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Grandy Nanny, female leader of Jamaican Maroon societies and slave rebellions - depicted on the Jamaican $500 bill

Nanny was born c. 1686 in Ghana, Western Africa, into the Ashanti tribe, and was brought to Jamaica as a slave.  It is believed that some of her family members were involved in intertribal conflict and her village was captured. Nanny and several relatives were sold as slaves and sent to Jamaica. Upon arrival in Jamaica, Nanny was likely sold to a plantation in Saint Thomas Parish, just outside of the Port Royal area. Such plantations grew sugarcane as the main crop, and the slaves toiled under extremely harsh conditions.
As a child, Nanny was influenced by other slave leaders and maroons. She and her “brothers”, Accompong, Cudjoe, Johnny and Quao ran away from their plantation and hid in the Blue Mountains area of northern Saint Thomas Parish. While in hiding, they split up to organize more Maroon communities across Jamaica: Cudjoe went to Saint James Parish and organized a village, which was later named Cudjoe Town; Accompong settled in Saint Elizabeth Parish, in a community known as Accompong Town; Nanny and Quao founded communities in Portland Parish. She was married to a Maroon named Adou.
Nanny and her brothers became folk heroes. Her most famous brother, Cudjoe, went on to lead several slave rebellions in Jamaica with the aid of her other brothers.[2]
By 1720, Nanny and Quao had settled and controlled an area in the Blue Mountains. It was given the name Nanny Town, and consisted of the 500 acres (2.4 km²) of land granted to the runaway slaves. Nanny Town had a strategic location as it overlooked Stony River via a 900 foot (270 m) ridge making a surprise attack by the British practically impossible.[2] The Maroons at Nanny Town also organized look-outs for such an attack as well as designated warriors who could be summoned by the sound of a horn called an Abeng.
Maroons at Nanny Town and similar communities survived by sending traders to the nearby market towns to exchange food for weapons and cloth. The community raised animals, hunted, and grew crops, and was organized very much like a typical Ashantitribe in Africa. The Maroons were also known for raiding plantations for weapons and food, burning the plantations, and leading slaves back to their communities.
Nanny was very adept at organizing plans to free slaves. For over 30 years, Nanny freed more than 800 slaves,[2] and helped them to resettle in the Maroon community.

(via "Nanny of the Maroons" on Wikipedia - read more here)

unpoliceyourmind:

Grandy Nanny, female leader of Jamaican Maroon societies and slave rebellions - depicted on the Jamaican $500 bill

Nanny was born c. 1686 in Ghana, Western Africa, into the Ashanti tribe, and was brought to Jamaica as a slave.  It is believed that some of her family members were involved in intertribal conflict and her village was captured. Nanny and several relatives were sold as slaves and sent to Jamaica. Upon arrival in Jamaica, Nanny was likely sold to a plantation in Saint Thomas Parish, just outside of the Port Royal area. Such plantations grew sugarcane as the main crop, and the slaves toiled under extremely harsh conditions.

As a child, Nanny was influenced by other slave leaders and maroons. She and her “brothers”, Accompong, Cudjoe, Johnny and Quao ran away from their plantation and hid in the Blue Mountains area of northern Saint Thomas Parish. While in hiding, they split up to organize more Maroon communities across Jamaica: Cudjoe went to Saint James Parish and organized a village, which was later named Cudjoe Town; Accompong settled in Saint Elizabeth Parish, in a community known as Accompong Town; Nanny and Quao founded communities in Portland Parish. She was married to a Maroon named Adou.

Nanny and her brothers became folk heroes. Her most famous brother, Cudjoe, went on to lead several slave rebellions in Jamaica with the aid of her other brothers.[2]

By 1720, Nanny and Quao had settled and controlled an area in the Blue Mountains. It was given the name Nanny Town, and consisted of the 500 acres (2.4 km²) of land granted to the runaway slaves. Nanny Town had a strategic location as it overlooked Stony River via a 900 foot (270 m) ridge making a surprise attack by the British practically impossible.[2] The Maroons at Nanny Town also organized look-outs for such an attack as well as designated warriors who could be summoned by the sound of a horn called an Abeng.

Maroons at Nanny Town and similar communities survived by sending traders to the nearby market towns to exchange food for weapons and cloth. The community raised animals, hunted, and grew crops, and was organized very much like a typical Ashantitribe in Africa. The Maroons were also known for raiding plantations for weapons and food, burning the plantations, and leading slaves back to their communities.

