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Black Studies and Digital Humanities

A Growing List of Online Resources

Compiled by Kenton Rambsy & Goyland Williams

I am interested in online mediums, blogs in particular, can be used as a space to think through ideas when preparing larger publications, getting immediate feedback, and simply giving larger audiences access to new ideas and information.  In terms of bridging the gap between “Digital Humanities” and “Black Studies,” developing an online presence is crucial. Online websites concerning black culture serve as points of entry for how wider audiences engage in scholarship about African American life and history.

Below, this list constitutes the growing “digital resources” by professors, public figures, collective groups, and institutions that can be used to discuss and study issues in Black Studies. Ranging from the personal blog of Professor Adam Banks and rhetorical matters to digital archives of HistoryMakers, the innovative means by which social networking and online mediums are used to create and shape conversations about black culture is noteworthy.

Talking Book Blog—Prof. Adam Banks

Rhetoric, Race, andReligion—Prof. Andre Johnson

Black Gotham Archives—Prof. Carla Peterson

SIUE Black Studies—Prof. Howard Rambsy II

Imani Perry—Prof. Imani Perry

Diaspora Hypertext—Prof.Jessica Marie Johnson

BLAC (K) ADEMIC—Prof.Kortney Ryan Ziegler

Thoughts of a GhettoIntellectual—Prof. Kwame Zulu Shabazz

Uptown Notes—Prof. L’HeureuxLewis-McCoy

New Black Man (In Exile)—Prof. Mark Anthony Neal

Something Within—Prof.Renita Weems

The Atlantic—Ta-NehisiCoates

Collective Group Blogs

The Black Bottom

The LiberatorMagazine


Institutional Digital Archives

The Digital Schomburg

History Makers

Source: ProjectHBW

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100 Great Black Britons  is published by Every GenerationEvery Generation ( is a dedicated website and resource aimed at the black community and mainstream bodies on history, heritage and family genealogy. The site was launched in October 2002 and to date receives an average of 50,000 hits a month.

AALBC  — Book reviews. articles, and videos.

African American Heritage and Ethnography, presents the first module to be developed. Jointly funded by the Ethnography Program and the Cultural Resources Stewardship Careers Program, it complements and supplements training courses and programs traditionally sponsored for the education of Park Service staff, the public, and community partners.

Africlassicalblack contributions to classical music

Africa Book Centre— Books dealing with Africa only. They have an excellent downloadable catalog, published quarterly. The latest issue is, from memory, no. 27.

African Review of Books — Top quality reviews (including, yes, one of my own book)

African Books Collective and MSU Press —Michigan State University Press is the U.S. outlet for books published in Africa.

Africa Recovery — United Nations Department of Public Information seeks to provide timely and accurate news and analysis on the critical economic and development challenges facing the African continent. Check out No Phone, No Computer .

African Timelines — Awesome Library, Editor’s Choice

Afro-American Newspapera weekly

AfroerotiKa show that examines black and interracial sexuality and that provides insight and alternatives to individuals seeking healthy erotic expression.  It highlights the beauty and sensuality of African Americans without being vulgar and stereotypical and it provides a fresh perspective from which to examine the issues that shape the perceptions of Black sexuality.

The Algebra Project —  seeks to impact the struggle for citizenship and equality by assisting students in inner city and rural areas to achieve mathematics literacy. Higher order thinking and problem solving skills are necessary for entry into the economic mainstream. Without these skills, children will be tracked into an economic underclass

Alive in Truth:We’ve recorded fifty full-length oral history interviews with New Orleans narrators. These explore the narrator’s life before, during, and after the flooding of New Orleans.  / Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History and Memory Project / PMB 188 / 603 West 13th St. Suite 1A / Austin, TX 78701/ (512) 653-6539 /

American Money  Profits, Retained Earnings, Make Cash, Fast Money, Work Online

The Amistad, Howard University’s online literary journal, Editor, Abdul Ali.

ArtObjects & Technology: Vernard R. Gray of ArtObjects & Technology specializes in web site design/management; art history recordings. In addition, he has art object and collectibles. He can be reach at 202.396.3520.

ASILI: The Journal of Multicultural Heartspeak will accept for publication poetry and creative commentary that locates itself anywhere on the continuum of human experience. Writers, poets, essayists and story tellers, students and faculty, novice or accomplished, are encouraged to submit their work. All writers retain their copyrights.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the America’s: A Visual Record—This searchable collection now contains approximately 1,200 images.

