The Rape of Recy Taylor

Trigger warning

This is the story of a 24 year old Black woman who became victim to one of the most prevalent but unaddressed a parts of American history. The Rape of Recy Taylor is emblematic of how sexual violence against Black women was used by white men to harm the Black community. A tale as old as time, Black women have been victims of rape directly related to their race and sex. Recy’s story is one of strength and bravery in the face of horrific tragedy.

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Faithful Slave Mammies of the South Memorial

In an effort to minimize the horrors of slavery, The United Daughters of the Confederacy proposed building a monument to the southern “mammies” who stayed loyal to their white families during the Civil War. A spit in the face of Black women and the legacy of enslaved Black people, find out how the image of Black women was tested during this interesting period of history.

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I Am Somebody: The Charleston Hospital Workers Strike

This week we are highlighting the Madeline Anderson documentary I Am Somebody that showcases the organizing, protests, and aftermath of one of the biggest events in South Carolina Civil Rights History. This short 30 minute documentary not only documents the actions of historic Black female hospital workers petitioning for their rights, but it was shot by a historic Black female filmmaker. With stunning imagery, this documentary is informative and inspiring.

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Luna Year: The Short Life of Donyale Luna

In a 1960s fashion industry apartheid that refused to open its doors to Black models, one woman pushed her way to the top. Donyale Luna, the worlds first Black Super Model had a career full of glamour, film, and rock and roll. She mixed with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol while modeling for the likes of Paco Rabanne and securing the first Vogue cover by a Black model in history. Learn all about her fabulously tragic life in this new blog post full of beautiful images of the model heralded as the “reincarnation of Nefertiti.”

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The Darling of Cafe Society

Born in Trinidad in 1920, Hazel Dorothy Scott showed musical talent at the young age of 3 years old. She immigrated to New York City with her mother and grandmother in 1924 at the Height of the Harlem Renaissance. Her mothers support of her musical career made the piano prodigy famous before she left her teens and would lead her to a career of fame and wealth while crushing racial barriers. Scott would eventually become the first Black woman to host her own television show at the height of her impressive career. Read all about her life in this blog post filled with glamour and videos of her fantastic talents!

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Our Origin Story

The inspiration behind starting this blog was a paper written in the blogger’s senior year. She was inspired by the stories of intellect and uplift of slave midwives to empower the women they took care of. This blog is a platform to empower and uplift Black Women through a recognition of their contributions to American History. A platform for collective wisdom.

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