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Newly Colorized Photographs Show African-Americans Who Lived Alongside Immigrants in Jim Crow-era Nebraska

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Mamie Griffin sits tall in her chair, her posture almost perfect, her head leaned slightly to the side. Her right arm is crossed over her left hand, holding up a copy of the book The Wife of Monte Cristo, her confident gaze looks straight through the image from 1914. In color, she comes even more to life in her green dress with crochet lace detailing, her book more obvious in bright hues.

This photo of Mamie Griffin, an African American cook in Lincoln, Nebraska, is one of a series of images that have been colorized by members of the Facebook group ‘Teach me to color’, where members help each other with colorizing old black and white photos. The original images in this series are black and white glass negatives that focus on African Americans in Lincoln from 1910-1925, during what was known as the New Negro Movement.

That movement, which gave African Americans the chance to speak for themselves, was happening across the US despite segregation and Jim Crow laws. The New Negro Movement was often focused on large cities, with portraits being taken in professional studios, but in Lincoln, African American photographer John Johnson was taking his photographs on people’s porches and inside their homes.

After the Civil War ended in 1865, many African Americans moved out of the South and a small population came to Lincoln. By 1900, the Nebraska town had a population of 40,000, which included a small community of about 1,000 African Americans as well as a significant immigrant community, primarily made up of Russian-German immigrants.

Jim Crow laws and segregation were prevalent in the Midwestern state, despite being far from the South. Lincoln had a significant KKK presence, interracial marriage was illegal and African Americans were given limited housing and job opportunities. Despite those restrictions, Johnson took hundreds of photographs of everyday people from those communities, giving them dignity and respect at a time when they received little of either from the rest of society.

Doug Keister, 69, discovered a set of 280 of Johnson’s glass negatives when he was 17. Today, with the help of Nebraska historians who have also discovered sets of Johnson’s negatives and photographs, Keister is trying to identify the people in the pictures. Historians working on the project know of at least 500 photographs and negatives, though they expect there could be more.

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SOURCE: ANN SCHMIDT
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Jada Pinkett Smith & Willow Talked About Her Self Harming Herself After Willow’s Hit Song …

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Jada Pinkett Smith — who was accompanied by her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones — revealed she and Willow, 17, had “talked” about the moment after the teenager admitted on Red Table Talk she had been self-harming after achieving success with her 2010 single “Whip My Hair.”

“I wanted to make sure she was okay,” Jada Pinkett Smith said. “We went through what happened and in the moment I realized as a mother you also have to give your children space to deal with their own shadow.”

The Girls Trip star said she chose to pay attention to the positive things that came from Willow’s revelation.

“I focused more on how she got herself out versus what got her there,” she said. “I was most proud about that she could share it in the way she did, which let me know she had come through in a major way that she could put it on the table like that.”

“I wanted to focus on what [it was] that got her through,” the actress explained. “I really talked to her about her powering side of her journey and give her all the praise in the world for that part instead of focusing on, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’”

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Fall Date Night Ideas

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Beautiful leaves are falling and the air is beginning to chill, making Fall the perfect season to plan date nights in with your Honey. Between work and family, so much time is dedicated to things that are not centered around our spouse. Here are some ideas that will keep you cozy and connected to the one you love.

An Intimate Picnic for Two

There is always something romantic about a picnic, and having one indoors allows you both to get comfortable.  Soft pillows, candles, and music, along with some of  your favorite foods, creates the perfect setting for an intimate dinner in.

Netflix and Chill

Go back to the basics…skip reserving tickets at a crowded theater and share the couch with your favorite person. Binge watch a series or enjoy something ‘chilling’ that will keep you two in each others arms.

Get Cooking in the Kitchen

Start your evening on the kitchen counter.  Find an exotic recipe or create a dish of your own; either way, preparing a meal together is a great way to add some spice to your night.

Cocktails and Conversation

Sip on something sweet while conversing with your sweetheart.  Take time to “wine” down after a long week and talk about all the things that are good with you and that special someone.

Engage In Friendly Competition

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Doing something fun together can be a healthy way to release some stress and tension in your relationship. Play games that you both enjoy and keep the experience positive and supportive. Remember, either win or lose, you both are on the same team.

Share a Dance

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Pull out your playlist and pull your love close to you.  Dance to the songs that have become yours, and reminisce of when your love was new.

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Colin Kaepernick gets Harvard black culture award

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP/KSAZ) – Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle were among eight people who were saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

The eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal were honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

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