originally modeled to be a Black version of LIFE magazine, soon to be Mega Publisher John H. Johnson launched EBONY Magazine on November 1st 1945. Based out of Chicago, The Johnson Publishing Company Empire would soon grow to include Jet Magazine, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, and a book publishing company. Functioning as a "lifestyle brand," Ebony Magazine's circulation reached an estimated 1.8 million faithful readers at the height of its popularity. Today we celebrate the wonderful legacy of John H. Johnson & The Johnson Publishing Empire. Let's take a look back at some of the legendary covers. #SaluteThePioneers
often I tell my kids that we should strive to learn something new Every single day. For me personally, today brought the discovery of Inventor Richard B. Spikes. Largely unknown, Spikes invented and/or patented the Automatic Gear Shift, The Automatic Safety Brake, Automobile Directional Signals, The Continuous Contact Trolley Pole and several other items that we daily use to get from Point a to Point b. Outside the realm of transportation, Richard Spikes is also credited with invented/patenting the Beer Keg Tap, The Multi barrel Machine Gun, The Horizontally-Swinging Barber Chair & bringing at least eight other innovations for the world. Spikes Beer Keg Tap was purchased by The Milwaukee Brewing Company & his Directional Signals picked up for use in the Pierce Arrow. His transmission & Gear-Shifting innovations were used industry wide from the 1930's on. Sadly Richard Spikes began losing his eyesight while working on the Safety Brake in 1962. So to adapt, he then invented a drafting device that would allow other blind engineers to use going forward. Richard B. Spikes died in 1963. We at The Wandering Eyes Blog salute his memory & legacy.
Think about him next time you get in the car & shift into motion.
Dr. Umar Johnson has been on tour working to Mobilize & Educate the masses in regard to the many crises that we face daily as Black/African People for quite some time; and in 2015 he has not slowed up one bit. In this January 2015 video, Dr. Umar speaks to the importance of standing up & taking Responsibility for not challenging many of the negative forces that we allow to affect us still in 2015. Topics include Socialization, the Lack of Solidarity among Black People, Celebrating European Holidays, efforts to build a school for Black Youth, misplaced priorities, the lack of a viable Economic & Political infrastructure for Black People, The hustler mentality practiced by many of today's religious leaders, holding those leaders accountable for the Huge Sums of Money Donated to Churches & Mosques each week, the character assassination of Black Males & Females-via TV & Movies, the importance of focusing on Black Love and so much more. Another huge point of emphasis lies in controlling the images & true history of our ancestors, as opposed to allowing others to spoon-feed us what they want us to remember about the legacies of frederick Douglass, Malcolm X & Martin Luther King.
Listen, Learn, Grow & Elevate!
MADAME C.J. WALKER
“Right here let me correct the erroneous impression held by some that I claim to straighten the hair. I deplore such impression because I have always held myself out as a hair culturist. I grow hair…I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.”
~ Mme. C.J. Walker
Born Sarah Breedlove, on December 23rd 1867, Madame C.J. Walker is credited as being the first "Self-Made" Female Millionaire. By the time of her passing in 1919, Madame C.J. Walker had built one of the largest black owned manufacturing companies in the world and resided in a 32 room mansion in New York. Starting with the altering of curling irons-previously made popular by the French-to suit the texture of Black women's hair, Madame Walker revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry for Black Women. The then-Sarah Breedlove changed her name to Madame CJ Walker, founded her own business, and began travelling all over the South-selling her product "Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower." The scalp conditioning and healing formula was derived from experimental home remedies she concocted to treat her own stress-related scalp condition that had caused her to lose hair previously. A story of perseverance like none other, Madame Walker fought on after a lynch mob murdered her husband & would find herself making $1.50 per day as a wash-woman, cook, and house-cleaner. Nine years later she was a certified millionaire. Madame C.J. Walker serves as an inspiration to Women & Entrepreneurs on a whole. We at THE WANDERING EYES BLOG celebrate her legacy, as you should also.
This post is a spin off of a conversation I had today. You most likely don't think too much about the info you share. I mean in today's online world, info is just ONE click away from sharing it with the world. Were so used to it that its become the norm, even EXPECTED.
A personal example; I am asked for recipes of things that I post or complete details on how to lose weight. I give basic info, but never detailed, never complete information on my methods. Its not that I don't want to help you, its that the energy you put into your job or business I have put into mine. If its a recipe I used from a site of someone who personally wrote it and had blogged it and decided to share it for free then I will. But outside of that I feel like I took time in developing my methods so that I could prepare my healthy meals to sell and so that I can provide personalized coaching and cooking lessons for a charge. You maybe have your paycheck from your job but this is mine and when I create it and take the time, it is my intellectual property that I have invested my time and money into developing it.
When someone develops intellectual property, say an idea to do something another way, recipes, meal plans, workout routines, music, poetry, stories, theories, methods, and you take it or give it to someone else without permission or when it was purchased only for your use ; Well it would be like if an artist hung a painting in an art gallery and you took it off the wall and ran out with it for free. So why should you not be called a thief?
When I put it like that is not really fair when you think about it is it?
I am sure other business owners completely understand what I am saying and understand how much work is really actually put into our intellectual property. I know locally I see many small business owners cautious to work with anyone else due to people screwing them in the past. I get it. I've seen it! Its a shame we have to spend time and money on lawyers just to protect ourselves, but I realize its just one of those things that have to be done.
I write this so maybe you will think a little more before you hit share. If you are not sure that the material was intended by the original owner to be shared, then don't hit that share button. I myself can say that I hadn't really thought too much about this, not especially in Facebook and Instagram world. But I will start. Lets try to be aware and Respect Intellectual Property. And especially don't be a copy cat in your own business. Individual brain power is so beautiful, try using it sometime. I know personally I would not even want someone else's work to represent my business and my brand, I would feel like a fake. But hey I never copied off tests in grade school either, to me that A wouldn't have felt like mine if I did.
Food for thought.
P.E.A.C.E & Much Luv,
And Yes I did check on the copyright of this photo! You can share this article however since I did publish it with that intent :)