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Paul Mooney, the undefeated..

Paul Mooney, one of the greatest comedians ever. His career started long before I was born, which was the 80’s 😱

While finding material for this piece, I bumped into an article which states that his health seems to be failing, which produces issues while on stage these days.

Paul Mooney, is most known for touching issues about politics and race relations.

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He was Richard Pryor’s writing partner and best friend. Many of the big names that we are familiar with, have utilized his material. Names such as; Redd Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Robert Townsend once said ” He taught a generation of comedians to be fearless”.

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Many are offended, by his unapologetic
and truthful style of comedy. Which is absolutely fine with me 😁

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I’d heard of him, but wasn’t familiar with his extensive career. I was officially introduced to this creative being, via the Dave Chappelle show. From that point, I was hooked!

His raw honesty is what appeals to me the most. I’m honored to introduce him to those who aren’t hip to this legend of comedy. He is definitely one of XMI’s American greats.

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Paul Gladney, was born on August 4th 1941 in Louisiana. He was raised by his grandmother, and that is where he received the “Mooney” nickname from. As a teen, he competed and won dance competitions. Mooney, became a regular on the “American Bandstand Show”. He later got into show business by becoming a ringmaster, with the Gatti Charles Circus.

Mooney has done many things within his lengthy career. He was one of the head writers on the Richard Pryor show. Also writing for Sanford & Son, Good Times, and In Living Color. As well as, being responsible for creating the character Homey D Clown πŸ˜‚ Which happened to be one of my faves as a teenager.

He also acted in the classic movie, “Hollywood Shuffle”. Mooney also released a book titled “Black Is The New White” in 2007.

In 2014, it was announced that Mooney had been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Although, that hasn’t stopped him from performing. I’m sure he’ll be on that stage until he can’t do it any longer 🎀

Sending him love 😘

I hope you’ve enjoyed my few thoughts on this awesome African American great 🎭

I’ve added a video, which is about one hour long. So go grab a snack, and enjoy the show.

I hope that you too can, appreciate his in your face honestly πŸ‘Œ

Paul Mooney Act

Want to learn more about Paul Mooney? Follow this link:

Paul Mooney

By The Way..

Xspanding Minds, has a Go Fund Me Campaign going on right now. This campaign will help fund XMI’s 1st Annual Children’s Art ExhibitionΒ 

To learn more, follow this link:

XMI Art Exhibition Go Fund Me Campaign

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Xspanding Minds Go Fund Me Gift Bags

Hello Xspanding Minds!!

By now, many are aware that we’ve published our #GoFundMe campaign, which will help fund XMI’s 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition.

We need your support, and this gift bag is our way of saying “Thank You” for your contribution.

Once you’ve made your donation, your bag will be shipped to you within 3-5 business days.

All of the items will be inside of a colorful gift bag.

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The items included; 1 Pocket Dictionary, 1 Magnetic Notepad, 1 Mini Sketch Pad, 1 Yellow #2 Pencil & Sharpener, 1 Black Gel Pen, and 1 Pack of Coloring Pencils.

Xspanding Minds, promotes consistent learning! Each item has a significant meaning, and each are meant to help broaden ones interest in subjects like Writing, Reading, or Art.

Let’s embrace the gift of learning!!

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Celebrating Nat Turner

One of my favorite people in history, that isn’t talked about too often. He is not recognised in the schools, or anywhere else.

Nat Turner, and his supporters are described as blood thirsty wolves. He is also found to be described as a fanatic preacher, whom rebelled without cause.

His moment in history, means so much in my present. I believe that having an insight on your past, helps us understand our present and our future.

As I was introduced to certain issues, as a child in a variety of classes. I’d often wondered why I only heard of the horrendous attacks, that were placed upon my ancestors.

It produced anger, and that put me in a position of having no interest in learning the history of america.

I knew there should have people out there fighting back. But, why didn’t I hear about them?

I questioned, how so many people could be enslaved and not fight back. The only individual I was taught about in reference to rebellion, was Harriet Tubman. Which was awesome πŸ˜‰

Yet, it was not good enough. It took over twenty years, to gather the information I am aware of.

On top of that!

I’m learning of new people, places and amazing accomplishments, of our people on a daily.

Little did I know. People like Nat Turner, existed. Yet, this history is kept away, and hidden so that we are not aware of the courageous individuals that lived before us.

It is kept away, and meant to disappear. Xspanding Minds, looks forward to keeping these amazing past events in the mainstream.

Turner, is one of those amazing people that should be celebrated!

Nat Turner, is known for his part in history which he orchestrated a slave rebellion on August 21, 1831.

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Nat Turner (Source: Wikipedia)

Born on October 2, 1800 in Southampton County, Virginia. He was known as a gifted child, early in his life. He found pleasure in reading, and he became a firm believer in the Bible.

It is said, he heard voices from God and saw visions of black and white figures going through some form of fighting. He took this as a sign, and decided to do what he thought was his responsibility.

He was known as the “Prophet” among the slaves. Articulate, strong built, and naturally persuasive. He gathered a group of supporters, and they set out to massacre all individuals whom were responsible for the enslavement of the black person.

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Nat Turner & others during Massacre (Source: The Atlantic.com)

He went from house to house, killing men, women and children. There was no discrimination, he set out to complete a mission and these are the circumstances that came about.

He did allow several whites to live during this attack. Those people were spared, due to them feeling as if they were as vulnerable as any black woman or man.

Turner, was able to be on the run after this event for about two months. He was captured by a farmer. He was swiftly tried, and set to be executed by hanging. He died on October 11, 1831.

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Nat Turner (Source: ThingLink.com)

After this event, over 56 blacks were executed and about 200 people whom had no involvement in the revolt were killed.

This story speaks of much blood shed, but hey..

That’s the history in the United States 😏

If you want to learn more about this important man, follow this link:

Nat Turner’s Life

I’ll be posting several articles this month, in celebration of “Black History Month”. I hope that you enjoyed my thoughts on this piece of history.

I look forward to your comments!

Tina πŸ“

By The Way..

Xspanding Minds, has a Go Fund Me Campaign going on right now. This campaign will help fund XMI’s 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition πŸ”†

To learn more, follow this link:

XMI Go Fund Me Campaign

We Need Your Support!!

Xspanding Minds 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition 2016

Hello Xspanding Minds!!

I’ve been planning this event for some time now, and I’m ready to get it to come into existence!!

I have put up a GoFundMe Campaign, and need your support. You can donate to the cause, volunteer your time or services, and share this important information with others.

It will benefit the children in the near future πŸ™‚

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XMI Children’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser