February 7, 2016

Arts and Culture

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U. Sunday Jazz Brunch

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GOOD SUNDAY MORNING, P.O.U.! As you get your Sunday breakfast/brunch on, enjoy the sounds of Roy Ayers, Live at the  2014 Tbilisi Jazz Festival. … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: Celebrating “The Wiz”

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Good Sunday Morning POU! Get ready! On December 3rd, NBC will broadcast the live musical The Wiz! Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon will direct an all-star cast of this cult classic. The main role however, has been won by a newcomer to … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians

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This week's open thread's focused on some lesser known but famous in the magic world, black magicians. Fetaque Sanders (1915-1992) toured with the USO during World War II, performing for African American troops in the then-segregated US Armed … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians

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Alonzo Moore (c.1870-c.1914?), who was once billed as the Black Hermann (not to be confused with a more popular conjurer, Black Herman), served his magic apprenticeship during the 1890's as an assistant to Ed Maro and performed his own act starting … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians

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Ellen Armstrong was an African American female magician and daughter of Prof. John Hartford Armstrong.Born in 1914, she got her start at the age of six as assistant in her father's show. As a young child, she showed great skill as a "psychic" … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians

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Henry "Box" Brown (c.1816–after 1889) was a 19th-century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom at the age of 33 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate in 1849 to abolitionists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left behind his enslaved … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians

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Did you know that America's first born magician was black? Harry Houdini was a big fan. Richard Potter, the first American-born stage magician and ventriloquist, black or white. Prior to Potter’s career in the early 19th century, the performance … [Read more...]