Aside from revising and correcting bibliographic and contextual data, we have expanded our coverage of West Africa, the Atlantic crossing, the Hispanic areas of South and Central America, and the Hispanic Caribbean, including Cuba. We also include, courtesy of the J. Pierpont Morgan Library, four images from Histoire Naturelle des Indes, the celebrated Drake Manuscript; we believe these images represent the earliest eye-witness depictions of Africans in the New World.

Although we will continue to occasionally add images, additions will be done on a very selective basis (e.g., enhancing coverage of an underrepresented New World area).  We will continue, however, to correct errors as these are brought to our attention by users of the website or through our own research.  We will also modify the bibliographic entries and historical contexts of the images as particular needs arise.  The date of the latest up-date to the website is now shown on the website’s front page; we hope this chronological marker will be useful to viewers who consult the website. The compilers continue to welcome any corrections to the current bibliographic and historical information on the website.

Responses from colleagues in various countries over the last several years continue to be enormously helpful in improving the information in the entries, thus enhancing the value of this site as a research and teaching tool. Comments can be addressed to Handler at

Azteca.Neta host for websites.

AZAPO — Azanian People’s Organisation: 7th Floor Balmoral House, 100 President Street, Johannesburg, 2001. PO Box 4230, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000. Tel.: +27 11 336 1874; +27 11 336 3551; +27 11 333 6681  /

Back ListPublishing & Literary Newsletter of African-American Interest.

BaltimoreCapoeira.Org — ICAF-Baltimore is a satellite of ICAF-DC, which is the Headquarters for the International Capoeira Angola Foundation. ICAF has chapters in Brazil (Salvador, Rio De Janiero and Belo Horizonte), Oakland (our West Coast Head Branch and home of Mestre Jurandir, one of our Mestres), New Orleans, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia, and Middletown, Connecticut. We have affiliates and contacts in other nations as well. You can see the complete list on our parent site, .

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Baltimore Times.coma Baltimore weekly

Barnard –Middle Passage — Late 2004 Caryl Phillips took 16 of his students to Accra as part of a senior seminar on the Literature of the Middle Passage. On this web-page the students record their reactions.

Black Arts Quarterly

Beltway —  is an on-line quarterly journal of poetry by authors who live or work inside the beltway in the greater DC metro region.

Black Arts Movement  U of Michigan page

Black Book Blog — New blog on Black books, authors and publishing.

Black Britain — One of UK oldest websites. Only provide of daily news to African British communities

Black Commentator — political commentary, hosted by Peter Gamble, editor

Black Documentary Collective Founded by documentarian St. Clair Bourne The Black Documentary Collective (BDC) provides people of African descent, working in the documentary film and video field with the opportunity to network professionally; promote each others’ work, exchange ideas in order to generate productions and advocate on issues impacting Black documentarians.

Black Issues Book Reviewthe only large circulation forum solely devoted to covering both fiction and nonfiction books written by black authors.

Black Issues In Higher Education —  Since its founding in 1984, Black Issues In Higher Education has been America’s premier news source for information concerning these vitally important issues.

Black Panther Party ExhibitThe It’s About Time Committee is presenting an historical exhibit of artwork and graphics from the Black Panther Party Newspapers. This exhibit is part of a traveling educational tour.

Black Writers Guild of Maryland, Inc. — a growing group of African American writers in the Baltimore Metropolitan area of Maryland. The Guild was incorporated in 1997 and the 501C3 non-profit status became effective on December 4, 2000. The Prince Georges’ Chapter was added in 2003.

Blogs:  E-Notes from Ethelbert /HeatStrings / Rootsblog / Mabinogogiblog / Yambo-Ouologuem /  She shootin / marvinxspeaks / Race & Politics in UK

BmoreNews.Coma local online news site hosted by Doni Glover

Breath of Life: A Conversation about Black Music — Kalamu’s Music Blog

Caribbean Writer — published by the University of the Virgin Islands, is an international anthology with a Caribbean focus.

Centre for Civil Society, Durban, South Africa — The Centre for Civil Society was established in the Faculty of Community and Development Disciplines in July 2001. It began with a staff of one but has rapidly expanded and now has a staff of 19. The Centre has a wide range of thriving local, national and international linkages with key organisations and individuals in and concerned with civil society.

