May 24, 2015

Saturday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers

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Adelaide Louise Hall (October 1901 – November 1993) was an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Her long career spanned more than 70 years from 1921 until her death and she was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Hall entered the … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: African-American Movie Producers

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George Tillman, Jr. (born January 26, 1969) is an American film producer, screenwriter, and director.[1] Tillman is most notable for directing the films Soul Food (1997) and Men of Honor (2000). He is also the producer of the Soul Food: The Series … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Famous Black Painters

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Palmer C. Hayden (January 15, 1890 – February 18, 1973) was an American painter who depicted African-American life. He painted in both oils and watercolors, and was a prolific artist of his era. Born on January 15, 1890, Hayden was originally … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black History Facts

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This week's open threads gave some detailed background on several black history facts. On this last day of Black History Month, I am going to highlight a current NFL player's ancestor's fight against slavery. When all else failed, black mobs … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens in the past

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 – c. 24 September 1828), also known as Shaka[a] Zulu (Zulu pronunciation: [ˈʃaːɠa]), was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom. He is widely credited with uniting many of the Northern Nguni people, … [Read more...]

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Saturday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

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This week's posts have highlighted the history and cultural significance of the Gullah Peoples of South Carolina. American historians now recognize that the Gullah people of South Carolina and Georgia have come in large measure from the … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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  This week's open thread highlighted some lesser known black inventors.  Today I am going to highlight several inventors. In Chester, New Hampshire George Franklin Grant (September 15, 1846 – August 21, 1910) was the first African … [Read more...]