Noire Histoir

70 EpisodesProduced by Natasha McEachron

Get inspired. Get motivated. Get stories of Black history made and in the making. Noire Histoir features Black history facts, literature, and motivational stories from across the Black diaspora. Join Natasha McEachron as she celebrates Black pride, excellence, and power all 366 days of the year.

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51: Born a Crime [Book Review]

June 20th, 2019


A discussion of Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime" which tells the story of his early life, apartheid, and a particular period in the history of South …

The Clotilda & Africatown [Black History Short #19]

June 16th, 2019


A profile of The Clotilda and Africatown. The Clotilda is believed to be the ship that brought the last group of enslaved people to America from Africa. Africatown was later founded by surviving members of this group …

50: When They See Us [Movie Review]

June 13th, 2019


A movie review of "When They See Us" by Ava Duvernay which tells the story of five teens from Harlem who were wrongfully convicted and later …

Dr. Patricia E. Bath [Black History Short #18]

June 9th, 2019


A profile of Dr. Patricia E. Bath, one of the first Black ophthalmologists and inventor of a laser that removes cataracts which made her the first …

49: My Family Trip to Guyana and The Guyana Museum of African Heritage [Place Review]

June 6th, 2019


I made the day long journey to Guyana for a joyous family event and decided to make a full vacation of it and spent a few days in the capital, …

Dr. Ralph Abernathy [Black History Short #17]

June 2nd, 2019


A profile of Dr. Ralph Abernathy, a WWII veteran, minister, and civil rights activist who worked closely with Dr. King on many campaigns.

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48: We're Going to Need More Wine [Book Review]

May 23rd, 2019


A review of "We're Going to Need More Wine" by Gabrielle Union a good read that balances serious topics with funny moments.


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The Whitelaw Hotel [Black History Short #16]

May 19th, 2019


A profile of the Whitelaw Hotel which was established in 1919 and developed, designed, and financed by Black professionals.

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47: Pursuing your goals at any stage in life with Hazel Watson, Clinical Care Associate

May 16th, 2019


On this episode of the career interview series, we are joined by Hazel Watson a Clinical Care Associate (CCA) from Berbice, Guyana. Hazel’s passion …

Marian Wright Edelman [Black History Short #15]

May 12th, 2019


A profile of Marian Wright Edelman, the first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi State Bar and Founder of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF).


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Lois Mailou Jones [Black History Short #14]

May 6th, 2019


A profile of Lois Mailou Jones a visual artist whose 70-year career overlapped the 47 years she spent teaching upcoming notable Black artists at Howard University.

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45: Making life better for other people with Lloyd Cambridge, Small Business Educator

May 5th, 2019


On this episode of the career interview series, we are joined by Lloyd Cambridge a Small Business Educator hailing from my hometown Brooklyn, New York. Lloyd’s interest in entrepreneurship began when he was a kid …

Ahmed Sékou Touré [Black History Short #13]

April 28th, 2019


A Black History Short featuring a profile of Ahmed Sékou Touré a politician in Guinea who helped to lead the country to independence and became the …

44: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace [Book Review]

April 25th, 2019


"The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" by Jeff Hobbs tells the life story of a young man that grows up in rough and tumble East Orange right outside of Newark, New Jersey and goes on to attend Yale University. In …

Alain LeRoy Locke [Black History Short #12]

April 21st, 2019


A profile of Alain LeRoy Locke, a gifted scholar, philosopher, and the "Father of the Harlem Renaissance".



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43: Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) with Marissa Allen, Pediatric ER RN

April 18th, 2019


On this episode of the career interview series, we are joined by Marissa Allen. Marissa is a Pediatric Emergency Room (ER) Registered Nurse (RN) …

Bloody Sunday [Black History Short #11]

April 14th, 2019


A profile of Bloody Sunday, a day on which Alabama State Troopers released tear gas and attacked protestors as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a march for civil and voting rights.

