Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fake It 'Til You Make It

Anna Anderson
Some historical mysteries, regardless of how persistently we might try, can never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. As morning dawned on July 17, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, and their five children, Alexei, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, were executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries. Just two years later, a woman calling herself Anna Anderson turned-up in Berlin claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, the youngest of the tsar and tsarina’s daughters. She professed that she had escaped from the basement where her family was slaughtered with help from two brothers named Tchiakovsky, and fled to Romania. She perpetrated this fraud until 1991, when the previously lost remains of the royal family were unearthed. Posthumous DNA testing proved Anna was not a member of the Romanov dynasty. Some have postulated that she was actually a Polish factory worked named Franziska Schanzkowska who had a history of mental illness.

Monday, March 3, 2014

“Because of Them, We Can”

Searching for possible images for my series of Black History Month blog-posts, I came across some pictures from “Because of Them, We Can.” Their mission is to share/celebrate African-American’s “rich history and promising future through images that would refute stereotypes and build the esteem of our children.” 
To hear more about creator Eunique Jones Gibson’s inspiration and aspirations for the campaign, check-out the video below: