September 23, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

John William Sublett (February 19, 1902 – May 18, 1986), known by his stage name John W. Bubbles, was a vaudeville performer. He performed in the duo "Buck and Bubbles." He is also known as the father of "rhythm tap." … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Fitness Gurus

Donna Richardson  (born November 3, 1962) is an American fitness and aerobics instructor, author and ESPN television sports commentator. Widely known for her series of fitness videos, she was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to serve on … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Beauty Pageant Winners

Crystle Danae Stewart (born September 20, 1981) is an American actress, TV Host, model, and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 2008. Stewart portrays the character real estate agent Leslie Morris on the OWN/TBS comedy-drama television series … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Historic Black Churches

Free Blacks in both northern and southern cities formed their own congregations and churches before the end of the 18th century. They organized independent black congregations and churches to practice religion apart from white oversight. Along with … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Scientists and Technicians of the Manhattan Project

Born in 1919 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Samuel Proctor Massie was as one of the few African American scientists to work on the Manhattan Project during World War II.  He later became a distinguished professor of chemistry. Massie graduated from … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Blacks and the Mormon Church

Elijah Abel was one of the earliest African-American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the first African-American elder and seventy in the Latter Day Saint movement. Abel was also the first and one of the few black … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Another Set of Black History Factoids

Alfred L. Cralle was an African American businessman and inventor who was best known for inventing the ice cream scoop in 1897. Cralle was born on September 4, 1866, in Kenbridge, Lunenburg County, Virginia, just after the end of the American Civil … [Read more...]