My Third Great Grandfather Warren McKinney's Slave Narrative

My third great grandfather Warren McKinney (1859-1938) participated in the Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. The interviews took place between 1936-1938 and were conducted by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Arkansas. These records are in the Library of Congress. My great, great, great father's interview was took place in Hazen, Arkansas. He was 85 at the time. He died in 1938 so finding this has been an invaluable treasure for my family. I was shocked that we found this....more
This is a blessing for you. I have looked hoping that I would find one of my relatives words ...more

Dance Theatre of Harlem and Why Ballet Isn't Just for White Girls

When I was a kid, like so many little girls, I took ballet lessons.  Every Saturday morning I packed up my pink ballet box, slipped on my leotard and trailed my mother downtown to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for class. I was the only black girl in the class but I didn’t care.  More formidable was the ballet master barking instructions, making me jump as I moved tentatively across the polished floor.  I don’t know that I was very good, but I do know that I loved to dance....more
@GloriaMalone So glad to hear from you!  I love that your daughter is pursuing something she ...more

Do You Know Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Time to celebrate Mexico’s biggest holiday with sombreros and two-for-one margaritas, right? While the occasion is one big fiesta in the United States, it’s not that way in Mexico. While I love tacos and margaritas as much as the next gal, I think it's also important to understand the history behind this event. Our friends at Mamiverse have an explanation of the battle that the event commemorates:...more
Mexico defeated the French. They were very cruel to Mexicans in occupation. Mexican Independence ...more

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Georgia High School Holds First Integrated Prom

It's prom season everywhere, but here's one high school dance whose time has come (or should have come about 50 years ago). Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia held its first integrated prom last weekend. Yes, you heard that right. Integrated, as in black and white students were allowed to attend the same festivities....more
@Momofacrew  @Grace Hwang Lynch If people were turned away because of their color, that is ...more

Saudi Arabia Tackles Violence Against Women in First Ad Campaign

Saudi Arabia isn’t exactly known for its glowing record on women’s rights. Women still can’t drive in the Kingdom or go out in public without permission from a male relative. So I suppose it’s encouraging, if not surprising, that the Middle Eastern country just launched its first ad campaign condemning violence against women. The campaign is called No More Abuse. Why is the Kingdom taking up this issue now? Andri Antoniades takes a look at TakePart.com--Mona ...more
I think it will. This is remarkable that this is happening....those poor women ARE really living ...more

Surgery or Photoshop? What the Korean Beauty Controversy Says About Us

Have you seen the collage of Korean beauty pageant contestants that’s circulating around the web? Besides sparking a multitude of inane comments about all Asians looking alike, it’s also stirred up a lot of debate about whether plastic surgery – or even Photoshop – has gone too far. ...more
This is insane. South Korea also possesses among the world's highest teen suicide rates - the ...more

Terrorism Creeps into Immigration Debate, Diverting the Focus From the Positives

Last week, announcement of the long-awaited immigration reform bill by the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight was overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombing. Shortly after the official press conference announcing the proposal, some sought to tie terrorism into the immigration debate. On Friday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said...more
It's unfortunate that the Boston event, as tragic as it was, may be used as a red herring that ...more

Why Do People Expect Me to Apologize for the Boston Bombings?

If you have the internet connection to read this post, you surely know about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. This news is horrifying, depressing, and once again a stark reminder of the vulnerability of each and every day, and the tragedy that can lurk around any hidden corner. ...more
AsianBlackCo BlogHer thanks, I'm glad the post resonated with you!more

Chinese Grad Student and Blogger Lu Lingzi Killed in Boston Blast

The third person killed by Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon has been identified as Chinese graduate student Lu Lingzi, who was studying statistics at Boston University. ...more
So sad for the loss of Lu Lingzi.  What a sad, sad tragedy when a young brilliant life is lost ...more

Psy "Gentleman": Can "Gangnam Style" Star Be More Than a One-Hit Wonder in the US?

Now that every child old enough to swipe a finger across a touch screen knows the chorus to "Gangnam Style", Korean pop star Psy has released a follow-up, "Gentleman", which racked up over 53 million views in its first two days on You Tube, beating Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" for the most pageviews in its first 24 hours. And did you notice he's busting out the MC Hammer harem pants?...more
I not think it will get hit much, I watch it last night and disappointing.more