Black History Month presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about the incredible accomplishments of Black men and women in America and abroad. Here’s a collection of non-fiction and historical fiction books to help children learn about a past that should be highlighted far beyond these 28 days each year.
I think it’s important to explore African art and look at other dimensions in which the Black / African woman is viewed, perceived and documented. – Says @Efabulous1
Art – Diaspora: “African Diva Project“ by Margaret Rose Vendreyes.
If any of the above images look in any way familiar, that’s because these artworks are based on some of the most iconic album covers from some of the greatest black women artists of the 20th century.
From Betty Davis and Tina Turner, to Grace Jones and Nina Simone, this series by Jamaican-born Vendreyes includes 33 paintings modeled after a 12” LP full-figure portrait of a black woman soloist. What makes this project stand out, however, is not simply the homage to these legendary women, but the masks that each woman wears. Named after specific African ethnic groups such as Malinke, Ibibio, Kwele and Yoruba, Vendreyes combines the beauty and power of these women with the same characteristics in these masks, “replacing their psychological mask with a literal one”.
This symbolic gesture also plays on the fact that in many African societies, although these masks may be of female ancestors and deities, they are only worn and performed by men during masquerades.
What are your thoughts on this series?
All Africa, All the time.
If you have not read Baldwin… you have not read about real life! – @Efabulous1
What we get today out of reading him is so much more than just eloquent and riveting writing; James Baldwin is also a history teacher. His fiction and nonfiction recount the stories and struggles of African Americans in the first half of the 20th century, and Giovanni’s Room stands as a landmark novel in its representation of homosexuality in a way that seems neither exploitative nor like a simple plot device.
Born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker spent her youth in poverty before learning to dance and finding success on Broadway. In the 1920s she moved to France and soon became one of Europe’s most popular and highest-paid performers. She worked for the French Resistance during World War II, and during the 1950s and ‘60s devoted herself to fighting segregation and racism in the United States.
Josephine Baker died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1975, and was buried with military honors.