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  • 01:07

    Africans Facial Marks Decode Underground Railroad Quilts w/ Teresa Kemp!

    in Education

    The photos of enslaved  West Africans show these quilted coded patterns from the quilts  "ichie" marks cut  into their skin

    If you read the book, Hidden In Plain View, written by Jackie Tobin  should tune in to The Gist of Freedom with Roy Paul (@RoyPaulReports) and his guest, author Mrs.Teresa Kemp! Teresa book  The Keeper of the Fire book covers not just Igbo Tribe's slavery but slavery in Africa by Arabs and Africans.  

    Many people questions the encoded quilts. They argue enslaved Africans  were not intelligent enough to out smart the Slavers. What many fail to understand, that most Africans were multi-langual. They wrote and read in more than on language. Many asked who could understand the coded quilt pattern language. Tonight's guest, Mrs. Kemp has  posters from Nigeria that date the symbols and patterns to 1400 AD this is clearly before the Civil War in America 1861-1865. We have the linage of 3 Eze's of Igbo land to 1042, 1087, 1092 BC.


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    Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 8pm ET @GISTofFREEDOM


  • 00:05

    Maya Angelou Talks About Quilts, Slavery and The Schomburg

    in Education

    The Schomburg Collection, Harlem USA

    Maya Angelou discusses The Schomburg, Quilts & Slavery- Lesley Gist, the producer of The Gist of Freedom was blessed with the opportunity to call in on the Rolanda Watts Blog Talk Radio Show and talk with Maya Angelou. Maya explained why she decided to donate her work to the Schomburg Library.

    The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is showing off a collection of papers, manuscripts and letters penned by literary giant Maya Angelou, who died this week. The exhibit, curated in response to her death, will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at the Harlem repository.

    Click here to Listen to Dr. Maya Angelou! http://bit.ly/MAYA_Schomburg_The_GIST

    Read The article http://bit.ly/The_GIST

    The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is showing off a collection of papers, manuscripts and letters penned by literary giant Maya Angelou, who died this week.
    The exhibit, curated in response to her death, will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at the Harlem repository.”

    The exhibition, titled “Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou 1928-2014” will be shown through June 30.

  • 00:07

    Maya Angelou on Quilts & Slavery

    in Culture

    Maya Angelou on Quilts & Slavery- Sunday, March 10 ~ Harriet Tubman Day! 
    On July 15th the producer of The Gist of Freedom was blessed with the opportunity, by chance to call in and speak to Maya Angelou on The Rolonda Watts Blog Talk Radio Show.
    Ten Days of Harriet Tubman Activities  Delaware Governor Markell officially proclaims March 10th as Harriet Tubman Day, the centennial of Harriet Tubman’s death!  
    This Scenic Byway features true stories and real sites associated with Harriet Tubman    The Inaugural Delaware Harriet Tubman Commemorative 2 mile walk, ride, run and race event 

  • 00:31

    Award-Winning Thriller Author Tamara Jones Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Tamara started her academic career as a science geek, earned a degree in art, and, when she's not making quilts or herding cats, writes tense thrillers as Tamara Jones and the award-winning Dubric Byerly Mysteries series (Bantam Spectra), as Tamara Siler Jones. Despite the violent nature of her work, Tam's easygoing and friendly. Not sick or twisted at all. Honest. Tamara is represented by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

    The dead are coming back. Ten naked people walk from a cemetery into artist Sean Casey's backyard: ten Spore People who used to be dead. One, Mindy, stays with Sean while trying to reclaim her life, but her ex would rather she return to her grave. Sean struggles to protect Mindy and other Spores while battling his recurring—and worsening—nightmares. Meanwhile, the media feeds a panicked frenzy that leads both the hopeful and hateful to Sean's front door. As the Spore fungus spreads, so does the fear. When mutilated children match Sean's nightmares, he realizes his own worst terror may be closer than he thinks.

    TIP OF THE WEEK: Use Animoto to create cool book trailers. This and Tawe are my two favorite new tools!

  • 02:57

    Tissue In The Tape Podcast: Ep 75: We Got This Covered

    in Hip Hop Music

    Check out Episode 75 of the Tissue In The Tape podcast. Think smothered biscuits.. Think rooftops.. Think quilts and blankets.. Think Primetime in his heyday.. because we are talking about covers. Welcome to The Tape Deck.If all else fails, press rewind if we haven't blow ya mind.

    What makes a good Hip-Hop cover song ? Why are there no Hip-Hop cover groups like in over genres? Would you pay to see one if there were?

    We ask all these questions and more on The Tissue In The Tape Podcast? episode 75: We Got this Covered #HipHop365 #TiTT #WRSPN #RespectHeatHolderz  #HipHopCoverSongs

    #warroomsports #hiphop365 #tissueinthetape



  • 01:00

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Metalsmith and Owner of MeanderWorks, Marilyn Brogan

    in Art

    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, August 27th at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith and jewelry designer Marilyn Brogan, owner of Meader Works, in San Diego, CA. 


