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Madam C. J. Walker

Featured in Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

The first child in her family born into freedom, Madam C. J. Walker (1867–1919) overcame being orphaned and widowed before the age of twenty to become America’s first female self-made millionaire. Her success is even more extraordinary given that it occurred in the face of the worst Jim Crow laws of the time. As a single mother, she worked for $1.50 a day as a laundress and cook so she could send her daughter to school. Lacking access to regular bathing facilities, she started losing a great deal of hair. At the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, she met a woman, Annie Malone, who was selling cosmetic products for African-Americans. Among the products was “The Great Wonderful Hair Grower.” Madam Walker quickly became a client, and then a sales agent for Malone. A year later she relocated to Denver for family and started her own namesake hair product line.

There’s debate as to whether Annie Malone or Madam Walker was the first to cross the millionaire line, but there is no arguing that Walker had the advantage of being a marketing genius. She sold “The Walker System” of hair products and with them, the image of a new lifestyle and hair culture. For example, she used black women in the before-and-after photos for her product—prior to her ads, the after photos would show a white woman. Within five years, she expanded her company to include over three thousand sales agents, and her detailed training pamphlets taught them skills to develop a refined personal image. At her business conventions, she gave awards to not only the top sellers but also the saleswomen who gave the most to charity. She became the first large employer of African-American women and was a generous philanthropist during her life and after—she left two-thirds of future net profits of her estate to charity.

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Name: Kariah
Age: 19
Country: USA

Im just looking for cool people to talk to and get to know. I wanna make some cool Internet friends. I love music I lot. Im a music production Major in college. I write a lot!
I like movies,Anime,Kpop and I love to laugh. Im open to all people of all genders,race,religion and sexuality. Just no bigots!!!! No form of racism,homophobia,transphobia ect. Will be tolerated from me. I am a African American Female if that matters.

Preferences: Age I would prefer 17+ but anyone can talk to me if they want.


Decided to be daring today and do a photo shoot completely raw. No makeup, no product in my hair, natural light. If you follow my blog, you probably know that I’ve had some insecurities in my past about my looks, so this felt a bit weird. Turns out, I don’t mid the way I look completely raw :) diverseiridescentbeings

The Book of Negroes (2014)

Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century.

A very gripping and moving story. Excellent acting by everyone especially Aunjanue Ellis. 

One of the best short TV series I have seen lately. I hope there will be Emmys  for BET, the director/s, producers and the leads! They did a fabulous job.

A few years ago, I read 12 Years a Slave, and this TV show brought back all the memories from that book. It is a very moving and powerful account of one of the darkest parts of human history.

I really enjoyed seeing the story from a woman’s perspective.

Don’t miss it!

Soul food restaurants and the Civil Rights movement have an intimate history. African-American historian Maurice Hobson, Ph.D. visited the historic Paschal’s Restaurant to meet with Eby Marshall Slack, the only surviving member of the Paschal’s original staff. In true southern fashion, Professor Hobson and Mr. Slack sat down for brunch to discuss the origins of the restaurant/motor hotel, its involvement and impact on the civil rights movement, the Paschal Brothers lasting legacy and the soul food.


Wanna take the time to say that there is a difference between skin bleaching and toning or evening your skin tone.

My neck and face are much darker than the rest of my body and it’s a little harder for me to tan my body. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and dark blotches on my face that I’m trying to even out.

Black Israelites Say Whites Are Possessed by the Devil

In case you missed it, neo-Nazis were supposed to take New York City, and much of America, by storm on March 15. It was all part of a scheme hatched on the white-supremacist chat rooms of Stormfront. They called for a national “white man’s March.” Unsurprisingly, the planned nationwide protest ended up being a complete dud. I know, because I spent the day scouring Manhattan looking for fascists. 

They were no shows at Grand Army Plaza near Central Park, where they had planned to congregate. Nor were they on hand in Queens, where they had advertised a barbecue party that day in front of the outlet strip mall on Jamaica Avenue, which is heavily trafficked by African Americans and West Indians. The only other white person around on Jamaica Avenue that afternoon, besides myself, was a dude handing out yoga-studio flyers. Instead of hitting the streets, many of this country’s racist white folks rang in “white man’s March” by lazily posting photos of themselves holding white-pride banners on the internet. 

But that’s not to say I didn’t find racists on March 15; they just weren’t white. In Queens, I came upon a group of about a dozen individuals lined up in a row, wearing purple robes with faux-gold edging in front of the Jamaica Center shopping complex. 

If you live in a major American city, you may have encountered a variation of the scene I witnessed: men who look like they’ve wandered off the set of an all–African American production of Jesus Christ Superstar, soapboxing on the street corner to puzzled passersby. While the first rule of advertising is to keep it short, with these guys the message travels a long, windy route through the Book of Deuteronomy and other texts before arriving at the takeaway: Black people are the real Jews, and white people are possessed by Satan. 

When I asked the strange group of men who was in charge, I was directed toward a robed gentleman who said, “People call us the Black Israelites. But that’s not right. We are the Israelites.”

Their garments read “Israelites United in Christ” in a font that looked as if it had been borrowed from a poster for Disney's Aladdin. There on the street, one fellow read from a Bible, overseen keenly by a preacher who would interrupt him periodically and interpret the text. The gist of the message from what I could gather was, “Down with the white man’s science.” 


GSWS professors stay busy over the summer. Check out this publication Dr. Lomax just released!

Womanist and Black Feminst Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions

African American playwright, actor, television producer and filmmaker Tyler Perry is an American cultural phenomenon. Perry has made over half a billion dollars through the development of films, plays, and television series that center storylines about bla ck women, black communities and black religion. The success of a Tyler Perry Production, coupled with Perry’s participation in a range of media and in multiple roles as creator and actor, position him as a significant site of black religious and cultural e xpression, and thus critical inquiry and reflection. Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions examines Perry’s works from interdisciplinary perspectives and provides a necessary response to Perry’s current prominence regarding black representation, black religion and black cultural production.

LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College, USA. Tamura A. Lomax is Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.

Carol B. Duncan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
Ava DuVernay Celebrates Minorities Behind the Camera at ‘Queen Sugar’ Premiere
Ava DuVernay made it clear that casting minorities in front of and behind the camera was a conscious effort on her part at the premiere of OWN’s newest family drama, “Queen Sugar."
By Mannie Holmes

“Ava DuVernay made it clear that casting minorities in front of and behind the camera was a conscious effort on her part at the premiere of OWN’s newest family drama, “Queen Sugar.“ 

 We had a majority women and people of color writer’s room,” the creator-producer-director told the crowd after introducing her team. She then waved for her African-American female post-production supervisor to come onstage. “A lot of people do not know that there is this position, and they don’t know that a sister can do it.”

The applause continued as Duvernay introduced her all-female directing team, who she hand-picked to tell the story this season. “Some of these women have been trying to work in television, had doors closed to them, that’s the kind of industry we work in. You can make beautiful films that go to Berlin, Cannes, South By [Southwest], Sundance, and yet you can’t get an episode on television in Hollywood.”

“Bringing not just diversity, but inclusion of people who probably in many points would not have an opportunity to to go in and direct a series like this, that was the statement,” exec producer Oprah Winfrey asserted on the carpet.”  

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