MBHM – Spiced Life Seasonings Distribution

Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – In February 2020 Spiced Life Seasonings Distribution launched providing convenient access to high quality spices that flavor foods that favor soul food cuisines. Options included those that accommodate salt sensitivity making soul food more accessible.

Anyone who follows me here knows that I love to cook. Well today’s Making Black History Moments marks the receipt of my first order of spices from Spiced Life Seasonings Distribution and the end of me buying seasonings from my local grocery stores. I really love a useful innovation and Spiced Life has figured out how to meet a need for me in a key way. When I opened the box I could tell that these spices were much fresher than what I can typically pick up in the grocery store.
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I also appreciate that there are a number of options for seasonings that are lower in sodium which helps in honoring the traditional preparation of soul food without clinging to the negatives that come with eating foods high in salt when you have that sensitivity to sodium.
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The pricing also beats the pants off of my local natural focused grocers and I don’t have to do the work of bagging and weighing my spices before purchasing them. Add to this that Spiced Life is a black owned business run by a chef that I have the utmost respect for and I’m totally sold. We’re gonna work this into the monthly grocery budget plan. 🙌🏾 👩🏾‍🍳
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Check them out on Facebook “Spiced Life Seasonings” or CLICK HERE to order direct from the website and get in on this yummy goodness.
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Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

The Importance of Being Seen

This one goes out to my Trek Nation family. I was watching a YouTube video this week that delved into the conflict that has divided the fandom over “Old Trek” versus “New Trek” when a troubling theory was voiced as to why many fans are angry and hurt over the presentation of ST:Discovery.

I am not talking about the debate centered around the “story arc”. Plenty of people argue about that on a daily basis. The issue I am here to discuss is far darker and more disturbing than us being left on the edge of our seats each week with a cliffhanger that makes us race back to our TVs seven days later. The issue that reared its head by a commentator was that ST:Discovery is intentionally and hurtfully casting white, Anglo-Saxon, males who identify as heterosexual as villains and that Trek is alienating (no pun intended) a significant portion of its fan base as a result. Tied to that is a feeling of resentment that Trek is forcing uncomfortable social issues in the fans’ faces every week.

Buckle up, y’all, cause my teacher/researcher mode just activated so let’s ENGAGE! (Click HERE to read more)

Wakanda Continues

Two years ago we all witnessed history being made with the theatrical release of Black Panther. I still find myself in awe of that special moment in time when I saw blackness of many shapes and forms held up and celebrated in a way that we have never seen before in the West.

Yet while Black America was celebrating our best black history month ever, my life was also forever changed by a much more solemn occasion. My grandmother joined the ancestors shortly before the film debuted which led to a good portion of my family assembling in Chicago for her service that opening Saturday. It was a time of reflection and intense feelings as we honored the memory of the woman who seeded in me an uncommon love of family. My grandmother taught me that a woman’s strength is tied to how she fashions her mind while caring for her heart.

I remember how that evening after her service my family piled into cars and found a nearby theater where we all took a flight to Wakanda and celebrated our being together as family. I remember how that time felt like such a precious gift.

I remember the last lesson she gave us, a reminder to tarry with each other even in the face of pain and sadness because there is nothing quite like the bond of a family that loves.

I still feel her absence and I probably always will, but I wrap it in the joy of all her lessons in life and love and the sharing good food and memories with family.


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – Birthright Africa

Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – In September 2015 Birthright Africa was founded to inspire youth and young adults of African descent ages 13 – 30 to explore their cultural roots and legacy of innovation within the United States and select nations in Africa as a birthright.

AFRICA

I, like many Americans, have sought out the services of DNA analytics companies in an attempt to learn more about my genetic legacy. Having grown up African-African during the 20th century with the full understanding that I come from the shame-filled folds of an U.S. tapestry that at times is afraid to let in the light, I still agonize over the not knowing parts of myself.

I don’t know the stories of my people passing back from ancient mother and daughter. Our song is broken and rough, yet it endures. And while I have walked the lands of my white forefathers, I have yet to return home.

I love the work that Birthright Africa is doing by helping young people recover their broken bits of song. By providing them with the opportunity to connect with the land of their ancestors is more than a small thing. It is an immense act of love. I only wish that all displaced Africans were afforded the opportunity to journey home for healing, for learning, for future-casting.

If you know of someone who needs to know about this opportunity you can learn more about the work of Birthright Africa at https://birthrightafrica.org.


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – On September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian welcomed into its family the National Museum of African American History and Culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.

Our nation took a large step onto the path of healing when the doors of this museum opened in 2016. It is important that we Americans face all that we are if we are to move forward together. While I have yet to make my first visit, I have had the honor of visiting a number of African American heritage sites across the nation. There are far more than I bet many would imagine and chances are there is one near you.

I’ll get you a head start by sharing a list I compiled a few years ago of nearly 200 sites. Take it, use it, learn the full history of our nation because we are all made from it whether we like it all or not.


African American Heritage Sites (USA)

•Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and Museum Huntsville AL http://alabama.travel/places-to-go/state-black-archives-research-center-and-museum
•Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Birmingham AL bcri.org
•Freedom Rides Museum Montgomery AL http://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/freedomrides/freedomrides.aspx
•Rosa Parks Museum Montgomery AL http://www.troy.edu/rosaparks/index.html
•Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site Tuskegee AL https://www.nps.gov/tuin/index.htm
•Delta Cultural Center Helena AR http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
•Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Little Rock AR https://www.nps.gov/chsc/index.htm
•Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Little Rock AR http://www.mosaictemplarscenter.com
•African American Multicultural Museum Scottsdale AZ http://www.aammuseum.org
•America’s Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association Scottsdale AZ http://www.thebuffalosoldiers.com
•African American Firefighter Museum Los Angeles CA https://www.aaffmuseum.org
•African American Museum Fresno CA aahcmsjv.org
•African American Museum Library at Oakland Oakland CA oaklandlibrary.org
•California African American Museum Los Angeles CA caamuseum.org
•Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum Riverside CA http://raahsinc.org/?venue=dora-nelson-aaahm
•Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum Sacremento CA http://www.sojoartsmuseum.org
•The African American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley Fresno CA http://www.aahcmsjv.org
•The African American Museum of Beginnings Pomona CA taamb.org
•Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library & Performing Arts Center San Diego CA https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/locations/branches/mxbranch
•Black American West Museum Denver CO https://www.bawmandhc.org
•African American Civil War Museum Washington DC afroamcivilwar.org
•Anacostia Museum Washington DC https://web.archive.org/web/20130704150007/http://anacostia.si.edu//
•Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Washington DC https://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
•National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington DC nmaahc.si.edu
•The Black Studies Center Washington DC https://www.dclibrary.org/blkren
•A. Quinn Jones Home Gainesville FL http://www.aqjmuseum.org
•Accord Civil Rights Museum St. Augustine FL http://www.accordfreedomtrail.org
•African American Cultural Society, Inc. Palm Coast FL https://www.facebook.com/AACSPalmCoast/
•African American Heritage Society East Pasco Lacoochee FL http://www.aahsepc.org
