Note: you do not need a paypal account to donate any amount of money to support this website. Any and all donations are appreicated. At present I  am running  two websites africanafrican.com & negroartist.com . Both websites are free of charge and have millions of visits per year. The problem (perhaps less of a problem than a cost) I am having is that the websites have become so popular that I have been forced to go to a dedicated server which will cost me over $2000/year. My websites are dedicated to African and African American history and contain millions of images, texts, videos and other material. I have added artists free of charge to my website so that they have a voice and place on the net. I have spent the last 10 years building and growing this site. I am an unemployed engineer and the reason this is relevant is because this is what keeps me going... this is what keeps me sane. It gives me a purpose. I would hate to lose it or take it down due to success... it would be devastating.

My work has a powerful impact not only on the people that I work with directly, but also on the world as a whole. I have seen my traffic from Europe, Africa, Asia and Middle East explode in the last couple years and I hope I can continue to grow. I am at the point where I am  completely reliant on charitable donations in order to be able to continue to provide my services. Any amount you can share will be greatly appreciated and put to good use right here at home as well as thoughout the world.  email me if you have any questions.

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PDF document with select African American art references download here

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I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. . . . Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
Zora Neale Hurston (1901?-1960)
"How It Feels to Be Colored Me" (1928)

We have come over a way that with tears has
been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the
blood of the slaughtered.
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) Lift Every Voice and Sing, stanza 2 (1900)

As long as the colored man look to white folks to put the crown on what he say . . . as long as he looks to white folks for approval . . . then he ain't never gonna find out who he is and what he's about.
August Wilson, Jr. (1945- )
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, act 1 (1984)

Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they're being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I'm black. I tell them, 'Don't stop now. If I shot somebody you'd mention it.'
--Colin Powell, 1991

I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
--Ralph Ellison, 1952

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
--Ralph Ellison, 1952

"If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country." -- Malcolm X

"One ever feels his twoness-an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder." -- W.E.B. Dubois

"Black people dominate sports in the United States. 20% of the population and 90% of the final four. We own this shit. Basketball, baseball, football, golf, tennis, and as soon as they make a heated hockey rink we'll take that shit too." -- Chris Rock

"I imagine that one of the reasons that people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with the pain."-- James Baldwin

"Art hurts. Art urges voyages—and it is easier to stay at home." - Gwendolyn Brooks

"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey." -- John Hope Franklin



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