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alice-randall's picture
Mar.06.2012
Black history is not just politics and arts and athletics -- it is also sweet potatoes and peanuts. It's taste and bellies and bodies. It's all the recipes for survival that appear in cookbooks written by Black American authors. My daughter and I share a cookbook collection that includes over 1,000...
lillian-lambert's picture
Feb.28.2012
Americans are aware that February is designated as Black History Month.  As a Black American I celebrate the life and history of Black Americans whenever I can.  For the month of February, however, I make a concerted effort to do even more.  My special interest is involvement with...
arabella-grayson's picture
Feb.13.2012
In honor of Black History Month: On February 13, 1907, Cincinnati newspaper founder Wendell P. Dabney published The Union. Its motto, "For no people can become great without being united, for in union there is strength." (source: I, Too, Sing America)   Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so I decided...
aberjhani's picture
Jan.30.2012
The word “iconic” is usually more than sufficient to describe exceptional contributors to African-American and world history but in the case of tennis great and philanthropist Arthur Ashe it barely seems to scratch the surface. The term fit his status as one of the great men of his time well enough...
dolen-perkins-valdez's picture
Mar.29.2011
I'm just wondering: is it politically incorrect these days to praise women whose primary role is that of housewife? Even in the era of Bravo's highly successful television franchise "Real Housewives," women continue to struggle for the ability to make personal choices regarding career and...
douglas-r-keister's picture
Mar.06.2011
One of the most important events in my early life as a photographer occurred in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1965, when I chanced upon a clutch of over 280 5"x7" glass plate negatives. Glass plate negatives? Before digital images and even before film, images were often captured on...
dolen-perkins-valdez's picture
Mar.02.2011
Each February, when I think of Black History Month, I think of the black artists who have contributed to the making of America through their writing, painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, composing, and acting. In some ways, the very act of creating was political. Yet I can't help but wonder...
gina-misiroglu's picture
Mar.01.2011
In recognition of Black History Month, it's been my pleasure to solicit articles for AOL's Black Voices and for Red Room from authors, each of whom has a unique and important take on the celebration. From actor and author Michael Boatman's witty and wise take on black stereotypes to April Sinclair'...
charles-a-ray's picture
Mar.01.2011
I grew up in rural east Texas during the late 1940s through 1962; a time when education for people of color scarcely made mention of the role blacks in the development of the United States. Except for brief mentions of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and on occasion, people...
bernice-l-mcfadden's picture
Feb.28.2011
Audre Lorde said, "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive." It is this quote that always comes to mind when I think of my life as an American of African decent. I am quite sure that similar words were on the mind of...