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Moore dodges the press as harassment scandal spirals
Democrat Doug Jones is vastly outspending the damaged Alabama GOP Senate candidate on the airwaves.

Roy Moore and his Democratic opponent are hunkering down in the final three weeks of Alabama’s blockbuster Senate campaign, eschewing big public events as they try to manage an election that has exploded beyond their control.

Moore, the Republican nominee rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct, has not scheduled any public events open to the press this week as his campaign hopes to avoid stirring further controversy before the December 12 special election. Democrat Doug Jones wants to distract from Moore’s troubles as little as possible in the closing days of the red-state race, instead working behind the scenes to energize African-Americans and other key groups and unleashing a torrent of TV advertising reminding voters of the accusations against Moore…

Jones has refrained from weighing in often about the Moore accusations since the first story broke, when his campaign issued a one-sentence statement calling on Moore to “answer these serious charges.” He’s said he’s content to focus on the issues and allow others to question Moore. But the Democrat has also aired hundreds of TV ads per day in the past week featuring Republican voters saying they can’t back Moore and urging support for Jones, according to Advertising Analytics.“You read the story and it just shakes you,” one woman says in the ad.

“I’m another Republican for Doug Jones,” another woman says.
Nasa honours legendary 'human computer’ Katherine Johnson with research facility in her name
One of Nasa’s “human computers”, who helped plan the mission that saw an American astronaut orbit the Earth for the first time, has opened a new research centre named in her honour.

“One of Nasa’s “human computers”, who helped plan the mission that saw an American astronaut orbit the Earth for the first time, has opened a new research centre named in her honour.

The key contribution of Katherine Johnson, 99, and other African-American women to the US space programme was recounted in the film Hidden Figures, which gave overdue recognition to their work. The film was the highest grossing Best Picture nominee at the Oscars.

The maths involved in the orbital mission was highly complex, and the computers of the day were prone to technical hiccups.

So as astronaut John Glenn was going through the preflight checklist – upon which his life depended – he insisted that Ms Johnson double check the calculations.

“If she says they’re good,” Ms Johnson remembered Mr Glenn saying, “then I’m ready to go.”

Read the full piece here

Congratulations Katherine Johnson!!!


Black History Month (Year 3) | Day 11 | Static, Static Shock

Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Robert. L. Washington III. He first appeared in Static #1 in June of 1993. He full name is Virgil Ovid Hawkins, which is the same name of the first African American male to go to law school. Static was a key character and staple in the Milestone Comics line-up. In 1997, Milestone stopped publishing comics which left Static up in the air until September of 2000 when the WB (now CW) released Static Shock. The animated series series lasted four whole seasons which lead to the rebirth of Static in the comic world. Static Shock: Rebirth of Cool, a comic book miniseries, was released in 2001 and in 2009 the trade paperback of the series was nominated for a Glyph Comics Award for Best Reprint Collection.

In 2008, Static joined the mainstream of the DC Universe where he would be added to the Teen Titans. He made his first canonical appearance in Terror Titans #4. In September 2011, as part of an effort to better integrate Static into the DC Universe, DC relaunched a new Static Shock series which takes place in New York City instead of Dakota (where Static is originally from).

Aside from his own, Static has had other appearances in a number of different television shows and films. He appears in Batman Beyond, Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice: Invasion, and Justice League: War (cameo, first appearance in a DC Film). During his series’ original run he has crossed paths with the Justice League, he teams up with them to take down Brainiac.

Static has the extraordinary ability of creating, conducting, and manipulating electricity. Otherwise known as electromagnetic phenomena generation. He is capable of interacting with wireless communications, and grows to eventually become an expert scientist, inventor, and strategist.

In the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, there is a framed copy of Static #1 on the wall in Will & Carlton’s pool house.

Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the anthem of the United States of America, was a slaveowner with a complicated relationship with slavery. He publicly criticized cruelty to slaves. As a lawyer he represented several slaves seeking their freedom in court, and he took their cases for free. Key was also a founding member of the American Colonization Society, which aimed ease relations between blacks and whites in the United States by sending African-Americans to their own colony in Africa.

However, Key owned slaves. In fact he likely owned at least one slave when he wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. As a lawyer, Key also represented several masters seeking return of their runaway slaves. He left the American Colonization Society’s board in 1833 when it became more pro-abolition. And when Francis Scott Key became the U.S. Attorney, he used his position to suppress abolitionist publications and to prosecute abolitionists.

So in the end, despite moral qualms about the treatment of slaves, Francis Scott Key supported slavery and did what he could to maintain it.

ANA MARIE COX: Maybe I’m a romantic, but I do think of librarians as inherently radical. There’s something political about access to information.

