You Got Roots?! Cool, Let’s Get Talking!

You Got Roots?! Educate. Engage. Advocate.

In a little less than 1 hour AAGSAR’s BlogTalkRadio series, You Got Roots goes live! Wow!:)

With a healthy mix of nervous energy [still figuring out our audio clips!:] and overflowing with PURE excitement [how cool is this?!], we’re gearing-up for AAGSAR: Where African American Genealogy & Smart Technology Connect!

Today’s launch is all about the listening audience getting to know us, the African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research Community (AAGSAR), better and vice-versa. I’m the first to admit this audience complete with its platform and tools are ALL NEW to me! I have 1 whole TEST show under my belt!:)

With all of the amazing opportunities we have before us, we have more than our fair share of challenges. Never has there been a more critical time to talk, connect, build and grow together than now.

And when I say “we”, I’m not just referring to People of Color. I mean WE — people who can find common ground and purpose to advance forward. True progress requires vested effort and community collaboration.

So, what’s on today’s You Got Roots program menu?

  • Welcome and You Got Roots Intros (Luckie Daniels, Host & Bernita Allen, Co-Host)
  • Let’s Talk Interview (Bernita) — What you need to know about Luckie but were afraid to ask!:)
  • AAGSAR Community Callers (Luckie/Bernita) — share a bit about who you are, where listeners find you online and why AAGSAR works for you?  Dial-in: (347) 838-8307
  • Listening, Twitter & Chat Community Questions/Comments (Bernita) — what would you like to know or share? Have at it! Dial-in:  (347) 838-8307
  • Weekly TECH TIP — Why Your Online Narrative Matters (Luckie Daniels)
  • Wrap-up & Next Week on YGR (Luckie/Bernita) — HISTORY: Getting BLACKIFIED with Afroculinaria’s Michael Twitty

Alright y’all 6PM ET! Let’s talk!:)

Luckie | @AAGSARFacebook | #YouGotRoots #YGRLetsTalk

You Got Roots?! We Do & AAGSAR BlogTalkRadio Too!

Go Hard or Go HomeIt never fails. Anytime an African American person takes a pro-active [vs. passive] posture in discussing matters of racism and cultural bias in a non-black arena, we’re quickly painted with a broad-stroke — race-baiter, fight-starter, antagonist, troublemaker. BULLY!

If you’re a plain-spoken black woman, go ahead and augment your derogatory “coloring” with aggressive, defensive, threatening and volatile too!

This reverse race-card labeling, delivered by the always undeserving accuser is as dependable as clock-work.

It is an unwritten social-rule in our fractured culture — at all times, African American people should apply saint-like passivity, patience and diplomacy when confronting matters of race. We should be stoic; always traveling along the “high-road”. We should implore those denying us the freedoms we deserve with insightful lessons on inclusion and diversity, right?

After 14 years of maintaining an online presence in the genealogy community, and 40+ years of being brown America, I’m rarely shocked by the swirl following one of my “Come to Jesus” Our Georgia Roots blog posts and/or Twitter comments!

Are not the contributions of my once enslaved Ancestors worthy of society’s acknowledgement? As the 21st Century living descendant preserving their legacies, do I not have every right to expect unbiased access to the historic records, resources and technology impacting my ability to successfully trace my ancestry?

As the Great Granddaughter of Ancestors who thrived far beyond the Jim Crow South they survived, and the Granddaughter of Ancestors who in 1963 Marched on Washington believing we’d live the American Dream, you can count on me raising cane about not being a full beneficiary of it in 2014!

The struggle to not weigh down the shoulders of my beautiful brown children with America’s persistent DNA memory of race hatred and fear is exhausting, and witnessing Mamas who look just like me grieve dead sons who look just like mine, leaves me enraged. Damn right I’m going to talk about it!

BlogTalkRadio - You Got Roots?!

When AAGSAR You Got Roots BlogTalkRadio goes live next Sunday evening on March 2 at 6PM ET, expect no less. I make no apologies. I don’t have another 15 years to willingly invest tiptoeing around racially-biased but socially-sensitive feelings.

EDUCATE. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE.

The goal of You Got Roots?! is to gather progressive like-minds [not like-races] in discussions about how we individually and collectively push the dial forward. Genealogy. Technology. Innovation. Education. History. Social Justice. Advocacy. Collaboration. Community. Community. Community!

It’s time to talk y’all! Let’s build TOGETHER.

#GoHARDorGoHOME

Luckie | You Got Roots?!

Michael Twitty - MAD Symposium

Video: Michael Twitty on Culinary Injustice at…

Luckie:

Michael Twitty - MAD Symposium

EDUCATE. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE. –> Michael TWITTY of Afroculinaria #ENLIGHTENING

Originally posted on Afroculinaria:

http://madfeed.co/post/68180788986/michael-twitty-mad3

THE VIDEO OF THE MAD SYMPOSIUM03 “GUTS” TALK IS UP!  Click link above to watch :)

Excerpt from the MAD feed blog:

The culinary historian Michael Twitty has dedicated his career to celebrating the people whose culinary and agricultural contributions to America have been misappropriated throughout history. In August, Twitty spoke at MAD, imploring the audience to take an honest look at our gastronomic past, so that we might be able to bridge “pseudo-boundaries of race”, as well as restore “the emotional and ethical tone” of the food that we make.

