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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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Lizzie Demands a Seat: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights

What an amazing story about an almost-forgotten heroine!

Girl of Mine

Story Time again! I sat my two year old granddaughter (who helped me with my last review) on my lap to read the lullaby...

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

Most historians know who Martin Luther King, Jr. was, what he stood for and what he did to help change the condition of the...

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...

The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby

There are many kings in our African American background, and that includes racing kings. The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby by Crystal...

Inventors

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...

Sweet Dreams, Sarah

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Entertainers

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....

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

#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...

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,...

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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!