Dr. Maulana Karenga was interviewed in 2009. He was the developer of Kwanzaa, which began in 1966. This holiday was designed to celebrate African American history, African heritage and culture. Besides being a professor of Africana studies, he remains a life long activist. Dr.Karenga provides an analysis of race relations and the nature of the […]Read more "Interview with Dr.Maulana Karenga (2009)"
Famed animation director Chuck Jones and actor Boris Karloff are shown in this photograph during a recording session for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The television special was based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name. Ever since its release in 1966, it has been a humorous animated classic. Boris Karloff provided the voice […]Read more "Chuck Jones and Boris Karloff Doing A Recording Session For How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)"
Nat King Cole sings “The Christmas Song” in this 1961 video. The song was originally written by Mel Tome and Bob Wells in 1945. The first recording was in 1946 by the Nat King Cole Trio. There have been multiple versions by various musicians and artists, but the Nat King Cole version is the definitive one. […]Read more "Nat King Cole Sings The Christmas Song (1961)"
Yahya Jammeh Forced into Exile President Yahya Jammeh was forced into exile. When elections were held in 2016 he initially accepted defeat from his challenger Adama Barrow. Jammeh even gave a concession speech. However, he then later decided to contest the results. This then sparked a political crisis, which gained the attention of both Nigeria […]Read more "Most Significant Events of 2017"
This was a pen and ink drawing on paper produced by Leonardo da Vinci in 1490. He was not only an artist, but an inventor, engineer, scientist, poet, and a polymath of multiple talents. One of his many interests was the science of anatomy. During this time period in Europe there was a new enthusiasm […]Read more "Vitruvian Man (1490)"
What started out as a black and white comic book became a popular cartoon and franchise known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is a toy commercial featuring the fist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures from Playmates Toys. The series premiered in 1987 and the following year merchandise was produced for the new […]Read more "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toy Commercial (1988)"
It seems some toys have their roots in ancient civilization. Like children of today, playing with toys was a favorite past time in the ancient world. This artifact is part of the Berlin antiquities collection. The yo-yo is probably one of the oldest toys. It is believed early yo-yo toys were either made out of […]Read more "Boy Playing With a Terracotta Yo-Yo (440 B.C.E)"
Yemen had been unified in 1990. North and South Yemen were no longer two states. President Abdullah Ali Saleh became president of a unified Yemen, however there were political and economic challenges. Unemployment and underdevelopment was a consistent national problem. The George H.W. Bush administration provided aid to the country and was attempting to improve […]Read more "Abdullah Ali Saleh Meets George H.W. Bush (1990)"