Monday, December 14, 2020

Black Jeopardy with Chadwick Boseman - SNL


A little something to make you smile on these very cold days.  Black Jeopardy with T'Challah, Black Panther's late Chadwick Boseman.  It doesn't matter how bad things get, we can still laugh. 

Plus go here for Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks

For more humour, plus relaxation, music, Black history and more, go here for Coronavirus Resources.  

Please comment/share. 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks - SNL


A little something to make you smile on these very cold days.  

For more humour, plus relaxation, music, Black history and more, go here for Coronavirus Resources.  


Friday, December 11, 2020

Spree of Executions during Trump's Final Days

In what NBC News has called a "spree" of Federal executions, Donald Trump has ordered the Federal executions of five more people.  Four of them are Black men, including Brandon Bernard, who was arrested at the age of 18.  The government's scheduling timeline violates the federal death penalty law.

This makes Trump the "President" to order the most Federal executions in over 130 years.  The Republican administration had not ordered any executions for 17 years - until July of this year.  

According to a recent report by the Death Penalty Information Center, there is a history of racism in the criminal injustice system which dates back to slavery, lynching and segregation.  Well, we already knew that, but it's still useful to hear it. 

See also:  How to Escape the Prison System.    

See also:  Life Sentence for Stealing $9.  

See also:  83 Days, about George Stinney, who was executed at the age of 14. 

See also:  New Revelations about Emmett Till, who was murdered at the age of 14.  "The system rested on violence, and America let that happen."   The murder of Emmett Till galvanised people to fight racial injustice and ultimately led to the Civil Rights movement.  But today, this racism and criminal injustice continues. 

This story was also covered by The Guardian and the BBC.  

What do you make of all this?  Please leave your comments below and please share this with your networks.  Thanks.  


Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Success Strategies with Zhana: 2020 Year-End Roundup


If you missed the 2020 year-end roundup, you can still listen to it here.  

We had a lot to talk about.   So much has happened in 2020.  

What are the parallels between the killing of Breonna Taylor and the shooting of Cherry Groce?  

Do people in the U.S. know about what is happening here in the UK and in other countries?  And when they find out, what do they think?  

We didn't talk about the racist comments about the Sainsbury's ads.  What did you think?  Please share this with your networks and please comment below. 



Monday, November 30, 2020

Six-Year-Old Girl Arrested; 14-Year-Old Honestie Hodges Dies

 

As I said in my previous post, why was this child arrested?  What could she possibly have done to warrant her being taken out of her classroom and led away in handcuffs?  

Did she kill somebody?  

Links to resources are below.   My work is about solutions, so please do check out the resources below.  

I have now watched the full video - apparently, the child threw a temper tantrum.  A TEMPER TANTRUM, Y'ALL!!!  The teacher thought the appropriate thing to do in this situation was to call the cops.  The cops came and arrested this six-year-old girl, and as far as I can tell, did not even read her her rights or tell her the charges against her.

Another question:  Why did they arrest her before her grandmother arrived?  There are a lot of child protection issues and safeguarding issues here.  Could this really not have waited until her grandmother was able to get there, to talk to the child, to ride with her in the police car, to be there with her when she was arrested?

And another:  what kind of psychological scarring has she been left with?  She is going to make some therapist very wealthy one day.  

I have now learned about another handcuffing incident.  Honestie Hodges, 11 years of age  when she was arrested and handcuffed AT GUNPOINT, has now sadly died of covid-19 at the age of 14.   George Stinney was the same age when he was executed.  

Apparently, the police mistook Honestie for a middle-aged white woman who was a suspect in a stabbing.  

Again, I have questions about the type of psychological damage she will have suffered.  We may never know the answers in Honestie's case.  

The United States incarcerates more children than any other country.  We have a long history of arresting and incarcerating children, including George Stinney, who was executed at the age of 14

Also, check out this article about the incarceration of children in the U.S.  The rate of arrest and incarceration of Black children in the U.S. is twice the rate for white children. 

I'm so upset about these incidents, both recent and historic, and I'm sure you are, too.  To see young lives cut short by the criminal injustice system is just heartbreaking. 

