March 4, 2015

Thursday Open Thread: Black History Facts

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The line between West Indians and African-Americans was fuzzy... Most of us already know that the slave trade circulated blacks between the U.S. and the Caribbean. We also probably know that after the Haitian Revolution, many Haitian … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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Askia Muhammad I (ca. 1443 – 1538), born Muhammad Ture in Futa Tooro, later called Askia, also known as Askia the Great, was an emperor, military commander, and political reformer of the Songhai Empire in the late 15th century, the successor of Sunni … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

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Happy New Year! Over the years, the Gullahs have attracted many historians, linguists, folklorists, and anthropologists interested in their rich cultural heritage. Many academic books on that subject have been published. The Gullah have also … [Read more...]

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...]