My best friend, Danyelle, is fabulous, a female, mom, wife, blogger, trendsetter, problem solver, great with words, a St. Louisan, a chameleon with her hair, shopper, go-getter, leader, listener, has a great shoulder to lean on, direct, oh and she happens to be black. I don’t not notice it, but it just isn’t at the top of my list of ways to describe her. However, just because I am white and she is black doesn’t mean we ignore it either. We regularly share with each other differences in how we were raised, differences in how society views us today, and so much more that is unique because of our colors. One of the big things that I have learned from her is that there is a lot I do not know about the black community because when I was in school it wasn’t something they spent a lot of time on and I had not taken a lot of initiative on my own as adult to learn more either. So while I learn all the time from her in some ways, when things like Black History Month are happening it gives me a chance to find out even more. With the Diversity On Demand initiative they are starting today, February 1, focusing on Black History Month and it will continue all year through Hispanic Heritage Month which will end on October 15, 2012.
If you like Diversity on Demand on Facebook you can stay up to date on the programming and other specials during the entire campaign. Here is a listing of some of the types of shows you can find this month.
Milestones in Black History: A look at the history of the struggles and strife, the tragedies and the triumphs of African-Americans in the U.S., including programming on the Civil Rights era. Everyone in the family can get in on the learning with documentaries like “The Black List” examining some of the reasons for Black History Month. And kids young and old can take a trip back in time understanding the importance of historical events with “Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4,” “On the Shoulders of Giants” and “Birds of a Feather: Tuskegee Airmen.”
Profiles in Courage: The biographies of influential African-Americans come to life with dramatic profiles and stories of acclaimed leaders and others who are not so well known—but perhaps should be, such as that of Lena Baker in “Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story.”
Dramas: Programs and movies like “Independence Day” showcasing award-worthy performances from notable African-American actors such as Will Smith. You can also explore and share real-life family relationship dramas like “Braxton Family Values.”
Hearth & Home: Savor shows like “Down Home with the Neelys” that provide a look at food and other aspects of modern African-American society.
Of the People: Program content that exemplifies the contributions made by multicultural talent, shows written by, starring, directed or produced by African-Americans, like Morgan Freeman in “Million Dollar Baby.”
Powerful Portrayals: Storytelling has always been an important part of African-American culture. Drama fans can enjoy Black cinema offerings, which chronicle the challenges of African-American protagonists in a variety of ways.
That’s Entertainment: Laugh along with comedy specials such as “Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker,” while romantic comedies warm the heart. If music is your thing, there are shows and movies such as “Ray,” the remarkable story of one of America’s true musical geniuses, Ray Charles, that look into the past, present music-making of African-American artists.
The Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a $25 Visa Gift Card!
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Rules: Only one of each entry method listed per person/family/household. No entering on behalf of others, using extra identities or others identities, no automated program entries, etc. If I catch you cheating you will be banned from this and all of my future giveaways! This giveaway is only open to those in the USA, ages 18+. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. I will pick a winner and email them and they have 48 hours to claim the prize. If no response, I will pick a new winner. Good luck!
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