July 6, 2015

Friday Open Thread: Black Female Jazz Musicians

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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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...]