October 5, 2015

Saturday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians


This week's open thread's focused on some lesser known but famous in the magic world, black magicians. Fetaque Sanders (1915-1992) toured with the USO during World War II, performing for African American troops in the then-segregated US Armed … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Nurses Who Changed the Course of History

Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), Jamaican born British Crimean War nurse, portrait. Also known as Mother Seacole.     Date: C.1850s

Mary Jane Seacole (23 November 1805 – 14 May 1881), née Grant, was a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent who set up a "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War, which she described as "a mess-table and comfortable … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Female Jazz Musicians


Ernestine Anderson (born November 11, 1928) is an American jazz and blues singer. In a career spanning more than five decades, she has recorded over 30 albums. She was nominated four times for a Grammy Award. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, the … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers


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


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


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


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...]