Choose Your Time Wisely

This is a mirror moments we all need to look at about our lives. Times that we wasted on things and on individuals we don’t get back. Choose your time wisely.
Imagine finding someone you love like this, someone who makes you smile like this daily and suddenly it’s snatched away.
Imaging being Diddy. Almost 50 and having one of the longest playboy phases ever and the woman you love dies suddenly. Then you have to admit to yourself and to the world, you loved her and wasted her years and yours because you thought you had time. 
Imaging being Nipsey, 33, and you KNOW Lauren is the woman for you but y’all are taking y’all’s time because you’re young and you think you have the time to pace yourselves in your relationship. Then you get killed before y’all can have that married, forever after type love you were pacing yourselves for. 
Imagine being Greg and Nene, married twice, promising for better or for worse. You live the high life because life has always been on the for better side and then cancer comes knocking at your door and y’all are being torn apart because no one tells you how to handle the for worse part when it could end in death. And you don’t know which trip to the hospital will be “that trip”, so you stay on edge, arguing about trivial things…wasting time. 
Time is limited. Time is valuable. Time is of the essence. Time waites for no one. Time is the only thing that we can never know for sure, how much we possess. Why waste any of it on trivial mess?

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The Truth About St Patrick’s

The truth about St Patrick and why he is celebrated ~

The Twa/Koi San are a (pygmy is considered to be an insult) small race of people from Africa that have a history that pre-dates the story of Adam and Eve by almost 8500 years.

The Twa journeyed to Northern Ireland very early in conception prior to the influence of the Roman Catholic Church and had a cultural, technological, and philosophical impact on a people there known as the Druids.

Now, the Roman Catholic Church seeing the practices of the Druids wanted to convert them and if they couldn’t they would remove them and their beliefs as well, along with the Twa who were still present in Northern Ireland at that time. One of the cultural influences the Druids got from the Twa was the fact that they wore a fez or head cover that depicted the African symbol known is a Uraeus, which is the same snake image you see worn by the Kings and Queens in ancient Kemet.

In many African cultures, the serpent is not a symbol of evil but one of eternal life, regeneration, power, protection and wisdom. The Snake also represented the Kundalini awakening vortex found in the chakra energy traveling up our spines and the helix of our DNA.

According to legend, St. Patrick was well known for “chasing the serpents out of Ireland”. He was given an order to set up Roman Catholic Churches all over Northern Ireland and in the process, convert or remove the Druid and Twa influence. He killed countless numbers of Druids and Twa in the name of Father, the Son and the Holy spirit.

Chasing the serpents out of Ireland is a metaphor for genocide. So what St. Patrick is really famous for, is waging a genocidal war against the indigenous people of Ireland who had migrated there many thousands of years before the Caucasians and before Christianity. The African Twa who were thought to be Pagan.

Note: This photo was taken in the 1950’s and is a representation of the Twa from that period.
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Harry Belafonte

Actor, singer and activist Harry Belafonte has achieved lasting fame for such songs as ‘The Banana Boat Song (Day-O),’ as well as for his film and humanitarian work.
Who Is Harry Belafonte?
Born on March 1, 1927, in New York City, Harry Belafonte struggled with poverty and a turbulent family life as a child. His professional career took off with the musical Carmen Jones, and soon he was burning up the charts with hits like “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” and “Jump in the Line.” Belafonte has also championed many social and political causes, and earned such prestigious accolades as the National Medal of Arts.

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Harry Belafonte

Parents
Harold George Belafonte Jr. was born on March 1, 1927, in New York City, to Caribbean immigrants. His mother worked as a dressmaker and a house cleaner, and his father served as a cook on merchant ships, before leaving the family when Belafonte was a young boy.

Belafonte also spent much of his early years in Jamaica, his mother’s native country. There, he saw firsthand the oppression of blacks by the English authorities, which left a lasting impression on him.

Belafonte returned to New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in 1940 to live with his mother. They struggled in poverty, and Belafonte was often cared for by others while his mother worked. “The most difficult time in my life was when I was a kid,” he later told People magazine. “My mother gave me affection, but, because I was left on my own, also a lot of anguish.”