CARLA HAYDEN: And it has been throughout history. Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” If you can absorb information yourself and make your own decisions, that’s a freedom. And for so many times in history, being able to read and access information has been part of it, especially in my case, with African-Americans.
Multiracial Female Faceclaims

Under the cut you will find a masterlist of one hundred and seventy-seven multiracial female faceclaims. The list is organized by ethnicity, and for obvious reasons many faceclaims will repeat from category to category.  I hope this will assist admins in diversifying their roleplays, as well as accurately casting families. If anyone has any suggestions for faceclaims to be added to this list,  please send me a message. This masterlist will be updated fairly often.

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The original black Kings of Comedy

Photograph of Bert Williams (left) and George Walker, ca. 1898.

Bert Williams (1874-1922) was one of the preeminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians (of any race) at the time. He became the first black American to take a lead role on the Broadway stage, as well as the only black performer to sign with Ziegfeld Follies (1910-1918). Fellow vaudevillian W.C. Fields, who appeared in productions with Williams, described him as “the funniest man I ever saw – and the saddest man I ever knew.” Williams was a key figure in the development of African-American entertainment. In an age when racial inequality and stereotyping were commonplace, he became the first black American to take a lead role on the Broadway stage, and did much to push back racial barriers during his career.

Williams met George Walker in San Francisco in 1893 and the two formed what became the most successful comedy team of their time. They staged several vaudeville shows and full musical theater productions, including Senegambian Carnival (1897), The Policy Players (1899), The Sons of Ham (1900), In Dahomey (1902)…their biggest hit, Abyssinia (1906), and Bandana Land (1907). When George took ill and retired in 1908, Bert continued working and shared his earnings with him until he died in 1911.

Williams was also one of the most prolific black performers on recordings, making around 80 recordings from 1901-22. Indeed, his first recording sessions with George Walker for the Victor Company in 1901 are considered the first recordings by black performers for a major recording company.

Williams died in New York City on March 4, 1922 after contracting pneumonia while on tour.

Source: Library of Congress, Wikipedia

to anyone saying that “the musical hamilton is racist, anti-black, and romanticized/inaccurate” please realize a few things
1. the very aim of the musical itself is to reclaim history and musical theatre for POC
2. many of the actors are african-american and play key parts of historically white figures, the cast was cast by talent, not to purposely flip the races
4. everything we KNOW about american history is romanticized. that is how records of history come to be. the founders of our nation were flawed people, and they are very much played as such in this show
5. lin has come forward and acknowledged many a historical inaccuracy/inconsistency. for the sake of the show, not every fact will remain perfect and not every fact will make it into the show. history is subjective based on its point of view, a theme that is found common within this show

please listen to lin-manuel talk about the aims and his casting of his show, there are more than a few interviews out there, before you make uneducated statements. in words of his, “i don’t want to fight, but i won’t apologize for doing what’s right.”

I’ve said this many times but sometimes it pops in my mind and I’m all like “yeah! So true”. Anyway, I consider myself a black woman but when people ask what I am I said I’m half black half white. I’m not ashamed of my white side, I’m proud of who I am, there is nothing wrong with being white. What bothers me is when mulattos, people who have one black and white white parent, are called not real black people. Like I’ve gotten messages saying “I don’t know why you think you’re black, your half white”. Okay but that’s not what’s really bothering me, what realllllyyy annoys me is the fact that Alisha Keys is considered an African American woman by these same people, you know she’s half right?? Is she considerd black because her skin is darker than mine? You can’t pick and choose what mulattos you accept as a black person.

anonymous asked:

I want to dress fairy kei but I have curly natural african-american hair so I feel like I can't, but then I feel like I don't want to wear a wig because I feel like it will clash with my dark skin. What should I do?

PASTELS WILL DEFINITELY SUIT YOUR DARK SKIN, in fact often it looks amazing on darker skin tones because the colours stands out more! If you want to try one, please don’t be worried about wearing a pastel wig ; o ;

But more importantly, natural hair looks amazing in fairy kei! There are so many things you can do with it, such as putting little bows and clips all over it, using hair chalk on particular curls, braiding it, putting it in twin buns… there are loads of adorable styles, just waiting for you to try them~

I have just made a natural hair tag, which features afro and african hair types – sadly there isn’t much content in it yet, but I also have a skin tag which features some more hair inspo, as well as some skin related asks which you may find useful! 

Please don’t let anything or anyone hold you back from wearing fairy kei, you’ll look amazing ♥
In African-American Communities, Growing Interest In Home-Schooling
When it comes to teaching their children at home, African-Americans often cite different reasons than white families.

The key question, she says, is why these families are deciding to leave traditional schools. Research suggests black families often choose to home school for very different reasons than white families.

“White home-schoolers, the No. 1 reason they give when asked is religion,” Mazama says. “For the black families, it was not the case at all. It was racism.”

This is particularly interesting, she says, because African-Americans are consistently the most religious subgroup in America. They pray more. They go to church more.

“And yet, religion was not No. 1, not No. 2, not No. 3.”