Queen Speaks on her Lost Love: Man Wrongfully Convicted, Freedom Soon

Today, August 14th, 2019, CALIFORNIA IS ME® features Queen Monica Gray for speaking out against injustice in support of her former boyfriend, Ricky Kidd, serving 23 years (and counting), unjustly for a double murder he did not commit. 

Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME. Queen Monica Gray, featured in the spirit of Queen Calafia of California for speaking out against injustice. Wearing CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510 t-shirt. Jeans, jewelry, and belt, own.

Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME. Queen Monica Gray, featured in the spirit of Queen Calafia of California for speaking out against injustice. Wearing CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510 t-shirt. Jeans, jewelry, and belt, own.

According to Kansas City, Missouri station KCTV-5 report, “Ricky Kidd has spent more than 20 years behind bars for a murder that another man confessed to. Wednesday, a judge ruled Kidd needs to be re-tried or let go, the prosecutor has 30 days to decide.”  See original KCTV-5 video (here).  Another Ricky Kidd’s support is: Former Kansas City Police Commissioner Alvin Brooks, of (Ad Hoc Group Against Crime). 

King Ricky Kidd shown still in handcuffs wrapped around a tatooed cross, and brightly smiling in anticipation of freedom. Source: KCTV-5. Donate to Ricky Kidd’s GoFundMe page by clicking image.

King Ricky Kidd shown still in handcuffs wrapped around a tatooed cross, and brightly smiling in anticipation of freedom. Source: KCTV-5. Donate to Ricky Kidd’s GoFundMe page by clicking image.

Innocent is innocent.  Truth is the cornerstone of justice.  An innocent man should NEVER commit a second of precious time longer than necessary for a crime he did not commit. Time’s up for Central Park Fives/Exonerated Fives. 

“I’m just really disappointed in the judicial system. I really am. Amy McGowan and the former prosecutor. Very upset. Jean Peters Baker. They’ve known he’s been innocent. And they could have let him go a long time ago. And it’s wasting tax payers money as well.  So very disappointed in the system that’s supposed to protect and serve.  You kept an innocent man in prison.”  - Monica Gray, Former Girlfriend of Ricki Kidd as told to KCTV-5. 

Today, Queen Monica Gray was interviewed also by CALIFORNIA IS ME® and said concerning the lack of evidence proffered by Missouri former prosecutor Amy McGowan and current prosecutor Jena Peters Baker against Mr. Kidd,

“They build a case that’s not even there just to save face. Amy McGowan especially is a fraud.”

We concur with the State of Missouri’s mission statement of “fighting for openness and justice, especially for those who have no voice.” Indeed, exonerate Ricky Kidd, now.  The truth is Calafia California golden and freedom is embedded in its path. There should be no retrying, only to release. If the prosecutor won’t block Mr. Kidd’s release, then the attorney general should follow suit. Anything less is injustice.

When asked what most was stolen from Ms. Gray’s relationship with Mr. Kidd because of his wrongful conviction, Queen Monica said,

“The special love we had, the beautiful family we could have had.”

 Thank you to Alvin Brook’s Adhoc Group Against Crime and the Midwest Innocence Project. See letter to Missouri Governor Nixon (here). See judgement granting relief to Mr. Kidd (here). In the judgment, facts found include:

  • Mr. Kidd’s Second Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus presented ten claims for relief. On August 27, 2018, the Honorable Thomas N. Chapman granted, in part, Respondent’s Motion for Summary Judgment on Kidd’s Claims 1-8. This matter proceeded to an evidentiary hearing on April 23 through April 26, 2019, on Kidd’s Claim 9, that he is actually innocent of the crimes for which he is imprisoned, and Claim 10, that the prosecution withheld material, exculpatory evidence (first time in any court). See page 1.

