October 21, 2014

Education

Saturday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

This week's threads highlighted the myths that have been told to you in school or are still taught to the general public. These threads just barely scratch the surface. Our history is very whitewashed. History is always written in the perspective of … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

Continuing on with this week's theme... Native Americans.   What your history teacher told you : Native Americans were savages who were not civilized.  New Europeans arriving in the country taught Native Americans how to act … [Read more...]

VIDEO: President Obama’s Town Hall On The My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (UPDATED II)

NOTE: This video also includes President Obama's remarks on the situation in the Ukraine.   Today, leading private sector organizations announced independent commitments that further the goals of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott-Heron (1980) Real Eyes

Death Scott-Heron died on the afternoon of May 27, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, after becoming ill upon returning from a European trip. Scott-Heron had confirmed previous press speculation about his health, when he disclosed in a … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

POET, ACTIVIST, MUSICIAN, INMATE

Prison terms and more performing In 2001, Scott-Heron was sentenced to one to three years imprisonment in a New York State prison for possession of cocaine. While out of jail in 2002, he appeared on the Blazing Arrow album by Blackalicious. He was … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

Gil-Scott-Heron

Recording Career Scott-Heron began his recording career in 1970 with the LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Bob Thiele of Flying Dutchman Records produced the album, and Scott-Heron was accompanied by Eddie Knowles and Charlie Saunders on conga and … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

toni elling

Toni Elling is a black American burlesque performer and said to be the inspiration for Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll. Elling was born Rosita Sims in 1928, and was one of the premier ecdysiast of her day. Her stage name Toni Elling is an anagram of her … [Read more...]