Black Is: The Week In Photos

The week in photos; photos and headlines for the week of Feb 7th -Feb 14th 2011.

Tuskegee Airman Leo Gray signs autographs for students this morning at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City.

Tuskegee Airman Leo Gray signs autographs for students and shares stories of overcoming barriers, at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.

Newly created Pac-12 conference and 2pac fan battle for domain rights in web squatter case.

Green Bay Packers fans rejoice in 9 degree temperatures at the Super Bowl XLV Championship celebration at Lambeau Field.

Egyptians celebrate the news of President Hosni Mubarak resignation.

2,012 students compete in a game of dodge ball at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and set a Guinness World Record.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan attends a birthday celebration held in honor of Ronald Reagan. He would have been 100 years old on Feb 6th.

Jerry Sloan, Phil Johnson

Jerry Sloan(left) resigns as head coach of the NBA Utah Jazz after 23 season.

AOL will be adding Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington to its arsenal.

AOL acquires Huffington Post for $315 million, Arianna Huffington to become media president.

Janet Jackson begins her world tour in Jakarta, Indonesia

Image: Abandoned buildings in New Orleans, La.

an estimated 3,000 homeless find refuge in the vacant and abandoned homes and buildings in New Orleans, that were damaged by hurricane Katrina.

Mississippi  proposes to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

AFRO-American Newspaper has joined forces with Google to digitize its archives, making them available to anyone.

Garcelle Beauvais, Eva Amurri and Taraji P. Henson backstage at Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, which raises awareness for heart disease in women, during Fashion Week.

Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Willow Smith, and Lady GaGa were some of the artist in attendance for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

Who Were We Before Slavery? Part II

For such a rich and complex group, there is very little information available about who were were prior to slavery, especially coming from within our own community. Google the term “ancient Africa” and you will see a myriad of sites all with sparse information to share about the lives of our people before the transatlantic slave trade. However, I did come across a special on PBS called Wonders of the African World and a journey taken by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr to Africa to unearth some of our rich history. The first installment, Black Kingdoms of the Nile, shares information about ancient Nubia, a civilization that rivaled ancient Egypt, but is rarely discussed:

The term “Nubia” means many things to many people. In America it has come to be virtually synonymous with blackness and Africa. To ethnographers and linguists, it refers to a specific region straddling southern Egypt and northern Sudan, where black-skinned Nubians have traditionally lived. To archaeologists in the 1990s it is an ever-widening area of the Middle Nile Valley and surrounding deserts that extends approximately from Aswan in Egypt south to modern Khartoum, Sudan, and beyond.

What most people don’t know is that ancient Nubia was the site of highly advanced black African civilizations that rivaled ancient Egypt in wealth, power and cultural development. In fact, Nubian kings ruled over Egypt as pharaohs for nearly 100 years.

Read more here at pbs. org and watch more below.

Black Is: This Week in Photos

Photos and headlines from the week of Jan 24th, 2011.

President Barack Obama delivers his State of ...

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill

Egyptian anti-government activists chant slogans ...

Egyptian anti-government activists  gather  in downtown Cairo, Egypt.

Toyota to recall 1.7 million vehicles worldwide

Toyota announced another massive global recall of 1.7 million vehicles

Montel Williams

Montel Williams speaks out in favor of approved use of medical marijuana in Maryland

Willow Smith To Star In Remake Of  “Annie”

  Tiger Woods Looks

Tiger Woods makes his 2011 PGA debut at Torrey Pines in LaJolla, CA

Hursel and Ebony Williams pose for a portrait at the “Stand Up Indiiana – Stop Obamacare” rally in Indianapolis

Nadya “Octomom” Suleman’s octuplets celebrated their 2nd birthday.

CNN announced  that Mark Whitaker be their new executive vice president and managing editor.