Today is Women’s Day, and I could not be more proud of my cousin, Christina Arenas, than I am today! She posted over 50 pictures to her social media accounts that give us a peek into what she is currently doing to provide clean water and sustainable filtration systems in Ethiopia.
She recently shared some of her experiences in her blog. She writes, “Addis is the capital of Ethiopia, and it is indeed a developing city. There’s construction everywhere!! What I found most refreshing about the development is that most of the businesses are Ethiopian owned and operated. Which allows for great economic opportunities for Ethiopians. Although they are making much progress, the poverty is clearly noticed. But you would never know that they were living in poverty due to the pride they have for their nation. It is inspirational to see the hope, strength and the endless possibilities for this country.
While I am here I will be researching the benefits of integrating Sanitation and Hygiene Services with Improved Water Services for schools and communities in urban and rural areas. I will be able to witness the progress WaterAid Ethiopia has contributed to Ethiopia achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.” Discover more here.
Arenas will return to the US very soon, and I am sure that she will have lots to say about her journey. Here are a few photos of the project, I hope her work inspires us all to do something! Make your actions speak louder than your words. #grow
Ahhhh…”the good ole days”…my parents and grandparents always shared stories of fancy supper clubs featuring famous performers. The gents would be wearing their finest silk suits and lovely ladies would be dressed in their opulent evening gowns. Here are a few images from the time when the music was sweet and the dancing was smooth.
Let’s take a stroll through some Historic Black Glamour through photographs.
“Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Because of the Red Scare and her left-leaning political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.Her career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television and on broadway.”
Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was an internationally known, American jazz and classicalpianist and singer; she also performed as herself in several films. She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950, she became the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show,featuring a variety of entertainment. To evade the political persecution of artists in the McCarthy era, Scott moved to Paris in the late 1950s and performed in France, not returning to the United States until 1967.
Born in Port of Spain, Hazel was taken at the age of four by her mother to New York. Recognized early as a musical prodigy, Scott was given scholarships from the age of eight to study at the Juilliard School. She began performing in a jazz band in her teens and was performing on radio at age 16.
Actress and singer Sheila Guyse, best known for her role in the 1947 film “Sepia Cinderella,” died on December 28, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 88. Ms. Guyse was born Etta Drucille Guyse on July 14, 1925, in Forest, Mississippi. After winning the amateur night competition at the Apollo Theater, she appeared in Broadway musicals like “Finian’s Rainbow” (1947) and “Lost in the Stars” (1949) along with several other film appearances including “Miracle In Harlem” in 1948.
There is much more where this came from! Join the “cellibration” of Black History Month, here at http://www.cellibration.com. I call it African American History Month because it is important for me to emphasize and pay homage to African culture and American culture through literature, history, photographs, prose, and more.
If you are a lover of all things vintage, like me, check out the book “Vintage Black Glamour” by Nichelle Gainer. She has curated hundreds of vintage photos documenting African-American culture and the arts. It will be a beautiful coffee table book or conversation piece at your next event. Check it out!