  • Petitioner’s Exhibits 1 through 196, and Respondent’s Exhibits 1 through 9. Respondent presented no witnesses. Based on a careful consideration of the record and these proceedings, this Court finds that the evidence is clear and convincing that Kidd is innocent of the murders of George Bryant and Oscar Bridges, that the prosecution did not disclose exculpatory evidence that was material to the outcome of Kidd’s case, that Kidd can show cause-and-prejudice for not having discovered his Brady v. Maryland claim earlier, and that Kidd has established a gateway claim of innocence that overcomes any alleged procedural default. Kidd is therefore entitled to the writ of habeas corpus. See page 2.

  • Trial evidence revealed that Kidd became a suspect because he was one of ten men named in anonymous calls to police. He was arrested on February 14, 1996, in the company of his girlfriend, Monica Gray. They were transported to police headquarters and questioned. In separate interrogations, Kidd and Gray told police that they were together all day on February 6, 1996, and they had gone to the Sheriff’s Office at Lake Jacomo to apply for a gun permit. Kidd agreed to participate in a video-taped line-up and signed multiple consents to search his car and belongings. See page 7. Footnotes removed.

The irony in King Ricky Kidd’s case is, on the very day he tried to secure physical protection, the prosecutor ignored evidence that freed Ricky stealing his inalienable right to protection, liberty and freedom. The prosecutor:

  1. Turned a blind eye to Kidd’s alibi, Monica Gray, that was in his presence all day; and

  2. Ignored the record of an application for a gun permit for physical protection the very day he was arrested.

Image of Kidd v. Pash WRIT GRANTED Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME, Courtesy of Monica Gray Click image to see full Judgment granting Writ of Habeas Corpus by Judge Daren L. Adkins

Image of Kidd v. Pash WRIT GRANTED Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME, Courtesy of Monica Gray Click image to see full Judgment granting Writ of Habeas Corpus by Judge Daren L. Adkins

Indeed, a “case” was created out of thin air where any black male will do. The essence of racism. Wherever lies and wrongful treatment exist, a skewed situational view can attempt to uproot the truth. When inspired by Queen Calafia’s like Ms. Monica Gray, the light shines through and the truth is freed to breathe justice. King Ricky is California courageous for standing in truth and fighting his battle. Veritas! Justice.

"Truth is truth though never so old, and time cannot make that false, which was once true." - Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604).

Supress and ignore no more! Educate, Celebrate and Act!

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Press sign @ www.caliisme.com to restore truth, Queen Calafia, in the California Great Seal. #Justice4QueenCalafia

Visit: www.CaliforniaGreatSeal.com

 Author: Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, Founder and Owner, CALIFORNIA IS ME® aka www.caliisme.com

From jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, "

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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See also the New York Times, “Judge Rules Man Imprisoned Decades for 2 Murders Is Innocent” article (here).



Disclaimer: None of the views expressed herein are of the Federal Government nor the USPTO.

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Apollo 50 Celebration: NASA Visits The USPTO

Who needs to be an astronaut, when you can pretend to be?

Photo Credit: Michael Clevland, USPTO.

Photo Credit: Michael Clevland, USPTO.

My first virtual experience of walking on the Moon compares not to Neil Armstrong’s first grand accomplishment; however, it was surreal today. Curiosity, STEM, and necessity inspires inventions and makes dreams reality, or virtual reality. Thanks to the spark of genius in inventor Nurakhmed Yatypov (US Patent No. 5,846,134 pictured below), we may have a little independence and enjoy the freedom of fun to critically think!

Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, CALIFORNIA IS ME(R), and Inventor Mr. Nurakhmed Yatypov picutred with his Moon Walk patented device at the USPTO July 23, 2019.

Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, CALIFORNIA IS ME(R), and Inventor Mr. Nurakhmed Yatypov picutred with his Moon Walk patented device at the USPTO July 23, 2019.

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I’m putting one of Yatypov’s Death Star moon patented contraptions in my house! After today’s test of California courage, I’m going to moon walk my dreams like Michael Jackson! Watch out universe! As we celebrate the Apollo-50, let us continue to spark ingenuity, near and far.

