History Notes: This Week in Black History: February 21-27


malcolmx2February 21, 1965
: Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz was assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam when the controversial leader denounced the movement. Malcolm X (who was previously a member of the Nation of Islam) was a human rights activist and Muslim minister who advocated for Pan Africanism, black defense and black determination. For some, the influential leader was a bold and courageous advocate for black rights; to others, Malcolm X was accused of preaching violence and racism.

Malcolm X, who converted to Islam during prison, was the antithesis to Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King. Malcolm X believed that blacks should return to Africa, remain segregated, and that blacks should reject the idea of nonviolence when defending themselves. These ideals appealed to some African Americans in northern and western cities who were tired of “being told to wait for freedom, justice, equality and respect.”

The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published shortly after his death by this man.

Interesting Fact: The X in Malcolm X stood for the “African family he never knew.” Photo Credit

February 22, 1989:  DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith’s Parents Just Don’t Understand wins a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.

February 23, 1970: Happy birthday to actress and comedian Niecy Nash. Nash is known for her roles as a host on the Style Network’sClean House and a deputy named Raineesha Williams on the Comedy Network’s Reno 911.

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Have You Ever Forgotten Your Name?

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Hello my name is…

Child of the one true King.

Man, I used to be sooo insecure, unconfident, and broken. I don’t know when this feeling of inadequacy started but it crept up one day and I couldn’t free myself of it.

Over the past year I have made a lot of strides. Yeah, I’m still working over some issues, but I am nowhere near the same person I was a year ago.

What changed?

I started surrounding myself with people who are doing amazzzing things and who are speaking life instead of death. Also, I got into the Word of God.

I learned that:

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Have You Ever Forgotten Your Name

hello my name is.pngHello my name is…

Child of the one true King.

Man, I used to be sooo insecure, unconfident, and broken. I don’t know when this feeling of inadequacy started but it crept up one day and I couldn’t free myself of it.

Over the past year I have made a lot of strides. Yeah, I’m still working over some issues, but I am nowhere near the same person I was a year ago.

What changed?

I started surrounding myself with people who are doing amazzzing things and who are speaking life instead of death. Also, I got into the Word of God.

I learned that:

  • I was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)
  • I am more precious than rubies (Proverbs 3:15)
  • I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
  • I have been made complete (Colossians 2:10)

I am more than enough and so are you. God loves you and don’t ever doubt that.

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History Notes: This Week in Black History February 14-20

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February 14, 1867: Augusta Institute was founded. The school, created for black males, changed its name to Morehouse College in 1913.


nat king coleFebruary 15, 1965
: African American musician and jazz pianist, Nathaniel “Nat King” Cole, died on this day. Forty nine years after his death, Cole is still remembered for his soft, baritone voice. Cole and his three member group the “King Cole Swingers” rose to popularity when they were featured on radio shows such as Old Gold, Kraft Music Hall, and NBC’s Swing Soiree. With Cole as the leading pianist, the trio belted out hit after hit such as “Nature Boy,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Unforgettable.” During his rise to popularity, Cole notably switched from jazz centered music to pop; Cole was accused of selling out.

Cole went on to gain popularity in the 1950’s, selling millions of copies for songs like “Smile,” “Pretend,” and “If I May.” In 1956, the legendary singer was had a variety show on NBC entitled The Nat King Cole Show which lasted a year. Cole was the first African American to host a variety show on National T.V.; and as one can imagine, this stirred up a lot of controversy. In 1958, Cole went to Cuba to record his popular album (in the USA and Latin America) Cole Español, entirely in Spanish.

The baritone voice singer rarely played in segregated facilities. And although he fought racism his entire life and refused to play in segregated facilities, Cole took a “back seat” to the civil rights proceedings of his day as he believed he could not change the “situation in a day.” As a result of his indifference, Cole was called an Uncle Tom. It wasn’t until Cole was hammered by the black press that he changed his stance on the Civil Rights Movement and became an active member. Photo Credit


February 16, 1970
: Joe “Smokin Joe” Frazier, knocked out Jimmy Ellis in five rounds in Madison Square Garden, New York. The Olympic gold medalist was on his way to becoming the Undisputed Heavyweight World Champion when he won in the “Fight of the Century” match against Muhammad Ali, a year later. In 1973, he lost his title when he was knocked out by George Foreman.

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Rookie Notes is Moving!

Hey Guys,

Long time no see. First off, Happy New Year! Is anyone else feeling optimistic about this year?

After taking a couple months hiatus, I am back!….Well, sort of.

Rookie Notes is moving to a new website and I am super excited. Sadly, this space will disappear soon (don’t worry, all the blog post and content will be moved over to the new site). With that said, I would love it if you guys subscribed here so you won’t miss out on any posts when the transition is finally completed.

For the last few weeks, I have been working on this new space and my heart is exploding! I have missed blogging sooo much.

While, I am not ready to share this new site, please know that it is coming. Hopefully, it will be ready to launch by the beginning of February.:-)

I am still studying/practicing Spanish & Chinese,  working on my relationship with God, and figuring life out as I go (I hope you are too).

What are you looking forward to in 2016?

Until next time,

Chelsea