Still Dancing at 106!

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It is Black History Month and with that I’d like to write about 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin.

McLaurin got the chance to finally meet Barack Obama, the black president she longed for as well as his black wife, Michelle Obama. In the video above you can see how excited she was as she waved her cane in the air and danced while meeting President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama.

It’s almost like she turned into a little kid that was opening gifts on a Christmas morning. “I thought I would never get into the White House and I tell you I am so happy,” she tells Barack and Michelle, then she yells with excitement “A black president. Yay! a black wife.”

Virginia McLaurin has lived through a lot and just seeing how happy she was at that very moment I’m pretty sure makes us feel happy. Even with all of the issues going around in the world you cannot help but just hope for change.

It is truly an awe heart-felting moment to watch McLaurin who was born before slavery ended meet the first black president with her own two eyes.

Here are some milestones in black history that Virginia McLaurin lived through:

  • In 1939, Virginia McLaurin was 30-years-old, it was also the year that art and protest intersected as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt facilitated a public concert at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution barred Marian Anderon’s performance at Constitution Hall.
  • In 1957, Viriginia McLaurin was 48-years-old, Althea Gibson was the first African American woman to win both singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon.
  • In 1993, Viriginia McLaurin was 84-years-old, Toni Morrison became the first black American to win the Nobel prize for literature.
  • In 2008, Virginia McLaurin was 99-years-old and Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States.

Beyoncé is #UnapologeticallyBlack

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For my first post I’d like to celebrate Beyoncé’s Superbowl performance of her new song “Formation.” The song and music video both broke the internet with the words and visuals that it has and how much it speaks for the Black Lives Matter movement. After her performance people kept spreading “unapologetically black” through social media.

The music video used footage from the New Orleans music documentary (That B.E.A.T), general references of civil rights, the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Stop shooting us” slogans, riot police, and also Hurricane Katrina and the song has lyrics like “I like my baby hair and Afros. I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils,” in an interview she said this song makes her feel proud and she wants people to love themselves.

Many can agree that this performance was a great tribute to the Black Panthers where you can see the dancers wearing berets and having Afros. Although this spoke volumes and was a force towards creating a change, a lot of people felt as if her performance and song are “racist” and decided to have a protest outside of the NFL’s HQ. I celebrate Beyoncé for being able to use her platform to speak up for those who cannot.