Inside the Death Star Moon Walk patented device

Inside the Death Star Moon Walk patented device

Out of the tumultuous humanity issues of the Vietnam and Civil Rights wars of the 60s, a monumental leap for mankind to benefit from is simply immeasurable. Thanks to NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, with the teamwork of Neil Armstrong and Katherine Johnson, we conquered the moon and now our trusty Gravitational Positional Systems (GPS) are a staple in traveling the globe, easily and safely. May we never forget our monumental achievements.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Apollo and all of those at NASA who worked to achieve such a majestic moment, from the Moon to Mars! I can’t help thinking that after finding the California courage to virtually moonwalk, just maybe I’ll to become an astronaut.  After all a #caliisme girl can only California dream it!

Invent to infinity and beyond!!

#USPTO #NASA
#STEM

#Apollo #HiddenFigures #caliisme

 

 

Disclaimer: All expressed herein are not the voice of the Federal Government or USPTO.

California Identity: Hair free, Seal to be. 

Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME ®

Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME®

The lovely “CROWN” act has freed black hair preventing “blackness” in hair from being discriminated against in the State of California – the first to do so in the USA (and oldest state name). See the bill (here), one author Queen Senator Holly Mitchell: California’s definitely taking Queen Calafia’s lead, true to its name.  According to a recent article in the (L.A. Times):

 “It's important to me as a black woman,” said Williams, who owns Mahogany Hair Revolution, a hair salon in Beverly Hills. “Our skin color and our hair have been used as ways to continue to keep us disenfranchised.

Source picture L.A.Times Gov. Gavin Newsom and Calafia’s finest:  https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-pol-ca-natural-hair-discrimination-bill-20190703-story.html

Source picture L.A.Times Gov. Gavin Newsom and Calafia’s finest: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-pol-ca-natural-hair-discrimination-bill-20190703-story.html

Identity is everything! Just like our California name. Identity is the crux of who we are.  Yet Queen Calafia’s hair is free but not her image and body? Names and seeing oneself in another like image are relatable and drives one’s dreams and ingenuity to do better or beyond those we identify with and idolize. 

Take it from recent 15-year-old Wimbledon monumental historical winner Cori “Coco” Geoff against one of the oldest Queens of Tennis, Venus Williams, 39.  Both are Queen Calafias finest for sure! According to the (Kansas City Star), the father stated of the #CaliforniaMagic moment on Coco: “I just said to her: This match is really magical. Just enjoy it. Your first Wimbledon main draw and you're on a main court against somebody you looked up to from the beginning.". 

The history making event according to the Star further reported:

“Gauff, who is black, idolized Williams and her younger sister, Serena, the first African American women since Althea Gibson in the 1950s to win a Grand Slam singles championship.

Serena has said Gauff reminds her of Venus.

After Monday's match, Gauff said she thanked Venus "for everything she did."

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her," said Gauff, who joined the crowd in applauding for Venus as she walked off the court.”

 How many California children minds remained untapped?  A dream is conquerable. As Coco keeps fighting, so will we. (N.Y. Times) reports, “Coco Gauff was the youngest player to reach the fourth round of the women's singles at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.”  What a colossal California month in July we have had.  Independence and freedom aren’t haphazardly thrown together, but are fought for, so let it ring! We are well on our way to equity in America. 

Well done California, on freeing Black hair, slay away! Since California freed Hair, let’s free the Seal by pressing sign at www.caliisme.com to restore Queen Calafia, the namesake of California.   Educate (book), celebrate (gear), and act (Sign California Censored petition) @ www.caliisme.com 

We know Serena. Know Coco. Know Calafia.

 #Justice4QueenCalafia

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Sip on hot injustice to reveal the truth. Shop the cause above.

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CNN: May I Educate you on Calafía or Califa [sic] this Fathers Day?

