“That is not ‘soul food,’ [it is] destroying souls. A lot of people think a real good, wholesome meal is when you sit back bloated and full and nod off. To me, soul food is food that adds to your spirit, gives you energy, gives you life, and helps you feel vibrant.” -Ishmael Shakur, black American and 6 year vegetarian
Black Americans are trending towards becoming vegetarians and vegans more now. Have you noticed this trend? Surely, you’ve had to notice the health statistics that show alarmingly high rates of heart disease and other food related illnesses in the United States, with Americans of African ancestry in or near the lead among racial groups. According to Toledo Blade it’s not just meatlessness on the rise, more Black folks are also skipping the dairy, fish, eggs, and honey too. Continue reading →
Here’s something nice and uplifting for you this Monday and just in time for Black History Month: the official video for Esperanza Spalding’s single, “Black Gold,” featuring Algebra Blessett. Her upcoming album, which you can pre-order, Radio Music Society hits stores March 20, 2012.
A Negro woman has the same kind of problems as other women, but she can’t take the same things for granted.â€ ~Dorothy Height
I just wanted to draw some attention to the passing of Dorothy Height, women’s, African American rights leader and chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women. She died on Tuesday at 98 years old. I didn’t want for it to be the case that Dorothy Height would get the Farrah Fawcett treatment when she died the same day as Michael Jackson. She died the same day as Hip Hop legend Guru, born Keith Elam, of Gang Starr.
Are you unemployed, all non void? If you are chances are you are a male. This great recession is being called a “he-cession” by some due to the staggering levels of male unemployment this time around.
The loss of male dominated industries like manufacturing is considered a major cause for this. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives us more information on who theses males are and surprise surprise many of them are Black males.
Maybe you and I don’t need stats to tell us this but these studies can be necessary, particularly when dealing with government funded aid when race is involved, to “justify” the release of funds to specific groups. Anyway, it’s good to be informed.
Pac Div- “Young Black Male”
Lest you find yourself in danger of viewing young Black males as an abstract group of people you can’t relate to Pac Div has decided to let you know what their plight is from the horse’s mouth. This song was more surprising than these stats for me and didn’t sound like what I thought it would based on what I heard from them before and the title.
I like these guys. They don’t sound like what I knew the West Coast to sound like years ago which is what new, younger artists should do. Not only do they change who they sound like to me from track to track, they talk about things a regular person can relate too. Imagine that a rap song with lyrics you can relate to- Outrageous!
Many Black males were unemployed, like TV show patriarch James Evans was, during the “good times” this country had so when the economy takes a dive even more Black males are unemployed right along with those who haven’t been employed in years. Continue reading →
Photo Credit: “man, woman and child” by Tracy Collins I chose this photo because sometimes I think we forget why the environment is important and who we take care of the environment for.
Former Special Advisor for Green Jobs to the White House Van Jones was and I’m sure still is a strong advocate for Black people understanding the need to be more concerned about the environment. All of this understanding should be placed in the context of the quality of life we enjoy, or don’t enjoy, for ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.
The Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change under the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is set to release its second poll to gauge how involved with and concerned about the environment African Americans are. Given all of the changes we may have all experienced and today’s economic climate I am somewhat interested in seeing what this year’s findings are because this info is central to what sofreshandsogreen.com is about.
“The Seed, I Can Understand it, The Next Movement (SoulStage)” by The Roots
The New Birth version of Bobby Womack’s “I Can Understand It” is one of my favorite songs of all time and I was so impressed the first time I saw Black Thought sing this live with The Roots. They also perform “The Seed 2.0” with Cody Chesnutt. I chose this song because my hope is that Black folks will understand we have more to lose than just about anybody in the climate change game. Sometimes we put surviving above everything else but environmental issues factor into survival. And we should do this for the seeds, the children, who just live in this world and didn’t make it. Continue reading →