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Black Women’s Health: How To Talk About Reproductive Health | The Chicago Defender

Despite the grammatical errors. this young lady is speaking from the heart. We need more young women like her to spread this important message.

With all the conversation that you’re having with your girlfriends, who’s having the conversation about your health?There are countless blogs about Black women’s hair–what’s your curl pattern? What protective styles can you wear? How often should you wash? Is co-washing better? The natural hair conversation has taken off to dimensions my unborn grandchild will only understand.

We talk about the latest diet trend, but why aren’t we talking about how our diets will keep us from growing grapefruit sized fibroids? How often do you check in with your girlfriend’s routine breast exams? Have you ever discussed getting a pelvic ultrasound over brunch? Are you talking to your girlfriends about how often you and your boo get checked for STD’s or if they’ve ever contracted an STI or STD? What about the steps they took to get rid of it?

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Elite Marathon Runner Mami Konneh Lahun is Missing After London Marathon

Mami Konneh Lahun was due to fly home on Monday but did not return to her temporary accommodation in Greenwich on Sunday and has not been seen since.

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The British Slavery Bailout

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Since I have ancestry from Jamaica and Grenada, was born in England  and lived in Canada and America, I have a tendency to think of the black experience as global. The English are known for their obsessive record keeping and lately they have been using these resources to examine the scope of the empires involvement in the institution of chattel slavery. A database will be available this Wednesday that details how much British slave owners were paid to compensate them for their loss of property. Slaves did not get a farthing and were compelled into indentured slavery scheme that was one step up from slavery. The documents indicate that at least 1/5 one-fifth of wealthy Victorian Britons derived all or part of their fortunes from the slave economy.

Current descendants of slave compensation include Prime Minister, David Cameron, former minister Douglas Hogg, authors Graham Greene and George Orwell, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the new chairman of the Arts Council, Peter Bazalgette. Other prominent names which feature in the records include scions of one of the nation’s oldest banking families, the Barings, and the second Earl of Harewood, Henry Lascelles, an ancestor of the Queen’s cousin. Some families used the money to invest in the railways and other aspects of the industrial revolution; others bought or maintained their country houses, and some used the money for philanthropy. George Orwell’s great-grandfather, Charles Blair, received £4,442, equal to £3m today, for the 218 slaves he owned.

I for one cannot wait to see, how much my ancestors were worth. My mother”s maiden name is Dawkins. Her father’s family was owned by the family that produced world famous atheist and pompous ass, Richard Dawkins. In it’s hayday the Dawkins’ owned over 1,000 slaves. Dawkins’ MP ancestor James Dawkins voted against Wilberforce’s proposal to abolish the slave trade, helping to defeat it by just four votes. George Hay Dawkins Pennant was another defiant slavery supporter. In 1831, two years before the act abolishing slave ownership in the Empire, he signed a circular which insisted: “the speedy annihilation of slavery would be attended with the devastation of the West India Colonies … with inevitable distress and misery to the black population.'” What an arrogant sod!

“Cousin” Richard claims he doesn’t benefit from slavery since he only has “400 acre country estate which barely makes a profit.” I can’t wait for more arrogant excuses from those who still benefit from the ill gotten gains of slavery and indentured servitude. You may ask why do I call this man “cousin.” The Consolidated Slave Act 1792 rewarded slave owners and overseers who increased their slave stock. The easiest way to do this was to was to supply your own seed. Rape and concubinage was rampant in the Caribbean, the diary of Thomas Thistlewood’s sexual escapades detail the sexual brutality that black female slaves lived under. How does one amass such a large amount of slave without doing your duty for King and Country? The database will be available at the  Legacies of British Slave-ownership website on 27 February 2013.

 

Black Caribbean workers ‘earned more per hour than whites before recession’ | The Guardian

Black Caribbean workers received the biggest pay rises on average during the pre-recession boom years, earning more per hour than their white peers by 2008, according to new research.

Researchers from the University of Essex say that although the gap between the hourly pay of white people and those from ethnic minorities as a whole more than doubled in the 15 years to 2008, there were marked differences between groups.

In an article published in the latest edition of the journal Work, Employment and Society, Essex University’s Malcolm Brynin and Ayse Güveli analysed more than 650,000 results from the UK’s large-scale quarterly Labour Force Survey.

via Black Caribbean workers 'earned more per hour than whites before recession' | World news | The Guardian.

