This looks like a good one. This documentary about civil rights activist Angela Davis took 8 years to make and it’s now available to view at a theater near you (I hope).
It’s the last day of Black History Month so I decided to post a song I had to learn in grade school. Every year I had a teacher that gave grades and extra credit for knowing and reciting the lyrics. Now I will never forget the lyrics of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” AKA the negro national anthem, written by James Weldon Johnson.
Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
let our rejoicing rise,
high as the list’ning skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea
sing a song full of faith that the dark past has tought us,
sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
bitter the chast’ning rod,
felt in the day that hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat,
have not our weary feet,
come to the place on witch our fathers sighed?
we have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
we have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
where the white gleam of our star is cast.
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
thou who has by thy might,
led us into the light,
keep us forever in the path, we pray
lest our feet stray frm the places, our God, where we met thee,
least our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee,
shadowed beneath the hand,
may we forever stand,
tru to our God,
Tru to our native land.
James Weldon Johnson
One of my favorite actress, the beautiful and talented Angela Bassett is starring as Coretta Scott King in a new “Lifetime” movie “Betty and Coretta”, with Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz.
I think this is an interesting idea for a movie. Who knew that these women were such good friends? We never really heard or read about them beyond being the wife of a civil rights leader. I will be tuned in for this one.(I’m used to seeing Angela portray Betty Shabazz. She did so twice, in the movie “Panther” and “Malcolm X”.) Betty & Coretta premieres on “Lifetime” tonight 8 pm EST.
Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige on “The View”
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas makes the cover of Essence magazine’s women of the year issue. She made history in London this year by becoming the first African-American gymnast to win the individual all-around gold medal and helping her team move to the top of the podium. Her good fortune continues on as she has booked a beauty campaign with OPI Products Inc and even guest-starred on the hit show The Vampire Diaries.