CultureHISTORY: The “Lost Friends” Ads - New Orleans, LA (1879-1880)

A heartbreaking piece featuring the newly digitized collection of original advertisements from a New Orleans newspaper between November 1879 and December 1880. Because it was part of the institution of slavery to split up families, after the Civil War, African Americans began the search for their lost kin. Once they were free, this was one of the few options former slaves had to try and find their families. Writing ads in local newspapers. Just another piece of American History.

Full article via Slate with more ads, The Hopeful, Heartbreaking Ads Placed by Formerly Enslaved People In Search Of Lost Family


CultureSOUL *50s*: African Americans in Color c. 1950s

Photo credits:

  1. Southern California c. 1950s
  2. Southern California c. 1950s
  3. Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956. Gordon Parks
  4. Southern California, 1956
  5. Airline Terminal, Atlanta, Georgia, 1956. Gordon Parks
  6. Bathing Beauties contest c. 1950s
  7. Coney Island, NY, 1957
  8. Location unknown c. 1950s
  9. Wedding, Southern California, 1956
  10. Rare color image from the “A Great Day In Harlem” iconic Jazz photo shoot. This close up features Marian McPartland, Mary Lou Williams and Thelonious Monk.

For more images of African Americans in color, see this Gordon Parks photo essay on the Civil Rights era recently published in HuffPost.



CultureTV: “We Built This” - ‘black-ish” Season 4 Premiere - #Juneteenth 

ICYMI. This #Hamilton-inspired premiere celebrating Juneteenth was everything. 

CultureHISTORY: Freed Slaves, Richmond, Virginia c. 1865 - #Juneteenth 150th Anniversary 2015

Original caption: 

“The photograph appears to be taken shortly after the fall of Richmond, in April, 1865.  The picture appears to be of a family, but only men and children are seen … the fate of the mother is unknown. The photograph was undoubtedly taken shortly after these people obtained their freedom. The ruins of Richmond can be seen in the background.”


CultureSOUL: African Americans - Early 20th Century - c. 1900s-1910s

  1. Group portrait c. 1900 
  2. Family c. 1900s
  3. San Francisco, California c. 1906. Photo by Arnold Genthe
  4. Original photo inscribed “Thanksgiving, 1912”
  5. Elf and Annie Jones Family, c. 1914
  6. Great Plains, c. 1910s, Lincoln, Nebraska

CultureCINEMA *Black Couples* - African Americans on Film c. 1960s-2000s

  1. Ruby Dee & Sidney Poitier, A Raisin In The Sun, 1961
  2. Billy Dee Williams & Diana Ross, Mahogany, 1975
  3. Halle Berry & Eddie Murphy, Boomerang, 1992
  4. Nia Long & Larenz Tate, Love Jones, 1997
  5. Sanaa Lathan & Omar Epps, Love & Basketball, 2000



CultureMUSIC: “Take The ‘A’ Train feat. Ivie Anderson” - From the 1943 film Reveille with Beverly - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 

In honor of Duke’s birthday (April 29, 1899), a vintage clip featuring this seminal jazz classic and the fine af black musicians of the early 20th century. 

I hope folks understand that the Duke was basically the Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jay Z, Kanye, Kendrick of his generation.