Noire Histoir Posts

“A Particular Kind of Black Man” by Tope Folarin tells the story of Tunde Akinola, the son of Nigerian immigrants who settled in Utah. Released in 2019, A Particular Kind of Black Man is the first full-length title from Folarin. The story is not exactly autobiographical but is influenced by some aspects and experiences from the author’s life.

Book Reviews

A profile of Blanche Bruce, a Mississippi politician who became the second Black man to serve in the U.S. Senate but the first to serve a full term.

Historical Profile

In this episode of the career interview series, we are joined by Rohan Pessoa, a high school Guidance Counselor. Rohan’s parents emigrated from Jamaica and he was the first generation in his family to be born in America. When the time came for him to select a college, his parents were unable to offer much guidance. That experience combined with a summer youth job at a job office sparked an interest in social work and a desire to help others.

Career Interviews

A profile of Dorothy Height, an activist for civil and women’s rights who helped to organize the March on Washington and spent decades leading the YWCA and NCNW.

Historical Profile

“Just Mercy” is a courtroom procedural drama adapted from the 2015 New York Times Bestseller of the same name. Written by Bryan Stevenson the original book was a memoir that told the story of his experience as an attorney focused on working to appeal death row convictions. Beginning in 1989, Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) is a new Harvard grad but instead of launching his career at a cushy law firm he chooses a different path. Heading south to Alabama, Stevenson establishes the Equal Justice Initiative and hangs out a shingle as a lawyer open to working on death row cases pro bono.

Movie Reviews