Rap’s Long History of ‘Conscious’ Condescension to Women – Mychal Denzel Smith – The Atlantic

Lupe Fiasco’s latest single, “Bitch Bad,” is exactly the sort of song the world has always expected Lupe Fiasco to make. When the Chicago-bred emcee debuted in 2006, he quickly became a favorite among critics and hip-hop fans in part because he represented a departure from the well-worn themes that had come to dominate mainstream rap music. He traded guns for skateboards, drugs for anime, and stale gangster posturing for a genuine political awareness rooted in concern for the future of his community. At his best, he has represented the revolutionary potential of hip-hop.

Six years, some bad public relations, and one truly disappointing album later, Lupe isn’t as universally adored as he once was, but he still knows how to grab attention. His desire to critique the genre and call other rappers to task for the messages and images they project inevitably sparks dialogue, and that’s never been truer than with “Bitch Bad,” his lyrical attempt at breaking down the hip-hop trope of the “bad bitch.”

The problem is, it’s just not very good.

via Rap's Long History of 'Conscious' Condescension to Women – Mychal Denzel Smith – The Atlantic.

Kenyan woman could become the 1st black African woman to scale Mt. Everest | theGrio

Helen Kinuthia will attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest with a charity climbing expedition in 2014. Kinuthia who is from Kenya was selected from a pool of 150 climbers after she successfully completed an audition climb on Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second-tallest mountain. The climbers will attempt to scale Everest as part of Expedition Everest a charity that organized the climb to raise  $500,000 for the Flying Kites Leadership Academy in Njambini, Kenya.

via Kenyan woman could become the 1st black African woman to scale Mt. Everest | theGrio.

Scientific Racism at Forbes Magazine: The DNA Olympics — Jamaicans Win Sprinting ‘Genetic Lottery’

Forbes is a magazine for wealthy white business people. Even though they are not as blatantly racist as National Review they have come up with some extremely biased doozies like If I was a Poor Black Kid, which inspired a furious backlash and great memes. Forbes doubled down with this mess from a whiny white guy who assumes his inability to reach impoverished black children is because they are all criminally ignorant and not really poor.

Their latest dip into the pool of white elitism is an insult the Olympians of the Caribbean, Africa and Africans Americans athletes by retreading the racially biased pseudobiology that held away in America and Europe after slavery and only began to die after the Holocaust. Scientific racism never seems to completely die out and John Entine one of the most vocal proponent contents that blacks are simply better for running. This nonsense seems even more ridiculous due to the availably of DNA analysis. 70% African Americans have white ancestry and about 15% have Native American ancestry. Those few whose genetic contributions that hail completely from Africa are an admixture of numerous ethnic groups. Caribbean people are more mixed with the aboriginal people of the islands, the shortage of white women in the West Indies and the white colonial aristocracy’s tendency to breed their own “stock.” After emancipation some of the South Asian indentured servants married black natives.
Most Jamaicans simply consider themselves Jamaicans. Colorism may be an issue but race isn’t I have Jamaican maternal linage that is white, South Asian and African. You can look at a pictures of the Olympic team and see the variation. Why do racists like you deny the fact that the average person of a different race can be more similar genetically than two people of the same race? Why do racists deny that Africa has the greatest genetic variation on the planet and skin color varies throughout the continent?
Black people have made headway in “traditionally white” sports like golf, fencing, tennis swimming, diving, water polo and gymnastics, how does this racist twaddle explain that? Individual, genetics, opportunity, resources and hard work make a good athlete. This post started as a comment on this fact that this racist tripe still gets publicized as fact. My post was magically removed. I posted it again lets see if it is jettisoned into the ozone again by the author of this trash. Come on, John Entine, put scientific racism in the dustbin of history next to eugenics where it belongs. For more detailed discussion on how wrong this Entine character is check out Resurrecting Racism: The attack on black people using phony science.

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White South African Model’s Racist Tweets Enrage a Nation

The more things change the more they stay the same. With a name like Dos Santos, she wouldn’t be white in this part of the world.

FHM model Jessica Leandra dos Santos used the word “kaffir” in a tweet on May 3, summoning South Africa’s nasty history of racism and segregation. “Kaffir” is South Africa’s version of the n-word in the United States. It may even cut deeper in South Africa, however, in South Africa, because the wounds of apartheid are still fresh.

