Women's History Month 2017






3 African American 
Federal Government 
Female Whistleblowers 
that Made History

List of Female Whistleblowers
Cathy Harris, 
Senior Customs Inspector, 
U.S.  Customs Service (USCS)
Cathy Harris, a former Senior Inspector for the U.S. Customs Service (USCS) at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, disclosed to the media the USCS practice of discriminatory racial profiling.  She formed Customs Employees Against Discrimination Assn. (CEADA) and verified her suspicions that women of African descent were wrongfully targeted for detentions and strip-searches as possible drug couriers.  Harris' revelations resulted in a damning U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of USCS profiling practices and the introduction of federal legislation "Civil Rights for International Traveler's Act" and "Reasonable Search Standards Act" to reform these unconstitutional practices.  According to her book, Flying While Black: A Whistleblower's Story 
she personally observed numerous incidents of black travelers being stopped, frisked, body-cavity-searched, detained for hours at local hospitals, forced to take laxatives, bowel-monitored and subjected to public and private racist/colorist humiliation. 
Read more in her book "The Cathy Harris Story: A Whistleblower's Victorious Journey to Justice" and "The Failure of Homeland Security: The Government's Dirty Little Secrets from an Insider" at
Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo, 
Senior Policy Analyst, 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is a former Senior Policy Analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency (  Beginning in 1996, she filed complaints alleging that a company from the U.S. was mining vanadium in South Africa and harming the environment and human health.  The EPA did not respond, and Coleman-Adebayo reported her concerns to other organizations.  When the EPA subsequently did not promote Coleman-Adebayo at her request, she filed suit again the agency, alleging racial and gender discrimination.  On August 18, 2000, a federal jury found EPA guilty of violating the civil rights of Coleman-Adebayo on the basis of race, sex, color and a hostile work environment, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Her experience inspired passage of the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No Fear Act) that is located at the bottom of every federal government website.  Marsha is the author of "No Fear: A Whistleblower's Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA."  Read more at
Bunnitine Greenhouse, 
Chief Oversight Officer, 
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse, the former chief oversight official of contracts at the Army Corps of Engineers, had overseen government contracts for 20 years and had drawn high praise in her rise to become the senior civilian oversight official.  With the help of the National Whistleblowers Center, Greenhouse filed a lawsuit challenging her demotion and reached a $970,000 settlement six years after she was demoted for publicly criticizing a multi-billion-dollar, no-bid contract to Halliburton, the company formerly headed by then, Vice President Dick Cheney.  Greenhouse had accused the Pentagon of unfairly awarding the contract to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root. Testifying before Congress in June 2005, she called the contract the worst case of government abuse she had ever witnessed in her 20-year career.  Just two months after that testimony, Greenhouse was demoted at the Pentagon, for "poor performance." 

10 Facts You Did Not Know About Whistleblowers
1. Many whistleblowers are women - especially black women.
2. Whistleblowers are true public servants.
3. Most whistleblowers are not in it for the money.
4. Many whistleblowers are also EEOC complainants.
5. Many whistleblowers face major retaliations including death threats and even jail. 
6. Many whistleblowers are blackballed, which makes it hard to find another job in their cities.
7. Many whistleblowers think that if they can tell their stories to the right parties -- they will be vindicated but this is not usually the case.
8. Despite major retaliations, most whistleblowers would blow the whistle again.
9. The media is the best outlet for a whistleblower.
10. Despite laws on the books to protect whistleblowers -- only 1% is ever successful.    

Actress Kerry Washington

All Black Female Crew in Atlanta

Daughters of Malcolm X

Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. 

Frances Cress Welsing was an American Afrocentrist psychiatrist. Her 1970 essay, The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy), offered her interpretation on the origins of what she described as white supremacy culture.  She was the author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991). Welsing caused controversy after she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was a ploy by white males to 
decrease the black population.

Maya Angelou 
was an American poet, memoirist, and  civil rights activist . She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.  
Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), and Beloved (1987).  Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved. 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela 
is a South African activist and politician who has held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women's League. She is a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee. S
he was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including 27 years during which he was imprisoned.

Radio Host Bev Smith, First African American Consumer Affairs 
Investigative Reporter for WPXI Television in Pittsburgh.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama  
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama  is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lad of the United States  from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the  44th  President of the United States, Barack Obama , and was the first African American  First Lady. Raised on the South Side  of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University  and Harvard Law School , and spent her early legal career working at the law firm in Sidley Austin , where she met her husband. She subsequently worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago  and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center
. Barack and Michelle married in 1992 and have two daughters.

Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, IL. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America's first and only multi-billionaire black person.
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author.
In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress,  and she represented New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Carol Moseley-Braun, First African American Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate, the first African American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party, the First Woman to Defeat an Incumbent U.S. Senator in an Election, and the First and Only Female Senator from Illinois.

Kamala Devi Harris served as the 32nd Attorney General of California. 
On Nov. 8, 2016, she became the Democratic senator of California, becoming the second woman of color, first Indian American, and first biracial woman elected to serve in the United States Senate.

Maxine Moore Waters is the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd Congressional District, and previously the 35th and 29th districts, serving since 1991. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the U.S. Congress, and is a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).  .

Dr. Mae. Jemison, First Black Woman in Space

Women of

Beverly Johnson, First Black Model to Appear on Vogue Cover

Tia Norfleet, First and Only African-American Female 
Licensed by NASCAR
Lynette Woodard Made History by Becoming the First Female Member of the Harlem Globetrotters and Who Tasted Success Abroad Before Finally Reaching, at Age 38, Her Dream of Playing in the (Newly Formed) American Women's Professional Basketball League. 

Alice Coachman, First African American Women to Win an 
Olympic Gold Medal

Wilma Rudolph, was an American Athlete and an Olympic Champion who was Considered the Fastest Woman in the World in the 1960s and Competed in Two Olympic Games in 1956 and in 1960.  

Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner
, also known as 
Flo-Jo , was an American Track and Field athlete. She is considered the "fastest woman of all time.

Althea Gibson was an American Tennis Player and Professional Golfer, 
and the First Athlete of Either Gender to Cross the Color Line of Intl. Tennis.

Gabby Douglas, First African American Gymnast in Olympic History
to Become the Individual All Around-Champion

Jackie Joyner Kersee, Ranked Among the All-Time Greatest Athletes in
Women's Heptathlon as Well as in the Women's Long Jump.

Natalie Cole was an  American  singer-songwriter, and actress. In the 1990s, she 
re-recorded standards by her father, Nat King Cole, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable With Love,
which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards. She sold over 30 million records worldwide.

Whitney Houston has been Honored with Several Awards and Accolades Recognizing her Worldwide Success Through the Music and Movie Industries. With Total Career Awards in Excess of 600. She is the Most Awarded Female Artist of All Time.

Bobbie Kristina, Cissy and Whitney Houston
Cissy Houston is an American soul and gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for such artists as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, she embarked on a solo career, winning two Grammy Awards for her work.  She is the mother of the late Whitney Houston, Grandmother of Bobby Kristina Houston, and Aunt of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick. 

Aretha Franklin Recorded a Total of 88 Charted Singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 Entries and Twenty Number-One R&B Singles, 
Becoming the Most Charted Female Artist in the Chart's History. 

Patti Labelle, is a Renowned Grammy-Winning American Singer, Author and Actress who has Spent Over 50 years in the Music Industry.   Due to Her Musical Legacy and Influence, She has been Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross 
(born March 26, 1944)
 is an American singer, actress, record producer and an occasional songwriter. Born and raised i Detroit , she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group  The Supremes , which, during the 1960s, became  Motown's  most successful act and is to this day America's most successful vocal group. As part of the Supremes, Ross most notably rivalled the career of  The Beatles  in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American  R&B  and soul acts to find mainstream success.

Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album,
'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999'

Viola Davis Just Became The First Black Woman To Win An Oscar, Emmy And Tony For Acting.  Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and is the only black actress or actor to win the Triple Crown of Action. In 2012, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Cicely Tyson is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972). For this role she also won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. She starred in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), for which she won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA Award
During her career she has been nominated for twelve Primetime Emmy Awards, winning three.


 Health Corner 


We are a country that spends 95% of 

our healthcare dollars on treating illnesses 

and less than 5% on preventing it - 

how mixed up is that!!!  

-Oprah Winfrey




Remember that getting old doesn't  make you sick, but 
getting sick  makes you old.

