It is no accident that most of us have never heard of Frederick Douglas Patterson. He was an American entrepreneur known for the Greenfield-Patterson automobile of 1915, built in Ohio. He later converted his business to the Greenfield Bus Body Company. Built by the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer, The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company, [...]
Author: Cherie Johnson, Advice for My Sistas
Before Misty There Was Janet Collins
Janet wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint [...]
Let’s teach our children about real American heroes like Robert Smalls!
Robert was a mixed man. (That’s right, his FATHER was his owner). He planned to plot his escape after being unable to afford $800 for his, his wife, and his children’s freedom. Since he couldn’t afford to buy freedom, he stole the ship he worked on. Delivered his own family and many others to freedom. He went [...]
Mary Seacole Was Our First Nurse, But All You Hear About Is Florence Nightingale!
Mary Seacole, née Mary Jane Grant, (born 1805, Kingston, Jamaica - died May 14, 1881, London, England), Jamaican businesswoman who provided sustenance and care for British soldiers at the battlefront during the Crimean War. Again, she was 15 years older than Florence! Florence Nightingale receives all the accolades when Mary Seacole helped train her on how [...]
Hoop Earrings Originated in Africa around 2500 B.C.E.! (Also, $5 Earring Sale)
As a small child my idea of beauty was red lips and big hoop earrings. That was the idea I had in my head for my ideal look when I grew up. My mother would never let me wear large earrings as a child, but she always kept me in little hoops. I couldn't wait [...]
How To Protect Children From Sexual Abuse
Approximately 60% of Black girls experience sexual abuse by age 18. Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. 60 percent is huge! So, when they say our community is broken, it is. Broken hearts, broken morals and broken spirits! If we want to build our community to [...]
I Have Never In My Life Counted A Calorie!
I believe it’s more important to focus on the ingredients in your meal than the calories of your meal. Here is where my old Boss, Tyrone’s saying “KISS” comes into play. Keep It Simple Stupid! Quality over Quantity! Cutting out energy-dense, unhealthy items is crucial to weight loss. It’s more important to pay attention to [...]
I Was Raised To Believe I Have The Power To Change Things
I was raised to believe that my voice is powerful. I was raised to believe to always stand up from whatever felt good in my soul. I was raised to believe that my voice, my opinions and my thoughts matter. I was told repeatedly from my mother, “Cherie, there is nothing in this world that [...]
Never Fight A Woman Over A Man!
Ladies, please explain to me the logic of fighting another woman over a cheating man. I understand the logic of both of you fighting him. I will never embarrass myself fighting any woman over a cheating man. (Cherie Johnson Is 2 cool for that.) If women banned together, men would stop. Other women owe you [...]
History You Might Not Know: MLK’s Family Feels Vindicated
This article was published by CBS and all rights belong to them. MLK's Family Feels Vindicated BY CBSNEWS.COM STAFF CBSNEWS.COM STAFF DECEMBER 8, 1999 / 5:25 PM / CBS The widow of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. says she feels vindicated by a jury's finding in December 1999 that her husband was the victim of a [...]