Originally sourced from CNN news article, David Williams and Amanda Jackson

Originally sourced from CNN news article, David Williams and Amanda Jackson

Respectfully, CNN reporters, misinformation perpetuates miseducation. @ David Williams and @ Amanda Jackson, on Wed, June 12, 2019 ,   a recent article titled, “A fake California license plate didn't fool a motorcycle cop, or spell the state's name right” (see CNN original article https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/06/12/us/fake-califas-california-license-plate-trnd/index.html)

 is misguided.  I’d like to offer a reason from a historical and literary perspective as to just why the CA trucker did not attempt to misspell “California”. Primarily, a reason for the trucker’s decision to “Instead of the state's name, the plate said "CALIFAS," which is Spanish slang for California” as reported by CNN is not because it is Spanish slang but because it is an English translation of the Spanish Black Queen Calafía-the namesake of the State of California.  The plural on Califa [sic] is for Calafía’s California to rightfully show ownership of the word. The name Calafía or Califa [sic] is relevant because: 1) Queen Calafía and her California monarchy is derived from the legendary, majestical all Black woman Amazonian golden island called “California” taught in the Spanish book by GARCÍ RODRÍGUEZ DE MONTALVO and  incidentally 2) is the direct etymology of the invented and adopted state name, “California”.

Secondarily, it is safe to presume a California citizen knows how to spell “California” as he is a resident and the name is the most popular state, not to mention on practically every food item.

I, Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, am leading an effort to correct this California censored issue in its whitewashed Great Seal to dispel the omission of black women and women of color.   For more information on this effort please visit: www.caliisme.com 

For further reading please see: 

1) Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, Author of "Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman"

Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Queen-Calafia-Golden-California/dp/0974201014 

2) Ms. Aya ElamroussiSpecial to the AFRO article, “Real Meaning of California is #BlackGirlMagic, April. 19, 2018. 

Available at:  https://www.afro.com/real-meaning-california-blackgirlmagic/

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governorsmust arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”. - President James Madison, Father of the Constitution 

#CaliforniaIsMe #Justice4QueenCalaifa #RevealTheSeal  #California  

Thanks to all fathers, especially mine a historian from the Show-Me-State, for giving me the California courage to slay away! Happy Fathers Day!

Disclaimer: all words are not of the federal government nor the USTPO but as a private citizen. 

Vint Cerf Internet Father 4 Memorial Day: Sacrifice + Appreciation

Tamra L. Dicus, California Is Me and Vint Cerf, a Father of the Internet

Tamra L. Dicus, California Is Me and Vint Cerf, a Father of the Internet

Love is sacrifice, according to the words my mother spoke at my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary.  How else does one show a love for their family or country than by sacrificing ones own live for the lives of others?  Freedom ain’t free.  So, we must show appreciation for those who have gallantly displayed California courage that allow us to enjoy the freedoms of democracy. 

Vint Cerf at USPTO, Alexandria, Virginia

Vint Cerf at USPTO, Alexandria, Virginia

For instance, many may take for granted the fact that we are allowed to surf the massive information powerhouse called The Internet; however, it came at a cost.   In certain parts of China, the citizens are not allowed to even use the World Wide Web.  I am grateful for those Union soldiers and the U.S. Colored Troops who fought for the freedom of the enslaved to allow today’s African Americans to thrive.  Therefore, let us appreciate our democracy and all those who sacrificed to allows us to be free to live, free to create, and free to invent.

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, I was overjoyed to meet a USPTO and California Superhero, Vint Cerf, known as the architect, co-inventor “Father of the Internet”! As Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, Dr. Cerf’s passion for the need to simply communicate via data over voice, was a light bulb idea that turned monumental.  Putting pen to paper transformed communication, allowing for the ease in which we research information–work to love, ancient to new.  What a California concept! 