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42: Spelman College Museum [Place]

April 11th, 2019


The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is located in Atlanta, GA on the Spelman College campus. The museum features art created by Black women from …

Edward Blyden [Black History Short #10]

April 7th, 2019


A profile of Edward Blyden who is considered the "father of Pan-Africanism", served as a Liberian ambassador, and openly challenged the idea of Black inferiority.

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41: Working with other people with Pierre DeBois, Digital Marketing Analytics Entrepreneur

April 4th, 2019


In this episode of the career interview series, we’ll be hearing from Pierre DeBois, an entrepreneur who was born in Gary, Indiana. As a young boy, Pierre was passionate about cars and dreamed of working on cars when he …

Septima Poinsette Clark [Black History Short #9]

March 31st, 2019


A profile of Septima Poinsette Clark who spent 30 years of her life as a teacher and 50 years participating in a variety of racial, education, and social equality initiatives.

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Queen Nzinga [Black History Short #8]

March 24th, 2019


A profile of Queen Nzinga, ruler of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms (modern-day Angola) who resisted Portuguese colonization and slave trading.

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05: Bessie [Movie Review] (Throwback)

March 21st, 2019


This is a throwback to my review of "Bessie" an HBO film starring Queen Latifah in an excellent portrayal of 1920’s blues legend Bessie Smith. The movie covers Bessie’s rise, fall, and comeback during the 1920’s — …

Mary Church Terrell [Black History Short #7]

March 17th, 2019


A profile of Mary Church Terrell who was one of the first African-American women to earn a Bachelor’s degree and went on to become an educator, …

40: Ida A Sword Among Lions [Book Review]

March 14th, 2019


"Ida A Sword Among Lions" by Paula Giddings is a biography that details the journalistic activism of Ida B. Wells. Covering the incredibly impactful …

Amelia Boynton Robinson [Black History Short #6]

March 10th, 2019


A profile of Amelia Boynton Robinson who traveled the Alabama countryside promoting educational info, founded an insurance company geared towards Black people, and participated in Black voter registration initiatives.

39: Assessing where you are and where you want to go with Joy Williams, Founder and Managing Director

March 7th, 2019


In this episode of the career interview series, we’ll be hearing from Joy Williams, a media entrepreneur currently running two of her own companies.


Lugenia Burns Hope [Black History Short 5]

March 3rd, 2019


A profile of Lugenia Burns Hope who worked on projects to assess and address the needs of Atlanta's Black community.


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38: The Center for Civil and Human Rights [Places]

February 28th, 2019


The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located in Downtown Atlanta. Spread across three floors, the museum focuses on the Civil Rights Era, global human rights, and also features special exhibits related to these …

E37 - The importance of relationships with Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson, Marketing & Partnerships Executive

February 28th, 2019


In this episode of the career interview series, we’ll be hearing from Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson, a Marketing and Partnerships Executive. 


Aaron Douglas [Black History Short #4]

February 24th, 2019


A profile of Aaron Douglas who is most notable for being a visual artist during the Harlem Renaissance.

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E.D. Nixon [Black History Short #3]

February 17th, 2019


A profile of E.D. Nixon who is most notable for his work as a civil rights leader in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1940’s and 1950’s.

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36: King Leopold's Ghost [Book Review]

February 14th, 2019


King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild is the story of how King Leopold II of Belgium used violence and coercion to gain control of the Congo. In …

Irene Amos Morgan [Black History Short #2]

February 10th, 2019


A profile of Irene Amos Morgan who is most notable for refusing to give up her seat on a Greyhound bus and successfully fighting interstate bus …

35: Standing on your own with Cheick Dukuly, Physical Education Teacher

February 7th, 2019


In this episode of the career interview series, we’ll be hearing from Cheick Dukuly, a Physical Education Teacher from Brooklyn, NY. We discuss how …

Alonzo Herndon [Black History Minute #1]

February 4th, 2019


In the first Noire Histoir Black History Minute, I profile Alonzo Herndon who is most notable for being a successful entrepreneur in Atlanta, GA.

