Janet Bashen is the first black American women to receive a patent for a software invention . . . .
Thanks, Felicia for ALL of the info!!
With this post, I'm launching my Butterflitia Message Wear & Gear line. Some of you know that I created the world of BUTTERFLITA, which I first talked about in the stories I published in my Butterflitia Gazette issues 1 and 2. (These were available for a long while on Amazon but they are currently not available due to necessary revisions.) More Gazette issues are coming but I've decided to take some time to set the overarching foundation for the intentional communities and the CULTURE of the Butterflitia world, and that is a tremendous amount of work. I enjoy it all but WHEW!
As promised, here's the LINK to the Butterflitia Store, to which I continue to add items. This is a branch of the store. I will have the main store at my new site when it's done--where I will place handcrafted items made by me and other craftoholics. LOL!
To me, the concept of the intentional community and the new hybrid culture I'm constructing under the BUTTERFLITA banner is everything. The store is just one arm of the culture. The messages are KEY. The messages on my message wear and gear items are critically important for girls and women of any group, of any time.
If there's a girl or woman you care about, be sure to get her at least one message wear or gear item.
Order in the next few days and the shipping is FREE. Use the coupon code: LOVE15 as seen in my left sidebar.
Anyway, I want to talk more about why I've decided to do this at this point. I've been so busy this month because I'm also preparing the first few podcast episodes. It's fun, but there is a mountain of details involved to set it up right. I'm also setting up the new site on a new platform and I'm doing everything myself. LOL! There are people who have offered to help me but they don't have the time to do what I want done the way I want it done or when I want it done, so I decided to delve into some tech classes and try to do much of this myself. WHEW!
Short Sleeved "Butterfly = Mystery" TEE with Evia Moore quote on back.
I realize that when most people around the world these days think about black American women, they only think of Beyonce, Michele Obama, and those wretched (not ratchet) caricatures of black American women on reality shows. But there are SO many awe-inspiring black women--born and bred in America--who are and have been the truly unsung sheroes.
Even many Americans only think about Beyonce, Michelle, or those wretched (not ratchet) reality show "stars" when they hear the term: "black American woman."
BTW, from what I've been able to trace, the slang term ratchet is a bastardized form of the word "wretched." This is what often happens when ignorant people who don't read and can't spell will try to use words that they don't know how to spell or pronounce. For ex., some people will see the word picture but will pronounce it "pitcher" or they hear the word brassiere and pronounce it "Brazil," or they hear about Anthrax and pronounce it "Amtrak." That's the old Archie Bunker syndrome that was made hilarious in the hit TV show from the 1960 & 70s: All in the Family. But it was made starkly clear by the writers of that series that the bigoted Archie Bunker character was ignorant to the nth degree, and that he was to be ridiculed. We all screamed with laughter when we heard him slay words or say utterly stupid things. However these days, many supremely ignorant people who say utterly stupid things are put on a pedestal and viewed as being normal and considered a "star" to be emulated. This is why we have high school and college students who try to use the term ratchet in their essays or term papers when they actually mean "wretched."
How has it happened that only the black American women who are among the glitterati are worthy of being seen, promenaded, and desired? Well, even the most prominent black media (which includes tons of black women behind the scenes) obsesses to the point of nausea ONLY about black American women of the glitterati type. At the same time, some black Americans tsk-tsk and shake their heads wondering why it is that too many younger black American women have gotten far off track. Most of these same folks are also prime consumers of black American media tripe.
So many blacks LOVE to point the finger at the bad things that whites do to blacks or how racist whites are unfair or discriminatory towards blacks and yadda-yadda, BUT these same black folks NEVER, EVER, EVAH talk about the intense amount of psychological abuse (colorism is just ONE type of this relentless abuse) or physical violence that blacks inflict on other blacks or how so many blacks often discriminate against other blacks for silly reasons -- when they can.
