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Ask A Slave S2Ep2: Caught in the Web [VIDEO]

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Ask A Slave is a satirical web series based on the actress’ time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Starring Azie Dungey as Lizzie Mae and directed by Jordan Black. All questions and interactions are based on true events. Real Questions. Real Comedy. Learn more @ […]

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The Dossier: The Council

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

In previous entries of “The Dossier,” we discussed a number of Harlem’s major crime figures such as Madame St. Clair, Bumpy Johnson, and Casper Holstein. It would be the generation afterward the figures that took organized crime to new levels. Prior to Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas’ generation, Crime circles operated brothels, gambling dens, fenced […]

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Poem: “Daughters 1900” by Marilyn Nelson

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Marilyn Nelson is an American poet, translator, and children’s book author. She is a professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut and the former poet laureate of Connecticut. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, into a military family, Marilyn Nelson is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award and an accomplished poet, children’s verse author, and […]

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Black Artists Changing the Game: Renee Cox

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Renee Cox is an American artist of Jamaican descent. Born in Colgate, Jamaica, on October 16th, 1960, she and her middle-class family later settled in Scarsdale, New York. It Shall Be Named Cox got her start with 1994’s “It Shall Be Named.” She constructed the art piece with images of a lynched Black man who […]

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Daisy Turner: Storyteller and Poet

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Daisy Turner was an American storyteller and poet. Born in Grafton, Vermont to freed slaves, she became famous late in life for her oral recordings of her family’s history, which can be traced back to Africa and England. Turner’s father, Alexander Turner, was a slave who escaped from his plantation at the start of the […]

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Gone But Not Forgotten: Happy Birthday To The First Black Woman To Graduate From A Major U.S. College, Ms. Fannie M. Jackson Coppin!

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Fanny M. Jackson Coppin, born on Jan. 8, 1836, made history when she became one of the first Black women to graduate from a major U.S. college. She was also the first Black woman to oversee a coed learning institution in the country after she headed the Philadelphia Institute for Colored Youth (later named Cheyney State […]

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Not Only Did The Catholic Church Condone Slavery, They Participated In It

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Jesuits and Slaveholding by Thomas Murphy Cora Marie Billings writes that her great-grandfather “worked as a slave, owned by the Society of Jesus.” How did this come about? The Catholics of colonial Maryland became slaveholders as a means of asserting that even though they were shunned by the Protestant majority, they held the same political […]

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Thomas P. Johnson: Politician & Served in the Union Army During the Civil War

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Thomas P. Johnson arrived in Arkansas as a slave from North Carolina in 1859. He was a bout 38 years old. He became a well-known politician who served in the Union Army during the civil war. After the war, Johnson was elected one of eight Black members of the 1868 Arkansas Constitutional Convention, representing Little […]

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Poem: “I Am a Black Woman” by Poet, Writer Mari Evans

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Mari Evans was an African-American poet, writer, and dramatist associated with the Black Arts Movement. Evans received grants and awards including a lifetime achievement award from the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, and her poetry is known for its lyrical simplicity and the directness of its themes. Evans was born in Toledo, Ohio. Her mother died […]

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August 18: Jimi Hendrix Made Music History Today at Woodstock in 1969

Aug 21, 2020 10:13 am

Photo credits: David Redfern/Redferns Images On August 18, 1969, Jimi Hendrix closed out Woodstock with an early morning performance of “Hey Joe.” As the festival headliner, Hendrix was supposed to play the previous night. However, when the music festival runs longer than it was planned, he ends up taking the stage on a Monday morning. […]

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