•African American Heritage Society Kate Coulson House – Historic Pensacola Village Pensacola FL http://www.aahspensacola.org
•African American Museum of the Arts DeLand FL https://www.africanmuseumdeland.org
•Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. – Tampa Florida Chapter Wesley Chapel FL http://www.aahgs.org
•American Beach Museum Amelia Island FL http://www.americanbeachmuseum.org
•ASH Gallery Tallahassee FL https://www.facebook.com/Ash-Gallery-160785120629416/
•Bealsville Historic Glover School Campus Plant City FL http://www.bealsville.com
•Bethune-Cookman University/Bethune Foundation Daytona Beach FL http://www.cookman.edu/foundation/
•Broward County African American Research Library & Cultural Center Ft. Lauderdale FL http://www.broward.org/Library/LocationsHours/Branches/Pages/AA.aspx
•Carrie Meek-James N. Eaton, Sr. Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum Tallahassee FL http://www.famu.edu/l
•Clara White Mission/Eartha White Museum Jacksonville FL http://www.clarawhitemission.org/Home.aspx
•Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center Gainesville FL http://www.cottonclubmuseum.com
•Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Jacksonville FL http://www.cummermuseum.org/visit/art/exhibition/lift-contemporary-responses-jacksonville-african-american-heritage
•Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum St. Petersburg FL http://www.woodsonmuseum.org
•Durkeeville Historical Society Museum Jacksonville FL http://www.durkeevillehistoricalsociety.com
•Edward Waters College Jacksonville FL http://www.ewc.edu
•Family Heritage House Museum Brandenton FL http://www.familyheritagehousemuseum.com
•Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens FL http://www.fmuniv.edu
•Goldsboro Historical Museum Sanford FL http://www.goldsboromuseum.com
•Haitian Heritage Museum Miami FL http://www.haitianheritagemuseum.org
•Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum Mims FL http://www.harryharriettemoore.org
•Historic Jenkins House West Palm Beach FL http://www.artistshowcase.org
•Historic L.B. Brown House Museum Bartow FL http://www.lbbrown.com
•Historic Virginia Key Beach Park – African Burial Ground Higgs Beach Miami FL http://www.virginiakeybeachpark.net
•James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH Jacksonville FL https://nmaahc.si.edu
•John Gilmore Riley Center Museum Tallahassee FL http://www.rileymuseum.org/site/
•Johnnie Ruth Clark Health Center St. Petersburg FL
•Kingsley Plantation Jacksonville FL http://www.nps.gov/timu/historyculture/kp_visiting.htm
•Knott House Museum Tallahassee FL http://www.museumoffloridahistory.com/about/sites/
•Lee County Black History Society Fort Myers FL http://www.leecountyblackhistorysociety.org
•Lincolnville Museum and Culture Center St. Augustine FL http://www.lincolnvillemuseum.org
•Luster All African American Heritage Museum Bartow FL
•Manhattan Casino Historic Building St. Petersburg FL http://www.themanhattancasino.com
•Mary McLeod Bethune House Museum – Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach FL http://www.nps.gov/mamc/index.htm
•Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum New Smyrna Beach FL http://www.blackheritagemuseum.org
•Moseley House Museum Eatonville FL http://faahpn.com/moseley-house/
•Old Dillard Museum Ft. Lauderdale FL http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/olddillardmuseum
•Pinellas County African American History Museum Clearwater FL
•Pinellas County African American History Museum and Resource Center Clearwater FL http://faahpn.com/pinellas-county-african-american-history-museum/
•Pioneer Florida Museum Dade City FL http://pioneerfloridamuseum.org
•Plant City Bing Rooming House African American Museum Plant City FL http://www.plantcitybinghouse.com
•Renaissance Park Living Heritage Museum Marianna FL
•Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Museum Jacksonville FL rlmchc.comcastbiz.net
•Ritz Theatre and Museum Jacksonville FL http://www.ritzjacksonville.com
•Robert W. Saunders Library Foundation, Inc. and Tampa Bay History Tours Tampa FL http://www.rwsaunders.org
