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The Colfax Massacre|A War of Races

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The Colfax Massacre 1873 April 13, 1873, witnessed the Colfax Massacre, the most dramatic example of anarchy that reigned throughout much of rural Louisiana, during Reconstruction. With federal troops, numbering well under 2,000, unable to establish order, many white parishioners refused to pay taxes or otherwise recognize the authority of the state government. The situation worsened with the formation of ... Read More »

Black Hollywood Film Directors

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10 Highest Grossing Films by African American Directors The number one film at the box office this weekend was no real surprise: Thor: The Dark World held on to the spot in its second week, adding another $38 million, bringing its total to $138 million, so far. Look for it to have a precipitous drop next weekend facing Hunger Games: ... Read More »

The Ghosts of Greenwood Past

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The Ghosts of Greenwood Past A Walk Down Black Wall Street BLACK WALL STREET: HIGHLIGHTS  The Greenwood District, a prosperous African American entrepreneurial community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the early twentieth century, became known as the “Negro Wall Street” or “Black Wall Street.”  A sensationalized encounter between two teenagers, an African American boy and a white girl, triggered the 1921 ... Read More »

History of Television – Black Sitcoms

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BLACK SITCOMS: Recasting Stereotypes Although Amos and Andy is cited most often as an example of black-face radio performances, there were many other stereotypical black-face characters in old time radio shows like Two Black Crows, Beulah and Aunt Jemima. Two Black Crows were based on coon stereotypes while both Beulah and Aunt Jemima were based on the “Mammy” stereotype. Beulah ... Read More »

Indiginous People Being Exploited

People Of The Andaman

Negritos Indiginous People Being Exploited The aboriginal peoples of the Andaman Islands who are collectively know as the Adivasi are the original inhabitants of the region now known as INDIA today. Together with the Tamil, Irula of Sri Lanka and other aboriginal tribes in the Philippines they account for the first settlement of people in that area of the world.It ... Read More »

Blaxploitation Movies|Black Movies

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Blaxploitation  The 1970s was one of the most prolific times for Black movies. There were an enormous number of African-American films made during this period. Many of the Black movies made during the 70s have become known as Blaxploitation films. Before 1970 blacks were portrayed in film as train porters, waitresses and shoe-shine boys. That changed in 1971 with Melvin Van Peebles’ ... Read More »

Black Film Cinema|History of Race Movies

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Black Movies & Black Film History: The Early Years When Thomas Edison was shooting his actualities in the 1890’s (footage of unedited real events) little did he know that his film of black women bathing their kids in Jamaica or the return of the African American cavalry division from the Spanish American War, would be the first and last for ... Read More »

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

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A Review of Walter Rodney’s How Europe Under-developed Africa What follows is a review of what is now considered a classic piece of literature. I know the review is long, but it is very much worth reading. It’s relevance is even more pronounced today, as we see China and former European colonial powers vying for resources in the African continent. ... Read More »

Black Heroes In History

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. –  http://www.greatblackheroes.com Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. is remembered for many things: Being the first Black Air Force General, leading the Tuskegee Airmen flight squadron and standing up to the military establishment in advancing the cause of Black … ... Read More »

History Of African Americans In Medicine

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African American Achievements in Medicine: Ten Profiles of Black Pioneers Medical schools were closed to Negroes in the south and to a lesser degree in the north. Because of the color line in medicine, the first few Negro physicians received their medical degrees abroad. A few older medical schools in the east admitted some Negroes; namely, Harvard, Yale, and Pennsylvania. ... Read More »

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