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BLACK BEAUTY POET SHINES AT BIDEN’S INAUGURATION O!

January 22, 2021

Amanda Gorman: The story of the poet who stole the show at Biden’s inauguration Amanda: stole the show at Biden’s inauguration with her poem

By Nehru Odeh

She represents all that America stands for. A young black skinny girl, she had always dreamt of becoming the President of the United States only to find herself reciting her poem for one at 22. This, succinctly put, is the story of Amanda Gorman who made history on Wednesday 20 January by being the youngest poet ever to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration in the United States. And she did it so well, becoming the star of the moment. An intriguing thing about Gorman is that she had a speech impediment as a child – an affliction she shares with America’s new president. Still, the remarkable thing about Gorman’s performance is that she performed her poem, The Hill We Climb, to the admiration of dignitaries present and a watching global audience, calling for unity and togetherness in the United States. Her five-minute poem began: “When day comes, we ask ourselves: Where can we find light In this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. She went on to reference the storming of the Capitol earlier this month. “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy,” she averred. “And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.” Gorman delivered her piece which was inspired by the storming at Capitol Hill, with confidence and astonishing grace. A beautifully paced, well-judged poem for a special occasion, it will live long beyond the time and space of the moment. As a result of her sterling performance, the writer and performer, who became the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, followed in the footsteps of such famous names as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco. Yet none of her predecessors faced the challenge that Gorman did. She set out to write a poem that would inspire hope and foster a sense of collective purpose, at a moment when Americans are reeling from a deadly pandemic, political violence and partisan division. “I really wanted to use my words to be a point of unity and collaboration and togetherness,” Gorman was quoted as saying before the ceremony. “I think it’s about a new chapter in the United States, about the future, and doing that through the elegance and beauty of words.” “In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal,” she said. “It’s doing that in a way that is not erasing or neglecting the harsh truths I think America needs to reconcile with.” Asked how she felt when  she found out she had been chosen to read at Biden’s swearing-in ceremony Gorman said she “screamed and danced her head off.” She also said she felt “excitement, joy, honour and humility” when she was asked to take part, “and also at the same time terror”. Meanwhile world leaders, including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton have taken to social media to praise the poet who described herself in the poem as “a skinny Black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single mother,” who can dream of being president one day, “only to find herself reciting for one.” Michelle Obama took to Twitter to applaud her, writing, “With her strong and poignant words, [Gorman] reminds us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy. Keep shining, Amanda! I can’t wait to see what you do next. 💕 #BlackGirlMagic” Hillary Clinton tweeted that Gorman had promised to run for president in 2036 and added: “I for one can’t wait.” “I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou is cheering—and so am I,” Oprah Winfrey tweeted. Illinois poet laureate Angela Jackson said the recitation was “so rich and just so filled with truth”. “I was stunned that she was so young and so wise,” Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times. Singer Sheryl Crow tweeted: “If the future looks like inaugural poet laureate Amanda Gorman, we are in good shape. Wise and inspiring.” Gorman fell in love with poetry at a young age and distinguished herself quickly as a rising talent. Raised in Los Angeles, where her mother teaches middle school, she would write in journals at the playground. At 16, she was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. A few years later, when she was studying sociology at Harvard, she became the National Youth Poet Laureate, the first person to hold the position.

REPARATIONS BILL INTRODUCED O!

January 18, 2021

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“THIS IS THE AMERIKKKA BLACK PEOPLE KNOW! “

January 15, 2021

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BLACK WOMAN KILLED IN CAPITAL RIOTS O!

January 15, 2021

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‘BBC NEWS -“I almost died from skin-whitening creams”! A woman who used skin-whitening cream had to be hospitalised after using the illegal substance for more than 10 years.Safi George suffered scarring as a result of using the cream and said “I would have lost my life” if it was not for medical intervention.Published6 August 2018 BBC News UK

January 15, 2021

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I almost died from skin-whitening creams’

‘I almost died from skin-whitening creams’
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A woman who used skin-whitening cream had to be hospitalised after using the illegal substance for more than 10 years.

Safi George suffered scarring as a result of using the cream and said “I would have lost my life” if it was not for medical intervention.

