Reel Righteous Thought by Tiara K. Williams: Do We Know Our Black History?

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by Tiara K. Williams, Founder – Reel Righteous Entertainment
One of my new year’s resolutions was to learn more about our black experience. I’ve challenged myself to take one day, of each week to research facts from our black history.

I’m determined to examine the plights, accomplishments and lingering inquisitions of our ancestry. I often find myself wondering if my 10th-great grandmother had dreams and hopes for me while she lived as a slave? How did her life affect my life directly?
There is profound instruction intertwined in our history books and as I constantly search for substance in life, I’m indifferent about seeking advice from a singer who used to sell drugs, or idolizing some “reality-star” who promotes promiscuity on television for ratings.

Our black narratives tell a much deeper story. I’m inspired by the passion, audaciousness and dedication. Our history speaks of relentless, uncompromising people that fought, believed and rebelled, overcoming tremendous difficulty despite their circumstances. Those are the mentors worth idolizing.

My research included documentaries of African American inventors, philosophers, writers and entrepreneurs. I learned of civil rights movements, the creation of gas masks, bleach, soap, and traffic signals. I was surprised to learn that it was a black man who patented the original remnants of the digital computer.
Our contributions to this world have been unprecedented. Amazing. Remarkable. Phenomenal. Unparallel. Unfortunately, this information is not readily taught in our communities or anywhere else, unless you attend a program that specializes in African American literature. But, before we can tie our shoes we’re schooled of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, and quizzed on the accomplishments of George Washington. These are the “important” historical facts in our society.
I’ve started to evaluate how the ignorance of black history must be affecting the youth in our communities. I suspect that young black boys and girls conclude that they are not part of a greater legacy nor are they meant to do anything monumental. This rings true especially if they do not have positive role models in their immediate family.
But, what if young black men in Chicago linked themselves to their prolific descendants? Would they kill each other in the streets? I wonder if black women saw themselves as nieces of Harriet Tubman would they still post half-naked pictures of themselves on social sites for likes and comments?

I’m not criticizing anyone for his or her personal choices. I just wonder if we knew better, would we do better? If we REALLY knew our history would our thoughts, ideas, or goals be more innovatory?

I say, yes! But, I’ll keep you posted. I’m currently recreating the wheel.

Tiara Williams

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23 Responses to Reel Righteous Thought by Tiara K. Williams: Do We Know Our Black History?

  1. Latrice

    I hope everyone does some research then go spread the word to the kids

  2. erica

    Remember we were here first. The dark ages the thousand years that the white man says there is no history for is a lie. King James, yes the black king that authorized the king james bible was ruling Europe at the time. While the Khazars/Caesars were in the caucuses mountains yes that is the reason why white people are called so because they literary was there. Once the thousand year rulership was ended they Caucasoids beheaded king james son and killed king james and put in prince charles to rule. After that they decided to white wash everything. Trust me it is not a mistake that they do not teach the history or what we have invented. It is to keep us down like we are nothing which is bull because we are the first. The original people were people of color called to day African American of people of African descent. Before there were Russians or Europeans there were people of color established civilizations already cultivating lands, systems and technologies thousands of years before Caucasians even existed. When Europeans came to the Americas they could not even built the country because they did not have the skills to do so. That is why they purchased slaves who already had the know how had already tilled lands, built communities

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    There is so much more….. This is a lack of parenting issue. Have all of these kids and do not set them up in a way where they can be powerful. These indoctrination schools do not teach anything this is why parents must teach. From babylon to timbuktu is a great starting point shalom

  3. nathan

    until the lion tells his story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter !!!!!

  4. Katie

    It a tragedy how our true history is blown away by the forces that keep the masses in ignorance so that the benefits of the messages gives to us keep money flowing to them.This has to change bor we are being attacked in any and all ways possible to keep us under control and last in every area.

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  6. Really?

