Mabel Hampton was a famous African-American lesbian activist.
She was a dancer in New York City in the 1920s, where she starred in all-black productions during the Harlem Renaissance. Mabel Hampton was in a romantic relationship with Lillian Foster, for 46 years until Foster’s death.
On a meager income, she managed to make many financial contributions to many gay and lesbian organizations.
Hampton collected memorabilia, letters, and other records documenting her history, providing a window into the lives of black women and lesbians during the Harlem Renaissance. She left a legacy of invaluable archival materials to the Lesbian Herstory Archives. She also marched in the first National Gay and Lesbian March on Washington. Then in 1984, she spoke before thousands of onlookers at New York City Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade, where, she is quoted as saying, “I, Mabel Hampton, have been a lesbian all my life, for 82 years, and I am proud of myself and my people. I would like all my people to be free in this country and all over the world, my gay people and my black people.”
The Creatress Black Woman: My Black Herstory/History Month Contribution
I’ve been studying general Black History for over a decade while focusing specifically on black herstory because of the worsening of anti-black woman attacks and slander. This is why I created my Original Black Woman and Fighting Misogynoir platforms. It is my belief that knowing AND telling OUR OWN story coupled with some BWE and dark wisdom is the SINGLE thing that will re-evaluate black woman back to our original glory.
Even in my hotep days I saw AND acknowledged how black women’s her-story has been overshadowed during general discussions and or celebrations of Black History. Hoteps would shout, “Black Women are the Mothers of the Earth.” This is certainly true, however they talk as if giving birth to black people and the rest of humanity if the ONLY thing that black women did in history. I’m tired of it. This is why we and only we need to tell our own her-story.
Black Women didn’t just birth humanity and black people we birth civilization, culture, spirituality and divinity and everything in between. This is what it means when it is said WE ARE THE FIRST CAUSE and or CREATRESS of all things, if it weren’t for black women, nothing would be possible. This is what the diagram above explains. Black Women ARE THE ONLY group of people who can claim the titles of first cause, the first human, the first (original) woman, the alpha woman amongst many others, this is one of the PRIMARY reasons why black women catch so much hell on this planet.
I will be putting this on a shirt.
Happy Black History Month!
Happy Black Her-story Month!
R.J. Robinson aka The Original Black Woman aka Fighting Misogynoir
So! Let’s talk about Barbara Jordan…
Who was she?
Only one of the most badass queer women you will ever hear about. She was the FIRST southern black woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives. That’s right. SOUTHERN.
The gal was born in Houston Texas February 21, 1936. Raised there. And died in Austin Texas in 1996. But not before leaving behind a legacy for all queer folk, Texans, colored folk, women, and the like to aspire to. And in the 60s no less.
Was she a lesbian or a bisexual? We’ll never know for sure because she was never out publically in her lifetime, but her obituary in the Houston Chronicle mentioned her 20 - year relationship with Nancy Earl.
Whether L or B in LGBT+, today seems like as good a day as any to spread the word about this amazing Woman who loved another woman.
So get ready for an obscure black history fact a day, because we all know about MLK, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.
I want to introduce you guys to Philippa Schuyler:
Given the current Hamilton craze, I thought you guys might enjoy this one. Philippa was the daughter of one George Schuyler, a black essayist, and Josephine Cogdell, a white model. Her great-great-grandfather is believed to be a black soldier who worked for Philip Schuyler (yes, Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law) and adopted his last name.
It is reported that Philippa could read and write as early as age 2 and was composing music at the age of 5. She was so talented that the New York mayor at the time would visit her home just to hear her play. She began touring in her adolescent years, but became disillusioned with music when she discovered her parents set out to see if a prodigy could be created.
As she grew older she became more aware of the racial and gender stereotypes she encountered in the US and spent more of her time playing overseas. In her 30s she gave up music entirely to join her father in the journalism field. She was a vocal feminist and never married.
While traveling to Vietnam as a war correspondent, the helicopter she was a passenger on went on a mission to rescue Vietnamese orphans. Unfortunately, it crashed into the sea. Although Philippa survived the initial crash, she could not swim and drowned. She was 35.
The Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York is dedicated to preserving her memory.
White history professor: Martin Luther King Jr was only a Republican because he was brainwashed to think the parties never switched.
So… MLK, who grew up during the race riots, was a political and social activist, fully functioning adult who knew how to use a radio, news paper, and TV to get news, is apparently too stupid to know what’s going on? First off, that’s sounds seriously racist. Secondly, MLK wasn’t stupid; he saw the liberal movement and knew exactly what they stood for… not for racial equality, but for slavery, black lynchings, and Asian concentration camps, even after the mythological party switch.
So I sit here wandering… Is Martin Luther King Jr really the one brainwashed in this situation? I honestly don’t think so. 🙄
Born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Dandridge sang at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club and Apollo Theatre and became the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in the 1954 block buster hit “Carmen Jones”.
Dorothy has been called “one of the most stunning women who ever lived.” But her vocal and acting talents were legendary as well. Dandridge was pushed into show business at a young age by her mother and performed with her sister Vivian until her teenage years. Although her later years were troubled and her life was cut short on September 8, 1965 at the age of 42, her body of work has been an inspiration to many. Her ability to break new ground for African American women in film has drawn comparisons between her and baseball great Jackie Robinson.
Author Octavia E. Butler is known for blending science fiction with African-American spiritualism.
A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field.
In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed the “Genius Grant"
Before dystopian fiction like "The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” reflected an increasingly diverse society, there was Octavia E. Butler, one of few African-American authors to become a prominent name in the white-dominated universe of science fiction with a career that included publishing the Patternmaster series, the Xenogenesis Trilogy, the celebrated historical fantasy Kindred, and the highly praised dystopian saga The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents, among other works.Her work helped define the literary cornerstone of Afrofuturism, then an emerging movement that draws from science fiction and fantasy with a socially conscious bend.
Octavia Estelle Butler was a leading light of the science fiction world, black, a woman, a lesbian.
To date, she is the only science fiction writer to receive one of the genius grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
By the time she died of a stroke at age 58 in 2006, Butler had amassed international acclaim among fans of speculative fiction, a combination of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
He later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the Mexican wild yam. His work helped greatly reduce the cost of steroid intermediates to large multinational pharmaceutical companies, helping to significantly expand the use of several important drugs.
During his lifetime he received more than 130 chemical patents. Julian was one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry. He was the first African-American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the second African-American scientist inducted from any field.
Dandridge, was an American radio and film actress and the mother Academy Award-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge.
After divorcing her husband, Ruby Dandridge became involved with her companion, Geneva Williams.