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The History of Black Hair

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I was randomly surfing the internet and I came across this great article written by Michelle of naturallycurly.com. She took “A Look Back at the Black Hair Story”. It was so interesting to read a timeline of the struggle and love-hate relationship we have had with our hair over the centuries.   Whether it’s activist Angela Davis’s Afro or hip-hop diva Lil’ Kim’s “weave of the week,” black hair has…

Thomas Jefferson Estate Claims His Slaves Were Born and Raised As If They Were Free

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    When Thomas Jefferson died, scores of slaves were sold from his Monticello plantation to settle his debts. Peter Fossett, 11, was among them, recalling that he was ‘born and reared as free, not knowing that I was a slave, then suddenly, at the death of Jefferson, put on an auction block and sold to strangers.’ Fossett’s story is one of many included in several new projects launching this…

Smithsonian Black History Museum Accepts KKK Robes

Smithsonian Black History Museum Accepts KKK Robes

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      WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired two Ku Klux Klan robes that will be exhibited in its future home on the National Mall. One of the robes donated Monday comes from the family of the late writer Stetson Kennedy, who died in August some six decades after he infiltrated the KKK and exposed its secrets. The second robe belonged…

Rapper Common Plays Slave on New AMC Series

Rapper Common Plays Slave on New AMC Series

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      NEW YORK — The history of slavery in America is a history of resistance, rebellion. Yet, movies and TV do not always showcase those themes. That’s one reason why the rapper Common is excited about AMC’s new series, “Hell on Wheels,” a Western that chronicles the building of the transcontinental railroad. Common plays mixed-raced former slave Elam Ferguson, who works on the rail system. Portraying a slave,…

Apparent Slave Cemetery Uncovered On Fla. Island

Apparent Slave Cemetery Uncovered On Fla. Island

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    A 19th-century cemetery, believed to hold the remains of slaves, has been uncovered at a former cotton plantation in Florida, archaeologists announced Thursday. The discovery of six gravesites was made last year at the Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville, but the announcement was delayed to allow for further research and to alert possible descendants of those buried there. It brought a sense of accomplishment to those who spent years…

‘Hell on Wheels’ Creators Speaks on Issue of the Freed Slave

‘Hell on Wheels’ Creators Speaks on Issue of the Freed Slave

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    *AMC’s new drama “Hell on Wheels” may revolve around the building of the country’s first transcontinental railroad, but creators (and brothers) Tony and Joe Gayton used the backdrop of the Reconstruction era to explore questions about racism and what it means to be free. Such is the journey of Elam Ferguson, played by rapper-actor Common, who hopes to make a life for himself after emancipation by working on…