Today’s post is similar to “This Week in the News” but slightly different. This may not necessarily be “news” moreso than just interesting information that I wanted to share.
First, Michelle in Training, a non-profit started by my friend kat calvin and where yours truly serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Chair, was featured in the Washington Post after we participated in Defining Young Black Philanthropy. I plan on writing a post in the near future on how we (young professionals) can give back, even if we don’t have 6 zeros in the bank.
I’ve alluded to the fact that I’m a natural girl on this blog a time or two (for those of you that do not know me IRL). I came across this article on Curly Nikki and thought it was worthy of sharing with my readers. I’m glad Stephanie received the support from her job to transition to being natural; this story can assist women that are struggling with making the decision to stop getting relaxers rest a little easier and feel comfortable making that decision. I think I inspired a few of my cousins to go natural after I made the transition as a number of them stopped getting perms. (I could be totally wrong, but I think I may be right. :))
To ensure that you know what’s going in your backyard, you should be well aware of the fact that the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You should also know the facts surrounding the impending sequester. As someone that knows people that will be affected, I hope there is a resolution SOON! Never fret-not all news from DC is bad news. Yesterday, the statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol.
Some new websites/apps that you should check out include “Around the Way“, an app that will assist you in locating a local black business. You should also check out Blerdology, a site made especially for the black tech community filled with news, events, and feature stories.
That’s all I’ve got for today. Feel free to share a story that I missed. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
Today’s Black History Month Fact: In 1879, Southern Blacks left economic and political exploitation in what is known as the Exodus of 1879. This was the first migration of Blacks following the Civil War, and Exodusters settled in Kansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.
- Obama: Rosa Parks’ courage inspires us today (usatoday.com)
- Voting Rights Act in danger as Supreme Court hears challenge (tv.msnbc.com)