The educator in me just can not resist a chance to challenge people to think deeply about how we are all connected. Many people view February as THE time to briefly explore the histories of Americans directly descended from over 12 million Africans forcibly imported to the Americas via the Transatlantic Slave Trade from the 1400s up until the late 1800s. For a long time I resented that quelling of my history until I began to realize that no one can stop me from exploring the richness of my culture and origins. Thus began my personal crusade to us February as an amplifier rather than a limited run on black history. This year I choose to focus on those who are MAKING BLACK HISTORY MOMENTS to highlight recent first and instances of black excellence that do not garner the same amount of attention as other world events and accomplishments. I hope you enjoy this year’s project and more importantly, that it will encourage you to research and explore the amazing accomplishments of black Americans that should, and hopefully one day will, be honored alongside our other countrymen.
February 7, 2020 – 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. (Click HERE to read more)
February 6, 2020 – 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.
February 5, 2020 – 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. (Click HERE to read more)
February 4, 2020 – 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. (Click HERE to read more)
February 3, 2020 – The Village Market
Making Black History Moments (MBHM): In January of 2016, Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon begins offering master classes under the banner of “It Takes A Village” with a focus on supporting entrepreneurship development, financial literacy and women’s empowerment. This effort would quickly grow into The Village Market, an Atlanta-based ecosystem reaching small businesses in 21 states and four countries, with an official partnership with The Bahamas. (Click HERE to read more)
February 2, 2020 – Building STEAM Bridges in Dallas
Making Black History Moments (MBHM): On January 28, 2020, Pastor T.D. Jakes announced the launch of the T.D. Jakes Foundation on CBS This Morning. The Foundation’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion, and gender equity, and connect corporations to new, highly skilled pools of talent amid increasing global competition. (Click HERE to read more)
February 1, 2020 – Black Icee Project 2020
Making Black History Moments (MBHM): On January 30, 2020, twenty-seven African-Americans made history by running a half/full marathon in Antarctica with the Black Icee Project. (Click HERE to read more)
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