Whitney Plantation

I’m trying to resist writing too much about my experience at Whitney, but it’s difficult because it was such a great tour. If I compare Whitney to the narrative I was presented at Melrose Plantation earlier this summer, it’s like night and day in terms of content and critical race analysis. Basically the Melrose tour…

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Melrose Plantation

The idea of plantation tours don’t sit well with me: I’ve heard enough horror stories about tour guides who weave tales of happy slaves in the antebellum south, who focus on narrating the dramatic lives of the white families who owned them. Handing over my money to help fatten the pockets of the white folks…

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Black National Anthem, 2 (1990)

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Black National Anthem

For whatever reason, yesterday morning I may have spent over an hour watching different youtube versions of the Black National Anthem aka Lift Every Voice and Sing. I guess I was looking for that perfect version: one that wasn’t too fast, that was arranged in parts instead of just singing the basic melody, one that…

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Music History: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

The original “I Put a Spell on You” written in 1956, was performed like this over the next few decades (yea, the gimmick is ignorant, but enjoy the musical performance). He, along with many other black recording artists, were the pioneers of rock music.

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Cambridge Riots in the 60s

fyeahblackhistory:   The Cambridge Race Riots of the 1960’s “The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.”   From Wikipedia: The Cambridge Riots of 1963, were race riots that occurred during the summer of 1963 in Cambridge, Maryland,…

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Thomas Fuller–Enslaved African with incredible math abilities

When Fuller was about seventy years old, William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates of Pennsylvania were in Alexandria and, having heard of Fuller’s powers, sent for him. They asked him two questions which satisfied their curiosity.

First, when they asked him how many seconds there were in a year and a half, he answered in about two minutes, 47,304,000. Second, when they asked how many seconds a man has lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old, he answered in a minute and a half 2,210,500,800. One of the men was working out the problems on paper, and informed Fuller that he was wrong, because the answer was much smaller. Fuller hastily replied, “‘top, massa, you forget de leap year.” When the leap year was added in, the sums matched

Thomas Fuller–Enslaved African with incredible math abilities