Edmond Albius, the slave African child who created the multimillion-dollar vanilla industry

Edmond Albius, the slave African child who created the multimillion-dollar vanilla industry

BY MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR, Face2Face Edmond Albius Vanilla is one of the world’s popular spice. The expensive ingredient is the principal flavouring in ice-creams and cola drinks and is usually used in some fine perfumes and delicacies in the world. In mid 19th century, before the revolutionisation of vanilla, the world, and Mexico, in particular, was producing […]

Meet Henrietta Lacks, the Black woman whose cells were used to develop polio vaccines

Meet Henrietta Lacks, the Black woman whose cells were used to develop polio vaccines

BY FARIDA DAWKINS, Face2Face Henrietta Lacks in 1951…NBC News Henrietta Lacks in 1951…NBC News Henrietta Lacks was born as Loretta Pleasant on August 1, 1920, in Roanoke, Virginia.  One of ten children, she and her siblings were dispersed to different households upon the death of her mother. Her father was unable to care for all of his […]

Zora Neale Hurston: 87 years after writing of ‘The Last Black Cargo,’ the book is being published

Zora Neale Hurston: 87 years after writing of ‘The Last Black Cargo,’ the book is being published

  By Meagan Flynn May 2 Email the author Slavery in the U.S., by the numbers 1:17 / 2:00 Cudjo Lewis was getting old, and Zora Neale Hurston had something to prove. Hurston, the prolific African American author best known for “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” was just starting her career in 1928 when she traveled down to Plateau, Ala., […]

History Revised: Meet Nathan Green, the Slave Responsible for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

History Revised: Meet Nathan Green, the Slave Responsible for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

by Brittany L. Anas, compliments of Jack Daniels For years, visitors to Tennessee’s Jack Daniel’s distillery have gotten a version of history that goes down as smooth as a good whiskey: In the 1850s, a preacher and distiller by the name of Dan Call recognized potential in young Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel and taught him how […]

23/11/1897 John Lee Love Patents Pencil Sharpener

23/11/1897 John Lee Love Patents Pencil Sharpener

John Lee Love was an African-American inventor best known for patenting a portable pencil sharpener known as the “Love Sharpener.” Synopsis John Lee Love was a carpenter in Fall River, Massachusetts, who invented several devices. In 1895, Lee patented a lightweight plasterer’s hawk. In 1897, he patented a portable pencil sharpener known as the “Love […]

16/11/1873, Richard T. Greener, first Black graduate of Harvard University

16/11/1873, Richard T. Greener, first Black graduate of Harvard University

The son of a sailor, Richard Theodore Greener, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became the first African American to graduate from Harvard College.  He later was assigned to serve the United States in diplomatic posts in India and Russia. Greener lived in Boston, Massachusetts and Cambridge as a child but received his secondary education at […]

27 Year Old Nigerian Wins $32,000 UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Award

27 Year Old Nigerian Wins $32,000 UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Award

24 May 2017 A 27-year-old Nigerian systems engineer has won the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.Godwin Benson designed Tuteria, an online platform that links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget. Users find the skill they want to learn on an app on their phone, set their […]