It is often said that a tree without roots, does not grow and so is the same for a people who do not know – correction – do not accept and understand their history… and in turn, themselves.
Therefore when it was first announced that there would a Smithsonian Museum dedicated to African American history and culture I was beyond excited. I was even more ecstatic when then President Obama finally declared the museum open this past September. Hence it should come as no surprise that the hubby and I made our way back to the Capitol to partake in this piece of history.
This month’s posts have taken a different direction and are geared towards highlighting important issues during Women’s History Month. This week I decided to shine the spotlight on some wonderful women I know who are making history in their own right.
But none of this would be possible without the actions of the history makers who came before.
This month has just been flying by. I can’t believe we’re almost half way through March! Geesh! I’m super excited because this month is really big for me.
I have a lot exciting thing going on but the best part of all – yesterday I celebrated my birthday! Adding to the excitement the clocks went back last night and spring made a grand appearance this week – which are two of the greatest presents ever!
But enough about me, here’s what’s been going on for the month thus far.
And just like that the first month of the year is already over! OMG can you even believe it? I’m still over here signing 2015 and it’s already been a MONTH! yeep!
So as we rolling into the shortest month of the year – rejoice, it’s a leap year guys – let’s take a look back at some of the crazy awesomeness that was January 2016.
I haven’t really been very active on here lately. But here’s a quick round up of some of the things I thought were worth sharing.
At the start of this year I promised to work on growing my blog. So in an effort to do so, I took the time to share more of the things I was truly passionate about by creating better content and even made time to celebrate a few milestones with you guys, including a an updated facade and all new features.
This month marked 1 year since I started blogging and to mark the occasion I created an extra special #FunFactFriday.
These are just some of the exciting things coming with the new year. Stay posted for more exciting features and content.
Happenings Around Town
Winter Storm Jonas swept through New York City and shut things down last weekend and for some, this was the perfect excuse for a mini winter staycation. Most parks and streets became winter playgrounds for kids and adults alike.
Broadway Week is still underway this week with 2-for-1 tickets to some of Broadways biggest hits until February 5th, get your tickets, here.
Also worth the buzz is the return of the bi-annual New York City Restaurant Week which also still running until February 5th, so if you’ve wanted to do a fancy, romantic dinner now would be the chance to do it. Check out the full list, here.
It has been a big year in television with attention focusing on On Demand services like Amazon Tv, Netflix and Hulu, whose Original pieces have dominated the ratings and awards alike. I think Cable companies should be getting worried – maybe even thinking about following in the footsteps of HBO, because the competition is real!
Also all new shows and seasons premiered over the winter break:
Zoe Ever After (Season 1- BET), Angel From Hell (Season 1), Lucifer (Season 1 – FX), Agent Carter (season 2 – ABC), Hit the Floor (Season 3 – VH1), Younger (Season 2 – TvLand), X-Files (Season 10), Shameless (Season 6)
and Mid-season returns of Code Black, Chicago Med, Fire & PD, Super Girl, Scorpion, Law & Order SVU, and Suits.
New releases from Macklemore, Kanye West, Sia and Rihanna.
Also Lady Gaga confirms that her new album is in the works and should be released this year.
Festival Season is fast approaching and in anticipation the line-ups for Coachella and Governor’s Ball have already been released.
In tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Black Hollywood teamed up with civil rights groups to host a day of rememberance and celebration with performance pieces of some of the works of the greats.
In juxtaposition, the Oscar Nominations were announced and in another unsurprising turn there we no Black actors/actresses nominated, ironically Black films were nominated however it was their non-Black writers, producers. etc. who were the nominees, resulting in a call for boycotts by several Black Hollywood names including this year’s honoree, director Spike Lee.
In contrast Black Films had a major field day at the Sundance Film festival. Nate Parker in particular won big for his project, with sale of “Birth of A Nation” to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million.
Women had a wonderful year in print as well as exampled by Elle‘s Women in Television February Covers, Essence Magazine #BlackGirlMagic Triple threat covers.
Ebony Magazine also marked the start of the year with a pivotal December/January cover featuring some of the prominent voices in today’s civil rights and social justice movement.
The month of January features some extremely important health initiatives, most of which I covered in some capacity on the blog.
