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.

Ethiopia is becoming a wine country in the global market. 

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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.

Support this business, because the product is quality, the packaging is beautiful and the prices are reasonable for such great quality. 

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Raising Dion | Sincere Delight



Raising Dion is an amazing tale from the perspective of the parent; how does one raise a child who is different, unique and have powers not seen from our species before?

  • PREMISE: Nicole, raises her 7 year old son, Dion, who has superpowers. Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills, let alone trying to keep track of her son’s invisibility, plasma powers, and telekinesis. In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son 24/7 with the help of her friend, Pat, who is an aspiring filmmaker. But when Nicole starts to notice mysterious men tailing her, and with Dion’s developing abilities constantly changing and becoming more powerful and possibly evil, she must find the courage deep within herself that she can raise Dion on her own.”

Is’nana The Were-Spider | by Greg Anderson-Elysee


IS’NANA: THE WERE-SPIDER: FORGOTTEN STORIES is the first comic book of an on-going series of one-shots of the son of ANANSI the Spider-God of Stories from West African lore.

Anansi has been a part of West African lore for centuries, but let’s take a look at this re-envisioned masterpiece.

Is’nana The Were-Spider – How does one become a man of his own when his father is Anansi the Spider God of Stories? –

Sincere 6 | Facts About World War 1

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Colonial Empires after World War 1

WWI was the beginning of the end for colonialism. European powers like Britain and France pulled their colonies into the war, along with countries like German who added in harder labor; eventually this lead to the surge of anti-colonialism.

The First World War saw the colonial empires of France and Britain mobilised to aid European and imperial war efforts. This mobilisation and the difficulties of demobilisation placed considerable strain on imperial systems which were only partly addressed through post-war reforms. The Great War also unleashed an unprecedented ideological challenge to colonial rule embodied in the ideas of Woodrow Wilson which took form through the mandatory system. Although there were some restrictions placed on the activities of the colonial powers, both Britain and France maintained their imperial rule, often violently suppressing anti-colonial nationalist challenges.

Many African Countries Were Involved With the War

A common misconception is the war mainly consisted of European powers, but a large amount of African countries were involved as well. Often against their will, due to being under colonial rule.

The First World War gave rise to a crucial change in the relationship between Europe and Africa. Over two million people in Africa made huge sacrifices for the European Allies. 100,000 men died in East Africa and 65,000 men from French North Africa and French West Africa lost their lives.

Let us not forget that this wasn’t a mutual relationship and the Brits forced many African countries into the war. In addition the name ‘French’ North/West Africa being an insult.

Henry Tandey Spares Hitler’s Life 

Allegedly private Henry Tandey of the British army spared Hitler’s life when he took aim. Years later, his home would be destroyed by German Luftwaffe.

“That man came so near to killing me that I thought I should never see Germany again,” Hitler is alleged to have said.

“Providence saved me from such devilish accurate fire as those English boys were aiming at us.”

The Treaty of Versailles

The Versailles Treaty, signed on June 28, 1919, was the peace settlement between Germany and the Allied Powers that officially ended World War I. However, the conditions in the treaty were so punitive upon Germany that many believe the Versailles Treaty laid the groundwork for the eventual rise of Nazis in Germany and the eruption of World War II

World War 1 | Modern Warfare

French Troops at the start of the war went into battle wearing traditional, brightly colored uniforms. The world at that point hadn’t experience modern warfare which consisted of trench fighting, sub-machine guns, tanks, and airplanes.

