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Taylor Rooks appreciation post.

At 23, Taylor is making a name for herself as a talented journalist/host/correspondent on the rise.

And she’s our own Big Ten reppin’, STL and Chicago reppin’, Illinois alumna.

Hand-colored tintype portrait of three unidentified African American women, c. 1856.

Source: Harvard Library.

April 29, 2017

Honorary Chair Beyoncé at the first “Wearable Art Gala” held at the California African American Museum.

Created by Ms. Tina and Mr. Richard Lawson, proceeds from the gala and auction will benefit the couple’s WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center and the teens they are mentoring, Tina’s Angels and Richard’s Warriors.

Beyoncé is wearing Stello by Stephanie & Michael Costello, a dress she bought a few hours before the gala at their Hollywood store. According to Michael, she said she wanted to stop by and give him a hug.

📸: Beyonce.com

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Mother and daughter goals 👩‍👧👸🏾

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Rammellzee X Basquiat X 1982

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Rammellzee on Santa Monica Blvd after exiting Maxfields in Los Angeles. Photos by Basquiat’s assistant Stephen Torton. 

The stories you wish you knew

This old photo album came to us in the papers of the Duncan and Blackwell families, who lived primarily in Pontotoc County, Mississippi.

They were a fairly well-off white family, as the pages of photographs - some identified and many not - show.

But then we reach this page and this photo:

This tintype of a young African-American woman is unlabeled, and we don’t know who she was. But it was unusual and exciting to find her in the photo album of a white family in late nineteenth-century Mississippi. Whatever the story behind this photograph, it’s one we wish we knew.