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True Love: The Victorian (Re)Discovery of Black Women?s Literature

If you can pull out some old British newspapers, then you?ll find that an article from 1893 proclaimed Sarah Farro as the 1st Negro Novelist for her publication called ?True Love.? Well, they didn?t have their facts right about her being the first, but they did well in recognizing the phenomenal kick-starter for African American literature.

Farro was born in Illinois in 1859 and her parents had moved from the South to settle in Chicago. In the census of 1880, her two sisters and her family were given the ?Black? status. One reason why her one and only publication had disappeared from records was that she wrote about white people.

Her novel had been published by a well-known publishing house at the time and it was exhibited at the World?s Columbian Exhibition. Her work was among the work of 58 others which constituted of women only. She had even been recognized as an outstanding pioneer for her race in Chicago!

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They’re Home Free! Two Georgia Women Imprisoned in Kuwait Released After 11 months

They were sentenced to 20+ years on what family members say were trumped-up drug charges.

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Monique and Larissa

(Via WIVB) –  Monique Coverson and her partner, Larissa are back home in Georgia. They returned home  after a judge found them innocent.

Back in 2015, after sitting in prison without charges, the two were sentenced 20 to 25 years after a legal, tobacco-like substance was found in their Kuwait home. Coverson said the substance was none of theirs in the first place. She says she distinctly remembers hearing the loud bangs of people forcing themselves into their home.

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The Transformation of African-American Life in 19th Century Washington

*Have you ever wondered what kind of conditions African Americans had to endure at the start and end of the Civil War?

Did D.C. follow the lead of other states or was it the first to shift from the attitude of Emancipation? What were the ripple effects of the Reconstruction Era? All of these questions will be answered if you read on.

The Reconstruction Era of Washington D.C. had 2 transformations that have been known to be quite long-lasting. The transformations were the exponential growth of the city and the end of slavery. The Congress was being constantly told by the Abolitionists to stop slavery ? especially in D.C.

Congress, on the other hand, was dominated by interests of holding on to slavery and hence wouldn?t shift from their current stand.

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Why the Term ?Mammy? is Racist

*At the 2015 MTV/Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dogg appeared together in a pre-taped segment where Miley introduced her grandmother as her ?real mammy.’  While she was sharing the term of endearment she uses for her white grandmother, her usage of the term had serious racial implications.

Mammy is a term that is inseparable from the painful past of the Black Community ? the era when enslavement was legal and protected by law.

This incident started a huge backlash on Twitter in which many including Chance the Rapper shared their disappointment. He posted a picture of actress Hattie McDaniel from Gone with the Wind, in which she played the role of a slave housemaid and was called mammy.

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Pic of Father Changing Son Goes Viral; Spurs Realization That Dads Need Changing Tables Too

*After a photo of a father having to change his baby son’s diaper while squatting went viral, it prompted a call for men’s public restrooms to require changing tables, just like the women’s restrooms.

?This is a serious post!!! What?s the deal with not having changing tables in men?s bathroom as if we don?t exist!!? Donte Palmer, a high school teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., captioned an Instagram photo of him changing his son?s diaper in a restaurant bathroom. ?Clearly, we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It?s routine to him!!!! Let?s fix this problem!? Palmer also called on activist and football quarterback Colin Kaepernick to ?drop a knee to this issue!?

After The Shade Room published the photo, it got more than 400,000 likes.

Palmer, 31, told Yahoo Lifestyle that the September 15th image reflects his daily routine with his three boys, ages 12, 7, and 1.

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Man Who Brought Live Snake to Waffle House Tells His Side of the Story – WATCH

'Most of the people be like can I rub him, do he bite, do he have teeth?'

*Earlier we told you about a man in Mississippi who made the unwise decision to bring his live snake into a Waffle House restaurant and the chaos that ensued. As you can imagine, video of the incident has gone viral.

Now, the McComb, MS resident (Gary Lewis) is speaking out and venting his frustration about the situation

?Most of the people think it?s kinda crazy for a guy to be having a live snake around his neck,? he said as he wrapped it around his neck.

Lewis says he takes his pet snake named LB everywhere and has never had a problem.

?This was the worse I have seen right here,” said Lewis. “Normally when I walk in a public place or something, you might have one or two people like, oh he got a snake, but never had any kinda reaction like this.?

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It’s Happened Again! Second Woman Accuses SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct

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Brett Kavanaugh

*Uh oh, Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh‘s got anther female problem to deal with now that a second woman has come forth to claim he was inapprpriate with her.

Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh has described a dormitory party gone awry and a drunken incident that she wants the F.B.I. to investigate.

Here’s MORE from The New Yorker:

As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump?s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. The offices of at least four Democratic senators have received information about the allegation, and at least two have begun investigating it.

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President of the Republic of Cabo Verde Dr. Jorge Carlos Fonseca & First Lady Visit California

First-Time Presidential Visit to the 'Golden State,' Celebrating 200 Years of U.S. and Cabo Verdeano Alliance

The Embassy and the Consulate General of Cabo Verde in the United States has the honor of formally announcing the upcoming visit of His Excellency Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, President of the Republic of Cabo Verde, and First Lady Ligia Fonseca to California Sept. 20-23, 2018.

The visit begins with Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown Jr. in Sacramento on Friday, Sept. 21, where he’ll be accompanied by the Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs Luis Filipe Tavares, the Ambassador to Washington, D.C., Carlos Veiga, along with Consul General Herminio Moniz. President Fonseca is expected to address issues of common interests between Cabo Verde and the United States in a year when the two countries celebrate 200 years of their official relationship.

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