The We Can Reading Program

Provide the Inland Empire and Riverside, CA area families with K-12 tutorial assistance. Thank you for your help. O. Grace and peace to you!

I invite you to join me on a ministry, vocational, and personal service initiative and social responsibility to provide Fayetteville, North Carolina area children 0-Pre-K, K-12 multimedia reading materials to include braille and large print resources. Send donations to, The We Can Reading Program, P. Box 9793
Fayetteville, NC

Send questions to [email protected].

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Happy 60th Birthday to Jasmine Guy.

Born March 10, 1962, She is an actress, director, singer and dancer. She is known for her roles as Dina in the 1988 film School Daze, Harlem Nights 1989 as Dominique La Rue and as Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on the NBC The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World, which originally ran from 1987 to 1993.

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Jewel Stradford Rogers Lafontant-Mankarious, civil rights leader, high-ranking U.S. Presidential appointee, and lawyer was born on April 28, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents, Aida Arabella Cartera and attorney C. Francis Stradford, helped to influence Mankariousโ€™s decision to become a lawyer.

In 1942, Jewel Stradford graduated from Oberlin College, receiving her bachelorโ€™s degree in political science. That same year she became a founding member of the Congress of Racial Equality. Stradford attended the University of Chicago Law School and in 1946 became the first African-American woman to receive a J.D. from that institution.

In 1946, Stradford married John W. Rogers, a juvenile court judge. The couple had a son, John W. Rogers Jr., who later became the founder of Ariel Capital Management, the largest black-owned investment firm in the nation. Jewel and John Rogers divorced in 1961. Later that year she married H. Ernest Lafontant, who died in 1976. She remarried in 1989, this time to Naguib S. Mankarious.

In 1947, Jewel Rogers was admitted to the Illinois Bar, and soon afterwards, she began working for the Legal Aid Bureau of Chicago. However, she was not permitted to join the Chicago Bar Association because of her race. Over the next decade, Rogers handled more than three thousand cases as a trial lawyer, providing free legal representation for her clients. During this period she was also an officer in the Chicago chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union.

In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower named Rogers assistant U.S. Attorney for Illinois. She was the first African American woman to serve anywhere in the nation in that capacity and held the position until 1958. In 1960, Rogers seconded Richard Nixonโ€™s nomination for the Presidency at the Republican National Convention.

In 1963, Rogers won her first case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the State of Illinois vs. Beatrice Lynn. Although a Republican, Rogers was a member of President Lyndon Johnsonโ€™s Council on Minority Business Enterprise between 1965 and 1967. She received a third presidential appointment in 1972 when President Richard Nixon named her Deputy Solicitor General, a position she held until 1975. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed her Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. coordinator for refugee affairs in the U.S. State Department. She served in that post until 1993.

In 1993, Rogers, then Mankarious, became a partner with the Holleb & Coff law firm in Chicago where she practiced corporate law, labor and employment law, and international relations law. She also served on the Boards of Trustees of Tuskegee Institute, Harvard University, and Oberlin College and on a number of corporate boards including Revlon, Mobil Oil, and Trans World Airlines (TWA).

Jewel Stradford Rogers Lafontant-Mankarious died in Chicago of breast cancer on May 31, 1997 at the age of 75.

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Happy 86th Birthday to Jim Brown.

Born February 17, 1936, He is a former American football player, sports analyst and actor. He played as a fullback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 through 1965.

Considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time, as well as one of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown was a Pro Bowl invitee every season he was in the league, was recognized as the AP NFL Most Valuable Player three times, and won an NFL championship with the Browns in 1964.

He led the league in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons, and by the time he retired, he had shattered most major rushing records. In 2002, he was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever.


Happy 55th Birthday to Chantรฉ Torrane Moore.

Born February 17, 1967, She is a singer-songwriter, actress, television personality, and author. Rising to fame in the early 1990s with her debut studio album Precious which was released in 1992.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA on November 14, 1994, in the United States, spawning such R&B hits as "Love's Taken Over" and "It's Alright".


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Happy 36th Birthday to Amber Patrice Riley.

Born February 15, 1986, She is an actress, singer and author. She is best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009โ€“2015). For her performance on the series, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, and a Grammy Award.

