Black Mentor Programs: Need a Mentor/Be a Mentor

We must learn from history and utilize what has worked in the past. In ancient Africa, mentoring was prominent with rites of passage to help guide young people to learn and behave in the ways of the culture. When a child was born in Africa, everyone in the village would share responsibilities in raising and […]


Chicago Police traumatizing innocent children with wrong raids!

The police had a search warrant to their address, but for the previous tenants. It was the morning of Friday, March 15th in Chicago, the morning of a home going service for a family member. Ms. Wilson, a Black single mother and a Registered Nurse of two adult children and three young kids, had family members […]

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Episode 8: Life as a Black male in Chicago during the 1960s

  Introduction Born in Chicago in the 1950’s MLK Jr. Turned on the TV and heard he was shot and told his mom He remembered the most that the HS kids throwing bottles Closest he had seen to civil war 1968 was the worst year he had ever seen Serving in the Military He did […]

Black history

Memorial Day was started by former slaves

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. The day is to remember and honor people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  What most people do not know is that Memorial Day was started by former slaves! In his book Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American […]


Literacy and Writing Contest for Black Youth

My 7-year-old LOVES reading, but writing isn’t his favorite forte. However, he loves a challenge and a good win. I think it’s great that some of these publishing companies and businesses have contests for kids during the summer to encourage them to continue reading and writing even when they are not in school. Take a […]


Grants and scholarships for minority students

As a college educator, within the last 19 years of teaching, I have seen a decrease in black students in my classes. Some of them enroll at the beginning and then disappear during the middle of the semester. A few of them have even expressed to me that finances have been an issue for continuing, […]

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Kindergarten Teacher on Black History

Our teller for this episode is Sam, who has a degree in African-American studies. She is now a Kindergarten Teacher in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side Chicago, which is the Black Metropolis. She discusses her approach to teaching her students Black History year-round, and how she makes it fun. Podcast Notes Interview with […]


Black Museums in the United States

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, […]

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Honoring our Mother’s on Mother’s Day!

  “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” – Maya Angelo Show Notes Introduction Happy Mother’s Day from co-hosts and their youngest kids. Co-host Cyslie tells us about her mom and her grandmother who live in Kentucky. Skype interview clips are heard with co-host Vanessa’s mom in […]

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Episode 5:Untold Story of Wally Amos

Snow Notes or click on our blog about him! Who is Wally Amos? Born in Florida Raised by his Aunt Fist black agent for William Morris Agency Agent First agent for William Morris Agency? Represented Marvin Gaye, Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross, etc Why he left WMA? Management Company He represented Hugh from South Africa […]