soulbrotherv2:

James Forten’s birth is marked on this date, September 2, in 1766. He was a Black businessman and abolitionist.

From Philadelphia and born of free Black parents, Forten served in the Continental Army as a powder boy at the age of fifteen. After being part of a crew captured by the British and spending seven months in prison he returned to America, working as a sail maker for a man named Robert Bridges. Upon the death of his employer, Forten bought the company and as an inventor-entrepreneur of a sail-handling device, he built a highly successful business. He was among those in the city of brotherly love who formed the independent Bethel AME Church in 1787.

soulbrotherv2:

James Forten’s birth is marked on this date, September 2, in 1766. He was a Black businessman and abolitionist.

From Philadelphia and born of free Black parents, Forten served in the Continental Army as a powder boy at the age of fifteen. After being part of a crew captured by the British and spending seven months in prison he returned to America, working as a sail maker for a man named Robert Bridges. Upon the death of his employer, Forten bought the company and as an inventor-entrepreneur of a sail-handling device, he built a highly successful business. He was among those in the city of brotherly love who formed the independent Bethel AME Church in 1787.

brettely88:

As If I Didn’t Like This Dude Enough, Watching Him On Insides The Actors Studio Made Me Like & Respect Him Even More. If He’s What Society Considers ‘Crazy’ I’m Even More Okay With The Fact I’m Called Crazy Than I Was Before.. Real Talk.

(Source: laidbackliberty)

infinitylooper:

Something to think about:

The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Let’s scale that to 46 years.
We have been here for 4 hours. Our industrial revolution began 1 minute ago.
In that time, we have destroyed more than 50% of the world’s forests.

This isn’t sustainable.

starheartshooter:

wow so I redrew a comic I posted on instagram cause it’s really relevant atm


—-#truth

starheartshooter:

wow so I redrew a comic I posted on instagram cause it’s really relevant atm

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#truth


Antoinette Tuff: Meet the Woman Who Prevented a Mass School Shooting Yesterday
Fortunately, Tuesday’s gunman incident at an elementary school near Atlanta ended with no injuries or deaths. This is mainly thanks to Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk who spent about an hour calmly persuading the gunman to put his rifle down and surrender.
Tuff feared the worst when she encountered the gunman carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and other weapons in her school office. She told reporters, “I saw a young man ready to kill anybody that he could.” Approximately 870 pre-kindergarten to fifth grade students at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia were safely evacuated during the incident. While the gunman exchanged some shots with the police, no one was hurt.
Tuff told Atlanta’s local news station that the 20-year-old gunman was able to pass the school’s security because he followed a parent who had not shut the door. She immediately began speaking with the gunman in an attempt to reason with him. The gunman told her he had nothing to live for before loading his gun. “I just started talking to him … I let him know what was going on with me and that it would be OK,” she said. “I give it all to God, I’m not the hero. I was terrified.”
She told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that much of her conversation focused not only on trying to understand the gunman, but also on trying to get the gunman to relate to her. “I just started telling him stories,” she said, and things like, “You don’t have to die today.” Tuff told him a story of tragedy in her own life, and explained to reporters that she simply asked him to put his weapons down and surrender to police. She “talked him through it” by reminding him that “life will still bring about turns, but we can learn from it.”
source


——This is real. And should be all across media.

Antoinette Tuff: Meet the Woman Who Prevented a Mass School Shooting Yesterday

Fortunately, Tuesday’s gunman incident at an elementary school near Atlanta ended with no injuries or deaths. This is mainly thanks to Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk who spent about an hour calmly persuading the gunman to put his rifle down and surrender.

Tuff feared the worst when she encountered the gunman carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and other weapons in her school office. She told reporters, “I saw a young man ready to kill anybody that he could.” Approximately 870 pre-kindergarten to fifth grade students at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia were safely evacuated during the incident. While the gunman exchanged some shots with the police, no one was hurt.

Tuff told Atlanta’s local news station that the 20-year-old gunman was able to pass the school’s security because he followed a parent who had not shut the door. She immediately began speaking with the gunman in an attempt to reason with him. The gunman told her he had nothing to live for before loading his gun. “I just started talking to him … I let him know what was going on with me and that it would be OK,” she said. “I give it all to God, I’m not the hero. I was terrified.”

