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Cassandra Adjei

Novelist, travel writer, and poet. Born in Panama, at the age of 2 Salkey left for Jamaica, the focus of much of his literary work. There, cared for by his grandmother until the arrival of his mother (his father stayed in Panama), he attended St George's College and Munro College. It was at this point that Salkey made his first connections with the London literary scene through the submission of his writing to the BBC's Caribbean Voices. When he migrated in 1952 to study English Literature at the University of London, he continued his artistic pursuits, and through further involvement in Caribbean Voices, began to build up many contacts within the arts industry.

These proved useful when, in 1966, Salkey joined forces with Edward Kamau Brathwaite and John La Rose to create the Caribbean Artists' Movement CAM However such contacts were also invaluable ...


Shane Graham

British journalist, editor, broadcaster, human rights activist, and author of numerous books on South Africa, Europe, and other subjects, was born on 3 August 1926 in Billingham, England. Born to Michael Sampson, chief scientist for Imperial Chemical Industries, and his wife Phyllis, his full name was Anthony Terrell Seward Sampson. He won a scholarship to attend Westminster School beginning in 1941. After graduating in 1944 he joined the Royal Navy, where he was briefly stationed in war-torn occupied Germany. In 1947 Sampson returned to Britain to attend Christ Church, Oxford University, where he studied Elizabethan drama.

After graduating in 1950 Sampson worked a number of jobs but struggled to discover the next step in his life’s path. Then in 1951 he was invited by the South African publisher Jim Bailey to move to Johannesburg and take over the editorship of the struggling new magazine Drum Under Sampson s ...


Paul A. Frisch

sportswriter, was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John Henry Smith, a chef for the industrialist Henry Ford, and Gertrude (Thompson) Smith. He was the only African American student enrolled in Detroit's Southeastern High School and was a member of the school's baseball team. He earned a BS in Education from West Virginia State College, where he played basketball and served as sports editor of the newspaper.

Upon graduation in 1937 he accepted a position at the Pittsburgh Courier, a prominent black weekly newspaper. After only a year he became the sports editor. In addition to covering the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays, baseball teams in the Negro Leagues, he also reported on the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates, the local white baseball team. Smith used his position to campaign for racial integration, particularly the integration of baseball, which had been segregated since 1884 ...


Amber Karlins

was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Robert and Nancy Teague. Robert was a mechanic and Nancy was a maid. Unfortunately, Nancy died during childbirth, so Bob’s older sister moved home to help raise him.

Growing up Teague s family was poor but the fact that he was a gifted athlete helped open doors for him that might otherwise have been closed He graduated from Lincoln High School in Milwaukee and earned a football scholarship to the University of Wisconsin at Madison but his open criticism of the coach meant he spent the next three years riding the bench Thankfully during Teague s fourth year at Madison the head coach was replaced and Teague was finally given the opportunity to show everyone what he could do on the football field As a result he was offered a position on four professional football teams Despite the fact that joining one of those ...