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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)

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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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Love Twelve Miles Long

Neither mental nor physical distance could keep them apart.

Nighttime Ninja

Some picture books just have that “oomph;” that “wow” factor that blows you away the moment you open to the first page. Nighttime Ninja,...

Jackie Robinson: American Hero

2013 is the year of Jackie Robinson. First the movie “42: The Jackie Robinson Story” debuted in Spring 2013 to rave reviews, then daughter...

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate may be a book about a man born in the 1850’s, but...

TIME For Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America’s Leader

Although President Barack Obama's time in the White House is almost over, it's never too late to learn what life is like for an...

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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...

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....

Benjamin F. Thornton

INVENTION: AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE MESSAGE RECORDERIf you have ever wondered who invented the telephone answering machine, wonder no more! Benjamin F. Thornton was the man! Benjamin lived...

Joseph Lee…Baking up a Storm!

INVENTIONS: "The Automatic Bread Crumber" "The Bread-Making Machine" Joseph Lee was born in 1849, and lived most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts. His world was the...

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,...

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...

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...

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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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...

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

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

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!...

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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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!