Noire Histoir Posts

A review of “Under the Udala Trees” by Chinelo Okparanta, which begins during the Biafra War in Nigeria in the late 1960s. The book tells the story of Ijeoma, a middle-class girl living with her parents while trying to survive air raids and food shortages. And her journey to define and accept herself following the end of the war.

Book Reviews

A profile of Gloria Richardson, an activist who contributed to the creation of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee (CNAC) which participated in protests to address the needs of the local Black community. The National Guard was called in and the city was placed under martial law. From these protests came the iconic photos of Gloria Richardson dismissively pushing aside the bayonets of guardsmen.

Historical Profile

Given Montgomery’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, there are a lot of historic sites throughout the city. I didn’t have enough time to see all of the museums and historical sites during my first visit. But I recently made a second visit and got to see some of the places that I missed on my previous trip.

Places To Visit

A profile of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the second Black regiment to be created during the American Civil War. Despite consisting entirely of Black infantrymen, sergeants, and corporals none were allowed to serve as officers and they received unequal pay during their time of service. The 54th Regiment led what became the famed attack on Fort Wagner during which it suffered heavy casualties.

Historical Profile

If Beale Street Could Talk is a Barry Jenkins film adapted from the James Baldwin book of the same name. Set in early 1970s Harlem, the film tells the story of Clementine “Tish” Rivers (Kiki Layne) and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James), two young adults who are navigating their blossoming love and the society around them. The movie unfolds across two timelines, the first which shows the progression of the young lovers relationship and the second which shows their efforts to remain connected and reunite after Fonny is wrongfully arrested and charged with rape.

Movie Reviews