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Historic Beale Street

Historic Beale Street

Traveling to Memphis, Tennessee for #MLK50, commemorating the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Be sure to visit the First Baptist Church on Beale Street. It’s billed as the first and largest “negro missionary church built after the Civil War.”

Rap*s New Generation

Rap*s New Generation

  The writing was on the wall. The New Generation arrived with a mic in one hand, a yes, yes, Y’all on their lips and two turntables and speakers set to spin. Hip Hop wasn’t just a music revolution; it was a political movement. It 

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has acquired the papers of famed activist Angela Davis. Angela Davis, iconic activist, scholar and leading advocate for prison abolition, has found a new home for her life’s work. In 2016, Kenvi Phillips, Ph.D. (US History) the newly installed Curator for Race 

Blitter – An ISM-Free Social Network?

Blitter – An ISM-Free Social Network?

Blitter, a new social networking app created by Patrick Francis, made its debut on October 5, 2017. The Blitter profile listed in the iTunes Store indicates:         “Blitter is a social network built on love, passion, and empathy. Blitter does not condone 

Technology Wunderkind Seeks to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Technology Wunderkind Seeks to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Women, and black women, in particular, have an uphill battle for funding no matter how innovative and successful they are, especially when proving black women-led Tech startups can secure substantial financing. Angel Rich helped generate more than $6 billion for her former employer, Prudential, as 

Where’s the financing for Black Women-led Tech Start-Ups

Where’s the financing for Black Women-led Tech Start-Ups

Black women led businesses generated more than $44 billion in year revenues (AMEX 2015) Yet, a mere 0.2. of venture deals from (2012-2014) went to black women business owners.   It seemed Black women founders, who own a majority of Black businesses, are invisible in the 

Black-Owned Major Film Studio

Black-Owned Major Film Studio

Question:  What is the name of a major film studio (production and film distribution) that has majority African-American/black ownership. Wikipedia defines major film studio is a production and film distributor  that releases a substantial number of films annually and consistently commands a significant share of box office  

Severed, a Novel | A Black Woman’s Burden

Severed, a Novel | A Black Woman’s Burden

Someone is a few digits short of a hand in Nakadee, Louisiana.  What’s worse, someone may be torturing and holding the finger-less victim captive in this small river town.   Head of Nakadee Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit Captain Nate Padgett enlists the help of Forensic 

12-year-old Activist Lands Book Publishing Deal

12-year-old Activist Lands Book Publishing Deal

Tired of the school’s reading list filled with white boy and dog protagonist, Marley Dias kicked off her own hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, last January, which featured Black girls as stars of their stories.    She achieved her goal of collecting and donating books with black girls as 

Kim Trent, woman behind African American 490 Challenge | Channeling Anger into Action

Kim Trent, woman behind African American 490 Challenge | Channeling Anger into Action

Kim Trent, a sexual assault survivor, has made it her mission to make sure Detroit’s rape survivors are not forgotten. Source: Kim Trent, woman behind African American 490 Challenge

Friday Fright Fest | Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Friday Fright Fest | Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Survey Says…Probably not. Less than 10% percent of Americans interviewed in The Chapman University Survey of American Fears 1 2015 admitted they’re afraid of the dark.   The California university study found that adults have traded in childhood phobia for political corruption and technology fears.   In 

NCES : Black Women Most Educated Group in the U.S.|WIFOTIT

NCES : Black Women Most Educated Group in the U.S.|WIFOTIT

When Chesley* entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010, black women were making history as the most educated group in the United States. The National Center of Education Statistics1 reports for the academic years 1999-2000 through 2009-10, degree-granting institutions conferred more academic degrees 

Black Women are Working in Record Numbers and Black Men Declining Death Rates | #blacklivesmatter

Black Women are Working in Record Numbers and Black Men Declining Death Rates | #blacklivesmatter

What I found on the Internet today may bolster the clarion call #BlackLivesMatter; and it seems some credit may actually go to past presidential administrations including the current one for  helping to preserve black lives. Let me backtrack, my research actually began in February of 

Commonplace Books of Sci-Fi Novelist Octavia E. Butler

Commonplace Books of Sci-Fi Novelist Octavia E. Butler

My search engine travels took me to the commonplace books of renowned Science Fiction novelist Octavia E. Butler. I’m richer in spirit to know her words and work live beyond the pages of her many novels—more about that in a minute. But first: By a raise of 

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

A black woman’s research project and subsequent manuscript leads to feature film “Hidden Figures” (2017). “Hidden Figures” is the story of a  team of African-American women mathematicians who were the brains behind the space race and astronaut John Glenn’s 1962 orbit. Check out Margot Shetterly talk at