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). 

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. 

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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 Madam 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 )

I dub thee Queen C.J., the “Queen of the Glory Crown” for 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.“

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

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

Blacks invent.  We stand on giants. Get your intellectual property up!   Shop the cause: 1) Educate (book), 2) Celebrate (gear) and 3) Act! (see caliisme.com) .

#BlackHERstoryMonth #STEM #Justice4QueenCalafia #IntellectualProperty #Caliisme

International Womens Day and Month: Calafia Style

Ms. Dicus and Professor Alkebulan #California4ever

Ms. Dicus and Professor Alkebulan #California4ever

It is of most importance that we remember our royal, regal, Black heritage in the origins of California. An invented Spanish name that glorified the strength of the Black woman for its invaluable and spiritual legacy in America. The California Amazons were the strongest in the world, beautiful, and courageous. This is evident in the contributions from unknown enslaved queens, to rising from the back of a bus, to now, collecting our intellecutal property.

The students at San Diego State University wrapped their brains around these truths and I was celebrated for CALIFORNIA CENSORED. Shout out to all my queens who identify with California and its loving spirit. Press sign @ caliisme.com if you appreciate the strength and undying souls of Queen Calafia’s California monarchy. I declare on this day, the California spirit is the future of America. #Justice4QueenCalafia #RevealTheSeal

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San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

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…

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
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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!