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The N-Word

Continuing on the theme of language… New York City bans racial slur New York City symbolically banned use of the word nigger on Wednesday, the latest step in a campaign that hopes to expunge the most vile of racial slurs from hip hop music and

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Quiz

I’m conducting an informal poll here. Ready? Here we go: Without looking it up on the Internet (or anywhere else), can you tell me what Uncle Tom’s Cabin is about? Can you tell me anything about the eponymous character? If you read the book, when

Apparently I got so angry I dissapeared

Work, this time. But I’m back now. Hopefully folks didn’t miss me too much. I have a lot of posts floating around in my head right now, but not sure which one I want to work on first. However, I did want to share something

Angry Wee One

I’m in the process of collecting more information for some other OurStory posts. I want to get stories on the Larkin family from a cousin and also do the interviews about my mom. Next week for sure there will be posts about my maternal grandmother

Book Review: Middle Passages

Several months ago I happened to hear author James T. Campbell on a local NPR show talking about his book Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005. Impressed by the interview, I ran out and bought the book. (In hardcover, for $30!) It’s very

Our Black History – Billy Strayhorn

NPR and PBS seem to be as tired of clich├ęd Black History Month tributes as I am. Not only did we have the Percy Julian features last week, but there was also a lot of coverage for the Billy Strayhorn documentary “Lush Life”. Morning Edition,

Our Black History – Percy Julian

NPR’s News and Notes has a great interview with actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson on his role in the Nova documentary Forgotten Genius about the life of Percy Julian. Don’t know who Percy Julian is? Well, you’re not alone. When most folks think of influential black scientists,

Our Black History – Sylvia & Walter

My maternal grandomther’s grandfather was a preacher named George Dallas Finley. A few years ago I asked some of my relatives to tell me about him and I ended up with a lot of amazing stories about the whole family. As part of Our Black