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Atlanta #positiveeventalert: Color Outside The Lines: A Tattoo Documentary

Most recently tattoos in the black community have been associated with rappers and professional athletes. Ridiculous displays of the art have been portrayed on celebrities such as Gucci Mane and Mike Tyson. Tattooing is a serious art form that goes way beyond the latest fad or celebrity tattoo. Color Outside The Lines: A Tattoo Documentary explores the depth of this craft from black perspective. Go inside the truth of the art as the world’s top black "professional" tattoo artists document the history and the struggles of the art form.

To Purchase Tickets Visit: http://tattoofilm.eventbrite.com/

The Official Trailer: http://vimeo.com/35061716

#blackpositiveimage Spotlight: Dr. Henry T. Sampson

Did you know that a black man invented the cell phone?

ACTUALLY he didn’t.

Dr. Henry T. Sampson co-invented the gamma-electrical cell with his professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A lot of people have credited Dr. Sampson with the invention of the cellular phone which is false. The actual function of the gamma-electrical cell is to "convert gamma rays into electrical output." This conversion is not related to the output that is generated in cellular transmission or cell phones. Although Sampson did not invent the cell phone there are other noteworthy accolades to be mentioned:

  • Dr. Henry T. Sampson was the first African American to earn a Ph.D.in Nuclear Engineering in the United States. (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).

  • Other patents include: "a binder system for propellants and explosives and a case bonding system for cast composite propellants."

  • Sampson is also a writer and film historian. Many of his books chronicle blacks in the film industry.

NOTED: It is important to do your research thoroughly regarding inventions, patents, etc. You should verify your information through multiple sources.

#documentarydialogue: Slavery By Another Name

Based on journalist Douglas A. Blackmon’s book, Slavery By Another Name (#sbanPBS) is a captivating documentary that addresses slavery did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. The 13th Amendment states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, EXCEPT as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” This exception to the amendment is critical in understanding how slavery has and will continue to exist in America, mainly for African Americans. This 90 minute documentary takes an explorative look into this loophole in the 13th Amendment and how it has affected African Americans spanning over 8 decades, from 1865 until 1945.

To learn more about this film, visit: www.slaverybyanothername.com. You can watch this film at: http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/watch/.

After you research and view this film, join us on Twitter @blackposimage for a discussion on Sunday February 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m./EST and share your views and opinions. #documentarydialogue #sbanPBS

Let’s begin to dialogue about the things that matter.