#MeToo #CaliforniaCensored #Justice4QueenCalafia #TheRealWonderWoman

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

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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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.

AND

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.

Queen Calafia's California Meghan Markle Makes History #BlackGirlMagic

Congratulations to another California Queen in Meghan Markle! Queen Calafia is proud today! Making history for black women royalty! Duchess of Sussex, African American women slay! #RoyalWedding  #BlackGirlMagic #Justice4QueenCalafia #RevealTheSeal  #Caliisme

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D.C.'s AFRO newspaper reports on CALIFORNIA IS ME, The Real Meaning of California is #BlackGirlMagic

Thanks, reporter Queen Aya Elamroussi of Washington, D.C.'s AFRO newspaper for interviewing CALIFORNIA IS ME founder, Tamra Dicus, to nationally highlight the real truth of America's golden black gem in the Queen of California!  We absolutely love the title and article!   900 views and counting!  Act, Educate, and Celebrate!   Grab a t-shirt and book "Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman" from Amazon.  Please don't forget to sign the act.  #RevealTheSeal #Justice4QueenCalafia #BlackGirlMagic indeed.  Flawless formation.