•Royal Theater St. Petersburg FL legacy.soulofamerica.com/tampa-st-petersburg-cultural-sites.phtml
•Spady Cultural Heritage Museum Delray Beach FL http://www.spadymuseum.com
•Tallahassee Museum/History & Natural Sciences Tallahassee FL http://www.tallahasseemuseum.org/explore-the-museum/museum-exhibits/old-florida/
•The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida Miami FL http://www.theblackarchives.org
•The Blanchard House Museum Punta Gorda FL http://www.blanchardhousemuseum.org
•Union Bank Building Tallahassee FL
•Wells’ Built Museum of African American History & Culture Orlando FL http://www.wellsbuiltmuseumofafricanamericanhistoryandculture.org
•Williams Academy Black History Museum Fort Myers FL http://www.leecountyblackhistorysociety.org
•Zora Neale Hurston Festival – The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) Eatonville FL http://www.zoranealehurstonmuseum.com/index.html
•Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History Atlanta GA http://www.afpls.org/aarl
•Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation Atlanta GA http://camsawards.com
•Center for Civil and Human Rights Atlanta GA civilandhumanrights.org
•Center for the Study of African and African Diaspora Museums and Communities (CFSAADMC) Stone Mountain GA http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cfsaadmc/207347305976543
•Columbus Black History Museum Columbus GA http://columbusblackmus.wixsite.com/cbhm
•Dorchester Academy and Museum Midway GA http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/1456-historic-dorchester-academy-museum
•Jack Hadley Black History Museum Thomasville GA jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com
•The King Center Atlanta GA http://www.thekingcenter.org
•Tubman Museum of African American Art, History and Culture Macon GA http://www.tubmanmuseum.com
•African American Museum of Iowa Cedar Rapids IA blackiowa.org
•Grinnell College Conney M. Kimbo Black Cultural Center Grinnell IA https://www.grinnell.edu/about/offices-services/student-affairs/intercultural/bcc
•Iowa State University George A. Jackson Black Cultural Center Ames IA http://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/centers/bcc
•Idaho Black History Museum Boise ID ibhm.org
•A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Chicago IL
•African American History Museum Springfield IL spiaahm.org
•DuSable Museum of African American History Chicago IL dusablemuseum.org
•Ethnic Heritage Museum’s African American Gallery Rockford IL http://ethnicheritagemuseum.org
•Out of Africa Heritage Arts Center Springfield IL https://www.outofafricaheritage.com
•Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum Springfield IL https://spiaahm.org
•African/African American Historical Society Museum Fort Wayne IN https://www.facebook.com/OfficiallyAAAHSM?rf=109589599078380
•Evansville African American Museum Evansville IN https://evansvilleaamuseum.wordpress.com
•Indiana University-Bloomington Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Bloomington IN http://nmbcc.indiana.edu
•Purdue University Black Cultural Center West Lafayette IN http://www.purdue.edu/bcc/
•Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Topeka KS https://www.nps.gov/brvb/index.htm
•Kansas African American Museum Witchita KS tkaamuseum.org
•Berea College Black Cultural Center Berea KY https://www.berea.edu/bcc/
•Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Louisville KY http://www.kcaah.org
•Baton Rouge African American Museum Baton Rouge LA http://www.atchafalaya.org/fieldtrips.php?action=show_details&trip_id=28
•Bontemps African American Museum Alexandria LA http://arnaudwbontemps.wixsite.com/arnabontempsmuseum/cultural_arts_center
•Creole Heritage Folk Life Center Opelousas LA http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-historic-districts-sites/creole-heritage-folklife-center
•Finding Our Roots African American Museum Houma LA http://www.houmatoday.com/photogallery/DA/20170204/NEWS/204009985/PH/1
•River Road African American Museum Donaldsonville LA africanamericanmuseum.org
•Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center Cambridge MA http://visitdorchester.org/harriet-tubman-museum-educational-center/


