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Mari Hayes

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In the USA, most of us have been social distancing for the last month.  We have, against our nature, stayed home, away from family and friends.  We have changed how we live to avoid getting sick and sickening others. Now, as States reopen with the Coronavirus still...
The news reports, talk shows, social media posts are all focused on the anger, stress, frustration, anxiety felt by a segment of the American population.   The news talks about Donald Trump’s strategy to capitalize on these negative emotions to win re-election in 2020.  It is clear it...
Many of you may have seen the movie “Glory” which featured Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.  This award-winning film told the story of the Massachusetts 54th. If you saw the film, you know that Black soldiers fought on the Union side during the Civil War.  What you...
Return to Ghana in 2019 - 400 Years Ago the First Enslaved Africans Land in America What’s the deal with 1619? Why does that number keep coming up in the news, on social media, on Spike Lee’s clothing line? The year 1619...
In this article, I am highlighting an artist that I bet most African Americans have never heard of. It only takes a little internet curiosity!
The Weeksville Heritage Center, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is a very special historic place which is now fundraising to survive.  Weeksville was founded by former slaves in 1827, just 11 years after New York abolished slavery. The town was named after its founder, James Weeks, an African...
I found this write-up "British-Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael: All immigrants are conquerors" on BBC.com. This is a review of a very powerful short film, "Entitled" made by British-Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael. "Entitled" highlights the power of motherhood and the strong culture of the Nigerian immigrant...
I am sharing this article from The Root because I was completely floored by the massive numbers of African peoples who were transported into bondage through the Middle Passage…12.5 million human beings!  I never saw these numbers because these details are not included in our school history books.  Please read below.
My friend’s father was one of the Montford Point Marines.  Until she told me his story, I had never heard of this unit of brave African American fighting men, who were ultimately honored with their own Congressional Medal design. So, I thought I would share this article...
Hey people!  I have to share this traveling exhibit by the Studio Museum in Harlem.  If you have never been, let me tell you that the Studio Museum in Harlem is a wonderful place to visit.  It was founded in 1968 by a group of artists, philanthropists, and community activists to display art,...