For Twitty, it all starts by acknowledging culinary injustice. At a time when the gastronomy of the American South is in the global limelight, for example, Twitty wants to remind us that there is culinary injustice in the fact that the slaves who made those food ways possible haven’t gotten enough credit. According to him, an even deeper…

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Thanks To You AAGSAR’s #BLOGFEST2014 Was EPIC!:)

Dora KOONCE & son, James HARDY(EN) KOONCEI’d searched ALL DAY for the word to sum up my feelings regarding our first New Year’s #BLOGFEST – We Call Your Name event. Then after the tweets died down and we were all descending from our Ancestors clouds, Bernita (still a NEW KID herself) of Voices Inside My Head nailed it, “BLOGFEST was epic!”.

It was indeed. I’ve never in all my years of researching genealogy, felt more connected to a body of work, than I do today. I never planned on it, have frequently complained about it, and sometimes [almost] get up the nerve to question the Ancestors why they have me doing it. But I know this work is Divine, and I’m so thankful to be a part of bringing not just my, but MANY Ancestors out of the dark. They are SHINING. BREATHING. REJOICING!

I’m hard on you NEW KIDS because I need you to embrace fully the responsibility [and joy] that rests on your shoulders. And should the day come I take hiatus, I want you equipped with EVERYTHING you need to push your Ancestors, and our collective Community FORWARD.

NEW KIDS your work will bloom and spread. Many will follow your lead. If you call them, Ancestors and newly connected Cousins will come (in my best James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams voice). You’ve shifted the landscape and narrative of our genealogy research FOREVER.

I thank you AAGSAR for tolerating, listening to and supporting me. You’ve been the vehicle my Mama sent to keep my heart beating.

Thanks to Kristin of Finding Eliza for penning the BEAUTIFUL Ancestor Homage, We Call Your Name and sister, Pearl CLEAGE for the poem contribution from We Speak Your Names”.

Thanks to the genealogy community for continuing to champion our Ancestor work!:)

If you have ANY doubt about the significance of this time and work, spend a moment reading the We Call Your Name comments and visiting all the remarkable Ancestor Blogs introduced.

A New Year. A Fresh Start. I’m clear now.

No complaining about the weight of the work or worrying about who understands [or supports] the effort. Just enjoying the gift of being able to help descendants and Ancestors find their way, while they help me to find mine.

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Yeah, 2014 is going to be EPIC!:)

Luckie

P.S. Please make sure to visit Ms. Dora and her son James KOONCE via Stones, Rainbows and Doves. Our girl Joanie worked EXTRA hard to afford her Ancestors their rightful time to shine! Well done Joanie!:)

River Rise: Our Ancestors Are Calling…

AncestorsOn many levels I’ve always had a close connection to India.Arie. Our Atlanta roots. Our Oshun nature. My love and respect for her family – Mother, Simpson and Big Bro J’on. Though I didn’t have opportunity to fulfill my promise, in 2009 I was offered a gift to design her brand, Soul Bird. And Lord, the music…

India’s music ALWAYS seems to flow in parallel with my life journey. I often find sanctuary in her melodies.

This morning I take refuge in River Rise from her Testimony: Vol 2, Love & Politics album. By far one of my favorite tracks, River Rise is a beautiful, sincere petition to the Ancestors for guidance. A call to return to all things familiar and soul-fortifying.

As we make final preparations for our first AAGSAR BLOGFEST2014 on Sunday, Jan 5th and set our feet for a New Year overflowing with Ancestor discoveries, this is my wish for myself and all those seeking to connect with their lost lineage.

Not to fly blind. Be my eyes. I surrender. Show me the way…

There was always a power I could feel
It was guidance to tell me the way to go
But nowadays I feel like I can’t hear that voice
I’ve been flying blind
I need You to come and be my eyes

River rise, carry me back home
I cannot remember the way
River rise, carry me back home
I surrender today

I was always a charmed flower child
I would sit for hours and listen to the sky
But nowadays I feel like I don’t have that choice
I’ve been looking down in desperation
I need You to be my inspiration, yeah

River rise, carry me back home
I cannot remember the way
River rise, carry me back home
I surrender today

I bow down and I humble myself
I can’t do this, Lord I need Your help
All the material things, they feel like chains
If You’re not here beside me
You’re the reason I see

Help me to remember the way
I surrender

Help me to remember
Only You can show me
Only You can show me the way
I surrender, I surrender today
You are the only way
Lord, I need You

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Ashe-O! So be it!:)

Luckie

Image Source: GOGO & the Ancestors by Marietjie Henning

AAGSAR GENEALOGY BLOGGERS: Tooting Their ANCESTOR Horns!:)

Old Freedman ~ Marshall, Texas 1939 Last Update: 17 Decemeber 2013

Don’t EVER allow anyone to tell you African American researchers aren’t taking their Ancestor challenges seriously, digging deep and bringing their family histories online [in mass] for community sharing and preservation!

To quote AAGSAR Tribe Member Kristin CLEAGE of Finding Eliza:

“…Got to say I’m so happy my cousins are sending me copies of all the documents and photos that they find in drawers and boxes and are happy for me to put it online and share. I think one reason many people don’t do a blog or use technology is because nobody ever told them they could, or how they could. The more of us that do it, the more of us that will do it.”

Our African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research (AAGSAR) group hosted via Facebook has supported nearly 200 BRICK SLAYERS and 55 genealogy blog contributors (30 of those NEW bloggers) since kicking-off just 90 days ago!

Our Ancestors have entrusted us to tell their stories. We’re committed to preserving our individual family legacies and moving our collective community research forward.

If you have ANY DOUBT, spend time visiting the AAGSAR Genealogy Blogs below!

Yes indeed, I’m tooting ALL your ANCESTOR horns!

Well done Good People!:)

Luckie

AAGSAR GENEALOGY BLOGS