34: Moving for progress with Tresa Chambers, Communications Strategist

January 31st, 2019


Today we’ll be hearing from Tresa Chambers, a Communications Strategist from Newport News, VA. In this interview we’ll discuss movement to achieve progress, defining and marking success, and being a resource for …

33: The importance of mentorship with Adekunle Oduye - Design Technologist

January 24th, 2019


In this episode we'll be hearing from Adekunle Oduye, a Design Technologist from my hometown, Brooklyn, New York. As a kid Adekunle had a strong …

32: The importance of identifying your career passion with Christopher Taylor Job Hunt Strategist

January 10th, 2019


In this episode we’ll be hearing from Christopher Taylor, a Job Hunt Strategist hailing from Chesterfield, Virginia. Chris’ work experience began with a Burger King broiler and later included an internship at Lizzie …

E31: The Legacy Museum [Place]

October 25th, 2018


I visited The Legacy Museum, if not the first week, then the second week that it opened. The Legacy Museum was created by the Equal Justice Initiative and is located in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Legacy Museum is split …

E30 - National Memorial for Peace and Justice [Places]

October 10th, 2018


The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is dedicated to the memory of African-Americans who lost their lives to lynchings. Reading books about lynchings is one thing. But, it was something different to walk through …

E29: At the Hands of Persons Unknown [Book Review]

September 26th, 2018


Phillip Dray details the history of mob violence and lynchings in "At the Hands of Persons Unknown". Dray lays out how lynchings were used as a form …

E28: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute [Places]

September 12th, 2018


I recently took a day trip to Birmingham as part of my goal to visit as many Southern cities as possible while living in Atlanta. I was attracted to …

E26: Before the Mayflower [Book Review]

August 15th, 2018


“Before the Mayflower” by Lerone Bennett Jr is the ultimate book to read if you’re interested in Black History, especially American Black History. …

E25: The Other Wes Moore [Book Review]

August 1st, 2018


"The Other Wes Moore" explores the lives of two young Black men coming of age during the same era, in similar neighborhoods, and with the same name. …

E24: The Coming [Book Review]

June 6th, 2018


I had high expectations for "The Coming" by Daniel Black. The book tells the story of a group of Africans being enslaved and enduring the experience of the Middle Passage. Lots of other people thought "The Coming" was a …

E23: The Assassination of Fred Hampton [Book Review]

May 23rd, 2018


"The Assassination of Fred Hampton" by Jeffrey Haas is an incredible book about a less celebrated but important Black figure. The details may differ but the story of Fred Hampton is unfortunately not uncommon. Yet, his …

E22: The Book of Harlan [Book Review]

May 9th, 2018


"The Book of Harlan" by Bernice L. McFadden tells the story of a Black musician from Harlem who travels to Paris around the time the city falls to the Nazis. McFadden uses the main character's life to tie together …

E21: Moonlight [Movie Review]

April 25th, 2018


Moonlight is a great study in the facade of machismo and hyper-masculinity. It explores the development and suppression of Black boys’ and men’s …

E20: Ain't I a Woman [Book Review]

April 11th, 2018


"Ain't I a Woman" by Bell Hooks explores the impact of racism and sexism on Black women. Not as separate factors but through the lens of intersectionality. The book charts the history of how “sexism operates both …

E19: Coming of Age in Mississippi [Book Review]

November 15th, 2017


"Coming of Age in Mississippi" by Anne Moody is the story of a young Black woman coming of age in rural Mississippi during the 40's and 50's. Moody's …

E18: The Book of Negroes aka Someone Knows My Name [Book Review]

November 1st, 2017


"The Book of Negroes" (aka "Someone Knows My Name") by Lawrence Hill is a great work of historical fiction. In this episode I discuss how the author weaves together a gripping story with historical tidbits.