Go here for my blog post, How to Escape from the Prison System.

We have so much power.  It's time we started to use it for our benefit.

Go here for How to Get Clear, Precise Answers.  Our minds are incredibly powerful, and we MUST use them to protect our children and protect our communities.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) can help to PREVENT these kinds of incidents from happening.  Go here for some NVC resources and go here for books about NVC.

As I said above, my work is about solutions.   Please share this with your networks and please comment below.







Friday, November 27, 2020

Brilliant Video: You about to Lose Your Job

 

Brilliant video:  You about to Lose Your Job. 

I saw this on this article from The Root:  White Couple Lose Jobs and Face Eviction.   This white couple decided to verbally abuse a Lyft driver, repeatedly calling him a "sand n-word" because he insisted that they wear face masks while he drove them during the pandemic.  The woman RECORDED THE INCIDENT on her phone. 

As a result, the couple have lost their jobs and are facing eviction from their home.   

I am wondering, how can we get other white people to record their own racist and abusive behaviour? 

My heart is breaking.  My tears are flowing.  No, hang on, wait a minute, those tears are for all the Black people who have lost their jobs, been denied opportunities, been unlawfully detained, been falsely convicted of crimes and been killed in officer-related incidents.  

See also:  Six-Year-Old Girl Arrested.  This child was taken out of the classroom in handcuffs. 

See also:  Injustice:  The Film the Police Tried to Ban.  

The government have told us to wear face masks in order to avoid infecting others with covid-19.  If the covid restrictions are getting you down, check out my Coronavirus Resources


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Small Axe: The Mangrove at the BBC

The Real Mangrove NIne
Imagine you are sitting in a local Caribbean cafe, enjoying a meal with your friends and loved ones, and the police come in and smash the place up.  I heard about the Mangrove  many years ago.  

 

This is the first of four films which The BBC will be screening on the BBC under the heading of "Small Axe".  

These films by Steve McQueen, who directed Twelve Years a Slave, will explore the experience of Black people in Britain.  

All the proprietor, Frank Crichlow, wanted was to run a Caribbean restaurant which reflected his culture and that of his local community.  But the racism of the police turned it into a battleground.  They are shown brutally trying to close down the Mangrove and even assaulting Frank Crichlow in the courtroom. 

This film, The Mangrove, is still available on iplayer.  This article about the Mangrove and the Mangrove Nine contains footage of the events described.  It also gives background information, including the fact that drugs, which apparently came from a police lab, were found on the premises.  

Black activists, including Darcus Howe, got involved in the struggle around the Mangrove.  This was an education for many people, not least Frank Crichlow.  

If you have not seen this film, you definitely need to see it.  I hope it will be shown internationally.  

Plus journalist Peter Kellner talks about giving evidence at the Old Bailey trial of the Mangrove Nine

See also:  Injustice:  The Film the Police Tried to Ban.  

Plus, we discussed television showing films about the Black experience here.  

Please share this with your networks and please comment below.  Thanks.  

 





Monday, November 16, 2020

Success Strategies with Zhana: What's on Your Mind?

Kamala Harris
At the time of recording, the result of the U.S. election had just been announced - a few minutes before we went on air, we found out Joe Biden was the new President, with Kamala Harris his new VP.  Listen below for more. 

What do you think about this?  What prospects does a Biden Presidency hold for our communities? 

Did you listen to our Election Day Roundtable?  Or our Post-Election Roundtable

Meanwhile, here in the UK, we are back in lockdown due to the coronavirus covid-19.  How do you feel about this?  Will it work to stem the rise of covid-19?  And what will it do to the economy? 

 

This scientist says the pandemic is over in the UK.  I find this fascinating.  What do you think? 

Our caller from Ghana told us the President of Tanzania had tested a papaya - and it had been found covid-positive.  

Plus:  Before Black History Month in the UK, why was there so much Black programming?  What are your thoughts?  

Go here to listen

Please share this with your networks and please leave your comments below.  Thanks.  

