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Showing posts with label black history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label black history. Show all posts

18 August 2017

JAZZ : World Music, Made in the U.S.A.

I heart trivia and jazz  :)

DID YOU KNOW?  “In 1912, the first use of the word “jazz” was in print in California, but it was not a description of the music.”  So what was it describing and how did it get connected to this musical art form that people all around the world enjoy today?   










25 May 2017

Jazz, America's Original Art Form ~ Cool Finds Around the Web (and Gift Shopping for Jazz Lovers)

"Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world."
- Ahmad Alaadeen








Browse additional posters and prints from zazzle.com.
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08 January 2016

Black Canada: A Brief History | Abagond (Reblog)

Very much enjoy a good history lesson and this was a good one! Thanks Abagond!


Flag of Canada with a black border

Flag of Canada with a black border (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black Canada: A brief history | Abagond


Unlike the Caribbean and America, slavery was never big in Canada. Instead:

Blacks came to Canada in four main waves:

1. Black Loyalists (1780s, 1810s)

2. Underground Railroad (mostly 1840s-1850s)

3. The Lily White Canada Policy (c. 1896-1962)

4. Caribbean immigration (1960s to present)


Blog Publisher's Disclaimer: This post presents an overview of what I know in 500 words or less. I do not pretend to be an expert! I mostly use present-day place names. Corrections welcomed.



Connecting this with a link from one of my other blogs, as the topics are related:

The Practice of Human Bondage: When Did Slavery Begin? (BlogJob.com)







If interested in historical fiction Under The Lion's Paw grapples with the subject of slavery; the time and place setting is the 1830's through post-civil war, in both the U.S. and Canada.  
 




Whistleblower stars
Academy Award® Winner Rachel Weisz as Kathryn Bolkovac; a woman on a mission and a crusade.  A mission to get her daughter back and a crusade against human trafficking in postwar Bosnia.  This movie was inspired by real events.




04 February 2015

Former Slave Who Sued Master For Back Wages!

Since it's February – Black History Month - Americans usually use the entire month to shine the spotlight on the contributions of black or African Americans, I am reminded of a fascinating article about a woman named Belinda, a former slave who sued her owner/master for back wages and WON!!!


Brenda Barnes is a writer who crossed my path via Wizzley.com. Even though she only contributed two articles, the subject matter discussed is worth recycling.



Belinda's Petition: A Concise History of Reparations For The TransAtlantic Slave Trade

 






Follow Cmoneyspinner's HomeBiz Projects's board Black History Tribute on Pinterest.


The Black History of the White House

 

    Silas Watts



01 February 2015

The Practice of Human Bondage

When did slavery begin? Its practice was commonplace during biblical times; the Bible weaves intricate details of slavery into the accounts of daily lives. 

Continue reading: 

The Practice of Human Bondage: When Did Slavery Begin?



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Civil War Perspectives: Why are those happy slaves shooting at us?
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Image credit:  Slaves Zadib Yemen 13th century BNF Paris, Wikimedia Commons

12 December 2014

Relive poignant, defining or memorable moments of 2014 via Twitter and Tumblr

For me 2014 has been a fabulous year.  Received and eMail today to Relive poignant, defining or memorable moments of 2014 via Twitter. Selected these two moments and specific tweets IN MEMORY OF people I admired and appreciated who left us this year. Searched Tumblr to see if there were any artistic expressions which captured their light, their personality, their life!  What an inspiration!


RE: Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)






Maya Angelou by Komi Olafimihan | Found at Black Women Art (BWA) on Tumblr


http://blkwomenart.com/post/102623446513/maya-angelou-by-komi-olafimihan

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13 October 2014

Augusta Savage (1892 - 1962) : The Harp

Ever hear the expression "one thing leads to another".

Well I'd like to elaborate.
  • One GOOD thing leads to another.
Worked that way for me!

Published an article about the African-American harpist Jeff Majors who was asked to perform at the funeral of Coretta Scott King.

Oprah was so moved she invited him to come on her TV show.

Here is the link to my article about Mr. Majors:

Harp Music: Sacred, Classical, Jazz or Gospel?

Now a well-known and much appreciated African-American artist/composer/harpist, Jeff Majors followed his dream. Literally. He actually had a dream about playing the harp and decided he would learn.He was taught by the late Alice Coltrane (1937 -2007), jazz pianist and harpist, and the spouse of the legendary John Coltrane (1926 -1967).Once he mastered the instrument, he set out to share his musical gift with others.


Writing about the contributions of this extraordinary harpist is the "One GOOD thing" that led to "another".  The "another" is accidentally discovering an African-American artist I had never heard of: Augusta Savage (1892 - 1962).  What's the connection?



Augusta Savage, sculpting - NARA - 559182
Augusta Savage, sculpting - NARA - 559182 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This remarkable artist was commissioned to create a sculpture for the New York World's Fair in 1939.   Her magnificent work was called "The Harp".  It was exhibited.  It received much acclaim.  But what happened after that is sinful.  Her work was destroyed!!!  The word used in the article was "demolished".  I had to read it several times because I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.  Inside my mind there was no corner where piercing screams could not be heard.
NO!  NO! NO!!!

Oh well!  At least there are pictures.

Here is the link to the article I found accidentally about Ms. Savage:  American Art Today: "The Harp" by Augusta Savage.


The Harp by Augusta Savage

'The Harp' by Augusta Savage - 1939 New York World's Fair - Community Interests Zone



Instead of being discouraged, Ms. Savage continued her artistic pursuits and was an active participant in the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement during the 1920s and 30s where many black artists - painters poets, sculptors, musicians, actors, etc. - used their talents and creativity to be reborn.  America is blessed by this "blossoming" as it has been called.  Any nation that allows its citizens the freedom to express their hearts and minds by using their individual God-given gifts to benefit a greater good can not help but reap the bounty.

Previously published at Black Art in America on June 5, 2013 


http://amzn.to/2eEHwF8

In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage








23 September 2014

Bio-Snapshot: Former Fitness Pro, Lisa Lowe

So! Just in case you were wondering what the end result would be if you combined bodybuilding and ballet training, look at the photographs below.  You might end up looking like former fitness pro Lisa Lowe.  Don’t know much about this person, but came across an interesting bio-snapshot of this lady. Collecting biographies (mini-bios, actually) is one of my hobbies. Most of the time my findings are shared via Pinterest. Sometimes, the links are recycled via other social media networks or at one of my blogs. This article was published about five (5) years ago.  Ms. Lowe is no longer a professional competitor; she is married, a mother of two and resides in California.  If you are thinking about following in her footsteps, all I can say: She sure set the bar really high!! :)