If you didn’t make it to SXSW and are still in New York City (like little old me), come hang with me at #1992theParty at Webster Hall. While most of the House Party gang is in Austin, I’ll be holding down the fort in NYC with my usual gang of Deemehlow and DJ HuggyBear.
Harriet Tubman is so much more than our history textbooks made her out to be. The leader of the Underground Railroad was born into slavery during the mid 1820s. Tubman’s, who’s birth name was Araminta Ross, childhood was filled with physical and mental abuse. Just like many other slaves, her and her family were constantly scrutinized and mistreated by their Maryland owners. In fact, one of the many traumatic head injuries Harriet received as a child was responsible for the vivid revelations that inspired her.
After the death of her owner, Harriet Tubman fled to Philadelphia and escaped from slavery in 1849. Though she was afraid for the safety of her family, Tubman knew she had a greater task ahead of her. Using the Underground Railroad to travel 90 miles to Philadelphia, she decided to make it her mission to help other slaves achieve their freedom.
In 1850, the government changed the dynamics of the Fugitive Slave Law. According to the law, slaves , who had fled to the North, could be captured and returned to their owner. Learning of this law, Harriet Tubman took it upon herself to re-route the Underground Railroad to Canada. Tubman’s courageous actions not only changed history ,but they influenced women to take on leadership roles and stand for what is right.
You may know her as the witty, smart mouthed antagoisnt who played alongside J.Lo in the 2005 film, Monster in Law. You may also know her for her role as Leona Lansing in HBO’s award winning series, The Newsroom. You might even know as a two time Academy Award winner for her roles in Flute and Coming Home. But, 77-year old Jane Fonda is much more than just an actress. The New York native made her debut on Broadway with the play, There Was a Little Girl in the early 1960’s. Fonda followed up her Broadway debut with her first appearance on the big screen in the film Tall Story .
When Fonda wasn’t acting, she dabbled in fitness videos. In 1982, she released her first exercise video, Workout: Starring Jane Fonda. Not only was her video the highest selling video at the time, it encouraged her to make 22 more videos that sold over 17 million copies!
Fonda was very adamant on letting the world know that she was just as smart as she was talented. She used her voice to speak out about many social and political issues happening in the late 60’s to early 70’s. Fonda spoke out against the Vietnam War and fought for the equal rights of African Americans and women. “I am not a do-gooder. I am a revolutionary. A revolutionary woman,” she said in 1972. Jane Fonda still has her revolutionary spirit. In 2005, she co-founded the Women’s Media Center, a center used to promote women’s voices in media through leadership training and original content. Jane Fonda is currently working on her Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” which will be released later this year.