Citizens For Legitimate Government — is a multi-partisan activist group established to expose the Bush coup d’etat, and to oppose the Bush occupation in all of its manifestations

Civil Rights Movement Veterans — We are an organization of former civil rights workers who were active in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. We were staff and volunteers for CORE, SCLC, SNCC, NAACP and other organizations. In the years since, we’ve all gone our various ways but regardless of where we are now we consider the Movement to be one of the defining experiences of our lives.  Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement  510.658.6271

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses The CLMP publishes an annual volume of small presses and literary journals, including their submission guidelines.  The books are organized by state. The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses serves one of the most active segments of American arts and culture: the independent publishers of exceptional fiction, poetry and prose. Literary magazines and presses accomplish the backstage work of American literature: discovering new writers; supporting mid-career writers; publishing the creative voices of communities underrepresented in the mainstream commercial culture; and preserving literature for future readers by keeping books in print.

Community College Week — — Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees.

Crayon People — a place for People of Color to get easy access to news ranging from political articles to current pop culture.

Cuba Now The Digital Magazine of Cuban Arts and Culture

David MorseI cannot pretend to be impartial. But then I have never believed that responsible journalism requires impartiality. The opposite is sometimes true. Nicholas Kristof, who has done more than any mainstream columnist to keep Darfur in the public eye, talks about leaning “way over the line” between journalism and activism. We can strive for accuracy in the service of truth. But to strive for impartiality in the face of genocide is to avoid the truth.

Dixon Place —  a home for performing and literary artists, is dedicated to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance and literature at various stages of development.

Documenting the American Southincluding  “North American Slave Narratives” and “The Church in the Southern Black Community”

E-drum ( a listserv) — Kalamu ya Salaam is a premiere cultural worker and writer with a 30-year history of activism within the community. E-drum provides services for writers and artists: book reviews, cultural events, info on new websites, writings contests, etc. “I started e-drum in August of 1998, five years later we are still going strong; in fact, we are growing. E-drum is a daily commitment. I get over 300 emails a day. I spend a minimum of one hour a day online, and I average about two and a half to three hours a day online.”

Edutopia — “Hip-Hop High” is available online now at, where you’ll also find links to some of the Web’s best resources for teachers interested in integrating hip-hop into their classroom lessons.

E. Ethelbert Miller — personal website of a DC poet .

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E-Notes from Ethelberta personal blog.

Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University in 1994 to serve as a research, policy, and information clearinghouse on issues related to environmental justice, race and the environment, civil rights, facility siting, land use planning, brownfields, transportation equity, suburban sprawl, and Smart Growth.

ESR Metro —  founded in 1982 by educators concerned about the dangers of nuclear war. Its mission is to help people develop the skills and convictions they need to shape a just, peaceful, and democratic society.

First of the Month — First of the Month Writers’ Collective maintains this site and produces “a newspaper of the radical imagination,” First of the Month, where the bulk of the articles here have been or will be published.

Florence Mills — Bill Egan is an authority on Florence Mills. He wrote a piece on Florence Mills for ChickenBones that we were pleased to publish.

Friends of the Congo — The ultimate vision of the FOTC is to see a strong vibrant Congo where the Congolese control their own destiny and utilize their country’s vast resources as an engine for their own development and that of Africa and the African diaspora.,  –a ProfileAfrica Group publication, is the premier news source for breaking news on Ghana and also an outlet for video expressions from Ghanaians in the Diaspora.

Global Black News  — Bakari Akil is editor.

Grants— For individual writers.

Ground TruthHoward D. Wright originally started The Sankofa Restoration Project Inc. in 1992 when he observed the need to provide a publication to serve the needs of the struggle to save New York City’s African Burial Ground. This publication Ground Truth’ is still in publication today and has expanded its mission to cover news throughout the world community.

History Matters—Created by the American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning (Graduate Center, CUNY) and the Center for History and New Media (George Mason University).

I’ve Known Rivers: The MoAD Stories ProjectI’ve Known Rivers: The MoAD Story Project is an unprecedented effort by an international museum to collect, publish, and archive “first voice” narratives about people of African descent. In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and its effect on the lives of thousands of African Americans, this project’s story-collecting mission takes on an even greater significance.

Jeannette Drake (new personal website) — poet, educator, visual artist

John Horse — This is a detailed website that chronicles the largest slave revolt in U.S. history. The site includes comparisons with other major revolts such as Nat Turner, Denmark Vessey, and the 1811 Louisiana revolt.

