Posts Tagged ‘Key American Black History’


In #SeveralLayersDeep, Communication, education, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, Travel on February 12, 2021 at 9:02 am
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What do you know about ROBERT SMALLS born of Beaufort, SC? He was an American politician, publisher, businessman, naval pilot, and is Key Black History.

He was known to parallel words like crafty and quick-thinker; an off-the-cuff intellectual with unmeasurable gall. May 1862  he commandeered a Confederate boat and navigated it through a militarized pass-through with no hurt, harm or stall.

He surrendered the commandeered boat to the Union side. He then shared his notes of dangers ahead that lie.

He worked with both the Army and Navy; providing both with direct intel —  flag officer Du Pont at Port Royal spoke of Robert well. 

Du Pont wrote a letter to the Navy Secretary — stating, “Robert transports intel better than a charted ferry.” Okay, perhaps he didn’t say it quite like that. Wikipedia published the quoted fact

Robert, the intelligent slave and pilot of the boat, who performed this bold feat so skillfully, informed me of [the capture of the Sumter gun], presuming it would be a matter of interest.” He “is superior to any who have come into our lines — intelligent as many of them have been.”

Robert worked much for the Union and lived to be 76-years old. He sought out a Navy pension but was denied because of his Black soul.

That was a cold response and I’m sure that it hurt like “ouch!” So before he died, a law was passed and the pension compensation was worked out.

God was with Robert for his entire life, as each adventure unfolded and happened. God turned up for Robert in the end, he was awarded pension comparable to a Navy Captain.

It was a backroom-move that was hard to pull through. I’m glad that it happened, it’s a Key part of American Black History truths.

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Of course you’ve heard of FRED HAMPTON. How could you not? He was one of the BLACK PANTHERS who the FBI shot. Per the statement on the periodical picture. Fred Hampton was only 21 when he crossed-over but is a revolution icon fixture.

Fred was a Virgo, which means that he was smart. His fashion reflected respect, he was sharp and operated with heart.

He was a leader in the Black Community. The Black Panthers were formed to protect and support Black unity.

Black people make up a small percentage of the USA; 13.4% is true.  — And we’ve always been in need of protection, too

I said, “too,” because sometimes it looks and feels — like requesting protection for Black people is a journey up hill.

To Protect & Serve” is a saying on a sticker. We only call 911 if MiMaw gets sicker. 

We’re learning to not call the cops for mental illness issues for a fear of who will answer.  We’ve seen time after time, unarmed Blacks being gunned down like Black Panthers. Epic shooting is not the answer. Internal ill-will festers and gives way to cancer. 

People fear what they don’t understand… like the Black Panthers and Fred Hampton —

Michael Brown, George Floyd, and Travon Martin. They are all Black people, not warrior Spartans.

The Black race is not a parallel to martians, we are human just like everyone else. Today we feature Fred Hampton because his legacy is our community wealth

We are still seeking security in our own communities, our homes and self-owned work places. Oscar Micheaux could never be my reel beau, I’m leaving reel progressive legacy traces.

There are too many Micheaux’s and not enough honest-broker Joe’s when it comes to Black-on-Black collaborations.

We have to be good to ourselves and our own community, if we are to ever be considered an asset to this nation.

On a whole. Careful to not be selfish and sell your soul. Careful not to be unseemly or cause a riot. — Which brings me to todays debut of  JUDAS and The Black Messiah:

I believe this film opens in movie theaters today as well as on HBOMax. — I’m pretty sure I’ll be viewing it, too; it’s perfect reel in the Month of Black.

The weekend is upon us and I’ve got several irons in the fire,

I’m Qui

A research-and-writing she. To leave an inspiring legacy is my desire.

We are

I saw the film, and here’s my take on it…


In #SeveralLayersDeep, Communication, education, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Science, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on February 4, 2021 at 3:44 pm
I’ve learned a lot from that ol’ dog MUSIC | Photo Courtesy:

Let’s focus on 80’s ROCK RADIO. The 1980’s were owned by Rock Radio & music videos, and MTV was an incredible boarding house. MTV cut its teeth on ROCK N ROLL and adopted a baby named HIP HOP whose growth has yet to stop.

The Black community migrated to MTV long before the baby-of-the-family, Hip Hop was broadcasted and invoked messaging music evolution. 

Remember Casey Kasem? Not quite a Black man (Lebanese-American and Arab-American), but definitely my Uncle. He was the host that I looked to broadcast the latest pop song and (the occasional) hot Hip Hop song on the weekend and certainly within his end-of-the-year music reviews.

Rock n’ Roll raised me, kinfolk. It’s true and yes, I know I’m a little quirky, (a family told me). Also,  GUNS N ROSES delivered me to to… idk, my coming of age?  My best girlfriend and I had a crush on Axle Rose. The mane was our thang’ yesterday, today I prefer a more tapered mane for my man. As-Griot-as-my-soul is I am still a hard Rock n’ Roll Ms

Change for what? 

