April 16, 2014

Tuesday Evening Thread: FLOTUS on BET’s 106 & Park Tonight!

Michelle Obama

Check out excerpts from the interview below! (h/t Cocoafab) First Lady Michelle Obama is already every woman’s girl crush, but now she’s winning over young people thanks to her visit to BET’s 106 & Park. FLOTUS stopped by for an interview, … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

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This week's open threads focused on the accomplishments of several African-Americans.    Blanche Kelso Bruce (March 1, 1841 – March 17, 1898) was a U.S. politician who represented Mississippi as a Republican in the U.S. Senate from 1875 to … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

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  Sarah Jane Woodson Early, born Sarah Jane Woodson (November 15, 1825 - August 1907), was an American educator, black nationalist, temperance activist and author. A graduate of Oberlin College, she was hired at Wilberforce College in 1858 as … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

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Continuing with this week's theme, I am going to highlight some more  historic African-American firsts. Today's person had a very interesting life and sadly, he is still not discussed very much. He is also one of the earliest advocates of the use of … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

Pierre Caliste Landry

Pierre Caliste Landry (April 19, 1841 – December 22, 1921) was an American slave who after the American Civil War became an attorney, Methodist Episcopal minister, and politician in Louisiana. He is best remembered for being elected in 1868 as mayor … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

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  Continuing of this week's theme with more African-American firsts,  the 1st Rhode Island Regiment was a Continental Army regiment from Rhode Island during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). Like most regiments of the Continental … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Famous Depictions of African-American Stereotypes and Blackface

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This week's open thread will focus on performers who made their living acting out African-American stereotypes and/or blackface.    Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (May 30, 1902 – November 19, 1985), better known by the stage … [Read more...]