her mother had been murdered by three local white men. It is largely believed that her mother’s untimely death and the lack of justice for it was the driving force behind Bates’ decision to get involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

equal25n-1-webI was recently discussing racism-related issues with an acquaintance of mine. That acquaintance said to me, regarding the struggle to obtain peace among all races, “Why can’t we all just get along?” For some reason I could not readily put my finger on, the question made my blood boil.

After taking some time to deliberate, I’ve now come to better understand why the question provoked such a reaction from me. Here’s the thing: why pose such a question when the answer is staring you right in the face? We can’t “all get along” because some people of a particular hue simply DO NOT want to get along with persons of a different hue. And that’s the cold, hard truth.

 

ericgarner.jpg.CROP.rtstoryvar-largeAn unknown group of artists have decided to take Black Lives Matter to a place where many would not expect to see it: the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

According to Huffpost, the group of musicians, activists, photographers and graffiti writers who go by the name “Indecline” recently honored several victims of police brutality  by giving them their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Victims who received stars were Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Freddie Gray and Kimani Gray.

 

blacl loveBlack love: often perceived as a drama-filled relationship between two or more people loaded with ongoing arguments, infidelity, and a lot of children. Black love is rarely shown in a positive light because of the stereotypes that have been formed around it. Black men and women go into relationships with premeditated thoughts that cloud their judgement right from the start.

We as women expect the guy to “play games”, to have a high “body count”, and honestly we as Black women expect the worst when getting to know a guy. Even though we expect the worst, we embrace it and expect the guy to change for us. For the men, they think the same way, but double standards definitely kill the vibe. They want a woman who is a pro in bed, but she’s a hoe if she has more than two sexual partners, They don’t want to properly claim their girl, but expect her to be “down” with him and only him, even if he is messing around with someone else simultaneously. At the end of the day “we aren’t together” right?

Society has made a mockery of what black love is supposed to be because we (both males and females) let our egos get in the way rather than letting love do its work. This is why everyone from the outside looking in has their perceptions of what Black Love is. Love is imperative to keep the black community going; every neighborhood has those couples where everyone is like “damn, ya’ll still together?” It’s definitely more than an idea; it’s simply a beautiful part of life.

2F09FA4400000578-3345229-image-a-11_1449193356319Slaying must be genetic, at least when it comes to the Obama women. It wasn’t that long ago that we were gushing over adorable little Malia and Sasha Obama; now the sisters have grown into two gorgeous young women with fashion sense that echoes that of their stylish mom, Michelle Obama.

See ten of their best fashion looks  in the gallery below.

 

fannie-lou-hamer-PWe have all heard the popular phrase “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Meet the woman who coined that phrase: Fannie Lou Hamer.

Born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi into a family of sharecroppers, Hamer worked the cotton fields alongside her family from as early as six years old. Forced to drop out of school to work full-time, she would not have been educated had it not been for the plantation owner of the plantation on which she worked discovering that she was illiterate.

 

aaliyah makeupThe late Aaliyah Dana Haughton’s look and style were arguably ahead of their time, and now the old fans who grew up with her music and imitated her look, and the newbie fans just discovering her death-defying swag, have decided to come together to ensure that her various always-on-fleek makeup looks are immortalized in the form of a makeup collection.

 

Mikaila_UlmerWhen you face and conquer your fears, beautiful things happen. And in the case of Mikaila Ulmer, profitable things happen.

W hat started as a simple lemonade business for this precocious 11-year-old quickly expanded into a huge contract with multi-chain supermarket Whole Foods.

The young entrepreneur launched her lemonade business, entitled “Bee Sweet Lemonade,” back in 2009, using a recipe originally created by her grandmother in 1940. While preparing the beverage, she was continuously stung by bees, and consequently became fearful of the tiny creatures. In an effort to calm her daughter’s fears, Ulmer’s mother, D’Andra, taught the then-four-year-old about bees and the important role they play in the world.