Black History Month Spotlight: Vangie Williams – Author of The Broken Life Journals

Name and Title:  Vangie Williams author of The Broken Life Journals

What do you do and why? I am a genealogist, historian, and author. I love all elements of my life but none more than history, especially the history behind the history, the families who lived and died for the history. It is my mission to tell the history through my books and hopefully, television and radio show.

What mark have you left on Black history? Broken Life Journals the books and genealogical research. Proving our people with the world’s history and their family’s history.

Why is celebrating Black History important to you? Black History Month is a catalyst for parents of all races to take the opportunity to educate their children of the past. Black history is often the history that other races want to know.

Who or what do you honor most in Black History? To honor black history, I write historical fictions that have positive roll models both black and white who stand for strength and intelligence beyond their time.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Deborah L. Parker

Name and Title: Deborah L. Parker, Author, Speaker and Principal Consultant, The DPJ Training Group

What do you do and why? I conduct seminars on leadership, diversity and communications for organizations to enhance their employee’s knowledge and performance. This work allows me to share my gifts of teaching with insight from everyday situations at work and community. I also write articles on the same topics and blend in my love of history and observances of people. In both, I rely on my mistakes as ways to help others achieve and be inspired!

What mark have you left on Black history? Personally in my family and hometown I’ve had some firsts (graduated college, became an army officer, wrote a book) I’ve shared black history with colleagues in former positions where I coordinated programs that showcased local and national heroes and sheroes. As an aunt I’ve taken my nephews and nieces to historical sites and bought them books or other items to help them know and treasure our culture.

Why is celebrating Black History important to you? There are many proverbs, scriptures and other writings that point to the value of knowing your history on many levels. And I’ve discovered how true that is for your personal, family, cultural and religious foundations. This knowledge has been a source of pride and inspiration for me as I deal with life’s adventures and adversities. Many have faithfully gone before as they persevered and laid the stepping stones for me to have a better life.

Who or what do you honor most in Black History? First I honor God’s providence in all things. I give much appreciation to my late mother who blazed her own trails as a determined single parent of four children, went back to graduate from high school after giving birth to me as a teenager, became a homeowner while working at a factory and taught me in sometimes tough ways to move forward in spite of. To my deceased grandparents I honor their wisdom. For the “greats and famous” I honor their work despite many obstacles to press for freedom and all that is right and guaranteed for humanity.

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Satan + Marilyn Monroe = Dangerous Lee?

“You’re just wonderful, a Satanic Marilyn Monroe for the new age!”

– Act of Dog

This quote comes from a Gothic person and it was meant as a compliment, so I will take it as that. It’s something that I’ve never been told before, so when I first read it I was taken aback a bit. Furthermore, I thought Marilyn Manson already held this title. Being compared to Satan is never cool, in my opinion, but again I had to consider the source and I can be a lil’ devilish 😉

What do you think?

Regrets In Black History!

Whenever I hear someone say that there should not be a Black History Month, I get upset. Why? First of all, Black History Month ain’t hurting nobody. What we need to do is get rid of Columbus Day or Thanksgiving! Secondly,  Black Americans don’t have much that we claim as ours in this country, and when Carter G. Woodson conceived Negro History Week in 1925 it was about raising awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization. For that fact alone, we will always need Black History Month. We (Black people) should be glad that we have it and respect it for what it represents.

It’s not about relegating Black history to one month or separating Black history from White history. It’s all history, but not everyone knows everything that we as Black people have contributed to American history, including myself. I’ve learned some things about Black history in the last few years that has given me a huge sense of pride, dignity, and strength. I am constantly learning about many things in life and hope that I will continue to do so until the day I die. I never want my mind to close.

We can talk until the cows come home about how we all need to come together and stop referring to each other as Black, White etc…but that’s a pie in the sky utopia thought. It’s a fantasy. Racism is real, and comes in many forms.

Everyone needs to be aware of Black history. White history is drilled into us all the time and I rarely hear anyone complaining about that; but that’s what we’re used to and we have accepted it. Black history is often left out of textbooks, so this month will most likely be the only month that our children will learn about Black history along with all their peers in the classrooms.

Of course, Black history should be taught and spoken about in the home outside of February. For many Black families it is, but for many it is not. I’ll also go out on a limb and say that White families have the same story, or they don’t discuss Black history at all. If it wasn’t for the month of February, Black people/history would be totally disregarded.

Before I go any further I want to point out some Regrets in Black History:


No explanation needed. He has gone from being a sports hero to a common criminal.


Another man who was a sports hero and is now considered one of the biggest whores in the world. His taste in women makes it even worse.


Not really very important in the grand scheme of Black History, but some black people still love him despite the fact that he was caught on tape having sex with underage girls.


Anyone want a pubic hair in their Coke? He’s ridiculous for so many reasons.


He made history while kicking Tina’s ass!


Again, not a very important person, but he was responsible for a very important person in Black History, Michael Jackson. Whenever Michael’s death is mentioned, this man’s face will be shown. Not a good look.

Who do you think should be added to the Regrets in Black History list?

I just realized that there are no women listed above. I along with a friend, Lamont Wright, sat up and thought about who in black history we wish we could “give away” and all we came up with were men. Men, please get it together!

Speaking of women, there is also Women’s History Month. Are you men going to complain about that? Do you guys understand that women are also considered a “minority” and many of our contributions to the world are overlooked as well?  Rightfully so, there is also American Indian Heritage Month. All three groups share the fact that they have been oppressed throughout history.

Until we “all just get along” and are treated equally across the board, Black History, Women’s History, and American Indian History months should be recognized, respected, and highly regarded.