A towering figure of contemporary African literature, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s latest memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver, tells the story of his creative awakening as a university student and budding writer in the early 1960s, on the cusp of Kenyan independence. Peter Kimani’s debut novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, weaves together a multi-generational, multi-ethnic tale of the formation of modern Kenya, a riveting saga of railroads, revolt, and secret ties. Join us for a special, far-reaching conversation as Ngũgĩ and Kimani discuss their work, their homeland, and the myriad dimensions of African writing today.
Also, check out these Brooklyn Borough Hall events:
1 – An art exhibition featuring Muhammad Ali through .
2 – This is the Year of the Rooster for our Asian families. The celebration date is at Brooklyn Borough Hall from
3- Black History Month Celebration’s on February 22 .
My vegetarian journey for 24+ years has enhanced my use of global seasonings. Here’s a shortlist of simple seasonings and preparation ideas with an international flair of ingredients.
1) Roasted Cauliflower: Oven at 350 degrees, takes only 15 -20 minutes. Olive oil, turmeric, ground black pepper. Stir once. Squeeze fresh lemon right before serving.
2) Kale with Ginger: Use fresh sliced ginger. Steam together with minimal water and only until the kale is a brighter green. Do not ruin by overcooking cooking. Keep firm and eat the stems.
3) Corn on the Cob: Use green peppers to season the water. They sweeten the corn!
4) Cornbread with Jalapenos: Add to your usual recipe, add jar (use some of the oil from the jar) or fresh jalapenos. Be careful, not to touch your face or rub your eyes! Amount varies with your personal preference.
5) Quinoa and Mixed Sweet Peppers: Sauté peppers with onions, and garlic. Prepare quinoa as package indicates except season the water with vegetarian low sodium bouillon (half) cube. Toss together and serve hot or cold.
6) “Enhanced” Chive Cream Cheese. Add freshly cut scallions. Use the entire onion. Add capers. Mix well.
Tasty, fast, nutritious, and easy recipes even non-vegetarians may enjoy! Summer time is here. Enjoy.
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Listen to the podcast “Math Teacher Uses Beyonce’s Formation Song to Teach
Geometry To Students”, from “The Michael Imhotep Show”, Wednesday, April
6th, 2016 at http://tobtr.com/8643463 or www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for
podcasts and DVDs.
Have you seen the viral video of geometry teacher using the Beyonce’s song
“Formation” to teach geometry? We spoke with this innovative teacher and
one of her friends. Listen to “The Michael Imhotep Show”, Monday–Friday
10pm-12midnight EST online at
downloading the “TuneIn Radio” app to your smartphone and search for
“Empowerment Radio Network” or at www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com and for the
President, The African History Network
Executive Producer/Talk Show Host of The African History Network Show
(313) 462-0003 (Office)
Listen to The African History Network Show, Thursdays, 8pm-11pm EST
If you’re interested in adorning the body and spirit view these two sites:
Heru AnkhRa Semahj creator of “The Ascension of Jewelry” at Studio of Ptah., HarsJoyari@gmail.com
Holistic jewelry designer Beverly Sapphire Wilson call or text at 718-930-8841.
I have enjoyed wearing masterpieces made by both if these wonderful designers.
Although I am gluten-free and vegetarian, my plate remains full!
Blockheads Restaurant has many gluten-free offerings. Tate’s Bake shop, Schar, Glutino, Glenny’s, and Milton’s are companies that offer a variety of gluten-free menu and snack options.
BTW Bakery (By The Way) is fully gluten- free and fresh & CO offers a good hemp brownie and other offerings that are gluten-free.
Here’s my hot chocolate recipe which presents a different twist during these winter months.
Diane’s Hot Chocolate :Instant Rich Chocolate hot cocoa mix (I use gluten- free) , one square of 86%cacao chocolate (bittersweet) and one pinch of organic cayenne pepper (Pimiento Roja). Stir gently, sip with spoon and savor. Marvelous!
Enjoy. Diane Ward.
There are so many wonderful restaurants that allow us to experience fabulous international food and drink. Here’s a compilation of restaurants and a few food selections I have experienced that you may find enjoyable as well.
Treat yourself to: 1) Ichi Umi (Start with cool sushi and work you up to the warm foods. Leave room for desserts). 2) Rainhas Churrascaria (Try the roasted quail, and wonderful roasted whole pineapple.)
You might want to try 3) Toloache’s cricket appetizer (Yes, I tried it; it was different, a smaller portion would have been fine for me.)
4) Mumtaz and 5) Jaiya are frequent favorites. Diet before visiting 6) Maison Kaiser and 7) Macaron Parlour Patisserie. Absolutely marvelous, top notch and superior is 8) Le Bernardin. Everything they serve is wonderful.
Do you have favorite wines? Try the seasonal offering of 9) Apothic Dark wines.
Enjoy, as we will all keep exercising! Peace, Diane Ward.
We have so many heroes amongst us!
Eugene “Silent” Hairston was a professional boxer from 1948 – 1953. He was a New York Golden Gloves Champion. Along with a prestigious record of winning bouts, he was also the second round contender to fight Sugar Ray Robinson.
Mr. Hairston was born in Harlem, attended Public School 47 (in Manhattan), married twice, and has one daughter. He was a devoted Jehovah Witness. He had a close friendship with a dear friend of mine. He was respected, and loved by many people; especially those that may recall his boxing prowess.
He fought many name boxers including Kid Gavilan, Paddy Young, Jake LaMotta, and Bobo Olsen. Mr. Hairston appeared in several books and publications including Ebony Magazine.
