Black Skinned Beauties!:QUEEN MOTHERS OF ALL BEAUTY!

April 14, 2008 by

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BLACK BEAUTY MEETS BLACK BEAUTY FOR REAL!WYCLEAF AND OUR BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY VENUS WILLIAMS-THE MOST FAMOUS BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY IN THE WORLD!-I PRAY FOR YOU A HANDSOME BLACK HUSBAND LIKE THIS FOR YOU VENUS!

VENUS WILLIAMS-A TRUE BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY WHO LOOKS EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL IN AFRICAN BRAIDS!

THE MOST FAMOUS BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY IN THE WORLD!

8 YEAR OLD BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY WENDY KASUMU WINS"LITTLE MISS MODEL 2007 "WORLD CONTEST IN TURKEY! BLACK TRULY IS BEAUTIFUL!

8 YEAR OLD BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY WENDY KASUMU WINS\”LITTLE MISS MODEL 2007 \”WORLD CONTEST IN TURKEY! BLACK TRULY IS BEAUTIFUL!

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TALK ABOUT BLACK BEAUTY MEETS BLACK BEAUTY! THE PERFECT BLACK COUPLE! CLAUDINETTE ,A BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER A FINE BLACK SKINNED HUSBAND WYCLEF JEAN WHO LOVES HER BEAUTIFUL BLACK SKIN! AND YOU WILL TOO!

TALK ABOUT BLACK BEAUTY MEETS BLACK BEAUTY! THE PERFECT BLACK COUPLE! CLAUDINETTE ,A BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER A FINE BLACK SKINNED HUSBAND WYCLEF JEAN WHO LOVES HER BEAUTIFUL BLACK SKIN! AND YOU WILL TOO!

PAULETTA WASHINGTON'S BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER DENZEL WASHINGTON!

PAULETTA WASHINGTON\’S BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER DENZEL WASHINGTON!

PAULETTA WASHINGTON,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER A FINE BLACK MAN FOR A HUSBAND! YOU CAN TOO!

PAULETTA WASHINGTON,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER A FINE BLACK MAN FOR A HUSBAND! YOU CAN TOO!

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A JAMAICAN BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY BASED IN EUROPE!

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SERENA IN HER NATURAL BRAIDS-A TRUE BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY! HOPE YOU GO BACK TO NATURAL HAIR STYLES AND STOP THIS IMITATION WHITE GIRL LOOK YOU AND VENUS ARE NOW INTO!

 

AS you can see, I’m a beautiful girl because I’m dark in complexion. I like to look nice and beautiful always. My mum always encourages me every time I appear clean, that, I’m black and I’m shining. I sweep my room, lay my bed and clean our sitting room always. I learn how to be clean from my mum because she dresses well. She is my role model when it comes to looking good. - Iremide Oyelaja, 10-year-old, Pry 4. (THIS NIGERIAN MOTHER TAUGHT HER DAUGHTER TO BE PROUD OF HER BLACK BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLOR UNLIKE MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER WHO TOLD HIM HIS BLACK FEATURES WERE UGLY! TEACH YOUR BLACK CHILDREN TO LOVE THEIR BLACK FEATURES-NOSE,MOUTH,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!(IBADAN,NIGERIA)

AS you can see, I’m a beautiful girl because I’m dark in complexion. I like to look nice and beautiful always. My mum always encourages me every time I appear clean, that, I’m black and I’m shining. I sweep my room, lay my bed and clean our sitting room always. I learn how to be clean from my mum because she dresses well. She is my role model when it comes to looking good. - Iremide Oyelaja, 10-year-old, Pry 4. (THIS NIGERIAN MOTHER TAUGHT HER DAUGHTER TO BE PROUD OF HER BLACK BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLOR UNLIKE MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER WHO TOLD HIM HIS BLACK FEATURES WERE UGLY! TEACH YOUR BLACK CHILDREN TO LOVE THEIR BLACK FEATURES-NOSE,MOUTH,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!(IBADAN,NIGERIA)

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BLACK-SKINNED WOMEN: QUEEN MOTHERS OF THE BLACK RACE AND ALL BEAUTY!
Why do I sing Praises of your Beautiful, Black, ebony,velvet skin,”Blacker than the sky at midnight”{1},your full mushroomed mouth, your beautiful broad nose, your generous “Congo hips” {2}and full-flowered backside? Because for too long many of the Black Race have abused, dishonored you, degraded and denied you your crown, Queen of Queens,Queen Mother of the Black Race, Black Beauty Supreme! From you all the beauty of the Black Race springs forth.In fact all the world’s beauty springs from you,Mother of all beauty of all the races of the world! Your Black midnight,licorice,dark black chocolate,beauty, is Blackness concentrated in your beautiful “Black-blueberry”{3} face!

