When you think of the 90s, it’s hard not to think of Brandy; she was everywhere from music, to television, to fashion. And right along with her was a fresh head of braids to make us all rush out and get some of our own (don’t forget the baby hairs gelled down). Let’s take this time to pay homage to those glorious braids.
Let’s not forget the barbie doll!
"Sometimes in black communities we forget that black girls are girls, not little women. My friend then shared with me her own story of being sexually abused and ending up pregnant and in need of an abortion at age 12 because her family members irresponsibly left her with a male family friend. The first time a 12-year-old black girl ever told me she had been raped, I, too, was 12 and she was a friend. The second time, I was a 22-year-old teacher, and the 12-year-old was my student.
I realize now, having heard a version of this story, yet again, that as gut-wrenching as these stories are, among black girls they are not uncommon; they are not even remarkable. So many of the highly educated black women you see went to hell and back before reaching the age of 18. Education has become our drug of choice.
[…]For black girls, educational achievement is not always the best indicator of a stable, happy home life. For me, education offered a goal and reward structure that was predictable and that I could control, simply by doing what was asked of me. In the midst of so many things I could not control, school was attractive. I imagine that for many black girls the narrative is similar."
Autum Ashante was accepted into the University of Connecticut at age 13.
Stephen R. Stafford II entered Morehouse College at the age 11 with three majors.
Tony Hansberry II at age 14 developed a time reducing method for hysterectomies at Shands Hospital
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I meannnnn… yeah. Can’t argue with this one.
Thank God for the resourcefulness of my ancestors.
Sad but true
Fashion Bomb Daily - Bombshell of the Day, Lizzy from Texas
Retta is everything I want to be in life.
She is me and I am her.
My niece Sterline & her boyfriend Melvin. They have been together for 6 months :)
These are two of my characters Yeva and Rykeer ^^
My art blog: http://lavahanje.tumblr.com/
Single mothers are strong, underappreciated miracle workers. They should be revered. Yet so many facets of our society put them down and shame them… Conveniently forgetting the father’s role in the situation.
This is 17-year-old Kwasi Enin from Long Island.
He applied to a few schools.
And got into all of them.
Which schools, you ask?
Maybe you’ve heard of
No big deal.
(Photo: David Wexler / New York Daily News)
Black excellence slaying once again.