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January 2016

Desmond Blair: An Artist Who Is Different NOT Disabled

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Desmond Blair

 

Desmond Blair’s creative expression is amazing to behold. He is taking the art world by storm. Blair originally started painting to solve a problem. Blair was born without hands due to a birth defect called ameilia. He attempted to learn how to write with his feet, and mouth. He then discovered how to write using both of his hands. Growing up, Blair became interested in cartoons and animation. His interest in animation motivated him to keep improving his method of drawing using both hands. Blair eventually decided to focus his artistic skills on painting portraits. Continue reading “Desmond Blair: An Artist Who Is Different NOT Disabled”

Celebrating The 90th Anniversary of The Harlem Globetrotters

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The Harlem Globetrotters are internationally beloved for their entertainment and basketball athleticism. In their 90 year history, they have played more than 20,000 games in more than 100 countries. The Harlem Globetrotters were founded in Chicago by Abe Saperstein, as the “Savoy Big Five” in 1926.   It was an all African American team. The team debuted as the New York Globetrotter in Hinckley, IL in January 1927. The name was switched to the Harlem Globetrotters in 1930 to reflect its predominately black roster. Continue reading “Celebrating The 90th Anniversary of The Harlem Globetrotters”

Two Women Wear Blackface To Serena Williams’ Australian Open Tennis Match

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Here we go again!  Why can’t they leave Serena Williams alone!   At the Australian Open on January 27, 2016, a woman in black face was photographed holding up a sign that said, “Keep Calm And Be Serena”.  Continue reading “Two Women Wear Blackface To Serena Williams’ Australian Open Tennis Match”

Ann Petry: 1st African American Female Author To Sell 1 Million Books

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Black Mail Fast Fact:  Author Ann Petry (1908 – 1997) was an American writer who became the first black woman author that achieved book sales of over 1 million copies for the novel, “The Street” published in 1946.

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TruthBeTold.News: An HBCU Digital Fact Checker

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TruthBeTold.News, (formerly HU Insight) is a non-profit website operated by the School of Communications at Howard University. Students in the School of Communications provide fact-checking on issues of interest to the black community. The website has two goals to educate students in journalism techniques as well providing a public service by investigating claims made about the black community. Continue reading “TruthBeTold.News: An HBCU Digital Fact Checker”

Hush Harbors: The Secret and Sacred Worship of The Enslaved

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The religious gatherings of enslaved Africans involved both formal worship organized and overseen by slave masters, as well as secret, clandestine meetings held under the cover of darkness. Those enslaved risked being beaten or even killed if caught attending these secret worship assemblies.
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Trivia Answer

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Earlier today we asked our Black Mail readers how many African American astronauts have flown space missions with NASA. The answer is 15! 4 women and 11 men!

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SAAFON: Dedicated To Building Sustainable Food System Through African American Organic Farming

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 practice organic farming strategies. The organization is committed to creating a sustainable food system through organic farming. SAAFON is the first and largest organization for African American farmers in the United States. The organization wants to raise the profile of its member farmers and their farms both nationally and internationally. Continue reading “SAAFON: Dedicated To Building Sustainable Food System Through African American Organic Farming”

Still I Rise -Maya Angelou

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