smartselectimage_2016-08-08-01-20-11.pngUnlike Josephine Baker, she did not s survive the 1917 riots in East St. Louis, Illinois, and ran away a few years later at age thirteen and began dancing in vaudeville and on Broadway. Alternatively, in 1925, she did not go to Paris where, after the jazz revue La Revue Nègre failed, her comic ability and jazz dancing drew the attention of the director of the Folies Bergère to later became one of the best-known entertainers in both France and much of Europe.

She didn’t grow up in a shotgun home shared by 13 people, and her voice doesn’t captivate audiences and move people to want salvation like Mahalia Jackson.  No at age 12 her voice wasn’t heard all the way to end of the block.

Her passion was not promoting injustice as a radical black activist and philosopher.  She was arrested as a conspirator attempting to free George Jackson.  She never maintained an arsenal of registered guns, she did always have a blue box of Argo starch in the cabinet by the door in the kitchen.  She would not have run for the Communist Party VP seat.  She didn’t use her voice in place people would only speak about in the comfort of their dining rooms.  That was not her story.

Her wall was not filled with books and famous artists.  Intellectuals didn’t meet regularly at her home where Anderson, Nash, and Bennett urged Charles Johnson to organize, that W.E.B. DuBois, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullin, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and others essentially began the movement called the Harlem Renaissance with readings and speeches. No that was not here story, but she had keen ability to read you your rights if she felt moved to do so.

You won’t find her name among Mrs. D. J. Dupuy, Ms. Georgia M. Johnson, Mrs. H. W. Johnson and others who ran branches of the NAACP during World War II.

She was a mother of 3, a grandmother, someone’s daughter, aunt, sister and a wife to the illustrious Robert Hughes Williamson.  She was always present, she was not the owner of Castle, but her home was her castle filled with everything needed to manage a home worthy of its definition.  Trials and tribulation were not uncommon, and neither was perseverance.  She was not wealthy by most standards, but her children had the best and not one day in 54 years did they ever go hungry, without shelter, without scolding, without love. Punishments varied from the inability to use to phone to the driving the car.  If you looking for “Susie Homemaker” you in the wrong story if you’re looking to have your faults minimized you’re on the wrong LifeTime channel.  If you looking for someone to pick you every time you fell you are so far from the River of Denial.  If you want to have lived a life that echoes “get up and move on”, “find a way to make it work”.  If you’re looking warm and fuzzy – you’ll find it in the Cheeseburger Pie.  Watch her face as she makes it, listen as she talks about it, watch her as she slices it and delivers it to those around her…there you will find all the love you need.  Who’s is this woman she’s my mother Nettie Williamson – Happy Valentines Day.

Sources: Sartain, Lee. Invisible Activists: Women of the Louisiana NAACP and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1915–1945 (1). Baton Rouge, US: LSU Press, 2007. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 14 February 2017.

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Black-Owned App Combines Love & Law To Change How People Get Married — Black America Web

The days of going to Las Vegas for a shot-gun wedding or running to the court-house for a ceremony may be over with an app dedicated to getting people married virtually. Black News reports that WebWed Mobile had a mission to give marriage and marriage equality to people around the worldwide. Since the launch of their…

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Ephesians 5:25:  For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.” Genesis 2:24:  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” … He who loves his wife loves himself.
Hebrews 13:4:  Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Genesis 2:16: Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

With that said, God did not say how the marriage should be delivered.  Or is it written – Tobit 7:12 – 14 – 12 Then Raguel summoned his daughter Sarah. When she came to him he took her by the hand and gave her to Tobias, saying, ‘Take her to be your wife in accordance with the law and decree written in the book of Moses. Take her and bring her safely to your father. And may the God of heaven prosper your journey with his peace.’ 13 Then he called her mother and told her to bring writing material; and he wrote out a copy of a marriage contract, to the effect that he gave her to him as wife according to the decree of the law of Moses. 14 Then they began to eat and drink.


Be careful with apps they may take you out of the will of God.

Valentines Day


valentine-s-day-card-chocolate-horiz  Let’s Have Some Fun!!

A quick quiz: St. Valentine was:

a)  A priest in the Roman Empire who helped persecuted Christians during the reign of Claudius II, was thrown in jail and later beheaded on Feb. 14?

b)  A Catholic bishop of Terni who was beheaded, also during the reign of Claudius II

c)  Someone who secretly married couples when marriage was forbidden, or suffered in Africa, or wrote letters to his jailer’s daughter, and was probably beheaded?

d)  All, some, or possibly none of the above?


The “Many” Origins of St. Valentine’s Day


  1. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.


  1. While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.


  1. Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.



Did You Know?


Another origin of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody.  Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, by actually hitting them.

Every wonder why this day is spelled, “Valentine’s” Day – as if it belonged to someone…

Every year just before February 14th, men and boys go out and purchase cards, chocolate, handbags, and perfume, while the women and girls go and purchase male cologne, watches, and cards for their husbands, wives, or significant other.  The flavor of the color red and love reverberates through the mall, the theater, and restaurants.  Mother’s get the proverbial Valentine Day Card and Red Roses while dad’s get a card and a tie.


engagement-rings-in-box-3  A young woman waits patiently for a box, or at least, hoping her dreams will come true on this day – with a box from “Jared”.  Then there is the other young lady that is most assuredly in love with her beau, yes he called her that morning, to tell her how much he loves her and is looking forward to spending time with her.  On the other hand, there is that loving couple that rented a lover’s suite the night before had breakfast in bed and at checkout time, they part ways.  You know whom I am referring to, the other woman, the chick on the side, the number two, second only to number one and the other four.  She paces the floor, she calls her other girlfriends who are busy with their arrangements or they are not answering the phone because they are on a date; she has checked her phone 23 times in hopes that the volume has been turned off to “mute” or not working on both the phone ringer and the text messaging features.  She sits at her computer checking her Facebook Messenger to see if there is a message she missed, praying it will read something like this; “Hey bae, I dropped my phone in the water while shaving, but I’m on my way.”  She desperately wants to exhale by reading a message that validates her belief that he really cares.

No message, no text, no missed voice mail, no Facebook ringtone, its 10:00 pm and there’s no him either.  Finally, Monday at 6:00 pm he has the most insane ridiculous reason for not participating in the festivities of “Love-for-a-Day”, he says – Girl you know I love you every day, why is this day any different?

Just a Thought….

If you loved “YOU” a little more, “YOU” would not be waiting for someone else’s man to call “YOU” on time, or pretending “YOU” did not know he had a “real” girlfriend and you are the one on the side.  Perhaps if you understood why a little, red, shabby, broken, cross will mean so much more to you than all the bling-bling you might find at your doorstep on February 15th.








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