Buxton, Iowa: One Of The Whitest States Once Had A Thriving Community Of Black Doctors And Lawyers

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When you think of Iowa, let’s be real, you don’t think of a state that’s filled with Black people. In fact, the most recent U.S. Census data shows that Iowa ranks in the top 10 of the Whitest states in the country where an estimated 90 percent identify as Caucasian.  It’s been this way for… Continue reading Buxton, Iowa: One Of The Whitest States Once Had A Thriving Community Of Black Doctors And Lawyers

Everything To Know About The African Diaspora In Australia

Grant Faint

How much do you know about the African diaspora in Australia? Did you know that the oldest foreign artifacts ever discovered in Australia were African coins? They were minted by the medieval kingdom of the Kilwa Sultanate— the equivalent of modern-day Tanzania— found on the Wessel Islands, which indicates trade with Africa from as early… Continue reading Everything To Know About The African Diaspora In Australia

Dominican Black History: Meet Sebastián Lemba, The First Anti-Slavery Rebel Leader In The Americas

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Haiti is one of the most emblematic countries in the Americas for being the first to constitute a republic of formerly enslaved Black people, after a bloody revolution led by Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1791. However, 150 years earlier, in the neighboring Dominican Republic, a man emerged who would also go down in… Continue reading Dominican Black History: Meet Sebastián Lemba, The First Anti-Slavery Rebel Leader In The Americas

Have You Heard Of The Afro-Caucasians In Eastern Europe?

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Afro-Abkhazians are a group of Black Caucasians that occupy Eastern Europe in the Abkhazia region. Located in the Caucasus mountains, along the Black Sea, Afro Abkhazians have historically called the border between Russia and Georgia home. While there’s no argument that this population of Afro-Caucasians exists, historians disagree on how they settled in Eastern Europe.… Continue reading Have You Heard Of The Afro-Caucasians In Eastern Europe?

Everything To Know About The African Diaspora In South Korea

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In the spirit of Black History Month, let’s take a look at our African diaspora family in South Korea. South Korea is one of the most ethnically homogenous countries in the world – over 99% of South Koreans ethnically identify as Korean. There are no concrete statistics on the size of the Afro-Korean population; needless… Continue reading Everything To Know About The African Diaspora In South Korea

Salvador: The Cradle Of Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian Heritage

Stephanie Foden

Located on Brazil’s Northeastern Coast is Salvador – the capital city of the state of Bahia and a city that many call the “cradle” of the country’s Afro-Brazilian Heritage.  There are more than 90 million people living in Brazil, and more than half identify as Black. The South American country has the largest population of… Continue reading Salvador: The Cradle Of Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian Heritage

Tamales: The Dish That Connects The Caribbean And The Americas Back To Africa

Kryssia Campos

From Mexico to the Caribbean all the way down to Brazil, there is one dish that connects that diaspora with its undeniable African roots— tamales.  Tamales, Pasteles, Conkie, Blue Drawers, and Ayaka— there are many names for this irresistible corn-based package of goodness and no matter what you call it and where you find it,… Continue reading Tamales: The Dish That Connects The Caribbean And The Americas Back To Africa

Did You Know? James Brown Was The First Black American To Own A Private Jet

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James Brown held a lot of titles, including “The Godfather of Soul,” “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business,” “The King of Funk,” and the list goes on. Yet, there’s one title he’s known for that has nothing to do with his iconic stage performances, but highlights the fact that he defied the odds.  When… Continue reading Did You Know? James Brown Was The First Black American To Own A Private Jet

How The UK Black Panthers Shaped Black British Culture

JIM WATSON

Despite continued efforts to erase Black British history and the endless accounts of resistance, the legacy of the British Black Panthers lives on. The grassroots, community centered efforts of the political group, who were active during the late 1960s through 70s, is easily seen in the fabric of Black British culture today.  Founded in London… Continue reading How The UK Black Panthers Shaped Black British Culture

Why I Joined Black Divers On Their Quests For Slave Ships In The Atlantic Ocean

Sabrina Johnson measuring an artifact. Photo Credit: Brenda Altmeier (NOAA)/Courtesy of Chris Searles

Tara Roberts didn’t know at the time that a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture would lead her on a journey of self-discovery while searching for the lost slave ships in the Atlantic Ocean.  “I was on the second floor and I remember there was a picture of a group… Continue reading Why I Joined Black Divers On Their Quests For Slave Ships In The Atlantic Ocean

Why Afro-Colombians Celebrate Christmas On February 16 In This Small Town

Luis ROBAYO

In the Western world, Christmas is celebrated in December, but in Quinamayó— a small town located in the Colombian Pacific region— Afro-Colombians celebrate the holiday in mid-February. The celebration, which dates back 150 years ago, hits this city with a colorful procession through the town in which people carry a doll of a Black baby… Continue reading Why Afro-Colombians Celebrate Christmas On February 16 In This Small Town

Santo Domingo: The Dominican Republic City That Kept Slavery Silent

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2021 marked 500 years since what is believed to be the first record slave revolt in the Americas. While there are some debates among historians on the actual date of the rebellion and whether it happened on Christmas Day or the day after, what remains known is the revolt began on the Nueva Isabela sugar plantation… Continue reading Santo Domingo: The Dominican Republic City That Kept Slavery Silent

Descendants Of The First Enslaved Africans Travel From Virginia To Angola To Connect With Ancestors

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Angola President João Lourenco has made good on his promise to the family believed to be the descendants of two of the first enslaved Africans in America.  Vincent Tucker and his sister Wanda Tuckers are the co-founders of The William Tucker 1624 Society. Born to Antoney and Isabella, William is known as the first child of… Continue reading Descendants Of The First Enslaved Africans Travel From Virginia To Angola To Connect With Ancestors

Maria del Valle: The Black Woman Considered ‘The Mother Of The Homeland’ In Argentina

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As we reported in June 2021, Black people in Argentina have been treated as an invisible minority for a very long time. Portrayed as the whitest country in Latin America, the saying “Aqui no hay negros”—There are no Blacks here—has been very popular among Argentine citizens. Ironically, the key person in the fight for independence… Continue reading Maria del Valle: The Black Woman Considered ‘The Mother Of The Homeland’ In Argentina

Veracruz: The State Where Africa And Cuba Meet On Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Justin Lewis

Every state in Mexico varies massively, but nothing quite beats the change in energy once you arrive in Veracruz. The state, most known for its beautiful beaches and Carnival also has an abundance of Black history that is still evident today.  The true essence of the Caribbean can be felt in Veracruz, not only for… Continue reading Veracruz: The State Where Africa And Cuba Meet On Mexico’s Caribbean Coast