HW Pick, Daddy’s Scrapbook: Henry Kimbro Of The Negro Baseball League

Henry Kimbro was one of Negro League’s best on the baseball field, and one of the so-called worst off the field. Continue Reading →


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HW Pick: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” (Video)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered this speech speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, nine years after he was stabbed in Harlem, NY in 1958. Continue Reading →


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HW Pick: The New York City Draft Riots Of 1863

In September of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation. It would take effect January 1, 1863, and free slaves in areas of the nation still in rebellion against the Union. Continue Reading →


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New: OWN Sets Premiere Date And Unveils Trailer For “Cherish The Day,” From Ava DuVernay

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has revealed the premiere date and official trailer for its new original anthology drama “Cherish the Day,” created and executive produced by Emmy winner/Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay (“Queen Sugar,” “When They See Us”). Continue Reading →


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HW Pick: Yasuke, The African Samurai, 1500’s

Yasuke (variously rendered as 弥助 or 弥介, 彌助 or 彌介 in different sources.) was a retainer of African origin who served under the Sengoku Period Japanese daimyō Oda Nobunaga. Continue Reading →


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HW Pick: Lovie Simone Talks Greenleaf Faith, Fans, And Family At BUILD

The original drama series, “Greenleaf,” from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Continue Reading →


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The Legendary Princess Naomie At The Inwood Caves 1936


Author’s note: Published reports and records vary about the spelling of Kennedy’s first name. According to descendants her name was spelled Naomie.

Since moving to Inwood  I’d heard stories of an almost mythical figure known only as Princess Naomie, who, in the 1930’s, took up residence near the old tulip tree in Inwood Hill Park. Continue Reading →


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