She told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that much of her conversation focused not only on trying to understand the gunman, but also on trying to get the gunman to relate to her. “I just started telling him stories,” she said, and things like, “You don’t have to die today.” Tuff told him a story of tragedy in her own life, and explained to reporters that she simply asked him to put his weapons down and surrender to police. She “talked him through it” by reminding him that “life will still bring about turns, but we can learn from it.”

source

——
This is real. And should be all across media.

(Source: yamino)

diasporicroots:

kilele:

Wrestling In Senegal [Laamb] By Olivier Asselin

via androphilia:

History of Laamb

Traditional wrestling, also known as “Laamb” in Wolof, is a centuries-old sport in Sénégal. In terms of form, it is very similar to the Greco-Roman style of wrestling; however, it is very typical of traditional, African wrestling.
There are two forms of Laamb: the first allows the wrestlers to strike each other with their bare hands, which can be painful; the second is more acrobatic, and hitting is not permitted. When a wrestler’s back touches the ground, the bout is over; he has lost.
Laamb is as much a spiritual activity as it is physical; and wrestlers engage in various rites and rituals preparatory to fighting. No wrestler, regardless of his strength, physical, or technical abilities, will ever dare to enter the ring, much less fight, without his “marabout” or without participating in his own pre-match ceremony. During the ceremony, the wrestler, accompanied by drummers and singers, dances around the arena; around his arms, legs, and waist are various kinds of esoteric pendants or amulets the purpose of which is to protect him against evil spirits and the witchcraft of other fighters. It is this aspect of the sport which elevates a wrestling match beyond the level of ordinary spectator sport. Many people attend as much for the enjoyment of the ceremony as for the sport.

It’s carries on centuries of traditions,full of rituals, highly magical, islamo-animist mystique, fighter wears Gri-Gri amulets,oil themselves with magic lotions prepared by each warrior appointed marabout, with milk also, band of Griots will beat the drums (called sabar) inciting wrestlers to fight!

In spite of the popularity of soccer, basketball, and other imported sports, traditional wrestling is still the national event for the people, and receives a lot of sponsorship dollars to advance its growth. National champions are crowned and praised as the subject of numerous songs.

Origins

It used to be practised in the countryside at the end of the harvest, amongst the Serer and Diola ethnic groups. Wrestlers face up to each other, and the winner is the one who causes his adversary to fall to the ground first. This jousting battle used to be a means of measuring the strength of men, to determine the champion of each village.

It was practiced to rejoice, perpetuate cultural folklore, and to designate the strongest man of the village who will become the champion wrestler until the next year.

During French colonization of Senegal, these fights continued to take place in the bush, without the occupiers really knowing much about them. However it was a Frenchman who organized the first official fights in the 1920’s in his cinema El Malik in the capital, Dakar. The wrestlers were paid thanks to ticket sales. It was around this time that a form of the sport began in which wrestlers could also hit their opponents (wrestling with strikes).

After independence, this form of the sport slowly became professional and took hold in towns and cities.

Sources:

http://bone-2-bone.blogspot.com/2009/08/placeholder.html?zx=bc47521eeb119a2

http://www.reportagebygettyimages.com/features/senegalese-wrestling/

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My people — quite sure in a descendant of the Senegalese. I look way too much like these folks lol

mindofataurus:



Christopher Gray, 21, a Drexel University junior and CEO/Founder of Scholly, has found a way to make finding those scholarships easier.
Gray himself has been very successful in finding scholarship funds.  He is known as the “Million-Dollar Scholar” after being awarded $1.3 million in scholarships.
Over the past three years, Gray has also helped other families manually scour through databases, and figured, “Hey, I need something that can help.  There has to be a faster way.”
Gray developed the answer in the form of Scholly, an app that uses eight specific parameters, like state, GPA, or race, to instantly filter through a deep directory of scholarships available for the prospective student.
“It’s extremely simple,” says Gray and that ultimately was the goal.
“The fact that it’s on the mobile (phone) really hits the audience,” says Soham Bhonsle, 21, a Scholly user and Drexel University senior. “It serves the need of its time. We want it on the go.”
Nicholas Pirollo, chief technological officer for Scholly, also offers that apps optimize searches compared to standard websites because they are more tailored to specific needs.
A recent study, conducted by Sallie Mae, shows that 39% of families used scholarship funds to pay for college during the 2012-2013 academic year and Scholly connects users with relevant scholarships in about five minutes.  Scholly’s database is updated monthly to remove scholarships that are no longer available, add scholarships, and refresh deadlines.
There is money out there to go to school.  Scholly has more than 10,000 downloads of the $0.99 app found in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Scholly’s costs are intentionally positioned at an affordable price to serve more people that need it and boast a potential big payoff.
“Pay 99 cents and you may get $5,000 or $6,000 in scholarships.”
Scholly helps put the power of funding your education in your hands.


