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Behind the Black Pen #2: The Amazing David F. Walker

Mr. David F. Walker talks graphic novels.

HE PERSEVERED: How William Lewis of HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM Inspired Me to Keep Moving Forward

How an enslaved man's decades-long quest for freedom inspired me to push on.

Talk to ‘Em: House of Cards

It’s a house of cards. No, I’m not talking about the popular Netflix series. I’m talking about writing your picture book or novel and the...

Talk to ‘Em: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting a Grant (But Were Afraid to Ask)

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING A GRANT (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) 21 Rules of Thumb Before You Apply Are you drooling for...

Talk to ‘Em: Writers, Find Your Tools and Use Them

After a pretty hectic start to 2017, I’m finally able to sit down and write a few lines for those readers who love writing...

Meet Jacqueline Fountain, Inventor of Uro-Grip Technology!

Hello History Lovers, We have all, at one time or another, had to go to the doctor and give the dreaded urine sample. Remember what...

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is a year 2000 picture book that is illustrated by mega-talent Tim Ladwig, and it's just as moving today as it...

Please, Baby, Please

From the caramel-colored toddler with the slightly mischievous smile on the front cover to the loving mother kissing her baby’s exhausted cheek at the...

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Anyone who has ever dreamed big will love author Glenda Armand’s newest picture book about a boy who “dreamed too big for a colored...

Ada Twist, Scientist

Americans have long had a love affair with scientists. Remember Dexter of Dexter’s Laboratory, and Doc from the Back to the Future trilogy? We...

Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers

So what do you get when you mix poo-poo, pee-pee and a huge pile of baby diapers? You get Super Diaper Baby and his...

Inventors

Sweet Dreams, Sarah

A formerly-enslaved woman creates the fold-up bed!

Mikaila Ulmer: A Honey of an Entrepreneur

If you're looking for encouragement as you contemplate your latest invention, young Mikaila Ulmer's story will surely inspire you! Mikaila is a ten-year old Texan...

Frederick McKinley Jones, A True Genius

Frederick McKinley Jones is undisputably one of the most important African American inventors ever, holding more than 60 patents in a variety of fields...

Benjamin Montgomery, Slave Inventor

1819-1877 Inventor: *Steamboat Propeller. Status: Slave "...a machine invented by a slave, though it be new and useful, cannot, in the present state of the law,...

George W. Murray…Spreading Good Seed

Inventor, US Congressman, Farmer, Politician and Teacher Leader in the struggle to protect Black Voting Rights in Post-Reconstruction Born a slave in Sumter County, South Carolina in September...

Henry Baker…The Man Who Wrote it Down

Almost everything we know about early African American inventors comes from the dedicated endeavers of Mr. Henry E. Baker, a virtual unknown among African...

Teen Invents “The Sleepover Bed Tent”

Meet Sean Gilmore, 13-year old inventor of the Sleepover Bed Tent. Sean identified a problem that many kids have; they love inviting their friends...

Update: Jack Johnson and The Wrench

WORLD'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION AND INVENTOR OF THE WRENCH Jack Johnson was born in Galveston, Texas and spent his teenage life working...

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Bessie is Here!

Hello Everybody! The movie we've all been waiting for -- Bessie, starring Queen Latifah-- is here! That's right, Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues and native...

Trombone Shorty

Some people are born to perform. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is one of those people, and he explains all about it in his 2015...

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Anyone who has ever dreamed big will love author Glenda Armand’s newest picture book about a boy who “dreamed too big for a colored...

Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

The almost-forgotten story of a sweet friendship between singer Ella Fitzgerald and actress Marilyn Monroe.

The Fabulous Nina Simone!

I’ve been hearing all my life that I’m a late bloomer, and this weekend I finally accepted that fact. That’s because I was scrolling...

The Harlem Globetrotters Biography

This entry needs no explanation. In 1999, The Biography Channel hosted a 5-part biography series on The Harlem Globetrotters. Enjoy! Also posted at - www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA8xF_zz1g8

How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz

Few genres of music are as unpredictable and mysterious as jazz, and author Jonah Winter’s new picture book gives readers a good idea why. In...

Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art

The story behind the history of black cinema -- and the posters that advertised them.
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#WeNeedDiverseBooks Mentorship Program!

Hello Everyone, It's not everyday that I run across a mentoring opportunity for aspiring writers-of-color, but...today is that day! That's right, We Need Diverse Books is...

Talk to ‘Em: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting a Grant (But Were Afraid to Ask)

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING A GRANT (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) 21 Rules of Thumb Before You Apply Are you drooling for...

THE TOI DERRICOTTE AND CORNELIUS EADY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to alert you to an upcoming competition. By "upcoming" I mean it's right around the corner! I apologize for springing this...

Publishing Grant for Publishers of Color!

Hi Everyone, #WeNeedDiverseGrants (WNDB) is offering two grants to support interns from diverse backgrounds. Their goal is to assist people who might not otherwise be able...

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