Bee D’ Vine Ayele Solomon | Ethiopian Wine

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Ethiopia has had a long history of great mead and wine. In early Aksumite times, possibly during 1st century AD; there has been clues leading to Ethiopians creating their own wine. An early definitive finding of mead, wine and beer appeared during the 4th century, where King E’zana allowed 4,400 captured prisoners to be given wine, beer, mead and water.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/41966169?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Ethiopia is becoming a wine country in the global market. 

Bee D’ Vine

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While driving through the last remaining parts of Ethiopia’s Kafa rainforest in 2009, conservationist Ayele Solomon had an idea that might help save them.  Why not find a way to make trees more valuable to local residents so that they had an incentive to protect them – not cut them down.  Inspired by his country’s national beverage t’ej (honey wine), Ayele realized that these flowering trees were an ideal source of nectar and pollen that bees use to make valuable honey.  This set Ayele on a quest to better understand the art and business of creating honey wine. He evaluating production in Ethiopia and South Africa, but settled on the world-class wine region of Sonoma – not far from where he grew up – using California honey for the first varietals.

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Wesley Brown: Civil Engineer Corps

He had to endure a lot of hate and violence in order to receive his engineering degree.

Brown graduated in 1949 with an engineering degree, and was assigned to the Navy Civil Engineering Services Department.  He served 20 years in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps where he built houses in Hawaii, roads in Liberia, wharves in the Philippines, a nuclear power plant in Antarctica and a desalination plant in Cuba. He rose to the rank of lieutenant commander and retired in 1969.

– See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-wesley-1927#sthash.7mlAmNa6.dpuf

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/25/us/wesley-brown-first-black-naval-graduate-dies-at-85.html

Garrett Morgan: Modern Gas Mask

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In 1914, Morgan patented a breathing device, or “safety hood,” providing its wearers with a safer breathing experience in the presence of smoke, gases and other pollutants. Morgan worked hard to market the device, especially to fire departments, often personally demonstrating its reliability in fires. Morgan’s breathing device became the prototype and precursor for the gas masks used during World War I, protecting soldiers from toxic gas used in warfare. The invention earned him the first prize at the Second International Exposition of Safety and Sanitation in New York City.

http://www.biography.com/people/garrett-morgan-9414691#ga-morgan-hair-refining-company

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/morgan_hi.html

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Garrett_Morgan.aspx

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/garrett-morgan-inventor-one-first-traffic-lights

Race: New Biographical Film About Jesse Owens

For me Jesse Owens is a hero, he was that inspiring symbol that one could persevere above any obstacle if they had a will that couldn’t be broken. He was self-sacrificing, determined and a visionary within a world many think we had left behind. Like many visionaries, society’s appreciative boaster of Jesse was short lived and even during the height of his Olympic win against Nazi Germany; president Franklin D. Roosevelt, never acknowledge Jesse. In Jesse’s own words

Hitler didn’t snub me—it was our president who snubbed me,” he said months after the Games. “The president didn’t even send me a telegram.

The trailer gives off a feeling that this film will give Jesse’s accomplishments the lenses/story-telling it deserves. Historical figures like Mr. Owens is desperately needed, to remind us that seemingly ordinary people can be extraordinary outside of the comic-book pages.

Nanny of the Maroons

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Nanny of the Maroons

Gaspar Yanga: Mexico’s Slave Revolt

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http://www.blackpast.org/gah/yanga-gaspar-c-1545

James Baldwin the Coolest Cat

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The Hip Hop Jazz instrumental is from the Youtube channel: BKBeatsChannel

Truth Behind the Myth: Martin Luther King’s Dream

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Martin Luther King: The Most Dangerous Man in America

http://sincereignorance.com/2015/01/06/martin-luther-king-the-most-dangerous-man-in-america/

Sincere Ignorance: Helen Keller

Helen Keller. Sometime during grade school, you learn about her story and how she’s a model for us all to overcome any disabilities and challenges we face. How her teacher and mentor, Anne Sullivan, represents enormous will and passion not to give up on our youth.

That’s it.

Her story ends. You learn she becomes successful later in life, but further details into her exploits are kept vague at best.

There’s a reason for that. For one, Keller was extremely critical of the government:

“Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means we choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. We elect expensive masters to do our work for us, and then blame them because they work for themselves and for their class.”

– Helen Keller in reference to the American political system.

“For our governments are not honest. They do not openly declare war against Russia and proclaim the reasons. They are fighting the Russian people half-secretly and in the dark with the lie of democracy on their lips and the indirect weapon of the blockade in their hands.”

– Helen Keller in an article published by the New York Call, November 10, 1919 in reference to a blockade of Russia by Japan, The United States, and Great Britain during Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War.

She was also a socialist.

You don’t hear much about that do you?

This is further proof of how Hollywood shapes Americans perceptions of so many things.

Yet this iconic scene from the 1967 film, The Miracle Worker is almost instantly recognizable, even for children.

Her being a socialist is public record, left around in numerous biographies, covered in documentaries. But she’s primarily know as “the blind and deaf child who overcame her disabilities with the help of a great teacher”. Which is an insult to someone who did so much afterward.

Well, her being a socialist is just the tip of the iceberg for this outstanding woman.

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Thomas Hamilton; Creator of Anglo-African

Thomas Hamilton

Anglo-African (3/1860)

His quote is from Mr. Hamilton’s speech, March 3rd 1860 in New York City.

The two great political parties separate at an angle of two roads, that they may meet eventually at the same goals. They both entertain the same ideas, and both carry the same burdens. They differ only in regard to the way they shall go, and the method of procedure. . . The Democratic party would make the white man the master and the black man the slave, and have them Republican party. . . though with larger professions for humanity, is by far its more dangerous enemy. Under the guise of humanity, they do and say many things-as, for example, they oppose re-opening of the slave-trade. . .They oppose the progress of slavery in the territories, and would cry humanity to the world; but. . .their opposition to slavery means opposition to the black man-nothing else. Where it is clearly in their power to do anything for the oppressed colored man, why then they are too nice, too conservative, to do it. . .
We have no hope from either [of the] political parties. We must rely on ourselves, the righteousness of our cause, and the advance of just sentiments among the great masses of the people.

Here you can read the January issue of Anglo-African:

https://archive.org/stream/angloafricanmaga1860wool#page/n0/mode/2up

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