Kalafong  — When there is a conflict between cultural tolerance and obedience to the Word of God, listen to the spirit of God and be obedient to the word of God.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will”. Romans 12:2 Keep your JOY. Pray for PEACE. Stay BLESSED.  Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo-Murobha, servant at Kalafong

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Karibu Books — Five locations located in Prince George’s County and one in Virginia.  They have served our community since 1993.

Karamu House — a not-for-profit community-based arts and educational organization designed to encourage and support the preservation, celebration and evolution of  African-American culture and provide a  vehicle for social, economic and educational development.

Left Turn Magazine — Left Turn is a national network of activists engaged in exposing and fighting the consequences of global capitalism and imperialism. Rooted in a variety of social movements, we are anti-capitalists, radical feminists, anti-racists, and anti-imperialists working to build resistance and alternatives to corporate power and empire.

Lit Net — South Africa has 11 official languages, one of which is English. Much of the material on this site is in Afrikaans with a smaller proportion in the remaining 9 indigenous African languages, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, etc. But there is enough in English to make it worth a visit.

Louisiana State Museum a complex of national landmarks housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana’s legacy of historic events and cultural diversity. The Museum operates five properties in the famous French Quarter: the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and Madame John’s Legacy. Also the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum in Patterson, the Old Courthouse in Natchitoches, and the E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux.

Louisiana Weekly — A black weekly New Orleans paper.

Memphis RadioMusic (blues, soul gospel), sermons, talk.

The Michigan Citizen — The Michigan Citizen has been published every Sunday on a weekly basis since November of 1978. It was founded by Charles D. Kelly and is currently published by his daughter, Catherine Kelly.

My Name Is New Orleans — Professor Arturo

National Black Theatre Festival  — Goal to unite Black theatre companies in America and ensure the survival of this genre into the next millennium. With the support of Dr. Maya Angelou, (the Festival’s first Chairperson) NBTF was born.

The Negro Artist — This website is a presentation of people of color in America. An online portal if you will, for Black Entertainment that provides Information that will give you a better understanding of the problems we faced in the past to the problems we face as a nation today.  The primary aim of is to encourage research activity on people of African descent and to provide vast amounts of information to the study of the African Diaspora. A historical perspective of a nation, its people, and its cultural evolution.

New : “, the best overall Internet portal to the alternative press, independently organizes pages of links to hundreds of magazines, independent publishers and bookstores, literary magazines, newsweeklies, and review sources. also publishes unique book and zine reviews, and an interesting weblog broadly covering the world of arts, publishing, and libraries.” Writer’s Digest 101 Best Sites for Writers

North Star — Issues of religion, theology, and history.

Pambazuka News — The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa.

Poets House — Poets House is a literary center and poetry archive — a collection and meeting place that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture. Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization.

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Pulse of Uganda — The Heartbeat of Uganda . . . and Best Home on the for Ugandans everywhere uniting Ugandans and friends of Uganda, at home and abroad, UGPulse provides news, entertainment, commentary, historical narratives, photos and other content experiences from an impartial but clearly Ugandan point-of-view.

Race Talks — website of Lani Guinier and Susan Sturn: “We, Lani Guinier and Susan Sturm, are law professors who have been experimenting for more than 10 years with learning as a democratic practice. In 1990, with our students, we built a multi-racial learning community in a law school classroom, producing an extraordinarily engaged, open, and exciting dynamic atmosphere.”

Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century — RATTLE is pretty simple: We love poetry and feel that it’s something everyone can enjoy. We look for poems that are accessible, that have heart, that have something to say. And then we publish them. Print issues release in June and December and are each 200 pages of poetry and essays, plus two interviews with contemporary poets. They can be purchased at most major bookstores, or securely online.

Reason Magazine — Reason is the monthly print magazine of “free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity.

Red Emmas Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse / 800 Saint Paul Street / Mount Vernon

Reel Sisters   — REEL SISTERS of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series’ mission is to cultivate and spotlight the unique talent and struggle of women of color in the film industry. Our goal is to empower women filmmakers of African-American, Caribbean, Latina, Asian and African descent. REEL SISTERS provides access to leading professionals through the presentation of panels and workshops on various topics from screenwriting to producing.

