Ice Breaker Challenge – Introduce Yourself!

Ice Breaker Challenge

I saw this on Facebook and thought it would be a great way for bloggers to actually get to know each other! We know there are fakes out here so I’m calling everyone out. Put your pen where the truth is. Here’s your chance to verify your identity. Let’s break the ice.

Answer the following questions honestly on your own blog. Link back to this blog so we can see everyone’s post. Use the hashtag #Icebreaker. You can also leave a link to your blog in the comments if you want! This will be my last post until the weekend. Let’s take this time to get to know each other. You’re not doing anything at work anyway. Besides, it’s lunchtime. I’ll go first.

(Note. Yes, you can number your questions. I had to edit mine out due to technical difficulties in my WordPress dashboard).

Are you named after someone? Yes, middle name after my grandmother Marguerite.

When is the last time you cried? Two days ago.

Do you like your handwriting? No, only in notebooks.

What is your favorite lunch meat? Turkey, thinly sliced.

How many kids do you have? Two with my husband, none biologically.

If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Sure lol.

Do you use sarcasm? Yea. Sorry.

Do you still have your tonsils? These questions are weird but yes.

Would you bungee jump? No. Not. Ever.

What is your favorite cereal? Captain Crunch.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No. My shoe strings are usually tucked in.

Do you think you are strong? I have to be.

What is your favorite ice cream? Every kind. It just has to be ice cream period.

What is the first thing you notice about people? Eyes.

Red or pink?  Neither. Browns, Greens, Beiges. Earth tones.

What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? Too trusting, take things too personal.

What color pants and shoes are you wearing right now? Blue jeans, black house shoes

What was the last thing you ate? Chicken Tacos

What are you listening to right now?  My thoughts.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Brown or Burnt Orange

What are your favorite smells? Fresh Linen and Fruity scented candles, my husband’s cologne.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? Hubby 😍😍

Favorite sport to watch? Track & Field, Basketball

Real hair color? Brown

Eye color? Brown

Do you wear contacts? No.

Favorite food to eat? Pasta Bruschetta.

Scary movies or happy endings? Both. (What’s a scary movie?)

Last movie you watched? Look Who’s Talking Too 😂 lol.

What color shirt are you wearing? Green

Summer or winter? Summer

Hugs or kisses? Both.

What book are you reading? House of The Hanging Jade by  Amy Reade

What is on your mousepad? I don’t know. Its in the other room.

What is the last TV program you watched? Queen Sugar.

What is the best sound? Birds in the morning, and crickets and grasshoppers in the country at night.

Rolling Stones or The Beatles? Neither. Temptations.

What is the farthest you have traveled? Jamaica.

Do you have a special talent? Yes.

Where were you born? Chicago

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Copy, and paste these questions in your own blog and do it yourself! Don’t forget to use #Icebreaker and link back so we can see. ☺️

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Throwback Thursday Jam – Sensuality, Isely Brothers

As promised, this week and next week’s Throwback is for the ole school! (Since we had two 90s Jams in a row.)

 

 

Unfamiliar Faces – Lost to History: Afro Puerto-Ricans, Cubans, Jamaicans, Haitians

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Enslaved Afro Puerto Rican children

Though many students will learn about slavery in the U.S. at some point, our teachings are usually narrow in that we only learn about the European Slave Trade and the wrongs that Europeans have done. We won’t be told that we weren’t just dropped off in America. We won’t be told that every people, from Jews to the Five Civilized Native American Tribes, held us as slaves. We won’t be told of the difference between the Africans themselves who had slaves and those who were enslaved, and we won’t be told of the many different tribes and nations of black people that occupy the continent.

Contrary to popular belief, mostly brought on by television and movies, slave traders did not go into the interior of Africa to pick up any “African” but they were looking for a specific people. However, since the continent has been lumped up into one big mass, all blacks are assumed to be the same people and as a result, many ancient practices and truths faded from memory.

Engraving of Arab slave-trading caravan transporting African slaves across the Sahara.
Engraving of Arab slave-trading caravan transporting African slaves across the Sahara.

The trade of slaves across the Sahara has a long history. Dr. John Alembellah Azumah in his 2001 book, The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa estimates that over 80 million black people died en route to the Islamic world. Having enslaved blacks about one thousand years before the Europeans, the Arabs had already identified the people of the book. That is the people of the covenant. The people of scripture. The chosen and the prophecies surrounding their captivity.

Indeed, they were not after just any African, but the ones who held principles that were distinct from the other tribes. Differing by way of culture and spirituality, these blacks could easily be spotted by way of their traditions. Olaudah Equiano, known as Gustavus Vassa, captured, enslaved, and then freed, told in his book, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, of his life in Africa before the abduction.

Born among the Ibo people in the kingdom of Benin, along the Niger River, Olaudah recounts in his narrative of how they still held many Hebrew customs and traditions, such as the circumcision, the division of the tribes by twelve, and the marrying of their brother’s wife after death just to name a few. What is not recounted is that not only did Olaudah’s family uphold such traditions but so did many so-called African tribes.

That said, many of the slaves who came to Puerto Rico were from Congo, the Ashanti, Yoruba, Igbo and Bantu tribes. In all, 31 known African tribes were brought to the island from Central and West Africa through the slave trade but they weren’t the only ones.

Not only was Afro-Puerto Ricans largely made up of these Hebrew tribes, but so were the Jamaicans, Dominicans, Cubans, and so-called African Americans of today. Though we see each other as separate, the truth is that many of us (even if we’ve mixed) are all the same people and were all part of the dispersion.

Today’s lost to history segment focuses not on one individual but a group of individuals who have gone on to war within themselves due to the lost historical fact that we are not a different people but the same. Having been separated by land, we were taken from the same areas because we are descendent of the same people. The only difference is that we were dropped off in different places. Some to Jamaica, some to Haiti, some to Puerto Rico, and so on. As a result, some of us speak English, some of us speak Spanish, and some of us speak French.