CultureMUSIC *The Guitarists* - Black Ax Men c. 1930s-2010s

The Pioneers.

  1. Robert Johnson
  2. Muddy Waters
  3. Jimi Hendrix
  4. Eddie Hazel (Parliament-Funkadelic)
  5. Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers.)
  6. Prince
  7. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
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CultureSOUL - The Carl Van Vechten Photography series  Van Vechten was a writer, photographer and patron of the arts in New York. He was said to be moved by the artists of the Harlem Renaissance movement and in 1939 he began a photography series that would last for nearly 25 years. Van Vechten, who became friendly with many of the artists, began photographing them in a bold color series. Some 50 years later, this series still stands as one of the finest photo essays on mid-century black artists available. A few highlights from the series here.
Credits: 1. Eartha Kitt / 2. Harry Belafonte / 3. Ruby Dee / 4. Ossie Davis 5. Langston Hughes / 6. Zora Neal Hurston / 7. Pearl Bailey 8. James Earl Jones / 9. W.E.B. Dubois / 10. Mahalia Jackson

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CultureSOUL: *The Graduates* Post- Reconstruction Era - The African Americans

1. Fisk University Graduates including W.E.B. Dubois (right), 1888

2. Class from Roger Williams University in Nashville - 1899

3. Howard Univ. graduating class c. 1900


CultureVIDEO *Soul Train Line Dance* - “Daddy Could Swear” - Gladys Knight & The Pips c. 1973

Black folks in the 70s. Feeling free and gettin’ down. You’re welcome. 


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CultureSOUL: *Sepia Visions* African American Families* - The Reconstruction Era

1. Captain T. Shorey & family, Oakland, CA 1898

2. Black family portrait on the Lawn c. 1890s

3. Man and his daughters c. 1890s

(Photos courtesy of blackhistoryalbum)


CultureHISTORY: The Obamas & Black History

  1. First Lady Michelle Obama at the Brown vs. Board of Education Museum, Topeka, Kansas, July 2014
  2. President Barack Obama on the Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, April 2012

We are living during historic times. The Obamas are changing and reclaiming black history right before our very eyes. The passage of time will only serve to elevate their legacies so, as we move through this momentous era with America’s First Black Family, be present for the journey. Future generations will ask us about Obama as we asked our elders about MLK, Malcolm and JFK. They will ask us what it felt like to live in the Age of Obama. Be a witness to history.


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CultureSOUL: George Washington Carver 

A scientist, botanist and educator born into slavery in 1864, Mr. Carver is considered one of America’s greatest inventors. His achievements include his groundbreaking botanical research to provide alternative crops to cotton such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. As his wiki page notes, “He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life." 

Here George Washington Carver (Center) sits with his fellow staff members at the Tuskegee Institute in 1902. 

Full bio here

CultureSOUL: *The Ancestors* - Free Men of Color c. 1830


“This hand-colored daguerreotype was taken by photographer William A. Pratt in antebellum, or pre-Civil War, Virginia. The photograph shows two African-American men outfitted in a manner that does not imply that they were enslaved at the time the photograph was taken. They are finely dressed in suits and silk cravats… This rare photograph of two well-off African-American men in mid-19th century America reveals the small, but possible, opportunity for a prosperous life that free men were able to live.”

CultureSOUL *The Ancestors* C.B. McRay, Jasper, TX (photo)

Robert Glenn - North Carolina Plantation (text):

“I was a slave before and during the Civil War. I am 87 years old. I was born Sept. 16, 1850… I was eight years old and I was put on the block and sold in Nelson Hall’s yard by the son of Bob Hall. I saw my brother and sister sold on this same plantation. They sold me away from my father and mother and I was carried to the state of Kentucky. I was not allowed to tell my mother and father goodbye. I was bought and sold three times in one day.” – WPA Slave Narratives

Robert Glenn, September 1936, Raleigh, North Carolina