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Ancestor Comedian Richard Pryor had a funny bit about Black people in horror movies. He said that Black people would enter a haunted house and hear a ghostly voice say, “hello.” Pryor said the likely answer would be “goodbye.” Pryor’s funny gag lines were prior to the current-day horror films where Black actors are amongContinue reading “#55 Spooky stories, haunted houses and Black people”
Gwen McKinney is a podcaster, writer and thinker. Check out her podcast (see it in her own words/voice) and join the conversation. FYI: German Holocaust survivors in the U.S. and abroad, receive regular reparations from that government. Also, South Africa, Canada, Austria and France provide financial restorative justice. From Gwen: Proud to share our latestContinue reading “#54 Check out views on “makeup” pay, respect for women”
A glimpse into the lives of Blacks in the United Kingdom.
NEGRO SPIRITUALS AND WORK SONGSDuring slavery and afterwards, workers were allowed to sing songs during their working time. This was the case when they had to coordinate their efforts for hauling a fallen tree or any heavy load. For example, prisoners used to sing “chain gang” songs, when they worked on the road or someContinue reading “#52 Let the church say, “Amen” to Negro Spirituals”
It’s October and that means baseball is in full swing. Do you know how many of your ancestors were a part of Black Baseball stardom? Since 1858, the game of baseball has featured sluggers, great pitchers, fielders and speedsters who have defied the odds and have mostly gone unnoticed. Let’s dust off the ancestral homeContinue reading “#51 Take your ancestors out to the ball game: Black baseball since 1858”
In 1925, Historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson published a report that he stated was expensive to publish and difficult to compile. Yet, he did it. “The aim of this report, like that on Free Negro Owners of Slaves in theUnited States in 1830, is to promote the further study of a neglected aspectof our history.Continue reading “#50 Freebie Friday: Historian Carter G. Woodson’s report on Free Negroes”
I (Ann) moved back to the Atlanta area in the first months of 2020. You know the rest: The COVID-19 restrictions started and it limited my reconnections and great adventures to my favorite places with the best folk. It’s time. Although the health and safety precautions must be adhered to, my first local museum visitContinue reading “#49 Begin your ancestry research — at home”
The hundreds and perhaps thousands of special salutes to our favorite and newest ancestor, former U.S. Secretary of State and General Colin Powell, is a collective valuable lesson for all who write about our ancestors’ lives. 3 P’s for producing great obituaries On many occasions, I (Ann) have been designated to write obituaries about myContinue reading “#48 How to write tributes to ancestors and find the pros who can help”