"That’s how I write. I’ve got a purple yoga mat, and I have a little table. I hoover; I find odd places to polish. Places that I haven’t seen in a long time; sometimes parts of my own body. And there’s a lot of crying in fetal positions.”- Emma Thompson
Missing Chapter From America’s History Books
One In Four Of America’s Cowboys Were African-American
Many of the slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries were familiar with cattle herding from their homelands of West Africa. This brings historians the question of the name “Cowboy” and whether or not it was made from slave cow herders.
- On some Texas trails, about a quarter of cowboys were black.
African American cowboys were largely African American freedmen after the Civil War who were drawn to cowboy life, in part because there was not quite as much discrimination in the west as in other areas of American society at the time. For enslaved Blacks the West offered freedom and refuge from the bonds of slavery. It also gave African Americans a chance at better earnings. . After the Civil War many were employed as horsebreakers and for other tasks, but few of them became ranch foremen or managers. Some black cowboys took up careers as rodeo performers or were hired as federal peace officers in Indian Territory. Others ultimately owned their own farms and ranches.
- Hundreds of black cowboys were among the very first hands who drove huge herds along trails to Abilene, Kansas, the cattle-selling center of the Old West. They were especially skilled in vetting horses. When herding cattle, many black riders rode “on point,” ahead of the dust. Black cowboys were forced to do the hardest work with cattle, such as bronco busting, they had special skills with breaking in steeds.
Photo: No original source found, possible circa 1913 http://www.geni.com/projects/Black-Cowboys/1986
I had no idea, but this makes sense. Where are these stories in our cultural repertoire? Tell them, storytellers! Original swagger.
Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist, at the women’s right to vote march on Fifth Avenue in New York City. October 23, 1917
Why is this not taught universally.
The White House is launching a new sexual assault prevention campaign, called “It’s On Us,” that hopes to mobilize college men to get involved in the fight against campus rape.
A President who *understands* rape culture
"What are you thinking about?"
"I come here to not think."
(Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam)
James Barry (1789-1865) was a surgeon in a time before modern medicine. He went to the University of Edinburgh medical school before serving in India and South Africa. By the end of his career he had risen to the rank of Inspector General of military hospitals and had improved conditions for both serving men and locals. He’s also credited with performing the first caesarian section in india in which both the mother and infant survived.
That said, Barry was a bit of an arse. He could be abrasive, argumentative, quick to aggression and also got in to an argument with Florence Nightengale:
“I never had such a blackguard rating in all my life – I who have had more than any woman – than from this Barry sitting on his horse, while I was crossing the Hospital Square with only my cap on in the sun. He kept me standing in the midst of quite a crowd of soldiers, Commissariat, servants, camp followers, etc., etc., every one of whom behaved like a gentleman during the scolding I received while he behaved like a brute … I should say that he was the most hardened creature I ever met.”
After a long an illustrious career, Barry retired (apparently against his wishes) in 1864 and died of dysentry a year later. When undergoing the autopsy, something remarkable came to light - something that no-one had ever suspected of Barry in a fifty year career. James Barry’s birth name was Margaret Ann Bulkley and he had been born biologically female.
"What’s your biggest goal in life?"
"To afford to live."
(Chi Linh, Vietnam)
that two solitudes protect,
and touch, and greet each other.
|—||Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet” (via petrichour)|
Tina Fey talks about her daughter, Penelope Richmond playing with Amy Poehler’s son, Abel Arnett during the shooting of The Nest.
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Happy 80th birthday, Sophia Loren!