Wife and Children
Belafonte lives in New York City with his third wife, photographer Pamela Frank. The couple wed in 2008. Belafonte had two children with second wife, dancer Julie Robinson, as well as two other children from his first marriage, to Marguerite Byrd.

Early Career
Dropping out of high school, Belafonte enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. He returned to New York City after his discharge, and was working as a janitor’s assistant when he first attended a production at the American Negro Theater (AMT). Mesmerized by the performance, the young Navy vet volunteered to work for the AMT as a stagehand, eventually deciding to become an actor.

Belafonte studied drama at the Dramatic Workshop run by Erwin Piscator, where his classmates included Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau and Bea Arthur. Along with appearing in AMT productions, he caught the eye of music agent Monte Kay, who offered Belafonte the opportunity to perform at a jazz club called the Royal Roost. Backed by such talented musicians as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, Belafonte became a popular act at the club. In 1949 he landed his first recording deal.

For complete bio:
Biography.com
https://www.biography.com/people/harry-belafonte-12103211
(Accessed on 03/01/2019)

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Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler

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On this Date;
Feb. 24, 1864

First African-American woman to become a physician in the United States

Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler
Born: February 8, 1831
Died: March 9, 1895

was an American physician.
In 1831, Rebecca Davis Lee was born in Delaware to Matilda Webber and Absolum Davis. She was raised in Pennsylvania by an aunt who cared for infirm neighbors. She moved to Charlestown, Massachusetts, by 1852 and was employed as a nurse until she was accepted into the New England Female Medical College in 1860.

When she graduated Feb. 24, 1864, Rebecca Lee (later Crumpler) was the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree, and the only African-American woman to graduate from New England Female Medical College.

Crumpler first practiced medicine in Boston, primarily for poor women and children. During this time she “sought training in the ‘British Dominion'”.

After the American Civil War ended in 1865, she moved to Richmond, Virginia, believing it to be “a proper field for real missionary work, and one that would present ample opportunities to become acquainted with the diseases of women and children.

Crumpler worked for the Freedmen’s Bureau to provide medical care to freed slaves; She was subject to “intense racism”: “men doctors snubbed her, druggist balked at filling her prescriptions, and some people wisecracked that the M.D. behind her name stood for nothing more than ‘Mule Driver'”.

Rebecca married Dr. Arthur Crumpler around the time of her graduation. She “entered into the work with renewed vigor, practicing outside, and receiving children in the house for treatment; regardless, in a measure, of remuneration.”

She was no longer practicing medicine by 1883 when she wrote A Book of Medical Discourses from the notes she kept over the course of her medical career. It was dedicated to nurses and mothers, and focused on the medical care of women and children.

Crumpler died on March 9, 1895.

The Rebecca Lee Society, one of the first medical societies for African-American women, was named in her honor.

February 2019 Change Gospel Magazine

Check out this Months Issue of Change Gospel Magazine at:
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Please read all the Wonderful Articles by these gifted writers. Also my article about H.H. Fowler’s Books in The Behind Closed Doors Series on Pages 26 to Pages 28 in the format of A Book Reviews in three books in this series. Please click on the link above. I want to personally gives gratitude to David Fowler Hawkins and his lovely wife Kerise Wynter Hawkins for allowing me to write my Articles in Change Gospel Magazine. Also please like the Change Gospel Magazine Facebook Page below: Be Blessed!!!!

I Am Nat Turner

Nat Turner was an African-American slave who led a two-day rebellion of slaves and free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831. The rebellion caused the death of approximately sixty white men, women and children. Whites organized militias and called out regular troops to suppress the uprising.
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Black Ownership Isn’t The Answer To The Prison Problem

This Article is from PushBlack

Could Black-owned prisons be the solution 💡 to our incarceration problem? One misguided entrepreneur thinks so. Here’s where she went wrong.

The Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, was making national headlines for its deteriorating conditions, like no heat or electricity, and suffering inmates, according to reports.

Her outrageous idea got deservedly dragged. Still, let’s talk about the issue with this line of thinking. Prisons are directly linked to the institution of slavery. In fact, mass incarceration started as a replacement for slavery.

Sure, there were some Black people who had their own enslaved labor force, but it didn’t make the system of slavery any better! Further, privatized prisons have profit incentives, which is a REALLY BAD IDEA, Black-owned or not. Here’s why.