 


Monday, October 19, 2020

Injustice: The Film the Police Tried to Ban

My guest on the most recent edition of my Success Strategies online radio show was Ken Fero, the director of Injustice.   You have probably heard of, or seen, Injustice, Fero's film about seven UK families that are still fighting for justice after a family member died in police custody.  The police tried to ban this film - every time a cinema was scheduled to screen it, the police would phone them 15 minutes beforehand and tell them not to show it. 

Go here to listen.  

Ken Fero spoke to me about the fact that the police are, in his words, "killing Black people", and that this must stop.  

Some people believe the "Black Lives Matter" movement only pertains to the U.S.  Ken Fero talked with me about filming the experience of Black people and other migrant communities in many places, including the UK, Germany and France.  Go here to listen

He also spoke about his new film, Ultraviolence, and the fact that deaths in police custody are just "the tip of the iceberg".  

For more about Ken Fero and Injustice, see Ken Fero on Deaths in Police Custody.  

Go here to listen to our conversation.  

See also:  Protecting Our Communities.  

As I am sure you know, October is Black History Month/African Heritage Month here in the UK.  

And, of course, every month is Black History Month/African Heritage Month.  

Go here for my recent conversation with Brother Tony Warner of London Black History Walks:  Does Black History Really Matter?  As usual, he offered us loads of information about Black British history. 

Go here for more of my Black history blogs.  

Please leave your comments below and please share.  Thanks!  

Go here for more from the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020.  





Monday, September 14, 2020

Girl Knocked Unconscious in Racist Attack after Telling Boy “My Black is Beautiful”


Nevaeh Thomas, an 11-year old girl from Kansas City, says that she was racially harassed and assaulted by a 12-year old boy while playing outside. The boy allegedly began calling her racial slurs and then knocked her unconscious when she told him “my Black is beautiful.” 

Go here to read more about this.  

I see this photograph of her lying wounded in a hospital bed and it just breaks my heart.  

Your Black IS beautiful, baby.   One has to wonder why this boy is so hateful at the age of 12.  Why can't he tolerate a Black child celebrating her own beauty?  So sad.  These stories break my heart.  

This is just one more reason why we need Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and The Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence.  



Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Global Peace Summit with Naimah Latif

I am delighted to invite you to The Global Peace Summit with Naimah Latif, owner and Executive Producer of The Female Solution, which will be held this weekend. We will be live on Blogtalk Radio, on Facebook and on Zoom - see below for details including the full schedule.

The presenters on The Female Solution - including me - will speak during the weekend, sharing thoughts about practical methods for achieving and maintaining global peace. I will be speaking about Nonviolent Communication (NVC) on Friday at 10 a.m. Central Time/4 p.m. UK time.

The full schedule is below. Please join us for as much of the programming as you can, and please share this with your networks.

As we are still reeling from the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many others, never was there more of a need for the Global Peace Summit.

For more about the Global Peace Summit, see:  How Can We Create aPeaceful World? Part 5. For more information, check out The Female Solution on Facebook.  

We will be live on Zoom (with segments heard on Blogtalk Radio on Soul Purpose Healing, It’s My House, and The Female Solution Radio show.)

Friday, August 28, 2020 9 am-2 pm Central Time / 3 pm-8 pm UK time

Zoom Meeting ID: 853 2272 7205 Passcode: 200663Okk

Saturday August 29, 2020 9 am-2 pm Central Time / 3 pm-8 pm UK time

Zoom Meeting ID: 853 5219 9959 Passcode: 040656

This two-day international meeting of the minds will feature presenters from all around the world sharing programs that provide for the health, interests, rights and needs of the people.  Many organizations whose members envision a world of peaceful coexistence through cooperation and mutual respect have demonstrated great success with initiatives that provide solutions to the challenges we face.  This gathering is for the purpose of sharing these solutions so that each of our local successes can spread to the global community. The format is as follows:

Each half hour segment will feature three presenters that give a five minute synopsis of their program, their successes, the challenges they overcame and their website and contact information. In the next 10 minutes, members of the audience may ask a one-minute question or make a one-minute statement regarding the information presented.