Rootsblog: A Cyberhoodoo Webspace: A commentary journal by hoodoo man Arthur Flowers that highlights persons and events having an impact within the community. Arthur Flowers, a Memphis native, is the author of two novels, De Mojo Blues and Another Good Loving Blues (Ballantine Books), and a children’s story, Cleveland Lee’s Beale Street Band.

San Francisco Bay View — National Black Newspaper

SeeingBlack.Comarts, media and political coverage, has been praised by critics and readers as “fresh,” “sorely needed,” as well as “wide-ranging, well-written and thoughtful.” Describing us recently, said, “Big words. Big thoughts. Big-hearted site.”

Sistas Place  — Progams at Sistas’ Place are produced by The CODE Foundation in association with Shamal Books & Melchizedek Productions, and partially funded by private and public grants from BET JAZZ, International Association for Jazz  Educators, New York State Council on the Arts through the Brooklyn Arts Council Inc.

Slavery Today — A site explores the slavery issue as it manifest itself in the West (in prostitution) and in the East.

Somos Primos Dedicated to Hispanic Heritage and Diversity Issues / Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research / Celebrating 20th Anniversary / 1986-2006

storySouthstorySouth is purely a labor of love—none of our editors gets paid a single dime for doing this. In fact, we believe this is one of the reasons why storySouth has been so successful. In an era when the holy grail of the book industry is an ever-increasing profit margin, a love of writing is something that too many publishers have lost. All of the stories, essays, and poems in storySouth are written by people who write for the love of writing, and published by people who share this love.

Subliminal Racism — This is the home page of Image Analysts™ All Media Services, founded in 1988 by Arthur J. Graham and Serita Coffee

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Tchaiko’s CyberGuide  — Five years ago, I created a CyberGuide for Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.  I have recently intensified my mission to have that classic read in an academic environment that most often chooses Conrad’s Heart of Darkness almost as though a sacred text over Achebe’s great work.

Terry Howcott — Personal website (new). She writes: “I am a social commentator, willing dissident, community educator, a (lightly) seasoned professional and recovering-flautist. I am . . . an intellectual . . . a campaigner . . . I am Black, proud, wholly Same Gender Loving, full in my womanliness and content with my well-roundedness.”

ThisWeekGhana — is a source for breaking news in Ghana. It is primarily about events in Ghana and what is happening about Ghana and Africa in the world press.

Tipitina’sNew Orleans night club, videos of musicians

Trans Africa Forum  — TransAfrica Forum is the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization promoting diversity and equity in the foreign policy arena and justice for the African World.

Uncrowned Queens:  : Coordinated by Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Barbara Ann Seals Nevergold, this site attempts to bring attention to unsung women in our community.

United African Artists — The United African Artists (UAA) is a not-for-profit Organization set up to promote the growth, unity, and sustenance of African Artists around the world by providing exposure and support services to  such artists.

Van G. Garrett  — awarded a 2006 Hurston/Wright Fellowship for poetry, a 2004 and 2002 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellowship for poetry and the Danny Lee Lawrence prize for poetry

Video & Audio (Radio): Breath of Life / Memphis Radio / Tipitina’s / My Name is New Orleans / Katrina Video 

Loving Black Women / Papoose-50-shots/ /  Malcolm X Videos  / James Brown  & More James Brown  / MLK Speaks / I Have a Dream   Black Doll Video / Freedom Archives Dollar Day–Katrina Klap

The View From the Painter’s Ladder  — A Collection of essays by Roland Sheppard

Virginia Runaways Project  — The Virginia Runaways project is a comprehensive collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants which were published in Virginia newspapers during the eighteenth century.

Visual Arts Links

Code Z – Black Visual Culture

Disapora Vibe Gallery – Miami

DuSable Museum – Chicago

En Foco – Photography Organization

International Visions Gallery – DC

MoAD Museum – San Francisco

Nat Creole Magazine – Art. Culture. Life.

WBAI.–On the internet:  WBAI (99.5 FM)Thursdays @ 2pm Louis Reyes Rivera hosting PERSPECTIVE (where art & politic meet).

Whatchusay — the  blogzine of Forwardever Media Center (Cheo Tyehimba, founder and executive director) is an independent arts and culture site dedicated to promoting media literacy and critical, responsible thought-action.

Words without Bordersundertakes to promote international communication through translation of the world’s best writing.

