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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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Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of The Voting Rights Act of 1965

"It’s voting day, she’s an American, and by God she’s going to vote.” This powerful opening in author Jonah Winter’s latest picture book, Lillian’s Right...

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream

Black History Month is on its way and readers are looking for the next exciting biography or reference to add to their history library....

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.

What’s Up, Bear?

In What’s Up Bear?, bubbly, outgoing little Sophie is excited about her upcoming trip to the big city, but her slightly-distraught, long-faced little introverted...

Please, Baby, Please

From the caramel-colored toddler with the slightly mischievous smile on the front cover to the loving mother kissing her baby’s exhausted cheek at the...

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Eugene Burkins, Inventor With a Vision

Invention: Automatic Machine Gun PATENT #649,433, May 15, 1900 Meet Eugene Burkins, inventor of the “Burkins Automatic Machine-Gun.” Other than learning to read and write,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Nicholas Brothers Documentary

The story of the Nicholas Brothers.

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....
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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...

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!...

#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...

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...

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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

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The Mighty Dells singing Stay in My Corner!

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

This ambassador-of-a-book takes you straight into the world of rap.