January is also Birth Defect Prevention Month, which raises awareness about the importance of prenatal care in order to ensure happy, healthy babies.
Twitter users can now view Periscope without ever leaving the app, and Twitter stocks spike with rumors of News Corp – yes that one- interest in acquisition;
Travel to Iceland and Europe just got better with WOW international’s flights for under $200, founded by a former Silicon Valley exec.
You can now learn how to code on your smart phone. Forbes has recently released an exclusive list of 15 useful apps to help you learn design and coding on your smartphone.
Grace Coddington will step into a new role at American Vogue which allow the fashion maven more freedom.
America Apparel is finally moving forward after wrapping up their court case with their former CEO last week.
Maureen Chiquet, one of the very few female CEOs of a fashion house has left Chanel;
Barbie gets a makeover that has been long over due. Young girls can now have the Barbie of their choice that looks like them in every way they choose! Great job Mattel!
Better get to saving those loose pennies because Birkins and other luxury leather bags are now worth more than their weight in gold. Literally.
There seems to be a major crisis in some of the country’s states. In a 1st world country, there are citizens who have become sick from the water coming from their taps and while many know of the Flint, Michigan, situation it is also being reported that the same issue is being faced by citizens in St. Joseph, Louisiana! This really makes you wonder what’s really going on in these states. Hmmm?? *serious side eye.*
Germany’s Angela Merkel has mad it clear, Syrian refugees are to return home once the war is over.
The mosquito borne virus, Zika, which has afflicted South American countries like Brazil, where the virus has been linked to increased cases of microcephaly in new borns, has been popping in cities here state side, with an increasing number of cases being diagnosed every week. The virus has the potential to cause a pandemic as scientists warn that it is likely to afflict countries with the Aedes mosquito population, including the Caribbean.
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The Smithsonian’s Black History Museum is set to receive a $10 million gift from philanthropist David Rubenstein, who will also be loaning the museum, which i set to open this September, two documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln: the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day was this past January 11th and underscored some of the scary and mind-boggling facts about one of the world’s largest illegal trades.
FLOTUS Michelle Obama celebrated her 52nd birthday this month;
Some of the world’s oldest fossils were found in Kenya, read more about it last week’s Weekly Rewind.
North Korea has manufactured alcohol that will leave you without a raging headache no matter how much you drink, this is according to reports from the state’s newspaper, The Pyongyang Times.
A Look Ahead
The countdown is on for the Fall/Winter 2016 New York Fashion Week, which begins on February 11th – 18th.
February 2nd is Ground Hog day! Here’s to hoping Spring is on it’s way – if this week’s weather is any sign, things are looking great.
February is National Black History Month and I am beyond excited!
Return of one of my TV faves- TvLand’s younger in one of my newest blog additions, Ready. Set. Record.
An important #FunFactFriday about the importance of Blood Donation in honor of Blood Donation Awareness Month and sharing a few interesting facts for any of you who would be interested in getting involved.
On Demand Tv is In – with streaming services killing the nominations at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. Ratings numbers are through the roof and Netflix, with a line-up of more than 20+ original shows due out this year alone, and let’s not forget Hulu and Amazon Tv doing their thing, cable may soon be obsolete. Hint, HBO has already gotten onboard with the idea of being a solely streaming service.
Taraji P. Henson’s won big at the Golden Globes becoming the third African American Woman to win the Award for BEst Actress in a TV Drama;
Shameless is back and well – more shameless than ever with more crazy off the wall antics and plot lines than one can even begin to imagine!
Elle‘s Women in Television honors some of the hottest names on the small screen right now, Taraji, Viola, Priyanka, Olivia (Wilde), Julia.
Sam Smith won the Golden Globe award for Best at the 73rd Annual award show celebration.
For all you Music Festival fans the official Coachella Artist List is out and tickets are already on sale!
Festival junkies rejoice as the 2016 Governor’s Ball artist list is out!
Music Superstar David Bowie passed away this week at the age of 69 after a battle with liver cancer. May his talents and music will always live on.
The Revenant finally took up speed at the top of the box office list last weekend beating out Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had sat at the top since it’s December 18th release. This momentum could only see improvements after Leonardo Di Caprio’s win at the Golden Globes – and now 12 Oscar nods, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy), but this is an exceptional hold.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has fallen to the third place in this weekends box office listing but this comes after 5 weeks running strong and in the wake of The Revenant‘s big wins and nods. That however has no effect on it’s earnings though as the film has hit $1 billion overseas and is aimed at grossing ~ $2 billion worldwide, so no worries!