•Museum of African American History-Boston Campus Boston MA maah.org
•Museum of African American History-Nantucket Campus Nantucket MA maah.org
•”Arthur “”Smokestack”” Hardy Fire Museum” Baltimore MD http://www.rachelhennick.com/arthur-smokestack-hardy-fire-museum/
•B&O Railroad Museum Baltimore MD http://www.borail.org
•Banneker-Douglass Museum Annapolis MD http://bdmuseum.maryland.gov
•Frederick Douglass- Isaac Myers Maritime Park Baltimore MD https://livingclassrooms.org/ourp_fdimmp.php


•Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Church Creek MD http://harriettubmanbyway.org/harriet-tubman/

•Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center Brentwood MD pgaamcc.org •Reginald F. Lewis Museum Baltimore MD lewismuseum.org

•The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora College Park MD driskellcenter.umd.edu

•The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum Baltimore MD greatblacksinwax.org

Black History 101 Mobile Museum Detroit MI https://www.blackhistory101mobilemuseum.com •Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Detroit MI thewright.org

•George Washington Carver National Monument Diamond MO https://www.nps.gov/gwca/index.htm

•Griot Museum of Black History St. Louis MO thegriotmuseum.com

•National Blues Museum St. Louis MO http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org

•Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Kansas City MO nlbm.com

•University of Missouri Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Columbia MO https://gobcc.missouri.edu

•Delta Blues Museum Clarksdale MS http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org

•Tougaloo College Archives and Special Collections Tougaloo MS https://www.tougaloo.edu/library/archives-special-collections

•University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Chapel Hill NC http://stonecenter.unc.edu

•Great Plains Black History Museum Omaha NE gpblackmuseum.org

•Newark Museum Newark NJ http://www.newarkmuseum.org/mission

•African American Museum Hempstead NY theaamuseum.org

•National Jazz Museum Harlem NY http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org

•Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Black Cultural Center Troy NY http://www.lib.rpi.edu/Archives/buildings/black_house.html

•The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center New York NY http://www.theshabazzcenter.org/

•African American Museum in Cleveland Cleveland OH http://aamcleveland.wixsite.com/aamc

•Baldwin Wallace University Black Cultural Center Berea OH https://www.bw.edu/student-life/services/multicultural/

•The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Cincinnati OH http://www.freedomcenter.org

•The Ohio State University Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center Columbus OH https://odi.osu.edu/hale-black-cultural-center/hbcc-events/

•University of Mount Union Black Cultural Center Alliance OH http://www.mountunion.edu/black-cultural-center

•Greenwood Cultural Center Tulsa OK http://www.greenwoodculturalcenter.com

•Oregon State University Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center Corvallis OR http://dce.oregonstate.edu/bcc

•University of Oregon Black Cultural Center Eugene OR https://around.uoregon.edu/content/black-cultural-center-launched-key-gift-petrone-family

•August Wilson Center for African American Culture Pittsburg PA https://culturaldistrict.org/pages/awc

•Franklin & Marshall College Black Cultural Center Lancaster PA https://www.fandm.edu/map/black-cultural-center

•Lafayette College Portlock Black Cultural Center Easton PA https://directory.lafayette.edu/node/204

•Swathmore College Black Cultural Center Swathmore PA http://www.swarthmore.edu/black-cultural-center

The African American Museum in Philadelphia Philadelphia PA aampmuseum.org

University of Pennsylvania Makuu Black Cultural Center Philadelphia PA http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/makuu/

•Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum Seneca SC https://www.blscm.org

•Clemson Area African American Museum Clemson SC http://www.ca-aam.org International

•African American Museum Charleston SC iaamuseum.org

•Austin Peay State University Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center Clarksville TN http://www.apsu.edu/aacc/

•National Civil Rights Museum Memphis TN civilrightsmuseum.org

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Frieson Black Cultural Center Knoxville TN http://multicultural.utk.edu/fbcc/friesonbcc/

•Vanderbilt University Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Nashville TN https://www.vanderbilt.edu/bcc/

•African American Museum of Dallas Dallas TX aamdallas.org

•Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Houston TX http://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com

•George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center Austin TX http://www.austintexas.gov/department/george-washington-carver-museum-and-cultural-center

•Houston Museum of African American Culture Houston TX hmaac.org

•The Caviel Museum of African American History Lubbock TX https://www.rootshistoricalartscouncil.com/projects

•Alexandria Black History Museum Alexandria VA alexandriava.gov Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Lynchburg VA http://annespencermuseum.com

•Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia Richmond VA blackhistorymuseum.org

•Pocahontas Island Black History Museum Petersburg VA pocahontasislandmuseum.com

•University of Virginia Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center Charlottesville VA https://oaaa.virginia.edu/luther-porter-jackson-black-cultural-center

