WCPO: New website ‘Cincinnati Black History’ shares stories from Queen City’s African-American community

WCPO: New website ‘Cincinnati Black History’ shares stories from Queen City’s African-American community. “We celebrate Black History Month in February, but the previously untold history and rich heritage of Cincinnati’s African-American community will now be available year-round on a new online project. The Black Agenda Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Herald have launched Cincinnati Black History, a digital hub for user-submitted stories about the unique experiences and lives of black Cincinnatians.”

New Online: Rhode Island Folklife Project Collection (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Rhode Island Folklife Project Collection. “The Rhode Island Folklife Project Collection resulted from an ethnographic field project conducted from July 15 to December 31, 1979, by the American Folklife Center in cooperation with the Rhode Island Heritage Commission, the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Historical Society. The collection consists of approximately six linear feet of manuscripts and ephemera, 200 sound recordings and 17,000 photographs documenting the ethnic, regional and occupational traditions of Rhode Island, especially the ethnic arts of the African-American, French-Canadian, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jamaican, Lithuanian, Narragansett, Polish, Portuguese and Ukrainian communities.”

The Daily Beast: Russian Trolls Tried to Start a Black ‘War on Christmas’

The Daily Beast: Russian Trolls Tried to Start a Black ‘War on Christmas’. “A website hosted by Russia’s ‘troll farm’ in St. Petersburg attempted to push an African-American boycott of Christmas with articles and a line of typo-ridden merchandise last year. BlackMattersUS, which independent Russian media outlet RBC identified as one of the most influential websites and troll accounts operated out of the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, pushed T-shirts imploring its users to ‘Say no! To ho-ho-ho,’ alongside a picture of a candy cane.”

Colorado Virtual Library: CHNC News! Historic African American Newspapers Now Available

Colorado Virtual Library: CHNC News! Historic African American Newspapers Now Available. “[History Colorado] most recently digitized and added Denver African-American newspapers, the Statesman (1905-1912), and The Denver Star (1912-1918). The Statesman was first published by Joseph D. D. River in 1889. In 1912, The Denver Star began to bill itself as ‘The paper formerly known as the Statesman.’ In 1913, it was noted that ‘the papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star.’ While these papers covered news from African-American communities in ‘Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and the West’, they also covered local news from Denver’s Five Points district. Five Points, sometimes referred to as the ‘Harlem of the West’ is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. These newspapers offer researchers a vast amount of information on Denver’s African American culture and community, including its residents, businesses and aspects of everyday life.”

WSFA: Virtual museum honoring Tuskegee Airmen launches

WSFA: Virtual museum honoring Tuskegee Airmen launches. “An online museum honoring the Tuskegee Airmen launched Monday and is now available to internet users. The virtual museum is a product of the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. The online collection includes pictures and information on artifacts, memorials and personal mementos that aim to explore the humanity of the airmen’s experiences.”

BBC: Facebook bans rapper Lil B for ‘hate speech’ posts

BBC: Facebook bans rapper Lil B for ‘hate speech’ posts. “US rapper Lil B, known for his outspoken views on social media, is facing a 30-day ban under Facebook’s hate speech policies. The musician has expressed anger over the suspension and fans have criticised the ban on Twitter.”

University of Kentucky: Notable Kentucky African Americans Database Undergoes Upgrade

University of Kentucky: Notable Kentucky African Americans Database Undergoes Upgrade. “In celebration of 14 years of service via the Notable Kentucky African Americans (NKAA) Database, University of Kentucky Libraries has launched an upgraded version of the database’s online platform this month. NKAA, a grassroots, homegrown product of UK Libraries, was introduced in 2003 by UK librarians Rob Aken and Reinette Jones. The project web pages, which focus on African Americans in and from Kentucky from the 1700s to the present, were developed to bring together names, places, events and sources where additional information would be found.”