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Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Arthur Lewin PhD   
Sunday, 12 July 2015 23:16

 

African American Lewis Latimer invented the filament for the light bulb that illuminates our homes and brings motion pictures to life. The first feature length film was D. W. Griffith’s Birth of A Nation (1915). Up until then movies were never more than 30 minutes. Birth Of A Nation, though, was three hours long and introduced close-ups, night photography, tinting, parallel story lines and other innovations.

Birth of A Nation was based on the novel, The Clansman, by Thomas Dixon, and presented the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force that saved the South from the supposed ravages of Reconstruction. It claimed that Black Union soldiers, patrolling the South in the wake of the Civil War, assaulted White women and otherwise terrorized the citizenry.

The president at the time, Woodrow Wilson, who held the doctorate in history and formerly was the head of Princeton University, reportedly said, the film was “… like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.” Many African Americans died at the hands of White mobs enraged by what they had seen on the screen. The film was used as a recruiting tool by the Ku Klux Klan whose ranks subsequently swelled to over 4,000,000. In 1924, 10,000 robed openly in Washington, DC. Up until the 1950s, there was strict segregation of the nation’s capital.

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The Top 20 Books for Spring 2015 Print E-mail

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These books are not ranked in any particular order.  Most of these books are available on www.amazon.ca or .com and www.barnesandnoble.com

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The Top Cities for Readers of African American Literature Print E-mail
Written by Troy Johnson   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:51

 

AALBC.com assessed the relative strengths of almost 300 American cities, to determine which ones are best able to provide environments that are supportive of, and conducive to, the enjoyment of African American Literature.

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The Top 20 Books for Fall 2014 Print E-mail


These books are not ranked in any particular order.  Most of these books are available on www.amazon.ca or .com and www.barnesandnoble.com
 
 
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Life in Motion: A Book Review Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:13

 

“As the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina.

When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class, and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer.

From behind the scenes at her first auditions to her triumphant roles in some of the most iconic ballets… Misty opens a window into the life of a professional ballerina… Life in Motion is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life." 

-- Excerpted from the inside book jacket

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