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‘BBC NEWSI almost died from skin-whitening creams”I almost died from skin-whitening creams’A woman who used skin-whitening cream had to be hospitalised after using the illegal substance for more than 10 years.Safi George suffered scarring as a result of using the cream and said “I would have lost my life” if it was not for medical intervention.Published6 August 2018 BBC NewsSubsection UK

January 15, 2021

‘BBC NEWS
I almost died from skin-whitening creams’

‘I almost died from skin-whitening creams’
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A woman who used skin-whitening cream had to be hospitalised after using the illegal substance for more than 10 years.

Safi George suffered scarring as a result of using the cream and said “I would have lost my life” if it was not for medical intervention.

Published
6 August 2018 BBC News UK

BLEACH AND DIE O! -“I ALMOST DIED FROM SKIN-WHITENING CREAMS”

January 15, 2021

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‘I almost died from skin-whitening creams’

‘I almost died from skin-whitening creams’ Close A woman who used skin-whitening cream had to be hospitalised after using the illegal substance for more than 10 years. Safi George suffered scarring as a result of using the cream and said “I would have lost my life” if it was not for medical intervention.

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BLACK POLICEMAN FACED DOWN WHITE MOB DURING CAPITOL DEMONSTRATION O!

January 15, 2021

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REPARATIONS O! – ST. PAUL CONSIDERS O!

January 15, 2021

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BARBIE HONORS MAYA ANGELOU WITH A BLACK DOLl!

January 15, 2021

Mattel Just Unveiled a Barbie Doll Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou Dr. Angelou is the latest addition to Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series

By Shelby Copeland Jan 14, 2021

MATTEL Ahead of Black History Month, Mattel has revealed that they’re honoring the late writer, author, activist, and teacher, Dr. Maya Angelou with a signature doll. The doll is part of the company’s Inspiring Women Series, as well as its initiative to “spotlight more Black role models.” The doll is available now. Read below for more info on where to purchase yours. Over the last few decades, Barbie has traded her signature bright, bubblegum pink looks for space suits, athletic gear, and even makeovers from Beyoncé’s makeup artist. With time, the classic figure has evolved to reflect real, successful women. In fact, Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series specifically celebrates women who have made history, creating dolls that pay homage to everyone from Frida Kahlo to Amelia Earheart and Rosa Parks. Now, the franchise has revealed its lates honoree: Dr. Maya Angelou. The Black doll is dressed in a floral print floor-length dress and matching head wrap, similar to the styles Dr. Angelou donned in real life. The doll also holds a replica of her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. “Our efforts include a commitment to spotlight more Black role models who are female, and now, we are introducing a doll that honors Dr. Maya Angelou, author and activist who used her voice and unique writing style to connect with people and inspire generations,” Barbie’s manufacturing company Mattel said in a statement. “Dr. Maya Angelou had a multi-hyphenated career and numerous awards and accolades, including over 50 honorary doctorates and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Nominated for a National Book Award in 1970, her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings continues to move readers around the world today.” RELATED STORIES Barbie Just Got a Makeover For Black History Month You Can Finally Have Your Own Qai Qai Doll 10 of Maya Angelou’s Most Essential Life Works Launched in 2018, The Inspired Women Series is “dedicated to honoring historical and present-day role models who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before,” the company said in a statement. Other past honorees have included NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and tennis player Billie Jean King. In addition to inspiring all youth to go after their dreams, the newest addition of Dr. Angelou aims to fulfill another commitment made by the company to the Black community. In 2020 after the death of George Floyd, many companies, including Mattel and Barbie, redirected their efforts to promote more Black voices, diversity, and inclusion. In a statement posted on Instagram, the Barbie account shared that going forward, “more than 50% of future global Role Models honored will be Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color.” In October 2020, the franchise went viral for its animated YouTube video showing Barbie discussing racism with her Black friend, Nikki. In the video, the pair discuss an instance where Barbie realizes her white privilege and supports Nikki. “White people get an advantage that they didn’t earn, and Black people get a disadvantage that they don’t deserve.” This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. For collectors or fans, the Maya Angelou doll is available now for purchase online at Barbie, Amazon, or in stores at Target for $29.99. Barbie Signature Doll of Maya Angelou MATTEL For more stories like this, sign up for our newsletter. 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