Watch us live on Zoom or listen live on Blogtalk Radio and call in and comment:

Friday, August 28th

9-10 am Central / 3-4 pm BST

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-female-solution

515-605-9325

10am -12 noon Central / 4 pm-6 pm BST

http://www.soulpurposehealing

215-383-5863

12 noon to 2 pm / 6 pm-8 pm BST

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/solarlandlord

619-768-2945


Saturday August 29th 2020

9 am-11 am Central / 3 pm-5 pm BST

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/solarlandlord

619-768-2945

11 am-2 pm Central / 5 pm-8 pm BST

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-female-solution,

515-605-9325 

 

The program is as follows:

Friday, August 28, 2020

9:00 Introduction of Presenters for the Day

9:30 Energy Healing: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection

10:00 Non-Violent Communication: The Foundation For Peace (with Zhana)

10:30 How To Discipline Children Without Hitting Them

11:00 Peace Schools: Teaching Values in The Classroom

11:30 Cooperative Farming, Urban Gardening

12:00 Avoid Hospitals With Healthy Food Prepared At Home

12:30 Humanity First: Helping Our Neighbors

1:00 Housing Cooperatives, Tiny Houses

1:30 Solar Energy, Own Your Own Power

2:00 Closing


Saturday August  29, 2020

9:00 Introduction of Presenters For the Day

9:30 Bitcoin: A New Global Currency Empowering People

10:00 The Pan African Connection: Doing Business Overseas

10:30 Ending Conflict Through Interfaith Communications

11:00 Declaration of Peace, Cessation of War (DPCW)

11:30 Ethics In Elections: How To Protect Your Vote

12:00 Creating A Culture of Gender Equality

12:30 Redefining Manhood: Bringing Fathers Back Home

1:00 After Incarceration: Transforming New Citizens

1:30 Security With The Right Spirit: Police Officers Who Pray

2:00 Closing

For more information, check out The Female Solution on Facebook.  

Please submit your blog post to The Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence

 



Monday, August 10, 2020

How Can We Create a Peaceful World? Part 5

The Female Solution

If you have been following this series, you know I was not particularly happy with how Part 4 went.  However, I really enjoyed Part 5, and I think you will, too. 

In the first half, I spoke with Dawn Williams of Black Women for Positive Change. She told us about the Week of Nonviolence events from previous years, plus plans for this year.  Go here to listen.   

In the second half, Naimah Latif, Executive Producer of The Female Solution, told us about the forthcoming Global Peace Summit which will be held at the end of this month.  I am very excited about this and invite you to take part.  Go here to listen

Go here for more about the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020 and how you can submit your blog post. 

Please share this with your networks and please leave your comments below.  Thanks.






Tuesday, July 07, 2020

How Can We Create a Peaceful World? Part 4

How Can We Ceate a Peaeful World? 
In the second half of my "Success Strategies" online radio show, we continued our discussion on “How Can We Create a Peaceful World?”. If you missed parts 1-3 of this discussion, go here to listen to them.  
But you don't need to listen to them before hearing this one.  Listen below. 

I was not happy with the way this discussion went.  We got sidetracked and didn't really address the question.  

I do not personally believe that guns, or any weapons, bring about peace.  The police are killing Black folks, our children are killing each other, children are walking into their schools  and opening fire, killing teachers and other children.  That is NOT peace.  

Dr. Boyce Watkins says that more Black people were killed by gun violence in Chicago in one weekend than died of coronavirus in the entire state of Illinois.  

That Trump idiot is promoting the "us and them" mentality.  That does NOT bring about peace.  

It's obvious:  to end violence, we must be nonviolent.  

To create a peaceful world, we need to work together for everyone's benefit.  

These are my opinions.  I want to hear yours.  Please leave your comments below and please join us for Part 5, which will broadcast in the beginning of August.  


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Monday, July 06, 2020

Does Black History Really Matter?

London Black History Walks
I very much enjoyed this conversation with Brother Tony Warner of London Black History Walks.  

As always, he shared loads of Black history information and details.  Listening to Brother Tony is an education. 




Listen below.  

