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    Mike and Molly Co-star Presents Workshop that Pays Tribute to Love and to the Heroes of Black History


    Los Angeles, April 26, 2016--Cleo King, aka “Nanna” of Mike and Molly fame, is ready to bring her own heart-felt and down-to-earth message to the world: love is universal, but hate must be taught.

    King’s Love History Workshop is a powerful spoken word, music, and dance performance that gives tribute to the heroes of Black History.

    Ten actors and actresses, including King, (see photo below) will passionately give voice to figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, George Washington Carver, and Diane Nash.

    The workshop will remind viewers where we have been as a nation and prompt them to contemplate where we are headed—while evoking the truth that love is universal, but that hate must be taught.

    Directed by King, Love History Workshop is ready to perform at major venues, schools, corporations, and churches around the country. See: imc22.wistia.com/medias/no9vwgq63x.

    bout Cleo King:
    King is an accomplished actress known for The Hangover, The Life of David Gale, Pinapple Express, Transformers IV, and Dreamgirls. She currently co-stars on the hit T.V. show, Mike & Molly as Grandma on CBS.

    Mike and Molly Co-star
    Photo caption: the Love History Workshop performers are: Lawrence Darnell, Shaka Folger-Basso, Jason Holmes, Prudence Richmond, Andre Reynolds, Bri Giger, Summer Walters, Lonnie Calvin, Martha Prosper, and Cleo King.


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    (BPRW) Susan G. Komen® California Launches the “Rewrite Our Story” Social Media Campaign in Honor of Black History Month.


    (Black PR Wire) Los Angeles, CA– On World Cancer Day (WCD), the Circle of Promise California Initiative will launch the “Rewrite Our Story Campaign” and in honor of Black History Month. On February 4, the Initiative will invite its community of African American women to participate in the global WCD celebration and join the effort to spread the message of “We can. I can. Make the Promise” to take action to be proactive about their breast health by adopting the 4 core health messages – 1) Know Your Risk; 2) Get Screened; 3) Know What is Normal for You; and 4) Live a Healthy Lifestyle. This effort strives to promote early detection, increase the survival rate, and change the outcome of what happens to African American women diagnosed with breast cancer, hence “rewriting our story”.

    The Campaign builds upon the messaging of WCD and encourages African American women to “make the promise” to be proactive about their breast health and encourage 10 women in the circle to do the same. Those 10 women will get 10 women in their circle to do the same, and so on.

    The “Rewrite Our Story Campaign” is a social media initiative, and all women can join the campaign by visiting the Circle of Promise California Initiative’s Facebook page on February 4. The campaign engages women to Take Action by doing the following:

    1) Print out the “Promise Pledge” from the Circle of Promise California website

    2) Write a personal message about what you will do in your promise to “rewrite our story" on the back side of the pledge.

    3) Take a photo of you with your pledge and your promise message and post it on your social media pages.

    4) Tag Circle of Promise California in your social media post

    5) Join the Circle and invite your friends to do the same.

    This campaign will engage African American women in the fight against breast cancer, increase breast health self-awareness, breast cancer screening behavior, and promote the importance of early detection so that we can change the outcome and prevent African American women from dying unnecessarily from breast cancer. Currently, the breast cancer survival rate for African American women is 41% lower their Caucasian counterparts. The campaign also aims to encourage and empower African American women to overcome their fear associated with mammograms, know their risk factors, and to feel safe talking about breast cancer and breast health among themselves, their families, and within their communities.

    For more information, please visitwww.CaliforniaCircleofPromise.org
    Follow the Circle of Promise California Initiative: Facebook | Twitter
    Follow Susan G. Komen: Facebook | Twitter

    About Susan G. Komen:
    Every year, the seven California Affiliates* of Susan G. Komen fund vital breast health services for women and men across the state. This year the Affiliates will invest more than $5.5 million in 110 grants in communities across the State. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised by Komen in California funds local breast health outreach, education, diagnostic and treatment services for uninsured and underserved women. The remaining 25 percent goes to the Komen Research and Training Grants Program, the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world, after the U.S. government.

    About Circle of Promise
    Circle of Promise is a statewide initiative to addresses breast cancer disparities at the system, community, and individual levels, specifically targeting African American women, 40 and above, who are rarely or never screened, low-income, uninsured or recipients of Medi-Cal, in order to provide access to breast health care services and quality health care. The goal of the Initiative is to empower African American women with the knowledge and resources to enter and seamlessly move through a quality, culturally competent and coordinated system of breast health care. The Initiative, launched by the seven California affiliates of Susan G. Komen, is funded in part by a grant from Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, L.L.C.

    * Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Susan G. Komen San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Susan G. Komen San Diego Susan G. Komen Orange County Susan G. Komen Central Valley

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    Union Bound

    The release of new feature film UNION BOUND, in theaters April 22nd


      UNION BOUND


    The film is based on the real life diary of a Union Soldier named Joseph Hoover. Sergeant Hoover fought tirelessly during the Civil War, and was taken captive by the Confederates at The Battle of The Wilderness in 1864.

    Along his journey, Hoover endured great struggles. However, he was saved and smuggled through the underground railroad with the help of a slave named Jim Young. Together these men not only made their way to freedom, but discovered a new understanding of "Freedom for All.”

    We want you to join us in promoting this important story, to keep the flame alive of those who came before us and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

    For any questions or for more information like theater locations, trailers and news go to: www.unionboundthemovie.com or email mike@uptonepictures.com

    Mark your calendar and join us on our journey UNION BOUND April 22nd, 2016.

    Here is the link to our teaser/trailer: https://vimeo.com/129276352

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     Roll Hall of Fame




    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces programming for Black History Month

    Special guests include Rahiem, Casey Veggies, & more


    CLEVELAND (Jan. 20, 2016) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate national Black History month with a series of events and programming. Events include live concerts, film screenings, special programs for Museum visitors, and intimate evenings of conversation.

    The Rock Hall’s annual Black History Month celebration is a cornerstone of the Museum’s programming and outreach, recognizing the extraordinary contributions that African-Americans have made to rock and roll music. Since 1996, highlights have included conversations with Solomon Burke, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Ruth Brown, Al Green, Bobby Womack, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

    Black History Month 2016 events:

    Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m.: Black Music Matters: Cleveland - Panel Discussion in the Foster Theater

    This roundtable of Cleveland activists, scholars, musicians, and arts administrators will discuss the value of black music scenes in Cleveland.

    Featuring Dr. Fredara Hadley (ethnomusicology professor, Oberlin Conservatory), Ra Washington (owner and activist, Guide to Kulcher), Deirdre McPherson (Curator of Public Programs, MOCA-Cleveland), Jul Huntley (founding member, Jul Big Green), and rapper Chelsea Pastel.

    This event will be streamed live on rockhall.com and will be followed with a reception and a cash bar.

    FREE with a reservation at https://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall box office. Tickets will become available for Rock Hall Members on Monday, January 25 at 10 a.m. and general public on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m.

    Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m.: Sonic Sessions live concert with Casey Veggies & LMNTL on the Klipsch Audio Stage

    As a 14-year-old Inglewood high school basketball star and original member of the Cali super group Odd Future (OFWGKTA), Casey Veggies released his first mixtape, Customized Greatly spawning a trilogy series. Benching his hoop dreams for a rap career, Veggies continued building off of his early groundwork, landing tour spots with Mac Miller, show dates with west side champs like Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussle.

    The autobiography of Casey Veggies consumed the rap globe in the form of his major label debut LIVE & GROW (released Sept. 25, 2015), a nutritious listen of a young man’s navigation through new adulthood and stardom.

    Tickets are on sale now for $5.50 at https://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall box office. Tickets include admission into the Ahmet Ertegun main exhibition hall during performance hours. The Sonic Sessions concert series is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company.

    Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.: Hall of Fame interview series with Rahiem, emcee from of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in the Foster Theater

    Rahiem (Guy Todd Williams), a 2007 Inductee with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – the first hip-hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be interviewed in front of a live audience. An audience Q&A session will follow. This event will be streamed live on rockhall.com.

    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fomented the musical revolution known as hip-hop. Theirs was a pioneering union between one DJ and five rapping MCs. Grandmaster Flash (born Joseph Saddler) not only devised various techniques but also designed turntable and mixing equipment. Formed in the South Bronx, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were one of the first rap posses, responsible for such masterpieces as “The Message,” “Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” and “White Lines.” The combination of Grandmaster Flash’s turntable mastery and the Furious Five’s raps,

    FREE with a reservation at https://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall box office. Tickets will become available for Rock Hall Members on Monday, January 25 at 10 a.m. and general public on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m.

    Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m.: Film Screening of 808: The Movie in the Foster Theater

    This documentary chronicles the untold story of how the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine changed the course of music history. The film features appearances and commentary from: Pharrell, Beastie Boys, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Diplo, Goldie and more.

    FREE for Rock Hall Members. $5.50 (includes tax) for non-members. Tickets are available at https://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall box office. Tickets will become available for Rock Hall Members on Monday, January 25 at 10 a.m. and general public on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m.

    This screening kicks off the 2016 Rock and Roll Film Series, which will span February through June 2016. A complete film series schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

    WATCH THE "808" (Official Trailer)



    More: http://808themovie.com

    Special programming for Museum visitors:
    Super 70s Soul! A special Black History Month celebration
    Friday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 26, 1-2 p.m. in the Foster Theater

    During this one-hour program, Rock Hall experts will explore the lives and music of the biggest stars in 1970s soul music, including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The O’Jays and more! The program is FREE with Museum admission and seats are available on a first-come, first-s

    About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.

    The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com. The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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    'You Honor Your Ancestors' book markers for black history month

    You Honor Your Ancestors book markers


    Antuan Simmons" poetmail07@gmail.com

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     Roll Hall of Fame




    Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    CLEVELAND (Jan. 7, 2016) – To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will once again open its doors to the public free of charge on Monday, January 18 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Throughout the day, the Museum will offer live performances, education programs, and family activities that highlight how people #RocktheDream by using music to find their voice and create a sense of community. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration is sponsored by Key Bank.

    11:00 a.m.
    The Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word

    A powerful performance arts and spoken word group comprised of adolescent males (age 12-19) from Cleveland communities

    12:00 p.m.
    TIMBARA

    Showcasing music and performances from the African diaspora

    1:00 p.m.
    BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF CLEVELAND

    Non-profit club that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the greater Cleveland community and features young people from Cleveland performing Motown hits

    2:00 p.m.
    JUL BIG GREEN

    Soul-rock fusion band from Cleveland AHMET ERTEGUN MAIN EXHIBITION HALL

    10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    FILM: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH

    From the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28,1963 will play on loop in Forest City Theater

    FOSTER THEATER: FOURTH FLOOR *Seating is limited. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Rock and Roll and Civil Rights

    Find out how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.

    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Cleveland Is the City: A Family Educational Session

    Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. The class explores artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to LeVert and venues such as Leo’s Casino that helped to create the city’s culture.

    2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    FAMILY PROJECT: VOICE YOUR CHOICE

    Children and their families can create their own inductee class by nominating artists and making a case for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    CIVIL RIGHTS AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

    Discover how a contemporary artists, from Kendrick Lamar and John Legend to Lady Gaga and Janelle Monae are bringing 21st century civil rights into their music and performances.

    Kids’ activities include face-painting, creating protest signs and other fun crafts. In addition to free admission, visitors will be able to enter for a chance to win a Museum membership.

    New exhibits include the 2015 Inductee exhibit, Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, Graham Nash: Touching the Flame, Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine at 30, and an evolving Right Here, Right Now exhibit. For a list of exhibits and more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, and other Rock Hall events, visit rockhall.com.

    About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit rockhall.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).

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    Founded in 1776, a Historic Black Church Challenges the Nation to Ring a Long-Stilled Bell

    Against a contemporary backdrop of racial tension, Colonial Williamsburg to restore a church bell silent since segregation and let it ring for freedom for all of Black History Month


    WILLIAMSBURG , Va. – In 1776, the year of America’s independence, a group of slaves secretly founded the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. The church, which celebrates its 240th anniversary in 2016, is today one of the country’s oldest African-American houses of Baptist worship[1], and a symbol of the faith, struggle, and perseverance that marks the black experience in America. The First Baptist Church — whose first members met under thatched arbors in the woods — later moved to a church building and acquired a bell in the late 19th century. Since the days of segregation and Jim Crow, the bell has been inoperable…unheard throughout the tumult and progress of the civil rights movement and in the presence of famed worshipers including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which has played a key role in building the church at the current site, has pledged to restore the bell to working condition and to challenge the nation to ring it throughout the day — every day — for Black History Month in February 2016.

    “Bells call people to faith. They send folks forth to do good work in the world,” said Reginald F. Davis, Pastor of First Baptist Church. “But Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who prayed in our church, also said that freedom rings. A silent bell represents unfinished work of freedom and equality. This bell, in this sacred and historic church, will be silent no more.”

    An engineering and conservation team led by Colonial Williamsburg experts is already on site at the church to determine the age, foundry, and provenance of the bell, and to begin the painstaking process of restoring it in time for it to toll throughout Black History Month.

    “We are going to challenge the nation, Americans of every color, faith, and creed, to take a turn at the bell rope,” said Mitchell B. Reiss, president and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “This church and this bell follow the arc of the American story unlike any symbol in the nation. The church was founded in America’s year of independence, but this was a dream deferred for far too many. As a nation we constantly strive to form a more perfect union, based on liberty, rule of law, and human dignity, and as current events remind us, that work is forever unfinished.”

