November 5 – November 18, 2020
- US Voters Make Historic Firsts
Mark Robinson (R) was elected North Carolina's first Black Lieutenant Governor. As expected, Ritchie Torres (D-NY) and Mondaire Jones (D-NY) officially became the first two openly Black LGBQT+ national lawmakers. In Tennessee, Torrey Harris (D) will become the first LGBTQ+ member of that state's legislature. Marilyn Strickland (pictured) will be the first African-American to represent Washington and the first Korean-American women in Congress. In Wisconsin, Sambah Baldeh will become the first Muslim in the Wisconsin Assembly and probably the first Gambian-American in any state legislature.
- Documentary on 1972 National Black Political Convention Shows That Blacks, Too, Have Become More Inclusive
The vision of more Black political power, articulated by Mayor Richard Hatcher and poet Amiri Baraka and so many other eloquent speakers in "Nationtime" has become a reality. But looking back at this time capsule of a film, I'm also struck by how openly misogynistic and inaudibly homophobic our Black "liberators" were.
- Robbins, Illinois Seeks to Convert Early Black Millionaire Home into Museum
The Robbins, Illinois History Museum is raising money to preserve the small village's oversized contribution to history such as being home to the nation's first Black airport and home to entrepreneur FB Fuller to being the platform for the likes of John C. Robinson (pictured), the father of the Tuskegee Airmen and Ethiopian Airlines. They tell their story while seeking to convert the Fuller Mansion into their new museum.
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October 22 – November 04, 2020
- Black Voter Suppression, Then and Now
Historian CR Gibbs: The advent of the Black vote was met with unfathomable dread by most Whites including many members of President Lincoln's own party which stood to benefit from thousands of new Black Republican voters . . . It was clear to all that Black Americans, seen as the most steadfast constituency of the Democratic Party, had for some time now, become and would remain targets of aggressive voter suppression by the Republican Party.
- Some U.S. Election Races to Watch – Updated
The new Congress will be even more diverse than the last with at least the first two openly Black LGBQT+ congresspersons, including Ritchie Torres (D-NY) (pictured), who identifies as same–gender–loving and LatinX. It appears that Congress will also have its first African–Latina and first African–Korean members. North Carolina will elects its first Black Lieutenant Governor.
- Floods Compound Gambia Situation: 18 Child Scholarship Sponsors Needed Now
All of the children in our program are in need, but the floods have only compounded the problems with going back to school. Your donation will not only ensure a needy child another year of education, but allow his or her family to use their meager resources to rebuild or repair their homes. Your donation will provide your child: an uniform, shoes, lunch, exercise books, book rental, study fees, and a school bag.
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October 8 – October 21, 2020
- Are You a Secondary Guardian
to White Skin Privilege?
When the men history remembers as the Buffalo Soldiers were removed from protecting newly freed men and women in the South and transferred west to quell Native people for a racist, expansionist government, these brave men became sentinels for white supremacy.
(In the article, Elena Featherston continues a discussion she had with Publisher Wayne Young on how Blacks can be conscious and subconscious guardians of white supremacy, ironically, in an Irish Pub in Berlin, Germany, on a hot day
- 190th Anniversary of Philly–Based Revolutionary National Negro Convention Movement
History was made exactly 190 years ago here in Philadelphia from September 20–24, 1830 when 40 free and fugitive Black delegates from seven states publicly held the first conference of its kind, thereby giving birth to what came to be known as the National Negro Convention Movement (NNCM).
- The 21st Annual Calumet Heritage Conference
The Calumet Region includes some of the most storied, but less known histories of African people in North America. The region was home of the Potawatomi and later became home of a mixture of people from Africa, Eastern Europe, and from Spanish–speaking countries. Today, it is home to one of the largest concentrations of African people in the world.
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September 24 – October 7, 2020
- I Got Me a Part in a Broadway Show – The Story of Broadway's First Black Lead
Also, in the film, the character playing the now famous Paul Robeson initially turned down the role, calling it a "monstrosity." This underscored the controversy of the play and how even the most to–become ardent Black icons, Paul Robeson and Ossie Davis, learned to manage this minefield as well. But, why do we remember Robeson and Davis, but not Charles Gilpin?
- PBS Travel Series Brings Afro–Latin Culture To The Forefront
The new series, "Afro–Latino Travels With Kim Haas," made its premiere on Saturday, Sep 12, with a two–part special showcasing the historical, epicurean, and artistic influences of this heritage in Costa Rica.
- Is the Answer in Your Genes? An Interview with Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade
Black women are less likely to get breast cancer than White women, but are more likely to get the disease when they are young and are much more likely to die from it. These facts puzzled Olopade and led to her groundbreaking Pan–African study.
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September 10 – September 23, 2020
- The Plummers, 1815–Forward
Patriarch Adam was literate. He left a record of his dynamic life stories in a diary recording significant family events, money borrowed and repaid, and an inventory of his wife's cabin. Recovered from a relative's attic in 2001, his long–lost diary was donated to the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum.
- American Christianity's White–Supremacy Problem
Much has been made of white evangelicals' support for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. (According to exit polls, eighty–one per cent of white evangelical Protestants voted for him.) Less attention has been paid to the fact that sizable majorities of white Catholics (sixty–four per cent) and white mainline Protestants (fifty–seven per cent) also backed him. In November, President Trump will once again be reliant upon the white Christian vote.
- Readers' Trends
What a diverse outcome: history; our new product, Port Of Harlem Talk Radio; USA politics; and the transition of Chadwick Bosman was on the minds of our diverse readers on the diverse platforms we use to share information that is inclusive, diverse, and panAfrican in orientation.
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