QUESTION: Why would you expect for someone outside your family to treat people in your family better than YOU treat people in your family? At their very best, people outside your family will treat your family the way YOU treat your family because outsiders recognize that your family members are not operating solo when they see that your family members can count on you for support. Again from science, we know that: Animals that travel in herds are safer. This is a key reason I beat the intentional community drum.
CLICK bag to go to store!
Wow! So, isn't the answer to why some young black women are off track these days plain by now?
There's lack of support for bw and lots of imbalance when it comes to the presentation of black American women--whether in everyday life or in the media. Black Americans are the greatest culprits of this. Beyonce is highly skilled at what she does, and she has every right to do what she has chosen to do, but what about the born and bred black American women who already lean towards being scientists, inventors, innovators or those young black women who may aspire to go in that direction or might choose that path if it were lit up for them. Where is the love for women of that persuasion? And if they do so, are they to remain invisible? Never highlighted? Never praised?
What this actually means and we may as well be honest about it because no one is fooled. Black American women scientists, inventors, innovators, etc. are NOT valued by most typical black Americans, whereas Beyonce is. I highly value these other black American women because I'm NOT typical. I'm PAB. LOL Even very young children know that people talk about and shine the light on what is truly valued by them. Children definitely cannot be fooled.
Yet, some black American parents wonder why their daughters want to wear Beyonce's hair or clothes or why these young bw, though they may grow up in middle class homes, still want to mingle only with lowlife men.
When you continue to present inappropriate models to young people to the exclusion of practically any appropriate role models, well DUH!
I've decided that I will present substantive role models, appropriate role models to provide my granddaughter with a BALANCED slate of choices. I do not want my granddaughter to grow up thinking that she is her hair or has to either become known for her hair, her clothes and/or for dancing skills. Either that, or she will be invisible?
Invisibility = death. It's so sad that our highly intelligent FLOTUS, poor Michelle Obama has now become known ONLY for her clothes and hair style.
When I was growing up as a little girl and during the time I came of age as a woman, I had so many wonderful women of substance to admire, to try to emulate--NOT because of their hair, clothes, or dance steps but because of their SUBSTANCE, their character, their achievements, and their contributions to humanity in various areas of life. And I'm NOT talking about being a mule. So, even though I was a black girl from the backwoods of Alabama, I felt I could do SO MUCH--just like those black American women of substance who looked lots like me who were doing earth-shaking things in a variety of arenas. They were sending me messages and I GOT those messages! Therefore, I aimed to be a woman of substance--just like them. Sure, I primped and tried to look cute and stylish, but I knew that wasn't nearly as important as being of substance. However, they also sent the message that I could be a woman of character and substance AND still be cute and stylish.
It's being of substance that attracts other people of substance and quality to you and keeps them wanting to be with you or around you. No one of substance is going to value an empty outfit/suit for long--no matter how glittery that outfit/suit is. There have been so many observations in my life that have proven this to be true. People may be initially attracted to glitter, but people of substance do not value glitter.
So, it's all about the MESSAGES we get. Thus, for my granddaughter's sake and many other little girls of all cultures, I've started my message wear line. Many people don't have time to read Evia Moore's loooonnnnng articles. LOL! My short cryptic messages on pretty, colorful clothing and other items that they use everyday will lead to, at least some of them, thinking more deeply about these messages. Messages point the way.
Here are a researcher and a medical doctor-inventor who should be promenaded on many stages by people of all races and cultures.
So, now for the good stuff:
PRESENTING AND PRAISING: Illustrious Black Women Scientists, Inventors, and Innovators
Dr.Patricia Bath (medical doctor-inventor & multiple patent-holder) invented the cataract laserphacoprobe which is the medical instrument used to remove cataracts from the eye. Just imagine the number of people who are able to see these days because of Dr. Bath's invention. She has patents for other eyesight devices covering the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe.
Dr. Kyla McMullen (Ph.D Computer Scientist-Researcher) a young sound scientist specializes in rendering spatial audio virtually to enhance virtual environments and to sonify information sources. This young woman's achievements made me dizzy just reading them. LOL!