    Black History Month also will be honored by Colonial Williamsburg, the First Baptist Church, and The College of William & Mary with an unprecedented range of special programs offered daily during the month of February. This will include a new exhibition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, A Century of African-American Quilts; daily lectures and live theater throughout the historic area; concerts, film festivals, oral histories; and gospel music and church services at the First Baptist Church. One of Colonial Williamsburg’s full-time interpreters — James Ingram — portrays the first pastor of First Baptist Church, the slave preacher Rev. Gowan Pamphlet.

    “Colonial Williamsburg is in the story-telling business,” said Ingram. “We tell the story of America, including our arduous journeys through prejudice and injustice. We want people to come and take their turn at the bell rope, to take their place in the American story, and to help heal the nation of the divides that remain among us.”

    Colonial Williamsburg’s conservation efforts at First Baptist Church will go beyond those for the bell itself. In addition, Colonial Williamsburg’s conservation team will clean and conserve several historic communion vessels owned by the church, as well as conserve two marble carved gravestones from 1851 and 1866 that marked the graves of two free blacks buried in Williamsburg.

    “Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to bring its conservation expertise to bear on the preservation of these important artifacts, which help to illustrate the deep and rich history of Williamsburg’s African-American community,” said Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president for collections, conservation, and museums and its Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator.

    The Let Freedom Ring challenge is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation of New York.
    For more information, or to reserve your spot at the rope please visit LetFreedomRingChallenge.org

    About First Baptist Church
    The First Baptist Church of Williamsburg originated in the 1700’s with a quest by courageous slaves and free black worshipers who simply wanted to worship God in their own way. In their search, they left the church of the slave owners, Bruton Parish, where worship was restrained and segregated, and built the first brush arbor at Green Spring Plantation to gather secretly in song and prayer. Worshipers soon moved to a more convenient spot, Raccoon Chase, where Robert F. Coles, a compassionate white landowner in Williamsburg, inspired by the worshipers' stirring songs and soulful prayers, offered the use of his Carriage House on Nassau Street as a meeting place sometime in 1776. The Reverend Moses, an enslaved person, served as preacher to the worshipers until his passing in 1791. His prodigy, Rev. Gowan Pamphlet, returned to the community and led the congregation of the “African Baptist Church” until his death in 1810. A new African Baptist Church was built across from the Carriage House and dedicated in May 1856, later to be named First Baptist Church in Williamsburg in 1863. The present location at 727 Scotland Street has served as home since 1956.

    About the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg. Innovative and interactive experiences, such as the street theater Revolutionary City® and the RevQuest: Save the Revolution!TM series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs and preservation initiatives.

    [1] A small number of black Baptist churches can legitimately claim to be the oldest in America — First African Baptist in Savannah, Ga., for example, and Silver Bluff Baptist Church in Jackson, S.C. However, First Baptist Church in Williamsburg is believed to be the first black Baptist church that was organized entirely by African Americans.


    Notable Names Supporting "Let Freedom Ring" include:
    Blair Underwood, Actor
    Nona Hendryx, Producer, Singer, Songwriter
    Russell Simmons, Philanthropist & Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
    Rabbi Marc Rabbi Schneier, Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
    Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom
    Reverend Reginald Davis, Pastor of the First Baptist Church
    Dr. William F. Richardson, Chairman of the National Action Network
    Dr. Mitchell Reiss, president and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Esperanza Spalding, American jazz bassist, cellist and singer
    Aretha Franklin, Famed Singer & Musician
    Super Bowl champion Cato June
    Kym Whitley, Comedian and Actress

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    (BPRW) American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award More Than $1 Million in Grants to Five National Treasure Sites


    (Black PR Wire) -- NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation today announced $1 million in funding to support the restoration and preservation of five National Treasure sites, in or adjacent to National Parks. National Treasures are endangered buildings, neighborhoods, communities and landscapes that reveal the vibrancy of the American story.

    These grants complement a $5 million commitment made earlier this year by American Express to increase volunteerism and encourage people of all backgrounds to rediscover their parks – particularly in urban areas. These accessible sites represent a unique perspective on the American experience.

    “The parks receiving these generous grants from American Express reflect important chapters in our nation’s rich history, from Negro League Baseball to architectural Modernism, and the railroad boom to the Civil Rights Era,” said Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation. “American Express’ timely support of these preservation projects at such diverse places will give more Americans access to appreciate these National Treasures for generations to come.”

    “As the presenting partner of the National Treasures program, American Express has pledged to save and sustain historic places that represent our country’s rich history,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president, American Express Foundation. “The sites we have selected to receive funding reflect the great diversity of the American experience. By preserving these sites, we are helping to ensure their legacy and cultural significance for future generations.”

    The National Treasures receiving grants are:

  • Hinchliffe Stadium (Paterson, New Jersey): Opened in 1932, the cast concrete, art-deco style stadium is one of the few remaining sports grounds in the country associated with Negro League baseball. In 1997, the stadium closed because of a lack of funding and structural issues. This grant will preserve two original ticket booths at the entrance to the complex.


  • Pullman Historic District (Chicago, Illinois): Built in 1880, the nation’s first model industrial town attracted skilled workers to the Pullman Palace Car Company, where the first African-American labor union was born. Today, the district is a National Monument, and showcases a revitalized historic neighborhood that honors the important role the town’s residents played in American history. This grant will restore the original multicolored, stained-glass windows at the Hotel Florence.


  • Painted Desert Community Complex (Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona): Completed in 1963, the collection of steel, glass, and masonry buildings, designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra, are one of the earliest examples of modern architecture in a National Park. The complex is still in use today, but limited funding for repairs and maintenance have impaired the condition of the buildings. This grant will restore the glass storefront of the Oasis Building.


  • Sweet Auburn Historic District (Atlanta, Georgia): Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, located in the district, commemorates the leader’s birthplace and significance within the American Civil Rights Movement. This grant will fund the preservation of five Victorian and shotgun homes on Dr. King’s childhood street. The fifth grantee will be announced at a later date.


  • American Express is deeply committed to historic preservation and has provided more than $50 million in grants to preserve more than 500 historic places globally. Since 2013, American Express has served as the Presenting Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Treasures program, which aims to save endangered cultural and historic places across the United States of America. Through the program, American Express has supported the preservation of National Treasures throughout the country including: Haas-Lilienthal House (San Francisco, California), Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 (Boston, Massachusetts), Miami Marine Stadium (Miami, Florida) and Union Station (Washington, D.C).

    Mr. McClimon today will speak about American Express’ commitment to preservation at PastForward, the National Preservation Conference, in Washington, D.C.

    About American Express
    American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress,linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

    Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, Plenti rewards program, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, corporate card, business travel and corporate responsibility.

    About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

    Learn more at www.savingplaces.org and connect with us on www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforHistoricPreservation and www.twitter.com/savingplaces.