Women Working, 1800-1930The collection now contains approximately 500,000 digitized pages and images of selected rare and historical books, institutional papers, personal papers, diaries, and photographs from Harvard’s network of libraries, archives, and museums. The collection is completely free and available to anyone with access to the Internet. The second Open Collection, entitled “Emigration and Immigration, 1789-1930” will become available in Spring 2006, and a third Open Collection on contagion and infectious disease between ca. 1700 and 1930 is also forthcoming.

WWOZNew Orleans radio, blues, jazz, zydeco

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35 Educational Websites in Memory of Nathaniel Turner of Southampton (23 August 2010)

1) *Born into slavery in Southampton County, Virginia, Nat Turner (1800-1831) led the bloodiest slave insurrection in American history. “The  Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in  Southampton, Va.” (Baltimore: T. R. Gray, 1831).

Nat Turner, 1800?-1831 / The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va. / Baltimore: T. R. Gray, 1831.  2) Africa Radio Stations:

3) African American Art: Indiana University Art Museum’s collection of almost  fifty images by ten African American artists.

4) African Digital Art, Pushing the Boundaries: created by Jepchumba, a Kenyan digital artist living in Chicago.

5) Afri-Ware Inc.: a bookstore, natural beauty products/gift shop, and,  cultural event center in Oak Park, IL.

6)  Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others  in Graduating African-American Students: [8 pg. pdf] by Mamie Lynch and  Jennifer Engle for The Education Trust on College Results Online.

7) Bootsy’s Funk University: led by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer bassist Bootsy  Collins.

8) Cecil Hayes: interior designer.  9) Finding a Way: The Black Family’s Struggle for an Education at the Atlanta  University Center.

10) Gospel Music History Archive: from the University of Southern California Digital Library.

11) Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History [Scout Report 08.20.10]

12) Torture and the Truth, Angélique and the Burning of Montréal:  

Marie-Josèphe dite Angélique, a Black slave, and her White lover,  Claude Thibault were charged.

13) Harlem World, The Guide for Living & Experiencing Harlem, around the block, around the world.

14) blog of Donald Glover, actor, writer, comedian, and musician, currently on the NBC series Community.

15) International Children’s Digital Library, A Library for the World’s  Children.

16) Labor Center Black Worker Project: University of California, Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, includes Monthly Black Worker Report.

17) directory of online bilingual & multilingual dictionaries and  glossaries freely available on the Internet.

18) Miss Domino: blog dedicated to the adult readers of Street Literature and alternate titles for Tweens and Teens.

19) Miss Domino’s (librarian K. C. Boyd) Wiki: Phat Fiction:     20) Mississippi Digital Library: cooperative digital library program portal to  resources to libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions,  including Jackson State University, the Katrina Research Center and Tougaloo College.  21) Morehouse King Collection:

Through the efforts of a group of prominent Atlantans, a 10,000-piece collection of handwritten notes and unpublished sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 narrowly avoided the auction block and now make its home at Morehouse College, alma mater of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate whose drum majoring for peace and justice was  first ignited here.  22) New England Chowder Compendium:
Pulling from the archives of the Beatrice McIntosh Cookery Collection at the University of Massachusetts this compendium hopes to investigate the hows and whys of chowder’s rise to its place as an essential part of New England regional cuisine through recipes, advertisements, and other forms of visual expression. 23) Peg Alston Fine Arts, Inc. 24) Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: dedicated to independent international journalism on under-reported topics. 25) Live Hope Love: Living & Loving with HIV in Jamaica [Flash Player]  [Scout Report 08.20.10]    26) Quilt Index:
aims to be a central resource that incorporates a wide variety of sources and information on quilts, quiltmakers and quiltmaking.  27) Sam Cornish: Poet Laureate of Boston.

28) Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Strategic Direction – Vision Document, June 22, 2009: [69 pg pdf]

29) Executive summary: [4 pg]:

30) Seeing Red: Anti- Communism in Mississippi:

31) Sheila Bridges Design: [Note her Harlem Toile de Jouy designs. KEB]

32) Sovereignty Commission Online:

The Mississippi State Sovereignty  Commission was the state’s official counter civil rights agency from  1956–1973.

33) Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project:

improves access to important archival collections at the University of Chicago, while providing access to a wide range of archives at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Chicago Defender, the Vivan G. Harsh Collection of  Afro-American History & Literature located in the Woodson Regional Library,  and the South Side Community Art Center.

