The play “Can a Woman Raise a Man?” has made history in Las Vegas as the first all-black stage play with a residence at the Thunderbird Hotel and Lounge.
Loosely based on the life of writer Q Allen, “Can a Woman Raise a Man?” is bringing people together for networking, fellowship and conversation on Sundays.
Says Princess Leah, who plays G-Mama in the production: “I am a native of Las Vegas, and we contacted the Walker African American Museum & Research Center to fact-check that our play is the first on the Las Vegas Strip — and the museum representative confirmed our inclination.”
According to Q Allen, “I was shocked that our play was the first all-black play production on the Las Vegas Strip — because I am from the D.C. area that is Chocolate City. We are used to having blacks in executive leadership, and in Vegas I don’t see this much.”
“Can a Woman Raise a Man?” showcases life for a son who is raised by a single mother. It is told from his perspective, as a child unable to see his father.
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BY CAPUCINE HOLMES
The beauty of Africa is essential to our culture. It is embedded — literally — in the fabric of our lives.
African clothing symbolizes status, creativity, unity, and loyalty to African culture. Those values are captured in every piece of woven fabric that symbolizes black soul, heritage, and power. And it is important to African- Americans, because we naturally crave an understanding of our history and all that brings black people together around the world.
There are several different types of traditional African fabric — including Kente, Bogolanfini Mud Cloth and Ankara. Each carries their own significance, but Kente is the most popular; it is a sacred, royal cloth that speaks to spirituality and allegiance. African fabrics have a specific meaning their incorporated into key patterns and colors: green represents energy, white is purity, blue is love, and gold represents wealth and fertility.
These colors were displayed at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Annual Taste of Wine and African Fashion. Two designers were showcased in the sold-out affair: Adefunke Dain, owner of Fudamike; and Cee Cee Fashions. The highlight of the evening: the women of NCBW embellishing their signature colors, black and gold, with African attire (including a gold gele for each one!) and a display of African dance.
BY ALICIA TAYLOR
Yes, you read that title right. I said credit — not cash — is king!
We’ve all heard the mantra, “it’s better to spend someone else’s money.” The reason it’s so overused, is because it’s true. So how do you gain access to the ever-elusive “other people’s money?” Credit!
Credit is important for so many reasons. Let’s face it: most of us can’t pay cash for our dream car, home or education. So we use credit to obtain things that are important to us. And in many instances, credit determines where you can live, what you can drive, how much you pay for insurance, and which schools you have access to — to name just a few examples.
Credit is a way to give yourself a raise even when your employer doesn’t. If you make $50,000 a year and have access to $5,000 worth of credit, you just increased your income by 10%.
Of course, you have to be smart with credit and use it to your advantage. Pay your bills on time to increase your credit score and give you easier access to less expensive credit. Try to pay your credit bills in full — or in advance — whenever possible. And the most important tip: don’t charge anything you wouldn’t pay for in cash if you had the money. It sounds pretty simple, but you may find it tough to follow. Exercising control will serve you well in the future.
Credit is a great tool that can enable you to make more money. You can fund your business ideas, pay for additional education, buy a rental property and so much more. If you don’t have unlimited amounts of cash at your disposal, credit may be the answer to start funding your dreams!
Alicia Taylor is a licensed Mortgage Banker and Real Estate Broker with over 25 years in the lending industry. If you are looking to purchase, refinance or sell your current property, please call Mortgage Solutions at (702) 368-0059 or visit www.MortgageSolutionsNV.com.
We all want to wave a magic wand and get rid of our belly fat. And there’s a good reason: excess fat in the abdominal section can be hazardous for your health.
But fat is stored all over the body — so how does an expanding midsection grow your risk for chronic disease and illness?
Fat impacts your health differently, depending on where its located. Most fat found in the arms, buttocks and legs is called “subcutaneous” fat; belly fat is called “visceral” fat. Subcutaneous fat keeps you warm, stores calories, and is squishy. It’s between your muscle and skin. Visceral fat stores calories and is located around your organs and deep within the belly. It’s firmer to the touch.
Having more visceral fat raises your “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure.Visceral fat can also make you less sensitive to insulin, increasing your risk of diabetes.
Thin people can have visceral fat around the tummy area, proving that “skinny” isn’t always synonymous with “healthy.”
To see where your belly stands, do these tests:
Next month we’ll discuss what you can do to lower the numbers if you fell into a higher range.
For support on getting healthy from the inside out and reaching your weight goals, go to www.wellwomenofcolor.com and join Wellness University — an online program that provides support, education and an easy-to-follow plan. Email Roz at roz@wellwomenofcolor with any questions.
BY YVETTE WILLIAMS
During Women’s History Month, let’s pay homage to the woman who gave birth to humankind: a Black African from Tanzania. In 1959, paleontologists in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania unearthed the skull of a human-like being, dating back 1.75 million years. In the same location, a small woman was discovered in 1974 — dating back 3.5 million years. Known as Lucy, this young African woman may be the mother of all humankind.
The blockbuster “Black Panther” is driving renewed interest in black culture — and in particular, the roles of powerful women. Throughout history, we have taken the burdens of our community on our shoulders. Women in ancient Africa held many powerful positions: they ran governments and leveraged political power, served as powerful spiritual leaders, won strategic battles and trained as warriors, and were the economic powerhouses of the nation by setting the rules of trade, organizing and managing the market system.