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    #BEBRAVE CIVIL RIGHTS HEROINE HONORED WITH POSTHUMOUS HONORARY DOCTORAL DEGREE

    Viola Liuzzo, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement, gave her life so that all Americans could vote


    DETROIT, MI – On Friday, April 10th, civil rights martyr and heroine Viola Liuzzo will be honored with a posthumous honorary degree from Wayne State University. Viola Liuzzo, the only white woman killed in the civil rights movement, was murdered just hours after her participation in the Selma to Montgomery marches. Viola was a nursing student at Wayne State University at the time of her death. This will be the first posthumous honorary degree awarded in the school's 145 year history. Viola’s children and family will be present to accept the degree on her behalf.

    On Thursday, April 9th, the day before the degree dedication, there will be a special screening of the documentary film, Home of the Brave hosted by the #BeBrave Campaign, Wayne State University and Sister 2 Sister. There will be a Q&A with several of Liuzzo’s children afterward. The film tells the story of Viola’s bravery and conviction, her murder by members of the Ku Klux Klan, the contributing role her death played in the passage of the Voting Rights Act later in the year, and the smear campaign launched against her by the FBI. Viola would have been 90 years old on April 11th.

    In honor of the continued leadership of everyday heroes, Viola’s family and the Home of the Brave filmmakers have collaborated under the #BeBrave banner to join civil rights and faith groups around the nation in engaging a new generation of concerned citizens and activists. The campaign, seeks to engage these young leaders to contribute their unique voices to the national discourse about voting rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. The #BeBrave campaign will mobilize communities around screenings of the film in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    WHAT
    Screening and Discussion of “Home of the Brave" Documentary

    WHEN
    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm

    WHERE
    Wayne State University
    Student Center, Ballroom C
    5221 Gullen Mall
    Detroit, MI 48202

    WHAT
    Honorary Degree Ceremony

    WHEN
    Friday, April 10, 2015
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    WHERE
    Wayne State University Law School
    Spencer Partrich Auditorium
    471 West Palmer Street
    Detroit, MI 48202


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    What I Learned from Watching Selma

    by William Jackson Instructor with Edward Waters College


    There are movies that inspire, there are movies that excite, there are movies that create an effect on multiple levels of human psychology, sociology and passions. Selma takes the viewer on a journey of emotional mixtures, psychological enlightenment and rationalization to the realities of how important voting rights are. The realities of societal civil rights and the connection between the criminal justice system and juries made up of inequality and racism.

    Having a jury of your peers in many cases is not possible because peers have lost voting rights and serving on a jury is not possible because many are not registered or have felony convictions that keep them from earning their rights. Selma touched people in a way that encouraged and demanded discussion on many levels beyond emotional turmoil and conflict that many experienced from viewing movies that address Civil Rights issues, the institution of slavery that Blacks have experienced during their captivity to the Americas hundreds of year before is still evident. There isn’t a conclusion to this story because the descendents in generations carry the emotional and psychological baggage from slavery to freedom, from institutional bondage to the denial of societal rights and privileges that are denied based on the pigment of the skin.

    The movie Selma offers an opportunity not just for Blacks, but the diversity of culture in America to see and experience a small portion of the Civil Rights movement, the importance of voting rights, serving on juries and having a knowledge of the justice system. Historically Blacks are disproportionally denied fair trials, they are historically given harder and longer prison sentences, and Blacks lack the opportunity of fair and impartial juries of their peers because too many “peers” have criminal backgrounds that deny them from serving on juries. Too many Blacks lack the willingness to even register to vote because they do not see the importance of doing so and do not see the historic and current value of being an active and educated voter.

    Selma dealt with these issues that needed to be shouted to Blacks to show them that here are those that sacrificed and died for the opportunity to vote. In order to bring justice to those that kill Black men, women and children Blacks must be registered voters and participate on juries. As stated in Selma that whites kill and rape Blacks, but go free because a jury of “their” peers sets them free. Blacks need to understand if you don’t vote the laws will stay the same and the same people that make those laws will always stay in power allowing their power to grow. Blacks power will remain diminished and castrated of voting power and political influence. Blacks continue to be their own worst enemy in too many cases.

    Before the physical altercations of Selma the mind was served with the words that inspired millions to place their lives and the lives of women and even children in the line of physical abuse from attack. This is how important the right to vote is, the right to have equality and to be treated equitably.

    Today many Black men are portrayed as weak, because of the lack of voting strength and high levels of unemployment. This will continue if Black men, Black women and black families do not unify and work together to change the status que.

    Factors like not registering to vote, not voting even if registered and other behaviors that are not positive are passed from one generation to the other. Simplistically, if you keep the man/men, fathers/grandfathers down and powerless this transfers to the family. If you keep mothers distracted by having no husband, no father, uneducated on welfare, happy to receive their EBT cards, keep them complacent and needy they will be distracted by the challenges of life and not care about voting or politics and eventually lose the will for education and personal improvements.

    Blacks as seen in Selma must stop being comfortable in their “hoods” physically, economically, socially, educationally, financially and politically. Selma told the story to improve the lifestyles of and for Blacks is through education, unity and cultural pride. Blacks do not for the majority want to be white, they want an equal playing field to provide for their families.

    The author, K. Harris of Prince, The Future King series states, “fathers are critically important to their children’s well being and are a role model for their sons.” It is widely known how important fathers are in the lives of their children; look at the lives of Malcolm X and other men whose fathers were involved in Black Nationalism, but also how racism, stereotypical thinking, and discrimination shaped their lives as well.

    Coinciding with writings in Proverbs 4:1 which states, “Hear ye children the instruction of a father and attend to know understanding”. Black men must teach each other and teach their children, guide them and nurture them, but not lead them down the wrong paths that will destroy their futures. Leading another generation to destruction and being lost with no educational opportunities or chances for employment to change their socio-economic situations.

    Ephesians 4:25, “wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another”. Men unite in a common quest to raise children whether in the home or not and accept the responsibilities that are contributors of life. To speak truth to your children and to each other, in Ephesians 4:29 states, “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that may minister grace unto the hearers.”

    The Civil Rights movement not moment was organized by students and ministers. Through their works together and organized unity they made great changes in society. They organized individuals into a movement to effect change in their neighborhoods, in homes, and in the hearts of their people first. Nothing will change if fathers and men do not unify to make sure their families are provided for, their children see them (fathers) fighting for equal rights in all of society and the value of education.

    Selma will just be another Black movie if Blacks do not move forward to effect the changes that need to be made in American society. Selma demonstrated the reasons for the fight for justice that still rings true today. Blacks are still in conflict with themselves and society, before we can demand change from the government, the justice system and even come to terms with our diverse religious denominations that struggle in unity, Blacks must come to terms with themselves.


    William Jackson
    Instructor
    Edward Waters College
    Jacksonville, Florida
    jacksonw@duvalschools.org


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    American History is not Black History; Black History is not America’s


    As taught in mainstream culture, American history propagates this nation as the womb of freedom, justice, and liberty. There are American creation myths as exemplified by the “Founding Fathers.” There are founding documents as revered as biblical texts for their promise of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    That is why the argument that ‘black history is American history’ is naïve to the point of insipidity. For most of this nation’s history, blacks were not ‘Americans.’ First, we were owned, and then we were barred from exercising the rights of citizenship. That’s why our history puts the lie to American history’s mainstream myths. Almost half of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, some of whom wrote so eloquently of freedom, owned other men as slaves. For most of its history, this country profited immensely from forcibly denying us freedom and liberty, by keeping us in chains, and from our labor as sub-citizens. Our history puts the lie to America’s history as popularly told.

