Now available...
Learn the linking strategies that keep 
your site linked, with LinkAlert!
 Today's Launch 
 URLwire headlines page
URLwire homepage
 |  Getting your site on URLwire
|   Receive URLwire
URLwire fo Monday, September 30, 2002

New Web Site Devoted To The African-American Experience Launches Today 
Thirteen/WNET New York Presents African American World, 
A Web Site For All Ages And Communities
Thirteen/WNET Launch African American World Today
"AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD isn't just for African-Americans," said Ms. Lawson.  "It celebrates a common American culture, and is open to anyone who is curious about the African aspect of our shared history and society."
Jennifer Lawson
Executive Producer
Search URLwire archives since 1994 
Thirteen/WNET New York is bringing the African-American experience online. AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD, a comprehensive Web site, draws from the best of PBS and NPR to connect black Americans with their history and culture in a uniquely interactive format. The site, located at, is now live.

Produced by the award-winning online division of New York City's public broadcasting affiliate, AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD presents the broad range of the black experience in the United States, from the Harlem Renaissance to the ongoing debate over affirmative action.  Visitors to the home page will find "Hot Features," highlighting the latest sites related to African-American culture, such as JIM CROW ONLINE, official companion to the upcoming PBS landmark series, THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW.

"AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD offers unique insight into a vital part of American life," said executive producer Jennifer Lawson.  "The site is extremely useful for children working on homework assignments, for teenagers who may want to learn more about popular culture and for adults interested in genealogy." 

Site features include:

  • Personal narratives by notable African-Americans such as Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr., and photographs with interactive "Scribble Boards" for user feedback.
  • An art gallery featuring works by major African-American artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henry O. Tanner, and Edmonia Lewis.
  • A debate on the state of black America between Urban League CEO Hugh Price and Robert Woodson, chairman of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.
  • An entertaining kids' section where 8-11-year-olds can learn about African-American heroes with an interactive history game, or connect with their peers through interviews with other kids about their dreams and aspirations. 
  • An extensive timeline of African-American history examining events from the late 15th century through 2002.  Relevant PBS and NPR resources are featured throughout.
  • A virtual library with a multitude of resources on the main events, people and phenomena that have shaped the African-American experience.  This reference center contains over 300 articles on black America from Encyclopedia Britannica.  The library also includes two online guides referencing the best of PBS and NPR content on the African-American experience. 
  • A comprehensive guide for educators to PBS lesson plans on African-American history, arts and culture.
  • A dual search engine that delivers results simultaneously from both PBS and NPR Online.
"AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD isn't just for African-Americans," said Ms. Lawson.  "It celebrates a common American culture, and is open to anyone who is curious about the African aspect of our shared history and society."

Advisors for AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD include notable academics and historians Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the W.E.B Du Bois Institute at Harvard University; Howard Dodson, head of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library; and Diane Batts Morrow, assistant professor in history at the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Georgia.  Stanley Nelson, executive producer of Firelight Media and an award winning documentary filmmaker, also served as an advisor for AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD.

AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD was made possible by generous support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Stage on Screen, and EGG the arts show -- as well as the work of Bill Moyers -- to audiences nationwide.  As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as The Ethnic Heritage Specials, The New York Walking Tours, and Reel New York -- and reaching vast new audiences through its MetroArts/Thirteen cable arts programming.  With educational and community outreach projects that extend the impact of its television productions, Thirteen takes television "out of the box."  And as broadcast and digital media converge, Thirteen is blazing trails in the creation of Web sites, CD-ROMs, educational software, and other cutting-edge media products.  More information about Thirteen can be found at

