President's Day - We are ALL leaders, Queens and Kings

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"Forever praising all professors! Thanks to Dr. Adisa Alkebulan for selecting me to speak on CALIFORNIA CENSORED and the Queen of California! Truly honored. Marginalized voices are speaking. California shall be censored no more. WE, the people, are our own governors. Reign your world! As our African ancestors said, “Each one teach one.” Love California. Press sign (here).

And Still We rise…

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I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
— Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou of the Show-Me-State

California Love = Respect 4 Mother Africa in America

California is African American’s birthright in America. On this Valentine’s day, spread California love by showing respect for its meaning in our beautiful nation. Queens and kings build royal legacies when we:

  • respect each other,

  • honor each other,

  • cherish each other, and

  • uplift each other.

Love is an action word.

Do your part for Black History Month and American history.

Sign the petition to restore the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California.

Educate, Celebrate, Act!

Grammy Awards Blatant Racist Motown Tribute for Black History Month: Not J-Hud, but J-Lo

Challenge: Just ask your friends that did not see the Grammys, “Guess who the Grammys got to pay tribute to Motown?” and wait for the confusion when you give the answer. Blatant as Virgina’s governor blackface/KKK issue to the California’s Recording Academy Grammy’s Motown 60th tribute, racism doesn’t stop in America. Entertainment is where Black people flourished in this county as we came up from Slavery. Yet, the 61st Grammys pays “tribute” to Motown’s finest by showcasing no, not Chaka Khan, not Beyonce, not Kelly Rowland, not Rhianna, not Janet Jackson, not Mariah Carey, not Jazmine Sullivan, not Fantasia, not Mary J. Blidge, not Toni Braxton, not Tina Turner, not Yolanda Adams, not J-Hud, but J-Lo; when all white women payed tribute to Dolly Parton (Whitney Houston made Dolly parton “rich” in her own words for “I Will Always Love You”) in the show. Classless. Will the real Motown please stand up?

When “black women” hold the etymological definition of the state name of California, the Grammy’s say to Black people, “We’ll do a tribute to the soul of Detroit’s own Motown by having no black lead female singers to represent The Supremes.” At the height of injustice, Motown provided a salve for its people. Last night, that injustice was repaid when the Academy made a mockery of Motown and its people. It is apparent some really don’t want to see Queen Calafia re-crowned. What a way to honor the groundbreaking brilliance of a group people. Simply substitute #BlackBrilliance with hatred and dilution, when The Supremes, Tammi Terrel, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder contributed so much to California and America.

Source: Detroit Historical Society depicts Martha and the Vandellas. See real images of Motown, the Society celebrating the 60th anniversary ( here) .

Source: Detroit Historical Society depicts Martha and the Vandellas. See real images of Motown, the Society celebrating the 60th anniversary (here).

I’m singing Cherish’s “Unappreciated”. Diversity does not mean exclusion. This display is swingtime’s Fred Astaire all over again with a twist. Just like Miley Cyrus belted out "Jolene, Jolene" and proudfully paid tribute to Dolly Parton, any laundry list of black women singers could have paid tribute to Motown. Newsflash: Black women are not equivalent to Latinas. Often imitated never duplicated. A lie does not become the truth just because a majority believes it. Thanks Booker T. Washington. Sign the petition at (caliisme.com) if the display of black, dark faces in the flashing backdrop contrasted with lightened-up front stage “Motown” dancers and singer made you confused or LOL. Just as Virginia’s Governor Northam refuses to step down, the Academy refuses to glorify the best period of Black classic music. Proof positive of racism.

Thank you, Fantasia for representing Queen Aretha right. Guess the non-mentionables above were all “busy” or Toni or Jazmine could not have sashayed up to the stage. Thank you NAACP awards. Still singing R.E.S.P.E.C.T. I guess Chris Brown will perform Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” next year. Divide and conquer. To all the Black women whom tried to emulate “Stop in the Name of Love” with hairbrushes and coordinate steps, we know what that meant and still means. The Grammys display of misrepresented Motown prevented Black children in that moment to learn visually of the brilliance of their race while others were able to.

Black women still wear California’s crown, despite intentional efforts to whitewash or discredit our name and legacy from California heritage. A diamond still shines. Period. #OscarsSoWhite to #GrammysMotownSoRacist #Justice4QueenCalafia #grammys #MotownTribute #Motown

Take a look at “The World’s Most Popular Group” on SoulTrain.
Revisit the ancient history of mother Africa in the Ancient Kingdom of Kush for example. Please visit the Smithsonian’s National African American History and Culture Museum, Washington, D.C. also.

