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‘Black Cowboys’

black-cowboys-in-the-american-westEvery chance I receive to collaborate with award-winning historian and fellow cowhand Michael Searles (a.k.a. Cowboy Mike), I take it. He has been one of my biggest digital media supporters in educating readers about the significance of the black cowboy — and cowgirl — since Day 1.

Currently, I’m covering film and TV stories for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, so I caught up with Cowboy Mike to analyze the recent shift we’ve seen on screen with the black cowboy (click here for the full coverage). And come to find out, Cowboy Mike just finished co-editing his most recent book with co-editor and historian Bruce A. Glasrud.

A great stocking stuffer, “Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, on the stage, behind the badge,” is definitely on my Christmas list to buy then bundle up by the fireplace for a holiday read. Visit cowboymike.com to learn more about his extensive scholarship and research of the black cowboy, Buffalo Soldiers and American West as well.

Cowboy Mike photo courtesy of Augusta University

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