I wanted to share with you guys this AMAZING scholarship app. 
Please reblog and share for your other followers! We all deserve to get an education, if we want, and scholarships help lessen the financial load.
SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE!
Good luck to all!!




—-Do that, brother.

mindofataurus:

Christopher Gray, 21, a Drexel University junior and CEO/Founder of Scholly, has found a way to make finding those scholarships easier.

Gray himself has been very successful in finding scholarship funds.  He is known as the “Million-Dollar Scholar” after being awarded $1.3 million in scholarships.

Over the past three years, Gray has also helped other families manually scour through databases, and figured, “Hey, I need something that can help.  There has to be a faster way.”

Gray developed the answer in the form of Scholly, an app that uses eight specific parameters, like state, GPA, or race, to instantly filter through a deep directory of scholarships available for the prospective student.

“It’s extremely simple,” says Gray and that ultimately was the goal.

“The fact that it’s on the mobile (phone) really hits the audience,” says Soham Bhonsle, 21, a Scholly user and Drexel University senior. “It serves the need of its time. We want it on the go.”

Nicholas Pirollo, chief technological officer for Scholly, also offers that apps optimize searches compared to standard websites because they are more tailored to specific needs.

A recent study, conducted by Sallie Mae, shows that 39% of families used scholarship funds to pay for college during the 2012-2013 academic year and Scholly connects users with relevant scholarships in about five minutes.  Scholly’s database is updated monthly to remove scholarships that are no longer available, add scholarships, and refresh deadlines.

There is money out there to go to school.  Scholly has more than 10,000 downloads of the $0.99 app found in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Scholly’s costs are intentionally positioned at an affordable price to serve more people that need it and boast a potential big payoff.

“Pay 99 cents and you may get $5,000 or $6,000 in scholarships.”

Scholly helps put the power of funding your education in your hands.

I wanted to share with you guys this AMAZING scholarship app. 

Please reblog and share for your other followers! We all deserve to get an education, if we want, and scholarships help lessen the financial load.

SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE!

Good luck to all!!

—-
Do that, brother.

eastafrodite:

Eritrea’s nine ethnic groups (from left to right):

