Petra Hoost (1976- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" At twenty years old, Petra Hoost, born January 16, 1976, in the city of Enkhuizen, Netherlands, became the first Afro-Dutch woman to win the Miss Netherlands pageant in 1996.  She went on to represent Netherlands at the Miss World pageant held … Read MorePetra Hoost (1976- )

St. Benedict the Moor (1526-1589)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Benedetto Manasseri, an Italian of African descent, was born near Messina, Italy to Cristoforo and Diana Manasseri in 1526. His parents, captured as slaves from Africa in the early 16th century, were brought to San Fratello, near Messina.  They converted to … Read MoreSt. Benedict the Moor (1526-1589)

Greece and Egypt: How a Single Coin Reflects an Ancient and Enduring Relationship

African Head on a Greek Coin, ca. 450 BCE ©Private Collection, New York In the following article Mediterranean Antiquities historians Carol Thomas and David Coblentz, use an African-headed Greek coin to explore the little known yet often controversially debated historical relationship between Ancient Greece and … Read MoreGreece and Egypt: How a Single Coin Reflects an Ancient and Enduring Relationship

Jean-Léonard Touadi (1959- )

Image Ownership, Public Domain Born January 25, 1959 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Jean-Léonard Touadi, one of 10 children of a civil servant, immigrated to Italy in 1979 where he became a journalist, university lecturer, the author of several books, and a pioneering politician.  … Read MoreJean-Léonard Touadi (1959- )

Mercedes Frias (1962- )

Politician and immigrant and women’s rights advocate Mercedes Lourdes Frias was born in the municipality of San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic, on October 28, 1962.  The daughter of a stevedore and a washerwoman, she earned her degree in geography at the Autonomous University of … Read MoreMercedes Frias (1962- )

Denny Méndez (1978- )

Beauty pageant queen, model, and actress Denny Andreina Méndez de la Rosa was born on July 20, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Her mother, Lidia Chavez, who had divorced her biological father, met a vacationing Italian, Sergio Casabianca, who became her stepfather.  At age five, … Read MoreDenny Méndez (1978- )

Michele Amatore (1826?-1883)

As a six-year-old boy named Quetto, Michele Amatore witnessed his village of Commi in the Nuba Mountains of southern Sudan decimated by Egyptian soldiers and their leaders who profited from the slave trade.  The oldest of four children, his father was a village chief named Bolingia; … Read MoreMichele Amatore (1826?-1883)

Harold Bradley (1929- )

Expatriate former athlete, actor, entrepreneur, and entertainer Harold Willard Bradley Jr. was born on October 13, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois.  Raised in a racially diverse middle class neighborhood, his father, Harold Sr., had been one of the early African American professional football players prior to … Read MoreHarold Bradley (1929- )