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Thank you veteran Shoshana Johnson


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Yesterday, President Obama paid a Veterans Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where he laid a wreath and met with US war veterans.

Today, Kinnks thought of one specific veteran Shoshana Johnson.  Panamanian-born, Johnson was the first Black or Latina female prisoner of war in the military history of the United States.

During a gun fight, Johnson suffered bullet wounds and was captured and held for 22 days.

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A rescue mission of the US Marine Corps freed Johnson on April 2003.

In an interview with Kent State University – Johnson describes she is not thrilled with the recognition of first Black Prisoner of War because it does not represent her hard work, or accomplishments – it represents an accident.

I was shocked when I heard Johnson was part of the same unit as the much-publicized Jessica Lynch.  Critics have accused the media of providing Lynch more recognition due her race verses the images of Johnson with ruffled braids.

In 2010, Johnson published I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen—My Journey Home.

Kinnks gives a special
the men and women who have severed in our
United States Armed Forces

White Women Rock Afros Too

There are times when the African-American community makes complaints, and I cringe. I just do not agree and think people are being too sensitive.  Our world is more about class, and wealth.

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Most times, I can relate with the cries of injustice and share in the disappointment. Yes, there is still a lot of mis-educated prejudice people out there. I find myself having to explain my Blackness, and why I am different and it is just exhausting.  I want to ask, Don’t you know any other Black people?

Saturday, at my hotel job, a man went up to an omelet chef and asked him “Why do African-Americans continue to serve ‘our people’?” What?  Why?  Is there a guide out there to dealing with insensitive people?

Then I am absolutely confused when I hear the opinions of women like Amy Holmes, Crystal White of Conservative Black Chick or even Stacy Dash. Or reading books like A New Earth that says feeling like a victim is in your mind.

Any way, I am at a place where I am all mixed up.  I am not sure how racially sensitive I should be in 2012.

Then I saw this article For White Chicks in Afro Wigs by Linda Villrose. The article had my heart pumpin’… An afro wig, fried chicken and watermelon? Oh hell no.

But wait, Black women wear straight hair all the time?

Why can’t a white girl wear Kinnks? Black Face Lady, that’s why.

Okay, so I went straight to the source.

Michelle, a White woman has a blog called Before And Afro. From what I see, Michelle is working on being more racially sensitive, and has learned the sacredness and the importance of the Afro. I am glad she changed to a blonde Afro – it looks less buffoonery. I had to leave the site after reading prejudice comments from Black and White people.

Is it the Afro is no longer African-American?  It is now American like jazz, hip hop or pizza despite its original roots?

Any way – the more I looked at her blog, more I understood.  It is kind of weird… but from what I see Michelle is using an Afro to find herself.

Kind of the same way, we grow our natural hair to find ourselves.

What do you think?

Creator Kim Williams on Unwritten Rules Webseries

You may be familiar with Kim’s webseries The Unwritten Rules featuring actress Aasha Davis.  The webseries is based on Kim William’s first book.

Kim Williams is not new to the scene, she has been a writer and producer for over 15 years within the entertainment industry.  In 2003, Williams formed Butterfly Ink Publishing and published her first novel, “40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman”.  After the success of her first novel, she decided to focus on her career on writing.

We asked Ms. Williams to share more about her career, and natural hair experience…

It seems as a community we are good at using comedy to address real shity issues!  What inspired you to write the book 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule, then the web series Unwritten Rules?

Kim: For years I would talk to other Black women and we all had similar experiences at work being either the only Black person or one of a few. At the time, I was really trying to discover myself as a writer. One day, I sat down to just start writing something and the book came out. Growing up around Black people and not really knowing a white person until college, it was sometimes difficult for me to understand and embrace the reality of being black in a white workplace. I was constantly struggling to fit in and at the same time stay true to myself. It was definitely a journey of learning that’s it’s okay to be different and to embrace it. I wanted to share my journey with not only Black people but my white co-workers. Through work, I developed friendships with white people for the first time. I eventually realized that they had no idea what I was going through because it wasn’t their reality. So, I wrote the book to say, “This is how I feel; This is my reality”. However, I knew I had to add the comedy for people to be willing to keep reading.

Even though the book came out in 2004, the topics are still relevant today (even with a Black President-lol) so I thought a web series was the perfect medium to introduce the book.

Kim Williams on the set of Unwritten Rules

How would you describe your natural hair experience and why? How did being natural contribute to your napp-renership?

Kim: I decided to go natural in 2004 only because I was tired of giving up my Saturday to the salon. However, over the years, it has become more about me embracing my true self/identity. My natural hair has really contributed to my freedom for the goal of living a truly authentic life.

You’ve worked for corporate American, and other projects like Bitch. What is your proudest accomplishment to date?

Kim: My proudest accomplishments are really divided… Every accomplishment has a different meaning. I think releasing my first book, “40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule”, was my first proudest moment because it was my first published project. I was also proud of myself that I was courageous enough to start a dialogue that needs to be heard but for many reasons have been ignored and pacified by both sides.

What’s your next project?

Kim: I’m writing my third book (the 2nd book of the “Miles and Zoey” series). We’re also working to do another run in New York for BITCH. I’m also developing a new web series. Pretty busy…

Advice for others interested in writing or starting their own web series?


It’s important to create any form of art from passion first. When it comes from that place, everything will fall in place.

The entire process of doing a web series is hard work especially when there’s no budget and you’re wearing so many hats, so passion has to be there.

Anything else you’d like to add…

Kim: My hope for the book and now the web series is that the dialogue will begin. Yes, it’s 2012 and we’ve come a long way with race; however perceptions (on all sides) are still there. And we can’t expect them to disappear on their own if no one is willing to expose and talk about them.

Tune in every 1st Wednesday of the month for New Episodes! The next one will debut today!

Fredrick Douglass according to Afro Sheen in 1970s

I was watching a Documentary about Soul Train (Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America), they starting talking about how Don Cornelius started to use black own business sponsorship, and commercials. One of the companies was Afro-Sheen, they showed this as one of the commercials… You should see it ~Candi

Yesterday, I started reading Fredrick Douglass first book. Yes, I heard of his story before but to actually read his words are inspiring to say the least. Despite being born into unfavorable circumstances – he fought for his own and other’s freedom(including women’s suffurage) though the law.

What would Mr. Douglass say about the state of the black community today?
Would he be proud, or expect more?

Is Hampton University justified in banning locs and cornrows?

Historic Black Universities were started due to segregation. African-Americans were not permitted to attend all White universities, so they created their own. Virginia’s own Hampton was founded in 1868. Love it!

Now fast forward 144 years later. quoted Sid Credle dean of Hampton University’s business school as justifying the band by saying

“We’ve been very successful. We’ve placed more than 99 percent of the students who have graduated from this school, this program,” said Credle.

We can debate all day what hairstyles White Corporate America will and will not accept. The question becomes less about the hairstyle, and more about assimilation. Has Historically Black Universities lost its foundation? Why are HBU concentrating on placing students in corporate America?

Shouldn’t the goal be entrepreneurship?  Why not develop programs based on creating your own business, and jobs for your own community? Isn’t that the premise in which historically black universities were founded? Just saying