Historical Figures You Didn’t Know Were Black

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Is Michelle Obama Still The First Black First Lady? 

Do you know which one of your bills features a black man?

You might be surprised at the historical figures you didn’t know were black.

Has compiled the following list and information for us, but since each one is on a different clickable link and these type of pages offer a plethora of advertisements causing the pages to load slowly or not at all, I have put them all here together in this blog. 

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1.  Betty Boop

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They might have drawn Betty Boop white, but her history is black. The character was actually stolen from Cotton Club singer Esther Jones — known by her stage name “Baby Esther” and the baby talk she used when she sang songs like “I Wanna Be Loved By You (Boop- Boop-BeDoo). Her act later “inspired” cartoonist Max Fleischer to create the character Betty Boop and Esther tried to win the rights back to her character until the day she died.

2.   J. Edgar Hoover

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Hitler’s Jewish ancestry isn’t the strangest twist in racial history. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover — the man who plagued the black liberation movement from Marcus Garvey to the Black Panther Party — was known by his peers as a passing black man.

His childhood neighbor writer Gore Vidal famously quoted, “It was always said in my family and around the city that Hoover was mulatto. And that he came from a family that passed.”

And apparently that was a closely-guarded secret. Millie McGhee, author of Secrets Uncovered: J. Edgar Hoover Passing For White, said,

“In the late 1950’s, I was a young girl growing up in rural McComb, Mississippi. A story had been passed down through several generations that the land we lived on was owned by the Hoover family. My grandfather told me that this powerful man, Edgar, was his second cousin, and was passing for white. If we talked about this, he was so powerful he could have us all killed. I grew up terrified about all this.”

3.  The Medici Family

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It’s hard to get through any school lesson about the Italian Renaissance without talking about the Medici family. What history doesn’t like to talk about is that the financial ruler of the western world — Alessandro de Medici, Duke of Penne and Duke of Florence and commonly called “Il Moro” (Italian for Moor — a term commonly used to describe anyone with dark skin) — was born to an African-Italian mother (a servant) and a white father (who would later become Pope Clement VII)

4.  Jacqueline Onassis

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Was Michelle Obama our first African-American First Lady? Or was it Jackie O? Jacqueline Onassis is a member of the van Salee’s family, famous for their “mulatto” heritage.

Jackie O’s ancestor John van Salee De Grasse was the first black American formally educated as a doctor; her socialite father was nicknamed “Black Jack” Bouvier because of his dark complexion.

More fun van Salee facts?: Both actor Humphrey Bogart and journalist Anderson Cooper are descendants of that famous family.

5.  Anatole Broyard

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American writer Anatole Broyard passed as white his entire life. It wasn’t until his daughter, Bliss, published One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life — A Story of Race and Family Secrets was the truth revealed: The famous New York Times book reviewer was born to light-skinned black parents in New Orleans and started passing once he grew up and moved out of his predominantly black Brooklyn neighborhood.

6.  Queen Charlotte

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Queen Charlotte

This 18th century painter got into hot water when he painted Queen Charlotte’s features a little too realistically. The painting stirred up long-standing rumors about King George III’s wife’s African heritage.

And those rumors turned out to be true. Queen Charlotte was the member of a Portuguese royal family begun by Alfonso III and his lover Madragana “a moor“.

Because this makes Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William technically mixed race, many historians have tried to cast doubt on the nature of Queen Charlotte’s heritage.

But her personal physician has noted her “true mulatto face” and the public report released before Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 acknowledges the monarchy’s African heritage.

7.  Alexander Pushkin

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Alexander Pushkin

The man considered the father of Russian literature was the great-grandson of an Ethiopian prince named Ibrahim Gannibal. Among Pushkin’s more famous unpublished works (left after his death in a duel) is an unfinished novel about his Ethiopian great-grandfather.

8.  Beethoven

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The famous classical composer’s mother was a moor. It’s a fact that became popular again after this cast of his African facial features contradicted the “idealized” paintings of the man history likes to re-imagine.

9.  King Tut

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King Tut

The Boy Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt is often depicted as fair skinned. But these images recovered from his tomb (in addition to several other artifacts) have identified him as a black African.

10.  Santa Claus

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Santa Claus

Or at least Saint Nicholas (270 – 343 AD), the saint that the legend is based on. Old Saint Nick was born in what’s now considered Turkey (at the time a metropolis for people of African descent).

