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General News    H4'ed 3/2/17

An Afro-American History phone app from Britain - Really?

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With apps for smart phones and tablets being the rage worldwide it is not surprising that someone would devise an app based on Black History themes.

But a Black History themed app for the near ubiquitous smart phones and tablets originating from Britain -- really!

Isn't Britain the land best known to Americans as the home of 'The Queen,' fish-&-chips and fans with a near religious-reverence for soccer?

The history of blacks in Britain is a subject little known either among citizens of that nation or around the world. Few Brits even know that Black History in their nation dates from the occupation of that island by the Roman Empire two thousand years ago.

Screen shot of Nubian Jak 3D phone app
Screen shot of Nubian Jak 3D phone app
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And what about the fact that this game app focuses on Black History in the United States not history primarily centered in England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland, the four countries that comprise the United Kingdom commonly known as Britain.

Well, Britain is the birthplace of the recently released Nubian Jak 3D Black History U.S. 2017 Edition app. This game app quizzes players on knowledge about African-American history (achievements and individuals).

A co-creator of this app is an initiator of efforts in Britain to preserve Black History in that nation.

That co-creator of the Nubian Jak app, is Jak Beula, a British entrepreneur and activist.

The name of that board game is "Nubian Jak." That game title is now the widely used nickname for Beula.

Beula followed his successful board game with "Nubian Jak's Book of World Facts" that was published in the late 1990s.

Beula said the time is ripe for this unique Black History app that he collaborated on with game programmer and developer, Aubrey Murray.

"In light of #Blacklivesmatter and the recent change of administration [in America] we think the game has come out at an important time," Beula said in an email interview.

Beula timed the release of the Nubian Jak 3D app to coincide with the annual February celebration of Black History Month in the United States. Britain commemorates its Black History Month in October.

Beula said the game app includes over 4,000 different sources from Trayvon Martin to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nikki Minaj to Michelle Obama.

One quiz question, for example, is about Larry Doby, the record setting black baseball player.

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Linn Washington is a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune and This Can't Be Happening. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and failings of the news media. He teaches multi-media urban (more...)
 
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