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"Colored People Gathering Fire-wood—a winter scene in Virginia"
[Image is from Harper’s Weekly, March 14, 1868, Vol. XII, No. 600, p.173.]


Candomble: The African-Brazilian Dance in Honor of the Gods

by Gisele Santos, Ancient Origins, November 19, 2015
“Candomblé (meaning dance in honor of the gods) is a religion found primarily in Brazil with a number of elements derived from African cultures. It not only incorporates some religious aspects of Yoruba, Bantu, and Fon African societies, but it gradually integrated some characteristics of Catholicism as well. It can be argued that Candomblé represents the syncretism that transpired following the cultural interaction between people of African descent and Europeans. Although Candomblé does not have Holy Scriptures, the moving oral tradition has remained quite strong since its formation.”

Flemish-style portraits question race, equality
by Melonyce McAfee,CNN, January 3, 2015
“Placing people of color within a portrait style that historically was the domain of the European
elite is a political statement on inequality couched in a beautiful tableaux.”
Photographer Maxine Helfman

Milk, Paint, Wild Beasts and an Ancient African Mystery,
by Ed Stoddard, Reuters, July 6, 2015
“Around 49,000 years ago, someone in what is today South Africa mixed milk with ochre to produce a paint mixture.What the paint was used for remains unknown. But what is startling is that it was made earlier than the first previously know use of the paint - 47,000 years earlier.”




 The ancient Christian civilization of Africa, by Peter Costello,
The Irish Catholic, January 7, 2016
"This long book is a 17th-century biography of a very holy woman. But its distinction is that
she is African, and the book contains elements of autobiography in a biographical framework.
It is the work of an African author and has long been regarded as an important book by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahado Church as the Ethiopians now prefer to call it. As the earliest
known biography of an African woman it is unique and it should be much better known."

Howard Divinity School returns sacred Ethiopian manuscript to Orthodox monastery,
By Adelle M. Banks, [Religion News Service] Deseret News, Jan. 20 2016
“A delegation from Howard University Divinity School has returned an ancient manuscript to
an Ethiopian monastery after scholars discovered its place of origin.The manuscript contains
two texts, the Acts of Paul and the Acts of Serabamon, and is part of one of the
largest collections of Ethiopian sacred artifacts in the U.S.”


Ancient Egyptian blue pigment may eventually be used to see through skin
by Amanda Bernocco, HNGN, January 18, 2015
"The ancient Egyptian blue pigment, one of the most famous pigments in the world,
may be used by doctors to see through your skin in the future."

1.5 Million Slavery Era Documents Will Be Digitized, Helping
African Americans to Learn About Their Lost Ancestors

“The Freedmen’s Bureau Project — a new initiative spearheaded by the Smithsonian, the
National Archives, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — will make available online 1.5 million historical
documents, finally allowing descendants of former African-American slaves to learn
more about their family roots.”

"Fabulize is more than just a blog. Fabulize is a beauty destination that is respected by cosmetic brands, models, and professional artists alike. Fabulize Mag targets women of color to discuss hair products, skincare products ,beauty concerns, fashion, style, events and makeup trends according to seasons. Women across the globe from Brooklyn, New York to Brazil to Kenya and even Tokyo will “Fabulize” in beauty trends, entertainment and art to not only just Fabulize themselves as a bombshell – but to also be graceful, worldly women."

House of Renee - Latonia Gray Jewelry Designer
"HouseofRenee is a line of handcrafted jewelry founded in 2006 by me, Brooklyn-born artisan, Latonia Gray. As a native New Yorker, every day is an experience loaded with inspiration for new designs, new color combinations and experimentation with new materials. Semi-precious gemstones and high quality jewelry components from around the world are the mainstays of my designs and my pieces are always infused with vibrant colors. I pay special attention to detail and refuse to sell any piece I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing myself."

Miss Anderson Jewelry - Jewelry Designers

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