Erin Jackson of US 1st Black woman to win speedskating gold 02/15/2022

Erin Jackson of US 1st Black woman to win speedskating gold

Erin Jackson of US 1st Black woman to win speedskating gold BEIJING (AP) โ€” Erin Jackson has become the first Black woman to win a speedskating medal at the Winter Olympics. A gold one, at that. Jackson won the 500 meters Sunday with a time of 37.04 seconds, giving the American speedskating program its first medal of the Beijing Games and first individual...


Happy 19th Birthday to Sayeed Shahidi.

Born February 14, 2003, He is an actor and model and former child actor, Sayeed is the brother of Black-ish star, actress Yari Shahidi.

He starred as the character Miles Russell in the 2016 television series, Uncle Buck. He also had a recurring role as the character Will in ABC's television series, Switched at Birth.

Shahidi was in a few projects with his sister Yara Shahidi, including the crime thriller movie Alex Cross as Damon Cross, the television series The First Family, and the comedy television series Black-ish as Adonis Culpepper (Season 2, Episode 17).

Timeline photos 02/15/2022

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Amanirenas was the Candice or Kandake queen of the Kingdom of Kush from c. 40 BC to c. 10 BC. Amanirenas is one of the most famous kandakes because of her role in leading Kush*te armies against the Romans in a war that lasted five years, from 27 BC to 22 BC. After an initial victory when the Kush*tes attacked Roman Egypt, they were driven out of Egypt. Amanirenas was described as brave and blind in one eye. It is said Amanirenas took the head of Augustus and hid it under her palace; a final battle never took place; instead, an audience gathered on the island of Samos, where she then sent her ambassadors with a bundle of golden arrows sent a message to their monarch. "Queen Amanirenas sends you these arrows; if you want peace, they're a token of her friendship and warmth; if you want war keep the arrows, for you're going to need them."


Dorothy Dandridge and Diahann Carroll in Carmen. I wonder if they were friends off camera?

Old Black Hollywood is proud to announce, we are in the process of creating an exclusive private paid membership group FB page. We have a love for Learning about the extraordinary black actors of Old Black Hollywood and their exceptional talent in common. We believe it is a good time to come together through the private group to engage in discussions and hearing from some of the family members of these actors. It is going to be a fun and an interactive group page. Make sure to inbox us to show interest in becoming a member at [email protected].


โ€œDuring the German occupation of France, Josephine Bakerโ€”who had become a French citizen in 1937โ€”worked with the Red Cross and the Resistance, and, as a member of the Free French forces, she entertained. She was later awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honour with the rosette of the Resistance.โ€

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The little girl at far right in this photo, taken circa 1920, grew up to become the first African-American to serve as Montana State Librarian. A native of Lewistown, Montana, Alma Smith Jacobs had a huge impact on Montana libraries in her lifetime, and was a civil rights leader in her home state.


If you see me in it on consecutive days, it is because I REALLY dig this hoodie sent to me. Thank you Ebony!

Timeline photos 02/03/2022

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Henrietta Lacksโ€™ impact on modern medicine is INCOMPARABLE! Unbeknownst to her, her cells would be used for breakthrough medical research and would go on to save countless lives. We must continue to honor and properly recognize her contributions!


!! Growing up in the generation in the 70s was something special to me. So believe you meโ€”being asked to be a part of a project that could have major impact โ€”-dealing with issues no tv program from my childhood even thought to deal with made getting involved even MORE exciting. Presenting a brand new Jr series called "Rise Up, Sing Out" that will premier on and channel TOMORROW February 2nd!!

Thank you for bringing us aboard your dream & making this a reality. , , and (our fam)

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Timeline photos 02/02/2022

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Sarraounia Mangou, was the Queen of the Azna, a subgroup of the Hausa, who ruled in the Niger Republic, during the late 19th century.. She subsequently mobilized her people and resources to confront the French forces of the Vouletโ€“Chanoine Mission, which launched a fierce attack on her fortress capital of Lougou. in 1899, the Voulet-Chanoine Mission met the strongest force and lost several men to the fighting.

Africa was led and Africa was defended by women. Those women who think women belonged in the kitchen, in bedrooms and churches haven't learned what Africa was.

Dr. Edward Robinson Explains A Hidden DNA Discovery Only Found In Black People

DNA of the races 
Thoughts ???

