A little over a week following the death of Bokero, the Maji Maji Rebellion continued. Ngindo rebels cornered Catholic missionaries out on safari. All five would end up speared to death before but they weren’t done. The Ngindo rebels raged throughout Tanzania, attacking garrisons and other fortifications. The Battle at Mahenge In late August, the […]

Bokero was a medium who mysteriously arrived on the scene to brew a rebellion against the Germans in the summer of 1905–the Maji Maji Rebellion. Just a year prior, he disappeared from his Ngarambe residence where he went on a bit of a spiritual quest and claimed to have gained the ability to talk with […]

The Maji Maji Rebellion was one of many uprisings against colonial power in Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries. This particular rebellion was also similar to others in that it was ignited as a result of a superpower’s greed and aggressive taxing policies. Grim times can lead to the rise of unexpected leaders–such is […]

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“Mama’s Black Baby Boy” is Part One of the celebrated documentary film, “The Czar of Black Hollywood.” View the first 20 years of filmmaker Oscar Micheaux’s life, from his humble origins in southern Illinois at the turn of the century to his arrival in the “black metropolis” of Chicago in the early 1900s, including his […]

William Henry Webb, known as “Chick Webb,” was an American jazz, swing music drummer, and one of the top band leaders of his time. Webb was born February 10, 1905, in Baltimore, Maryland, to William H. and Marie Webb. He suffered from tuberculosis at a young age, leaving him with short stature and a badly deformed spine, […]

William Lambert was an abolitionist who helped organize the first State Convention of Colored Citizens in the state of Michigan. Lambert was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1817, the son of a freed father and freeborn mother. As a young boy, he was educated by abolitionist Quakers. He later moved to Detroit, Michigan in […]

The town of Edenton, North Carolina, provided slaves a means of escape with the Maritime Underground Railroad before Emancipation. On this underground network,  people helped slaves travel by vessel from the southern part of the United States to the North and Canada. On most ships, blacks worked as stewards and cooks; they worked in the areas of the ship […]

Big Afros, Big Guns, and Big Cars. The holy trinity of seventies Black cinema affectionately dubbed “Blaxploitation”. The term itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation”. It was originally coined in the early 70s by the Los Angeles National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) head, and ex-film publicist Junius Griffin. The […]

Dr. Lawrence Paul Crouchett was an African American historian who was one of the founders of the African American Museum and Library in Oakland, California. Dr. Crouchett was also the author of books on the history of African Americans, including Visions Toward Tomorrow: The History of the East Bay Afro-American Community, 1852-1977 available at several […]

By Amandeep T. Wole Soyinka is a dramatist, poet, author, teacher, and political activist. He was the first African to be honored by the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. He has published a hundred of works, including drama, novels, essays, and poetry. Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934, in Nigeria. His father, Samuel […]

Charles Sidney Gilpin was one of the most highly regarded actors of the 1920s. Gilpin was the first African-American to receive the Drama League of New York’s Annual Award. He is best known for his portrayal of Brutus ones in Eugene O’Neill’s “Emperor Jones.” Gilpin was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1878. As a young […]

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