March Is Women's History Month

Get excited because for the month of March we will be celebrating Women’s History by featuring some of the most extraordinary Queen’s from all over the world. Women have come a very long way in so many fields especially career wise. So to honor our sister’s we have decided to go into deeper details spotlighting who we deem as inspirational, strong, intelligent and powerful women in history or shall we say HerStory?

Afeni Shakur

Afeni Shakur was an Afro-American revolutionary activist, freedom fighter, and mother to the late legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Afeni was a prominent member of the infamous Black Panther Party in the fight for justice and equality for Black Americans worldwide. Afeni Shakur was also a successful businesswoman. We salute this Queen for her strength and fight in the struggle for freedom. For her intelligence and outspoken personality and we cannot forget she birthed the genius artist known as 2pac who was definitely a revolutionary in the making. She wrote the Black Panther Party newsletter Panther Post. She led a successful campaign that led the Agents to believe the party was fading. In April 1968, Afeni Shakur was arrested with her then husband Lumumba Shakur at their apartment in Harlem on charges of conspiring with other Black Panther members to carry out bombings in New York. With bail set at $100,000 each for the 21 suspects, the Black Panthers decided to raise bail money first for Joseph and Shakur so that those two could work on raising bail for the others. Shakur had been effective in raising bail funds for jailed Panthers. The pre-trial started in February 1970 and the actual trial on September 8, 1970. Charges brought against her and the other members of the Black Panther Party were attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to bomb buildings and conspiracy. During the course of the trial, the judge dismissed twelve out of the thirty charges. Shakur chose to represent herself in court, pregnant while on trial and facing a 300-year prison sentence and had no law degree. Shakur interviewed witnesses and argued in court. She and the others in the “Panther 21” were acquitted in May 1971 after an eight-month trial. Altogether, Afeni Shakur spent two years in jail before being acquitted. Her son, Lesane Parish Crooks, was born on June 16, 1971. The following year, in 1972, Lesane Parish was renamed Tupac Amaru Shakur, which means “shining serpent” in Inca.

Just the fact of this one woman going into a high profile court room full of sharks with blood on their minds and walking out undefeated with only herself as her own attorney is on my top ten list of the most badass women who ever graced this earth with their presence. Afeni passed away at the age of 69 in California but we are forever grateful for all of the knowledge, wisdom and love she shared with the world. Source-Wikipedia

Today we will highlight Audre Lorde also known as Gamba Adisa which means (she who makes her meaning known). The revolutionary Queen who taught and fought for us women. She was an outsider like many of us who dare NOT to fit in. “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” When I think about this particular quote it gives me great motivation mainly because most of us thrive off of the opinions of others who we know lack the ability to see us for who we truly are. Only I know myself and truth be told, I’m still learning me so how dare another try to define me? It’s comical. I don’t have to choose one part of my being. I can be ALL and identify as multidimensional which allows me the ability to walk in the shoes of my neighbor. That is the beginning of compassion. Audre was bold in the eyes of many. On this International Women’s Day we celebrate HER and ourselves because she is us and we are as well. Let’s take time to study her literature and embrace the revolution. The battles are still ongoing and yet we have come so far. So I’ll leave you with this phenomenal quote from her “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing”
Yesterday March 10 was the anniversary of the warrior Goddess Harriet Tubman’s home going. We will be highlighting her fierce and historic journey today. HER quote featured in the photo above has become one of the most famous of all revolutionaries. Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Whenever I see photos of Tubman, I am immediately motivated to continue on to the promised land. To keep going as she once said. Many of us have no clue to the extent of how deep the system of slavery runs. It is not only systematic but educational and generational. That is why we say that there is still a long way to go in the struggle to unravel such epidemics. Queen Harriet seemed to make this quote with an understanding of how mentally enslaved our people are. You see most slaves did not want to follow her to freedom because they lacked to acknowledge their own slavery which would then make it so much more difficult to convince them to free themselves. Almost everything we do on a day to day basis upholds the system of slavery if we are being brutally honest. And many will fight you til the death to keep it that way. I am eternally grateful to have studied and gained jewels from Harriet. To Freedom…..