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“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me—No Fear!” Happy Birthday Nina Simone #BlackHistoryMonth

Happy Birthday to the Legendary Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003)!

She would’ve turned 84 years old today.

Nina Simone used her voice in many ways making her one of the most talented individuals in her era (1950s-1970s).

Ms. Simone used her talents to entertain but more importantly to support the Civil Rights movement.

Her performances were filled with messages of empowerment and hope for the future while shedding light on the many injustices Black people face; making her a significant figure in the civil rights movement.

“To me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the world—black people. So, my job is to make them more curious about where they came from and their own identity and pride in that identity.” -Nina Simone

Watch Miss Simone as she describes freedom and what it means to be young gifted and black in America:

As we continue to celebrate Black History, we have to acknowledge her significant contributions to our culture through art.

As a jazz singer, all around musician and songwriter, Nina Simone had a unique, distinguished voice.

One prominent song by Ms. Simone is titled “Mississippi Goddam.”

“Mississippi Goddam” was written response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing which killed four young African-American girls.

Happy Birthday Nina Simone #BlackHistoryMonth


Brace Yourself For This Long List of Black Inventors

Happy Black History Month!!!!!!

Here’s a list of black inventors and their inventions:

Bessie Blount Griffin (1914-2009)

Patented a device allowing amputees to feed themselves

Garrett Morgan (1877–1963)

Hair-straightening products, a breathing device, a revamped sewing machine and an improved traffic signal

Sarah Boone (c. 1870–1900)

 Ironing board

Alexander Miles (1830s-1918)

Automatic elevator doors

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928)

Light bulb and the telephone (longer lasting, less expensive)

George Washington Carver (c. 1864–1943)

Scientific Agriculture practices-the many uses of peanuts

Marjorie Joyner (1896-1994)

A”permanent wave” hair machine (flat iorn/curlers)

Elijah McCoy (1844–1929)

Lubrication devices used to make train traveling more efficient

Alfred L. Cralle (1866-1920)

Ice cream scooper

Madam C. J. Walker (1867–1919)

Hair products for African-American hair & the first American women to become a self-made millionaire

Lonnie Johnson (1949–)

Super Soaker water gun

Samuel R. Scottron (1843-1905)

Adjustable mirrors

Granville Woods (1856–1910)

“Black Edison” contributed to the development of the telephone, street car and more

Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806)

Self-educated mathematician, astronomer, compiler of almanacs and writer

James Edward Maceo West (1931–)

Electret transducer technology  used in microphones

Benjamin Bradley (1830-1897)

Steam engines for a war ship

Frederick McKinley Jones (1893–1961)

Refrigeration equipment used to transport food and blood during World War II.

Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852–1889)

The shoe lasting machine (making footwear more affordable)

Otis Boykin(1920–1982)

A wire precision resistor and a control unit for the pacemaker

Percy Lavon Julian (1899–1975)

The chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids and birth control pills

Sarah E. Goode (1850–1905)

The first African-American woman to receive a United States patent

Thomas L. Jennings (1791-1859)

The first African American to hold a U.S. patent-dry cleaning

Henry Blair (1807–1860)

The second African American to hold a United States patent

George Robert Carruthers (1939–)

Ultraviolet cameras

David Nelson Crosthwait Jr. (1898–1976)

heating and air conditioning

Andrew Jackson Beard

“The ‘Jenny Coupler’- automatically joined cars by simply allowing them to bump into each other, or as Beard described it the “horizontal jaws engage each other to connect the cars.”

Norbert Rillieux(1806-1894)

Multiple-effect vacuum evaporator, revolutionizing the processing of sugar

Lewis Temple (1800-1854)

Whaling harpoon, known as “Temple’s Toggle” and “Temple’s Iron” becoming the standard harpoon of the whaling industry

Emmett Chappelle (1925-?)

“the detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an important compound in all living organisms.  Through the patented method he developed, exobiologists are able to more speedily detect bacteria outside the earth’s atmosphere.  The presence of bacteria is considered strong evidence for extraterrestrial life…”

Ben Montgomery

A propeller that could cut into the water at different angles, thus allowing the boat to navigate more easily though shallow water

Marie Van Brittan Brown (1922-1999)

A system for a motorized camera to show images on a monitor (home security)

Lloyd Hall (1894-1971)

Meat curing products, seasonings, emulsions, bakery products, antioxidants, protein hydrolysates, and many other products that keep our food fresh and flavorable

Lyda D. Newman (1885-?)

An improved hairbrush design

John Parker (1827-1900)

The Ripley Foundry and Machine Company, manufacturing slide valve engines and reapers

Janet Emerson Bashen (1957-)

A private consulting group that investigates Equal Employment Opportunity complaints Janet is the first African American woman in the United States to hold a software patent.


Don’t forget to use the Umbra Search engine for all African American history inquiries. #HappyBlackHistoryMonth #HappyBlackHistoryYEAR

“The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” find out how #UmbraSearch can help

The immediacy in receiving information has created an impatient, ignorant, society.

There has been a complete transition from the way information has been communicated and shared in the past and now.

Compared to the past, our society does not have to create our imagery or rely heavily on professionals to deliver information due to a massive presence of social media.