“Just, well took on a on arrogant and disrespectful kaffir inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have,” she tweeted. The backlash came immediately, forcing the model to delete the tweet within hours. Dos Santos later claimed that the incident inside Spar, a South African supermarket, came after she was confronted with sexual remarks.

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Jessica Ennis wins the heptathalon for England

Jessica Ennis enjoys her victory lap after winning the heptathlon.

The greatest moment of the London 2012 opening ceremony  for me was the inclusion of the Empire Windrush, the ship that initiated the mass migration of Caribbean immigrants in 1948. England would not have made such a speedy recovery from WWII without the labour of Caribbean immigrants. My parents were part of this first wave of immigration that ended when the racist political leader Enoch Powell 1962 led the effort to pass the Commonwealth Immigrants Act restricting the entry of immigrants in 1962. By 1972, only holders of work permits, or people with parents or grandparents born in the UK could gain entry,  effectively stemming most Caribbean immigration. Today black and mixed race people of Caribbean ancestry make up about about 3% of the population of the UK.

People of African decent have been in England since the Roman occupation. There were African people in the court of King James IV of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth I. 18th century England was home to a black population of between 10-15,000 people – mostly in major ports but also in market towns and villages across the country. Some whites who bemoan the browning of England have black ancestry. Scientist James Watson spouted nonsense about the genetic inferiority of black people and then found out he was 16 percent African, which means one of his great-grandparents was of African decent.

Although the stigma of interracial marriage is less of an issue in England. Black and mixed race British people face some of the same issues faced by African Americans in the areas of education and criminal justice. That is why the gold winning performance of Jessica Ennis means so much to Black Brits and the British population as a whole.

Jessica was born in Sheffield. Her father, originally from Jamaica, is a self-employed painter and decorator; her mother, a social worker, was born in Derbyshire. She began her athletic career at the age of ten and almost immediately began winning high jump competitions. Ennis won the national schools high jump title at the age of 14, but chose to compete in the heptathlon. This combines the high and long jump with the shot put and javelin, the 100m hurdles and running races over 200m and 800m. Her first Olympic dream ended in tears when just before Beijing in 2008 when she was forced to withdraw because of a triple fracture that threatened to end her career. After a twelve-month lay-off , Ennis returned to competition and won the Ennis won the gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin and won the title of won the “Sportswoman of the Year” award from the British Sports Journalists’ Association.  In 2010, she became the World Indoor Champion for the pentathlon with a new British Record, Commonwealth Record and Championship Record with score of 4,937 points, finishing ahead of all three Beijing heptathlon medal winners. Jessica was voted European Athlete of the Month three times in 2010, “Ultimate Sports Star” at the Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards from Cosmopolitan magazine for the second consecutive year and “Outstanding Female Athlete” at the Commonwealth Sports Awards.

At the 2011 World Athletics Championships Ennis finished second although she beat the gold medal winner in five of the seven events. Ennis was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to athletics. Ennis was also honored with a waxwork figure at London’s Madame Tussauds . In October of 2011 Ennis was voted Athlete of the Year for the third time by the British Athletic Writers’ Association.

Nicknamed the “Golden Girl, ” Ennis’ face was on billboards all over England promoting the upcoming games. She truncated her competition schedule to prepare for the Olympics, but still took first place in the hurdles, shot put and high jump in the 2012 World Indoor Championships, winning the silver medal. Ennis won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games with a British and Commonwealth record score of 6,955 points, beating German silver medallist, Lilli Schwarzkopf by 306 points.

Ennis like many other black female athletes have faced criticism about her body. A senior figure at UK Athletics suggested Jessica was ‘fat and has too much weight.’ Ennis, who shook the slight off,  joked that when she Googled her name the first thing she found was people talking about her backside. Jessica will have the last laugh since she could make around five million dollars in the next two or three years if she chose to, from sponsorship and endorsements. Ennis chose not to compete in the 100 meter hurdles, preferring to bask in the glow of her recent win. On her plans for the immediate future, she said: “I’m definitely going to relax, eat lots of rubbish food, have a few glasses of wine and enjoy this moment for as long as possible.”

Judo: Incredible Riner sends French fans delirious | Reuters

The roar from the crowd when France’s Teddy Riner was crowned Olympic heavyweight judo champion at the London Games on Friday was so loud he probably felt it could be heard in Paris.

A hero in his homeland, the 10,000-strong crowd at London’s ExCel Centre, awash with red, white and blue tricolour flags of France, chanted his name in the sort of reception usually reserved for pop stars.

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