Last night I tuned into the PBS special documentary “Prince Amongst Slaves“, which detailed the life of [Prince] Abdul Rahman & his 40 years spent as a slave in America. I have heard the story before but this documentary took it to a new & great level!

I know you saw it so I would love to know what you thought. Did you read the book?

While watching it, I found that I stopped breathing a couple of times because the story was suspenseful at times & then there were two points where I felt a tear about to pop out that I had to control. And without really having to say, I did get angry as I would with anything else dealing with the subject matter.

The Antwon Fisher moment at the end brought it all home & really showed that through all, we have conquered as a people.

PBS always shows stellar programming during BHM & this year is no exception. The cool thing also about PBS is that they show love throughout the year without question.

Here is a link to the 2008 BHM PBS line up.

Switching topics but not really but kinda. Mindspill

I have 2 mud cloth sets & this is my favorite (you may have seen me in it here). It was made by a Senegalese friend’s sister back home in Africa. His family actually manufactures many clothing goods & his sales here help support his family, here & in Senegal. I am thinking about making this image my blog header for the month but I have to muster up the initiative to make that happen & right now, It is not looking so hot.

About Mud Cloth (if interested):

Bogolanfini (“Bo-ho-lahn-FEE-nee”), which translates as “mud cloth” is a long established tradition among the Bamana, a Mande speaking people who inhabit a large area to the east and north of Bamako in Mali. The origin of this cloth is believed to lie in the Beledougou region of central Mali. Hand woven and hand-dyed mud cloth uses a centuries old process using numerous applications of various plant juices/teas and mud to dye hand woven cotton cloth.

Traditionally, Bamana women made the mud cloth. Bogolonfin, for Bamana women, has always been an essential component in the marking of major life transitions, such as birth, marriage, and death. Bogolanfini is a living art form, with techniques and motifs passed down from generations of mothers to daughters. Bamana hunters also wear Bogolanfini in the form of red mud cloth laden with leather amulets, forceful visual symbols of the supernatural powers believed necessary for successful hunters to possess. Each piece of mud cloth tells a story. No two pieces are alike and each pattern and color combination has a meaning. The symbols, arrangements, color as well as shape of the mud cloth reveal secrets. The mud cloth is also used to define a person’s social status, character or occupation. Bogolanfini is an expression of Malian national identity and a symbol of belonging to African culture. (source)