“The Beginnings of Black Drinking Culture in DC” with Andra “AJ” Johnson

Written by Geronimo Collins for Visit Black History “I didn’t know there were Black bartenders outside of T.G.I. Fridays or that bartending could be a viable career.” – Andra “AJ” Johnson, hospitality entrepreneur and co-founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week Over the years, craft cocktails have gained popularity because consumers are becoming more educated on … More “The Beginnings of Black Drinking Culture in DC” with Andra “AJ” Johnson

200+ African-American Women and the Norfolk Botanical Garden

In 1938, Norfolk, Virginia, was awarded $76,278 for the Azalea Garden Project. ⁣⁣200+ African American women, we’re hired as gardeners under the Workers Progress Administration. While being subjected to long work hours and low wages ( .25 cent an hour), by March 1939, the group had completed the following: ⁣⁣⁣ cleared dense vegetation and carried … More 200+ African-American Women and the Norfolk Botanical Garden

Dyana Williams, Co-founder of June Black Music Month Talks with The Breakfast Club

In 1979 President Jimmy Carter hosted the first June Black Music Month event. Today, June 7th 2020 marks the 41st anniversary of Black Music Month.⁣Dyana Williams got her start on DC’s Howard University Radio (96.3 WHUR FM). She worked alongside Kenny Gamble, Clarence Avant and others to have June designated as Black Music Month. Williams … More Dyana Williams, Co-founder of June Black Music Month Talks with The Breakfast Club

James Baldwin’s Take This Hammer and Today’s Black Lives Matter Movement (photos)

Before heading out last weekend to document peaceful protests taking place throughout Atlanta, I watched the documentary film “Take This Hammer.” In the film, James Baldwin visits San Francisco, and Orville B. Luster escorts Baldwin through the city’s Black neighborhoods. Together, the two visit and inquire about the needs and experiences shared by San Francisco’s … More James Baldwin’s Take This Hammer and Today’s Black Lives Matter Movement (photos)