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Chicago teens honor African-American history with murals at DuSable Museum

Chicago teens honor African-American history with murals at DuSable … Museum to create murals focused on Chicago's African-American history.
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The first ever movie kiss with an African-American couple — Quartzy

In 1898, when it wasn’t uncommon for minstrels to perpetuate racist stereotypes and for vaudeville shows to use blackface, a 29-second silent picture depicted a touching moment between two African-American lovers.

The restored film opens on a couple with lips locked in a kiss. The lovers pull back, smiling and swinging their arms, and then embrace and kiss again.

The film, called Something Good – Negro Kiss, is thought to be the earliest known depiction of African-American intimacy on screen in the US. Film scholars at the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California recently uncovered the film and dated it to 1898, thanks in part to the distinctive camera used by the filmmaker, a former vaudeville performer.

This week, the silent film entered into the US Library of…

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Rutgers Historian Connects Celebrities With African-American Ancestors on TV Series

Erica Armstrong Dunbar with Laverne Cox on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” (Photo Courtesy of TLC)

What do Julie Bowen, Laverne Cox, Liv Tyler and Regina King have in common? All four actresses learned compelling stories about their ancestors with help from Rutgers history professor and award-winning author Erica Armstrong Dunbar, through her work with the TLC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?

As a historian for the show, Dunbar researches and builds narratives about celebrities’ ancestors, then meets with them on set in locations where their family came from, often in distant parts of the United States. 

She found, for example, that Bowen – star of ABC’s Modern Family – is descended from an abolitionist who helped fugitive slaves escape to freedom in Canada; Cox, of…

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Library of Congress Adds 3 African-American Films to Registry |

Marking the 30th anniversary of the National Film Registry, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Friday the selection of 25 films to be inducted for preservation in 2018.

Films which are deemed influential and of cultural, historic and aesthetic merit are added to the registry in recognition of their importance to the nation’s cinematic heritage.

​Among the films about African Americans are the earliest known footage of intimacy between African Americans in the 29-second silent film “Something Good-Negro Kiss,” shot in 1898. Vaudeville actors Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown are featured in this short film, which was discovered as a 19th-century nitrite print from the University of Southern California’s Hugh Hefner Moving Image Archive.

​”What makes this film so…

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Connie Mitchell, first African-American woman elected in Monroe County, dies at 90

Mrs. Constance "Connie" Mitchell, the first African-American woman to be elected in Monroe County and a forceful personality who navigated in …
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American Dream Deferred: Untold Stories Of African-American Federal Workers Post-WWII

A new book out this month sheds light on the mostly untold story of black federal workers in post-WWII years. American Dream Deferred, by Dr. Frederick Gooding, Jr. – formerly a professor at Northern Arizona University, now at Texas Christian University – interrogates the idea of a “good government job”.  It challenges post-war narratives of government charity for African-Americans by telling the neglected stories of their service to the U.S. Dr. Gooding is currently on a book tour, with an event in Flagstaff tomorrow. He spoke with KNAU’s Gillian Ferris about his research.

GF: Thanks for being available today, Dr. G. Nice to talk with you again.

FG: Thank you for having me.

GF: Can you talk about what the political, social, racial climate was in this country during the…

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