Isaiah Washington Donates $25,000

"Grey’s Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington is putting his money to good use.  He donated $25,000 to Virginia’s James Madison University for an interactive slavery project at the university.  Researchers hope to recreate a slavery castle in use from 16-70 until 18-07.

According to Washington, who learned of his own ancestral connection to Sierra Leone through DNA testing, “The stories of innumerable Sierra Leoneans that were forced into slavery have yet to be extensively told. I believe this project will begin to shed some much needed light on the region, both past and present.” Washington’s donation to the Bunce Island project—made through his foundation, The Gondobay Manga Foundation, and channeled through the Friends of Sierra Leone organization—is part of the actor’s work to bolster the efforts of the Sierra Leone government to secure international assistance for the preservation of the castle.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Oprah isn’t the only Black celebrity building schools in Africa.

Isaiah Washington is also building a school in Sierra Leone’s Ngala Bagbwe village that is scheduled for completion in May 2007.  Congrats IW!

Bev Smith is Taking it to the Streets

American Urban Radio Network’s Queen of Talk Radio Bev Smith will be broadcasting live from Scottsdale, Arizona on Thursday and Friday.  She’s in town to attend and report on the strategic planning meetings of the Black AIDS Institute.  You go Bev!  Check local listings for radio station and times.

NBJC Announces the 2nd Annual State of Black SGL/LGBT California

Headed up by the National Black Justice Coalition’s California delegation, Jasmyne Cannick, Alan-Michael Graves, and Hon. Darryl Moore, the 2nd annual State of Black SGL/LGBT California will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 5, 2007 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the annual California Legislative Black Caucus Conference.

This year’s event will feature a discussion on developing a statewide Black SGL/LGBT network, followed by a discussion on coalition building with POC LGBT elected officials and activists, and then a frank and honest discussion about bedroom politics—the Church vs. the State and a look at a possible battle over marriage rights on California’s 08′ ballot.

Registration is free, but there is limited space.  Click here to register to attend this event.

Panelists and specials to be announced.