African military history is considered one of the oldest in the world. These militaries were led by some of the greatest leaders in time. Here’s a look at seven of the most extraordinary commanders in history: Read more at http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/04/04/7-great-african-military-leaders/
This is what Mozart actually looks like. The image was found in a radio station in Belgium. Fact – the Moors (Black people) brought Classical Music to Europe. Read more at http://twisted-focus.blogspot.com/2014/02/black-history-mozart.html
The photograph, scratched and undated, is captioned ‘Brother Jordan Anderson’. He is a middle-aged black man with a long beard and a righteous stare, as if he were a preacher locking eyes with a sinner, or a judge about to dispatch a thief to the gallows.
Jordan Anderson (pictured), who was freed from a Tennessee plantation by Union troops in 1964, wrote a hilariously scathing letter to his former master in 1865.
Anderson was a former slave who was freed from a Tennessee plantation by Union troops in 1864 and spent his remaining 40 years in Ohio.
He lived quietly and probably would have been forgotten, if not for a remarkable letter to his former master published in a Cincinnati newspaper shortly after the Civil War.
Scathing: Former slave Jordan Anderson (above) wrote a satirical letter in 1865 to his old master after he was asked to return to work for him. He wrote the letter with the help of Valentine Winters (below).
Treasured as a social document, praised as a masterpiece of satire, Anderson’s letter has been anthologized and published all over the world.
Historians teach it, and the letter turns up occasionally on a blog or on Facebook. Humorist Andy Borowitz read the letter recently and called it, in an email to The Associated Press, ‘something Twain would have been proud to have written’.
People of Upper Egypt. These are the faces of people that are remnants of the great civilization of the Pharaohs. Although you almost never see them in the modern Egyptian media, the original people are still there largely unmixed and with a separate culture. They have largely been squeezed out of the popular culture, but they are still proud and surviving.
They are the Beja People of Sudan, Eritrea and Kemet and are an ancient people, who are linguistically the closest kin to the ancient Kemetians. It is said that there is as much as a 70% correspondence between the Beja language and Ancient Kemetic language!
The presence of the Beja people can be traced as far back as pre-dynasty times; their proud and uniquely huge crown of fuzzy hair (tiffa) was first recorded in Ancient Kemetic rock paintings.
The Dahomey Amazons are the only documented all-female official front-line combat arms military unit in modern history. Single-mindedly devoted to hardening themselves into ruthless instruments of battlefield destruction, these machete-wielding, musket-slinging lady terminators were rightly feared throughout Western Africa for over 250 years, not only for their devotion to battle but for their utter refusal to back down or retreat from any fight unless expressly ordered to do so by their king. Read more at http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=969516523244
According to Enchanted Learning, a site that charts inventions, the potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Read more here.
Estevanico the Black, Estevanico the Moor, or Black Stephen?
Although varied versions reflect the life and death of Estevanico, I have read and compared several sources and will do my best to give you what I have weeded out as the most common thread of truth.
Estevanico was born in 1490 in Azemmour, Morrocco, North Africa during the war between the Arabs, Spanish, and Portuguese. He was raised Muslim and converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of 13 when he was captured as a slave by the Portuguese. In 1520 Estevanico was sold as a Personal Slave to a Spanish Nobleman, Infantryman, and Explorer named Andres Dorantes de Carranza.
Estevanico, Andres Dorantes de Carranza, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, and Alonso del Castillo Maldonado were said to be the first non-natives to traverse North America, with Estevanico being the first African to set foot on American soil
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