When Europe’s armies first marched to war in 1914, some were still carrying lances on horseback. By the end of the war, rapid-fire guns, aerial bombardment, armored vehicle attacks, and chemical weapon deployments were commonplace. Any romantic notion of warfare was bluntly shoved aside by the advent of chlorine gas, massive explosive shells that could have been fired from more than 20 miles away, and machine guns that spat out bullets like firehoses. Each side did its best to build on existing technology, or invent new methods, hoping to gain any advantage over the enemy. Massive listening devices gave them ears in the sky, armored vehicles made them impervious to small arms fire, tanks could (most of the time) cruise right over barbed wire and trenches, telephones and heliographs let them speak across vast distances, and airplanes gave them new platforms to rain death on each other from above. New scientific work resulted in more lethal explosives, new tactics made old offensive methods obsolete, and mass-produced killing machines made soldiers both more powerful and more vulnerable.

The War Could Have Been Avoided | What If’s

 The greatest irony of WWI was that none of the key decision-makers wanted it to happen (and death wish or no, neither did most ordinary people). Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II prided himself on his reputation as peacekeeper and frantically tried to avert WWI at the last minute. Previously Austria-Hungary’s Emperor Franz Josef went to extraordinary lengths to keep the peace, and Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II was known for his peaceful nature. Although this obviously wasn’t enough to stop the war on its own, it shows the will for peace was there, if only circumstances would allow.

For more reasons and how the war could have been avoided, go to Mental Floss.

Sincere 6 | Reasons Woodrow Wilson Was a Terrible President


Woodrow Wilson Women’s Suffrage

In late June 1917, six women were arrested. Eleven more were detained on July 4. Ten days later, a third group was taken into custody. All the women were charged with “obstructing traffic.” The protesters were sentenced to 60 days in the workhouse. There, they suffered beatings, forced feeding, and unsanitary conditions. But the pickets – and the arrests – continued. In August, scuffles broke out right in front of the White House gates. For three days suffragists were dragged, punched and choked by angry crowds. City police stood by, refusing to intervene.

Woodrow Wilson Segregation of The Federal Government

Wilson refused to appoint black ambassadors to Haiti and Santa Domingo, posts traditionally awarded to African Americans. Two of Wilson’s cabinet ministers, Postmaster General Albert Burelson and Treasury Secretary William McAdoo, both Southerners, issued orders segregating their departments. Throughout the country, blacks were segregated or dismissed from federal positions. In Georgia, the head of the Internal Revenue division fired all black employees: “There are no government positions for Negroes in the South. A Negro’s place in the corn field.” He said. The President’s wife, Ellen Wilson, was said to have had a hand in segregating employees in Washington, encouraging department chiefs to assign blacks separate working, eating, and toilet facilities. To justify segregation, officials publicized complaints by white women, who were thought to be threatened by black men’s sexuality and disease.

Definition and Summary of the Committee on Public InformationWoodrow Wilson’s Creel Committee

Summary and Definition: The Committee on Public Information (CPI), was established on April 13, 1917 and headed by George Creel. The CPI provided propaganda during WW1 to rally the support of American citizens for all aspects of the war effort. President Woodrow Wilson considered that public support was to the entire wartime effort. Information in the form of propaganda was provided by the Committee on Public Information (CPI) and used in many different forms such as posters, pamphlets, magazines, billboards, movies, photographs, public speakers called the “Four Minute Men” and daily press releases to shape public opinion to build support for the war. The Committee on Public Information (CPI), aka the Creel Committee, was also tasked with censorship of potentially damaging material.

Woodrow Wilson Vetoed Racial Equality Proposal 

During World War I, said Dr. Takahara, Japan had taken over the Shantung Peninsula and the Marshall, Caroline and Mariana Islands from Germany. She was anxious to keep these gains, but was afraid the Western powers might discriminate against her as the first non-white great power. Suspecting that Britain and America might form an Anglo-Saxon coalition against her, Japan put forward the Racial Equality Proposal at the Paris Peace Conference.

