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Food connects America and Africa

Craves restaurant in Charleston is a good place to begin recognizing the centrality of African-American food to American culture.  The Low Country cuisine is a direct retention of African culture. Author John William Templeton starts there in Say Grace and Wipe Yo’ Hands: The BlackRestaurant.NET Guide to America’s Black Restaurants.    To underscore his theme, he […]

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In Jet on the 4th of July

Greg and Karen Johnson unearthed this 1983 article and photo on the centennial of the country’s oldest black newspaper when I was editor of the Richmond AFRO-AMERICAN and the Richmond Planet. Looking at the whole issue, I found myself fascinated by what else was happening: Michael Jackson releasing Billie Jean, Stevie Wonder at a new […]

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Collard greens pesto and andouille sausage

Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles owner and chef Michelle Wilson offered her latest creation–collard greens pesto–during the Love and Basketball festival at Ella Hill Hutch Center Saturday. A long-time supporter of National Black Business Month, she’s forged in daring new directions with African-American cuisine.  Like jazz, its attributes blend with many other traditions. London native David […]

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Empower your students, educators with Calafia in the Classroom

Calafia in the Classroom gives the power-packed pioneers of the Golden State direct access to growing minds by placing the award-winning anthology Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 in every classroom in the state. There is a movement afoot to create an African-American Freedom Trail across California to reflect the […]

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Teenager’s courage a century apart defined San Francisco’s civil rights impact

Tamam Tracy Moncur was just months away from graduating from Berkeley High School.  But when she summoned 2,000 demonstrators to sit-in at the Palace Hotel, she rocked the city’s establishment.     The scenes of police carrying students out of the venerable establishment caused Mayor John Shelley to call all 37 of the city’s major […]

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Black American Day honors first American to die for the country

The California legislature created Black American Day on March 5 to honor Crispus Attucks as the first American to die for the country and to require every classroom in the state to focus on the contributions of African-Americans to American history. The education holiday actually predates the creation of Black History Month in the mid-1970s, […]

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Talking jazz in Utah

Salt Lake City and San Francisco are usually presented as polar opposites but across the street from the Mormon Temple Friday an audience was enthralled learning about San Francisco’s African American musical heritage. Today we continue that discussion in Fisherman’s Wharf at 11 am in the Visitor Center Theater of the San Francisco Maritime National […]

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Leidesdorff statue stopping passersby

The newly completed statue of Capt. William Alexander Leidesdorff is capturing the attention of many, reports the company which installed the artwork in San Francisco’s Financial District.   Megha Rajput, executive assistant at Clinton Reilly Holdings, said many people stop to ask questions about the engraved inscription which lists the many accomplishments of the sailor-merchant-diplomat-legislator who […]

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Find your feast

Say Grace and Wipe Yo’ Hands: the BlackRestaurant.NET Guide to America’s Black Restaurants is an indispensible guide for travelers, and even for unexpected pleasures in your own home town. It’s the first national guide for the $6 billion African-American food industry, estimated by the National Restaurant Association, to have grown 188 percent from 1997 to […]

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$150 billion in lending over five years to create two million new jobs

The release of the draft standards on diversity performance for regulated financial institutions has caused a number of interested organizations to assess how this policy would impact African-American communities.   Those neighborhoods were damaged to the tune of $400 billion by the sub-prime mortgage crisis which led to Dodd-Frank and have failed to participate in the […]

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