“Black Baseball”… Nowadays many people know very little of or about the Black Baseball Leagues of the past and their outstanding and illustrious history, and the little that we do know is usually just half of the story and half of the truth. Many Black people sadly enough look back on those days in history with pity or disgust even, feeling as if those “Negro” Leagues were a bad joke for reasons that they are not even sure of. Maybe its because those League’s history have been portrayed in a subservient and negative light when in all actuality it was a groundbreaking, profitable, inspirational, and proud time in the Black Community.
During a time where Racism and oppression was more “in your face” and blunt and blatant opposed to it being more covert or subliminal like it is today, Black Baseball was one of the largest Black-owned business enterprises in America. Black Baseball has roots stemming back to the late 1800’s with the Cuban Giants earning respect in the sport as pioneers and a great team that was comprised of all black players. Black Baseball started to prosper in the early 1900’s and created a way for Black Communities to rise from poverty creating jobs, opportunities, and Entrepreneurs… It created inspiration for many a black youth by giving them someone to identify with who was doing something they loved and created dreams and aspirations for them.
Black Baseball was hated by “White America” due to it being Black-Owned and it’s success in not only surviving but striving through “The Great Depression” in America and World Wars… Black Baseball’s downfall was the lack of support by the Black community after 1948 when Jackie Robinson and many of the “Negro” League’s superstars and famous players integrated and were signed by white owners to their MLB teams… When that happened sadly enough the black community stopped supporting and attending black baseball’s games and buying merchandise and followed their once Black Baseball League stars to the MLB. Black Baseball folded under Financial pressure very soon after and with it so did the success of the black community at the time. Many of those Black Owners and star players are forgotten in history or not given the credit they’ve earned.
Integration into sports was necessary and a success overall, but ironically enough Major League Baseball as of 2013 is only made up of 8.05% black people and it is has fell back in popularity among Major sports in America, it doesn’t appeal to “Inner-City Youth”, and is continued to be criticized for racism in some areas. Lack of support to black-owned business is still a problem among communities and is something that needs to be changed… Learn the truth about your rich history…
Via African Economic Development Plan
“We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load.” ~ Malcolm X
Photo: A mother defends her son during a police raid in a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, young black men & women are killed by the police or by urban violence.
via Warrior’s of Black Consciousness
14 September 2013 – 9 February 2014
Afro Supa Hero is a snapshot of a childhood and journey to adulthood, shown through a personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora. Jon Daniel’s action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of African Caribbean heritage growing up in 1960s and 1970s Britain, in search of his identity.
Born in East Sheen in southwest London and as the child of West Indian parents, Jon Daniel found his positive black role models in the West Indian culture of his family and the African-American culture of the US.
In his late twenties, Jon began collecting primarily 1970s action figures, feeling that they most strongly embodied the era of his childhood. In the display Meteor Man, Mr T and Lieutenant Uhura stand alongside real-life icons Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela…
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The students are participating in the Imagine Cup 2013 as Team Code 8. They have created a Phone app that could revolutionize how malaria is diagnosed.
According to the team: “Matibabu is a Windows Phone Application that diagnoses for malaria without pricking the body (not getting any blood sample from the body). By connecting a custom piece of hardware (matiscope) to the windows phone, the user is able to diagnose and know their malaria status in the shortest time possible. The results are sent to the user’s skydrive for medical record keeping and sharing with their personal doctors.”
From The Team
We were inspired by the conditions faced by one of the team member Gitta Brian. “I suffered from malaria and brusella before the competition and was subjected to a number of prickings to diagonise over and over again.” said Gitta. This lead the team to work towards a solution that can help diagnose for malaria early, efficiently to save lives time and money.
“While treatment may be available, the costly invasive diagnosis hinders implementation. With this solution, matibabu, we are able to diagonise for malaria in its early stages which will help reduce malaria by more than 75% in 2015 as by World Health Organisation.” ~Simon Fred Lubambo, Team Code 8
Learn more about the team here: http://bit.ly/15YoHjC
via Positive Black Stories. By Heru G. Duenas
Article from 2005, “The Steve Biko Institute in Salvador, the capital of Bahia state, aims to help black Brazilians achieve what many never dared to dream of – to enter university.
Brazil boasts some of the best universities in Latin America, but passing the country’s tough university entrance exam, the vestibular, is not an option for most black Brazilians.
They make up almost half the country’s population – far more than that in Bahia state – and the majority live in poverty.
“Here in Bahia, 70% of the population is of African descent, but more than 80% of those who graduate from university are white, so you can see clearly there is a situation of exclusion,” explains Lazaro Passos, a young mechanical engineer who is the institute’s project co-ordinator.”
Via Negro: A Docu-Series about Latino Identity