This Week in the News

Happy Friday!  A lot has been going on this week, as it does every week.  So let’s get started!

First, I must thank Kim Foster of For Harriet, an on-line magazine geared toward “celebrating the fullness of Black womanhood”.  Ms. Foster shared my post from Tuesday “What is Black? Part 1” on her site.  To anyone that read the post or is referred to my blog from that article, let me clarify one thing.  The point I was making is that Black people need to come together and need to stop finding ways to segregate ourselves.  Most of my faithful readers got that.  The new ones, with the exception of one, didn’t get it.  And that’s fine.  And by no means am I trying to keep stuff going or want to speak untruths as being real-that wasn’t my intention-my point is to show that being Black encompasses so much; it’s not defined by just one thing.  Ok, now that that’s out of the way…

This story brought tears to my eyes.  How many of us at 9 years old would have risked our life for the life of our younger sibling?  Well, that’s what Anaiah Rucker did last month.  As she and her five year old sister, Camry, were walking to the bus stop, the girls walked into the path of moving vehicle.  Anaiah pushed her sister out of the way, and in the process was struck by the car.  She lost a leg and a kidney but doesn’t believe she should be called a hero.  If only the rest of the world were as selfless. 

This week we said goodbye to a Hollywood icon, Elizabeth Taylor.  Something not well-known about Taylor was her life as a politician’s wife and other activism in Washington.  We are all aware of her work with HIV/AIDS research.  Taylor will be missed. 

D.C. is slowly losing its status as “Chocolate City“.   Seeing a height of non-Hispanic Black residents during the 1970’s upwards of 70%, according to the 2010 Census statistics, the capital city now has a Black population of 50%.   It’s going to be interesting to see how the city dynamics continue to change, especially in regards to education, employment, and government services.

What’s going on in your worlds?  Feel free to share your comments on any news I shared or news that’s going on in your city.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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