Yeah, WhiteSnake provided me inspiration at the many times when I felt betrayed by friends, boyfriends, siblings, and whomever/whatever else plagues a teen-creative. Courtney Love taught me the importance of volume pitching & ditching my formal etiquette training while creative reigningTracy Bonham befriended me when Mom and I weren’t seeing eye-to-eye:

So much for “Mother-Daughter-discord” being a unique thing in any family. It’s not. Tracy reminded me of that. I didn’t have time to take to the streets and participate in mayhem, I was too busy watching Rock music videos, listening to the radio and cleaning the house; it was therapeutic. On top of that, I learned the importance of communication and how to arrange my words to embolden points without offense and in fact, strike a chord of general relativity.

Good Black History 411, born right here in the good ol’ US of A. 

By the mid to late ’80’s Michael Jackson, Prince, and Rap music consumed the airwaves broadcast time of most stations that were ISO a ratings boost. I continued to listen, I became a battle rapper, inspired by SALT-N-PEPA, and I even had all-girl group. We battled rapped with the boys, because most female rappers wouldn’t touch their counterpart-chauvinist noise. I, “Dutchess Qui,” Vonda V and Royal C [my female DJ] killed them.

Inspired-and-on-fire, I composed crazy bars in my late teens and early 20’s thanks to Queen Latifah & Monie Love, MC LYTE, YoYo, Patra’s fearlessness, and the dimensions of Chyna Whyte: 

Chyna Whyte goes HARD in the LIGHT from Gangsta Rap to ‘yank-ya-right.

The last paragraph and video isn’t at all in the genre of Rock n’ Roll, still, please believe RnR delivered me to lyric comprehension and I do love a well crafted verse. Chyna Whyte messages well. Music messaging rocks so I roll with it.

I’m sure a great deal of raps have been inspired by a little bit of Rock n’ Roll; Run DMC showed you.  Inference via inspiration is real. Artists pull from inference much like your blood pulls minerals from the food you eat; automatically and very selectively.

Good Black History 411, born right here in the good ol’ US of A.

I am a Writer, I am Black, and I make published history everyday. I am a descendent of slaves who was raised on Raves; it’s an American pass-through phase.  Regardless of race, scores of nationalities crammed into a space to dance. Love so thick — that a virus stood not a chance. America’s youth ditched a prejudiced  reality to dance. 

And we did. The shame of hate and prejudices were not gone, just hid. That is how we have arrived here at this point, kid.

Though a new day is dawning; we are in a new bid. The music is rising and carried by the winds. Out of chaos, beauty is born; let us heal-up as new friends —

over music. Let music be a suture. Let’s use it.

What music genre are you into? I know that we are not all the same

I’m Qui

About AMERICAN BLACK HISTORY because it as KEY as my name. 

MUSIC is as American as apple pie, Chuck Taylors, afros, Sports, and denim.

I play my music loud, and still, I stand out from the crowd, like BLIND MELON and BLIND LEMON



In #SeveralLayersDeep, Book, Communication, education, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 2, 2021 at 8:34 am

This morning while yawning I heard Joe Scarborough ask – Eugene Robinson to voice a hero of his, that is Black.

Easy on the response, locked, loaded and merry – Eugene, with a wide smile said, ‘It’s got to be Berry.’

Let’s talk about Mr. Gordy and his legacy of melodic fun. Let’s acknowledge the youth of ‘this pioneer, he is just 91.

Let’s talk about the Motown Museum that is to reopen this month. Covid may be a chauvinist but Mo’ legacy waits for none.

This man breathed life into our cultural melodic sum; he birthed R&B’s upgraded legacy, shaping talent, one-by-one.

All productions remain relative and great. Let none be undone but preserved from their day.

From Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass to Marvin Gaye – segregated worlds merged every time a Motown record played.

To add to Gordy’s legacy Joe Scarborough interjected — that Gordy is often associated with the genius of Phil Specter.

What the? I didn’t get where Joe was going with this. It’s a good thing that I listened closely, or I would have missed

the parallel that Joe Scarborough was making: “Hitsville USA” and “The Tycoon Tween” elevated Black Music for the airwaves taking.

I didn’t know as much before he said it. Then I thought, “I better chronicle this, to be sure you read it.”

Got that?


Morning Jo then turned to Yamiche Alcindor and ask of her native respective hero — and she said Toni Morrison, for all of the books that she wrote:

The Toni Morrison Society encapsulates her visions and preserves her view. I was thrown off again when Joe Scarborough interjected Fran Lebowitz was friends with her, too.

What the? I didn’t get the connection because I didn’t know Fran, but a quick Google Search made Joe a teacher, again.

For therein “the Google” I learned that — Fran Lebowitz and Toni Morrison swung similar bats.

They balled with words and words yield change. Also, along those lines, Joe threw in Martin Scorsese’s name.

I noticed “paralleling elevations” to be Joe Scarborough’s game. I appreciate the inserts because relatives convey change.

Paralleling relatives and elevating America is WHAT’S UP and is definitely ALL THAT.

Give American History her raw due in fancy diamonds; they are BLACK.

Did you know that?

Now you do.

Life in her fullness is really no mystery. Open up your heart and mind to embrace