Nubia and Kingdom of Kush Source:  Definition of Kingdom of Kush  and articles  Nubia and the Powerful Kingdom of Kush

Nubia and Kingdom of Kush Source: Definition of Kingdom of Kush and articles Nubia and the Powerful Kingdom of Kush

Queen Naomi x NARS = Queen Calafia X CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510

Naomi Campbell is Queen of California and NARS Source: IG Naomi

Naomi Campbell is Queen of California and NARS Source: IG Naomi

Celebrating Supermodel Queen Naomi Campell for she is finally the face of a major cosmetic line, NARS. Slay Queen! Although it is a fact that the Ancient Egyptians were inventors of makeup, it is sad that many in America have picked over Africa’s finest. Glad NARS finally recognized her world-wide beauty. I stamped her name in the shape of California along with our other black queens who have made contributions to Africa, America, California, and the world for my CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510 clothing brand. (shop here).

Learn more about the history of black women in cosmetics (here). Yes, CJ walker is on the CIM EST. 1510 shirt too!

Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510 - Get this exact Real California heritage empowered shirt in white also here:  Shop the Cause

Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510 - Get this exact Real California heritage empowered shirt in white also here: Shop the Cause

One day, Queen Naomi will model 4 CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510. A girl can only dream…

Starting From the Bottom, San Diego State University Welcomes CALIFORNIA CENSORED, Continuing in the Tuskgee Legacy, Lifting the Veil of Ignorance and tjsl’s problem solving

West Coast San Diego, California Event

CALFORNIA IS ME thanks King Dr. Adisa Alkebulan, San Diego State University, for spreading California love for CALIFORNIA CENSORED. Started from the bottom, now we are spreading California Love, armed with knowledge pushing the educational, economic, and social justice agenda forward. Forever grateful to continue being a TJSL social problem solver and TU engineer. Slay! Click (here) for details at SDSU.

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East Coast - Washington D.C. ASALH event

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Stop the Tissy Fit. We Left the Plantations.

Did you know Sojourner Truth corrected Big Bad Massa when President Lincoln freed the Enslaved?

Massa complained to Truth that she ran away from him and demanded she return to him immediately.

Queen Sojourner stated the following:

Slaves working hard on a Virginia Tobacco plantation circa 1670. Author unknown. Public Domain.

Slaves working hard on a Virginia Tobacco plantation circa 1670. Author unknown. Public Domain.

I did not run away from you. I walked away from you.

- Sojourner Truth

Racist Governors, be gone. We know it’s your last little tissy fit for us leaving the plantations. But, we out!

Intellecutal Freedom in 3 steps:

1- Educate (evidence in Who Is The Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman see banner above),

2- Celebrate (shop the cause), and

3- Act: Press (sign) Join CALIFORNIA CENSORED.

King of Toys: TU's King Lonnie Johnson Perseveres and Thrives

Source: USPTO, Lonnie Johnson plays around with a Super Soaker® while wearing a shirt patterned with images of his famous creation

Source: USPTO, Lonnie Johnson plays around with a Super Soaker® while wearing a shirt patterned with images of his famous creation

USPTO features King of Toys, Tuskgee University’s and Mobile, Alabama’s own, Mr. King Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker®! Heeyyy, Tuskegee! Knig Lonnie also successfully led the Nerf dart gun line. Read and listen to the interivew (here).

Again, full circle moment for me. I first listened to him at Tuskegee University in the chapel when I was attending. He inspired me to keep perservering to attain my chemical engineering degree. Thank you, King Lonnie!

Happy Black History Month!

Virginia is for Lovers, not Racists. Spreading Calafia's California Magical Love.

Again, A picture says a thousand words. © AP/AP This image shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. The page shows a picture, at right, of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood next to different pictures of the governor.

Again, A picture says a thousand words. © AP/AP This image shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. The page shows a picture, at right, of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood next to different pictures of the governor.

While Black people are still fighting oppression, governors are indignant, privileged and entitled with their symbols. During this loving month, we have yet another racist story of a politician. Just today, Virginian Governor Ralph Northam was pictured with men in blackface and a KKK member/costume on his medical school yearbook. (click here: The Virginian Pilot article). Thanks to those who provided the picture whom obviously do not condone racism. As evidenced by loving Virginian Confederate General Garnett who designed the whitewashed beautiful Queen Calafia in her Great Seal of California (click here: AFRO article), we still must uproot its cancerous infestation. Do your part for Black History Month, spread Calafia’s California love to retore California’s namesake. (Join California Censored: Click here). Join me at ASALH’s Black History author’s event, D.C. also. Slay!

California Governor, this task is for you.

California Governor, this task is for you.




The "W" in Women is for Wonderful Wisdom. Happy Black History Month!

What better way than to start off the month with ladies first. Refresh your mind with golden wisdom on the African American wonderous California Amazon pioneers who helped make America great! See Google’s exhibit. Click here.

See below the Making of Queen Calafia video. Credit to Georgetown Law’s King Daniel Bamber. Talented and brilliant!

My D.C. friends, join me at ASALH, author’s event, Feb. 16 (see post below).

My California friends, I will be coming soon.

-For Ruth.