    Do we want to continue to teach our children black history through a white racial frame? That is the practical effect of stating, “black history is American history.” It states that the majority veil should be placed on the history that we teach our children. It states that we should forego the right that every other culture assumes—the right to teach our history from our own point-of-view, and to be the heroes of our own stories—and instead, subsume our history within the majority’s. It states that we do not have the right to express our rage at the barbarities we endured, for those are histories that the majority has little willingness to accept and examine, and for good reason: they put the lie to treasured American myths.

    To pronounce that “black history is American history” says that every black child should learn that after Vernon Dahmer’s home was firebombed in Mississippi and Dahmer died from his wounds, the outraged white community worked to rebuild the Dahmer home. It says that black children needn’t learn that in Brookhaven, Mississippi in 1955, Lamar Smith was shot dead on the courthouse lawn in broad daylight by a white man for the crime of organizing blacks to vote, and that the known killer was never indicted because, per the Southern Poverty Law Center, “no one would admit they saw a white man shoot a black man.”

    To say “black history is American history” approves the endless repetition of a Martin Luther King quote like:

    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

    It says black children needn’t bother with another strand of King’s thinking:

    “It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast majority of white Americans, spoken and unspoken, acknowledged and denied, subtle and sometimes not so subtle—the disease of racism permeates and poisons a whole body politic.

    To insist that black history is American history says that the majority should be allowed to use our history to paint themselves in the warmest light, but that we should not be allowed to do the same. The two are often mutually exclusive. To understand the challenges and triumphs of the American descendants of African slaves, it is imperative to understand that almost every aspect of the might of this nation was used to cripple us. To understand how far we’ve come, the battles we fought, the blood we shed and the triumphs and defeats we suffered, you must understand the weight of the spiked boot that was placed on our necks. To do that, you must indict America for crimes she would rather forget.

    American history is not black history, and our history is not America’s to dictate. Until we understand that, and begin teaching our history to ourselves in ways that serve our own cultural needs instead of the majority’s, we will continue to internalize this nation’s prejudices against us, instead of arming ourselves to appropriately demonize and deflect them.

    Leonce Gaiter is a prolific African American writer and proud Harvard Alum. His writing has appeared in the NYTimes, NYT Magazine, LA Times, Washington Times, and Washington Post, and he has written two novels. His newly released novel, In the Company of Educated Men, (http://bit.ly/ZyqSuN) is a literary thriller with socio-economic, class, and racial themes.

    BOOK LINKS

    In the company of Educated Men


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    Black History Month


    In recognition of National African American History Month, which is celebrated annually in February, the U.S. GPO Bookstore has assembled a collection of new and popular publications focusing on African Americans.

    Publications in our Black History Month collection on our U.S. Government Bookstore (http://bookstore.gpo.gov/) include the following titles:

    150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation: Commemorative Coloring Book: Forever Free provides a history about President Lincoln signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Also includes portraits and short biographies of several African Americans. Could be used as both a history book and a coloring book.

    Discovering the Underground Railroad: Junior Ranger Activity Book provides activities for children ages 5-12 to learn about the history of the underground railroad and the Emancipation Proclamation.

    Pathbreakers: U.S. Marine African American Officers in Their Own Words. The purpose of this book is to educate people, specifically prospective African American officers, on how previous African American military officers navigated their way through successful careers in the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

    Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Barack Obama, 2010, Book 2, July 1 to December 31, 2010. Third volume of the official Public Papers of the Presidents series for President Barack Obama, in a high-quality clothbound hardcover edition. Spine title reads: Public Papers of the Presidents, Barack Obama 2010, Book 1. Contains all public messages and statements of the President of the United States released by the White House from January 1 to June 30, 2010.

    Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007 (ePub eBook). Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007, is a comprehensive history of the more than 120 African Americans who have served in the United States Congress.

    For more information, visit our African Americans category on our online bookstore at:
    http://bookstore.gpo.gov/catalog/minorities-cultures-languages/african-americans.


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    AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY TO AIR EXCLUSIVELY ON ASPIRE DURING FEBRUARY’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC

    DIRECTED BY BOBBITO GARCIA AND KEVIN COULIAU, THE FILM EXPLORES THE HISTORY, CULTURE, AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF NEW YORK’S SUMMER B-BALL SCENE Premiering Exclusively On Thursday, February 19 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST






    ATLANTA – February 3, 2015 – ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) today announced the exclusive premiere of the acclaimed, award-winning documentary Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC (doinitinthepark.com/film), directed by Bobbito García (“It’s The Shoes,” author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987) and Kevin Couliau (Heart & Soul Of New York City). Called “an exuberant introduction to the rich lore of the city game” by The New York Times, the documentary will debut on ASPiRE on Thursday, February 19 at 9 p.m. EST, with an encore at 11 p.m. EST.

    Directed by García and Couliau, Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport. In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.

    "You can play high school or college for four years. You can play Pro for a decade. You can play pick-up … for life." Doin’ It In The Park lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes (including superstar Julius “Dr. J” Erving), and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard. Directors García and Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation.

    “We can’t tell you how excited we are to have our film air on ASPiRE,” said Directors Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau. “We made the film to inspire people everywhere to play ball outdoors. The fact that the legendary Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and his network is broadcasting it will only help continue to spread our message.”

    The soundtrack features music by The Blackbyrds, Quantic, 20SYL, The Roots and Jurassic 5.

    The film has won a number of awards, including Audience Award: Best Feature, Urbanworld Film Fest 2012; Winner: Best Documentary, New Jersey Film Fest 2012; Winner: Best Documentary, San Francisco Black Film Festival, 2012; and Winner: Best Documentary, Mount Vernon Film Festival 2014. In addition, in 2012 it was an official selection at Toronto’s Regent Park Film Festival, Puerto Rico’s Fine Arts Film Festival and Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest.

    ASPiRE presents a Goldcrest Films and 360 Creative Filmworks production. Starring Julius Erving, Kenny Smith, Pee Wee Kirkland, Fly Williams and Kenny Anderson. Executive Produced by Thibaut de Longville and Nick Quested. Produced by Bobbito García. Co-produced by Flore Biet, David Couliau and Thibaut de Longville. Directed by Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau. Written and Narrated by Bobbito García. Original Music by Eddie Palmieri and Sylvain Richard. Cinematography by Kevin Couliau. Film editing by David Couliau.

