April 29, 2016

Friday Open Thread: Black Children’s Authors and Illustrators


Christopher Dean "Chris" Myers is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. In 1998, Myers won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Harlem. The following year, he wrote and illustrated Black Cat, a book that received a Coretta … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Women Game Changers in the STEM Fields


ACG artist and computer animator Lisette Titre has contributed to some of EA’s highest profile games, including Tiger Woods Golf for Nintendo’s Wii, The Simpsons, and Dante’s Inferno. As a character modeler, Titre takes data from scanned images of … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Making History-Black Men and Women in Swimming

Anthony Ervin

Anthony Lee Ervin (born May 26, 1981) is an American competition swimmer who has won two Olympic medals and two World Championship golds. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle, and earned a silver medal as a … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African-American Mathematicians


I hope everyone is having a fantastic and safe New Year!!! Elbert Frank Cox (December 5, 1895–November 28, 1969) was an American mathematician who became the first black person in the world to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. He spent most of … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: More Black Saints


Father António Vieira (February 6, 1608, Lisbon, Portugal – July 18, 1697, Bahia,Portuguese Colony of Brazil) was a Portuguese Jesuit philosopher and writer, the "prince" of Catholic pulpit-orators of his time. Vieira was born in Lisbon to … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: More African-American Scientists


Chemist and academic administrator William M. Jackson was born on September 24, 1936 in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Morehouse College in 1956 and Catholic University of America, CUA in 1961, … [Read more...]

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...]