Let’s celebrate the greatness and tell herstory of such legends as Ana de Sousa Nzinga, born in 1581 in the kingdom of Ndongo — a land ruled by leaders called Ngolas. At the time, the Portuguese were advancing toward Ndongo and looking to kidnap her countrymen. After the betrayal of a negotiated peace treaty, she led her warriors — many of them women — in a 30-year fight for her homeland. She returned blood for blood and slaughter for slaughter, all to save her people from the slave trade. She died at the age of 84 in exile after losing the war, but she is still remembered as the woman who lost many battles but never lost the war. Ana de Sousa Nzinga lived a queen and died a queen.
Or think about the several female Pharaohs: 18-year-old Hatshepsut — who ruled Egypt from 1479-1457 B.C. and led her nation into greater prosperity. Amina of Zaria, who became a great ruler and warrior of Hausa (now Nigeria) around 1576, reigned for more than 30 years and built a prosperous empire. The Amazon Queen Tata Ajache of Dahomey would rise from a servant to become a queen and lead the elite female fighting force feared around the world.
These are only a few examples. Learning about our ancestors is essential for honoring the past, understanding who we are as women of African descent, and restoring us to our dignified place in the annals of world history. So while we watch “Black Panther” for the third or fourth time, let us celebrate that finally the rest of the world can see us as we see ourselves: S/HEROES.
Yvette Williams is a community advocate and Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Follow her blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com and on twitter @YvetteBWilliams or contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.
The 17th Annual Las Vegas Taste & Sounds of Soul Festival and the Las Vegas Black Image Magazine Honors were held recently on the Fremont Street Experience in honor of Black History Month. More than 25,000 people enjoyed food and goods offered by 35 vendors at the twoday festival that was sponsored by Channel 13, MGM International Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Wells Fargo, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Drawing attention to the importance of its work, the festival showcased the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Here are some photographic highlights of an unforgettable event.
While employed in the maintenance department at what was then the black-owned Fitzgerald Hotel & Casino, Evelyn Renee Pacheco earned a reputation as a master fixer — known for her ability to fix anything broken on the property.
One day, a co-worker encouraged her to consider joining the union, because her husband was a member and she believed union stature would help Pacheco advance and accelerate her career. “She said, ‘You are already doing the work of a journeyman and should join the union.’ Initially, I thought it was an impossibility,” said Pacheco. But I got up the courage and took the test — and passed it.”
She added: “I joined Local 525 for Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians… in 2002, and as far as I know I was the first African-American female. I don’t think there has been one before or after me who has passed the test to receive a plumber’s license. I [believe I] am the first African-American woman in Nevada to receive a license.”
Pacheco acknowledges that making history was not easy. “Many have questioned why — in this day and age — I was the first,” she said. “I answer them by saying we need more community outreach to African American females about the union’s apprentice program. I feel if more knew about the opportunities, more African American ladies would consider the profession.”
ASKED & ANSWERED: SHEILA COLLINS
Las Vegas native Sheila Collins is running to represent Ward 5 on the Las Vegas City Council — a seat that opened following the swift and stunning downfall of former Councilman Ricki Barlow. Las Vegas Black Image spoke to Collins about her campaign and why it’s time for “a woman’s touch.”
Did you grow up in Ward 5?
Yes, I went to elementary in Ward 5 and grew up in the community where I currently live now.
What prompted you to run for City Council representing Ward 5?
It has always been my passion to bring about change to Ward 5, based on my observations for the last 20 years of it being underdeveloped. I am running for the seat because it seems to be the perfect time for women to be elected and to be part of positive change. I have worked alongside my father [Gene Collins] on community boards — and I thought it was time for me to get involved on a political level. I have helped others become candidates, and now I’m the candidate.
You have stated that you have seen the economic development voids in Ward 5. Have you held other political leaders accountable for the voids, or do you think Ward 5 just needs a woman’s touch?
It needs a woman’s touch. We as women are nourishers. We love beyond ego and put the family and the community first because that is our nature. And it is just time for a woman’s touch in Ward 5.
What is your vision and platform for economic development in Ward 5?
My vision and platform is empowerment for the marginalized groups in the community. We have been on the back burner for economic development for so long. My passion is to assist business ownership and place mentors to help new business owners be more effective. I would like to have technology hubs in the community — because the world is changing dramatically toward digitalization, and our youth need to be able to compete nationally and globally. There shouldn’t be a reason for companies to look outside of the community for qualified employees. I want to contribute to the beautification of Ward 5 because boarded up building and barren landscapes are unnecessary. I don’t want to put too much focus on what happened in the past — I want to put the focus on moving forward. I will represent everyone in Ward 5, but I don’t apologize [for advocating] for African Americans in the community.
You were one of the organizers for the recent Women’s March in Las Vegas?
It is time for all women across the board. It’s time we take our place at the table and be unafraid to speak up. Women have always been on the front line of the movement. We have always pushed the agenda along. It’s nothing new, but we are just more empowered and we are saying we are no longer going to sit back and allow our families, community and our lives to be destroyed. No, we will stand up and take our position and make positive change. We are a powerful force.