Mr. Hairston died on November 24, 2014.
Look him up on Youtube.com
By the way, Mr. Hairston was deaf.
Pursue your dreams, use your talents, and love everyone.
We make history all of the time.
Thank you. Diane Ward
|Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page from Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It will showcase individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.|
|A Page From Our American Story|
|At the dawn of the Automobile Age in the early 20th century, hundreds of small auto companies sprouted up across America as entrepreneurs recognized that society was transitioning from horse-drawn carriages to transportation powered by the internal combustion engine. Some of these early companies grew to become giants that are still with us today, such as Ford and Chevrolet. Many others remained small, struggling to compete against the assembly lines of the larger manufacturers.One such company was C.R. Patterson & Sons of Greenfield, Ohio, makers of the Patterson-Greenfield automobile from 1915 to 1918. Though its name is little recognized today, there is in fact a very important reason to ensure that it is not lost to history: it was, and remains to this day, the only African American owned and operated automobile company.
Charles Richard Patterson was born into slavery on a Virginia plantation in 1833. Not much is known about his life on the plantation, and historians have to sift through conflicting reports about how he came to settle in Greenfield, Ohio, a town with strong abolitionist sympathies. Some say his family arrived in the 1840s, possibly after purchasing their freedom; others suggest Patterson alone escaped in 1861. In any case, he learned the skills of the blacksmith and found work in the carriage-making trade, where he developed a reputation for building a high quality product. In 1873, he formed a business partnership with another carriage maker in town, J.P. Lowe, who was white, and eventually became sole proprietor of the renamed C.R. Patterson & Sons in 1893. It was a successful business employing an integrated workforce of 35-50 by the turn of the century, and Charles Patterson became a prominent and respected citizen in Greenfield. His catalog listed some 28 models, from simple open buggies to larger and more expensive closed carriages for doctors and other professionals.
When Patterson died in 1910, the business passed to his son Frederick, who was already something of a pioneer. He was college-educated and was the first black athlete to play football for Ohio State University. He was also an early member and vice president of the National Negro Business League founded by Booker T. Washington. Now, as owner and operator of the enterprise his father started, Frederick Patterson began to see the handwriting on the wall: the days of carriages and horse-drawn buggies were nearing an end.
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At first, the company offered repair and restoration services for the “horseless carriages” that were beginning to proliferate on the streets of Greenfield. No doubt this gave workers the opportunity to gain some hands-on knowledge about these noisy, smoky and often unreliable contraptions. Like his father, Frederick was a strong believer in advertising and placed his first ad for auto repair services in the local paper in 1913. Initially, the work mostly involved repainting bodies and reupholstering interiors, but as the shop gained more experience with engines and drivetrains, they began to offer sophisticated upgrades and improvements to electrical and mechanical systems as well.This valuable experience allowed C.R. Patterson & Sons to take the next great step in its own story as well as in African American history: in 1915, it announced the availability of the Patterson-Greenfield automobile at a price of $685. From the company’s publicity efforts, it is evident they were bursting with pride:
“Our car is made with three distinct purposes in mind. First — It is not intended for a large car. It is designed to take the place originally held by the family surrey. It is a 5-passenger vehicle, ample and luxurious. Second — It is intended to meet the requirements of that class of users, who, though perfectly able to spend twice the amount, yet feel that a machine should not engross a disproportionate share of expenditure, and especially it should not do so to the exclusion of proper provisions for home and home comfort, and the travel of varied other pleasurable and beneficial entertainment. It is a sensibly priced car. Third — It is intended to carry with it (and it does so to perfection) every conceivable convenience and every luxury known to car manufacture. There is absolutely nothing shoddy about it. Nothing skimp and stingy.”
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Orders began to come in, and C.R. Patterson & Sons officially entered the ranks of American auto manufacturers. Over the years, several models of coupes and sedans were offered, including a stylish “Red Devil” speedster. Ads featured the car’s 30hp Continental 4-cylinder engine, full floating rear axle, cantilever springs, electric starting and lighting, and a split windshield for ventilation. The build quality of the Patterson-Greenfield automobile was as highly regarded as it had been with their carriages.The initial hope and optimism, however, proved to be fairly short-lived. In an age of increased mechanization and production lines, small independent shops featuring hand-built, high quality products weren’t able to scale up production or compete on price against the rapidly growing car companies out of Detroit. In small quantities, parts and supplies were expensive and hard to come by when major manufacturers were buying them by the trainload at greatly reduced costs. Plus, the labor hours per car were much higher than that of assembly line manufacturers. As a result, the profit margin on each Patterson-Greenfield was low.
In 1918, having built by some estimates between 30 and 150 vehicles, C.R. Patterson & Sons halted auto production and concentrated once again on the repair side of the business. But they weren’t done yet. In the 1920s, the company began building truck and bus bodies to be fitted on chassis made by other manufacturers. It was in a sense a return to their original skills in building carriage bodies without engines and drivetrains and, for a period of time, the company was quite profitable. Then in 1929, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression set in. As with many small businesses, sales dried up and loans were hard to obtain. The company, now run by the sons of Frederick Patterson, soldiered on until 1939 when, after 74 years, C.R. Patterson & Sons closed its doors forever.
Sadly, no Patterson-Greenfield automobiles are known to survive today. But we should not let that dim the fact that two great entrepreneurs, Charles Richard Patterson and his son Frederick Patterson built and sustained a business that lasted several generations and earned a place not just in African American history, but in automotive history as well.