We discussed:
  • Are people in the UK aware of Black history in Britain, the United States and elsewhere?
  • And are African Americans aware of Black British history?
  • What has been the contribution of Black women to Black history?
  • How have Black women been represented in history and in film?
  • African Odysseys films - how and why did they come into being, and what is the significance of this ongoing series?


One thing that came out of this discussion was the importance of sharing this information globally.  People in the United States are unaware of UK Black history, and often know nothing about the experience of Black people globally.

I urge you to attend Black history walks, talks, films, and, now, bus tours and boat trips with London Black History Walks (once the lockdown is lifted).

Go here for lots of my Black history blogs

I have Black history quizzes for all the family on my Coronavirus Resources page. 

Please share this with your networks and please leave your comments below.  Thanks.








Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Write a Letter to Your Subconscious and Reprogram Your Reality // The Law of Attraction


Another great video from "Brown and Bendy" Dominique Davis.  Our unconscious minds are incredibly powerful.  We can use words and images to influence our unconscious minds, and when we change our thoughts, feelings and emotions, we change our lives.

For more about how to manifest what you want, go here to download my ebook, Secrets of Manifestation, which is still FREE at this time.

I have loads more content to help you attract what you want on my groups:

Nurture Success; and

The Key to Everything; and

on my Coronavirus Resources page.

See also:   How to Visualise for Maximum Result using the LOA.  

Please share this with your networks and please leave your comments below.  Thanks.






Monday, June 22, 2020

What Does "Thank You" Even Mean?


Gratitude is a hugely important and powerful part of manifestation.  Check out this video from "Brown and Bendy" Dominique Davis, who explains how this works and gives us a beautiful meditation to help with this process.  

For more about how to manifest what you want, go here to download my ebook, Secrets of Manifestation, which is still FREE at this time.

I have loads more content to help you attract what you want on my groups:

Nurture Success; and

The Key to Everything; and

on my Coronavirus Resources page.

See also:   How to Visualise for Maximum Result using the LOA

Please share this with your networks and please leave your comments below.  Thanks.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Dawn Butler: It’s Time We Stopped Downplaying Racism in the UK

Dawn Butler MP
I found this article by Dawn Butler MP very interesting.  I agreed with a lot of what Dawn Butler said, but disagreed with other things.  She raises some important points. 

Butler states that, as a young person, she was told by her brothers never to phone the police - if there were a problem or an incident, she should phone her brothers instead.  This reflects many Black people's reality.  She then recounts an incident in which, threatened by a white neighbour, first with a brick and then later with a knife, she calls the police, who turn up and arrest her brother.  And she states, "That is why I was always told never to call the police".

Having said this, when I was threatened with a baseball bat by a (Black) neighbour, I called the police and was impressed by the swiftness of their response.  However, after their initial visit, I heard nothing further.  I eventually wrote to my MP, Harriet Harman, about this, and she helped me, as she has done many times over the years.  After that, the police finally took action, but it was too late as the evidence had disappeared.

I would have expected Dawn Butler to know, and recommend, that we contact our MPs for help if necessary, if the police have not taken appropriate action.  Of course, some MPs are more responsive than others.

And of course, I should not have had to do this in order to get an appropriate response from the police.

Butler also states that people have told her "people say to [her] that racism isn’t as bad in the UK as it is in the US".  I have had Black people say the same thing to me.  This is a stupid and naive response.  Having lived in both countries, I would argue that racism in the two societies is both better and worse in some regards.  Racism and racist attitudes, practices and behaviours in the UK and in the U.S.A. are different and not necessarily able to be compared.  They are like apples and bananas.  But they are also the same.  Racism in both countries, and others, is the fruit of centuries of white supremacist conditioning and racist violence.

The reason so many people, Black, white and members of other races, have taken to the streets daily here in London and the UK is that they know, as we all know, that racism is a problem and is sometimes lethal.  Racist attitudes and actions by the police in this country have been involved with deaths in police custody of Black people including, for example, Joy Gardner, Smiley Culture and Cynthia Jarrett, to name but three, not to mention a whole host of other incidents such as the killing of Stephen Lawrence and the mishandling of it by the police.

We discussed some of this in my radio broadcast, "How Can We Create a Peaceful World?". 

