Tuesday, April 18, 2006

America's Forgotten Founding Fathers

Lately, there has been a litany of dreary headlines about black men. They've been falling behind in education... avoiding marriage...carrying around Academy Awards in paper bags... It's been a real mess.

But have no fear! There is some good news. More Black men are gaining headway in politics in greater numbers -- and with a real shot to win -- than in any other time in American history. Barack Obama got the ball rolling with his election to the Senate in 2004, and 2006 promises to be another historic year. Harold Ford in Tennessee and Michael Steele in Maryland are both running for the Senate. Cory Booker, in all likelihood, will become the next mayor of my birthplace, Newark, New Jersey next month and Deval Patrick and Ken Blackwell may very well become the first black governors of Massachusetts and Ohio respectively.

The Civil Rights revolution produced a generation of politicians that are now passing the baton (or having it yanked from them) and the 2006 elections will be one of the most important in history for black people of all political stripes.

With that in mind, I want you to keep your eyes open for a documentary by my buddy Adrena Ifill. Adrena, a D.C. native and Howard University MBA, has just completed a documentary, Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot's Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill. It is the first release from her production company, Doubleback Productions. Congressman Smalls was a slave in South Carolina that worked hard, saved his money, and eventually bought his freedom. He then went on to serve five terms in Congress during the Reconstruction era.

I love history, especially black American history, so I am very excited for Adrena and her project. She's been working on it for a long time and now she is submitting it to film festivals around the country, so look out for it!



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4 Comments:

Blogger Sangindiva said...

Hmmm...
this was interesting.
I love me Obama!

P.S.
You've been tagged!

April 19, 2006 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

Tagged?!

Oh Lawd, here we go...

April 19, 2006 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Miss Ahmad said...

according to my girl inciquay in canada harold ford is fooling out! claiming his relatives were really white people passing as black people...which is actually the most bizarre thing i've heard all year!

April 20, 2006 at 2:23 AM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

Hmmm... ain't none of my business... I just wanted to give my friend a shout out on her documentary.

I ain't even gonna go there (re: politics) on my blog... it ain't that kinda party!

April 20, 2006 at 2:58 AM  

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