January 31, 2015

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


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


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...]