Japan had a direct and an indirect cause for being interested in racial equality. Directly, Japan was not enthusiastic about the establishment of the League of Nations, which was one of Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points setting forth the basic principles for establishing a just and lasting peace, and undertook to draw up a counterplan. An indirect cause was related to the problem of finding a solution to the problem of Japanese immigration to the United States. Japan had already agreed by 1908 to prohibit immigration, but an anti-Japanese movement continued to grow in California, and, unlike his predecessors, Wilson was opposed to federal interference in state rights. For Japan, the inclusion of the Racial Equality Proposal in the Peace Treaty would achieve the double goal of solving the immigration problem and avoiding a racial clash between the whites and non-whites.

In short, Woodrow Wilson decided to veto a proposal that would have salvaged United States of America  and Japan’s relationship.

Woodrow Wilson Signed the Federal Reserve Act

Woodrow Wilson created the current central banking system of the United States by signing the Federal Reserve Act on December 23, 1913.  The Act created a Board of Governors to oversee twelve Federal Reserve Banks charged with controlling the cash flow in the United States and established a Federal Open Market Committee to oversee the buying and selling of government securities.  All national banks were required to join the Federal Reserve System, and other banks could join as they wished.

Most  sources believe this was a good move.

Woodrow Wilson Support | Birth of a Nation

 On the evening of March 21, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson attended a special screening at the White House of THE BIRTH OF A NATION, a film directed by D.W. Griffith and based on THE CLANSMAN, a novel written by Wilson’s good friend Thomas Dixon. The film presented a distorted portrait of the South after the Civil War, glorifying the Ku Klux Klan and denigrating blacks. It falsified the period of Reconstruction by presenting blacks as dominating Southern whites (almost all of whom are noble in the film) and sexually forcing themselves upon white women.

Innocence Project | Sincere Ignorance



After spending ten years in prison following a wrongful conviction, “one of five men known as the Central Park 5” has donated $190,000 to help others avoid his fate, reports Jet.

Korey Wise, 42, donated the money to the University of Colorado’s Innocence Project, the report says.

Korey Wise Of Central Park 5 Gives $190,000 To Help Fight Wrongful Convictions

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Tim Black: Donald Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric

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Tim Black had a live discussion on Trump’s rhetoric yesterday, it was a great show.

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Donald Trump on Black Crime



Race baiting at its’ finest, re-tweeting stats from racist sources. 

Pimps and Hoes: Pastors in the Black Community


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Stats Donald re-tweeted that were false.

3 Animations You Can Support


Warning, use of profanity. 

Kariba: The synopsis is brilliant, and is rooted in realism; the dam created in Nubia/North Sudan, displaced a lot of Nubians. In addition to that, destroying pieces from the past of ancient Nubian culture. Some of the artifacts had to be evacuated to a different country. This fantasy teaser is not only stunning with an underlining social commentary, but it will empower little Black/African girls; by seeing themselves in such a light. A light of courage and fighting against any obstacle put in front of you, no matter how big they seem.


Tephlon Funk: A series created by Stephane Metayer about a young girl from Queensbridge who’s life turns upside down. It’s heavily inspired by both Hip Hop & Japanese Anime. The words “Tephlon Funk!” is a state of mind which means to be strong and stand out.”

Stylish, sleek, with some old school flavor and extremely smart. The use of Hip Hop as their instrument, and how it is intertwined within the fabric of Tephlon Funk is indeed ‘Dope’.

E.X.O The Legend of Wale Williams: Tricked into returning home to Nigeria after a five year absence, an impetuous young man named Wale (pronounced Wah-leh) Williams embarks on a journey to investigate his father’s mysterious disappearance. His only clue is a cryptic Nanosuit left behind for him by his father, a suit which grants superhuman abilities. As he comes to understand the suit’s powers, Wale realizes he must restore hope to the city by preventing catastrophic attacks from the sociopathic extremist, Oniku.”

An heroic tale of a man trying to defend the city that he loves and carry on his father’s mantle. I love the look and feel of E.X.O, and its’ futuristic style. Keep in mind the video trailer is not the final cut, and the final production will be visually breathtaking. This is why E.X.O grabs the number 3 spot for me.

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