At the moment, two documentaries about institutionalised racism in Britain are available for screening:  Justice for Joy on All 4 and Sitting in Limbo on BBC iplayer.  I watched part of Justice for Joy yesterday morning and Sitting in Limbo yesterday evening. Sitting in Limbo covers the recent "Windrush scandal" caused by the "hostile environment" towards immigrants that began under a Labour government and was fulfilled by successive Tory governments.   It focuses on Anthony Bryan, one man who was threatened with deportation after living here his whole life.  Be warned:  I was even more stressed and upset after watching these two documentaries.  It is a commentary on the current state of affairs that Joy Gardner's family have never achieved justice regarding her death.

And a reminder:  Baroness Lawrence, when she entered the House of Lords, stated that the police in Britain are characterised by institutional racism and institutional corruption.

I have seen white police officers take a knee in recognition of the horrendous slaying of George Floyd.  I have been very moved by this.  But even when they enter the force with good intentions, police trainees are entering a hostile environment with a culture of institutional racism and institutional corruption.

There are examples of big racist incidents in this country, as well as small ones.  As Butler says, we need to call out racism when we see it.  And this will benefit everyone.

We can change things.  Each and every one of us can make a difference.  

Go here for the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020.

Go here for more about the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020 and how you can submit your blog post. 








Monday, June 08, 2020

How Can We Create a Peaceful World?

On my "Success Strategies" radio show, we asked the question, "How Can We Create a Peaceful World?". 

In Part 1, we talked about recent events, including the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.  We are all in shock about these incidents, especially as we watched George Floyd being killed before our eyes on TV.  Go here for Part 1, which links to Parts 2 and 3. 

Part 2 contained my recent interview with Carthenia Jefferson, one of the sistas from Black Women for Positive Change.  Carthenia is a member of the Birmingham, AL Black Nurses' Association and the National Black Nurses' Association.  She spoke about events they have held in the past for the Week of Nonviolence, and plans for this year under the covid-19 lockdown.  Go here for Part 2

In Part 3, we talked specifically about solutions.  We also talked about the fact that this is a global problem, it is not just about the U.S.  People in the UK have been demonstrating on a daily basis since the televised killing of George Floyd.  I talked specifically about the deaths of Cynthia Jarrett, Smiley Culture and Stephen Lawrence, and the shooting of Cherry Groce, all of which occurred in the UK. 

The Independent Police Complaint Commission have found that there is 'no evidence of a criminal offence' in the death of Smiley Culture, and that he stabbed himself to death while police were in attendance at his home.  Does this sound logical to you?  Anyway -   

Are the police the problem?  Do we need to abolish police?  And, if so, what can we put in their place?  How can we put more power into the hands of ordinary citizens?  And how can Nonviolent Communication (NVC) help us to transform these situations?  

Go here for Part 3


Many thanks to Naimah Latif for inviting me to host my show on her Blogtalk Radio channel, "The Female Solution".  See you again next month! 

Please listen to the programme and please leave your comments below.  Please also share this with your networks.  


Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Let's Talk with Iyanla Vanzant


Iyanla Vanzant is talking today about the recent killing of George Floyd and the demonstrations and unrest resulting from the killing.

We are going to be discussing this on my Blogtalk radio show this Saturday:  Success Strategies with Zhana:  How Can We Create a Peaceful World?

Iyanla does not mention the recent killing of Breonna Taylor, a young woman in Louisville, KY who was also killed by the police.  We need to bear Breonna Taylor in mind as well. 

Iyanla is saying there is a lot of male energy around at the moment, and Black men need to get in touch with their feelings.  And this is absolutely true.  It can be hard sometimes for us as Black women to get in touch with our feelings, and its even harder for Black men to do so.  If you are feeling angry, if you are feeling sad, if you are feeling despair, whatever we are feeling, it's important to stay in touch with our feelings and emotions.  

And, of course, NVC is based on empathy, i.e. connecting with our feelings and needs.  Empathy is at the heart of NVC. 

We will be discussing this on my Success Strategies radio show this Saturday, so please tune in.  We look forward to seeing you there.  