    Follow the documentary and talent at:
    · www.aspire.tv/doinitinthepark
    · www.doinitinthepark.com
    · Bobbito Garcia on Twitter @koolboblove
    · Kevin Couliau on Twitter @AsfaltCronicles
    · Julius Erving on Twitter @OfficialDrJ6

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in about 21 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvASPiRE.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.

    About Bobbito García
    Native New Yorker Bobbito García is the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books). The former NY Knicks/MSG Network halftime reporter was the voice of EA Sports’ popular NBA Street video game and TV host of ESPN2’s “It’s the Shoes” series. Currently, he is the announcer for ESPNU’s Elite 24 Game and produces his own Full Court 21™ NYC Tournament. A self-proclaimed “outdoor b-ball activist,” Bobbito has played in 35 countries throughout five continents, and has acted as an ambassador for the sport, giving clinics and donating sneakers in multiple developing areas.

    About Kevin Couliau
    Frenchman Kevin Couliau is the director of “Heart & Soul Of New York City,” a short film/music video about a season of NYC streetball which has accumulated over a million views online. As a photographer, he is widely recognized as the most prolific outdoor basketball photographer of the last decade. His images have appeared in Bounce Magazine (US), Fadeaway (UK) and Reverse Magazine (France). As a director of photography, his work has been seen in Canal + “The New Explorers" documentary series, Jordan Brand’s annual "Quai 54" TV / DVD series, the New York Knicks "Battle of The Boroughs" videos and Nike’s "World Basketball Festival" campaign content.


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    (BPRW) In Honor of Black History Month, Comcast Celebrates Innovators Making Waves in the African American Community and Beyond

    Xfinity to Host Live Webcast Featuring Noted African American Entrepreneurs in Media and Tech Hosted by Renowned MSNBC Journalist Touré Special On Demand Programming Centered on Historic Firsts and Those Making History Today Available Across Xfinity TV Platforms


    (BLACK PR WIRE)--PHILADELPHIA-- (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Comcast today announced a Black History Month celebration that will highlight the incredible work of African American technology entrepreneurs and content creators. Throughout February, Comcast will feature a special collection of programming across Xfinity TV platforms, and the celebration will culminate on February 25th with a two-part, live-streamed online talk show featuring a panel of rising stars making an impact in the world of tech and content.

    “We are thrilled to focus this Black History Month on the contributions of entrepreneurs and innovators in the African American community who are making history today,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director Multicultural Consumer Services. “Highlighted in our special programming and throughout our celebration are some of the best creative and pioneering minds in tech and entertainment. Comcast’s goal is to support their efforts and create an opportunity for our customers to learn more through their dynamic stories.”

    Presented by Xfinity and moderated by MSNBC’s Touré, the panel will showcase an inspiring new generation of innovators who will discuss the challenges and successes of pushing boundaries in tech, TV and film. The first segment will center on tech innovation and will feature entrepreneurs who are breaking ground in noteworthy ways, including:

    •Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code
    •Matthew Burnett, Co-Founder, Makers Row
    •Luvvie Ajai, Founder of AwesomelyTechie.com and AwesomelyLuvvie.com
    •Angela Benton, Founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator

    The second segment will feature some of the most innovative content creators including:

    •Smokey Fontaine, Chief Content & Creative Officer of InteractiveOne
    •Eunique Jones Gibson, Founder of Because of Them We Can
    •Courtney Kemp-Agboh, Showrunner for “Power” on Starz
    •Baratunde Thurston, co-host of TakePart Live, CEO and co-Founder of Cultivated Wit and NY Times Best Seller

    The live online talk show will begin streaming at 12 p.m. ET on February 25th and be accessible to all on Xfinity.com/celebrateblacktv.

    In addition, during the month of February, Xfinity will offer a collection of Black History Month programming with a special focus on content featuring African American icons who have achieved historic “firsts” in the African American community, including films like: Venus and Serena, The Great Debaters, Pride, The Medgar Evers Story, Bird, I Am Ali and Malcom X. Other features include TV specials like The Black List on TVOne and Angelique Kidjo on Al Jazeera America.

    All programming will be featured on Xfinity’s Celebrate Black TV website and on Xfinity On Demand, with select content available on mobile devices via the Xfinity TV Go app.

    This month, Comcast is also expanding “His Dream Our Stories” -- which was launched in 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – with new interviews and an extended collection of videos that will feature key moments in civil rights history. In partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, Comcast will feature “Moments in Civil Rights History with D’Army Bailey” -- a collection of historical events in the civil rights movement. Both sites will be updated weekly with original videos hosted by legendary activist Judge D’Army Bailey, covering key civil rights milestones and events. Users will also have the ability to directly upload their own personal stories of activism, memories from marches and demonstrations, or similar stories from their loved ones.

    Comcast has had a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion since its founding more than 50 years ago and focuses its efforts in five key areas: diversity in governance, attracting and retaining a multicultural workforce, developing a diverse supply chain, offering a wide selection of multicultural programming, and community investment in national, regional and local diverse organizations.

    About Comcast Corporation
    Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

    Source: Comcast Corporation


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    HE SURVIVED POST-SLAVERY LOUISIANA AND YEARS IN PRISON TO BECOME ONE OF THE MUSICAL GIANTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

    LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL PREMIERES ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23 AT 8PM ET/PT ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™


    New York, January 20, 2015 – Lead Belly has inspired generations of musicians, from The Weavers to the Grateful Dead, from Van Morrison, to The Beach Boys and even Nirvana. And yet few people today know his remarkable story, and even fewer know when they are listening to his music. His story is told in the new one-hour Smithsonian Channel special, LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY, premiering Monday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

    Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, was born in 1889, into a post-war South plagued by extreme poverty, poor education, racism and a corrupt justice system. With the odds stacked against him, Lead Belly emerged as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

    In LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY, author John Reynolds cites a quote from George Harrison who once said, “no Lead Belly, no Lonnie Donegan – no Lonnie Donegan, no Beatles.” And Kurt Cobain called Lead Belly his favorite performer after playing Lead Belly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” to conclude Nirvana’s 1993 “MTV Unplugged” show. LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY features interviews with Van Morrison, singer/songwriter Judy Collins, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and other musicians, who talk about how they were and are inspired by Lead Belly. Also heard from are members of his family and those working to keep his memory and legacy alive.

    The Black History Month premiere of LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY is timed to coincide with the Smithsonian Folkways release of ‘Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection,’ the first career-spanning box set dedicated to the American music icon, on February 24. More information can be found at http://www.folkways.si.edu/leadbelly.

    Lead Belly’s journey was long and arduous. An accomplished musician at a young age, he landed on a prison chain gang in 1915 under murky charges. Though he escaped, he was back in prison by 1918, this time charged with murdering a relative in a fight over a woman. He had served just seven years of his 35-year sentence, when Texas Governor Pat Morris Neff pardoned Lead Belly in response to a song he wrote seeking freedom. Neff had regularly brought guests to the prison on Sundays to hear Lead Belly perform.

