Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate planet Earth!

With the way the world is and especially since we’ve got people in charge who don’t care about protecting our planet, it’s essential that we don’t give up and continue to fight for a better world for EVERYONE.

So here are some posts for the occasion:

To learn more about today’s celebration of Mother Earth head over to the Earth Day Network site.

Here’s an article about Environmental Racism titled Trump’s EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real written by VANN R. NEWKIRK II over at The Atlantic.

Visit Greenaction’s site to learn more about Environmental Racism and what you can do to stop it.

Here are two Earth Day related posts of mine for you to enjoy:

Infographic: Earth Day 2017 10 Facts About Our Planet

Living Green: 7 Tips to help you have a green home

Every year on this day there are usually musical festivals to celebrate so in the spirit of that I end this post with Michael Jackson’s Earth Song:

And remember:

 

Dr. Martin Luther King: Remembering His Words

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most prominent faces of the Civil Rights movement back in the 60s and today we honor his memory. Here are three infographics I created using Piktochart that capture some of his notable quotes and memories of the “I have a dream” speech.

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In the midst of what’s going on throughout the world-racism, sexism, colorism, misogyny, misogynoir, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, poverty, terrorism of all kinds, and more-there is still hope for a better tomorrow. Let Dr. King’s words and some of his actions (for he wasn’t perfect but don’t let that diminish from what he was doing) along with the many other known and unsung heroes and heroines of civil rights throughout the ages inspire and guide you to contribute to making a better tomorrow become reality.

Peace to all of humankind.

Listen to Afropunk Mixtape #2 Black Lives Always Mattered

Last year Afropunk.com began a new feature on their site titled Afropunk Mixtape.  This second installment is titled “Black Lives Always Mattered” and features songs which were released this month from D’Angelo, We Are Shining, and The OBGMs, there’s a classic track from Fishbone, and an exclusive remix of an unreleased track from J Cole. Hope you enjoy. The artwork is in honor of Dr. Charles Drew, the inventor of the Blood Bank ((June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950).

Here’s the quote from the artwork below:

“It’s impossible to determine how many hundreds of thousands of people would have lost their lives without the contributions of African-American inventor Dr. Charles Drew. This physician, researcher, and surgeon revolutionized the understanding of blood plasma – leading to the invention of blood banks.”

-Afropunk.com

And here’s the track listing for the mixtape:

TRACKLIST

1. Intro – Cypher (August 2014, December 2014)
2. J Cole vs Project Black Pantera – Be Free (Remix)
3. Laughing Man – Brilliant Colors
4. D’Angelo – 1000 Deaths
5. Interlude – Spike Lee / Michaela Angela Davis (December 2014)
6. Alice Smith – Shell Shock
7. We Are Shining – Hot Love
8. The OBGMs – Ijuswannaluvuallthetime
9. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled (Live)
10. Interlude – Chuck D (August 2013)
11. De La Soul (feat Chuck D) – The People
12. Girl In A Thunderbolt – Silver Phoenix
13. Interlude – Michaela Angela Davis (December 2014)
14. Charlie Belle – Get To Know
15. Blake Diamond & The Pearls – Black Is Beautiful
16. Fishbone – Riot
17. Project Black Pantera – Execucão na Av 38
18. Young Fathers – Soon Come Soon
19. Interlude – Melissa Harris Perry
20. Hadassa – Lead Balloon
21. Outro – Rip MC