And go here to download Treasures of the Geniuses of Transformation, which contains even more wisdom from Iyanla Vanzant.  

Please share this with your networks and please comment below.  Thanks. 





Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lockdown Learning: African History Quizzes

Ramses II
I am woefully ignorant about African history, as evidenced by the fact that I struggled to answer any of the questions in these quizzes. For those of us who know little about African history, these quizzes leave us with no excuse.


Sample Quiz: Mutiny on the BountiesHow did various African countries gain their independence from the European colonial powers?

Sample Question:

When the scramble for Africa took place in the late 19th century, one nation found itself split into five territories, controlled by France, Italy, Britain and one of its eastern African neighbours. On gaining independence, the British and Italian territories were re-combined and the new country adopted a five-pointed star on its flag to represent the five territories that it wished to bring back together. Which country failed in its attempts at reconciliation and slid into anarchy in the late 1990s?
  • Somalia
  • Mozambique
  • Kenya
  • Mauritania
This is an absolutely brilliant site. The answers to each question are very lengthy and detailed. This is a great way to learn African history. 
 

This site lists a number of quizzes about African history and culture, focusing on different African regions and countries.  


Sample Question: Ramses II was known most for two qualities. Choose the two below. 
  • Education support
  • Monuments
  • Peacetime
  • Trade
  • Military leader

I am listing resources for the Coronavirus lockdown, including meditation, relaxation, music, financial abundance resources, humour and more, here

See also:  Lockdown Learning:  Black History Quizzes.

Please share this with your networks and please leave your comments below.  Thanks. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Lockdown Learning: Black History Quizzes

Garrett Morgan
The covid-19 lockdown offers us a great opportunity to brush up on Black history.  And if your children are bored at home, you can complete these online quizzes with them.  They provide fun for the whole family.  

If you are serious about Black history, you will want to read my book Black Success Stories, in which I interviewed the late Len Garrison, founder of the Black Cultural Archives, and Jak Buela, creator of the Black history quiz game “Nubian Jak
and author of Nubian Jak's Book of World FactsGarrison describes how he collected Black archive material and explains you can research your family history. “Nubian Jak” shares a huge range of factual information about Black people all over the world.


This is an easy quiz, accessible for children and young people. It focuses primarily on U.S. Black history. 

And remember, every month is Black History Month.   

Sample question: Garrett Morgan is responsible for which two inventions?
  1. Traffic light, gas mask
  2. Traffic light,cars
  3. Gas mask,stop sign

This is a slightly harder Black history quiz. This one also focuses primarily on African American (U.S.) history.

Sample question: She starred in an all-black version of the play, Hello Dolly!
  • Pearl Bailey
  • Leontyne Price
  • Josephine Baker
  • Isadora Duncan

This one is slightly harder. Again, this quiz focuses primarily on African American (U.S.) history.

Sample question: What was the first American state to ban slavery?

Go here for my short film Harriet, a Choreopoem, which imagines a meeting between Harriet Tubman and Harriet Jacobs.


I am listing resources for the Coronavirus lockdown, including meditation, relaxation, music, financial abundance resources and more, here.

Tomorrow, I will post about online African history quizzes.  

 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Cheer You Up Part 2


The sound quality is not great, but this is still BRILLIANT.  I defy you not to feel good when this is on.

And when the coronavirus crisis ends, you can celebrate to this.  And it WILL end.  We WILL win.  We WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!

See also:  This Should Cheer You Up (Bobby McFerrin). 

See also:  Bob Marley, Three Little Birds

Stay well.  Stay safe. 

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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Bob Marley, Three Little Birds


Bob Marley singing "Every Little Thing's Gonna Be All Right" - how can we NOT be uplifted by this music?  It makes my heart sing.

I've not heard this dub version before, and it's great.  This is what I've been missing.

In these difficult, challenging coronavirus days, we need music like this to lift our spirits.

Remember, the Law of Increase says whatever we dwell on increases.  Whatever we focus on increases.  That is the power of the human mind.  We are immensely powerful.

We have a choice - we can focus on the problem, or we can focus on solutions.  Either way, our results are influenced by our thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

Plus check out Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

Stay well, stay safe.

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