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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 😉

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 📝

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Xspanding Minds “Top Ten” Artist of 2015

I’d like to say “Thank You” to the many individuals, who have contributed to helping Xspanding Minds name get out there! I want to inspire many, and art is my way of doing so! I’ve compiled a list of ten of my favorite artists for the year of 2015.

Some of the artist are well-known, and some aren’t. I hope that you are as inspired by their work as I am, and decide to support them also.

I’m glad to introduce Xspanding Minds “Top Ten Artist” of 2015

#1 Travis Price: Travis Prince Art

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We’ve all heard the term, “Love at first sight”. Well, that’s exactly what happened when I laid my eyes on this dope painting.

The creator of this piece is, Travis Prince. I’ve had the luxury of being connected with him on Facebook, for several months now. He has some amazing pieces, which touches on subjects that are important to the African American people. Please do, go show his social networks some love!

#2 Gerald Ivey: Gerald Ivey Art

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One of my favorite pieces by artist Gerald Ivey. He has a variety of paintings that I could have put here, yet this one grabbed my attention from the very beginning.

I hope it does the same for you, which will allow you to connect and follow all of his beautiful creations.

#3 Geno Harris: Geno Harris Art

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Due to having the luxury of this creative individual being in one of my art groups. I saw the different stages of this painting, and I was amazed at how it turned out!

Geno Harris, is the artist and he also has a art show that he hosts several times a year in the city of Detroit. I would like you to definitely support this artist, by following his social network outlets.

If you’re in the Detroit area, you should check out one of his upcoming shows. So don’t forget to subscribe to his events, for future dates!

#4 Jounda Strong: Jounda Strong Art

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This painting was created by a supporter of Xspanding Minds, and for a long time. I had no idea, she was even an artist.

Jounda Strong, created this piece and it’s called Heroin. When I asked her to tell me where her inspiration came from, she explained that several members of her family have dealt with the struggles of this drug.

To me, she executed it perfectly. I can actually feel the pain, anger and frustration that comes with that addiction

She has a social outlet that you should connect yourself to, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

#5 Lonnie Ollivierre: Lonnie Ollivierre Art

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I love this artists creations also! His name is Lonnie Ollivere, and he creates many awesome paintings like this.

This is one of my favorites, due to the individuals he has in it. Each have done some amazing things in the African American communities in the present, and the past. It’s not only great to see them all in the same place, but it’s also very inspiring too!

#6 Lisa Mathews: Lisa Mathews Art

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I received an invitation to this page, and once I got there was extremely amazed by this artists creativity.

She has a huge selection of Caricature statues, as well as creating game sets with them for a Chess set. I’m getting one for myself, I’m just trying to figure out what those characters should be.

Please do follow this artist for future updates. Her name is Lisa Mathews.

#7 Michelle Miller: Michelle Miller Art

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This artist and I connected through my arts group. After checking out her amazing sketches, I decided that it was important to include this artist in this list.

She has been in the field for over twenty years, and explained that many of her pieces had been put away in boxes. But, after joining my art group. She was inspired to start sharing her creations again.

I’d love for you to support this artist as well! Her name is Michelle Miller, and I loved this picture the first time I saw it!

#8 Ed Terrell

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I connected with the artist, Ed Terrell due to a Xspanding Minds supporter suggesting he was a great artist.

When I first saw this piece I thought of my grandmother, who loves Elephants. She’d love all of the amazing colors!

#9 Kimberly Moseberry: Kimberly Moseberry

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The artist of this piece, is Kimberly Mosberry and she’s an extremely talented artist from right here in Chicago!

This piece made my top ten due to her awesome craft, and the fact that these three African American comic like characters remind me of my three younger daughters.

If my girlies were ever comic book characters, this is who they’d look like!

Go check out more of her work, and make sure you follow her page for future updates.

#10 Dawud Shabazz: Dawud Shabazz Art

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This last artist featured, is Dawud Shabazz also from the Detroit area and his work revolves around abstract art and African American people.

All of his pieces, have some type of messaging and I think it’s very important that you show support to this artist by linking to his networks.

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That is the end of Xspanding Minds “Top Ten Artists” of 2015.

I hope you enjoyed the selected paintings, and hopefully you too will show these living artist some support!

It’s been a great year since creating Xspanding Minds, and I appreciate every one of you whom has supported our mission of becoming a youth center here in Chicago.

Thank You All!

Tina 😘

Make sure you look for next year’s article on 2016’s top ten.

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