    So True, Erica. If people just take the time and open the book “bible” and take a look at the geneology in Genesis Ch 10, they will find that so called ‘African American’ slaves were direct descendants of Shem/Abraham/Moses, so on and so forth. They are the true Hebrews suffering the curses of Deuteronomy 28 for disobeying the Most High. The sons of Ham and the sons of Shem physically looked alike. The movie ‘Ten Commandments’ always leaves out that one of the signs given to Moses was to whiten the color of his skin (Exo. 4:6).
    The Jew are claiming to be something they are not, the chosen seed.

    RECLAIM YOUR HISTORY HEBREWS!

  7. Pamela

    BUY THE DVD; HIDDEN COLORS 1&2 (AMAZON)IF ONE CAN TEACH ONE; IT IS A BEGINNING.

  8. Really?

    Check out the website hebrewisraelites.org. a loooooot of good information as to who the so-called blacks of America are.

  9. HAILE

    This is not a critizism my beautiful sister but check this out what do you think of African History instead of Black History since we are left out of world history?

  10. Really?

    Our history is the only history that goes back to the beginning of creation. Starting with Noah’s son Shem, all the way up to the Atlantic Slave trade (Deut. 28) even until today Revelation. These false leaders continue to lead our people astray because they know we are the true childre of the book. We did not come from Noah’s son Ham, those would be the Africans (the ones who conspired with the Arabs to send us into European captivity). Our redemption is coming soon.
    READ THE BIBLE and check the history. ABRAHAM, MOSES, KING DAVIE, SOLOMON, AND YES, THE MESSIYAH, AND ALL THE PROPHETS WERE BLACK-SKINNED MEN.

  11. I applaud you Tiara for this story,we are living in a critical time with so much bad thing happening here in the world,we should know our history and the sacrifice our ancestors made for us,I hope it not to late for our younger generation and others who paint a bad image of our race!

  12. Victoria Muhammad

    Awesome! Can you share more about what documentaries you may have watched and how you came about choosing who/what to pick each week?

  13. george sand

    Tiara,

    You have a lot of wisdom and you have shared your thoughts in a very well-written post. I am not Black/African-American, but my father’s parents immigrated here as young adults. My father never met any of his grandparents,(nor talked with them on the phone). The country they came from was never, ever mentioned in school, not even once, including 8 years of grad school. The contributions of immigrants from their home country are very, very seldom mentioned. My father’s parents were sharecroppers (I have the original pencil document spelling out the terms). My aunt and father did not have birth certificates because they were born when their mother was working the fields and no doctor attended or recorded their births. What I know of my grandparent’s homeland was 100% learned at home, which makes it even more special.

    I love to learn about history and different cultures and traditions. I think it makes all of our lives richer, and it also reminds me that we are all one. Diversity is not about tolerating differences, it is about celebrating uniquenesses.

    I always feel sad to hear that “young A-A’s do not know their history because it is not taught in school”. Yes, it should be taught in school, but it is so much more special to learn it from your family. Rather than wait for the system to change to give our children what we think they need to know, the adults need to learn things on their own and share them around the dinner table. Religion is not taught as a specific subject in school, yet most families teach their children religion, spirituality, or morals at home. Please educate yourselves and share your knowledge with your family, once you get older, you will cherish the history taught by your family so much more than if you had been taught the exact same thing in school, because you will picture the person who shared the history with you. That is how you know you have value.

    When I had young teenage boys who wanted to sag their pants, and I objected, they tried to say I was being racist. I told them it wasn’t being racist. If they wanted to copy parts of the black culture, please emulate the positive, wonderful traits and not all the “low-life” aspects. Instead of Rap music, they could enjoy Gospel or Blues or Jazz. Instead of having “Baby Mamas” and “Baby Daddies”, they could strive for the strength of the black women who raise good kids under impossible conditions because they REALLY CARE and dedicate their lives to their children. I could go on and on, but Black Culture is NOT druggies and bling and being too tough to care about yourself or others. There are certainly Black people (and non-Black people) who choose that path, but many, many other Blacks are creating so many other paths. Teach your children that slavery does not define them, racism does not define them. Some superficial people will certainly “pre-judge” them, but if they strive to be quality people, they will be an asset to themselves, their families and their culture. Tell them they can be whatever they want to be. Some goals may be harder to accomplish if you are Black, but if you really want something, and are willing to work hard, harder than the next person, then you can do it. It is not easy, but it is doable if you are unstoppable.

    Lastly, I would like to suggest reading Sidney Poitier’s writings. To me, he is a highly evolved person who doesn’t make it onto most reading lists for Black Literature. He has spent his life trying to be a truly thoughtful and good person and he has a lot of wisdom. You may agree with some of it, disagree with some of it, but it will MAKE YOU THINK.

    Give your children WINGS and HOPE. Good Journey to all.

  14. RFFNY`

    It is said that reading is fundermental. What you desire can easily be attained by just reading. With the internet now, information is readily available. But start with a few books. ie:
    What they never taught you in the history class: by Indus Kush
    A. J Rogers “Your History”
    Ancient Egypt The Light Of The World: By Gerald Massey
    Jose Malcioln’s African Origin of Modern Judiaism
    And i further advise you into looking at the National Conference Of Black Studies. Our next conference will be in Miami in 2014. You don’t have to present. You can learn a lot by just listening. Oh Last year I presented “Selective Memory And Or Convenient Amnesia As Pertains To Black History and Africa’s Contribution To Civilization.

  15. Haile

    A lot of us who are not doing right should pause a minute, reflect and try to fly right.Do you think that if you were of royal blood and be forcefully made a slave that a slave owner would tell you? Think about it.Put it another way, would you have told the slave that he or she is of royal blood, if you were a slave owner?

  16. LAWAZIZ

    Black History starts with Egypt-Ethiopia-Arabia-Hebrews-Muslims &AfricanAmericans.Don’t be fooled by racist his-story.”Think for-yourself”! Malcolm X

    • LAWAZIZ

      Please forgive me LORD: Black people were the founders of “Christianity”SAint Peter founder the 1st Church.All of the disciples were Black(12)Saint Augustine is The Father of The Church,after Christ.”To God Be The Glory”!

  17. hayward powell

    I COMMEND U, SISTER.
    ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE TRUTH.
    THE ANSWERS CAN B FOUND.
    WE R A GREAT PPL!
    THOSE N POWER TODAY WISH TO DESTROY THE VERY FABRIC OF BLACK FAMILY.
    BUT, LIK MY MOTHER USED TO SAY:
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  20. Joseph L. Bass, EdD

    Tiara K. Williams – Your effort involves evaluating “how the ignorance of black history must be affecting the youth in our communities.” You “suspect that young black boys and girls conclude that they are not part of a greater legacy nor are they meant to do anything monumental.” And you are interested “if they do not have positive role models in their immediate family.”

    All of that is good, but I suspect your findings will not be enough to help the many American blacks that are not doing well achieving the American dream or striving toward Dr. King’s dream. Motivation to strive toward success comes from a long series of personal accomplishments that start when a child is very young and is based on what goes on in a child’s home. Welfare programs from the early 1960’s have fostered a dependency on government that dampens motivation and robs recipients of opportunities for self-accomplishment.

    For example, my grandparents grew up in the Chickasaw Indian Nation in part of what is now Oklahoma. They had practically no education but they marriage created a life-time social, economic team, striving to provide for themselves and their three sons. Certainly they were discriminated against because of being part Indian, but they overcame all that. There were no government programs to help them but my grandfather worked as a barber for the little cash money they had and my grandmother stayed at home, raising food in a garden, feeding the pigs, chickens, and goats, and making their clothes. All three of the sons did well in life.

    I don’t see that kind of motivation and striving among welfare-dependent black people in the areas of America where I have lived, including South Central Los Angeles. Those that created the Lyndon Johnson welfare programs may have meant well, but the programs have become a social and economic trap for black recipients. American blacks transitioned from white dependency during slavery to welfare dependency during the “Great Society.” The legal chains of Jim Crow were replaced by welfare program chains that must be broken for American blacks to begin to strive and succeed like my grandparents did more than a hundred years ago. Joseph L. Bass, Ed.D. http://www.abettersociety.info

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