•Virginia Tech University Black Cultural Center Blacksburg VA http://ccc.vt.edu/advocacy/Cultural_Community_Centers/bcc.html

•Northwest African American Museum Seattle WA naamnw.org

•America’s Black Holocaust Museum Milwaukee WI http://abhmuseum.org

•The Harlem Renaissance Museum Madison WI https://www.facebook.com/Harlem-Renaissance-Museum-542282099224177/

•University of Wisconsin-Madison Black Cultural Center Madison WI https://msc.wisc.edu/black-cultural-center/

•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Black Cultural Center Milwaukee WI http://uwm.edu/bcc/

•Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum Milwaukee WI wbhsm.org

•African Diaspora Concerns Foundation, Inc. (ADCFI) Crispus Attucks Museum (Online) http://www.crispusattucksmuseum.org

•George Washington Carver Museum Phoenix AZ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver_High_School(Phoenix,_Arizona)

•Harvey B. Gantt Center Charlotte NC https://www.ganttcenter.org


•International Civil Rights Center and Museum Greensboro NC https://www.sitinmovement.org

•Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum at Lexington History Center Lexington KY https://anthropology.as.uky.edu/hathaway-family-and-isaac-scott-hathaway

•John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center Hartford CT https://hartfordheritagetrail.org/heritage-trail/other-places-of-interest/john-e-rogers-african-american-cultural-center/

•L.E. Coleman African-American Museum Halifax County VA http://www.oldhalifax.com/county/ColemanMuseum/
•LaVilla Museum Jacksonville FL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVilla_Museum
•Legacy Museum of African American History Lynchburg VA http://legacymuseum.org
•Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum Culver City CA http://www.claytonmuseum.org
•Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Jackson MS https://mcrm.mdah.ms.gov
•Muhammad Ali Center Louisville KY https://alicenter.org

•Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco CA http://www.moadsf.org
•Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture Natchez MS http://mississippimuseums.org/natchez-museum-african-american-history-culture/
•National African American Archives and Museum Mobile AL http://alabama.travel/places-to-go/african-american-archive-and-museum-of-mobile


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – Graphic Miss-Representation

Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – On October 20, 2019, Watchmen The Series episode one aired on HBO staring Regina King as Angela Abar (aka Sister Night) who won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

Black Panther’s Women of Wakanda

The last several years have marked an amazing shift in a world near and dear to my heart. Growing up as one of the geek girls who loved comic books and graphic novels, I didn’t get to see a lot of black females between the pages of those books nor in most of the Saturday morning cartoon adaptations. Now that’s not to say there weren’t any but most were hidden. Our one big shining light was Ororo Munro aka Storm of the X-Men and technically I wonder if anyone has given much thought to the fact that Halle Berry was casted as both Storm in the Marvel films AND Catwoman in one of the DC films most of us would like to scrub from our brains.

Fortunately, someone finally got the message and started serving us up some Black Girl Magic and I finally got to see Wakanda in all of its glory 6, count ‘em, 6 full times in the theater in multiple cities in fact. I finally got to see strong, vulnerable, intelligent and beautiful black women painted in a richer hue rounding out a fuller picture of women who I can identify with into the Comic Book canon.

Candice Patton as Iris West Allen

While DC lagged behind in the movie category with representation, they managed to put in some work on the small screen. Iris West gives me Lois Lane vibes but with a different kind of sparkle.

Zoe Saldana as Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan

And then there’s Marvel serving up the realness of Gamora, aka Kick Ass aka #1 stunna aka ladyboss I’ll stop now because this could get ridiculous. I was prepared to HATE Guardians of the Galaxy, but Gamora… 🤷🏾‍♀️.

