July 26, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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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...]

Friday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts

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It's Friday, the end of the work week and the start of the weekend. This week's open threads highlighted little known or interesting black history facts in celebration of black history month. FACT 1: In 1804, Lemuel Haynes is the first African … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries

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It's Friday, POU Family! It's the end of a work week and the start of the weekend.  Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett on July 14, 1941) is an African-American professor of Africana Studies, activist and author, best known as … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists

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Today's open thread will highlight some well-known womanists. Womanism is a social theory deeply rooted in the racial and gender oppression of black women. There are varying interpretations on what the term womanist means and efforts to provide a … [Read more...]