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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,...
By Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez Soul Food DinnerPhoto by Photo by Amy C. Evans via Southern Foodways Alliance, CC BY 2.0 My grandmother was raised in Louisiana in the late 1920s. She and my grandfather migrated to Texas in the early 60s chasing economic...
The all-black female team. Pic credit: A Life of Adventure According to Caribbean360, they are “braving the Atlantic Ocean, crossing 3000 miles with over 1.5 million oar strokes and little sleep, to get to their destination in Antigua.” There are two...
Legendary sports figure Muhammad Ali is being honored by his Kentucky home town. On Wednesday, officials announced that Louisville International Airport will be renamed after the late boxer and humanitarian. "Muhammed Ali" by olebrat is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of...
Born and raised in Birmingham, Lola is both British and Nigerian. As the oldest daughter, she started the first generation of British-Nigerian in her family. But to what extent can she lay claim to being Nigerian when she cannot speak her mother tongue?