TCP/IP protocols are the foundation of The Internet, which without it, we would still be living in the Stone Age of widespread ignorance and using snail mail.  The Internet has simply made research like mine in the California name become easier and now I can connect what was lost pre-slavery.  Duces card catalog!  Also, I remember how I felt the first time I was allowed to communicate faster with my parents during my loansome freshman year using Hotmail (Yes, I’m old) from Tuskegee, Alabama (after I could convince them to use it after months of trying).  I personally thanked Dr. Cerf for this feeling.   Cerf continues to extend the Internet to go where no man has gone before!  Thanks to all that made the decision to bring us the power of information from Vint Cerf, Bob Khan, and Al Gore and those that defend our country.  Special thanks, forever, to all those veterans who have become California Amazons. Did you know Harriet Tubman is the first female to serve in the U.S. Military?

This Memorial Day, hug our U.S. Military, a California Amazon, and your cellular phones a little tighter 😉. 

 “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.

– Dr. George Washington Carver, Tuskegee Institute

 Q: How does a spider communicate? A: The World Wide Web

For further reading:

Vint Cerf:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2018/03/26/the-father-of-the-internet-vint-cerf-continues-to-influence-its-growth/#74bcf53949e5

Harvard Professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates is King 4 CALIFORNIA IS ME!

May 14, 2019 Authors Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and CALIFORNIA IS ME Founder, Tamra L. Dicus at Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C. Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

May 14, 2019 Authors Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and CALIFORNIA IS ME Founder, Tamra L. Dicus at Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C. Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

Lifting the veil of ignorance on veritas – TRUTH to social engineer JUSTICE in the end.   

I met THE professor of Negro studies, Colored studies, Black studies, and African American studies – Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Georgetown Law in Washington D.C., Tuesday, May  14th.   I am slowly, still, coming down off of this emotional high. The KING of the phenomenal PBS shows “Finding Your Roots” and “African Civilizations” debuted for a Georgetown Law audience, his next PBS series on the Reconstruction Era to highlight the rise and return of white supremacy. Professor Gates made our Black history relevant, once again, in American history and worthy to celebrate nationwide for the strength of future generations.  We ARE somebody. 

 

Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

I, Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, was overjoyed and thrilled to experience Professor Dr. Henry Gate’s acknowledgement of my own body of work!  I will always cherish his words to me concerning my book on the miseducation and misrepresentation of California’s unknown Black history.  Professor King Henry Gates understands the aftermath of Slavery and has stood on the shoulders of giants to bring us to the light. How many times have we cried watching his interviews? Professor Gates referenced several times in his speech Booker T. Washington’s and W.E.B. DuBois’ notable quotes on Reconstruction to the audience.  To remember and uplift these golden Black men of Tuskegee and Harvard Universities help solidify the teachings in Up From Slavery and Black Reconstruction of perseverance and black excellence! King Henry Gates quoted Booker T. Washington on “taking two steps off the plantation” only to take those two steps back to return. I was ecstatic to know Professor Gates referenced W.E.B. DuBois’ very chapter title (“Propaganda of History”) that I put in my book!  Personally, to hear Professor Gates uplift HBCU Tuskegee University’s Booker T. Washington made me so proud of my alma mater, Mother Tuskegee, and the legacies of today’s African American.  Perhaps, Harvard University’s slave plantation profits from the island of Antigua of 91% Blacks makes its law school suited for truth.

Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

We take for granted that things that exist today just do. For instance, I was shocked to realize the mere study of Black history as a course like English or Mathematics was fought for (as in we will burn the library down if we don’t get a black studies course) by Black students at Ivy League universities just to get the teaching of the Black experience in America.  We have militant students to thank for bringing to light the likes of Gates.  What is the crime in knowing oneself?  (That is part of the reason why I chose to attend Tuskegee University so I could learn what was devoid in my Kansan high school.)  Another shocker was the drop in voting after the Ku Klux Klan rose to commence to rapings and hangings to diminish the voting power of Black men from approximately 800,000 to approximately 1500. Gates shared personal stories on how he even became interested to become this master of Black history.  Once he entered Yale law school for one year, he started grabbing people who would listen to tell them Black history. 

