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African Hair Braiding No Longer a Crime in Iowa Thanks to Two Black Women Who Fought Back

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

Braiders in Iowa no longer need to get a cosmetology license to plait customers’ hair. Thanks to two Black women who brought a lawsuit against the state with a non-profit public interest law firm, stylists who practice unlicensed braiding will not face jail time. Aicheria Bell and Achan Agit filed and won a civil suit against […]

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Venerable Pierre Toussaint: Possibly the First Black Saint Declared by Pope John Paul II

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

Venerable Pierre Toussaint was born a slave on June 27, 1766 in Saint-Marc, Artibonite, Haiti. His master, Jean Berard, taught him how to read and write. Jean Berard was considerate of his slaves, by the time Pierre reached his teens he was well aware of how slaves were sometimes treated on other plantations by their owners and […]

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Judith Jamison: Renowned Ballet Dancer and Choreographer

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

Judith Jamison is known for her work as a ballet dancer, artistic director, and choreographer. She served as the Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Jamison was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was her father who taught her to play the piano and the violin. At the age of […]

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Flash Black Photo: Leslie | 1895

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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Relationship Advice From The Longest Living Married Couple Withstands The Test Of Time

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

Meet Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina.  They broke The Guinness World Record for the longest marriage. They were married on May 13, 1924. In 2008, they earned the record for longest marriage at 84 years. In 2011, Herbert passed away at 105, and a few years later in 2013, Zelmyra followed at 105 years old as well. When Herbert […]

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Flash Black Photo: Woman – Alvan S. Harper Collection (1884-1910)

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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The First African-American on the Pilot’s Cockpit: Bessie Coleman

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

BY WALTER OPINDE Born on 26th January, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas, Bessie Coleman grew to become the first African-American and the first female Native American to be licensed as a pilot. In February 1921, civil aviator Bessie Coleman hit historical records as the first black woman to stage a public flight within the entire American […]

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Alabama’s Black Sharecroppers: A History of Resistance in the 1930s

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

BY: DEREK IDE On July 15, 1931, around eighty men and women packed into a vacant house in Camp Hill, Alabama. The Croppers’ and Farm Workers’ Union (CFWU), an organization led largely by Black communist sharecroppers, held the meeting. Two of the organizers were the brothers Ralph and Tommy Gray. These two brothers came from […]

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North Carolina teen accepted to 113 colleges, awarded $4.5M in scholarships

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C.— A Greensboro teen’s hard work paid off in a big way. Jasmine Harrison, 17, was accepted to 113 colleges and universities and awarded more than $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships. Harrison will graduate from The Academy at Smith on May 24th with an expected 4.0 GPA. With help from her school’s faculty and her mother, […]

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Kristoff St. John, ‘Young and the Restless,’ star passes away at 52

Feb 06, 2019 05:12 pm

Law enforcement sources told TMZ one of Kristoff’s friends went to check on him at the actor’s home in San Fernando Valley Sunday, and found his body. Police and paramedics were alerted and responded to the house. Kristoff was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene. St. John played Neil Winters on ‘Y&R’ since 1991. He […]

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