First in the order of creation is always given respect by Afrikan tradition. The 1st wife, the 1st elder, the 1st kingdom, the 1st original inhabitants, of the earth-all are considered with honor. So it should be with Black Beauty-our darkest -skinned Sisters are the 1st Mothers of the Universe-Black as a color came before all the many tones of brown,red,yellow and white. But for too long our Dark-skinned Queens have not been given the respect and place of honor they deserve. IN FACT THE WHITE BOY HAS INTIATED the cycle of reversing the true order of things by turning upside down the pyramid of Beauty, and placing white-light on top and relegating the most beautiful Black-skinned Beauties to rock bottom!

So Black people have been taught well how to deny our most

beautiful one her crown, taught how to reject our Blackest, most Afrikan features, full lips and nose and mouth and woollest hair, for the weaker characteristics of the white race. Shame on Black people! When will we wake up to this Black Beauty concentrated, from whence all our lesser beauty comes. When will we give the crown of crowns,the throne of thrones, to the Blackest Queen of Queens?

Most of us who suffer from”mulatto-mentality” and “yellow fever”, as Fela, our great Nigerian Musician calls it, will go on and on about what about us lighter queens-aren’t we/they beautiful too, yet you/we should be aware that such queens have gotten all the play in the past and that even in Black Egypt one of the reasons for its downfall was the allowing the lighter ones of the race, to place themselves above the rest of us in the name of lightness and pride of light-closer/to/whiteness. So if we’re yellow,to light brown/red, then we should give respect where respect is due and not live off of the artificial white thrill of having “white features” as if it is an advantage. Where would you be without your BLACKEST great Grandmother? We should honor the Blackest part of ourselves, thus giving us true pride of Blackness, not verbal signifyin’ but real testifyin’ that BLACK is beautiful! If the Blackest, most Afrikan-featured Sister isn’t respected as the Supreme Beauty of the Race,the Black woman’s beauty is not really respected at all for what it really is(only in terms of how closer to white we look). We all reflect the strengths of this concentrated beauty in ourselves, all the manifestations of how Blackness can present itself are seen in our faces. Down to the milk-lightest of us, our Blackness is what dominates us whether physically or mentally. But the Mother is greater than the child and so the Blackest is greater than all the other tones of the Black Race. If we don’t respect our Blackest Queen, we don’t respect our True Black selves. We must have a Black value for BLACKNESS in features and skin tone. We must have a Black Standard of Beauty based on the Black-skinned woman. ALL PRAISES DUE TO OUR BLACK-SKINNED QUEEN-MOTHERS!

Sister Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
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{2}Brother O.O. Gabugan in the poem “Black Queen For a Day”,{3}Sister Sonia Sanchez in her poem “,Queens of the Universe”,for the quoted words used in the first part of this article.

BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY SUPREME- GABOUREY SIDIBE

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BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY ALEK WEK TALKS ON HELPING AFRICA!-FROM ELLE MAGAZINE

April 13, 2014 by

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ALEK Wek Talks Philanthropy and Her $3.69 Beauty Secret

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In this busy world, even models multi-task. There are model-slash-actresses (Milla Jovovich, Lily Cole…), model-slash-DJs (Harley Viera-Newton, Leigh Lezark…), and even model-slash-chess-champions (way to go, Carmen Kass).

Alek Wek is exceptional, but she’s also no exception: She’s a model-slash-human-rights-activist, and she works with everyone from the United Nations to Doctors Without Borders, helping communities in her home country of Sudan, as well as countless other developing nations.

We caught up with the 5’11 goddess (who also designs a line of handbags, Wek 1933, for the British department store Selfridges) at Topshop’s Other Ball, thrown to support the children’s welfare charity Arms Around the Child. (Then Leonardo DiCaprio walked in and the Black Keys started playing, and we thought perhaps this was actually a dream…)

You’re a UN Ambassador and a UNICEF volunteer. Why add Arms Around the Child to your plate?

