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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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Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation

One of the loveliest books I’ve read in a long time is the lyrically-penned, exquisitely-illustrated picture book by Pat Sherman called Ben and the...

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...

To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space

For all of our readers-of-color who dream of becoming an astronaut someday comes a book that discusses what to do about burps, farts and...

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...

What Do You Do With a Problem?

Children should experience all types of things in their young lives, but a “problem” isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, problems beset people of all...

Inventors

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...

Madame C.J. Walker

FIRST WOMAN MILLIONAIRE OF ANY RACE ON RECORD IN THE UNITED STATES Madame C.J. Walker aka - Sarah Breedlove Walker B. 12/23/1867 D. 5/25/1919 Born...

John G. Higgins, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

John G. Higgins' entrepreneurial spirit was something to behold. He was an African American barber who lived in Chattanooga in the late 1800's and...

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...

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...

9th Grader Invents New Surgical Procedure!

Tony D. Hansberry, II was a 9th grader at Carnell Cookman School of Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Florida when he invented a project that...

George W. Murray…Spreading Good Seed

Inventor, US Congressman, Farmer, Politician and Teacher Leader in the struggle to protect Black Voting Rights in Post-Reconstruction Born a slave in Sumter County, South Carolina in September...

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,...

Entertainers

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...

Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art

The story behind the history of black cinema -- and the posters that advertised them.

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....

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...

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.

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...

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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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...

#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...

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!...

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