Students surrounding Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., center, and Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor, right. Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

Students surrounding Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., center, and Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor, right. Source: CALIFORNIA IS ME

On this journey for highlighting the truth, I learned more than ever that it is paramount to have high self-esteem, crucial to one’s foundational building blocks in life; therefore, we parents, we students, and we teachers must require Black history to be taught amongst each other and in schools to recognize greatness in oneself on the stony roads in American life.  I thank my own father for being a historian and instilling that principle in me.  Had I not understood the value of history, I may have never recognized the problem nor attempted to solve California’s heritage issue.  Law Professor Maurice Dyson stated in the book “Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman”, “IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE, YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR FUTURE, AND YOU WON'T KNOW THE FULL NATURE OF YOUR ENEMY."

It was good to hear Professor Gates acknowledge further that the Reconstruction to the Jim Crow eras are repeating during this time period after President Obama, which is in part why he wrote his latest book.  Fear of Black people’s success is problematic for the white supremist. Indeed, history is repeating itself.  I learned earlier that day at the USPTO Women’s Symposium that Harvard University ran a study that reported if more minorities were encouraged in STEM, American ingenuity would quadruple.  

May each of us strive to be as close as we can to cherishing our African roots in America and loving every inch of our regal blackness. Black history is American history. Analogously, Californian history is American history.  It is imperative we value our history for the contributions we have made, to guide our future and secure our Black family unit.  Professor Gates ended his speech with charging the Georgetown law students to press forward with truth and justice!  So, forward march CALIFORNIA QUEENS AND KINGS by pressing sign @ caliisme.com and passing the California Censored PSA @ www.caliisme.com/psa

Slay on! Each 1, teach 1. #Justice4QueenCalafia #RevealTheSeal

Thank you to Dean William M. Treanor and all at Georgetown Law for providing me the opportunity to meet a legend. May California courageous King Henry regin forever! What will be your legacy?

Professor Gates’ “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow”, is the bridge that explains the attiudes that persist today to further solidify precisely why the etymology of California that has been left out of the equation of Reconstruction as evidenced by “Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman”. These attitudes are present in the misrepresentation of Blacks and Hispanics in the current college scandals to be admitted into universities now.

For further reading:

“If we don’t love our own history, we will be.” - Tamra L. Dicus from (Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman);

(Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow) by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

and

(The Status of Black Studies at the Nation’s Highest Ranked Universities) by Milton Moskowiz.





HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY NEWS FROM CALIFIA AND CALIFORNIA NOW, SD AND LA

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I had the honor of serving with the mothers of California NOW and Califia NOW in San Diego and Los Angeles. It was a joyous occasion for women to speak THE empowering truth.  Amongst Oprah’s Spiritual advisor, Marianne Williamson, I felt the California spirit all over again! It is such a joy to experience California love! One day soon they will love California. Special thanks to a few Queen Calafías: Cheryl Branch, Califia NOW Founder, Adria Fox, California NOW, SD, Michelle Price, California NOW President, SD, Kolieka Seigle, Califonria NOW President, Sacramento. For all the wonderous women and mothers out there, this one’s for you…

 

A mother courageously cares when others don’t dare.

A mother energetically teaches where others can’t reach.

A mother’s beautiful love is endless and true.

A mother’s womb cradles humanity for the enjoyment of me and you.

CALIFORNIA IS ME thanks Queen Calafia’s like you!

 

Reign your days ahead and command the respect you so royally deserve. 

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So many people in the audience at the Califia NOW Town Hall were impressed, shocked, and overjoyed to receive their regal, melanated Californian history. 

A few notable quotes are below after I gave my speech (see below part 1) and inquired to Dr. Grant what her professional opinion was concerning the educational suppression of California’s meaning.