34) W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute: a residential summer program for  high-achieving African-American and Latino-American students attending  secondary schools in New Jersey. [Thanx to NU alum Prof. Mark Ellis, William  Paterson University.]  35) CNN video: Summer study program that seeks to address economic disparity: bois.cnnl

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Hip Sites:  Black Agenda Report   // Cost of War in Iraq  /  Body Count /  Claire Carew  / storySouth  / The Negro Artist  / The MoAD Story Project  

Haiti Action.Net / SeeingBlack.Com  / ASILI  / Jeannette Drake  / Ekere Tallie / David Morse Blogs:  E-Notes from Ethelbert

 / marvinxspeaks / Race & Politics in UK  Noteworthy Files: Nubian Voices Speaker  / Folk Life  / Kalamu ya Salaam Table 

Video & Audio (Radio): Breath of Life / Memphis Radio / Tipitina’s / WWOZ /  My Name is New Orleans / Katrina Video  / Loving Black Women   Malcolm X Videos  / James Brown  & More James Brown  / MLK Speaks / I Have a Dream  / Black Doll Video  / Freedom Archives

Black History Month Family Programs at Enock Pratt Library Baltimore, MD  / Slavery And The Making Of America, PBS — Slavery

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Black Atlantic Resource Links

Useful Tools

• Africa South of the Sahara: presents selected internet resources related to Africa

• African American Webliography: A project of Louisana State University Libraries with an extensive list of web resources, bibliographies, catalogues and more.

• ‘African-American Yellow Pages’ at the University of Virginia: Links to digital resources under a number of headings including history, literature and art

• Art Cyclopedia: An encyclopaedic search engine of artists with browser options and information on Art Movements, pages include links to artists’ images, museums and galleries holding works, articles and reference sites

• Best of History Websites: A site providing annotated links to over 1200 history websites categorized by period and place, including ‘U.S. History South Slavery’

• Caribbean Cultural Studies: A website with numerous resources relating particularly to theoretical engagement with cultural studies of the Caribbean, including readings lists

• Diaspora Artists: is an innovative online research and reference facility centred on visual arts practice by artists from a plurality of diasporic backgrounds including African/African-Caribbean/South Asian and other diasporas.

• Digital Harlem Everyday Life 1915-1930: A site focussing around an interactive map based on legal records, newspapers, other archival and published sources which allows multiple search results of events, people and places to displayed on the same map.

• Google Scholar: Provides a broad search of scholarly literature

• A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials: A list on online resources both internal and external complied by the Library of Congress

• History Matters: a gateway to online resources and a repository of unique materials relating to American History, with a full index of all resources on the site.

• The History of Jim Crow: Historical essays addressing a wide variety of themes, from: Passing for white: First Account Narratives to; The Historic Black Press, which are a good starting point for exploring the Jim Crow era.

• Institute of Historical Research: providing resources for historians including online articles events advertising and Making History ( a project tracing the role of historians in the development of the subject with sections on black History and African history providing bibliographies and further links

• Milestones in Black History: A site which contains a chronological list of events which shaped black history in America and provides links to various related primary sources such as Biographies and Videos relating to the Scottsboro Boys, Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and reactions to President Obama’s election.

• ‘Race’ Are We So Different: A Project of the American Anthropological Association: Exploring Biology and Human Variation, Lived Experience, and three comparative timelines on the U.S. Government, Science and Society

• Southern Freedom Movement: Links: An Extensive list of links relating to the Civil Rights Movement. Categorised by key people, events, themes, and movements.

• The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database: A fully searchable database with information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages, including an African names database and an interactive estimates page

• Whiteness Studies: Deconstructing (the) Race: Resources including videos, articles and recent updates on topical issues from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Source: BlackAtlantic

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Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7

Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.

Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.

Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7

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Basil Davidson’s  “Africa Series”

 Different But Equal  /  Mastering A Continent  /  Caravans of Gold  / The King and the City / The Bible and The Gun

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Yvette’s cookbook is a 2011 bestseller

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (July 31, 2011)—It’s official. It’s a bestseller! From Yvette’s Kitchen To Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman has sold out, according to House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). In a record seven weeks after its June 2011 release here, less than 80 copies of the cookbook are left in bookstores and with the author’s family representatives charged with distribution, said Jacqueline Sample, HNP president. The decision on whether to reprint a new batch of From Yvette’s Kitchen  … lies with the family of the late award-winning chef, said the publisher.“We are very thankful to the people of St. Martin for embracing Yvette’s cookbook. The visitors to our island also bought many copies of this beautifully designed book of the nation’s cuisine,” said Sample.From Yvette’s Kitchen  is made up of 13 chapters, including Appetizers, Soups, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Salads, Dumplings, Rice and Fungi, Breads, and Desserts.


