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Wendy Williams Reconciles With Black America But, Is it Too Late?

Wendy Williams Reconciles With Black America But, Is it Too Late?

By, Ascellia Arenas


Today is Wendy Williamses birthday so, let her eat cake. Last week Wendy Williams ate humble pie with a side of crow. She took it like a trooper though and ultimately won my respect. 

Williams invited Roland Martin, of TV One’s , “News One Now,” to her show to explain how and why her anti NAACP, HBCU, and JesseWilliam’s  acceptance speech for the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award, fell short of accurate. Watch here :

Martin explains the relevance of NAACP and HBCU’s

As a community we must first forgive each other and move forward together. I can’t tell you how many times people have turned their backs on me due to perceived foul. As a professional woman I have been insulted, called names and utterly disrespected by my own “peers” who have yet to apologize. So, clearly, the sense of entitlement and the idea that one’s opinion on a subject or person is valid enough to share unadulteratedly, is nothing new. 

Wendy Williams was at least woman enough to admit her failure, and apologize for her ignorance. Also, she was professional enough to do some damage control and allow someone, who knows more than she does, to educate her and her viewers. We can’t demand respect from others when we can’t even respect each other. 

This is how Wendy made it. She’s brash, she’s opinionated, and even when she’s loud & wrong, she can admit it and apologize. 

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Vintage Black Star Power Part 2 “The Harlem Renaissance”: Literary Greats

Vintage Black Star Power Part 2  “The Harlem Renaissance”: Literary Greats

By, Celli Arenas

It was the dawn of a new era, the ushering in of a new time, where Black expression of art and culture took hold of the world stage-never leaving, never missing a beat, the African-American artistic collective was named the “Harlem Renaissance,” and we still honor and learn from the artifacts today.

Spanning the 1920s to the mid-1930s, the Harlem Renaissance was a literary, artistic, and intellectual movement that kindled a new black cultural identity. Its essence was summed up by critic and teacher Alain Locke in 1926 when he declared that through art, “Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self-determination.” Harlem became the center of a “spiritual coming of age” in which Locke’s “New Negro” transformed “social disillusionment to race pride.” Chiefly literary, the Renaissance included the visual arts but excluded jazz, despite its parallel emergence as a black art form”- Discover More :  History.com

Male and female artists, musicians, dancers, actors, poets, authors were internationally recognized for their works which helped shape and define the culture of the African-American living in America, and abroad. The artists recognized here were an integral part of documenting the post-slavery era in such a way that journalized African American heritage and culture.

Among those artists whose works achieved recognition were Langston HughesClaude McKay, Countee CullenArna Bontemps, Zora Neale HurstonJean Toomer, Walter White, and James Weldon Johnson. W.E.B. Du Bois encouraged talented artists to leave the South. Du Bois, then the editor of THE CRISIS magazine, the journal of the NAACP, was at the height of his fame and influence in the black community. THE CRISIS published the poems, stories, and visual works of many artists of the period.“- Discover More:  PBS.org

Keep in touch with the “Cellibration” of Black History Month through my series of articles featuring notable people of African descent , here at www. cellibration.com.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.com, http://www.history.com, http://www.pbs.org

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Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas, published author, has been featured in several magazines, such as: MIA Magazine, Success Magazine, Legacy Magazine. She is the host blogger at http://www.cellibration.com, and hosts MIA-Live.net for BlogTalk Radio. Her books, “30 Days of Dynamic Pursuit” a self-help journal, and “Sidetracked: He Used To Love Me”, a coming of age novel,  are both available at amazon.com.

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