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(Re)presenting the Color Line as Told By Du Bois’s Data Portraits

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Much has been written on W. E. B. Du Bois and the 1900 Paris Exposition, much of it repetitive, lacking new or innovative considerations of what can be explored and how to critically engage further the work of Du Bois and his team. The editors – Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert, both scholars at the…

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18 Best Black Art Books of 2018

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The increased interest among some museums in mounting exhibitions featuring the work of African American artists has translated into a growing number of catalogs published to document them, which is wonderful. Many of those catalogs made Culture Type’s 2018 list of best illustrated art books, along with a few monographs, and a volume documenting a…

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The Brownies’ Book is a Black Children’s Magazine from almost 100 years ago

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The Brownies’ Book

Every revolutionary magazine needs a striking cover, and in January 1920, one appeared. It was a photograph of an African-American girl donning a fairy costume and crown. The title page of that issue contained an even bolder statement: “This is The Brownies’ Book,” it proclaimed in large font, “A Monthly Magazine For the Children of…

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28 Black Owned Bookstores You Should Know

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The number of Black owned bookstores has declined significantly since 1999. That year, there were reportedly more than 325. But, by 2012 had dropped to about 50.  In 2017, the number rose to about 70. We’d like to acknowledge some of the stores that are still going strong. Black Owned Bookstores Hakim’s Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA) Everyone’s Place…

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This Black Owned Bookstore is Tapping Into An Unmet Need

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EyeSeeMe is a Black owned bookstore that specializes in promoting positive African American Images, Academic Excellence, and Cultural Pride. At this University City, MO based bookstore, young people of color can crack open a book and see themselves as doctors, superheroes, historical figures and even princesses. Jeffrey and Pamela Blair are the co-owners. Jeffrey said…

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Black Books Matter: Children’s Books Celebrating Black Boys

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Each year, there are more children’s books published about animals than Black people. Black people have historically been, and continue to be, underrepresented, misrepresented, or invisible in children’s literature. Black male characters are even less visible, and even fewer still, are books reflecting positive and empowered depictions of Black boys. The Conscious Kid Library curated this…

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