The Controversial Blackness (or lack thereof) of Ancient Egypt

Featured Image: Nick Brundle/Getty Images My first historical love was the history of Ancient Egypt. One of my fondest memories was my Dad gifting me this large coffee table book with pictures of various artifacts from Ancient Egypt. My tiny fingers flipped through the pages as I was mesmerized by the pictures of Ancient Egyptian…

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Maryland and D.C. are 100% Part of “The South” but We Should Talk About It

Featured Image: ‘Baltimore, MD’, Mike Von It is recommended to read this article with a U.S. map. During a trip to New Orleans, I had the great opportunity to visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Ogden claims to have the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern Art, with artists from states such…

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The Tragedy of John Brown in Pop Culture

Featured Illustration: Laura Lannes When I heard that Showtime was creating a show centered around John Brown, I cannot lie, I was very excited. John Brown is one of the most fascinating historical figures in American history, not just for what he did, but because of how Americans across generations have seen him, praised him,…

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A Night Walk to the Capitol

Featured Image: Andy Feliciotti Today I write this story — this part of my life as a historian. I did not always aspire to be a historian. My career goal early in my adulthood was to become a social worker. I lucked out when I started to date someone who was a licensed social worker.…

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The Black Diner Experience

Featured Image: Saimon Ma My grandma owned a diner in D.C. called “Mary’s Place” for over 30 years. Every summer as a kid, I found myself tying an apron around my waist to help sweep and deliver food to customers’ tables. As I weaved around customers, trying to sweep every piece of trash and drop…

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Do You Feel As Good As You Look?

Featured Artwork: Rocco Baviera A Short Story About Fashion and Homelessness It was a few days before my 25th birthday and I decided to have my party early because all my friends were going to be with their families for Thanksgiving. It was an unusually cold November night; in fact, it was November 16th, 2013,…

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