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Month: February 2016

Happy Belated Birthday “Back That Azz Up”

Tracy Clayton at Buzzfeed with the timely reminders (and all of the gifs):

“The song was released on Feb. 24, 1999, and it changed the world…

“As soon as you hear those opening strings you panic because you know what’s about to go down and you’re like “Lord, let me survive this song one more time, amen.””

Ghost Meme #1

Names of people of African descent still buried under the 126th MTA bus depot in East Harlem in a burial ground first established in 1665.

DIGITAL: Gallon on the Chicago Defender’s Standing Dealers List | Black Press Research Collective


Enjoying this essay and research by Kim Gallon of the Black Press Research Collective:

“The Chicago Defender, also known as the “World’s Greatest Weekly,” encouraged over a million African Americans living in the South to migrate to urban cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York between 1915 and 1925.   Founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott, it was the largest and best selling black newspaper in the first three decades of the twentieth century.

DIGITAL: Delmont’s Black Quotidian (Using Scalar)

Everyday Black Life/History Project from Matthew Delmont! –

Black Quotidian is a digital project designed to highlight everyday moments and lives in African-American history. This site features historical articles from black newspapers such as the Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, and Philadelphia Tribune. These newspapers—digitized as part of the ProQuest Black Newspaper collection—are among the most important sources for understanding black history and culture in the twentieth century.  Similarly, the Library of Congress has digitized dozens of African-American newspapers that chronicle life in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. By emphasizing the ordinary or mundane aspects of history I hope both to call attention to people and events that are not commonly featured in textbooks, documentaries, or Black History Month celebrations, while also casting new light on well-known black history subjects.

DIGITAL: Currie and Ligon Curate Google Cultural Institute Exhibit “Black College Life in the New Deal” | U.S. National Archives

Netisha Currie (Archives Specialist) and Dr. Tina Ligon (Lead Archivist) curated the gorgeous “Black College Life in the New Deal” exhibit for the Google Cultural Institute and the U.S. National Archives:


“The photographs in this exhibit are all from the series Kenneth Space Photographs of the Activities of Southern Black Americans, 1936 – 1937 (National Archives Identifier 559211), located at the National Archives at College Park.

For more information and updates about records at the National Archives relating to black history, please visit the Rediscovering Black History blog (”

A Photo Exhibit Through the Lens of Kenneth Space, Photographer for the  Harmon Foundation