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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.

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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...

Meet DeVon Cooper and His Brainchild: INIQUITY!

Hello History Fans, Today we bring you an interview with rising Independent Filmmaker DeVon Cooper, the writer, director and producer of the Internet Series, Iniquity. FYI,...

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President Obama: Election 2008 (Remembering Obama)

The last eight years have gone by in a flash, haven't they? It seems like only yesterday that the final tally for the office...

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...

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,...

A Boy Like You

A lovely and lyrical guidance books for the next generation of leaders.

Big Night for Salamanders

These days, picture book lovers get more than just an eye-popping picture book when they purchase; they also get a lovely story about realistic...

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Sweet Dreams, Sarah

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

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Anyone who has ever dreamed big will love author Glenda Armand’s newest picture book about a boy who “dreamed too big for a colored...

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...

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...
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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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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...

#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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