We, as a society, have formed bad habits in believing anything we read or see on social media without doing the research.

Don’t be lazy this year, research everything you come across before just believing it and read the fine print!

Be a go-getter for information, facts, history, and the truth.

Don’t know where to start?

Access the Umbra Search database to read up on African American history.

We are on the brink of Black History month, and it’s time to read outside the norm.

Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King deserve endless recognition however, we have so many hidden leaders and great figures in our history we need to learn about to move forward.

Just on the homepage, you can search through hundreds of thousands of pieces of African American history and culture; inclusive of Africa American inventions, firsts, and videos.

Make it a priority this year to learn more about yourself through history with over 400,000 digitized materials from more than 1000 archives, libraries, and museums in the U.S.

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Daily Prompt: Carry

via Daily Prompt: Carry

“Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Keep-To have or retain possession of

Calm- A quiet peaceful state or condition

Carry on-To continue an activity or task

Have or retain possession of a quiet peaceful state or condition as you continue your activities or tasks.




My grandmother hated this commercial, and I never understood why until now. Nora used to say “Geez, you know, not all black women sound like that” and you know what? She was absolutely right.

She loved York peppermint patties but quickly gave them up after this commercial. My mom said I remind her a lot of her mother in that I question everything, and I don’t find humor in the way we are represented in the media.

Often we are depicted, and it is incredibly stereotypical but we are all different, and we are all awesome.

Why is it that we cant be ourselves? I’m sick of the exaggerated version of what people think African-American people are.

What is the difference between the late 1970s commercial and how some people are portrayed in commercials now?


(Videos courtesy of YouTube)



Conflict Management Planning

By experience, I’ve learned that #1 not everyone is your friend at work, and #2 work is work (not necessarily a place to have fun unless your job description prompts you to do so).

Learning how to deal with conflict is imperative. A conflict management plan is extremely necessary when dealing with diverse people with interpersonal & generational differences.

In a customer service work setting, for example, conflict can occur between management, employees, or between customers. Conflict may arise between management if the leadership team is not striving toward the same goal this can be reflected and create other issues when working with other staff. Conflict occurs among workers for various reasons. A person transitioning into a leadership position, who’s role is not defined, or there is mistrust, causes conflict between management, staff, employees.

In professional life, most conflicts are due to communication and listening barriers. Most workplaces involve diverse groups of people, and there is an overall lack of communication. Some common characteristics of workplace conflict include miscommunication, personality differences, generational differences, and ignorance.

The Avoiding style of managing conflict is when someone completely disassociates (separates) themselves from conflict. Accommodating is used when one side of the conflict is willing to give up something to satisfy the other or come to an agreement. Competition is a quick decision style of managing. When there isn’t a lot of time to waste. Collaborating is very common in the workplace, especially dealing with problem-solving and other complex related issues. Compromising involves both sides giving up something to come to a resolution as neither is more influential or has more power over the other.

Avoiding is a management style that would be beneficial in a work environment where emotions are running high. For example, employees may respond to a conflict in violence. If the staff exhibit physical violence, some individual may avoid the situation entirely. Accommodating has commonly displayed in customer service related fields. In retail, there is a saying “the customer is always right” meaning the customer’s interest take priority over the server’s interests. Competition can be used in situations of urgency. For example, there may be a physical altercation between employees and the manager may have to send the employees home or terminate the employees.

Managers too involved can be detrimental to a work environment and vice versa. As I gain experience in my position and strengthen listening and communication skills. Learn patience, remain other-oriented, and continue to accept criticism without defense. Collaboration management focuses on the big picture goals of the company versus the interest of either side; both sides work together for a resolution. Veterinarians and Vet Techs commonly practice this style as the overall importance (lives of animals) is bigger than their interest. Compromising occurs among employees with mutual power. Each side will both gain something and take a loss while finding a resolution.

Developing effective conflict management skills will take education and experience. Implementing the learned skills will gain experience over time. Conflict is an experience in itself that has the potential of strengthening working relationships as it occurs among diverse groups of people. Developing an effective management plan creates the opportunity for effective collaboration, clarity and creates learning experiences.

My plan for conflict resolution requires effective communication through mediation; as I have concluded communication determines effective working relationships. Dealing with conflict among co-workers will become easier with collaboration. A win/win style of managing will help to mediate a conflict between staff, and they will be able to express themselves to come mutually to an agreement.

Implementing a managing plan to identify, process, and understand conflict is the goal to prevent the same occurrence. Conflict triggers are what can be perceived as the initial cause of a conflict. Getting to know the staff and these triggers will help to handle and hopefully, prevent conflict. Allowing employees to be independent to handle conflict initially then becoming a mediator in a neutral role, then, collaborating to create a win/win strategy will be effective.

Being young and professional in the workplace is difficult for many reasons. There are resources, workshops, and mentoring available to prepare young people for the workforce, but nothing can prepare you for EVERY circumstance or situation that may occur.

We need to examine ourselves continuously, work and educate ourselves to become more diverse and open-minded. It is important for (us) young people to work on ourselves and work on our approach to interacting with different people (people other than ourselves) in order to live a fulfilling life.


Reference: Steven A. Beebe. (2013). Interpersonal Communication. Retrieved from Steven A. Beebe, Communication website.


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