SEPTEMBER 24, 2006

Tomorrow, almost a year to the day, is my 1ST Year Anniversary of my blogsite!

I cannot believe that I am still blogging at 12 months later, but, I am.

Before I go any further, I would like to thank the following commentors for their support, both on my blog, and off:

Rachel of Rachels Tavern, Stephanie of Stephanie’s Journal, Yolanda of The Primary Contradiction, ABW of The Angry Black Woman, Sylvia of The Anti-Essentialist, Aulelia of Charcoal Ink, Black Womb, Queer Thinker, The Blog and the Bullet (for all those wonderful shoutouts for my essays), and the many, many other bloggers who have given me support on their blogs, and the commentors who have taken the time to stop by.  Thanks so much to you all. My apologies if I left anyone out.

I originally started my blog to just list the historical accomplishments of black women, information that many people, non-black AND black did not know about black women.  But, as my blogging grew, I began to discuss the many issues that still affect black women:

-racism

-sexism

-discrimination in the workplace

-fighting the many negative stereotypes that seek to undermine black women

But, when you really think about it, overall, black women are still seen in a very positive light, despite all the bad press, especially the hateful haranguers that black women face from the likes of those haters of the world who envy black women, no matter what race they may come in. Black women are still seen as strivers, achievers, education-oriented, hard-working, talented, upwardly-mobile, desirable, loving, warm, responsible, family-oriented nurturers.

Despite all that we have endured in America, we still keep on keeping on.

When I started my blog a year ago, I expected to just give mini-history lessons, maybe once a day, or even once a week. But, as I began to see that there were events happening that affected black women in the 21ST Century, I realized that giving history lessons would not be enough. I realized that whatever impacted black women’s lives in both a negative or positive way, needed to be addressed as well.

One must never forget their history, that is true. But, one must also acknowledge how the present day shapes and molds their future outlook on life.

My original blog was on Blogger:

 http://kathmandu-k2.blogspot.com/

 My original post, the  very first essay I wrote, was in honor and praising of black women of America. Here is an excerpt:

 Sunday, September 24, 2006

 Reinventing Themselves   

“. . .she had nothing to fall back on; not maleness; not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything.  And out of the profound desolation of her reality she may well have invented herself.”

Toni Morrison

Black women in America are among its most unique citizens. They have survived the horrors and degradations of slavery, the failure of Reconstruction and the dehumanization of Jim Crow/segregation. But through all that they have survived, black women are still waging their war to live in this world and as the only group of women who have had a tremendous impact upon race, and sex, in America, they all have voices that should , and must be heard.

So beautiful to the eyes of W.E.B. Dubois was black women’s survival of the ravages of slavery, and of the white society all around them that sought to tear black women apart, that he said in his marvel of the black women of his time:

“I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.”

Yes, black women are the phoenixs who time and time again, rise and triumph over the most greatest of odds. Reinventing themselves. Creating so much out of so many travails.

Black women have made tremendous impacts on America, both in the past, and in the present.
And black women are still making their voices be heard. They have shown America that what does not destroy us, most certainly will make us stronger. Therefore, I sing in praise of black women.”

As the months went by, I wrote of the good and the bad, the proud and the profane that has been the history and impact that black women have had on America. I eventually went to WordPress.com, and the rest as they say, is history.

I look forward to another year of blogging, and I hope that this first year of blogging has made a difference in the lives of black women. I hope that something I have written has made a postive impact on the life of at least one black girl, of at least one black woman.

Yes. Black women. Beautiful. Resilient. Indominatable.

And as a last note, I will return to the words of W.E.B. Dubois. No more beautiful words have ever been spoken of black women then…and now:

“I have always felt like bowing myself in all abasement, searching to bring some tribute to these long-suffering. . ., these burdened sisters of mine. . .I have known the women of many lands and nations,—I have known and seen and lived beside them, but none have I known more sweetly feminine, more unswervingly loyal, more desparately earnest, and more instinctively pure in body and in soul than the daughters of my black mothers.

“This, then,–a little thing—to their memory and inspiration.”

This, then, I also say to the many black women and girls in America who continue to press on and who continue to be the best there is bar none.  You are unique. Believe that. Live it. Be it.

For beautiful, also, are the souls of my black sisters.

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3 responses to “SEPTEMBER 24, 2006

  1. Ann,

    Congratulations on the first anniversary of your blog.

    Please keep up the good work and may God bless you.

    Stephanie B.

  2. Happy anniversary Ann! Keep on writing. We need more voices out here in the wilderness.

  3. I second Sharon. You black woman have a lot to tell and you’ve got a beautiful, compelling way of saying it so keep it up.

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