December 18, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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James Edward Maceo West (born February 10, 1931 in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia) is an American inventor and acoustician. Along with Gerhard Sessler, West developed the foil electret microphone in 1962 while developing instruments for … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Indians

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Charley Patton (died April 28, 1934), also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta blues musician. He is considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues", and is credited with creating an enduring body of American music and personally … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: History of Black Motorcyclists

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  Billed as the "Oldest Black and White Motorcycle Club in Nebraska," Los Diablos M/C was founded in Omaha, Nebraska, 1960. Omaha, it's clear, was a world apart from Los Angeles at the time. As young black men were banding together in the … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Famous Blaxploitation Actors and Actresses

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Teresa Graves (born Terresa Graves; January 10, 1948 – October 10, 2002) was an American actress and singer. As the star of the 1974 made-for-television film Get Christie Love!, Graves is credited as being the first African-American woman to star in … [Read more...]

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...]