Is’nana The Were-Spider | by Greg Anderson-Elysee

THE STORY

IS’NANA: THE WERE-SPIDER: FORGOTTEN STORIES is the first comic book of an on-going series of one-shots of the son of ANANSI the Spider-God of Stories from West African lore.

Anansi has been a part of West African lore for centuries, but let’s take a look at this re-envisioned masterpiece.

Is’nana The Were-Spider – How does one become a man of his own when his father is Anansi the Spider God of Stories? – http://kck.st/1OX9BnD

6 Amazing Women of Science | Sincere Ignorance

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West African Cuisine: Southern Cuisine

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Southern cuisine is the result of a splendid cultural convergence, deriving from the intersection of three foodways: British, Native American, and West African. The West African influence was particularly strong in the cuisine of the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where, long before the rise of cotton farming, a rice economy dependent upon enslaved labor ensured that West Africans were present in large numbers from the early days of the colony.

But what if, for some reason, West Africans had not been brought forcibly to the Lowcountry, and their cultural influence had not been felt in the region? To be sure, the entire history of the colony would have taken a dramatically different course. Lacking its rice cash crop, Charleston almost certainly would not have become one of colonial America’s wealthiest cities. And, the food its residents ate would have been very, very different.

This should come as no surprise to people who know how extensive West African culture has been on the Caribbean, South, and North America. From innovative ideas, inventions, music, cuisine, mythologies, science, and so much more. Today’s focus will be on the cuisine aspect though. I’ve made other posts touching on this subject before, but there is so much rich history; one can only be compelled to keep discussing or showcasing the subject.

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/what-if-there-had-been-no-west-african-influence-on-southern-cooking/Content?oid=4833931

Afro-Asian Cuisine 

Afro-Asian Foods cut across many borders bridging and bringing flavours of the Middle East, Orient and Africa together.

https://sincereignorance.com/2014/09/14/afro-asian-cuisine/

Gumbo Origins

Gumbo: Derived from various Bantu dialects (Southern & Central Africa) terms for okra (i.e. quingumbo, grugombo, gumbo, gombo, ngombo gomboaud, ngumbo, ochinggombo).

https://sincereignorance.com/2014/11/23/gumbo-origin-and-words-of-african-origin/

Joesph JJ Johnson

“I came back a changed chef,” Johnson, 30, said. “Nobody wants to talk about how slaves took food and spread it across the world. I realized that I grew up on Diaspora food.”

https://sincereignorance.com/2014/09/14/meet-the-black-chef-whos-transforming-new-yorks-food-scene-after-taking-trip-to-africa/

Africans and The Making of the Americas: Part 4, Agriculture

Diverse groups of Africans from the coastal regions were highly skilled at clearing and cultivating forest land, an expertise that was unknown to Europeans at the time. One African technique involved burning delineated sections of forest and later using the ash for fertilizer, this had to be done carefully. Many also knew how to raise crops in semi-tropical and tropical soils; high temperatures and heavy rains cause nutrients to seep out more quickly than they do in temperate climates.

https://sincereignorance.com/2015/01/27/africans-and-the-making-of-the-americas-part-4-agriculture/

3 Animations You Can Support

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Warning, use of profanity. 

Kariba: The synopsis is brilliant, and is rooted in realism; the dam created in Nubia/North Sudan, displaced a lot of Nubians. In addition to that, destroying pieces from the past of ancient Nubian culture. Some of the artifacts had to be evacuated to a different country. This fantasy teaser is not only stunning with an underlining social commentary, but it will empower little Black/African girls; by seeing themselves in such a light. A light of courage and fighting against any obstacle put in front of you, no matter how big they seem.

Website: http://www.karibamovie.com/#home

Tephlon Funk: A series created by Stephane Metayer about a young girl from Queensbridge who’s life turns upside down. It’s heavily inspired by both Hip Hop & Japanese Anime. The words “Tephlon Funk!” is a state of mind which means to be strong and stand out.”

Stylish, sleek, with some old school flavor and extremely smart. The use of Hip Hop as their instrument, and how it is intertwined within the fabric of Tephlon Funk is indeed ‘Dope’.

http://tephlonfunk.com/

E.X.O The Legend of Wale Williams: Tricked into returning home to Nigeria after a five year absence, an impetuous young man named Wale (pronounced Wah-leh) Williams embarks on a journey to investigate his father’s mysterious disappearance. His only clue is a cryptic Nanosuit left behind for him by his father, a suit which grants superhuman abilities. As he comes to understand the suit’s powers, Wale realizes he must restore hope to the city by preventing catastrophic attacks from the sociopathic extremist, Oniku.”

An heroic tale of a man trying to defend the city that he loves and carry on his father’s mantle. I love the look and feel of E.X.O, and its’ futuristic style. Keep in mind the video trailer is not the final cut, and the final production will be visually breathtaking. This is why E.X.O grabs the number 3 spot for me.

http://youneekstudios.com/

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Henry T. Sampson: Gamma Electric Cell

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On July 6, 1971, Sampson was awarded a patent with George H. Miley for the invention of the gamma-electric cell, a direct-conversion energy device that converts the energy generated from the radiation of high-energy gamma rays into electricity.