    Lead Belly returned to prison in 1930, this time to Louisiana’s infamous Angola Prison Farm, after he stabbed a white man during a fight. It was there in 1933 that pioneer musicologists John and Alan Lomax arrived with recording equipment on a quest to collect folk songs. In his initial session with them, Lead Belly played “Goodnight Irene” -- the first time the song was ever recorded. Years later The Weavers would record it and it would go to the top of the pop charts – selling some 2 million copies. With his remarkable memory for music, powerful voice and blistering playing on his famous 12-string Stella guitar, Lead Belly would go on to record hundreds of songs -- bridging the musical gap between the Civil War and the 20th century, and helping to preserve music which would otherwise have been lost.

    After his release from Angola in 1934, Lead Belly worked briefly for John Lomax, but soon chafed under his control. By the 1940s, he was living in New York City at the heart of a vibrant political folk music scene that included Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Josh White, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. He had come a long way from his impoverished youth, but in 1949 he tragically passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Within a year of his death , his songs started appearing on the best seller charts, from “Goodnight Irene” and “Midnight Special” to “Rock Island Line,” “The House Of The Rising Sun,” “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”, and “Black Betty.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

    LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY is produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment for Smithsonian Channel. Executive producer for Eagle Rock is Peter Worsley and director is Alan Ravenscroft. Linda Goldman, David Royle, and Charles Poe serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

    Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, L.A. Frock Stars, Secrets, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Civil War 360, 9/11: The Heartland Tapes; MLK: The Assassination Tapes and The Day Kennedy Died. Find out more at http://smithsonianchannel.com.


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    February is Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month

    Some of the Greatest Leaders in History are Black Women

    If they say you aren’t smart enough or you aren’t strong enough… If they say it can’t be done, just ignore them! They haven’t got a clue!


    Some people may be surprised and happy and others might be surprised and astonished to find that there have been plenty of creative black women and men in history who have not only ruled nations for hundreds of years but did things that changed the world.

    Two long-time California educators, Constance F. Gipson and Dr. Hazel Mahone, have always been fascinated by the creativity, innovation and accomplishments of their black ancestors.

    Over ten years in the making, their book Legacies: A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future contains an amazing array of stories about African Queens in history along with the life stories and accomplishments of dozens of successful black women. Each page reveals the stories, the challenges, and the strength and courage that comprises the remarkable heritage Included are the life stories, experiences and advice of international lawyers, money managers, astronauts, doctors, ministers, police officers, scientists and more.

    “Throughout the ages, black women have used their ingenuity, their beauty, and their negotiation skills to raise armies, create inventions, and lead countries in war and peace throughout the ages. They have taken part in every sector of society--from the farm to the city, from the home, and to the offices of the world’s leaders.

    “They hail from every income bracket and occupation,” say the authors, “and are a smart, spunky, and intelligent”.

    Legacies examines the accomplishments and rich heritage of African-Americans through the voices of sixteen African Queens and nearly forty successful contemporary black women. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful artwork in full color and interspersed with poems that resonate, the book offers guidance as well as practical and thought-provoking interactive exercises that will help young women with life skills they need to succeed and maximize their impact on society.

    Legacies juxtaposes story after story about black women who changed the world then and now. Here’s a sample:


    Ahmose Nofretari
     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    “Let me tell you who I am. Long ago there was a powerful black kingdom called Kush. It was located in what today is known as Sudan. Kush was part of an area called Nubia, which was near Egypt. Sometimes Egyptians raided Kush for slaves. A group called the Hyksos invaded Egypt and ruled Egypt for more than 100 years until the Kushite soldiers helped drive them out. My father, King Sequenenre was king of Egypt. He was killed in battle against the Hyksos. My mother, Queen Ahhotep, saved the kingdom. My brother, Ahmose, became the pharaoh and chased the Hyksos out of Canaan. I married my brother, as was the custom of our country. After he died I ruled with my son Amenophis I. Our people worshipped Ra, the sun god. Ra was joined with Amon. I worshipped the god Amon and made sure that the temples honoring him were raised again. I controlled the daily life of the kingdom and was known for my serenity and beauty.”

    Dr . Omowunmi Sadik
     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    Omowunmi Sadik was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a Professor of Chemistry at State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY-Binghamton). She received her Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong in Australia and did her postdoctoral research at the US Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Sadik has held appointments at Harvard University, Cornell University, and Naval Research Laboratories

    in Washington, DC. Sadik’s research currently centers on the interfacial molecular recognition processes, sensors and biomaterials, and immunochemistry with tandem instrumental techniques. Her work utilizes electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques to study human exposure assessment, endocrine disrupters, and toxicity of naturally occurring chemical compounds.

    Dr. Sadik developed a prototype sensor that can be used instead of drug/bomb-sniffing dogs. Using a combination of laboratory polymers and specially developed software, Sadik and co-workers have created an autonomous biosensor that uses microelectrode arrays to mimic the way mammals detect odor, thus allowing the sensor to mimic scents, detect explosives or illicit drugs and biological molecules.

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    Queen Hatshepsut
     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    “I am Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I. I am a descendant of Queen Nofretari. I lived between c1498-1483 BC in Egypt; I married my half-brother Thutmose II to keep the royal blood line pure. I became the guardian of Thutmose III, Thutmose II’s son by another wife, when his father died at a young age. Thutmose III was very young and I was named Queen Regent. I became the pharaoh of Egypt (1479-1458 BC). When I became pharaoh, I donned the clothes of a pharaoh and wore a beard. I ruled in peace and built monuments to the gods.

    Stephanie D. Wilson
     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    Stephanie Wilson was born in 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from Taconic High School, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1984 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science from Harvard University in 1988. She worked for two years for the former Martin Marietta Astronautics Group in Denver, Colorado, as a Loads and Dynamics engineer for Titan IV. Then she earned her Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas in 1992. After graduate school she began working for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Selected by NASA in April 1996, Wilson reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 and after two years of training and evaluation, she qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist.

    Wilson completed her first space flight on STS-121 in 2006 and has logged almost 13 days in space. The mission was accomplished in 306 hours, 37 minutes and 54 seconds.

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    Sogolon Konté
     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    “I am the mother of the great king, Sundiata. My child was crippled and dragged himself around on all fours until he was ten years old. But he became a great king of the Mali Empire in 1230 AD. His empire included Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and the former empire of Ghana. His empire stretched more than 1000 miles. The empire had a vast trade in gold, salt and iron. My son was a brilliant military leader who gave women powerful positions in his army. Mali was one of the most advanced civilizations in the world. It was orderly and sophisticated. A Muslim empire, it believed in justice.

    But justice did not extend to slaves. Up to 10,000 slaves were carried across the Sahara to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The slaves then worked on plantations, in mines, and as household workers. On my death bed, I asked my son to abolish slavery. He honored this request and became a hero to the Mandingo people.