Lashana Lynch as Maria “Photon” Rambeau

Sliding in near the Endgame came Maria “Photon” Rambeau and because there’s so much I could say here that would probably be spoilers, I’ll just say that it’s not surprising and it is highly satisfying that this actress is about to play a 00 real soon. 😆

Black Lightning’s DC Divas

And just when at least expected it, DC assembled another black girl ensemble for Black Lightning. I wasn’t sold on the first couple of episodes but seriously, a daughter-mother-daughter team up? Yes, please 🙋🏾‍♀️! I’m glad I hung in there because we’re getting treated to all kinds of character growth and the soundtrack is SLAMMIN’ every week!

Jada Pickett-Smith as Maria Mercedes
“Fish” Mooney

This one makes me want to cry. I LOVE Jada Pickett-Smith’s portrayal of Fish. She was just so smooth with it and was by far my favorite part of Gotham.

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller

Last but not least is the Bad Bitch herself, Amanda Waller. First, let me say that I REALLY need to see Viola Davis and Will Smith in more good movies together because let’s be honest, Suicide Squad was…meh. But those two can really act and I wanna see them take the gloves off, but I digress.

Amanda Waller is stone cold. She is powerful and tough and broken in ways that you don’t get to fully see in the movie but I really do hope that DC will figure out how to do her justice on the big screen (See what I did there? Don’t say I never gave you DC people a little something.)

In all, I am so glad that little black girls (AND EVERYBODY ELSE) is getting a chance to see black women portrayed as real, full people. Heroes and Villains. Lovers and Fighters. Inventors and Bosses. We’re definitely on the right track.


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – Going Goebel Savage

Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – On September 20, 2019, Rihanna launched her Savage x Fenty Fashion Show on Amazon featuring her lingerie fashion collection celebrating all genders choreographed by Parris Goebel.

Savage x Fenty Fashion Show – September 20, 2019

Why not celebrate the work of two incredible brown, female, artists coming to snatch every bit of your hair out and leave you wondering what life was like before they rocked your world?

The work that Rihanna has created via her fashion line has filled a gaping hole in the worlds of curvy and “non-fashion standard” women worldwide. I still get chills thinking about the morning I woke up and saw this fashion show for the first time. The sheer diversity of designs and body types literally moved me to tears. As I explored why the moment hit me that hard I realized that while I adore participating in the consumer end of fashion shows, IT IS RARE for me to see models who reflect my body type up on the runway.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s way better than it used to be, but we have a LONG way to go.

When you’re a big, curvy girl you are taught to hide your body until and if you can “fix” your body to fit the standard fashion type. There’s a lot of shame that you wade through and no where is it quite as obvious as when you go to shop for lingerie. (pause)

Yeah, I had to take a few deep breaths because shit is real.

So, I appreciate Rihanna so much for working to fill this neglected space with beautiful designs and shapes that celebrate all body types because I didn’t know how badly I needed that salve right then and there.

But then she had to go and introduce me to the work of Parris Goebel…

Y’all, if I could just spend one day a week in her studio to learn and celebrate all of the wonderful ways in which my body can move and celebrate life… you couldn’t tell me NOTHING! I would dance to and from the mailbox. Because in addition to there being so much work to be done in creating fashion for curvy girls, there’s also a narrative about the way big girls should move their bodies. Ms. Parris ain’t tryna hear that.

If you haven’t seen the show, give yourself the gift of rolling over to Amazon Originals and see what you’ve been missing. To read my original blog on the show Click HERE.


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – Travel and the Nomadness Revolution

Making Black History Moments (MBHM): In September of 2011 Evie Robinson founded the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an award winning virtual community of over 20,000 black and brown nomads who contribute over $50 million into the travel industry annually.

Showing off my very first official passport stamp in Barcelona, Spain on June 2, 2019.

I am infected with Wanderlust. You can see it swirling all around me as I dart here and there. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to stay still in the same place. My brain just can’t bend around the concept. It might have something to do with the way I came up.

I was about 10 years old when I made up my mind that I would one day visit Barcelona. My logic was clear and simple, I was studying Spanish in school and loved the language so I should clearly go speak Spanish with Spaniards in Spain.