11.  Hannibal

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Hannibal of Carthage — one of the greatest military strategists in history is often depicted with much… narrower features. But these coins depicting Hannibal and his famous army of elephants leave little doubt in the minds of many historians of his African ancestry.

12.  Saint Augustine

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Saint Augustine

No course covering Philosophy 101 is complete without referencing Christian theologian Saint Augustine. What’s less commonly covered is his African origins and birth place of (modern-day) Souk Ahras, Algeria;

13.  Alexandre Dumas

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The Author Of The Three Musketeers And The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas was the son of the General Dumas born in 1762 to a white father and an enslaved mother. General Dumas was such a good general that he made his rival — Napoleon Bonaparte — nervous. Thanks to Napoleon’s machinations, the General ended up imprisoned in a dungeon for years — the story that inspired Alexandre to write The Count of Monte Cristo about his father.

14.  Alexander Hamilton

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The Man On The $10 Bill

For black history buffs, it’s really all about the Hamiltons.  Alexander Hamilton isn’t just the man on the $10 bill, he was the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury.

His mother, Rachel Fawcett Lavain, was said to be of “mixed blood” and his father was the son of a Scottish Duke. Alexander’s older brother was dark-skinned and treated as black. But Alexander was light enough to pass and went on to establish the first national bank in the American colonies, founded the U.S. mint and wrote most of the Federalist Papers.

15.  Clark Gable

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Clark Gable

The original “tall, dark and handsome” actor didn’t hide his Black and Native American heritage. And when he saw “colored” and “white” bathrooms on the set of Gone With The Wind, he refused to continue working until all of the cast members were treated equally.


Purpose of Wind Chimes | Garden Guides

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Purpose of Wind Chimes | Garden Guides.


Wind chimes have been a part of civilization for thousands of years. Over time, wind chimes have found many purposes in their use. The most significant purposes being spiritual and agricultural. Wind chimes were mainly used in Asia and the eastern Mediterranean areas in ancient times for these purposes. Today, there are people who collect wind chimes for their artistic and musical qualities.


Manifestation Boards – How to Design A Blueprint for Your Dreams!

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Manifestation Boards – How to Design A Blueprint for Your Dreams!

Written by Jayme Barrett  26 Thursday Dec 2013


 You become what you focus on!


To manifest your dreams and goals, you must be purposeful about where you put your attention.

Attention involves focusing.

It’s essential to place what you want to create in the foreground of your mind.

By placing your dreams, goals, and desires in full view within your environment, you are forced to focus on them rather than on a blank or negative canvas.

In essence, you will be painting your own picture of happiness and success and placing yourself at the center of the picture.

An effective way to bring your wishes to life is to make a Manifestation Board.

A Manifestation Board is a cork board with a collection of pictures (beautiful and inspirational) from magazines, sayings, quotes, pictures of famous people, postcards, and drawings depicting your desires for a specific area of your life.

Displaying your wishes and goals in one place provides you with a whole picture.

A manifestation board is a visual representation, a blueprint for the success you want your life to emulate.

An option for designing your board/s is to have one board for each specific area/project in your life or one that displays all of your wishes for every area of your life.

It really depends on what you are focusing on at the time.


Placing the board where you can see it every day helps you create a direct relationship with your goals.

It will remind you of your life plan and keep you motivated to move in the right direction.

Simultaneously, it creates an “energetic blueprint” which the universe starts to put into motion.

As you look at the board every day, the images become imprinted both consciously and subconsciously. You become what you focus on.

When you are going through magazines and clipping out visual representations of your dream houses, vacations, careers, people to emulate and ways to contribute, you are story-boarding your life.

In the movie industry, storyboard artists are hired to draw how each scene will look. It includes the actors, scenery, cars, props and buildings.

In essence, you are creating a storyboard for your life.

You know the saying, “Be careful what you wish for!”

This is an important concept to grasp when creating the right energy for manifestation.

  • Here’s a tip.
    • When you are writing your affirmations and clipping pictures, make sure that you are accurately expressing and representing what you want. If you want to meet and marry a healthy man, do not put up a picture of the “Marlboro Man” or a guy with a beer in his hand. Be very specific and have fun!