JLo keeps it young and fresh on the February cover of Instyle magazine and tells of some of her secrets to her continued youth, happiness and success.
With all the controversy and debate around #BlackGirlMagic – from Elle‘s (maybe ill-advised feauture article “Here’s My Problem with #BlackGirlMagic” by Dr. Linda Chavers and Ashley Ford’s rebuttal “There is Nothing Wrong with Black Girl Magic” for the same publication), to the twitter comments and “conversations”, Essence magazine chose to emphasize the hashtag’s significance to Black culture by highlighting some of the awesome black girls who are currently being great!
p.s.don’t miss Amandla Stenberg with her #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Teen Vogue.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Get Educated. Get checked. Know your family history. Protect your eyes.
Twitter users now able to view periscope videos without leaving app. So yea for catching up on all the cute videos in the world you love to see.
So finally those Hedi Slimane rumors can be put to rest – earlier this year the rumor mill was abuzz with news that Creative Director for the Fashion Houe, Saint laurent was leaving the company – however that has since been debunked.
Stella Mcartney celebrated with her Pre-Fall 2016 bash where celebrities were out in their numbers, and featured live performances by Pink and even Johnny Depp, showing off his musical chops;
There was a new twitter movement trying to convince all French individuals to wear yamakas in a show of solidarity against anti-semitism.
Jason-3, a U.S. – European Satellite has launched from California and will measure the shape of the global sea surface to an accuracy of better than 4cm. It will also track currents, tides, winds, wave heights, and will help forecast the intensity of storms. But with a new mission of also maintaining the reference data-set on sea-level rise as a response to continued Global warming. Thus far it shows the world’s oceans to be rising at more than 3mm per year!
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This week, January 11th marked the recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This day served as a reminder to the world about the statistics surrounding one of the most notorious illegal trades.
You can now fly to Europe for less than $200 using Icelandic airliner Wow Air. Created by a former Silicon Valley techie all flights connecting to several major European cities go through Iceland. You can now take that Euro trip without breaking the bank. Your options for flying out of the U.S. and Canada are still pretty limited as flights only leave from Boston, Washington, Toronto and Montreal, and now Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Happy 52nd to First Lady Michelle Obama!
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A Look Ahead
Tomorrow, January 18th marks the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday. The federal holiday is marked as a day of remembrance of the late religious and civil rights leader’s legacy and contributions to American History.
Hope you guys are enjoying the long weekend, and hope you have a fulfilling and productive week.
Hey guys – it seems like I just finished last week’s weekly rewind and yet here we are again. This week has flown by and I still haven’t figured out where the time went. However it’s time for another Weekly Rewind and a round up of all the things that made it at the top of my list.
First of all spring has sprung… as I did last year I took my official spring shot of the blooms on my walk along the block to our apartment –
And, kudos to the best spring day ever!! I took the long way all day just to relish in the sunshine and even had lunch outside!!
Last Night, BET network aired the 2015 Black Girls Rock!™ awards hosted by actresses Regina King, the voice of Cartoon Network’s, Riley and Huey of TheBoondocks, and Tracee Ellis Ross of ABC’s Blackish. The star-studded event was held in honor of the evenings celebrants to pay respects for the continued work and dedication to showing women and girls of color that it is possible to be successful and empowered.
Women’s History Month is acknowledged annually in the United States during the month of March – only one month after Black History Month, to highlight and celebrate the many historic contributions women have made to society.
The idea for the commemoration of these achievements sprung forth in the 1800’s, approximately 158 years ago to the day, when female factory workers in New York City staged protests over working conditions. Congress however has only since acknowledged and established Women’s History Month in 1987, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Since the birth of the feminist movement, women have made extraordinary leaps and bounds and yet, still do not share in the same levels of equality as their male counterparts – not in career, politics, education or pay! So to quote President Barack Obama’s 2014 proclamation;
“…during Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today.” – President Barack H. Obama
Therefore in honor if Women’s History Month I will be posting about some of the change makers past and present and their contributions to the state of Women’s Rights.