October 4, 2015

Monday Open Thread: Successful African-American Magicians


This week's thread will focus on lesser known but successful African-American magicians. There is not a ton of information on this topic, so I will be parsing together as background as possible.   Benjamin Rucker (June 6, 1889 – April … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers


This week's open thread will highlight the talents of some lesser know scat and bebop singers. Betty Carter (born Lillie Mae Jones, May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer known for herimprovisational technique, scatting … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Famous Black Painters

Joshua Johnston

This week's open threads will highlight a famous black painter from the past and the present. Joshua Johnson (c.1763 – c.1824) was an American black biracial painter from the Baltimore area. Johnson, often viewed as the first person of color … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Black History Facts


We celebrated black achievement and innovation all year here at P.O.U., since it's the last week of Black History month it's time for some more interesting facts about Black History. Cathay Williams was the one and only female Buffalo Soldier, … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past


This week's open threads will focus on African Kings and Queens of the past.   King Mansa Musa I (Emperor Moses) was an important Malian king, ruling from 1312 to 1337 and expanding the Mali influence over the Niger city-states of … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

This week's open threads will focus on the Gullah people and their culture. The Gullah Wars The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Low country region of the U.S. states of South Carolina and Georgia, which … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors


This week's open threads will highlights more inventions and discoveries made by various folks of African Ancestry.     Otis Frank Boykin (August 29, 1920 – March 13, 1982) was an African-American inventor and engineer. … [Read more...]