E17: Manchild in the Promised Land [Book Review]

October 20th, 2017


In some ways, "Manchild in the Promised Land" is about a rambunctious boy and his group of friends coming of age in the 1940s-1950s. In a different …

E16: Homecoming [Book Review]

October 6th, 2017


"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi is a work of historical fiction but it’s a good jumping off point for venturing into the history of the Black diaspora. The book charts a timeline of the effect of the slave trade on the people …

E15: The Underground Railroad [Book Review]

August 9th, 2017


In this episode, I discuss "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. The book tells the story of Cora, a young slave woman who makes plans to …

E14: Watch Me Fly [Book Review]

July 26th, 2017


In this episode of the Noire Histoir podcast I discuss "Watch Me Fly" by Myrlie Evers-Williams. "Watch Me Fly" is more than the story of the widow of a civil rights hero. It’s also the story of a rather sheltered woman …

E13: Freeman [Book Review]

July 11th, 2017


"Freeman" by Leonard Pitts, Jr. follows three main characters at the end of the Civil War. Tilda, a former slave woman freed by the end of the war. …

E12: 13th [Movie Review]

April 25th, 2017


"13th", a documentary by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, explores the history of institutional racism through the lens of the 13th Amendment. In this episode, I discuss the economic motivations for using mass incarceration and …

E11: Brainwashed [Book Review]

April 19th, 2017


Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority written by Tom Burrell, is a book about “the greatest propaganda campaign of all time”: the concept of black inferiority. In this episode, I discuss the book's …

E10: Django Unchained [Movie Review]

April 12th, 2017


"Django Unchained" is a western set two years before the Civil War that tells the story of a slave named Django who works as a bounty hunter to obtain his and his wife's freedom. In this episode I review the movie and …

E09: Selma [Movie Review]

April 5th, 2017


"Selma" provides a snapshot of the efforts to end systematic suppression of Black voting and other civil rights in the South. In this episode, I discuss the film's portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr.; President Lyndon …

E08: Your Money and Your Man [Book Review]

April 1st, 2017


"Your Money and Your Man" by Michelle Singletary, offers women financial advice for life in general but mostly focuses on dating/courtship, marriage, …

E07: What Happened, Miss Simone? [Movie Review]

March 21st, 2017


In this episode, I discuss "What Happened, Miss Simone?", an award-winning Netflix documentary about the life and career of Nina Simone.

Simone put her life and career at risk to join the Civil Rights Movement. She was …

E06: At the Dark End of the Street [Book Review]

March 20th, 2017


"At the Dark End of the Street" by Danielle L. McGuire tells the story of Black women's fight to obtain civil rights and equal legal protection against rape and sexual harassment. ⠀⠀ In this episode I discuss the …

E05: Bessie [Movie Review]

March 20th, 2017


"Bessie" is an HBO film starring Queen Latifah in an excellent portrayal of 1920’s blues legend Bessie Smith. The movie covers Bessie’s rise, fall, and comeback during the 1920’s — 1930’s with brief peeks back into her …

E04: The Warmth of Other Suns [Book Review]

March 20th, 2017


"The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson, weaves together the stories of three people who fled the South during The Great Migration. It's not a happy book but I found it very inspiring.   In this episode, I …

E03: The Corner [Book Review]

March 20th, 2017


"The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood" by David Simon and Edward Burns is one of the most saddening and inspiring books I’ve …

E01: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl [Book Review]

March 17th, 2017


"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" tells the story of Harriet Jacobs, a fugitive slave who escaped North with hopes of reuniting with her children. A quick but thought-provoking read, the book touches on several …

E00: Introducing the Noire Histoir Podcast

March 15th, 2017


Hello and welcome to Noire Histoir, a podcast where I share and discuss Black history and literature from my Noire perspective. In this introductory episode, I'll tell you a bit about myself and what you can expect from …

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