It’s Black Friday, or the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. While yesterday was a #NationalDayOfMourning for many, today is often a chance for people who celebrate the day to dive into left-overs, relax with family, and for many of us, shop ’til we drop. While we are buying presents for loved ones and ourselves, whether we are overjoyed or overwhelmed, let us keep in mind a few ways that we can #StayBlack amidst the holiday hoopla and the political tension that has been mounting in this country for months.
R&B singer Chris Brown took a break from rehab to attend at toy drive and holiday party for some kids at Brooklyn Projects Melrose on Sunday.
Brown posed with fans and collected toys at the Chris Brown and Brooklyn Projects toy drive.
For 10 holiday seasons Langston Patterson has claimed his throne as Santa Claus at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during Christmas time. The mall located in the predominantly black part of the city, is one of the few in the country that features a black Santa.
26-year-old Jackie Turner only desires one thing for Christmas, and that’s to celebrate it with a family. The William Jessup University student has lived a life of emotional, sexual and physical abuse, and describing her situation as one that produced a product of a broken home is an understatement.
Jackie has no family, so she has decided to post an ad on Craigslist in hopes of renting one for the season.
Happy Juneteenth, everyone!
As many of you know, Juneteenth is a day that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.
What began in Texas in 1865 is now a holiday that many blacks commemorate:
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
Today is Columbus Day, a holiday where we recognize Columbus’ “discovery” of the “New World” with a day off–for some–and a sale or two.
For others, though, Columbus Day is the official reminder of European invasion and, to employ today’s terms, some of the first acts of terrorism.
Glenn T. Morris, a professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, published an oped about abolishing the Columbus Day holiday:
Today is Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day!
Started in Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth is a celebration of the abolition of slavery.
Earlier this summer, I’d gone to my local Walgreens to satisfy a craving for peanut M&Ms. As I stood in the candy aisle deciding just how big of a bag I should purchase, a woman and her two small children joined me in the aisle. The mother stood there looking over the sale items as her two kids, a girl and a boy, argued over candy. Then, the young one, the boy, suddenly walked towards the magazine rack, and pointed to a picture of Michael Jackson. He screamed, “Michael Jackson! Michael Jackson,” then pursed his lips, started loudly breathing through his mouth, and began what must have been his version of dancing like Mike.
Now, this little boy couldn’t have been more than three. There’s no way that he could remember Michael the way that you and I remember Michael. Yet he shared such a pure enthusiasm for the MJJ, such a love that I couldn’t do anything but smile at him and think about the ways that Michael continues to live and touch lives. Little boys rocking out at the sight of Michael Jackson on a magazine cover is exactly what legends are made of.