Nanny was very adept at organizing plans to free slaves. For over 30 years, Nanny freed more than 800 slaves,[2] and helped them to resettle in the Maroon community.

(via "Nanny of the Maroons" on Wikipedia - read more here)

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vintageanchorbooks:

Ninety years ago today, James Baldwin was born in New York. 
"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." 

vintageanchorbooks:

Ninety years ago today, James Baldwin was born in New York. 

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." 

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boygeorgemichaelbluth:


& sometimes they save you the thinkpiece and just say it out of their own mouths lol

and i see no lies

welp

FUCKING GLAD HE SAID ITFUCK DIBLASIOFUCK BRATTONFUCK BROKEN WINDOWSFUCK THIS FUCKASS CITY

yo al sharpton actually has a point

I always thought that’s Di Blasio was so against stop & frisk when he was running. Honestly, everything remains to be seen at this point.

Lemme do you a favor
Meet Commissioner Bill Bratton proponent of quality of life crimes, most notably as a pusher of the "Broken Windows Theory"
In his first tenure as NYPD Commish, Bratton was responsible for enabling and pushing many of Giuliani’s efforts to "clean up the city" in ways that increased the targeted surveillance and policing of communities of color.
Considering he’s the reason the NY Transit cops are now NYPD, we can thank him for the criminalization of subway dancers (aka, Black and Latin@ youth)
"Bratton, the former head of the Boston, New York, and Los Angeles police departments, was invited to speak at the conference about “data-driven policing.” Also called “predictive policing,” today it is a widely-discussed big data example, building on a new approach to policing which Bratton has played a leading role in its development and implementation over the last two decades."
DiBlasio knew exactly who he hired. Bratton is Ray Kelly with better PR. There’s nothing which “remains to be seen”
As for DiBlasio….Well, he just proves that white parents of non-white children can’t be trusted

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luvheritage:

mickeyblowsyourmind:

note-a-bear:

jcoleknowsbest:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

& sometimes they save you the thinkpiece and just say it out of their own mouths lol

and i see no lies

welp

FUCKING GLAD HE SAID IT
FUCK DIBLASIO
FUCK BRATTON
FUCK BROKEN WINDOWS
FUCK THIS FUCKASS CITY

yo al sharpton actually has a point

I always thought that’s Di Blasio was so against stop & frisk when he was running. Honestly, everything remains to be seen at this point.

Lemme do you a favor

Meet Commissioner Bill Bratton proponent of quality of life crimes, most notably as a pusher of the "Broken Windows Theory"

In his first tenure as NYPD Commish, Bratton was responsible for enabling and pushing many of Giuliani’s efforts to "clean up the city" in ways that increased the targeted surveillance and policing of communities of color.

Considering he’s the reason the NY Transit cops are now NYPD, we can thank him for the criminalization of subway dancers (aka, Black and Latin@ youth)

"Bratton, the former head of the Boston, New York, and Los Angeles police departments, was invited to speak at the conference about “data-driven policing.” Also called “predictive policing,” today it is a widely-discussed big data example, building on a new approach to policing which Bratton has played a leading role in its development and implementation over the last two decades."

DiBlasio knew exactly who he hired. Bratton is Ray Kelly with better PR. There’s nothing which “remains to be seen”

As for DiBlasio….Well, he just proves that white parents of non-white children can’t be trusted

(Source: postwhitesociety, via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Palestinian Artists Turn Smoke Into Thought-Provoking Illustrations

Using the photos of smoke created by the devastating Israeli missile strikes, Palestinian artists Tawfik Gebreel, Bushra Shanan, and Belal Khaled, have sketched powerful images based on the silhouette of the smoke. 

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Obama and _____

Obama and Oprah Winfrey
Obama and Denzel Washington
Obama and Stevie Wonder
Obama and Jackie Chan
Obama and Michael Jordan
Obama and Patti LaBelle
Obama and Spike Lee
Obama and Beyonce/Jay Z
Obama and Alicia Keys
Obama and Al Sharpton

The white house has never seen so many black people…

except for when it was built.

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mistergoodlife:

A photo worth a thousand words...


Whoa

mistergoodlife:

A photo worth a thousand words...

Whoa

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xaymacans:

"I’ve loved a few men, I’ve loved a few women. And a few people have loved me, I suppose it’s all that saved my life."

James Baldwin’s 90th birthday is today, praise.

xaymacans:

"I’ve loved a few men, I’ve loved a few women. And a few people have loved me, I suppose it’s all that saved my life."

James Baldwin’s 90th birthday is today, praise.

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