Come out and celebrate Black words over a cup of coffee. This Black History Month, @overflowcoffee has teamed up with @gumbo_media to create space for exploring, discussing, and reflecting on the words of Black creatives and authors! This is a free event, you can RSVP through by getting tickets on our profile!
Living Black History Legends; Black Women in S.T.E.M. Gladys Mae West was a "Hidden Figure" until recently. Starting off her career as a math genius, Mrs Gladys Mae West, born to a field & factory worker had an epiphany, "I realized I had to get an education to get out." So, she got an education, graduated at the top of her class, and earned a free seat in college. She started off as a math teacher before going back to earn her masters. The extraordinary mathematician spent 42 years at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Her gift did not go unrecognized by her supervisors who consistently recommended her to work at the top as project manager. Her mathematical & programming contributions lead to development of the Global Positioning System better known as the GPS. Gladys had no idea that her work would affect the world for decades to come. Thankful to Mrs Gladys Mae West for being a trailblazer for our young girls that can, because you did ! 🖤❤💚💛 #blackhistory#blackhistorymonth#blackherstory#gladywest#hiddenfigures#stem#blackhistoryanniversary#blackhistorydaily#blackwomenlead#blacksheroes#celebrateblackexcellence
Queen @beyonce is highlighting Black excellence on her website this month. I spy two incredible YA authors in this collage! To see these authors next to so many activists and world changers is such a powerful statement about the importance of representative literature in our lives. #representationmatters#blackauthors#blackliterature#celebrateblackexcellence#blackhistoryeveryday “WE GOOD Pictured: Angie Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Aurielle Marie, Brandan “B-Mike” Odums, Brittany Packnett, Bryant Terry, Dara Cooper, Deray McKesson, Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, Dr. Jessica Clemons, Glory Edim, Hannah Beachler, Iddris Sandu, Jackie Aina, James Baldwin, Janet Mock, Johnnetta Cole, Johnetta Elzie, Kenya Barris, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Kimberly Drew, Lena Waithe, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Malcolm X, Mari Copeny, Mariame Kaba, Marley Dias, Marsai Martin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, Mickalene Thomas, Nina Shaw, Nina Simone, Pat McGrath, Robert Battle, Rosa Parks, Ruth Carter, Shirley Chisholm, Solange Knowles, Tarana Burke, Tomi Adeyemi, Tristan Walker, Tyler Mitchell, Valencia D. Clay, Yaa Gyasi”
Ann Lowe - the first world-renowned black designer - who made dresses for everyone from the Rockefellers to the Roosevelts. Here is her most famous gown - Jackie O’s wedding dress in 1953. 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta and cost approximately $700. This month and every month we #celebrateblackexcellence#knowyourhistory
Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 3, 1906, Josephine Baker had a thriving career in Paris after being rejected in the United States for being “too skinny and too dark.” She starred in two movies in the early 1930s, Zou-Zou and Princesse Tam-Tam, and moved her family from St. Louis to Les Milandes, her estate in Castelnaud-Fayrac, France. Fast forward some years, Josephine visited the United States during the ‘50s and ‘60s with renewed vigor to fight racism. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) named May 20 Josephine Baker Day in honor of her efforts. On April 12, 1975, Josephine Baker died from a cerebral hemorrhage. More than 20,000 people crowded the streets of Paris to watch the funeral procession on its way to the Church of the Madeleine. The French government honored her with a 21-gun salute, making Josephine Baker the first American woman buried in France with military honors. Her gravesite is in the Cimetiére de Monaco, Monaco. Freda Josephine McDonald, a timeless beauty! * * * #blackhistory#bhm#blackexcellence#blackbeauty#blackinspiration#blackisbeautiful#celebrateblackexcellence
TELLING THE "TALE": Esteemed theatrical producer Voza Rivers and his New Heritage Theatre Group will present a free celebrity staged reading of Lorey Hayes and Robert Crear’s “The Dragonfly Tale” at Williams Institutional CME Methodist Church in Harlem on October 22nd. Award winning actress Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman (famously known as Gordon on "Sesame Street") is set to join Marcus Naylor, Chinua Baraka Payne, Lisa Bostnar, Marie Toms, Hristo Hristov, Marie Toms, Darryl Dillard and Michael Anthony Green to tell the tale inspired by a true story about a Russian immigrant and a World War II Veteran risking their lives and freedom to help a young black boy and his mother escape the devastation of domestic violence in 1964. Rivers is producing the reading to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness month. Hayes is a multi-award winning playwright and television, film and stage actress, who has starred in productions on and off Broadway, regionally and internationally. #loreyhayes#robertcrear#thedragonflytale#vozarivers#newhertiagetheatregroup#paulettapearsonwashington#roscoeorman#gordon#sesamestreet#celebrateblackexcellence#blacktheatreonline
Not an emotional one, but this pic here! 20 years ago we grew up in one of the worst estates in London/EUROPE #chalkhillestate (AND WE LOVED IT), filled with drugs and crime, more roaches than people in every flat. Can you tell? I made some family members, 20 years later! Who knew life would be like this? 👇🏿 "See the pressures we had, tryna take it off them. Turned the hangman rope into straight white-gold Cuh we rose from the dungeon. Zeros to the hundreds. And they can write books on us where we come from. That's why we're heroes on our junction" #wretch32#openconversation#celebrateblackexcellence 👌🏿 #role#model#positiveenergy#productofmyenvironment ? @blackmenwithstyle
When Afrofeast be popping! And your dress is made by @sisibycaffy you know summers got nothing on you!Afrofeast was lit! We continue tomorrow#afrofeast2018#celebrateblackexcellence#blackafricancarribian#theweather#summervibes#