Other patents include a binder system for rocket propellants and explosives and a case-bonding system for cast-composite rocket propellants, both related to the manufacturing and production of solid-propellant rocket motors.

https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/People/Awards/Institutional/DEA/DEA_2013/Sampson

http://www.google.com/patents/US3591860

The Real McCoy: Elijah McCoy

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In 1872 McCoy was issued a patent for his invention, and within a short time his automatic lubricator—dubbed “the real McCoy” to distinguish it from the horde of less effective imitations that soon flooded the market—had been installed on locomotives around the country. “McCoy’s invention was a small thing,” wrote Aaron E. Klein in The Hidden Contributors: Black Scientists and Inventors in America, “but it speeded up the railroads, and faster railroad deliveries spurred the economic growth of a nation.”

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Elijah_McCoy.aspx

Elijah McCoy obtained patents for an automatic sprinkler, an ironing table, and eventually acquired 58 patents in his lifetime.

http://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventors/ss/Elijah_McCoy.htm

Jan Ernst Matzeliger: Shoe Lasting Machine

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Matzeliger set out to find a solution to the problems he discerned in the shoemaking process. He thought there had to be a way to develop an automatic method for lasting shoes. He began coming up with designs for machines that could do the job. After experimenting with several models, he applied for a patent on a “lasting machine.”

On March 20, 1883, Matzeliger received patent number 274,207 for his machine. The mechanism held a shoe on a last, pulled the leather down around the heel, set and drove in the nails, and then discharged the completed shoe. It had the capacity to produce 700 pairs of shoes a day—more than 10 times the amount typically produced by human hands.

http://www.biography.com/people/jan-matzeliger-21317107#invention-of-the-lasting-machine

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/matzeliger-jan-e-1852-1887

Alexander Miles: Modern Day Elevator

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The objects of the invention are, first, to provide mechanism operating automatically to close the shaft openings above and below the elevator-cage, and so preclude the possibility of danger by reason of such openings being left unclosed through negligence; and, second, devices operating automatically by the movement of the cage to open and close the cage-doors when set by an operator to be in engagement at any desired floor. The first of these objects is accomplished by means of a flexible belt having its ends attached to the cage and running over drums at the top and bottom of the shaft, and the second by means of levers pivoted to thecage, having one of their ends connected to a door and the other ends carrying rollers which are engaged in curved grooves provided in the corners of the shaft at the several floors, and devices provided in the cage for enabling an operator to throw the rollers into or out of engagement at will. These objects are attained by the mechanisms illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which– Figure 1 is a side elevation of an elevator shaft and cage containing my improvements. Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the same. Fig. 3 is a detached view of one of the cage-doors and its operating devices. Fig. 4 is a detail of the devices for sliding the roller-wheels carried by the levers to and from positions to be engaged in the grooves. Fig. 5 is a cross-section of one of the uprights of the shaft, showing the beltway and a portion of one of the belt cross-strips in it. Fig. 6 is a perspec tive view of an elevator shaft and cage provided with the improvements, but having a single cage-door; and Fig. 7 is a top view of the sliding doors and their tracks.

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http://www.google.com/patents/US371207

https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=pts&hl=en&q=ininventor:%22Alexander+Miles%22&gws_rd=ssl

Charles Richard Drew: The Blood Bank

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Academy of Medicine in May of 1941, he specifically mentions the pioneering work of Henry Bowditch, a physiologist who was aware of plasma’s potential as early as 1871. The same article also pays tribute to an English physician named Ward, who suggested the use of plasma for battlefield transfusions during World War I.

Still, Drew and several other researchers worked to refine liquid plasma preservation techniques. Having obtained a four-month leave from Howard University in September of 1940, he got off to a brisk start, instituting a system of rigorous processing in a central laboratory so that the sterility of all donated blood could be controlled. Drew later relieved the community hospitals of their constant donor traffic by introducing the idea of a refrigerated mobile blood bank.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/bmjuli.html

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/drew-charles-r-1904-1950

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/drew_hi.html

Frederick McKinley Jones:Refrigerated Inventions

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Frederick McKinley Jones (1893?-1961) was known for his mechanical aptitude and his curious and inventive mind. Largely self educated, Jones invented the first refrigerated transport system. This made it possible to ship food via plane, truck, boat or train anywhere in the world without it perishing.

Ticket Dispensing Machine
Removable Cooling Unit for Compartments.
Automatically Starting and Stopping Gas Engine.
Two-Cycle Gas Engine.
Two-Cycle Gas Engine.
Removable Cooling Unit for Compartments.
Preventing Frosting of Evaporator Heat Exchangers.
Air Conditioning Unit.
Starter Generator.
Means Operated by a Starter Generator for Cooling a Gas Engine.
Thermostatically Operating Gas Engine.
Rotary Compressor.
System for Controlling the Operation of Refrigeration Units.
Apparatus for Heating or Cooling the Atmosphere Within an Enclosure.
Two-Cycle Internal-Combustion Engine.
Prefabricated Refrigerator Construction.
Refrigeration Control Device.
Locking Mechanism.
Method and Means for Air Conditioning.
Method and Means of Defrosting a Cold Diffuser.
Method and Means for Preserving Perishable Foodstuffs in Transit.
Control Device for Internal Combustion Engine.
Thermostat and Temperature Control System.

https://webfiles.uci.edu/mcbrown/display/jones_patents.html

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Frederick_McKinley_Jones.aspx

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/jones-frederick-mckinley-1893-1961

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