The father of American Ninjitsu

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The Father of American Ninjitsu; the first American Ninja. Professor Ronald Duncan successfully demonstrated Ninjitsu in the 1960s, although receiving acknowledgement from the Japanese government, he was intentionally omitted from Black Belt magazine for several years.

Black love – She matches my blackness

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People will try and tell you black love is dead or it’s dying, that black men don’t like black women no more or that black women don’t want black men, or that black women have attitude and all black men cheat, don’t believe the hype. Black men love their black women and black women love their black men, after all we’ve been through in history the fact that we’re still together and strong as ever is testimony to our strength as a people. I myself as a man will never love a woman as much as I love a black woman. Black love is indeed a revolutionary act.

Black love over everything

I think black women don’t feel safe, loved or protected, every other race of women are protected by their men, this lack of love, lack of protection and lack of recognition comes out as anger towards black men. Black women feel unwanted and abandoned, left holding a baby, it took two people to create and rightly so they feel aggrieved.

Black women are diamonds, they’re the strongest women on the planet, but they’ve had no choice, too many black men have acted like spoilt little brats and haven’t taken responsibility for they way some black women are. They haven’t put their hands up, like real men and said, my bad, so I’m gonna do it for them. Hand on heart I’m sorry for the way black men have treated black women me included of course.

If black men stood up and fought for their women, if they loved and protected them and were, real men of his word, then this so called attitude of black women would slowly dissolve, they would relax and their soul would rest a little easy, of course they would still test the man once in a while but that’s a woman’s nature.

Black women are strong but they want a man to take charge and be like don’t worry I’ve got you ma. I used to say I was tired of justifying myself to black women like I’m not such a bad guy, and in truth it gets tiring, but taking responsibility, I realise it’s just the way it is and if anyone is to blame it’s black men, if they began stepping up more. I wouldn’t have to keep justifying myself, but I’ll let you into a little secret, there are lots of black men who love and protect black women, but they’re so busy, being humble, loving their women and raising their families you don’t see or hear about them, don’t worry I see ya, I’ve got your back and I’m gonna keep publishing you actions on this blog. Love ya to the fullest. Black love over everything.

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Samba Roots: What was the historical significance of black women in samba?

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Note from BW of Brazil: Studying the history of samba is a key element to understanding the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. From its beginnings, the musical genre that would later become Brazil’s most popular exponent of culture was persecuted and scorned upon by government officials, police and elites of the society. Samba was, as many saw it, “uma coisa do negro”, or a ‘black thing’. In the 1920s and 1930s, musicians of the style were considered low life vagabonds and violently oppressed by police. As Reneé Critcher Lyons (2012) confirms that this music that was first produced and consumed in the favelas (slums on the hills) but in public gatherings these musicians were chased and driven off the streets by police. They would often have their homes raided and guitars confiscated by the police. But this repression was met with strong resistance by Afro-Brazilians who didn’t let themselves be intimidated, battered but…

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African Revolution in Brazil: an interview with Gabi Oliveira on the rise of black identity and consciousness

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Note from BW of Brazil: It is truly an intriguing time in Brazil’s history. In a country that has historically taught its African descendants to have shame in their ancestry and deny their blackness, with access to college and information via the internet, more and more people are discovering a pride in defining themselves as negros and negras or Afro-Brasileiros and Afro-Brasileiras. And they’re not just taking advantage of this information for themselves; through blogs and video sharing sites such as You Tube, they are sharing their knowledge, experiences and development of their identity and transitions into accepting their natural hair. Below we share with you yet another such story, this time featuring blogger and vlogger Gabi Oliveira. 

blog Gabi blogs at DePretas, meaning ‘of black women’

African Revolution in Brazil: an interview with Gabi Oliveira

Courtesy of Le blog d’Afrique

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