There’s never too much you can do. I met [the charity's president] Leigh [Blake] when she was at Keep a Child Alive, and her mission was providing AIDS drugs to children in Africa and other countries. There are over three million [children] living with HIV around the world, and 90% of them are in Africa. Those numbers are much too high! We need to do everything we can to protect the health and welfare of children around the world, but fortunately it’s getting easier to provide things like medication and care. But we still have to work hard to make that happen!

This was labeled as the first “Punk Rock Charity Ball.”

Why not? It’s all about being heard for your cause.

You’re wearing a very sparkly dress. We’re having an office debate about whether sequins are still cool…

Yes! Yes, yes, yes! This dress is from Topshop. I like it with leggings and boots, that way it feels more rock n’ roll.

Is that the right way to wear sequins?

I don’t really believe in a “right way” but when I do it, I like to wear it with not a lot of makeup… no colored lipstick or anything…

But you don’t need any makeup because your skin is incredible! Please tell us a model secret for winter beauty.

[Laughing] I use Johnson & Johnson! I use their baby oil gel. That’s it!

The Skin of my CHILDREN! —-THIS BROTHER TELLS ABOUT THE PAIN OF BLACK SKIN IN AMERIKKKA!

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You know, ever since I was very young boy, the depth of the colour of my skin has always been an issue – in absolutely every aspect of my life. Personal, professional, you name it. Now I had the advantage of having a mother with a resolve of steel who made sure that when people were at their cruelest I was proud of my race and skin. However, today I sat and thought about something which daunted me: “How am I going to prepare my children for that?”. I mean, should I pass on my colour to my children, how do I prepare them to be thought of as least amongst the races in every almost every country, amongst almost every people in the world – including their own? And how do I prepare myself to pass on something that will only make their lives more difficult. How do you…

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TRAYVON!- BLACK MINISTERS ORGANIZE TO FIGHT “STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS”! -FROM AFRO.COM

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Ministers Form National Task Force to Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

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Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaks about her support to eradicate “stand your ground” laws. (AFRO Photo

Enough is enough, says Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, noting the list of young Black people dead or in jail in states where “stand your ground” laws are in place.

“Our young Black boys are being senselessly killed just for being Black teenagers,” said Holmes, who on March 25 announced the formation of the National Pastor’s Task Force, a nation wide coalition of 40 Black ministers who want to repeal or revise “stand your ground” laws.

“We have begun the fight in Florida and pledge to carry it across the nation,” said Holmes, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla. and vice chairman of a Florida task force created in the wake of the shooting death in February 2012 of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

The coalition’s call for repeal of state laws allowing lethal force in self-defense is the latest organized opposition to “stand your ground” laws. On March 23, the Congressional Black Caucus issued a similar call.

Holmes was joined in his announcement at the National Press Club by the parents of Martin and Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was killed in November 2012 at a Florida gas station amid a dispute over loud music coming from a vehicle in which Jordan was a passenger. Michael Dunn, a White man, was tried for the shooting he said he committed out of fear of being attacked.

“Black and Brown boys do not benefit from the stand your ground law,” said Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin.

Fulton said the movement to scrub the law will bring awareness to the issue that profiling still exists in America and added that she is very optimistic that the “stand your ground” law can be changed.

On March 20, a bill to repeal the “stand your ground” law was rejected by Florida lawmakers.

Also present were the parents of former U.S. airman Michael Jiles who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for firing warning shots at a White attacker.

The group has the support of civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, and former Fulton County (Ga.) Juvenile Court Chief Judge Glenda Hatchett.

“We have real victims, Trayvon Martin was real, [and] Jordan Davis was real,” said Crump. “I’m reminded of Ron Davis that said he and his son Jordan were watching the interviews with Trayvon Martin, [and] watching the rallies with Trayvon Martin, never knowing just a few months later that he will be sitting in the same chair that Sabrina Fulton, Tracy Martin had to sit in burying their 17-year-old child.

We are talking about our children, and if we don’t stand for our children nobody is going to stand for our children.”

