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Charles Spurgeon Johnson was an American sociologist and college administrator, the first black president of historically black Fisk University, and a lifelong advocate for racial equality and the advancement of civil rights for African Americans and all ethnic minorities. Hamite Award Winner  


The Beauty of a Generous Heart
by Michelle D. Smith

“Thrifty” she said “I like that” “See, you learned a new word, a better word than cheap.” They both laughed and went on their way. As you know, I have real issues with cheap people.

Men and women. I make it a point to never eat out with a person who has to use a calculator to calculate a restaurant tab.  (read more)

Michelle D. Smith is a visionary and spiritual warrior seeking to share awareness with many. She has a spiritual blog and a monthly relationship column on Black Refer.com. She is a 2015 alumnae of Listen To Your Mother Baltimore. Her work has been published in the anthology Mom For The Holidays. Under her company, Angels Here To Help, she published her first channeled work, My Life As A Mermaid as well as an angel calendar for 2017. Relationships are the fabric of life. Using different niches allow her to reach a variety of people to amuse, entertain and inspire.


Disney Dreamers Academy
Walt Disney World Resort

(BPRW) Applications Now Open for Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort

One hundred high school students to be selected for exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime program taking place in March 2018.

(Black PR Wire) LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – June 30, 2017 – High school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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Teaching Social Media to New Generations
William Jackson

by William Jackson, Social Media Visionary of My Quest To Teach @wmjackson

The recent deaths, suicides and content that is growing more and more adult and dangerous affects the thinking and actions of children and young people that are watching online content in video and multimedia. Each generation is faced with the challenges of online content that is not child, youth and teen friendly.

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Whatever Happened To?
whatever happened to Eric Dickerson

Eric Dickerson -   a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.

But Whatever Happened to Eric Dickerson?

By Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Famous Quotes
Famous Quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt - Former First Lady of the United States

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”


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Who Am I?
who am i

  • Born November 3, 1949

  • Grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania

  • Won his first 48 professional boxing matches

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Did You Know?
did you know

Frederick Douglass did not play!!! He is still an inspiration for all today. Listen to this mind blowing speech Frederick Douglass made back in 1852. He couldn't believe America invited him to speak on July 4th Independence Day while his people were still in slavery, very very powerful!   listen

Soul Food Adventures

Black People Try Soul Food For The First Time -   (commenter) What have they been eating all of their lives?
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Black Travel Adventures

5 Things To Expect When Travelling While Black -


  • California, Guerneville -   Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival  -  Get ready for another awesome weekend filled with jazz, blues, dancing, wine tasting and lounging in the river.

  • California, Marin City -   Annual Marin City Blues, Jazz & Soul Party in the Park  -  A free community concert, great music, ethnic foods, arts & crafts, classic car show, kids zone.

  • California, Monterey -   Monterey Jazz Festival -  Over 500 top name jazz artists performing on 9 stages spread over 20 acres of the Festivals magnificent Monterey fairgrounds site.

  • California, San Francisco -   The Polk Street Blues Festival -  The Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas, and much more. The only free blues event in San Francisco.

  • DC, Washington -   Black Family Reunion Celebration  -  This multi-cultural, family focused festival attracts up to 250,000 people. It is a unique opportunity for you to display your organization’s programs, services, and activities to the thousands of African Americans and others.

  • DC, Washington -   DC Fashion Week  -   DC Fashion Week is held twice a year during the months of February & September. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFASHIONWEEK (DCFW) was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation's capital as a center of international fashion.

  • Florida, Orlando -   Tom Joyner Family Reunion  -   It's our annual celebration of family fun this Labor Day Weekend, August - September in Orlando, Florida!

  • Georgia, Atlanta -   The Atlanta Comedy Festival  -   The nations premier bi-annual progressive & urban comedy showcase.

  • Georgia, Savannah -   Savannah Jazz Festival  -   Jazz is America’s truly original art form. Remember, the Savannah Jazz Festival is free and open to all!

  • Illinois, Cairo -   Cairo Heritage Blues and Gospel Festival.

  • Illinois, Chicago -   African Festival of the Arts -  Creating and keeping the culture. Enjoy clothing, jewelry that is handmade, soul food, and more.

  • Kansas, Wichita -   Wichita Black Arts Festival  -  Reconnect with roots, or enjoy art on display, with food and music floating in the air. All people are welcome; it’s an all-Wichita festival showcasing the cultural vibrancy of the African-American community.

  • Kentucky, Lexington -   Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival -  The colorful pageantry of the festival, combined with its high quality offerings of cultural and educational programs, has earned its recognition as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

  • Maryland, Baltimore -   African American Culture Festival  -   The Festival serves as a vehicle to showcase Baltimore County communities and its residents.

  • Maryland, Baltimore -   Cadillac Parade and Royal Theatre Reunion Parade & Festival  -  Good music, and witness the traditional Cadillac Parade.

  • Massachusetts, Cambridge -   Cambridge Carnival International -  Cambridge Carnival is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. This free festival is considered a Cambridge Institution, and is the largest festival in Cambridge, with thousands of attendees.

  • Mississippi, Greenville -   Mississippi Delta Blues Festival  -  The purpose of the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival is to reach a worldwide audience with a celebration of the contributions the Mississippi Delta Blues culture has made to the American story - and to help preserve that culture.

  • Nevada, Las Vegas -   Las Vegas Jazz Festival  -   Join us for a great weekend of entertainment and music by some of your favorite R&B and Smooth Jazz artists.

  • New Jersey, Atlantic City -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival  -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival, promises to be better than ever! For two days, fans will experience tickle your funny bone fanfare, gut busting jokes and hilarious, side-splitting humor from some of the world’s most noted, critically acclaimed mainstream comedians.

  • New York, Albany -   Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival  -  Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is one of the area’s premier free, family events.

  • New York, Harlem -   African American Day Parade  -  Showcase of positive Black achievements. The largest Black parade in America.

  • North Carolina, Raleigh -   African American Cultural Festival  -  The African American Cultural Festival in partnership with the City of Raleigh and Wake County is proud to present a family friendly celebration of African American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh.

  • South Carolina, Charleston -   MOJA Arts Festival  -   A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for many different years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites.

  • Tennessee, Memphis -   Annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival  -  Celebrating the arts, music, and heritage of the South from the cultural crossroads of Memphis. Gayoso Stage Annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival - Gayoso and Main Street Memphis, TN

  • Tennessee, Memphis -   Black Writers And Book Clubs Literacy Festival  -  The BWABC Literacy Festival will be held September 19-20, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Cook Convention Center. It will be hosted by nationally acclaimed author, Shelia E. Lipsey. It is a free event to the public and to book clubs. The purpose of the festival is to unite authors and readers while promoting literacy within the community.

  • Tennessee, Nashville -   Nashville's African Street Festival  -  Committed to celebrating and connecting the extensions of Africa to America by way of education, arts, business, family and community.

  • Texas, Houston -   Houston AfriFEST  -  Showcasing the sights and sounds of the continent of Africa from Egypt to South Africa, Senegal to Ethiopia, the Houston AFRIFEST is always an amazing experience. Make this a date and plan to be there with friends, family and visitors to relax and enjoy the variety of country foods and drinks, ethnic art, crafts and sculptures on display by local and international merchants, tribal dance, folklore, cultural music, games for kids and so much more fun and entertainment!

  • Washington, Seattle -   Bumbershoot - Seattle's Music & Arts Festival  -  There will be music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, visual, performance, and literary arts, and more!

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