I’m C. Rae White and this blog is an eclectic mix of my various interests and creativity. I’ve been a fashion fanatic since childhood and started runway modeling, coordinating clothing and fashion shows as a teenager. I’ve worked with a modeling agency, been a fashion stylist and a personal shopper. I currently enjoy creating fashion sets and product collections on Polyvore, under the moniker styln. Check out my fashion posts here. I’m a creative person and I love jewelry making, creating graphic art on my computer and with the ArtPad painter. I’ve also made patterns and color palettes on colourlovers.com. Check out my art related posts here.
Blogger of Sorts
I began blogging in 2005 on MSN Spaces as an outlet for creative and thoughtful self-expression. Back then, my blog content featured various innovations, trends, interesting people, places, things and other wacky stuff. I’ve been blogging on WordPress.com since October of 2010 and my content largely remains the same.
I’m a proud 6th generation Detroiter. My maternal Binga ancestors settled in Detroit in about 1844. I’m a Detroit Snob, I Love My City. I’m cognizant of the longstanding issues plaguing my beloved hometown and I’m hurt and saddened by the ruin porn, pervasive negativity on blogs, lol photos, videos and social media regarding Detroit. My purpose is to highlight the positive, restorative, innovative and fun things happening around town. Check out my Detroit category here.
I am African, Indigenous to America, and Western European.
My African Ancestors primarily come from Ivory Coast/Ghana and Cameroon/Congo, with traces of Nigeria, Senegal and Benin/Togo.
My Native American (paternal) ancestors were Africans who settled in Mexico near La Venta at Lake Chapala in Olmecca Land. Much later, the Mayan’s encroached upon their land and they were pressed into the Mayan army. When the Aztecs came to conquer the Mayans my ancestors chose to fight with them, subsequently rising through the Aztec ranks. Later, my ancestors came out of Mexico on a northeastern migration in 992 AD as Lenne Lanape (Original Man). They settled into their first permanent village at Crystal River Florida and were known as the Mound Builders. Later, they were also part of the Fort Ancient culture, subsequently becoming Shawnee (Kispoko Sept), from which all Shawnee chiefs emerged. My father’s family (both sides) ended up living in Portsmouth, Scioto OH and Troy, Miami OH.
My European roots are primarily in Europe West, Ireland and Scandinavia, with traces in Great Britain and the Iberian Peninsula. I don’t know much about my Western European roots, but I suspect the majority of it comes from either slavery rape or the mixing of the French with Shawnee natives. I supposedly have French and Portuguese ancestors on one branch of my maternal side, but none of the research information has been substantiated.
I’m a descendant of the Underground Railroad. My Binga ancestors escaped slavery from Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky in 1836. I’ve become an amateur family researcher and I’m loving it! Several of my cousins (maternal side) conducted research on the Cotillier/Catillier/Cotillia/Cutillo/Courtillier/Kerteller, etc… branch of our family (Paris France, Quebec CA, Jamestown through to Richmond VA, Detroit MI, Saginaw and other parts of MI, Chicago IL, Ohio, Altadena and other parts of CA). Some of our family surnames are Berry, Epps, Combs, Francis, Stewart and many more.
I’ve conducted research on the Binga branch (maternal side) of our family (Africa, Virginia, Kentucky, Amherstburg OT, Chatham/Kent OT and other parts of Canada, Detroit, Saginaw, Howell, Pontiac and other parts of Michigan, St. Paul & Minneapolis MN, Cincinnati OH, Chicago IL, Harlem NY and more). Some of our family surnames are Binga, Cotillier, Robinson, McCowan, Winchester, Dandridge, Ford, Smith, Palmer, Dismond, Atkins, Hughes, Nash, Bowles, Williams, White, Marshall, Margolin, Coleman, Wright and many more. I’ve written articles about a few family members and the history connected to those individuals. I continue to be fascinated and amazed by my Binga ancestors, check out my Family Research category here.
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