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african american

  • Other

    Music musings #1

    The upcoming film Whitney directed by Angela Bassett. This cover of Whitney Houston’s I have Nothing by Jasmine Sullivan is nice. The original is usually the best, but Sullivan’s voice is completely overlooked by mainstream…

  • Black History

    In the Spotlight #9

    Charlotte E. Ray Now most people, and I include myself in this generalisation, have never heard of this lady – Charlotte E. Ray. Who is she? Ray was born 13th January 1850 in New…

  • Black History

    Harlem Renaissance

    Around 1910s in Harlem, New York City became an area where many black immigrants settled from various parts of the country. Where they running from something? Yes and No.   The civil war had…

  • Black History

    In the Spotlight #8 – Jesse Owens

        “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up”   James “Jesse” Owens may be still widely…

  • Black History

    In the Spotlight #6 – Ida B. Wells

    I came across Ida B. Wells while researching for my dissertation. Her impact in the late 19th and early 20th century made me stop and read her biography. Born 16th July 1862, Wells was…

  • Black History

    In the Spotlight #3 – Christopher Gardner

    A reason to keep afloat: Homeless to millionaire   Gardner saw the lifestyle of the “richer somebody.” From then, he no longer wanted to be “anybody” but a “somebody” too. The stranger kindly told…

  • Black History

    In the Spotlight #2 – Dorothy Dandridge

     This video features Dorothy Dandridge and the Nicholas Brothers “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” No guesses who is in this month’s spotlight feature? Dorothy Dandridge. As someone who appreciates performing arts, when I came across the…

  • Black History

    Lupita Nyong’o Speech on Black Beauty

    Lupita Nyong’o at Essence Black Women’s Luncheon Hollywood: Speech on Black Beauty Have a listen or read the transcript of Lupita’s speech: I wrote down this speech that I had no time to practice so…

  • Black History

    In the Spotlight #1 – Whitney Houston

    If you ever visited my first blog – colour– you’d remember I did two monthly features – ‘Model of the Month’ and ‘On the Canvas.’ It came back to me when I was idle…