Broadening the story; The ten virtues of Ancient African Culture

Now, the unrestrained man or woman in the temple is like a tree grown in infertile ground. Its leaves wither quickly and its unripe fruit falls to the earth. It reaches its end in the lumber yard or it is floated far from its place. And its burial cloth becomes a flame of fire. But … Continue reading Broadening the story; The ten virtues of Ancient African Culture

Broadening the story; Mis-education and a stolen legacy.

Ultimately, we are all Africans. Studies of mitochondrial DNA have proven that all human beings are descended from a small population (less than a hundred individuals) that emerged from Africa, specifically the Rift valley of Kenya about 60,000 years ago. The earliest written religious texts as well as the first documented monotheistic religion also developed … Continue reading Broadening the story; Mis-education and a stolen legacy.

5 Things You Thought Were Black-Owned But Aren’t

BET, George Foreman Grills and Dark & Lovely No Lye Relaxer have a commonality: They’re not as black as you think.   1. Black Entertainment Television If black is in the name, it must be black owned, right? The network was founded by an African American, Robert Johnson, in the ’80s, but in 2003, BET … Continue reading 5 Things You Thought Were Black-Owned But Aren’t

Broadening the Story: Picture books starring black girls

All children love seeing faces like theirs within the pages of their picture books, but it can be hard to find books starring kids of color. As part of Black History Month, I'm sharing my favorite stories of everyday life starring black Mighty Girls for toddlers, preschoolers, and younger elementary school readers. Whether they're fixing robots or outsmarting … Continue reading Broadening the Story: Picture books starring black girls

Broadening the Story:Mirror Mirror, who am i?

During the past few years, people of color all over the world have started challenging their absence in a positive light in the media, entertainment, books and toys. Black people, and Africans more specifically, feel invisible or highly under represented. The lack of visibility has severe effects on image, self esteem and success. Experts say … Continue reading Broadening the Story:Mirror Mirror, who am i?

Is Black History Month too American-centric for immigrants of African descent and their families?

Beyond national observances, the country’s black populations need to be looking toward their common future.