All That’s Black: Esther Jones

Esther Jones, singer and entertainer: Known by her stage name “Baby Esther,” she was an American singer and entertainer known for her “baby” voice singing. She was a performer at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the late 1920s, another singer named Helen Kane, saw Esther’s performance and, noting the audience appeal, stole Esther’s scat…

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An Interview with a Black Female Cosplayer

As we enter #29daysofblackcosplay I am immensely excited to begin this interview, since in the United States it is currently Black History Month. While in the UK we don’t celebrate Black History Month until October, it felt extremely pertinent that this be my first article of the new decade.  When I first pitched this idea…

All That’s Black: James West

James West, innovator: “My father introduced me to three black men who had earned doctorates in chemistry and physics. The best jobs they could find were at the post office. My father said I was taking the long road toward working at the post office.” With over 250 patents to his name, James West is…

All That’s Black: Emmett Chappelle

Emmett Chappelle, scientist & innovator: Photo Credit: National Inventors Hall of Fame He’s one of the most influential scientists of the 21st century, and many of us don’t even know his name. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Emmett Chapelle had a passion for learning as a young boy, but upon his graduation from high school, he…

All That’s Black: Marie Maynard Daly

Marie Maynard Daly, chemist and researcher: "Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging." Born in Queens, New York to a family that believed in education Marie always wanted to attend college and…