Give me a break, I was 10 and living in the middle of a cornfield. 🤷🏾‍♀️. While my initial motivation for visiting Spain may have been a bit underdeveloped, the notion never left me.

Even at that age, I was no stranger to travel. My parents took me on my first plane ride from Savannah, GA, to Chicagoland to meet my paternal grandparents for the first time before I celebrated my second birthday. By 10, I had already visited at least 10 of the 50 states and Canada 🇨🇦. I honestly thought that was what everyone did. I was a kid and so I didn’t have a passport to stamp and I don’t even remember anyone asking us for one. We were visiting family in Detroit and decided to cross the river and spend the day in Windsor. It was a very different time.

It wasn’t until college that I got close to leaving the country again. My school wasn’t offering a study abroad program to Spain but they had one to Cuernavaca, Mexico 🇲🇽. I was so excited and then they cancelled the trip because I was the only student who signed up to go. I was heartbroken.

I finally managed to leave the mainland and set foot in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to an amazing job that required I travel on occasion to places like that (😆) but neither of those places granted me the satisfaction of a passport stamp.

Years later, when my husband and I finally took a moment to have a honeymoon I just KNEW this would be my time. We were cruising to the Bahamas and I was READY to join the passport club. I returned to the mainland defeated. The customs agent just scanned my passport through the machine. NO STAMP 😩! Not only was my passport book still naked on the inside, but our bank account was breached so we were broke in Florida and had to figure out how to drive back home with no money and no help from our bank because it was a federal holiday. But that’s another story for another day…

So there I was, sitting at my computer one day 🧑🏾‍💻 halfway through my 38 year of fabulosity when it hit me. I needed to get stamped by any means necessary. It just so happened that this decision happened close to the time when my brother and his family pulled up stakes and relocated to Northern Italy 🇮🇹 to try something new. Now I had even greater motivation to break free of the North American continent so I could go see my little nephew and niece. I figured it out and landed in Barcelona on June 2, 2019, and backpacked my way across Spain 🇪🇸, France 🇫🇷 and Italy 🇮🇹. It was fantastic! The only real let down was that I only got stamped for Spain because I entered the EU there, a situation I partly rectified by returning to Europe six months later and getting my Paris stamp 😆!

Knowing a bit of my travelocity, is it really any wonder that I would feel an immediate kinship to the Nomadness Travel Tribe. The work these organizers have and continue to do is soul work. It’s cleansing and healing and something sorely needed in our current atmosphere.

People need people.

All kinds of people.

Same people, different people, bad joke making people, smarties, slofies, you name it, we need it!

Travel helps us be better to one another and connect. As I consider my upcoming travel I know that a few things will remain constant for me.

1. I will convene with members of my tribe on a regular basis for my personal health and well-being.

2. June is my month to celebrate me and will involve travel. This year’s trip is going to be epic.

3. I will authentically share my travel stories because someone might be waiting to free themselves to live more fully and my story might help them.

To learn more about the Nomadness Travel Tribe please go visit https://www.nomadnesstv.com/ and know that this movement isn’t going to slow down because it can only grow because we NEED Nomadness!


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – Black Menswear

Making Black History Moments (MBHM): On February 16, 2019, Black Menswear sponsored a fashion flash mob of over 100 black men styling and profiling in Dallas, Texas, combating the negative narrative surrounding men of African descent living in the United States of America.

Photo Credit: Stephon Lathom Photography

Y’all, I saw a few images from this account roll across my timeline and had to dig a little to find the source. Imagine my delight when I discovered an Arkansas connection. 🥰 This isn’t even about a “oooh they fone” moment. It was just refreshing to see images of black men that were “normal” for me on a public platform. I mean, look at them!

Photo Credit: Stephon Lathom Photography

This effort is based out of Dallas, Texas, and incorporates the concept of a black menswear flash mob photo shoot to push these positive images into cyberspace. Loving it!

If you want to add a little extra happy to your day, do yourself a favor and go follow @blackmenswear on Instagram. You’re welcome. 😉


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.