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Sewit Sium Creates Handmade Jewelry that Celebrates Black History and Inspires Cultural Pride

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Sewit Sium is a designer of historically and culturally inspired African jewelry. Each handmade piece is a modern heirloom imbued with story, statement and sentiment. We spoke to founder, Sewit Sium to find out more about her business. What inspired you to start Sewit Sium? I’ve always been captivated by the intersection of jewelry, education…

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National Museum of African American History and Culture to acquire Ebony and Jet Archives

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture will acquire a significant portion of the archive of the Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines. The acquisition is pending court approval and the closing of the sale. A consortium of foundations—the Ford Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,…

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Restoration of Nina Simone’s Childhood Home To Begin This Spring

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The proposed rehabilitation of Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, N.C., is moving forward, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group has completed an official assessment of the house’s structural conditions and chosen a path of initial action alongside the four New York-based artist-owners, Adam Pendleton, Rashid Johnson, Ellen Gallagher and Julie Mehretu.…

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Danville, Virginia Celebrates Its History as a Mecca of Black Business

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North Union Street in Danville, VA has been an overlooked gem of history and culture for decades.. A recent national grant opportunity will shine a spotlight on the area to the tune of $150,000. The grant that will provide rehabilitation funds for reconstruction and improvements was originally going to be directed toward one of the…

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The First Woman Bank Founder Was Black. She Just Got Her Own Monument

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Maggie Lena Walker was the first woman of any race to start a bank. St. Luke’s Penny Savings, gave loans to Black business owners and residents at fair rates, then recycled the interest earned to keep building the community. In 1901  Maggie is quoted as saying, “First we need a savings bank. Let us put our moneys…

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Where Have All the Black-Owned Businesses Gone? – The Atlantic

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At the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., a hallway of glass display cases features more than a century’s worth of black entrepreneurial triumphs. In one is a World War II–era mini parachute manufactured by the black-owned Pacific Parachute Company, home to one of the nation’s first racially integrated…

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Harlem’s Schomburg Center Named Historic Landmark

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The Harlem-based, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has been named a national landmark by the US Department of the Interior. It was chosen as one of twenty four other places that “depict a broad range of America’s rich, complex history.” According to press release from the DOI: “The Schomburg Center for Research in Black…

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Jeanette Epps: First Black Astronaut To Board The International Space Station

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On January 4th, NASA selected aerospace engineer and astronaut, Jeanette Epps as one of the crew members that will be boarding the International Space Station in 2018. Dr. Epps will become the first Black astronaut to board the ISS when she launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018. In 1992 she earned a bachelor’s degree in physics…

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Ana Flavia: First Black Model to Win Brasil’s Ford Models Contest

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On December 10th, Ana Flavia of Salvador, Bahia, became the first Black model to win Super Model of The World – Ford Models Brasil’s 34-year old modeling competition. Ana, 20, won a four-year contract with Ford Models in the amount of $150,000. She competed with 15 other candidates that were recruited from various regions of the…

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Annie Turnbo Malone: One of the First Black Women Millionaires in the U.S.

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If you haven’t heard of Annie Turnbo Malone before today, you aren’t alone. When we found out about her, we were amazed that despite her amazing achievements, she isn’t a household name. So, who is Annie Malone? Annie Turnbo Malone Annie Turnbo Malone (August 9, 1869—May 10, 1957) is recorded as one of the U.S.’s first…

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