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Thu, 27.08.2020

The “Hill District”, Pittsburgh

*This date in 1758 celebrates the “Hill District” a grouping of historically African American neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, PA.    Locally, following the rebellion by slaves and gaining of independence of Haiti in 1804, the free Black community of the Hill District was called “Little Haiti.” The early residents of the Hill District were middle-class free […]

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Sat, 08.08.2020

The Swahili People, a brief story

*The Swahili people are celebrated on this date in 600 BCE.  They are a Black Africa ethnic and cultural group inhabiting East Africa. Members primarily reside on the Swahili coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, littoral Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique. The name Swahili is derived from: Sawāhil, lit. ‘coasts’. The Swahili speak […]

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Sun, 02.08.2020

America’s Black LGBT community, a brief story

*On this date in 1988, the Black LGBT community in America is affirmed.  Black LGBT people are both part of African America overall and the LGBT culture overall.   This date was chosen because its National Coming Out Day.  LGBT (also seen as LGBTQ) stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer. The overall LGBT community received societal recognition after the Stonewall […]

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Thu, 16.07.2020

The Do Rag, a short history

*The western history and heritage of the Do-Rag is featured on this date in 1800.  A Do-Rag is a piece of cloth used to cover the head and is also spelled doo-rag, du-rag, durag.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster, the term derives from do as in hairdo: a do-rag is often worn […]

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Wed, 15.07.2020

Ida Guillory born

*Ida Guillory was born on this date in 1929.   She is a Black musician specializing in Accordion and Vocals and an author of cuisine.  From Lake Charles, Louisiana, she grew up in the Cajun/Creole communities of Southwest Louisiana and East Texas. Although her lyrics are now bi-lingual, her first language was French and the songs […]

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Thu, 02.07.2020

The Taino People, a brief story

*The Taíno people are celebrated on this date in 1492.  They are the indigenous people of all of the Caribbean that were the first to encounter white-Europeans during the Middle Passage.   At the time of European contact in the late fifteenth century, they were the primary peoples of of Cuba, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the northern Lesser Antilles. The Taíno […]

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Thu, 02.07.2020

Afro-Cubans, a brief article

*Afro-Cubans are celebrated on this date in 1492.  Afro-Cubans are of Black African ancestry, mostly West African because of the Middle Passage. The term Afro-Cuban can also refer to historical or cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community and the combining of native African and other cultural elements found in Cuban society […]

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Thu, 02.07.2020

Afro-Puerto Ricans, a short story

*Afro-Puerto Ricans are celebrated on this date in 1873.   Afro-Puerto Ricans are Puerto Ricans who are predominantly of Black African descent. The history of Puerto Ricans of African descent begins with African men, known as libertos, who traveled with the Spanish Conquistadors in the invasion of the island during the Middle Passage.   The Spaniards […]

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Mon, 04.05.2020

Faubourg Tremé, a valuable commnity

*The city of New Orleans was founded on  this date in 1718 and we celebrate their Tremé neighborhood on this date in 1775.   Faubourg Tremé was the oldest Black neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Located north of the French Quarter in New Orleans, it was home to the first civil rights movement, the first Black daily newspaper L’Union, Black businesses, […]

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Fri, 27.03.2020

Pardo the term, described

*On this date from 1500, Pardo is briefly described, coinciding with the date of Brazil’s independence from Portugal in the 19th century.    Pardo a Portuguese and Spanish term used in their colonies in the Americas.  It refers to the multiracial descendants of Europeans, Indigenous and West African people. In some places they were defined as neither exclusively mestizo (Indigenous American-European descent), nor Mulatto (West African-European descent), nor zambo (Indigenous American-West African descent).  The term pardo was […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Let them keep it whatever it is for whites only hides. And smiles. I was in the pale inn after the writs after the whores after the hilariously lonely convention men... AND I WAS NOT IMPROVED by Lerone Bennett, Jr.
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