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Fifty Years Later - Home. How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope. Before its subversion in the Jim Crow era, the fruit symbolized black self-sufficiency.

How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope

Courtesy Brown University Library It seems as if every few weeks there’s another watermelon controversy. The Boston Herald got in trouble for publishing a cartoon of the White House fence-jumper, having made his way into Obama’s bathroom, recommending watermelon-flavored toothpaste to the president. A high-school football coach in Charleston, South Carolina, was briefly fired for a bizarre post-game celebration ritual in which his team smashed a watermelon while making ape-like noises. 100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost. Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender women represent a vibrant and visible portion of the LGBTQ community.

100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost

In addition to the legends of the Harlem Renaissance and the decades of groundbreaking activism spearheaded by women like Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and Angela Davis, many of the most prominent coming out stories of the past two years have been black women like Brittney Griner, Raven-Symonè, Diana King and Robin Roberts. Meanwhile, Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have become the most visible transgender women in media. So, in honor of Black History Month, below you’ll find over 100 lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and transgender women you should know about. If she was still alive, the oldest person in this list would be 189 years old. AAME : image. Obit of the Day: Creator of “Luther” In 1968,... Obit of the Day: Creator of “Luther” In 1968, Brumsic Brandon, Jr. created something new.

Obit of the Day: Creator of “Luther” In 1968,...

An editorial cartoonist for several years, Mr. Brandon decided to develop a daily strip that focused on the lives of black children in an inner city environment. (Other strips that were predominantly black like Morrie Turner’s “Wee Folks” were set in middle class neighborhoods.) Black Women Matter by Underground Sketchbook.

San Diego Air & Space Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego. 1900s Emory Conrad Malick becomes first African American pilot, trained at the Curtiss Aviation School at North Island in 1912.Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes first black fighter pilot in France (1917). 1920s.

San Diego Air & Space Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego

A Study of Frances E. W. Harper's Feminist(ic) Writings. "Wrongs to Be Righted"[1] A Study of Frances E.

A Study of Frances E. W. Harper's Feminist(ic) Writings

W. Harper's Feminist(ic) Writings In 1864 and after four years of marriage, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was left a widower with one daughter and three step-children. Black Nashville Genealogy & History. The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. The Project Gutenberg eBook of Slave Narratives, A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. Black/Asian "solidarity" on MLK Day (with tweets) · so_treu. The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington. The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington Bayard Rustin and Cleveland Robinson 3 weeks before the march (Orlando Fernandez, Wiki.

The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington

Com.) The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which occurred fifty years ago this August 28, remains one of the most successful mobilizations ever created by the American Left. Organized by a coalition of trade unionists, civil rights activists, and feminists—most of them African American and nearly all of them socialists—the protest drew nearly a quarter-million people to the nation’s capital. Composed primarily of factory workers, domestic servants, public employees, and farm workers, it was the largest demonstration—and, some argued, the largest gathering of union members—in the history of the United States.

Salviprince.tumblr. Slave Narratives: Chronological List of Autobiographies. Autobiographies Listed Chronologically Jeffrey.

Slave Narratives: Chronological List of Autobiographies

Declaration and Confession of Jeffrey, a Negro, Who Was Executed at Worcester, Oct. 17, 1745, for the Murder of Mrs. Tabitha Sandford, at Mendon, the 12th of September Preceding. The Inkwell, Santa Monica, California (1905-1964) Hazel Maybier Brown-Temple (far right) and Fellow Beachgoers Enjoy the Sand and Surf at the Inkwell, 1928 (Photo Courtesy of Rick Blocker).

The Inkwell, Santa Monica, California (1905-1964)

The Inkwell was a popular beach for African Americans in Southern California through the middle decades of the Twentieth Century. Photos: When Santa Monica Beach Was Segregated: LAist. Fullscreen Editors’ Note 11/22: Alison Rose Jefferson, a doctoral student who is studying this subject, wrote in to set us straight and said that a lot of the information floating around about Inkwell is inaccurate.

Photos: When Santa Monica Beach Was Segregated: LAist

There were some errors in this article that have since been corrected—see our notes down below The story of Santa Monica's Inkwell beach sounds like something out of the Jim Crow South. During the 1920's, the 200-foot-long strip was one of the only beaches in the county—save for a sliver of Manhattan Beach—where African-Americans were allowed to enjoy the ocean. The beach started out as a hangout for members of Phillips Chapel CME Church.* The black community was forced to find their own piece of beach to feel safe at after a horrific incident at Santa Monica Beach.** Arthur Valentine, a black chauffeur, and his family and friends went to a whites-only area of Topanga Canyon and were forced off of the premises by the police, according to historian Alison Rose Jefferson.

