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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)


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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Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy

Although Black history is important, this importance does not make certain details any easier to digest. Case-in-point: Pulitzer prize-winning author and Journalist, Michael H....

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...

14 Cows for America

This is a story that crosses vast oceans and glaringly different cultures to warm the hearts of American readers. 14 Cows for America, by...

George Washington Carver (National Geographic Readers)

There is a wonderful series of leveled readers out there, and it features great bios from history. Today's feature is a book called George...

What Do You Do With a Problem?

Children should experience all types of things in their young lives, but a “problem” isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, problems beset people of all...


Lewis Howard Latimer…Lighting Things Up!

Lewis Howard Latimer, 1848-1928 Inventor of: Electric Lamp; Patent#247,097, Sept 13, 1881 Globe Supporter for Electric Lamps; Patent#255,212, March 21, 1882 Lewis Howard Latimer was...

9th Grader Invents New Surgical Procedure!

Tony D. Hansberry, II was a 9th grader at Carnell Cookman School of Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Florida when he invented a project that...

George Washington Carver (National Geographic Readers)

There is a wonderful series of leveled readers out there, and it features great bios from history. Today's feature is a book called George...

Tick Tock Banneker’s Clock

It took two years, but without library books, scale models, the Internet, Youtube tutorial videos, a piece of steel, or even a formal education,...

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...

Freddie Figgers: Four Patents and Going Strong!

Meet 26-year-old Freddie Figgers, who became "one of the youngest African-Americans to own and operate an independent, U.S.-based telecommunications company." This company is called...

Lewis Howard Latimer and the Electric Lamp

LEWIS HOWARD LATIMER 1848-1928 1. Electric Lamp, Patent #247,097; September 13, 1881 2. Globe Supporter for Electric Lamps, Patent #255,212; March 21, 1882 Lewis Howard Latimater was born...

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Jan Ernst Matzeliger was born in Dutch Guiana, the son of a Black woman and a Dutch engineer.  He began working in his father's...


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 -

Sam Cooke…My Change is Gonna Come

The haunting 1963 ballad by the unforgettable Sam Cooke.

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.

Mack Rice of “Mustang Sally” Fame Dies

Back in 1933, little Bonny Rice—who would someday be known as Mack Rice, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He would live to the ripe...

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...

Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art

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

The Nicholas Brothers Documentary

The story of the Nicholas Brothers.

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...
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Roll Of Thunder Publishing Contest

Hello Writers-of-Color, Penguin Random House LLC is searching for you! That's right, Penguin Random House is launching a debut children’s fiction contest "to find talented,...

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...

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...


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...

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