    After his death, in 1255, his grandson, Mansa Musa reigned over this rich empire for 50 years. When he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, he carried over 8,000 servants, 500 slaves, 100 camels carrying 300 pounds of gold which he scattered all over the territory. This caused inflation which lasted for years. But our empire was taken over by the Songhai people and by the 1600’s, our empire had come to an end.


    Andrea Clay
     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    I was born and raised in Palo Alto, California (located in the San Francisco Bay Area). I attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where I obtained a degree in economics in 1988, and attended law school at the University of Southern California (USC), where I obtained a law degree and masters in business administration (MBA) in 1993. I have been a practicing lawyer since 1993, specializing in real estate finance representing banks and similar institutions in the financing of large real estate projects (e.g. hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, apartment and condominium buildings, and master planned communities). I have represented lenders in more than one billion dollars of real estate financings. In 2006, I was named one of the top twenty lawyers in the State of California under the age of 40 by the Daily Journal, the largest legal newspaper in the State of California. In 2007, I was named one of the 2007 Superlawyers for California.

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    Destinations of African Slaves

     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    The beautiful illustrations in full color of striking paintings, sculpture and photographs, by black artists, as well as original art by book designer Debra Scarpa, add to the book’s impact. Other ancient art and sculpture demonstrate the sophistication of African cultures. Some of the artists included are:

    Charles Alston, Clementine Hunter, ….Leo Carty, Malvin Gray Johnson, Elizabeth Catlett, Augusta Savage,….Meta Warrick Fuller, Monica Stewart, Laura Wheeler Waring and many more.

    Legacies also includes moving poems by outstanding black poets that touch the readers and remind the young women that they are not alone. Some of the poets included are:

    Maya Angelou, Mari Evans, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Alic Walker, Sonia Sanchez and more.

     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    Legacies: A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future
    Constance Gipson and Hazel Mahone, Ed.D.


    List $45 (Hardcover) $40 (softcover)
    Hardcover edition: ISBN: 978-0-9897114-0-1
    Paperback edition: ISBN: 978-0-9897114-1-8
    First Edition Full color 320-page, 8 ½" x 11" book
    Published by the Vision 200 Educational Foundation.
    For more information visit: www.legaciesforyoungwomen.com

    About the authors
     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    Constance F. Gipson served as the Gender Equity Consultant for the California Department of Education for over twenty years. She administered nontraditional programs for women and men as well as programs for teen parents, single parents, single pregnant women and displaced homemakers. Ms. Gipson helped create Images for African American young women. She co-authored Visions for African American males and wrote the Visions Activity Guide. Ms. Gipson is the author of The Black Man's Guide to Parenting and A Different Kind of Hero, a three-volume collection of biographies of over 400 people, including many women and minorities, who had an impact on American history. She has produced award winning videos productions and is a national presenter and keynote speaker on school-to-work.


     A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future

    Dr. Hazel W. Mahone has been involved at every level of education, from kindergarten through the university. Dr. Mahone is a full-time professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University Sacramento, a major training center for principals and teachers in multicultural communities. She is also President/CEO of Vision 2000's College Prep Math & Reading Academy that she founded 15 years ago. She brings underachieving students to the campus where they learn critical math and reading skills while being exposed to the university campus. Dr. Mahone was the first female superintendent in Sacramento County. She is an inspirational speaker, retreat facilitator and has mentored and taught numerous students who today serve as exemplary principals, assistant principals, superintendents and district office personnel in California schools.

    What People Are Saying With its blending of stories of ancient and contemporary powerful black women, beautiful art, poetry, practical exercises and more, Legacies is an exceptional tool to help young women today develop successful life skills.

    —Dr. Patricia Hill, Ph.D., Professor, University of San Francisco, editor of Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition

    “What a motivational, educational and inspirational work! Legacies is a great resource to learn about our ancestry and about some of our amazing African American women and their accomplishments today! After reading this work, young women will be inspired to dream big – because anything really is possible!!!”

    -- Stephanie C. Hill, President Lockheed Martin, Information Systems & Global Solutions –

    I truly enjoyed Legacies: A Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future. I especially like the juxtaposition of ancient African royal women and leaders with contemporary Black women. Young Black women and girls can see the connection between their present day selves and the ancestors. How refreshing too for young readers to learn that the African continent is so vast and such an integral part of world history. Africa is not just a country populated by lions, elephants, starving children, and warring tribes. …[]… The artwork and the poetry add another dimension to the book. The artwork brings a wonderful visual component that reflects the text. The classic poems of Mari Evans, “I am a Black Woman;” Carolyn Rodgers, “How I Got Ovah,” and Nikki Giovanni’s, “Ego Tripping,” among many others, will speak to the hearts and souls of many readers. There is a lot here to encourage young black women to grasp their future with both hands and soar above the adversities that life can bring.

    —Joyce Hansen, author, African Princess: The Amazing Lives of Africa's Royal Women and Home is with Our Family


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  89. The African-American Mosaic Exhibition...
    This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture.

  90. The African-American Pamphlets...
    The African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1880 - 1920, contains 351 rare pamphlets offering insight into attitudes and ideas of African-Americans between Reconstruction and the First World War.

  91. The Civil Rights Era...
    African American Odyssey: The Civil Rights Era (Part 1).

  92. The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture...
    Only the second of its kind the country, The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture opened as The Black World History Wax Museum in February 1997. St. Louis, MO.

  93. The Historical Society ...
    The African Diaspora. The historical society of world history.

  94. The John Henrik Clarke Africana Library ...
    The John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, also known as the Africana Library provides a special collection focusing on the history and culture of people of African ancestry.

  95. The Massachusetts Historical Society...
    An independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history.

  96. The Internet African American History Challenge ...
    The internet African American history challenge.

  97. The Trials of The Scottsboro Boys...
    Information and analyses on the struggle for justice of nine teenage boys accused of the gang rape (in 1931) of two white girls in Alabama, and their several legal trials in the 1930s.

  98. Third Person, First Person...
    Slave Voices From The Special Collections Library. Broadside Collection, Special Collections Library, Duke University.

  99. Time Line of African American History...
    A time line of African American history (1852-1880) from the Library of Congress.

  100. Timeline of the American Civil Rights Movements ...
    Information about 1954 - Brown vs. Board of Education, 1955 - Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1957 - Desegregation at Little Rock, 1960 - Sit-in Campaign, 1961 - Freedom Rides and much much more! Photos.

  101. Today in African American History ...
    The People & Events That Have Shaped Black Culture and History. Today in African American History is a collection of information assembled over the years in my love for the African American culture.

  102. Tulsa Reparations Coalition...
    The report by the Oklahoma commission to study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, The coalition is working to get reparations.

  103. Underground Railroad...
    Underground Railroad--History of Slavery, Pictures, Information.

  104. Underground Railroad in New York...
    Underground Railroad in New York - New York History Net.

  105. USF Africana Heritage Project...
    Rediscovering Records of African American Genealogy and History.

  106. Where in the heck is Allensworth, CA...
    Historical account on Colonel Allen Allensworth and the town named after him.

















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