 “That doesn’t surprise me.  And it probably should not surprise anyone in terms of the vampirism of the Black community. If you go back fairly recently to the Renaissance, you know, everything got stolen and suppressed…[B]ut here’s what’s wonderful about it, is that the truth is coming to light.  See there’s a time for truth.  And this is the time for it.  So, thank you for exposing it.”

-          Dr. Parthenia Grant, Author and Social psychologist

 

“The African American community is always paving the way for social justice movements.”

-          Queen Monique Francisco from Sacramento, California

 

#BlackGirlMagic transformed to #CaliforniaMagic!

Thanks to King Ivan S. Harris for photography and videography. 

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CALIFORNIA IS ME + Califia NOW = Progress

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Join me next Monday in San Diego, CALIFORNIA IS ME, at Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, USA, for a reality talk, at 6 p.m. See more details (here). Happy Earth Day! (see more below). If you can’t make the greeting, no worries. Shop the Cause! It’s easy as 1, 2, 3 Educate, Celebrate, Act! @ caliisme.com #Justice4QueenCalafia :

1. Educate (buy the (book)),

Educate Feed your mind! Each 1 teach 1!

Educate Feed your mind! Each 1 teach 1!

2. Celebrate (gear). and

Celebrate and Shop the cause, click on the image.

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3. ACT! (Sign the petition).

ACT! Press above image and tell the next one! #RevealTheSeal

ACT! Press above image and tell the next one! #RevealTheSeal

CALIFORNIA IS ME celebrates Earth Day today also! Save our History. Save our Planet. See tips: click here.

Source: NASA: This honeysuckle is glowing in response to a high-energy ultraviolet light rather than to the Sun, but its shine is similar to the solar-induced fluorescence that OCO-3 will measure. Credit: ©Craig P. Burrows Click ( here ) for more!

Source: NASA: This honeysuckle is glowing in response to a high-energy ultraviolet light rather than to the Sun, but its shine is similar to the solar-induced fluorescence that OCO-3 will measure. Credit: ©Craig P. Burrows Click (here) for more!

Happy Easter!

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Source: Matthew 5 New King James Version (NKJV) BibleGateway.com

California Amazons Invent!

Because the Month of April is all of the following: 1) National Black Women’s History Month, 2) National Inventors Month, and 3) National Awareness Month, I think it is fitting to discuss a blend of all three.  Today, CALIFORNIA IS ME® has taken the time to shine a light on those who illuminate the invisibles, like Queen Calafía’s California Amazon, Fawn Weaver.  Are you aware that a Slave, Nathan “Nearest” Green, invented the process of making Jack Daniels®?  Fawn Weaver, a black woman, recently used her California courage to restore a wrong (see New York Times article).  She, an author too, has since invented a whiskey brand, called “Uncle Nearest 1856” to honor a slave’s legacy.  Indeed, necessity is the mother of invention.  The American Black person was uniquely born out of necessity-in the American fabric of enslavement and their own personal struggles.  Law Professor Kevin J. Greene of TJSL commented both on the Black American contribution in music and inventorship:

“Similarly, Black inventors (against stunning odds) created technical and scientific works that impacted entire early American industries. Evidence that exists indicates that Black inventors too faced similar divestiture in the industrial marketplace.  The misappropriation of the work of Black artists and inventors reflects the systemic subordination based on race that characterized most of U.S. history.”

-Kevin J. Greene. See (Stealing the Blues article by Kevin J. Greene). 

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Thus, it is logical, due to the upward mobility from slavery, that the Black person in America would have unknown historical intellectual property treasures then and today.  Black women aka California Amazons and their children continue to develop dreams and conceptualize ideas.  I dub Fawn Weaver the “Queen of Restoration” for uncovering, monetizing, and crediting King Nathan Green for his tasty invention. 

Queen Fawn has been a guiding light for CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510® and my discovery of California’s Black Queen Calafia.

