Black Breastfeeding Week | August 25 to 31, 2014
August 25 through 31 marks Black Breastfeeding Week. As anyone who has seen me (and my boobs) knows, I am a huge advocate of giving our children a head start with breast milk whenever possible. Join the celebration on Twitter and Facebook by sharing your breastfeeding tips, triumphs, photos, and questions. And check out the #WellnessWed chat today at 2pm ET.Tweet
On D.C. Breakdown, talking parenting while Black, the environment, and natural hair.Tweet
B+GM on TV | D.C. Breakdown
I’ll be on D.C. Breakdown talking about parenting as a Black + Green Mama tonight. Watch me talk to the fantastic (and gorgeous) Angela Rae on the new Soul of the South network. Airs tonight, August 20th, at 8pm ET/7pm CT. (If you’re in DC, catch it Thursday morning at 8am ET on WHUT.) Cities and channel lineup below!
Washington, DC | WWTD-LD - 49.1
Louisville, Kentucky | WBNA-DT - 21.6, WBNA-DT - 21.2
Atlanta, Georgia | WYGA-LD - 16.1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | WZPA-LD - 33.1
Jackson, Tennessee | WADR-LD - 27.2
Houston, Texas | KUVM-CD - 34.1
Nashville, Tennessee | WJDE-LD - 31.2
New York, New York | WDVB-LD - 23.2, VERIZON FIOS - 477
Austin, Texas | KVAT-LD - 17.1
Mobile, Alabama | WPAN-DT - 40.1
Pensacola, Florida | WPAN-DT - 40.1
Jacksonville, Florida | WTLV-DT - 12.2, COMCAST - 200
Jackson, Mississippi | WLOO-DT - 35.2, COMCAST - 220
Dallas, Texas | KJJM-LD - 34.1, KATA-CD - 50.1, KHPK-LD - 28.4, KODF-LD - 26.2
Chicago, Illinois | WOCK-LD - 13.5, RCN - 47, COMCAST - 390
Beaumont, Texas | KUMY-LD - 22.1
Lafayette, Louisiana | KXKW-LP - 32.1, KLWB-DT - 50.3
Miami, Florida | W16CC-D - 16.1
Orlando, Florida | WZXZ-CA - 36.1
Dayton, Ohio | WRCX-LP - 40.1, TIME WARNER - 22
Tallahassee, Florida | WFXU-DT - 48.1
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | WLFT-DT - 30.4
Alexandria, Louisiana | KBCA-DT - 41.3
Little Rock, Arkansas | KKYK-CD - 30.1
Babygirl:Mama, I did it, I did it! I pulled down my pants, I used the potty, I pulled up my pants, I washed my hands, and I turned off the light, all by myself.
Mama:Great job, honey! I'm so proud of you.
Babygirl:No problem, Mama. My pleasure.
Mama:*stifling a laugh* Did you wipe?
Babygirl:Oh...One minute. *runs back to the bathroom*
Live from #Ferguson by Rosa Clemente:
An hour ago, Jessica Care Moore Talib Kweli, folks from the Fellowship of Reconcillation, Philp Agnew of Dream Defenders, Bgyrl ForLife Malik from Occupy the Hood and Trymaine Lee from MSNBC and many others were chased like animals by the cops. We ran to get away and were surrounded on a small path on bridge, surrounded by all types of police and told to lie down and put our hands up. We complied and we were told if we did not stop moving we would be shot. We were breathing. The young brother lying on my feet as I was holding him was not able to control his breathing he said “I’m choking” the cop told him to stop or he would shoot him. I told him “try not to move, just lay still I got you.” The gun was at his chest. I looked at the cop and said “please, he is not doing anything” I tried to record but the cop had his finger on the trigger. I could feel Talib’s hand on my back and Jessica behind me. We laid there until one Black officer said “Let them go, we got who we wanted.” In all my life I have never been so terrified. The young brother Devin said thank you I think you saved my life. What is going down here in #ferguson in all my years of activism, organizing, I have never seen. This is a war zone, a military occupation and our children are the cannon fodder. P.S. The white boy who threw the water bottle a big fuck you, I am sure you were an agent provocateur. But for the police to act this way, they are itching to kill more of us. P.S. Women are also brutalized and terrorized by the police, at the end all of us are Black and Brown and animals to them.
So many tears.Tweet
It physically hurts to keep my tears silent enough that Babygirl won’t hear me.
Layering? She told me she was about to perform a concert, and this was her outfit.
But you don’t see her toe, though…
The New Jim Crow
1. Ferguson, Missouri has a population of approximately 21,000 people — roughly 75% of those residents are Black
2. The Ferguson police department has around 530 cops —less than 5 of them are Black
3. Ferguson had *zero* homicides for all of 2014 —until Michael Brown was murdered by Darrin Wilson
4. Things you should know: Five Myths About Black-on-Black Crime
5. Michael Brown was 18yrs old and was about to begin college. Brown had no criminal record, and despite the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign, Mike Brown PAID FOR the cigars —those facts are all important and should be known, but even if Brown was a high school dropout with prior arrests who stole the cigars, 1) it wouldn’t have made his life any less valuable, 2) we have a court system and those are not capital offenses and 3) it doesn’t change the fact that the cop who killed him, Darren Wilson, had no idea about Brown’s personal history when he executed Brown. Wilson saw only a Black teen deemed either “too uppity” or “suspicious” because of his skin color
6. Five examples: The Militarization of the police
7. It’s deeply Institutional: Police view Black Children As Less Innocent
8. So please - don’t get it twisted