Mae C. Jemison, the first African American female in space, was born on this date, October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. She became the first African-American woman to be in the astronaut training program in 1987. On mission STS47, she flew into space with six other astronauts on the Endeavour. She was in space for eight days conducting experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness. Jemison has won many awards and doctorates. Some of the awards include the NASA Space Flight Medal, Essence Science and Technology Award, and the Ebony Black Achievement Award. She was also inducted in the International Space Hall of Fame.
Jenny Gill: Thomas Greene Wiggins is a fascinating historical figure. When did you start conceptualizing a narrative around his life and experience?
Jeffery Renard Allen: I first became interested in writing a fictional narrative about Tom Wiggins in 1998 after reading a brief account of his life in Oliver Sacks’ book An Anthropologist on Mars. Here was a guy who was one of the most famous people of his time, probably the most famous pianist of the 19th century, the first African American to perform at the White House, who had somehow slipped through the cracks of history. I was also intrigued by Sacks’ description of Tom’s stage performances, which were ahead of their time in his ability to play three songs at once in different keys and play compositions that mimicked non-musical phenomena.
Jeffery Allen’s #CCproject “Song of the Shank” is now available for purchase through Graywolf Press. The novel is based on the life of fabled 19th-century African American pianist and singer Blind Tom, pictured above.
The Greeks and Romans made their Gods and Godessess straight from Kemet’s God and Goddesses
Kemet’s God and Goddesses renamed in Identity……One by One
History proves quite convincingly that the Gods and Goddesses of Europeans were of African origin but given European names…
Lets go through the Academics:
*The African God, Amun, was renamed Zeus by the Greeks and Jupiter by the Romans;
*The African God, Heru (the son of God and associated with light and sun) was called Apollo by both the Greeks and the Romans;
*The African God Imhotep (the God of Healing and medicine) was renamed Asclepius by the Greeks and Aesclapius by the Romans;
*The African God Djhuti/Thoth (God of Science, Writing and Knowledge) was called Hermes by the Greeks and Mercury by the Romans;
*The African God, Pluto, was called Pluto by both the Greeks and Romans; the
*The African God, Ausar, (the God of resurrection) was renamed Osiris by the Greeks;
*The African Goddess Hathor (the Goddess of love and beauty) was called Aphrodite by the Greeks and Venus by the Romans; and
*The African Goddess Ist (Auset), (Goddess of maternity), was renamed Isis and was worshiped as the “Black Madonna.”
“Negro is an interesting word. This country couldn’t call us Africans, because if it had, we would have understood some things about ourselves. We would not have been this “Negro America”, constantly enslaved even after slavery. It would have given us a sense of continuity. So, they had to say ‘colored’ and ‘Negro’ and ‘nigger’ to keep us in our place- to remind us that we were only from this country.”
Theme Chosen by Medievalpoc Patrons: Fiction Week!
Starting this Monday 10/6/14, Medievalpoc will be posting awesome fiction featuring diverse characters and stories, including Historical Fiction and Fantasy, Dystopian Lit, Steampunk and Sci Fi, from graphic novels to classic literature!
Previous Fiction Week posts.
Blessed bornday to Nat Turner
“Turner’s maternal grandmother was one of the Coromantee, also known as the Akan people, from the area of present-day Ghana. They were known for being resistant to slavery and were involved in revolts. She was captured in Africa at thirteen years of age and shipped to America.”
About the Program
The Egypt of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings was an empire of indomitable might. Then, around 800 BC, the impossible happened. Kush, a subject kingdom from the south, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs, and ruled for nearly 100 years.
These were the mysterious Black Pharaohs of what is today Sudan—the Nubian kings—whose reign has become legendary among Africans and written off as heresy by early archaeologists who refused to believe that dark skinned Africans could have risen so high.
But now, in the heart of Sudan, exciting new archaeological finds are revealing the truth about the great Kush dynasty. A sacred mountain holds the key to the Kush kings’ spiritual claim on the Egyptian throne; stunning statues are providing details about the true color of their skin and their long and prosperous reign; and a long-hidden tomb complex is shedding light on the trappings of their royalty and the extent of their empire. [View complete episode at pbs.org.]
The legendary, Willi Donnell Smith - WilliWear!
Arrived February 29, 1948 - departed on April 17, 1987 at just thirty nine years of age.
Williwear Ltd. sold over $25 million dollars in clothing annually.
At the time of his death he was regarded as “the” most successful young African-American fashion designers in the history of the industry.
He even designed the wedding gown for the character Mary Jane Watson when she wed Peter Parker in Marvel Comics Amazing Spider Man and the clothes for Spike Lee’s film School Daze…
Watch the Trailer for the Upcoming Second Series of “My Africa Is” in Dakar, Senegal.
We’re a day away from the launch of the second phase of the My Africa Is chronicles. This time around, the project takes us to the streets of the Senegalese capital Dakar in a three-part series that documents the city’s emerging and established dance scenes, surfing culture and a satirical news program that broadcasts information using rap.
The episode goes live tomorrow, October 2nd, and we’ll have it posted for you here at Dynamic Africa when it does!
All Africa, All the time.