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Poetry In Color

I enjoy reading and writing poetry and if you follow my posts you made have read one or two of my poems. Today I want to share with you one of my inspirations and the only poet who’s works I have memorized. Countee Cullen.   He was born in 1903 and lived a short but influential […]

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Black Culture in Quilting

  Quilting is quintessential Americana. Bright intricate quilts hang in country stores next to apple pie scented candles representing what many view as distinctly White American culture. But quilting is much more than that. It has been around for thousands of years. The first discovery of the quilting technique was discovered in Africa. Many people […]

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Art in Color

We go to school and we go to the museum. We learn about Picasso and Van Gogh. And that is great, but what about the contributions of black artists. Where is there representation in the mainstream? With the unveiling of the Presidential Portrait which was painted by a young Black man I thought I would […]

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“The House” of Stars

Westinghouse High School opened in 1917 to serve the eastern neighborhoods of Pittsburgh PA.  Located in Homewood, this institution has served the community for over 100 years. Over that time the school earned a reputation for breeding fantastic talent in all areas. So I want to take a moment to share some of the names […]

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Chuck Cooper, A Pittsburgh Legend

If you have been following my Black History posts you may have notice several amazing firsts that originated in our city. Here is another to add to the list. Actually, this man has several momentous firsts to his name. He is Charles “Chuck” Cooper and he is a Pittsburgh native. Born and raised in Pittsburgh […]

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