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The Origination of Black History Month on “Conversations Of A Sistah”

Black History Month often sparks an annual debate about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Criticisms include questions over whether it is appropriate to confine the celebration of Black History to one month, as opposed to integration of Black history into the mainstream education the rest of the year. The manner in which American schools fail to represent Black historical figures as anything other than slaves or colonial subjects, by which Black History Month reduces complex historical figures to overly simplified objects of hero worship. When the success of a people is just as poignant as their struggle and sacrifice.

But should Black History be relegated to just one month? How did it all begin?

Join host Tracy L. Bell for her commentary “The Origination of Black History Month” at 6:30 p.m. EST tonight onConversations Of A Sistah”

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New Photo of Young Harriet Tubman to Hit Auction Block

harriet-tubman-549x315A newly discovered photo of abolitionist Harriet Tubman when she was a much younger woman will be sold at auction in New York City next month.

The photo was found in an album owned by another abolitionist, according to the curator of an auction house.

Tubman’s photo will be included alongside photos of other well-known abolitionists from that era.

The album is expected to fetch an estimated $20,000 to $30,000.

Tubman was a runaway slave who fled north in 1849. She returned to help lead 300 slaves to freedom as conductor of the underground railroad.

February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month in America and Tubman is my favorite pioneer of all time.

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Selma “50” Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


Selma “50” or bloody Sunday as it is also known, heralds those brave men and women who fought for Civil Rights in the 1960’s, when they were met by police who used clubs, tear gas and water hose to attack those Civil Rights Demonstrators on March 7, 1965. The event is considered a watershed moment in the civil rights movement and it helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

This past weekend, the occasion was commemorated with a march led by President Barack Obama across the “Edmund Pettus Bridge”, which is named (by the way) after a KKK Grand Wizard.

“In one afternoon 50 years ago, so much of our turbulent history — the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher — met on this bridge,” Obama stated.

The conversation piece is also about why former President George W. Bush, was not marching (in this photo) next to President Barack Obama?


director_1Join me tonight at 6:30 p.m. on “Conversations Of A Sistah” via for my special guest, Ashley S. Mason (pictured here), Director of Selma-Dallas Tourism, as we discuss “Selma 50” and the events that took place in her city to commemorate the anniversary.

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Best Selling Author Ty Allen, Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”

Ty AllenTy Allan Jackson (pictured here) is an award winning author and business man, who has been honored with citations by the Governor of Massachusetts, Senate and the House of Representatives. His books, DANNY DOLLAR MILLIONAIRE EXTRAORDINAIRE which has been used by several financial institutions and Google for Entrepreneurs as a tool to teach children about finance and entrepreneurship, is influential in itself. His books build self-esteem and confidence in today’s children by representing them in a modern, positive and fun way.

Mr. Allen also believes and teaches the power and importance of literacy!!

He is also the author of the exciting superhero story THE SUPADUPA KID and the beautifully illustrated picture book WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES.

President, Founder and Ceo of Big Head Books, a publishing company with an educational and socially conscious mission to create literature that is fun, informative and entertaining, which features diverse characters that every child can relate to and enjoy.

Tune in tonight at 6:30 pm on “Conversations Of A Sistah” via Blog Talk as we continue to celebrate Mr. Ty Allen as one of those awesome African American pioneers doing “GREAT THINGS” in this 21st Century.

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Jazz Artist Cynthia Holiday, tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


There have been many known jazz greats such as; Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone just to name a few. And Ella Fitzgerald had a way with her voice which has left a legacy for many years to come.

My guest tonight heralds from Newark, New Jersey and is a well studied vocalist who seeks to carry the tradition of singing the blues like other well known female greats. Cynthia Holiday (pictured above) seeks to continue the tradition of jazz women who sing the blues, a style that has become a lost art among vocalists.

Tune into “Conversations Of A Sistah” tonight at 6:30 pm. on as we continue to honor and salute those “awesome individuals” contributing to our history with their gifts and talents.

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