October 23, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Janet Collins (March 7, 1917 in New Orleans, Louisiana – May 28, 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas) was a ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She performed on Broadway, in films, and appeared frequently on television. She was among the pioneers of … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Fitness Gurus

Jeanette Jenkins is the founder and president of the Hollywood Trainer fitness company. Growing up in public housing in Canada, Jenkins was one of three children raised by a single mother and fitness is what kept her focused. A natural athlete, … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Beauty Pageant Winners

Debbye Turner Bell (born September 19, 1965, in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American TV anchor, veterinarian, talk show host, former beauty queen and winner of the 1990 Miss America pageant three days before her 24th birthday. Debbye Turner, raised in … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Scientists and Technicians of the Manhattan Project

Ralph Alexander Gardner, hard plastics pioneer and one of the scientists and technicians who worked on the Manhattan Project which developed the atomic bomb, was born December 3, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Vivian and Clarence Gardner.  Gardner … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Blacks and the Mormon Church

Jane Elizabeth Manning James  fondly known as "Aunt Jane" was one of the first recorded African-American women to enter Utah.  She was member of the Latter Day Saint Church and lived with Joseph Smith and his family for a time in Nauvoo, Illinois. … [Read more...]

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Thursday Open Thread: Another Set of Black History Factoids

The Wyoming Black Fourteen were African American members of the 1969 University of Wyoming (UW) football team who protested playing a game with Brigham Young University (BYU) because of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s ban on black … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Women and Rock N Roll

Malina Moye (born 1984) is an American singer-songwriter, lefty guitarist, and entrepreneur who fuses rock and soul. Fender guitars recognizes Malina as one of their first African-American left-handed upside-down female endorsee to join the fender … [Read more...]