YORUBA Ooooooo!-ASO-OKE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CLOTH IN THE WORLD!-LET’S PRESERVE IT BY WEARING FULL ASO OKE,BUT BUBA,IRO ATI ALL-NO MORE LACE SPOILING IT LIKE OUR “FIRST LADIES” ARE DOING!-FROM PUNCH NEWSPAPER,NIGERIA

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Aso oke: The allure of an ancient fabric

   

Segun Adeoye visits an aso oke factory and explores the age-old technique of weaving this famous Nigerian fabric

It is unlike the typical cloth-making factory, which is equipped with machines to take the stress off the apprentice. In this aso oke fabric weaving factory, the blood is the fuel that propels the crocheting that gets the synthetic fibers woven together, to form fascinating patterns of aso oke fabric.

The setting is such that it has a semblance of being on a football pitch, with posts erected on both sides. There are sheds facing each other, made from planks and corrugated iron sheets, complemented with strewn sack materials to shield from the scorching heat of the sun.

Under each shed are four apprentice weavers facing each other in their segmented horizontal looms. Their task is as daunting as it is competitive. Before them is a “burden” made up of a block around which is wound a rope used to bind it to a carrier made of wood, to which is attached threads, which are stretched at a distance of about 12 metres to each weaver.

The simple but onerous task is to engage in the weaving process as fast as is possible, which will eventually see the “burden” pulled to the feet of the weaver, with the eventual outcome of having woven as many as 15 pieces of patterned aso oke fabrics. Each piece, which has a width of about 15 centimetres, and length of about 50 cm, is then stitched together to make traditional outfits like agbada (men’s flowing wide sleeved robe), fila (men’s traditional cap), iro (women’s wrapper), gele (women’s head gear), and Ipele or Iborun – shoulder sash or shawl.

No special prices will be awarded to whoever finishes first; but then, it is also a test of the weaver’s prowess, indeed, manliness. For a piece of aso oke fabric woven, the apprentice gets paid N100.

It is a daunting task that Egbetsiafa Philip, now in his 40s has been engaged in since 1992 when he started out to learn the art of making aso oke fabrics in the Volta Region of Ghana. “The pattern depends on what the customer wants, and there is no pattern under the sun that we cannot create, as long as it can be written down we can weave the thread to create the pattern in aso oke,” Philip says, with a characteristic Ghanaian accent.

Philip who learnt the art of making aso oke fabrics in Ghana from 1992 to 1996, moved to the Ojokoro area of Lagos, Nigeria in 1997, and has continued the age-old traditional art.

Patterned aso oke fabrics, used for various clothing outfits like the trademark fila of the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, have become not only a fashionable trend in the society, but a status symbol, indeed, a niche for an elevated personality. It is akin to a fashion label that stands an individual out from the crowd.

In many Owambe parties, it is a common sight to see gorgeously dressed women with gele, wiggle their waists as they dance with rhythmical steps to tunes blaring from speakers. Such geles are usually stylishly tied and knotted in glamorous styles that literally announce the presence of the wearer in any of such parties. In a number of instances, they are complemented with Ipele or Iborun. Parties like wedding and engagement ceremonies in the South-western part of Nigeria are incomplete without the use of aso oke.

“What is there is that many people love aso oke, especially women, for them party is party, even naming ceremony is not complete without wearing aso oke,” Alexander Geogisberg, an aso oke weaver says.

Geogisberg, like Philip, left Ghana for Nigeria in 1997, because the allure and market for aso oke was more in Nigeria. “I also have my own shop in Ghana, but Nigerian market is more than there, so I came here,” Geogisberg says.

But as alluring as aso oke is, the process of making the fabrics is similar to the egg (used for omelet) which was laid by the mother hen – it comes with pain and stress.

“There’s the joy of seeing the aso oke when you finish, but the thing is that it comes with great stress and body ache,” Agbetsiafa Bright says, as he swallows two tablets of analgesic, followed by a full stretch of his body. It would be the second time he would swallow the tablets in a space of about five hours. To weave the 15 strips of aso oke could take a whole day depending on the pattern to be designed on the fabrics, and indeed, how much stamina the weaver can muster.

Philip shares the views of Bright. “It gives a lot of stress because you are seated in one spot for hours as you weave the thread together, so for me I used to see it as exercise,” he says.

There can be short breaks at intervals of five hours in between the weaving, depending on the resilience of the weaver. It is a period used only to refresh and to eat, before the weaver returns to the loom to continue the weaving process.

