Well guys, Women’s History Month is about over. So I’m going to celebrate it one more time by talking about one lady who’s been getting a lot of press lately.
Let me start by telling some of her unique and compelling story and I’m sure you’ll figure out who she is…
In August of 1970, 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson engineered the kidnapping of a superior court judge, an assistant district attorney and three jurors in open court in San Rafael, CA.
He demanded the release of his brother, famous and politically-outspoken inmate George Jackson and the group known as the Soledad Brothers.
During the episode, Jonathan managed to provide arms to three San Quentin inmates who were on trial at the time… The resulting shootout claimed the lives of Jonathan, two of the inmates, and the judge, and left the assistant district attorney badly wounded.
Since Jonathan also acted as bodyguard for his brother George’s close friend, a UCLA professor and well-known activist by the name of Angela Davis, it was soon reported that a number of the guns purchased in the shooting were registered to Davis.
Wanted by police, Davis fled California disguised in wigs as a national manhunt –or womanhunt–ensued. She fled from LA to Chicago, and then to Miami before the FBI finally arrested her on October 13, 1970.
Davis was charged with murder for her alleged part in the incident and, after spending 18 months in jail and receiving an international groundswell of support, she was acquitted.
Before, during, and after her incredible and historic ordeal, Davis never stopped speaking out on women’s rights or civil rights. She continues to do so today as a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
And thankfully her story is now coming to the Big Screen.
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners is the name of the new documentary to be released on April 5th and there are black women in power positions all over this film.
Not only is it based on a black woman, but Jada Pinkett Smith is an executive producer of the movie and award-winning African American director Shola Lynch is the filmmaker. These sisters are doing it.
And the point that emerges through all of this–is, as women, we have the power to define who we are despite the challenges and obstacles placed in our path.
We shape our own identity.
And what better way to close out Women’s History Month than with words from Angela Davis herself.
“I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever, but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement. “
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (6/18-6/24)
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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