Black Fact February


Today’s Black Fact: Maeling Tapp Maeling Nicole Tapp is THE Natural Chica!!! As most of us have come to know Maeling is a spokeswoman for the natural hair community. She started off just blogging to track her natural hair journey, but it has grown to such proportions that now she has a website, tons of youtube videos, and travels to many different cities participating in and co-hosting natural hair parties, hair shows, and talks. This beautiful woman is unknowingly teaching others to love themselves just for who they, natural hair and all. She is a great woman to know and hanging out with her is always a blast! You can see her on NaturalChica.com, @NaturalChica on Twitter, Facebook and on Youtube.

Today’s Black Fact: Jasel McCoy Jasel Deneice Martin McCoy is such an amazing mother, friend, and fitness Guru. She is an Exercise Physiologist, with a Master’s in Business Administration in Healthcare and a Master’s in Exercise Science. She is currently working on a Ph.D in Public Health. Her passion is for health and healing. She loves teaching people how live better, healthier lives through proper nutrition and exercise. She leads a Zumba fitness group in Atlanta, and she also has her personal fitness website and facebook page. She is doing amazing things to change the lives of others one meal at a time!! Check her out on Jazzyfit.com and Jazzy Fit Fitness on Facebook!

Today’s Black Fact: Jonathon Grant Jonathon Paul Grant is an great poet, husband, and a dedicated teacher! He has a passion for speaking and sharing knowledge. He is changing the lives of young black people one day at a time as an educator for Imhotep Academy in Atlanta. He firmly believes that education is the key to being a trailblazer and remembering your past. With a Master’s in African American Studies, Jon is a promoter of strength and unity with in the Black community. His great poetry skills have gotten him lots of opportunities to share his knowledge of Black history and his deep love for Christ with many different people! Meet my great friend, Jonathon P. Grant!

Today’s Black Fact: Rashaad Pressley Rashaad Jamal Pressley is a gifted musician. He’s been playing the piano since age 6. He plays for 2 churches on the weekends. He is currently working in music production, creating his own music, blending samples to create amazing tracks, and is working with a grammy award winning producer on an upcoming project. He’s also working another talented, upcoming group on an album. Music for him comes naturally. He lives and breathes it. He puts everything he has into all that he does, inspiring others to be the best as well. I decided to spotlight him, because he’s working hard to be the best at what he loves to do (not just because he’s my husband!!).

Today’s Black Fact: George Washington Carver George Washington Carver was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri in January 1864. Carver’s reputation is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, which also aided nutrition for farm families. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts. He also developed and promoted about 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house and farm, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerin. He received numerous honors for his work, including the Spingarn Medal of…

Today’s Black Fact: Sara Goode Sara E Goode was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the very first African American woman to receive a United States patent. Born in 1850, Goode was a slave. When the American Civil War ended she moved to Chicago, Illinois and opened a furniture store. Goode designed the cabinet bed or “fold away bed” which became the predecessor to the hide-away bed. This bed was inclusive of hinges that one could elevate or lower. Remarkably, this invention could also conveniently be used as a roll top desk. While functioning as a desk, the fold away bed included compartments for storing away stationery and writing utensils. Thus, residents could now have space for a bed and desk despite the limited living square footage of their apartments. The “Murphy bed” as we know it today would become the contemporary design of Goode’s invention. When the bed was…

Today’s Black Fact: Garrett Morgan Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. was an inventor who invented a type of respiratory protective hood (conceptually similar to modern gas masks and a type of traffic signal. Garrett Morgan patented a safety hood and smoke protector after seeing firefighters struggling from the smoke they encountered in the line of duty and hearing about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. His device used a wet sponge to filter out smoke and cool the air. He was able to sell his invention around the country, sometimes using the tactic of having a hired white actor take credit rather than revealing himself as its inventor. Between 1913 and 1921, a number of versions of traffic signaling devices, both mechanical and automated, were patented by various inventors. Of these, only a few saw production or implementation on public roads. Morgan’s device, first patented in 1923, was a hand-cranked, manually operated…

Today’s Black Fact: Madam C.J. Walker Sara Breedlove a.k.a. Madam C.J. Walker was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Like many women of her era, Sarah experienced hair loss. Because most Americans lacked indoor plumbing, central heating and electricity, they bathed and washed their hair infrequently. The result was scalp disease. Sarah experimented with home remedies and products already on the market until she finally developed her own shampoo and an ointment that contained sulfur to make her scalp healthier for hair growth. At her death she was considered to be the wealthiest African-American woman in America and known to be the first self-made female American millionaire.