For more on using manifestation boards for specific areas of your life, read chapter six in “Feng Shui Your Life.”


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Processed Meats Too Dangerous for Human Consumption

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Processed Meats Too Dangerous for Human Consumption

Hmmm… sounds to me like we need to dig out those old hand cranked meat grinders,

purchase or raise our own non-chemical meat,

and do it ourselves besides bringing to mind … a song… ~ April

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Words and Music Written by:
Randy Stonehill

Performed by:

 Jamie Slocum


Words and Music by:
Randy Stonehill

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American fast food, what a stupid way to die
American fast food, order me the jumbo fries
Oh, oh, it’s easy
It’s so easy and it’s trouble free
It’s quick and disposable, just like me
If I don’t stop eating this greasy American fast food
Well, we’re undernourished, but we’re overfed
And we’re munching on the burger with the white bread
And we’re sucking up the sugar in a milkshake
Till we slip into depression with a big headache
And our arteries are crying out, “give us a break”
American fast food, what a stupid way to die
American fast food, you kiss your old age goodbye
Oh, oh, it’s easy
It’s so easy and it’s trouble free
It’s quick and disposable, just like me
If I don’t stop eating this greasy American fast food
You won’t have to embalm me when my life is through
There are so many preservatives in what I eat
The job’s being done right now for you
“Can I take you order, please?”
“A cheeseburger, fries, and a big chocolate malted”
It’s prefab junk at an exorbitant price
And it’s bound to make you nauseous if you look at it twice
But they’re selling you by telling you it’s food that’s fun
When it tastes like cardboard It chews like sponge
’cause it’s really only garbage on a sesame bun
American fast food, what a stupid way to die
American fast food, order me the chili-size
Oh, oh, it’s easy
It’s so easy and it’s trouble free
It’s quick and disposable, just like me
If I don’t stop eating this greasy American
I don’t stop eating this greasy American fast food
© Copyright 1983 by Stonehillian Music &
Word Music (a division of Word, Inc.)

NOW on to the Article:

processed meats

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies

covering links between diet and cancer.

Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness:

Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption.

Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

Processed meats include:

  • bacon,
  • sausage,
  • hot dogs,
  • sandwich meat,
  • packaged ham,
  • pepperoni,
  • salami and
  • virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals.

They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite.

  • This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent.

  • Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.
  • These are alarming numbers.

Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats.

They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite.

  Sodium nitrite appears predominantly in red meat products (you won’t find it in chicken or fish products).

Here’s a short list of food items to check carefully for sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate (MSG), another dangerous additive:

  • Beef jerky
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs
  • Sandwich meat
  • Frozen pizza with meat
  • Canned soups with meat
  • Frozen meals with meat
  • Ravioli and meat pasta foods
  • Kid’s meals containing red meat
  • Sandwich meat used at popular restaurants
  • Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theme parks

If sodium nitrite is so dangerous to humans, why do the FDAand USDA continue to allow this cancer-causing chemical to be used?

The answer, of course, is that food industry interests now dominate the actions by U.S. government regulators.

The USDA, for example, tried to ban sodium nitrite in the late 1970′s but was overridden by the meat industry.

  • It insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to “ban bacon.”

Today, the corporations that dominate American food and agricultural interests hold tremendous influence over the FDA and USDA.

Consumers are offered no real protection from dangerous chemicals intentionally added to foods, medicines and personal care products.

You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules:

  1. Always read ingredient labels.
  2. Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.
  3. Don’t eat processed meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions.

And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats.

The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.

****** UPDATE 5/22/2013 *******
The World Cancer Research Fund caught wind of our article.

Thanks to everyone who has been spreading the word!

As they put it, they were “in no way involved in the production of the article.”

And they weren’t.

We read their review and drew the only logical, possible conclusion.

Their official response…

“The articles talking about processed meat being ‘too dangerous for human consumption’ are unhelpful and scaremongering.”

Yet in the very same online post, they tell you to avoid processed meat because it can cause bowel cancer!

We’re sorry. But if a food is directly linked to 4,000 cases of bowel cancer in the UK alone (according to their stats), it is indeed “too dangerous for human consumption.”

And yet another detailed study in BMC Medicine from just this past March confirms it.

  • Processed meats increase your risk of early death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

We don’t call it scaremongering. We call it the truth.


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