March 2, 2015

Friday Open Thread: Black History Facts

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Civil Rights activism predates the Civil Rights Movement by more than a century. Most people know that Northern states such as New York allowed slavery for a time and then abolished it. What many don’t realize is that before the South adopted Jim … [Read more...]

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Friday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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Queen Anna Nzinga (c. 1583 – December 17, 1663), also known as Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande, was a 17th-century queen (muchino a muhatu) of the Ndongo andMatamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola. Nzinga was born to King Kiluanji and Kangela … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

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Black Seminoles—Gullahs Who Escaped From Slavery   The Black Seminoles are a small offshoot of the Gullah who escaped from the rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. They built their own settlements on the Florida frontier, … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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Thomas L. Jennings (1791–1856) was an African-American tradesman and abolitionist in in New York City, New York. He was a free black who operated a tailoring and dry-cleaning business, and in 1821 was the first African American to be granted a … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Indians

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Radmilla A. Cody is a Navajo model, award-winning singer, and anti-domestic violence activist who was the 46th Miss Navajo from 1997 to 1998. As she was the first and thus far only Miss Navajo partially of African-American heritage, her nomination … [Read more...]

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...]