This Week in Black Awesomeness: a 15-year-old engineering prodigy from Sierra Leone

Interview with David Adjaye, the architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


David Adjaye & Roy Mellions at the groundbreaking for the Washington Highlands Library (Courtesy of D.C. Public Library)

15-year-old engineering prodigy from Sierra Leone spends three weeks at M.I.T.

Meet Kevin Doe, a 15-year-old, self-taught engineer from Sierra Leone, who goes on trash dives to salvage parts that he can use to build batteries, FM radio transmitters (to create their own radio station), and generators (to power the radio station). He was recently invited to spend a three-week stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, arranged by David Sengeh, a PhD student at the M.I.T. Media Lab, with funding from the university. Don’t worry, if some random dust just flew in your eye. *hands over a tissue*

“The Mighty Miss Malone”

Christopher Curtis, author of the award-winning “Bud, Not Buddy” has a new book for pre-teen readers. It’s called the “Mighty Miss Malone” and it tells the story of Deza Malone, a 12-year-old girl growing up in Depression-era Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan. Her family struggles with extreme poverty and racism, but according to this review in The Houston Chronicle, the story is not too heavy for young readers. Instead, Deza’s loving family fights through hardship, and has quite a few adventures. Sounds like the type of book parents buy for their children, and end up loving, as well.

Another Beyoncé documentary? Yes, please!

I’m showing a great deal of restraint by not discussing this in length, but notoriously secretive Beyoncé Knowles is set to direct and star in an HBO documentary about her life. No gushing, no Youtube clips – just grateful to have access to HBO.

Bonus Links:

Photos of former slaves taken 70 years after the Emancipation Proclamation via Black Like Moi.

Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye in New Biopic via Shadow and Act.

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