Posts Tagged: African Americans

Vintage Illustration Voters

Every Vote Counts

You cannot value too highly your right to vote. It is the American Way. In the midst of the cold war, Metropolitan  Life Insurance  ran an ad encouraging Americans to embrace their  God-given American right to vote, a privilege not

Vintage Illustration Voters

Every Vote Counts

You cannot value too highly your right to vote. It is the American Way. In the midst of the cold war, Metropolitan  Life Insurance  ran an ad encouraging Americans to embrace their  God-given American right to vote, a privilege not

Living History-Civil War Centennial and the Civil Rights Movement

My Mad Men era childhood vacations were often spent visiting the past. On weekends and school holidays I traipsed through countless creaky old historical houses of men who helped make America great, curiously observed colonial cobblers and blacksmiths hard at

Living History-Civil War Centennial and the Civil Rights Movement

My Mad Men era childhood vacations were often spent visiting the past. On weekends and school holidays I traipsed through countless creaky old historical houses of men who helped make America great, curiously observed colonial cobblers and blacksmiths hard at

Trumps Revisionist History

Only in Donald Trump’s revisionist dreamscape is the African-American community in the “absolutely worst shape they’ve ever been in. Ever. Ever. Ever!” Ever? Really?

Trumps Revisionist History

Only in Donald Trump’s revisionist dreamscape is the African-American community in the “absolutely worst shape they’ve ever been in. Ever. Ever. Ever!” Ever? Really?

Black Family at Home 1960s

Black Lives Matter and the Facts of Life

At what age does a black boy learn he is perceived as menacing and dangerous? At what age is he told of systemic racism and state sanctioned brutality against someone who looks just like him? At what age does an

Black Family at Home 1960s

Black Lives Matter and the Facts of Life

At what age does a black boy learn he is perceived as menacing and dangerous? At what age is he told of systemic racism and state sanctioned brutality against someone who looks just like him? At what age does an

Vintage racist ad GE 1947 Black Maid

Black Stereotypes in Advertising- Maid to Order

The Oscar so White  movement has justly taken Hollywood to task for its diversity problem. Much has been made of the fact that when the Academy has given an Oscar to black actors it has, nearly 55 % of the

Vintage racist ad GE 1947 Black Maid

Black Stereotypes in Advertising- Maid to Order

The Oscar so White  movement has justly taken Hollywood to task for its diversity problem. Much has been made of the fact that when the Academy has given an Oscar to black actors it has, nearly 55 % of the

Bill Cosby 1965

Cosby Kiss and Tell

In 1966 suave leading man Bill Cosby lamented “Why won’t they let me kiss on TV?” Perhaps frustrated at not getting enough action on the small screen he took matters into his own hands in his private life. Exactly a

Bill Cosby 1965

Cosby Kiss and Tell

In 1966 suave leading man Bill Cosby lamented “Why won’t they let me kiss on TV?” Perhaps frustrated at not getting enough action on the small screen he took matters into his own hands in his private life. Exactly a

vintage Movie poster Ebony on Parade

Blacks and Whites and Movies

What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Recent accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” was pretty much confirmed by the

vintage Movie poster Ebony on Parade

Blacks and Whites and Movies

What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Recent accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” was pretty much confirmed by the

Black Movies I passed for White

#OscarSoWhite…Redux

Yet again. Here’s one sure way to get an Oscar nomination. Taking a cue from the title of this 1960 movie, perhaps the best way to get an Oscar nod in diversity-free 2016 would be to pass for white. Oscars

Black Movies I passed for White

#OscarSoWhite…Redux

Yet again. Here’s one sure way to get an Oscar nomination. Taking a cue from the title of this 1960 movie, perhaps the best way to get an Oscar nod in diversity-free 2016 would be to pass for white. Oscars

collage vintage family traveling in car and police officer stopping a car

Driving While Black- Not So Happy Motoring

Happy Motoring is not something Black drivers can take for granted. Americans have long been urged to discover the vast greatness of America by car. What many discover especially when driving while black, is the rules of the road are

collage vintage family traveling in car and police officer stopping a car

Driving While Black- Not So Happy Motoring

Happy Motoring is not something Black drivers can take for granted. Americans have long been urged to discover the vast greatness of America by car. What many discover especially when driving while black, is the rules of the road are

A Stain on America….Again

Over 50 years ago, a Black woman stood amid the debris in Birmingham, Alabama, her feet covered with shattered glass from the bombed out 16th Street Baptist Church, cried out in anguish: “My God, you’re not even safe in church!”

A Stain on America….Again

Over 50 years ago, a Black woman stood amid the debris in Birmingham, Alabama, her feet covered with shattered glass from the bombed out 16th Street Baptist Church, cried out in anguish: “My God, you’re not even safe in church!”