September 1, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

Today's thread will focus on the invisibility of racism in history textbooks.   What your history teacher told you: Over the years white America has told itself varying stories about the enslavement of blacks. In each of the last two … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Prison terms and more performing In 2001, Scott-Heron was sentenced to one to three years imprisonment in a New York State prison for possession of cocaine. While out of jail in 2002, he appeared on the Blazing Arrow album by Blackalicious. He was … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

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Shouldn't Marilyn Monroe be called the white Joyce Bryant, since Joyce was around first... I digress Joyce Bryant (born October 14, 1928) is an African-American singer and actress who achieved fame in the late 1940's and early 1950's as a theater … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Top Black Restaurateurs

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Morou Ouattara is an executive chef and owner of the Kora and Farrah Olivia restaurants in Arlington, VA. Born and raised on the Ivory Coast in West Africa in a family with 33 children, he combines French, African and Middle Eastern cuisines. He has … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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Dr. Beth A. Brown was born in Roanoke, VA in 1969. She liked science because she was always curious about how something worked and why something existed. She participated in science fairs in elementary school and junior high, but although space … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Pirates

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John Julian (c. 1701 – 26 March 1733, aged 32) was the first recorded black pirate to operate in the New World, as the pilot of the ship Whydah. Julian was a half-blood Miskito Indian who joined Samuel Bellamy early in his brief career. He became a … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts

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Continuing on with the theme... FACT 1:In 1787, free blacks in New York City found the African Free School, where future leaders Henry Highland Garnett and Alexander Crummell are educated. FACT 2: In 1787, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones form the … [Read more...]