The setting up of the tools relies on the technique that involves interlacing a set of thread, warp and weft, at right angles, to form the striped patterns on the aso oke fabric. The sets of thread, which are interlaced together on the loom are arranged in line with the pattern or design to be created on the aso oke fabric. For more elaborate design, the weaver simply adds supplementary wefts. It is an age-old technique that has apparently defied the touch of modern technology.

“I can tell you that no machine whether in China or wherever can make aso oke fabrics that we make, the types of fabrics they use machine to make only try to look like aso oke, but it is not the same like the ones we weave here,”Philip says.

The horizontal looms where weavers like Philip, Geogisberg and Bright sit for hours as they weave the thread, take the shape of log cabins. Each weaver inserts the thread into the aasa (striker) through the omu (extenders). On the upper hand of the omu is the okeke (wheel) used for pulling the omu up and down. There are two itese (pedals) under the omu, which the weaver presses down interchangeably during the weaving process. The itese when pressed enables the warp to open and the reel put through to one side while the aasa knocks the reel to and fro to another side making the reel to be finely set interchangeably. The weaver simultaneously handles the oko (shuttle), throws it inside the open warp to be received by his other hand. The continuous process results in the thread being woven to aso oke fabric. At intervals of about 15 minutes, the weaver uses the drawer to pull the carrier on which the thread is attached, towards his loom. At the end of the process, 15 strips of aso oke fabric would have been woven – enough to be stitched together to make fila and iborun for a newly wedded couple.

To make a complete outfit for a client, the weaving process can take as long as three days, to produce the strips that will afterwards be stitched together, says Philip.

But as stressful as the process is, Philip expresses delight in weaving aso oke fabrics.

“I can tell you that I have several clients abroad that I make aso oke for, so even though there are many other types of attires, the thing is that aso oke will always have those that want to wear it,” he says.

Indeed, there was a time baggy trousers and afro hairstyles were the fad, but they have faded away. Fashion changes like a girl changes clothes, but the aso oke traditional attire, which has been in existence since the late 8th century has remained alluring and enduring as its age-old weaving process.

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African-American, Mrs. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade, an ardent lover of everything African, hardly wears any clothing apart from aso oke. She sums up her reasons thus: “Aso oke is the most beautiful cloth in the World, so every day I want to be the most beautiful I can be! No inferior cloth again for me o!”

OBAMA ATI QUEEN MICHELLE OBAMA AFTER THE BLACK HOUSE?-FROM NATURAL ROOTS MAGAZINE

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OBAMA O…!- SEEKS TO SAVE BLACK CHILDREN-FROM EBONY MAGAZINE

March 28, 2014 by

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February 2014

A Call to Action

EBONY partners with the White House to spark an important nationwide conversation about our children

A Call to Action

For President Barack Obama, a father with two daughters, preparing African-American students for the academic future is one of his top priorities—and, perhaps, one of his most daunting challenges.

Obama has an ambitious vision for the nation’s Black students during his last two years in the White House: ensuring that all African-American pupils receive an education that fully gets them ready for high school graduation, college completion and productive careers in a highly competitive global job market.

After signing an executive order that created the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in 2012, the president is dedicating new resources to enable African-American students to improve their educational achievement and prepare them for college and a range of professions after graduation.

“The Obama administration, through the creation of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, is dedicating time, energy and resources to help seriously address the challenges facing many African-American students today,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told EBONY.

“Regardless of zip code, every child in this country should have access to a high-quality education that adequately prepares [him or her] for college and career,” Duncan said.  “For the nation to fulfill the president’s goal of leading the world in college graduates by 2020, we will need a significant number of African-Americans to be part of those numbers, and I’m hopeful that the initiative’s work can help contribute to that ambitious goal.”

For years, civil rights advocates have argued that America’s public schools are failing Black male students. In fact, government officials say many African-American students, both male and female, lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline and referrals to special education.

In 2014, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will partner with Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. to produce a “summit series” designed to raise awareness about the White House initiative and encourage much-needed positive conversations about African-American student achievement.

The summits will be held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Feb. 13–14, 2014; at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., April 25–26, 2014; at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., June 13–14, 2014; and at the University of Pennsylvania in  Philadelphia, Oct. 24–25.

“The initiative is uniquely positioned to support African-American students from cradle to career,” David J. Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, told EBONY. “For the first time, there is a central office within the government to identify and disseminate best practices that ensure African-American students are supported academically and developmentally, beginning at birth.”

