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Behind The Black Pen

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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To Everything There is a Season

In a lovely picture book "sleeper" called To Everything There is a Season, illustrator Jude Daly breathes visual life into the wistful words of...

Paul Robeson

Greetings Bookies, This review is about one of the best known African Americans from the twentieth century, Paul Robeson. Many books, articles, short and long...

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Way back in the day, when Kansas City avenues were “lined with jazz clubs, street bands and folks harmonizing on every corner,” a talented...

Job Site

Watching construction workers has never been so much fun, at least not until Job Site was written. Job Site, by author and graphic artist Nathan...

We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

I found this lovely book back in 2010, a few years before The Black History Channel was born, and somehow I neglected to post...

Inventors

Dr. George F. Grant…Teeing it Up!

Inventor - "The Golf Tee" Patent #628,920, December 12, 1899Dr. George Franklin Grant was born in Oswego, New York in 1847, and was the son...

David N. Crosthwait, Giving ‘Em Light

Designer, Radio City Music Hall Heating System Patent #1,353,457, Apparatus for Returning Water to Boilers David Nelson Crosthwait, Jr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1898....

Sweet Dreams, Sarah

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

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...

Frederick McKinley Jones: An Officer and An Inventor

Frederick McKinley Jones has often been called "the man with a million ideas." He had so many that we will be featuring him often...

Eugene Burkins, Inventor With a Vision

Invention: Automatic Machine Gun PATENT #649,433, May 15, 1900 Meet Eugene Burkins, inventor of the “Burkins Automatic Machine-Gun.” Other than learning to read and write,...

Joseph Dickinson…Playing a Tune

A brief history of inventor Joseph H. Dickinson.

Thomas Elkins…Keeping it Cold!

Invention: Refrigerating Apparatus Patent No: 221,222 Date: November 4, 1879 Meet Thomas Elkins, Inventor Extraordinaire! In Thomas' day, food was kept cool by packing blocks of...

Entertainers

Prince Rogers Nelson Dies at Age 57!

The legendary musical genius, Prince Rogers Nelson -- aka, "Prince", was found "unresponsive" in one of the elevators at his Paisley Park estate at...

Herb Kent, Radio Legend, Has Passed Away

Herb Rogers Kent, the Chicago radio icon whose voice spread across the airwaves since just after World War II, died within hours of his...

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...

Samuel E. Davis: The Man Who Could Do Anything

INVENTION: "THE DOUBLE GUITAR" Samule E. Davis was born in Crawford County, New Jersey during the years when slavery still existed. It is unknown whether...

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...

Beloved Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon Dies

For those of you old enough to remember the glory days of the Harlem Globetrotters, this image will bring a smile to your lips....

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

What little one doesn't love a soft lullaby to coax him or her to sleep. Especially when the lullaby comes from none other than...

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...
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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...

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...

Grants are Everywhere

Are you drooling for a grant? Who isn't, especially in today's economy. But to get one, you'll have to do more than daydream. You'll...

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Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art

The story behind the history of black cinema -- and the posters that advertised them.

Black Inventors of the 20th and 21st Century

African American inventors have left their footprints upon the sands of American history.

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

Mr. David F. Walker talks graphic novels.

Stay in My Corner

The Mighty Dells singing Stay in My Corner!