Artist Feature: Thomas Blackshear
Thirty-five years is a long time to do anything, let alone sustain a career as a working artist – especially in a day and age where more and more people spend their time in a digital realm, where art does not always successfully translate. Thomas Blackshear, in spite of the challenges that face many in this modern market, has managed to make a longstanding and prolific career. An artist who has managed to not only maintain but also thrive with a genre-bending career that runs the gamut from painting, to sketching, to sculpting. Throughout the course of his lifetime, he has become the most collectible African American sculptor on the retail market. So much so, that most folks have seen his work over the course of their lives, without knowing whose hands created it. Let us delve a little further into the man behind the art, and get to know our featured artist.
The History of Black History Month
Each and every February, we see countless promotions for Black History Month. We celebrate the African Americans who have played such an integral role in shaping our nation — inventors, explorers, scientists, poets and many more. We hear names like Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson and, more recently, President Barack Obama. Our children learn more about the African American community and all of their contributions to our nation’s history. Colleges host speakers that highlight African American history. We learn a lot and we celebrate and pay tribute to African American history — but what else is there? The answer is a lot.
Lesser-Known Black History Facts
All eyes are on black history for the month of February each year. The contribution of prominent black men and women throughout our history is so much bigger than one month can properly celebrate. While most reports only hit the highlights of who’s who and what’s what in black history, this will, hopefully, present a few facts and details you may not know While exploring these lesser-known contributions to history, perhaps you’ll find inspiration for buying black history gifts for the people on your shopping list.
Lead the Way: African American Firsts
Black History Month shines a spotlight on the vast accomplishments and notable “firsts” of the African American community, but those accomplishments deserve the spotlight year ‘round. Many names on the list are very well known, while others don’t get quite the same recognition. Learn more about those African Americans who made history and broke barriers in remarkable ways, from sports and entertainment to politics and careers.
History of Christmas Cards
Opening your mailbox to find brightly colored envelopes at Christmas time is like a little present each time you get the mail. Christmas cards give you a chance to slow down and reflect on the blessings in your life. Sending the cards lets you share the Christmas spirit with your loved ones. Learn more about the history of Christmas cards for African American Expressions!
Gift Guide From African American Expressions
As a faith-based company, everyone at our AAE team realizes we have an obligation to be witnesses for all the good God has done in our lives. Our opportunity to be a positive influence in the life of African American men, women and children encourage us to go ‘above and beyond’ every day, and continue to provide you with the best possible selection of Afrocentric gifts and items and fast, friendly service and delivery to go with it. If this is your first visit to our website, we invite you to take a look around and get familiar with the site. It’s easy to navigate our catalog and search for gifts for all occasions. Even if you’ve visited before, it’s worth taking a look again, because we are constantly adding beautiful new products and offering you great savings. We have gifts for many different specific occasions and people. 
10 Ways Journaling Can Improve Your Life
Somewhere in your old papers and books from childhood is probably tucked a small book full of cringe-worthy pages, each of them beginning “Dear Diary.” We often think of diaries or journals as rites of passage for angst-ridden adolescents, places for revealing insecurities, longings or heart-pounding crushes. But keeping a journal as an adult can be a meaningful, beneficial practice that you should consider incorporating into your daily routine. Learn more about the benefits of journaling here!
The Highly Caffeinated History of Your Coffee Mug
Coffee mugs don't get much press. In fact, most people never stop to consider the history of mugs. A mug simply gets the coffee to your mouth. It quietly delivers your favorite morning drink while holding back its life story. It doesn't want to bother you — you're busy getting ready for work. Well, now it's the mug's time to shine. Grab a piping cup o' joe, sit back and listen to your mug's tale — you owe it your attention.
The Joy of Giving Handmade Greeting Cards — Why They Still Matter in Today’s World
The humble greeting card may seem like a lost art in a sea of social media. Even though we now have multitudes of ways to communicate with one another, they tend to simplify our reactions to breakups, babies and bad news with an array of vaguely descriptive smiley-faces. However, there is still something inherently special about a physical object, like a greeting card, affirming those same sentiments. Read more about the benefits of sending greeting cards!
Monday Motivations -- Week 3

Good Monday to you #AAEFamily! 


We hope that you had an amazing weekend! All of us here got a chance to get a little rest and relaxation in, and during our morning meeting -- everyone seemed refreshed and ready for another week at African American Expressions.


We are motivated today, by good news. Who doesn't like good news? 


The good news for us was that we have been getting so much positive response from everyone about one of our newest products to the AAE roster. Three guesses to figure out which product we are talking about, and the first two guesses do not count. If you yelled out THE DRINKING GLASSES at the top of your lungs, then you were absolutely correct. 


The only problem for us is trying to tell which one people are loving more. What do you think? Is it the Praise Dancers (DGL01) that seems to be winning your customers over? Or is it the Ladies with Hats (DGL02) that seem to be the object of folks' affections? We can barely choose ourselves, to be honest, we love them both so much! Take a look below and tell us what you think! 

Praise Dancers Drinking Glasses     

We put our true heart and creativity into coming up with products, but you can never be sure whether people will love it or not. It's always something that leaves you on pins and needles, waiting to see what happens when the catalog drops... will they like it? Will they be happy with them? These questions constantly run through the minds of our brilliant product development staff, but when customers call us on a daily basis to let us know just how happy they are with them, we could not feel more motivated! Motivated to keep providing products that people love, and inspired to continue to come up with innovative new products that you will love.


These beautiful glasses, rooted in our faith, and proclaiming our heritage, are the perfect gift for someone you love, or are the perfect splurge for yourself to add to your homewares collection.  


Have you gotten a chance to see the glasses? Do you own a set yourself? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think! 


We would love to hear from you. <3