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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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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...

Sweet Dreams, Sarah

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

A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech

History is getting better and better. Not because it’s changing drastically, but because the way it is being told to readers is changing. More...

What Does the Sky Say?

Some books are a MUST-HAVE for your family library, and What Does the Sky Say? by Nancy White Carlstrom is one of them. In...

StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson: Young Readers Edition

Since the early sci-fi shows like Star Trek and Lost in Space, readers have CRAVED all things outer-space. That is why National Geographic's latest...

Inventors

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....

Granville T. Woods, “The Black Edison”

“THE BLACK EDISON” INVENTION: Synchronous Multiplex Railway TelegraphGranville T. Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 23, 1856, and attended school until age 10. After...

Joseph Dickinson…Playing a Tune

A brief history of inventor Joseph H. Dickinson.

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...

Sweet Dreams, Sarah

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

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...

Garrett Augustus Morgan

1877-1963 Inventions: Breathing Apparatus (Gas Mask) Patented October 13, 1914 Patent #1,113,675 Garrett Augustus Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky on March 4, 1877. During his brilliant lifetime, he...

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...

Entertainers

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...

Muhammad Ali

With the recent passing of “The Greatest”—aka, Muhammad Ali, on June 3, 2016, the world seems to have taken an interest in all things...

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...

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...

Sam Cooke…My Change is Gonna Come

The haunting 1963 ballad by the unforgettable Sam Cooke.

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...

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...
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Morland Scholarship for African Writers

Hello History-Lovers, Here's the scoop on a generous grant for writers who were born in Africa, or whose parents were born in Africa. But hurry!...

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...

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,...

#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...

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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!