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Documenting and disseminating news about black grandmothers makes me feel like God sprinkled fairy dust over my head! Truly #blackgirlmagic. Sharing their stories in their many forms (personal accounts, oral and living histories, news, and culture) reminds me that I was made for this. The timing couldn’t be better (or more divine). I can set google alerts to capture when, where, and how they are being talked about and who is doing the talking. I can also disseminate this information using a number of social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr). How are black grandmothers being cast in the public eye? Are they being politicized? For instance, Hillary Clinton recently stated, “Like every grandmother, I worry about the safety and security of my grandchildren. But my worries are not the same as black grandmothers.” Now imagine centuries of worry to this magnitude—hence the creation of RealBlackGrandmothers. Are they inspiring political action? Like Lee Daniels’ grandmother did, making him declare he would never not vote again. Or are they being revered (while at the same time fueling debate) like Simone Biles’s grandmother turned adoptive mom? RealBlackGrandmothers harnesses the power of global reach and digital media to bring representations of black grandmothers to public discourse that reflect their nuance, complexity, depth, and humanity. With gratitude, LaShawnDa

IN THE NEWS: YOUNG KING RESPONDS TO GRANDMOTHER BECOMING AN ANCESTOR
1 month ago

IN THE NEWS: YOUNG KING RESPONDS TO GRANDMOTHER BECOMING AN ANCESTOR

When King’s grandmother died in May 1941, from a fatal heart attack, King was attending a parade without his parents’ permission. Grieved by the death of his beloved “Mama” and …
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IN THE NEWS: JENNIE CELESTE PARKS WILLIAMS, GRANDMOTHER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
1 month ago

IN THE NEWS: JENNIE CELESTE PARKS WILLIAMS, GRANDMOTHER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Jennie Celeste Parks was the maternal grandmother of Martin Luther King, Jr. Born in Atlanta in April 1873 to William and Fannie Parks, Jennie was one of 13 children. She …
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In the News: Dashai Morton’s 12th Birthday Wish, From Her Mouth to Grandma’s Ears
2 months ago

In the News: Dashai Morton’s 12th Birthday Wish, From Her Mouth to Grandma’s Ears

Dashai Morton, a 12-year-old from Maryland told her grandmother that what she most wanted for her birthday was to help people affected by recent hurricanes. The 6th grader celebrated her …
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In the News: OWN Brings Back 227 and Grandma Pearl Shay
3 months ago

In the News: OWN Brings Back 227 and Grandma Pearl Shay

OWN recently announced that it is bringing back 227! In the process, it is bringing back Pearl Shay (played by Helen Martin), a black grandmother raising her grandson Calvin Dobbs …
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In the News: Alice Marie Johnson Has Served 21 Years of Life Sentence for Nonviolent Drug Offense
4 months ago

In the News: Alice Marie Johnson Has Served 21 Years of Life Sentence for Nonviolent Drug Offense

“In 1996, Alice Marie Johnson was sentenced by a jury to life without parole on non-violent drug conspiracy charges. On Oct. 31, the 62-year-old great-grandmother will have served 21 years …
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IN THE NEWS: CHANCE’S GRANDMOTHER’S PRAYER FOR HIM- LORD TAKE AWAY ALL THINGS THAT ARE NOT LIKE YOU
4 months ago

IN THE NEWS: CHANCE’S GRANDMOTHER’S PRAYER FOR HIM- LORD TAKE AWAY ALL THINGS THAT ARE NOT LIKE YOU

Chance the Rapper, born Chancelor Johnathan Bennett on April 16, 1993, has emerged as one of the most permeating influential figures in hip-hop over the last few years.  Chance grew …
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IN THE NEWS: “FLINT IS FAMILY” EXAMINES IMPACT OF WATER CRISIS ON THREE GENERATIONS OF BLACK WOMEN
4 months ago

IN THE NEWS: “FLINT IS FAMILY” EXAMINES IMPACT OF WATER CRISIS ON THREE GENERATIONS OF BLACK WOMEN

In honor of the recent announcement of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Awardees, we are sharing LaToya Ruby Frazier’s “Flint Is Family” project.  Flint is a visual project that explores the …
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In the News: Terrell Jermaine Starr’s illiterate grandmother raised a grandson with 3 degrees
5 months ago

In the News: Terrell Jermaine Starr’s illiterate grandmother raised a grandson with 3 degrees

Terrell Jermaine Starr is an Associate Editor at NewsOne, senior reporter at The Root, as well as a journalist for the Washington Post. He has written many influential pieces on global …
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IN THE NEWS: LEE DANIELS’ GRANDMOTHER PART OF THE KINDNESS THE UNIVERSE HAS BESTOWED ON HIM
5 months ago

IN THE NEWS: LEE DANIELS’ GRANDMOTHER PART OF THE KINDNESS THE UNIVERSE HAS BESTOWED ON HIM

Acclaimed director and producer (Monster’s Ball, Precious, The Butler, Empire, Star) Lee Daniels was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 24, 1959. Daniels was the oldest of five children born …
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In the News: Jamie Foxx- A Renaissance Man Influenced by a Visionary Grandmother
5 months ago

In the News: Jamie Foxx- A Renaissance Man Influenced by a Visionary Grandmother

Jamie Foxx was born Eric Bishop on December 13, 1967. He grew up in Terrell, Texas. “His father and mother, Shaheed Abdullah and Louise Annette Talley, were very young …
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