May 22, 2015

Thursday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers

Mary Stallings

Mary Stallings (born August 16, 1939) is an American jazz vocalist and mother of R&B soul singer, Adriana Evans. Mary Stallings was born in San Francisco, California, one of eleven children. She grew up in the neighborhood of Laurel … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Movie Producers

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Will Packer (born April 11, 1974) is an American filmmaker and producer. He is the founder of Will Packer Productions. William Packer was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1991, he graduated from St. Petersburg High School. In 1996 he … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Famous Black Painters

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Annette Jimerson (born 1966) is an American artist who works on a wide variety of media. However, she is most widely known for her whimsical and prolific painting abilities, both realist and abstract. Primarily painting in acrylic and oils, she also … [Read more...]

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...]