October 5, 2015

Friday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians


Alonzo Moore (c.1870-c.1914?), who was once billed as the Black Hermann (not to be confused with a more popular conjurer, Black Herman), served his magic apprenticeship during the 1890's as an assistant to Ed Maro and performed his own act starting … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African-American Nurses Who Have Changed the Course of History


  Lillian Holland Harvey Registered nurse Lillian Holland Harvey is best known for her work in education. She became Dean of Tuskegee University School of Nursing in 1948 and held the position for nearly 30 years. During her time as … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Female Jazz Musicians


Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop SIngers


The bebop musician I am highlighting today, had a very interesting story. Nii-lante Augustus Kwamlah Quaye, better known as Cab Kaye ( September 3, 1921, London –  March 13, 2000, Amsterdam), was an English-born Ghanaian-Dutch jazz singer, pianist, … [Read more...]

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Friday Open Thread: African-American Movie Producers


  Ava Marie DuVernay (born August 24, 1972) is an American director, screenwriter, producer, film marketer, and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Famous Black Painters


Benny Andrews (November 13, 1930 – November 10, 2006) was an American painter, printmaker, creator of collages and educator. He was born November 13, 1930 in Plainview, Georgia and died November 10, 2006. Andrews was an African American who was … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black History Facts


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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