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TESTIMONY: AIESHA TURMAN

By  •  5 days ago

Aiesha Turman is an Interdisciplinary PhD candidate at Union Institute & University where her dissertation foregrounds the work of Black women writers as essential texts that act as blueprints for A …
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TESTIMONY: CHEF BENJAMIN “BJ” DENNIS

By  •  1 week ago

Chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis is a personal chef and caterer, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. BJ infuses the flavors and culture of the Lowcountry into his Gullah-Geechie cuisine. …
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TESTIMONY: NATALIE DAISE

By  •  2 weeks ago

For more than 30 years, Natalie Daise (November 1960-) has developed and facilitated interactive learning experiences for educators, students, and audiences in schools, universities, conferences, and other venues. Her belief …
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TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

By  •  2 weeks ago

Few have loved me as hard as you. Being able to show you that love in return, especially at the end of your life, is one of my best things. …
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TESTIMONY: KELLY PRICE

By  •  3 weeks ago

“From Mama Bear to Mama Bear Times Ten”

Kelly Cherelle Price (April 4, 1973-) is the 2nd of 3 daughters born to Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Claudia Price. “Although …
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TESTIMONY: CYNTHIA REYNOLDS

By  •  1 month ago

“Raised to Love”

Ruth Bowden (unknown-1982) is my grandmother. When I was about 3-years-old, I had to stay at home with my grandmother while my sisters and brothers attended school. …
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TESTIMONY: TONYA DEDEAUX

By  •  2 months ago

“Always A Class Act”

My grandmother’s name was Ora D. Bradford and she lived in St. Louis, Missouri. As a little girl, I grew up in Mississippi and it was …
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TESTIMONY: ALISA CRUMPLER-CALLENDER

By  •  2 months ago

Sophia-Bill Road: The Land That Gave Us Who We Are

Alisa Crumpler-Callender is a homemaker (aka CEO of the Callender household) located in Smyrna, Georgia. Married for 21 …
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TESTIMONY: IFALADE TASHIA ASANTI

By  •  3 months ago

“My daughter is the greatest gift that God ever gave me. My grandchildren are a close second.”

Iyanifa Ifalade Tashia Asanti lives in Marina del Rey, California. She is an …
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TESTIMONY: TERESA WOODS

By  •  3 months ago

“Hard Work Brings Good Things To You”

My biological grandmother died while giving birth to my mother. So, her oldest daughter raised my mother. Although she’s my aunt, I see her …
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TESTIMONY: DANIELLE GAY

By  •  4 months ago

“Equal in All Things”

One thing I remember about my grandmother, Virginia Gay (April 18, 1935-) is how it was always important to her to keep my brother and me …
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TESTIMONY: ROBIN CALLENDER

By  •  4 months ago

“An Intergenerational Creed: Bringing Light to Where There is Darkness”

Robin Callender lives in Atlanta Georgia. Born in London, England, Robin immigrated to Brooklyn and Queens when he was 12-years-old. …
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TESTIMONY: PAT MUNSON

By  •  4 months ago

“They Call It Grandmother Because It Is Grand!”

In an interview with RBGM digital archivist Sara Daise, Pat Munson (March 29, 1958-) discusses her humble beginnings growing up in Los …
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TESTIMONY: CHANDRA CONN

By  •  4 months ago

“If You Thought My Mama Could Cook!”

The story that I most remember about my grandmamma Gladys Dawson (1923-1998) focuses on the holidays. Whenever my mom wanted my grandma here, …
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TESTIMONY: ANGELA ALDRICH

By  •  5 months ago

“She Was Everything!”

Angela Aldrich has a long history of facilitating the heart to heart connections and communication she values—she spent 14 years in sports medicine and 15 years in …
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TESTIMONY: KICHA WELLS

By  •  5 months ago

“A Different Kind of Love”

In an interview with RBGM digital archivist Sara Daise, Kicha Wells talked about the challenges of being a black, single, teenage mother to two black sons. …
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Testimony: Dr. Ysaye Barnwell

By  •  5 months ago

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Dr. Ysaye Barnwell shares the story behind “No Mirrors in My Nana’s House.” Watch the video above to hear her and Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman talk about the song she …
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TESTIMONY: WILMA HOLDEN

By  •  5 months ago

“Adventures with Grandma”

My grandmother Adena Chevers (unknown-1982) lived with us. So, for as long as I could remember, she was with us. I just remember her being very strict, …
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TESTIMONY: SIERRA PAYTON

By  •  6 months ago

“Jerome the Snowman” One of my favorite childhood memories is of my nana, Jean Daniels (February 12, 1943-), visiting me in Boston when I was little. She would come …
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TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

By  •  6 months ago

“Be tired for you!”

I remember my grandmother Warnella Wells (1936-2013) saying towards the end of her life and in the prime of mine when I’d talk about being tired, …
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TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

By  •  6 months ago

“Not with my baby!”

This one is from the personal stash (Ph.D. hooding 2011). I was her baby-protected and cared for when my teenage mom had me and thought she …
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TESTIMONY: KIARA STAPLES

By  •  6 months ago

“Beautiful Black Queen”

My birth made my grandmother, Donna Staples (1956-2005) a young grandmother. When I think about things she said or did that have left …
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TESTIMONY: JOYCE WELLS JONES

By  •  6 months ago

“Coffee Makes You Black!“

When I was coming up, my grandmother Ida Wells (above) threatened that if I- her high yellow granddaughter (far right)- kept drinking coffee with my …
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TESTIMONY: LORRAINE LANE

By  •  6 months ago

“Easter in October”

This seemed to be the week from hell, another flight home after a grueling week in Alabama. There has to be more to my life than planes, …
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TESTIMONY: TYSHA WIGGINS

By  •  6 months ago

“Ha ha hell!”

Ruby Tyson aka Ru Pearl aka Mom Tyson (1921-2004) was no stranger to a hard life. Her mother’s blindness prompted her aunt Ma Shug to raise …
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TESTIMONY: E. NINA JAY

By  •  6 months ago

For Ada Mae Clay (1897-1980)

Real black grandmothers know how to cook the food braid platts in lil black gurlz’ hair lead the family from quiet mountains always aware …
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TESTIMONY: JOSHUA WELLS

By  •  6 months ago

“A Sack of Shit”

One of my favorite memories about things my grandmother Warnella Wells (1936-2013) did or said was being called “a sack of shit” by her when I …
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