#MeToo #CaliforniaCensored #Justice4QueenCalafia #TheRealWonderWoman

California Identity: Hair free, Seal to be. 



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.


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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. 


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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. 

Don’t forget to press sign @ caliisme.com

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CALIFORNIA IS ME does not endorse any party or group and does not speak on behalf of the Federal Government.


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

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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

Any copying is prohibited unless you use the following phrase: “Source: “California Amazons Invent!” by Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, Owner and Founder of CALIFORNIA IS ME aka www.caliisme.com, 04/20/2019, contact queenc@caliisme.com for more; Disclaimer: Ms. Dicus is not speaking on behalf of the Federal Government nor the USPTO but as a private citizen; all expressed herein is opinion and not legal advice.”

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


"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

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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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.

Celebrate New Black History in Black History Month at ASALH's Featured Authors Event, Washington, D.C.

DMV Rise Up!

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Free CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510 “Scepter Diva Pen” with purchase of autographed copies while supplies last. The pen is mightier than the sword!

Free CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510 “Scepter Diva Pen” with purchase of autographed copies while supplies last. The pen is mightier than the sword!

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What: Super excited CALIFORNIA IS ME® is debuing author Ms. Tamra L Dicus’s Who is The Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman (aka “new black history”) with the founders of Black History Month-the Association for the Study of African Life and History® (aka ASALH)!

Time: 10 a.m. to Noon

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

Place: Washington Renaissance Hotel • Washington, D.C.

Free ASALH’s Annual Luncheon Featured Authors Event details: ( click here for details).

Click on The Making of Queen Calafia time lapse video! Special thanks to Georgetown Law student and artist, Daniel Bamber.

If you can’t make the event, please buy it from Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, Maryland location

All The Stars Are Closer

Celebrating on Throwback Thursday. 1) My (Black Enterprise.com) article : “In closing, I am reminded of the quote from George Washington Carver, the esteemed former professor of Tuskegee Institute, ‘There is no shortcut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation.’ These words guided me while at Tuskegee and still serve as my lamppost in my career and life.” From Dr. MLK Day to the horizon of Black History Month, Tuskegee Pride emanates #BlackBrilliance! I realized then, and much more now, the importance of the foundation at a Tuskegee University or HBCU. They are so critical to our development. They produce grounded stars.


2) Now, I am a Trademark holder! My brand, CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510, issued on Christmas Day 2018! Thank you to all my smart, courageous, California warrior models (Ana, Annette, Baby Nova, Bridget, Brittany, Octavia, Jessica, Momma, Monique, Khorey, Sarah and Sharon)! They gave the brand LIFE by donating their celebrity! We are strongest in the world and can survive any challenge! Circle R blessed! Registered in perpetuity. You too, like Kanye, can feel like a Superhero: (Become Empowered!)

Slay, rise, and rule!

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Martin Luther King Holiday: Struggle Continues from Capitols to Schools to Jobs

While it is great to see Texas has taken down its Confederate plaque from its Capitol, a Black student in Kansas is told her skin was “too dark” to perform for it “clashed” with the uniforms (see Kansas City Star report and Diversityinc). My dear Kansas California warrior Cheerleaders and Pacesetters are so familiar with the racist environments in Overland Park, KS schools. Camille was excluded from the dance and it was alleged that “the audience would look at her and not the other dancers” (see lawsuit). As teenagers, I recall my darker friend had to change her pantyhose color that did not match with her skin color to “blend in” with the rest. Our solutions then were to fight for spots in the headlight, initiate programs, and involve the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Camille is dubbed today Queen Calafia’s California Amazon warrior for courageously filing that lawsuit! We support you beautiful! Slay Queen Camille! She knows her worth!

These similar experiences are why I decided to attend Tuskegee University and law school. One day soon California will correct its racial insignia. #Justice4QueenCalafia

Recently, inside a GM plant nooses and “whites-only” signs hung (see CNN).

The struggle continues…

A picture says a thousand words. Look at the placement of hands. Source:  Keka Araujo, Diversityinc.com.

A picture says a thousand words. Look at the placement of hands. Source: Keka Araujo, Diversityinc.com.