End URLwire Copy
End URLwire Copy
URLwire headlines page | Getting your site on URLwire |  Receive URLwire |
Headline links to past 30 days URLwire site announcements 
09/26 Launches Newswire Service For Non-Profits 
09/26 New Google News Engine Finds Latest Headlines From 4,000 Sources 
09/25 Catsplay.Com Launches Furniture And Accessories Store For Cats
09/23 Yahoo's Videogames on Demand Service Is Live Today 
09/18 Capterra Launches Search Engine For Enterprise Software
09/18 Astrology Site Changes Name to To Fit New Purpose
09/17 New Site Calculates Golf Stats Just Like PGA Does
09/09 FavouriteWebsiteAwards New Spotlights Best Web Design
09/06 PBS Launches Interactive Site for Endgame: Ethics and Values in America
09/05 New Photocartoonist Site Offers a Cure for the Common eCard
09/04 Meta Search Site MetaCrawler Unveils New Look, Features
09/03 Dialog Launches Dialog NewsEdge Service
08/29 Releases New Version of it's Essay Database
08/28 Web Based Ticker for Amber Alert System Announced 
08/27 Reporter in Search of Al Qaeda Posts Daily Diary on PBS FrontlineSite

Getting Your site covered on URLwire:
If you think your site has the right stuff, I might feature it here 
and send it to my subscribers. Request URLwire service details 
and fees via Email. You can also learn more about URLwire here.

Non-profit and search related sites:
Display one of these "Featured on URLwire"  logos below (text or graphic)
on your site and link it  to my headlines page, and receive reduced rates
for your site announcement.

Featured on URLwire
URLwire - News of the Web's Best Content Since 1994
Featured on URLwire
URLwire - News of the Web's Best Content Since 1994
News editors and site reviewers:
Have you covered some of the sites featured here? Let me know and I'll feature your news outlet's logo on the right hand side of this page with the others. Over 85,000 people read URLwire every month.

Now available...
Get your site linked 
and keep it linked,
with LinkAlert!
The service that alerts you to new linking opportunities for your site, with tools, tips, techniques, and articles.  It helps you learn and use the same techniques Iíve been using for 7+ years for clients including PBS,, Warner Bros., Discovery Channel and AOL. $49 for a one-year membership. Read further details here.
URLwire Stock Quote Links Provided By Yahoo! Finance as needed
Complimentary Book Announcements
The MostEffective 
Articles Ever 
The Most Effective Articles 
Of 71 of The World's
Top Marketers
by Karen Ellis
Traditional Children's Songs, 
Proverbs, and Culture From
the American Virgin Islands
The Busy Educator's Guide 
To The World Wide Web
by Marjan Glavac
Revised and updated 
2ND Edition
This is the Web version of URLwire
URLwire is a weekly Email news alert service which announces quality Web launches, events, and online happenings.  URLwire is sent only to people who review and write about new web sites. URLwire is matched personally by me to your subject interests, is not automated, and importantly, is not annoying. Subscribe via my contact page. (Voice 865.637.2438).
. . The URLwire Effect
"Eric, URLwire got our site covered and linked online in places we'd tried for months to get in without success. And, URLwire did it in one day.  Thanks!!!
Jim Osgood
What is URLwire?
URLwire is an email and web based  news alert service for people who write about and review web sites, like Yahoo Picks of the Week or USA Today Hot Sites or WDFM. Learn more.
Who Uses URLwire?
Editors and site reviewers looking for great sites to write about and link to. Also, online news bots like and Newshub syndicate this online version of URLwire
How sites get on URLwire
URLwire only announces high quality, useful and unique web content.  This can be a new launch, relaunch, web event, etc.  I then send the announcement to online site reviewers and journalists who are looking for new web content to write about and link to. If you think your site has the right stuff, request URLwire service details/fees via Email. You can also learn more about URLwire here.
Receive URLwire
Editors/site reviewers only! Subscribe to the the email version for free by sending me a brief profile of the types of sites you review and write about. Email.

Editors at the below sites as well as hundreds of others are subscribers to URLwire. Sites announced via URLwire are featured regularly at these and other online news and reviews outlets:

Yahoo Picks
of the Week!

Cool Sites
[ Yahooligans! ]

USA Today
Hot Sites & Web Guide



BBCi Webguide

Daily Rotation


Traffick: The Guide
To Portals



Kleinman Report

Internet Insider Radio
.featured.gif (5113 bytes)
Chris Pirillo's
Arizona Reporter

j.ello report


Internet Tourbus

Copyright © URLwire. Online news headline linking services are welcome to link to this story.
Questions or Comments