Celebrating Black History Every Day

June 18, 2015

What year was President Barack Obama's first inauguration? 2009.

What is the name of Jada Pinkett-Smith's band? Wicked Wisdom. 

In 1863, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation symbolically freeing all slaves? Abraham Lincoln. Two years later marked the beginning of Juneteenth, which is now the oldest known event established to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S.

D'Anna (left) and Kysha Mounia

These are the types of questions presented in the mobile app Quiztory, launched by University of Arizona alumna Kysha Mounia and her sister, D'Anna Mounia.

As the nation prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the Mounias are continuing their commitment to bolster educational resources that expand public knowledge about the contributions and achievements of African-Americans. In fact, "This Day in Quiztory," which will air during Juneteenth celebrations on June 19, will air on iHeartRadio with American actor Tom Wright narrating. The segment will be available online.

Quiztory, originally launched during Black History Month, is "a little bit of pop culture mixed with a little bit of history," Kysha said. The app, which tests what users know about African-Americans in music, politics, athletics, science and pop culture, is available for OS and Android mobile devices.

"We definitely benefited from launching the app during Black History Month, but it is our belief that the information we are providing should be considered important every day, not just one month per year," said Kysha, president of Creative Educational Products, who graduated from the UA in 1998 with a degree in communication. "We hope it will be used as a tool to help establish a connection between the youth of today and their history."

Through Creative Educational Products, launched in 2013, the Mounias also introduced "This Day in Quiztory," by which they share narratives about significant events in African-American history. They also have created the Quiztory Ambassador Program, engaging students, and have begun connecting with teachers across the nation to help them amplify their teachings on African-Americans.

Ultimately, the two are working to train people to be advocates for African-American history, Kysha said.

Kysha is a 16-year veteran in television production, working on documentary programs such as Fox Sports Net's "Beyond the Glory" and BET's "American Gangster." She is currently the supervising producer on the TV One series "Unsung" and its spin-off series "Unsung Hollywood," which has won four NAACP Image Awards.

D'Anna has spent more than 15 years working in digital media and marketing. She has managed several music artists and is currently serving the advertising and digital media departments for Premiere Networks' nationally syndicated shows, including "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" and "On With Mario Lopez."

Photos courtesy of Kysha Mounia

Kysha Mounia is president of Creative Educational Products, Inc. She may be reached at kysha@quiztory.com.