Amplify Alabama Black Women: Octavia Spencer

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By: Salaam Green

Octavia Spencer

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Alabama Black Woman

I think that young women and little girls need to see that they don’t have to be the damsel in distress. They don’t have to not show their strength. They don’t have to be whatever the stereotype is or the tropes that we go to in our minds. 

“You have to create your own path and I’m up to the challenge.”
Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer, born in Montgomery, Alabama hailing Auburn University as her Alma Mater. She won an Academy Award for the film the Help  among countless other awards. She is the only black actress to receive two consecutive Academy Award nominations according to Wikipedia. in her Oscar winning speech Spencer gave a tearful shot out to her hometown adapted from al.com “I would like to thank my families — my family in Alabama, the state of Alabama, my LA family … my ‘Help’ family,” she said, fighting back tears. “I share this with everybody,” she added.

Her contributions to writing include some lesser known facts of her series of Children’s Books titled Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective. Her astounding speech in Alabama given at to students set the stage ablaze and put Alabama on the map as a place where dreams are born and change makers led. One of my favorite quotes from her regarding civil rights follows…

“The fact that women are very young in obtaining their civil rights and African-Americans are young in obtaining their civil rights, I think it’s about time that we extend that to all Americans, whether straight, gay, purple, green, black, brown.”
Octavia Spencer

Alabama Black Women from Montgomery, all the way to Auburn University can find their way to Hollywood as Octavia did and that’s what makes Alabama Black Women pillars of transformation curating their own path-.

 

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Your Big Sis, Salaam

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Amplify Black Women Voices- Alabama Black Women: Tribute to Recy Taylor

Alabama Black Women:

Recy Taylor, Activist

My #MeToo Poem about Black #MeToo in front of a receptive predominantly white majority audience in Birmingham, Al. after watching major white feminism on awards shows.

Say Her name Recy Too!

By: Salaam Green

 

The mass majority of the world became familiar with Mrs. Recy Taylor from Oprah Winfrey’s crowd stirring speech given at the Golden Globes in 2018 as Oprah accepted the Cecil B. de Mille award as the first black person to do win this award.

I became familiar with Recy Taylor’s story after a screening of the documentary was screened in Birmingham, Alabama even though I did not attend the screening and conversation having the event in the city I live in Birmingham, Al struck a chord for me to learn more.

See YouTube trailer below from Augusta Films

After researching the events of Recy Taylor an Alabamian Activist, I decided to do a tribute poem to her and many of the black women who have bravely stood up in the age of #MeToo and have gone unrecognized as the movement has become more and more white washed. Please research on your own more about Recy Taylor’s life, heroic achievements, and the Alabama town where Recy called home.

Please view the video of my poem below performed at a fundraiser for the Birmingham Crisis Center in tribute to sexual abuse survivors. Thank you

Africka, Too

By: Salaam Green my  Black #MeToo

 

Thanks to the great Lashonda RyNea of RyNea Soul and Initiative for Creative Arts for videoing and uploading this moment.