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The Amazing Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott: First African American woman to host her own television show. Spoke 7 languages. Auditioned for Julliard at age 8. Talent extraordinaire!

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How to Draw a Graphic Novel

Everything you need to know to become an amazing graphic novelist!

Wanda the Brave

Love is Loud

Standing in the Need of Prayer

Behind The Black Pen

Behind the Black Pen #4: The Mega-Talented Marlon McKenny!

All about author-illustrator-publisher Marlon McKenny and the creative journey that led to Conscious Culture Publishing.

Behind the Black Pen #3: The Amazing David F. Walker

The amazing David F. Walker talks graphic novels.


FIND YOUR FOLKS: Searching for Your Chattanooga Ancestors

Tips for searching for your ancestors.

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by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

*2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner!
*2022 East TN Community History Winner
*2022 Amazon Editor's Pick - Nonfiction
*2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner!
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by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Do you know the story of William Lewis, the enslaved blacksmith who loved his family so much that he spent over 25 years purchasing his family's freedom?


George Washington Carver (National Geographic Readers)

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Update: Jack Johnson and The Wrench

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How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz

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Moms Mabley Sings "Abraham, Martin and John"

Moms Mabley sings "Abraham, Martin and John."

Ira's Shakespeare Dream

Higher Ground!!

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