How African Americans beat one of the most racist institutions: The swimming pool. Because this water drown my family, this water mixed my bloodThis water tells my story, this water knows it allGo ahead and spill some champagne in the waterGo ahead and watch the sun blaze on the waves of the ocean. – Frank Ocean, “Oceans” In 1930s New Orleans, when the city began draining swamps around Lake Pontchartrain to create the whites-only Pontchartrain Beach, African Americans naturally protested because there were few other places for them to legally and safely bathe and swim.

How African Americans beat one of the most racist institutions: The swimming pool

The city considered giving blacks a beach in a tiny portion of the lakeshore called Seabrook, where the Industrial Canal spills into the lake — along with all of the pollution you would guess is carried in a canal built for industrial purposes. But white homeowners didn’t want to grant even this filthy area to black kids. The Edgewood Improvement Association, a white homeowners group, complained that the mere presence of black swimmers would depress property values. Watch Now: Black Surfer Feature Doc 'White Wash' Narrated By Ben Harper, Black Thought. Narrated by Ben Harper and Tariq "Black Thought" of The Roots, the 75-minuted documentary film White Wash is available on DVD and other formats, including screening for FREE on Hulu, which I discovered over the weekend.

I spend so much time on Netflix that other streaming sites (like Hulu) are ignored. And while Hulu has its pay service (Hulu+), the standard Hulu service is free, with commercials of course. The Spy Photo That Fooled NPR, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, and Me - Lois Leveen. A story of a mistaken identity reveals a lot about the history of black women in America, the challenges of understanding the past, and who we are today. Wikimedia Commons It's a blurry image. But in some ways that makes it the perfect portrait of Mary Bowser, an African American woman who became a Union spy during the Civil War by posing as a slave in the Confederate White House. King Institute Encyclopedia. 8 Successful and Aspiring Black Communities Destroyed by White Neighbors.

Black Archives of Mid-America Kansas City. Black Pulp Fictions: Yesterday and Today. Too good, too bad...too small in the poster? Filmmaker and sometime mystery writer Nelson George (The Plot Against Hip Hop and Night Work) wrote a commentary in the February 15, 2013, New York Times, “Still Too Good, Too Bad or Invisible.” The piece focused on the portrayal of black leading men in recent movies, including Quentin Tarantino’s lauded and lambasted Django Unchained, for which he won the Oscar for best screenplay. As the film has been popular in black movie houses, George noted there are many examples of disconnect between the critiques of the black intelligencia and what captures the imaginations of the black masses.

When I was a teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles in the ’70s, there was a type of paperback novel you couldn’t find at B. Dalton or Martindale’s. Dated January 25, 1870, these are the credentials. New book lionizes America’s first black public high school, source of many African-American greats. ‘First Class’ by Alison Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Alison Stewart) William Syphax became the Chief messenger of the Department of Interior. 1956 Black History Viewed Through Magazines : un album sur Flickr. Search Results: "" - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Facial Hair Friday: Portrait of the Artist with a Mustache. This self portrait, with carefully groomed mustache in the center, is a glamorous photo of a hardworking, groundbreaking photographer.

James Stephen “Steve” Wright was from a working-class family in Washington, DC. By the 1940s he was head of photographic operations for the Federal Works Agency. But like many young black men at the time, he began at the very bottom of the career ladder, working at the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works (FEAPW) as a messenger and chauffeur. However, unlike other young black men at time, Wright worked for FEAPW Administrator Harold Ickes, who fought battles over segregation and discrimination, and who hired like-minded people into his agency. A Racial History of Drowning. Stop Whitewashing. The African American woman pictured above, Zelda... Stop Whitewashing. Gradient Lair. Audiophile Life. Stop Whitewashing.

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The Spirit of New Orleans — For decades, the Baby Dolls were among the more... WPA Federal Theater Project in New York:Negro Theatre Unit:"Macbeth", ca. 1935. Scientific American Frontiers . Unearthing Secret America . Slave Housing at Monticello. 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro. List of African-American inventors and scientists. Famous Black Inventors. The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences. The Secret Histories Project. The Big Idea: 7 Groundbreaking Black Female Inventors « MadameNoire MadameNoire.

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