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Rediscovering “The Hampton Album,” a Renowned Record of African-American History After the Civil War | Feature Shoot

Credited as the first female photojournalist in the United States, Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) received a commission in 1899 to photograph the Hampton Institute, a private historically Black university located in Hampton, Virginia. Founded in 1868, just four years after the Civil War, the Hampton Institute was dedicated to the education of African-American men and women — and from 1878 to 1923, also maintained a program for Native Americans. The campus was located on the grounds of “Little Scotland,” a former plantation. Among its many illustrious alumni was no less than Booker T. Washington who taught at Hampton after he […]

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Once homeless, D.C. teacher overcomes odds and wins Teacher of the Year award | WJLA

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Lakeisha Brown has overcome many obstacles in life. This year, she was recognized as the D.C. Public Schools Teacher of the Year. “A girl from a small town who had a really rough upbringing could possibly win too. I didn’t count myself out,” Brown said. “It’s a moment that I will never forget.” Brown has been teaching at Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest D.C. for the last four years. Getting to this point wasn’t always easy for Brown. “I told myself I want to be a teacher that counts every child, who thinks that everyone can make […]

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The FBI Spends a Lot of Time Spying on Black Americans | The Intercept

THE FBI HAS come under intense criticism after a 2017 leak exposed that its counterterrorism division had invented a new, unfounded domestic terrorism category it called “black identity extremism.” Since then, legislators have pressured the bureau’s leadership to be more transparent about its investigation of black activists, and a number of civil rights groups have filed public records requests to try to better understand who exactly the FBI is investigating under that designation. Although the bureau has released hundreds of pages of documents, it continues to shield the vast majority of these records from public scrutiny. The sheer volume of […]

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This Black Woman Runs The Newest Luxury Yacht Charter Service | Travel Noire

As a young girl growing up on Virginia’s eastern shore, Sheila Ruffin came to love boats at an early age. Her grandfather was an avid boater so she spent a lot of her childhood around the water. Once she was older, Sheila would go on to attend law school. After learning that she didn’t pass the bar exam the first time, it sent her into one of the darkest times of her life. But, there was a bright spot. She ended up landing a job on the beautiful island of St. Thomas. Between the World and Me (2015) St. Thomas […]

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Prince Memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones,’ Brings To Life A Vision In One’s Mind | NPR WAMU 88.5

I’m a longtime Prince fan. I would listen to his raunchy songs with the sound turned down low so my parents couldn’t hear, because even before I understood a lot of the double entendre in his lyrics, I sensed they — and he — were naughty. And, of course, my parents confirmed. Once while driving in the car with my mom, Erotic City started playing on the radio. She reached over, snapped the radio off and said, “That Prince is just nasty.” And he was nasty. In a good way. Prince was also perspicacious and artistically brilliant and mischievous and […]

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