Private prison companies, like GEO Group and CoreCivic (formerly known as CCA), are connected to efforts to create laws that target Black people. Just as the Black Codes after slavery did. So, let’s be clear: the answer to prisons? It DEFINITELY isn’t a Black investment in them.

The Golden Thirteen

February 16, 1944: The Golden Thirteen began training.

This group was the 1st African-American Naval officer-training group in America.

In January of that year, the Naval officer corps was all white. Though there were some 100,000 African-American enlisted men in the Navy, none were officers. In response to growing pressure from American civil rights organizations, the leaders of the Navy reluctantly tackled commissioning a few as officers.

16 Black enlisted men were summoned to Camp Robert Smalls, Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois; they included Jesse W. Arbor, Samuel Barnes, Philip Barnes, Dalton Baugh, George C. Cooper, Reginald Goodwin, James E. Hair, Graham E. Martin, Dennis Nelson, John W. Reagan, Frank E. Sublett Jr., William S. White, Charles Lear, Lewis Williams, J. B. Pinkney, and A. Alves. All the men had demonstrated excellent leadership abilities as enlisted men.

The pace was demanding and forced the sixteen men to band together so that all could succeed.

During their officer candidate training, they compiled a class average of 3.89, a record that has yet to be broken.

Although all passed the course, in March 1944, 13 of the group made history when they became the U.S. Navy’s 1st African-American commissioned and warrant officers on active duty. Twelve were commissioned as ensigns; the thirteenth was made a warrant officer. They became known as the Golden Thirteen.

Only one of the Golden Thirteen made a career of the Navy. The others made their marks in civilian life after World War II.
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Dr. Bernard Harris

February 9, 1995: Dr. Bernard Harris became the 1st Black person to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk), during the second of his two Space Shuttle flights.

ORGANIZATIONS & HONORS:
🚀Harris is a member of many professional,academic and service organizations, including the American College of Physicians, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

🚀He is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Houston, National Math and Science Initiative, Medical Informatics, Technology and Applications Center, Houston Technology Center, and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Board of Scientific Counselors.

🚀He has been recognized several times by NASA and other organizations for his professional and academic achievements.

🚀In 1996 he received an honorary doctorate from the Morehouse College School of Medicine. He later received honorary doctorates from Stonybrook University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Houston.

🚀He has also received a NASA Space flight medal, a NASA Award of Merit, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.

🚀In 2005, the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas named a middle school under construction after Harris. The Bernard Harris Middle School opened August 14, 2006, to have a capacity of 1500 students.

🚀In 2007, Dr. Harris joined the board of the National Math and Science Initiative.

🚀In 2008, he appeared in Microsoft’s “I’m a P.C.” ad campaign. Harris also gave a keynote speech at the Exxon Mobil Texas State Science and Engineering Fair.

🚀In 2009, he was elected Vice President of the American Telemedicine Association. He was elected President of the American Telemedicine Association in 2011, serving for a one-year term that ended in 2012.

🚀In 2010, he was part of the Dream Tour where he travelled to over 30 schools around the country.

🚀Currently, Dr. Harris is CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative and President and Chief Executive Officer of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital accelerator, that invests in early-stage companies in Medical Informatics and Technology.

Ruby Bridges

Black History Month Lesson:

Ruby Bridges

At the tender age of six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the FIRST African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South.

Born on September 8, 1954, Bridges was the oldest of five children for Lucille and Abon Bridges, farmers in Tylertown, Mississippi. When Ruby was two years old, her parents moved their family to New Orleans, Louisiana in search of better work opportunities.

Ruby and her mother were escorted by four federal marshals to the school every day that year. She walked past crowds screaming vicious slurs at her. Undeterred, she later said she only became frightened when she saw a woman holding a black baby doll in a coffin. She spent her first day in the principal’s office due to the chaos created as angry white parents pulled their children from school. Ardent segregationists withdrew their children permanently. Ruby ate lunch alone and sometimes played with her teacher at recess, but she never missed a day of school that year.

PLEASE NOTE: this was not that long ago!!!

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Black is beautiful. ❤ #LookUpandBeyond