November 27, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: 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...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers


Shouldn't Marilyn Monroe be called the white Joyce Bryant, since Joyce was around first... I digress Joyce Bryant (born October 14, 1928) is an African-American singer and actress who achieved fame in the late 1940's and early 1950's as a theater … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Perfomers

Doea Dean

  Dora Dean was born in Covington in 1872, and got into show business as the "Black Venus."  She was born as Dora Babbige; Dean was evidently her stage name.  Her initial job in show business was as a "statute girl" - essentially striking … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Perfomers


Jean Idelle was a black American burlesque dancer and singer who trained under Katherine Dunham and is credited as one of the first black performers to appear on stage with white dancers throughout the US and Canada. As a young woman, Idelle … [Read more...]

Wednesday Evening Thread: June 11, 1963

Governor George Wallace at Tuscaloosa University, Alabama, 1963

Color footage of the Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights, delivered from the President's office at 8 p.m. on June 11, 1963 President Kennedy speaks from the Oval Office in response to the National Guard being … [Read more...]

POU Livestream: Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou (Updated with video)


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