December 22, 2014

Friday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors


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


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

East Bay 1960s

  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


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...]

Friday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

What your teacher told you: John Brown was an insane antiracist who hated himself and others white people. He was delusional. Abraham Lincoln free the slaves, so therefore he can't be racist. The Truth:  1. "Just as textbooks treat slavery … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott-Heron (1980) Real Eyes

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

toni elling

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...]