Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Black History Month... WTF?

"It may not mean nothing to y'all
But understand, nothing was done for me
So I don't plan on stopping at all
I want this ish forever mine, ever mine, evermine"
                       - Drake

After years of continual ascent from the back of our ancestors, we get a month??? Thanks, but no thanks. Our (Black) History is Forever... all day, everyday! The fact that we survived the 'hate" is history in and of itself. Now, I'll descend from my soapbox to appease the 'system', so here's a look 100 of our current 'young guns' who are putting it down. Click here and research one 'history maker in the making' to inspire you to greatness!

Drakes song Forever sums up the 'can't stop, won't stop spirit of African Americans. See the video below (Note: Lebron James, featured in the video, also made the TheGrio's 100).


  1. I totally agree with your commentary. Black History is what "we" make it, and we have to make it something of note 24/7/365. I believe the African American find themselves too far away from the struggle to acknowledge the ones that went before us to make it all possible.

    Thanks for the blog Mike. Keep up the good work!

  2. Ms. Brannon, thank you for taking the time to post such an insightful comment. I too share your sentiments of many of us being removed from the struggle. I liken the African American diaspora to a tapestry of sorts that is unraveling at both ends.

    On one end we have many of our adolescents who are forced to 'swin' with both hands and ankles shackled as a result of a plethora of circumstances that have infested their water. AT the other end of the spectrum, we have our seniors who are disenchanted due to our failure to foster a continuum of their struggles. Many of us are guilty of casting our senior into the sea of forgetfulness.

    How do you suppose we right the ship?

  3. Education and Acknowledgment. As the topic of your blog so eloquently (haha) reminds us, that we are not just to think about the accomplishments of our ancestors one month of the year. We must continue to educate the new generation about the events that changed and shaped our landscape into what we are experiencing today, and give them a model to replicate. We must also continue to acknowledge those in our community who have, and are currently, achieving greatness and giving back to the community (what a novel idea!) and therefore we build. The problem is finding these archetypes.