  • The Afar people, also known as the Danakil, are an ethnic group in the Horn of Africa. They primarily live in the Afar region of Ethiopia, northern Djibouti and the southeastern region of Eritrea. The Afar people are primarily Sunni Muslim.
  • The Bilen people, also known as the Bogo or North Agaw, are an ethnic group in the Horn of Africa. They are primarily concentrated in central Eritrea, in and around the city of Keren, and south toward Asmara, the nation’s capital. The Bilen practice both Christianity and Islam.
  • The Hedareb people include the Beni-Amer people who have retained the use of the Beja language, the To-Bedawi (Hedareb). They also include the subtribes: Hashish, Labat, and Halenqua. The Hedareb people are predominately Sunni Muslims who typically live in the central highlands of Eritrea. Most Hedareb speakers speak at least one other language to assimilate to the majority, typically Arabic or Tigre. They are also one of the nine linguistically defined sub-nationalities of Eritrea.
  • The Kunama are a Nilotic people living in Eritrea and Ethiopia. 80% of Kunamas live in Eritrea yet make up only 2% of the population of Eritrea, where they are one of the smallest ethnic groups. Most of the estimated 100,000 Kunama live in the remote and isolated area between the Gash and Setit rivers near the border with Ethiopia. The Kunama speak a Nilo-Saharan language unrelated to the dominant languages in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Although some Kunama still practice traditional beliefs, most are Sunni Muslim or Orthodox Christians.
  • The Nara are a Nilotic ethnic group living in Eritrea and make up less than 1% of the population. The Nara people are generally Muslim, with a minority of people following Christianity and a few still practicing their indigenous beliefs. The Nara name means “Sky Heaven” and Speak a language called Nara-Bana, which means “Nara-Talk”. The Nara are divided into four subtribes, the Higir, Mogareb, Koyta, Santora. They are typically agrarian and today have settled mostly along the border with Sudan.
  • The Rashaida or Rashaayda are an Arab tribe populating Eritrea and north-east Sudan. In 1846, many Rashaida migrated from Hejaz in present day Saudi Arabia into Eritrea and north-east Sudan. The Rashaida are Arabs who kept their traditional dress, culture, customs, camel breeds and religion (Sunni Islam). The racing camel breeds of the Rashaida tribe are prized all over Sudan and the Arabian Peninsula and fetch very high prices. The Rashaida speak Hejazi Arabic.
  • The Saho, sometimes called Soho, are an ethnic group inhabiting the Horn of Africa. They are principally concentrated in the Southern and Northern Red Sea regions of Eritrea, but some also live in adjacent parts of Ethiopia. They speak Saho as a mother tongue, which belongs to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.
  • The Tigre are an ethnic group residing in Eritrea and Sudan. They are a nomadic and pastoralist people, related to the Tigray-Tigrinya people of Eritrea and Ethiopia and to the Beja people of Sudan. They are a predominantly Muslim nomadic people who inhabit the northern, western, and coastal lowlands of Eritrea (Gash-Barka, Anseba and Northern Red Sea regions of Eritrea), as well as areas in eastern Sudan. 99.5% of the Tigre people adhere to the Islamic religion Sunni Islam, but there are a considerable amount of Christians among them as well (often referred to as the Mensaï in Eritrea).
  • Tigray-Tigrinya are an ethnic group who live in the southern, central and northern parts of Eritrea and the northern highlands of Ethiopia’s Tigray province. They also live in Ethiopia’s former provinces of Begemder (Gonder) and Wollo, which are today mostly part of Amhara Region, though a few regions (e.g. Wolqayt, Tselemti, Raya, Humera) were incorporated instead into modern Tigray Region. Their language is called Tigrinya. They make up approximately 96.6% of the inhabitants of the Tigray Region, and are 6.1% of the population of Ethiopia as a whole, numbering little more than 5.7 million. Tigrinya speakers are 55% of the population in neighboring Eritrea at about 3.4 million people.

(Source: maarnayeri)

joshuabrandonbennett:

New poem from the #Anthology show a few weeks ago-

"In Praise of K. Dot: 16 Bars for Kendrick Lamar"

Boy am i happy to be a brotha of this brotha. Makes me happy to be a brotha and to be the brotha that I am who exists among brothers like @Sirjoshuabennett

indypendent-thinking:

Billy Eckstine & fans

indypendent-thinking:

Billy Eckstine & fans

(Source: sandandglass)

This week my @webdubois students at #princeton are reading “A Report from Occupied Territory” by #JamesBaldwin (1966) and “The Ballot or Bullet” by #MalcolmX” (1964). Have to equip their #minds with the #history and #knowledge to deal with and overcome the unfairness of systematic #racism and #inhumanity. #justicefortrayvon #trayvonmartin #blessthechild #openminds #usa #justice #black #blackness #law #jimcrow #newjimcrow #votingrights #historyrepeatsitself #emmittill #amdoudiallo #harlemsix #scottboroughboys — arm your mind and they can never hide the #truth. Arm your hearts and know your value. Arm yourself because #shit will one day hit the fan.

This week my @webdubois students at #princeton are reading “A Report from Occupied Territory” by #JamesBaldwin (1966) and “The Ballot or Bullet” by #MalcolmX” (1964). Have to equip their #minds with the #history and #knowledge to deal with and overcome the unfairness of systematic #racism and #inhumanity. #justicefortrayvon #trayvonmartin #blessthechild #openminds #usa #justice #black #blackness #law #jimcrow #newjimcrow #votingrights #historyrepeatsitself #emmittill #amdoudiallo #harlemsix #scottboroughboys — arm your mind and they can never hide the #truth. Arm your hearts and know your value. Arm yourself because #shit will one day hit the fan.