Who knows what Juneteenth really is?

Intro Music: SOLO BLUES CONTES Closing Music: Wolf Introduction In this episode, I decided to conduct a small sociological experiment by asking random people in Chicago, “What is Juneteenth”. I asked people in the Loop (downtown) and on the South Side, ranging from 15-80 years old. Make sure you stay tuned for parts 2 and [...]

Civil Rights Movement vs. Black Lives Matter

PODCAST NOTES About co-host, James Parrish Smith 2. Tell us about the history of BLM 3. Civil Right Movement vs. Black Lives Matter The movie, 5 Little Girls- good look at past movementDifferences iphones/videos showing how blacks are treatedphotos from media in the pastCurrently organized Leadership MLK Quote Why rioting and loots? Mental Health in [...]

14 Books about Racism for Kids

14 Books about Racism for Kids

As a mother of two black boys, It's necessary to talk to them about racism at an early age. Reading books is an excellent start to create awareness and foster discussion early. I have included a list of books that are popular in this category and ones I have and will read with my children. [...]

The First Black-American To Earn A Bachelor’s Degree From An American College

The First Black-American To Earn A Bachelor’s Degree From An American College

Alexander Lucius Twilight was the first Black-American known to have earned a bachelor's degree from an American college or university. He was also the first Black-American elected as a state legislator, serving in the Vermont House of Representatives, and the only Black-American ever elected to a state legislature before the Civil War. Early Life Born [...]

My thought on Kwanzaa

My thoughts on Kwanzaa Read the full blog here. Outline What is Kwanzaa? The founder. Maulana Karenga and his birth name, Ronald McKinley Everett. Karenga assault charges, arrest and jailed for torturing two women. 4. Only thirteen percent of black Americans celebrate this holiday 5. Kwanzaa in December vs. February during black history month 6. [...]

Five Unknown Facts About Kwanzaa

Five Unknown Facts About Kwanzaa

In 1966, Maulana Karenga, author, and activist who was involved with the Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s, founded Kwanzaa. His goal was to create the first Black holiday. He said he wanted to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday to allow Blacks to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply [...]

The first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent!

The first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent!

Sarah E. Goode was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the very first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office 1885 (Patent #322,17).     Podcast Notes

The first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.

The first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.

Sarah Elisabeth Goode Sarah E. Goode was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the very first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office 1885 (Patent #322,17). Although there is still a debate over who is the first recipient of the patent number, some say it [...]

What should black Americans know about Ghana?

In this episode, Vanessa speaks with a woman from Ghana, asking her perspective on what she thinks about black Americans and what we should know about Ghana. Photo Credit: Buzz Ghana Teller: This is Gladys, from Ghana. What do you learn about black Americans growing up? Gladys: They were slaves What should black Americans know [...]

The First Celebrity Chef in America was enslaved!

The First Celebrity Chef in America was enslaved!

My husband and I are "foodies." We love to try various cuisines from hidden mama and papa dives to food trucks and even fine dining. We know our Chefs, and I am a Food Network, "junkie." However, before the time of Wolf Gang Puck, Anthony Bourdain, James Beard, Marcus Samuelsson or even B. Smith, there [...]