Full discussion YT

#Biqilan #edwardrobinson #dredwardrobinson #raceesteem #dnasequence #DNA #learn #didyouknow #foryou #foryoupage #share #explore #unlearnandrelearn #knowledgeofself #education #explorepage #news #hiddentruth #history #culturalheritage #learn #black #unity #healourcommunities 02/01/2022

Dr. Edward Robinson Explains A Hidden DNA Discovery Only Found In Black People

DNA of the races
Thoughts ???

Full discussion YT

#Biqilan #edwardrobinson #dredwardrobinson #raceesteem #dnasequence #DNA #learn #didyouknow #foryou #foryoupage #share #explore #unlearnandrelearn #knowledgeofself #education #explorepage #news #hiddentruth #history #culturalheritage #learn #black #unity #healourcommunities

Dr. Edward Robinson Explains A Hidden DNA Discovery Only Found In Black People DNA of the races Thoughts ??? Full discussion YT #Biqilan #edwardrobinson #dredwardrobinson #raceesteem #dnasequence #DNA #learn #didyouknow #foryou #foryoupage #share #explore #unlearnandrelearn #knowledgeofself #education #explorepage #news #hiddentruth #history #culturalheritage #learn #black #unity #healourcommunities


In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week with ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The event was first celebrated during a week that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This week would later become โ€ช .โ€ฌโฃ

This year, join us as we embrace the official theme announced by ASALH, Black Health and Wellness, starting with a look at midwives:

Timeline photos 02/01/2022

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The most famous African warrior women, The Dahomey Amazon Warriors circa 1890's. The only documented frontline female troops in modern warfare history. A sub-saharan band of female terminators who left their European colonisers shaking in their boots.


Happy 71st Birthday to Charles Stanley Dutton.

Born January 30, 1951, He is an actor and director who is best known for his roles in the television series Roc (1991โ€“1994) and the television film The Piano Lesson (1995), the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. His other accolades include three Primetime Emmy Awards and three NAACP Image Awards.


Ruth Ellington Boatwright was Duke Ellingtonโ€™s youngest sister who managed the Ellington Band and took control of Tempo Music, Duke's legendary music publishing company.

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Billie Holiday performing at the Downbeat jazz club in New York.


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Happy 54th Birthday to Rakim aka William Michael Griffin Jr.

Born January 28, 1968, He is a rapper and record producer. Rakim was half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.


Happy 60th Birthday to Tyra Ferrell.

Born January 28, 1962, She is an actress, most known for her roles in films Boyz n the Hood (1991), Jungle Fever (1991), White Men Can't Jump (1992), and Poetic Justice (1993).

โ€˜Abbott Elementaryโ€™ Makes History As First ABC Comedy Premiere To Quadruple Ratings Since Debut 01/28/2022

โ€˜Abbott Elementaryโ€™ Makes History As First ABC Comedy Premiere To Quadruple Ratings Since Debut

โ€˜Abbott Elementaryโ€™ Makes History As First ABC Comedy Premiere To Quadruple Ratings Since Debut The show is just that good! Abbott Elementary makes history as the first ABC comedy premiere to quadruple its ratings since the original debut, Deadline reports. Writer and comedian Quinta Brunson is the comedic genius behind Abbott Elementary, a new hilarious series about a group of dedicated teach...


Last night my dear friend (founder of hair & skin care products) came to see yesterday! Iโ€™m so glad she came to the show & we got to spend some time together! Weโ€™ve been friends since we weโ€™re 14 at LaGuardia High School of Music and The Arts. Our dreams and tenacity grew us beyond our years then and all these years since. Iโ€™m so grateful and proud of our journeys! I love the way we support and love each other. Blessings always, Lisa โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’–


Mary Wallace: First female bus driver for Chicago Transit Authority, 1974 (Colorized)


Remembering Zara Cully aka โ€œMother Jeffersonโ€, who was born on this day.

(Jan. 26, 1892 โ€“ Feb. 28, 1978) She was an actress, best known for her role as Olivia 'Mother Jefferson' Jefferson on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons, which she portrayed from the series beginning in 1975 until 1978.

Cully's first appearance as 'Mother' Olivia Jefferson was in a guest appearance on an episode of All in the Family entitled "Lionel's Engagement" which aired February 9, 1974. She was 82 years old at the time. All three actors who portrayed Tom, Helen, and Jenny Willis on that episode were replaced with different actors by the time The Jeffersons became a spin-off on January 18, 1975, but producers retained Cully as Mother Jefferson.


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