Cathy Harris Turns 60
Cathy Harris Turns 60

Cathy Harris Beauty Secrets At 60 Years Old
Cathy Harris Beauty Secrets At  60 Years Old

Reclaim Your Health, Your Youthfulness, 
Energy and Vitality 
Cathy Harris 90 Day 
Health Challenge
(click here)    

The New 70s


Meet Ageless 70 Year Old Annette Larkin

  Golden Years: How To Age Gracefully 
and Take Care of Seniors

The world is aging faster than many people realize. We need to remember that f rom the beginning to end, life was meant to be lived with dignity using the empathy and compassion that God gives us.
Everyone should greet each day as a gift to be lived, cherished and shared with those they love. You matter because you are you, and you matter until the last moment of your life.
When you are told that someone you love is going to die, it's as if time skips a beat. And once the clock resumes ticking, nothing is ever the same again.
My mom lived until the ripe age of 82 years old and so did her mother. So I guess you can say I am descended from a line of long-livers. However, back then things were simpler and they had access to natural foods and lived in clean environments.
When my mother died, my father had passed on over 20 years earlier. My 8 siblings and I had no idea of the amount of work we needed to do.
Not only did we need to make sure all her affairs were in order but we had to make sure she was comfortable during the last days of her life. 
If you have never experienced the pain of losing a loved one, especially an elderly person in your family, then you need to keep reading this book.
Due to a culture that celebrates youth and ignores the elderly, seniors and their families are largely unprepared to deal with the challenges seniors face as they age.
This book is an easy-to-read guide for those who are seeking to become more knowledgeable on how to age gracefully and how to take care of the seniors in their care. 
In this country, seniors are treated horribly! Many countries, Hispanic or Latino countries and others, allows seniors to move in with their families as they age.
This not only helps families out with childcare, but it's also a great support system for seniors. However, in this country as seniors age, we look for nursing homes (aka "old folks homes" ) to drop seniors off at as if these homes are some sought of elephant's graveyard.
This kind of mindset has been the norm in this country for a long time and despite a fallen economy, many are still looking for these homes because they lack the proper knowledge on how to care for their loved ones. Therefore, this book is a must-read for the entire family. Good luck!
Available as an Ebook and Paperback
Book Trailer - Golden Years
Book Trailer - Golden Years

Business Corner
Ladies Find Your Balance 
then  Allow Your Kids to 
Start Businesses

The New CEO: 185 Easy-To-Set Up Businesses for Youth and Adult Entrepreneurs
Available as E-book & Paperback

Chapter 1: Top Businesses for People Who Like to Cook/Bake 
Chapter 2: Top Businesses for People With Green Thumbs 
Chapter 3: Top Businesses for People Who Like Cars 
Chapter 4: Top Businesses for People Who Like Animals 
Chapter 5: Top Businesses for People Who Like Computers 
Chapter 6: Top Businesses for Writers 
Chapter 7: Top Businesses for People Who Like Photography/Videos 
Chapter 8: Top Businesses for People Who Like Entertainment 
Chapter 9: Top Businesses for People Who Like To Sew or Crafts 
Chapter 10: Top Businesses for People Good With Their Hands 
Chapter 11: Top Businesses Dealing With Children or Babies 
Chapter 12: Top Miscellaneous Businesses
List of Businesses (185 Total)

How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide To Starting Your Own Business
Available as an E-book & Paperback

     Cathy Harris Business Blog
Book can be read by 
12 year olds and above
Now Available  as  an E-book & Paperback
How To Raise Smart, Talented and Responsible Children: 
Dream Big Dreams

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Family Is Not Always About Blood
Chapter 2: Stop Making Excuses As a Single Mom
Chapter 3: Give Your Children Love and Teach Them Discipline at Home
Chapter 4: Teach Your Children to Read and Write
Chapter 5:  By Age 10 Your Children's Talents Will Come Shining Through
Chapter 6: What is the Purpose of Schools?
Chapter 7: Set Up Legal Defense Funds To Help Your Children With the Police
Chapter 8:  Prepare Your Children for College Early On
Chapter 9: What Parents Need to Know About Workplaces Today
Chapter 10: Let's Redefine the Game of Business Ownership
Chapter 11: Top Business Myths and Mistakes
Chapter 12: Top 12 Questions To Ask Before Joining Any Business Groups

Now Available As E-book:

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Book Trailer - How To Raise Smart, Talented and Responsible Children
Book Trailer - How To Raise Smart, Talented and Responsible Children


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"The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women"

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