Inspired also by Sarah Breedlove Walker aka Madame C.J. Walker, America’s first woman, of any race, self-made millionaire, I am now not only a copyright holder, but now I am a trademark holder.

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.” 

-Madam Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912 (Madam Walker Essay” from www.madamcjwalker.com by A’Lelia Bundles )

For more background on Madame C.J. Walker, click ( here ).

For more background on Madame C.J. Walker, click (here).

I dub thee Queen C.J., the “Queen of the Glory Crown” for revolutionizing haircare and making a way out of no way! According to Queen C.J. “America doesn't respect anything but money. What our people need is a few millionaires.“

Complied by CALIFORNIA IS ME- caliisme.com Partial Credit to  Interesting   Engineerinng .

Complied by CALIFORNIA IS ME- caliisme.com Partial Credit to Interesting Engineerinng.

Blacks invent. Thank you to Interesting Engineering for educating me further! We stand on giants. Get your intellectual property up!   

HELP and Shop the cause (see caliisme.com):

  1. Educate (book),

  2. Celebrate (gear), and

  3. Act! (press sign) .

Celebrating First African American Black Women Ingenuity  

Martha Jones of Amelia County, Virginia, became the first black woman to receive a United States for the “Corn Husker, Sheller, &c.” on May 5, 1868 (U.S. Patent No. 77,494).

Source: USPTO Full-Text and Image Database

Source: USPTO Full-Text and Image Database

Mary Jones De Leon, a black woman of Baltimore was granted a patent on June 24,1873 (U.S. Patent No. 140,253) for a cooking apparatus (looks like the current day crock pot!). 

Judy W. Reed, a black woman, of Washington D.C. was granted a patent in 1884 for a dough kneader and roller (U.S. patent No. 305,474).

Sarah Goode, a black woman, of Chicago, Illinois was granted her patent on July 14, 1885 (U.S. patent No. 322,177).

Sarah Boone, a black woman of New Haven, Connecticut, was granted a patent on April 26, 1892 for an ironing board (U.S. Patent No. 473653). 

Marjorie S. Joyner, a black woman of Chicago, Illinois, was granted a patent on November 27, 1928 for the permanent-waving machine (U.S. Patent No. 1,693,515) and granted a patent on June 4, 1929 for the Scalp Protector (U.S. Patent No. 1,716,173).

You may access any U.S. patent here by inserting the patent numbers: http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm

Our Ancestors’s IP

 These phenomenal California Amazon women above received patents.  However, it is of note how some Blacks did not receive credit for their inventions. According to interviews of ex-slaves according to their masters here is such a story:

My master told me that the niggers started the railroad and dat a’ nigger lookin' at a boilin coffee pot on a stove one day got the idea 
dat he could cause it to run by putting wheels on it. 
Die nigger being a blacksmith put his thoughts into action by makin wheels an’ put coffee 
on it, an by some kinder means he made it run an’ the idea waz stole 
from him and dey built de steam engine. 

-Interview of Mrs. Fannie Berry, Ex-Slave

861 E. Bank Street - Petersburg, Virginia 
By Susie Byrd, Petersburg Virginia 
Date: February 26, 1957 

Thank you Queen Fannie and the Federal Writers’ Project: Slave Narrative Project Virginia for the California courage to contribute to history.  An updated translation of the above communicates that black people invented the railroad and a black man invented the concept for the steam engine.  You may access other inventions of slaves by accounts of their masters collected by the Library of Congress, here: https://www.loc.gov/resource/mesn.170/?sp=4&st=text

  1. Protect what you value!

  2. Further reading: The Real McCoy by Raymond Millen.

  3. For the California invention revived, current STEM and legal examples: Click: California Essence link and Read “Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Goldern California?: The Real Wonder Woman by Ms. Tamra L. Dicus”.

#BlackHERstoryMonth #STEM #Justice4QueenCalafia #IntellectualProperty #Caliisme #BlackInventors

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