Noire Histoir

47 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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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


Lugenia Burns Hope [Black History Short 5]

March 3rd, 2019


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


Aaron Douglas [Black History Short #4]

February 24th, 2019


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

February 17th, 2019


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


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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