November 1, 2014

Friday Open Thread: History of Black Motorcyclists

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  The East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club have gunned their Harley's through the mean streets of Oakland, California since the 1950s. While Rosa Parks took her historic bus ride, and as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Huey P. Newton … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Famous Blaxploitation Actors and Actresses

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Richard Roundtree (born July 9, 1942) is an American actor. He has been called "the first black action hero" for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 film, Shaft, and its sequels, Shaft's Big Score (1972) and Shaft in Africa … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

What your teacher told you: John Brown was an insane antiracist who hated himself and others white people. He was delusional. Abraham Lincoln free the slaves, so therefore he can't be racist. The Truth:  1. "Just as textbooks treat slavery … [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...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

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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...]

Friday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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Astronomer Derrick Pitts was born on January 22, 1955 in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, Pitts was fascinated by outer space and rockets. After graduating from Germantown Academy, he received his B.S. degree in … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Pirates

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This week's open thread highlighted black pirates and their plight. Today I will highlight several unknown black pirates. In 1731 Juan Andres (Andresote) was the leader of some runaway slaves and Indians. These villains plundered and murdered … [Read more...]