My #MeToo Story.

Black Women, World News

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Long before the #MeToo hashtag or references to “pussy grabbing” there were screams and tears from women across all civilizations, that went unanswered. And, let’s not forget the slave woman, mother and child, Maya Angelou or The Color Purple. But, unlike ever before and thank goodness in our time, Alyssa Milano shared her experiences and now the world responds — FINALLY!

The #MeToo hashtag has lent a voice and opened the doors for the victims of sexual harassment and abuse to tell their stories and release the pain and secrets of a lifetime. May this door never close and enable all who wish to do so, to walk through with a new meaning and understanding of what is actually taking place around the world in this sick cycle of the abuse of boys and girls and women and men.

In France, Twitter users are using #balancetonporc or “expose the pig” to encourage women to name and shame their attackers, while #WomenWhoRoar is also being used to encourage victims of sexual abuse to speak up.

Let’s wave our own flags and shout out #MeToo from sea-to-shining-sea.

My #MeToo Story.

Excerpt from “Black America – Asking Ourselves The Tough Questions” by Sonja Cassandra Perdue.

I was very young.  12 years old.  Kenneth Johnson was younger.  He was 5 years old.  We lived on the first floor of a small two-flat and Kenneth and his family lived upstairs.  The Johnsons were in their late 20s and had four children; whenever the young couple wanted to go out, I was the children’s playmate/babysitter.

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Chicago Street Journal (CSJ) Is Celebrating National Black Business Month

Black Business Matters, Black Wall Street, World News

According to (Formerly Corporation for Enterprise Development.) it will be centuries before “wealth equality” between whites and African-Americans and Latinos is realized in the United States. (Read their report on “The Ever-Growing Gap: Without Change, African-American and Latino Families Won’t Match White Wealth for Centuries.”)

According to Neilsen (The top consumer rating agency for the nation.), “…Black consumers are one of America’s greatest assets.” Without a doubt, any group of people or country that has $1.2 trillion in buying power and who at the same time has kept virtually nothing for themselves, would be everyone’s best buddy (asset). Especially coupled with no true power or authority to govern themselves and manage the distribution of their monies. In a way, it’s almost like saying, we support racism.

Even with all these strikes against African Americans, the nation still struggles to focus and understand why Black business development matters, not only in turning the tide in the advancement of the Black race in all aspects including making them players and global decision makers, but in making them major contributors to job and enterprise development, which benefits the nation.

In Chicago, Black Business Matters not at all to those who sit at the realm of our government managing our lives in accordance with the prevailing skin tones of the residents of particular communities. Racism is nothing new in a city that is still holding on dearly and without shame or apology to its versions of the Mason-Dixon lines.

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