The 312-page full color book includes recipes for Souse, the ever-popular Johnny cake, and Conch Yvette’s. Lamb stew, coconut tart, guavaberry, and soursop drink are also among the over 200 recipes à la Yvette in this Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine, said Sample.“We hope that this cookbook’s success also adds to the indicator of the performance and importance of books published in the Caribbean,” said Sample.The other HNP book that sold out in such a short time was the 1989 poetry collection Golden Voices of S’maatin. That first title by Ruby Bute had sold out in about three months and has since been reprinted, said Sample.

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Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls

By Dorothy Sterling

Dorothy Sterling’s biography of Robert Smalls is Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls (Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1958). In most history books, the contributions of Negroes during the Civil War and Reconstructions are ignored. Robert Smalls was one of the heroes who is rarely mentioned. He was a Negro slave who stole a ship from the Confederates, served on it with the Union Army with distinction, and finally served several terms in Congress.

All this was accomplished against the handicaps first of slavery, then of the prejudice of the Union Army, and finally of the Jim Crow laws, which eventually conquered him. Besides its value in contradicting the history book insinuation that the Negro was incapable of political enterprise and that the South was right in imposing Jim Crow laws, Captain of the Planter is an exciting adventure story. Captain Smalls’ escape from slavery and his battle exploits make interesting reading, and the style is fast moving.—Barbara Dodds /

Legacy of Robert Smalls

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West Africa Before the Colonial Era: A History to 1850

By Basil Davidson

This book is excellent as an introduction to West African history. It begins with a brief overview of region’s history from earliest times but the focus of the book is on the thousand years between the 9th and the 19th centuries A.D. Comprehensive overviews of the political histories of both well and little known West African states and cities are recounted. These include the histories of the empires of Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Kanem-Bornu, Oyo, Benin, Dahomey and Asante. Accounts of several other smaller states are also detailed such as the Hausa city states, the Wollof kingdom, the Bambara states, the Niger Delta trading states, the Fulani states of Futa Jallon and Futa Toro, the important cities of Timbuktu, Jenne and Gao and several others.

Apart from these political histories, Davidson also provides an insight into the social fabric of West Africa, especially at the dawn of the 17th century. He describes economic features (like trade items, routes, currencies etc), religion, arts and learning in the region, social stratification and dominant trends. These provide the reader with a real “feel” of the society at that time. Like all of Davidson’s writings on this subject matter, this book dispels the myth that Africa had no history or civilization before contact with Europe. It is clear, concise and very easy to read. D. E. Chukwumerije

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Pelican Heart—An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou

Edited by Emio Jorge Rodriguez

Passion for the Nation is what comes out of Sekou’s poems at a first glance and at a deeper reading. The book is a selection gathered from eleven of Sekou’s poetry collections between 1978 and 2010. Rodríguez is an independent Cuban academic, writer, and essayist. He has been a researcher at Casa de las Américas’s Literary Research Center and founded the literary journal Anales del Caribe (1981-2000). María Teresa Ortega translated the poems from the original English to Spanish. A critical introduction, detailed footnotes, and a useful glossary by Rodríguez are also found in the book of 428 pages. The collection has been launched at conferences in Barbados, Cuba, and Mexico.

Rodriguez’s introduction to Pelican Heart refers to Dr. Howard Fergus’s Love Labor Liberation in Lasana Sekou, which is the critical commentary to Sekou’s work that identifies three cardinal points in his poetics.

I would add as cardinal points: Belief or Driving Force of people in political processes, like his political commitment to make St. Martin independent, as the southern part of the Caribbean island is a territory of the Netherlands, while the northern part is a French Collectivité d’outre-mer; Excitement over his literary passions, which led him to found House of Nehesi Publishers at age 23; co-found the book festival of St. Martin, organized with Conscious Lyrics Foundation and to expand his culture considerably; Enthusiasm, which springs out of his eyes and words when you listen to his poetry being performed or when you speak to Sekou in person.—Sara Florian

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake.

She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—


 update 19 July 2012


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