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The added benefits of melanin in the skin!

What is melanin? It is responsible for the darkness or

color in black skin. It was stated that Ghanaians/Afrikans must wear

sunscreen. But this is not so. 961 more words

African Americans

Pam Grier, Jessye Norman win Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois medals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Actress Pam Grier and opera soprano Jessye Norman are among the recipients of Harvard University’s 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honoring those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture. 182 more words


Goodbye to the barbershop?

By Kristen Barber

Cross-posted with permission from The Conversation on August 7, 2016 here

With their red, white and blue striped poles, dark Naugahyde chairs and straight razor shaves, barbershops hold a special place in American culture. 1,211 more words


A Preview Into Our Existence

Earlier this year I became a member of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. I knew I’d become a member since the first time I learned about the plans to build the museum. 469 more words

Alice Walker

love is not concerned
with whom you pray
or where you slept
the night you ran away
from home
love is concerned
that the beating of your heart… 24 more words


An amazing book

I just finished brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and I am moved. The book is written in verse, but it is much easier to read than most other books written this way because it is almost completely chronological and feels easily connected from one poem to the next. 210 more words

Nikki Giovanni

we used to talk all night
and do things alone together

and i’ve begun
(as a reaction to a feeling)
to balance
the pleasure of loneliness… 16 more words