Michael H. Cottman, an author and award-winning journalist, covers the White House for BlackAmericaWeb.com. He is also co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show Keeping It Real With Rev. Al Sharpton.OBAMA

 

QUEEN MICHELLE OBAMA ! -MENELIK CHARLES’ ODE TO MICHELLE OBAMA! – FROM FACEBOOK!

March 26, 2014 by

Michelle Obama…America’s Chocolate Queen

BY Menelik CHARLES

Your skin is brown and clothing astounds
yet your beauty does confound

You’re proud of face and walk with grace
yet they can’t wait til you’re replaced

You reach to embrace where others shake
and Hug where others hesitate

By the President you stand near
and yet it’s YOU they fear

You read of smears ‘n’ sneers and
comments about your rear

You hear it all and stand so tall
while enemies stall ‘n’ fall

You’re the 1st Lady we applaud

(c) Menelik Charles.

— with Marilyn Aunty Mayo Cazoe-Cummings

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COMMENTS-

Menelik Charles
She’s a lady 

Yohanan EliYah
She has to be in the Top 5 of women who clean up well, because I have seen those pictures where she’s not really cute at all- but when she’s in 1st Lady character, OMG, I want her on my arm. All politics aside- I love this sistah.

Menelik Charles
Yep lol

Maria L. Castellon
Lovely and true poem…thanks!

Jonathan Chiles
Sir Charles,

Thank you for this excellent and poignant ode which honors our GREAT FIRST LADY and an even better MOTHER. ALL PRAISE unto Her and your considerable Artistry and Efforts.

Menelik Charles
Thanks bro Jonathan 

Jonathan Chiles
Thank you! You’ve built an impressive body of work. Compelling insight always and a dignified and wise world view – always.

Robert Rosenthall
THE WORLD’S QUEEN FROM THE ROYAL FAMILY OBAMA

BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY IS RISING! –”THE GOOD OLD DAYS…”-MENELIK CHARLES SPEAKS ON BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY ON FACEBOOK!

March 26, 2014 by

Menelik Charles
These are the ‘good old days’!

One day African-Americans are going to look upon the eras of the Williams Sisters, and America’s chocolate First Lady, as golden eras in their history. Until then, images like this will be given a cursory glance, and dismissed as an irrelevance to the African-American consciousness.

My overall point?

That this simple image represents a long and painful history of slavery and discrimination, and, ultimately, of the journey from victimhood to victory. There are continuing struggles taking place in the African-American community: they await their own conclusions.

Until then, treasure this image, for it will come to represent the ‘good old days’ for our young people – just as images from the 80s and 90s represent the ‘good old days’ for us.

Peace, man 

(c) Menelik Charles.

Timeline Photos · 5 hours ago · 

Nathan Hare and 23 others like this.

Nathan Hare
Yes, treasure it, because in a couple of years you are not likely to see it again. Even if another black person, male or female, becomes POTUS in our time, they aren’t likely to tote a chocolate-colored black First Lady, but a white or light one.

Menelik Charles
This is why I value Lady Michelle Obama so much…cos she’s genuine chocolate 

Menelik Charles
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152094167368673&set=a.10150107537388673.280773.747108672&type=1&theater

Timeline Photos

Michelle Obama…America’s Chocolate Queen Your skin is brown and clothing astounds yet your beauty…

Jay Arrington
Touche’ brother and well said.

Jeffrey C Weaver
Ase!

SolutionyaBayindo SolutionforMoorish
Former President Rawlings of Ghana… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvTXCMTf_4g

President Rawlings challenges religions for truth and lies

youtube.com

Menelik Charles
Mrs.Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade….

Mrs.Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
BEENI O! Dudu dun!(BLACK SKIN IS SWEET!)

Mrs.Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
Michelle Obama as a BLACK BEAUTIFUL WOOLLY HAIRED teenager!

Mrs.Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY IS Rising again to the TOP of the BEAUTY PYRAMID where it BELONGS! As it WAS IN THE BEGINNING!

MISS ISRAEL IS A BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY-YTYISH AYNAW!-From http://prettyperiod.me/

March 17, 2014 by

MISS ISRAEL IS A BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY-YTYISH AYNAW!-From http://prettyperiod.me/


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