Category: BLACK PEOPLE

Top 5 Black Environmentalists You Need to Know About

green is the new black

Last year I brought you Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For as a statement that while this site has a strong focus on Black people there are many ideas out there and all of our answers were not going to come from only dealing with Black people. The question was raised “Why not do a list of People of Color instead? We are underrepresented.” Well, the representation of people of color on SoFreshAndSoGreen.com is the reverse or the mainstream, but here’s a list anyway. This one highlights Black environmentalists.

Who says Black people don’t care about the environment? For Black History Month we introduce these Black environmentalists (5 in no particular order) but we celebrate them all year round. Continue reading

The 46th Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X

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They shot Malcolm in the chest front of his little seeds…” -RZA, Wu-Tang Clan

We are the ones upon whom water hoses are turned with pressure so hard that it rips the clothes from our backs– not men, but the clothes from the backs of women and children. You’ve seen it yourself. Only because we want to enforce what they call the law.

Well, any time you live in a society supposedly based upon law, and it doesn’t enforce it’s own law because the color of a man’s skin happens to be wrong, then I say those people are justified to resort to any means necessary to bring about justice where the government can’t give them justice. [Applause]” -Malcolm X

Today is the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X/Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. During Black History Month or any month I encourage you to study more about the man, his thoughts, his actions and don’t forget to study more about his times. It’s important to have a little context to Malcolm X’s famous by any means necessary quote. Continue reading

Why Is Black History Month The Shortest Month Of the Year?

Jacob Lawrence The Migration of the Negro
The Migration of the Negro, panel 58, 1940-41. Casein tempera on hardboard, 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York; gift of Mrs. David M. Levy. Artwork © Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, courtesy of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation


In the North the Negro had better educational facilities.

This question is asked every year. If you’ve been wondering or know someone who is, no worries, there’s a great answer for it! Continue reading

A Fresh Take On Black History Month

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Revelations – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre/Photo courtesy of Shauli Baskind PR


Every American owes it to him or herself to see the Ailey [company] perform Revelations. It is an American phenomenon. I’ve probably seen it countless times and every time it’s magical and spiritual and hopeful – everything that we want ourselves to be and hope that our country will be.” – Oprah Winfrey

Here at SoFreshAndSoGreen.com I aim to provide information about people of African descent you haven’t heard before or at least haven’t heard every Black History Month. Continue reading

Senate Approves Settlement For Black Farmers


This is a huge, huge victory for myself and black farmers, many of whom have died waiting for justice. I have been working on this thing for 26 years. I’ve been hearing ‘no’ for so very long.” John Boyd of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA)

On Friday, November 12th the senate unanimously approved funding for a $1.15 billion settlement to compensate Black farmers who were racially discriminated against by the Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

VIDEO: Van Jones On The Shirley Sherrod Saga, BP & Social Media

Photo Credit: Reuters, Van Jones, former special advisor for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, arrives at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards


What eventually will happen, big picture, is that 5% of the country will have an experience like mine, lose a job because of something on Facebook or something.

And then 10%, and then it will be 15% and then it will stop because enough people will have seen it and enough people had it happen to them to too a friend that there will be a completely different level of wisdom that will emerge in society.

That’s the long-term. ~Van Jones

Also present in this Shirley Sherrod saga are echoes of what lead to the “resignation” of Van Jones, the green jobs promoter and former White House adviser after a high tech lynching from Glenn Beck and the right wing/conservative media. Continue reading

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