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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Honoring African-American Midwives Past And Present

Honoring African-American Midwives Past And Present

Black History Month offers women and families a unique opportunity to pay tribute to Black midwives who preserve a cultural legacy of being 'with women,' said the Midwives of Color Committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Those traditions and practices are on display at a special exhibition at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, through April 2006.

The = 'Reclaiming Midwives: Pillars of Community Support' exhibit chronicles African American midwives as early as the 17th century. The exhibit describes the contributions of midwives such as Mary Francis Hill Coley, a Georgia midwife who is featured in an award-winning documentary 'All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story,' and Maude Callen, a certified nurse-midwife whose life's work in rural South Carolina is documented in a 1951 Life magazine photo essay.

"Our foremothers handed down rich and lasting traditions, which continue today in midwifery practices large and small, in communities across this country," said Bridget Howard, chair of the ACNM's Midwives of Color Committee. "These traditions, such as our commitment to the health and well-being of the whole family, became the hallmarks of modern midwifery. The exhibit touches the heart and soul of the minority community; looking back at the past shows us how to continue to fight for the future of midwifery. Today's nurse-midwives are highly educated professionals who provide care to women of all ages. And midwives attend more than 10% of vaginal births in the United States."

"The Smithsonian exhibit reminds us of the contribution midwives can make to improving the health of women and babies and eliminating racial disparities in health outcomes," said Deanne R. Williams, CNM, ACNM's executive director. "ACNM members report that 70 percent of the women they see are considered vulnerable by virtue of their age, socioeconomic status, education, or ethnicity. This is a testament to the lessons taught us by Black midwives of the last century, and what makes the Smithsonian exhibit so important today."

To learn more about midwives and midwifery in America, please visit ACNM on the Internet at

With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives is the oldest women's health care association in the U.S. ACNM's mission is to promote the health and well-being of women and newborns within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. More information about ACNM can be found at

American College of Nurse-Midwives
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374

ACNM 51st Annual Meeting & Exhibit
May 26 - June 1, 2006 - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Black and Scene

Black and Scene is a new sister site to Black Scene, which will feature extra extra African Amerian video clips and trailers that are accessible to you at the click of a button! Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Black Voices Today

Check out these links from AOL Black Voices.

  1. BV International: 22 couples get married at Mandela's former prison.
  2. Find Out Who's Banking on Oprah
  3. More black athletes than ever are competing for the U.S. at this Winter Olympics. Full Coverage at BV Sports.
  4. This Black History Month, AOL Black Voices chronicles trials and triumphs of the African American experience over the last century. Heroes and Highlights

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Spread Black Love This Valentines Day

On this Valentine's Day take a minute to check out a few free and low-cost goodies for spreading positive African American Love to everyone you know. Let everyone know Black is oh so Beautiful.

Send someone a Free African American E-card

For the Grown and Sexy, here are a few links

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Black Scene Blog

Black Scene: African American Media (
The Black Scene Website just isn't enough for African American Media lovers like myself. I figured it was only necessary to create A Black Scene Blog, on which I hope to include up to date Black Video Clips and Event / Media listings for Black Movies, Trailers, TV Shows and Animation. Visit the Black Scene Blog today, and let me know what you want to see on it tomorrow.

-Black Content for Black People

Sunday, February 12, 2006

New Web Spots for Black America

Multiple Shades of You Online has done it again! What is the latest msoy web project you ask? Drum roll please ..... "The ... Spots". This is a series of African American mini-portals, created to make searching for specific African American web content easier. "The ... Spots" keeps you connected to quality Black Webpages and Black News articles related to your topic of interest. It's a great place to find something new or revisit your favorite e-spaces. The first ... Black Spots are listed below:
For more information about "The ... Spots" click here. If you would like to see a Spot created for your particular area of interest, please email lhenry[at] with a request. Subject Heading: "A ... Spot Request."

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