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 


    About Marilyn;


    My name is Marilyn Brogan and I’m the designer, maker and curator of Meander Works, a one-woman studio based in San Diego, California. Meander Works offers delicate, minimalist jewelry made from recycled gold and silver – and soon, a line of engagement rings and wedding bands featuring recycled and traceable diamonds.


    I deeply value and admire good craftsmanship and believe a design is only as good as its execution. Jewelry is an expression of both the maker and the wearer – the quality of the construction is essential to that collaboration. If a ring looks beautiful but it is poorly made, then it may not feel right, fit right, or last. I’m inspired by antique jewelry and love the function of heirlooms. Like the handmade Appalachian quilts passed down to me from my great-grandmother, fine jewelry tells a story across generations. When I finish a piece of jewelry, I see a story that’s just beginning.


  • 01:00

    Ep 35 Quilts and Laura Ingalls Wilder

    in History

    Join host Sarah S. Uthoff and quilt historian Linda Halpin as they talk quilts. We'll explore trends in quilts during Laura Ingalls Wilder's lifetime and how quilts changed over time. We'll talk about how quilts were sewn and how they were used. Halpin is the author of "Quilting With Laura."

  • 01:07

    Stepping Into My Power BTR Interviews Author & Historian Teresa R. Kemp

    in Health

                                                        Host Dr. Imani Ma'at

    Join us on June 17, 2015  Featuring Teresa R. Kemp, Author of Keeper of the Fire

                                  Show Time: 9PM EST, 8PM CST, 7PM MT, 6Pm PST)
                                                  Call in number: 646-915-9853

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    Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp (Nana) is the 5th generation quilter and owner of Plantation Quilts & UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum.  In 2005, with her parents she opened the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum. Closed in 2007, Mrs. Kemp is a colon cancer and congestive heart failure survivor. A staunch advocate for conservation, healthier lifestyles for all, she continues to return to be active in the YMCA's Live Strong program. Tune in to learn about her rich multi-cultural background and history.  She is heading to Ghana shortly for the very high honor of being Enstooled as a Nana.   

  • 01:01

    Entrepreneur and Underground Railroad Conductor ~Rev. Peter Fossett (1815 -1901)

    in Education

    Join Historian and African American Artifacts Collector, Philip Merrill on The Gist of Freedom as he lectures on Rev. Peter Fossett and other historical related topics.

    Entrepreneur and Underground Railroad Conductor ~Rev. Peter Fossett (1815 -1901)

    At the age of 11, Fossett's life took a turn for the worst in 1826. On July 4, 1826, Jefferson died. While Jefferson freed Fossett's father in his will, the remainder of the Fossett family still remained in bondage, being sold at auction in January 1827.

    Peter Fossett was enslaved by John R. Jones. Fossett's father attempted to purchase Peter's freedom, but Jones refused to sell his son Peter so him. In 1843, after purchasing several family members' freedom, Joseph Fossett moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, leaving Peter behind in Virginia still in bondage. Joseph Fossett made several trips back to Virginia to see his enslaved family members. Twice, Peter Fossett tried to run away to join his family in Ohio. Both times his owner recaptured him.


    In 1994, Philip Merrill founded the organization Nanny Jack & Company, an archives and consulting agency specializing in creating projects that illuminate the African American experience through memorabilia, oral history and research. The company would eventually house over 30,000 artifacts, including photographs, rare books, folk art, documents, music, dolls, furniture, and quilts. Nanny Jack & Company would go on to collaborate with various educational organizations and television channels, including The Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, the Discovery Channel, the Maryland Historical Society, Maryland Public Television, and the History Channel. In 1996, Merrill became an appraiser with the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) television show Antiques Roadshow.

  • 00:40

    Quilts by Nature, Tresa McConachie

    in Art

    When one hears of quilting, you think of "quilting bees", Log Cabin quilts, and the celebration of major life events. And while these traditions still and should exist, the craft has been revitalized with new ideas, voices, and techniques that has changed the face of quilting. One such voice is quilter, Tresa McConachie, who got the quilting bug after many years as a sewer.
    Join us today as we learn about Tresa and her quilting adventures. To learn more about creative workshops, tutorials, e-books and patterns, visit iCreateFlix.com. 

  • 00:24

    Robin Caroll, "Hidden in the Stars: Quilts of Love Series"

    in Books

    "I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in." ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

    Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin's mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage--two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 16 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty+ years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home--in the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

    On her faith, Robin says, "I love Jesus and will follow Him wherever He leads me."

    An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she'll read just about any good story. Except historicals! To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart, visit Robin's website at www.robincaroll.com.