October 23, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: History of Black Motorcyclists

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Ben Hardy, born Benjamin F. Hardy, was an African-American motorcycle engineer and chopper builder, who is best known for creating the customized choppers for the characters 'Captain America' and 'Billy' which featured in the 1969 Peter Fonda road … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Famous Blaxploitation Actors and Actresses

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    Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. She became famous in the early 1970's after starring in a string of moderately successful women in prison and blaxploitation films like The Big Bird Cage … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

This week's open threads will highlight the historical inaccuracies that are present in history textbooks. Today I am going to focus on the Truth about the First Thanksgiving. What your history teacher told you: The Pilgrims chose land around … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Recording Career Scott-Heron began his recording career in 1970 with the LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Bob Thiele of Flying Dutchman Records produced the album, and Scott-Heron was accompanied by Eddie Knowles and Charlie Saunders on conga and … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Perfomers

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Jean Idelle was a black American burlesque dancer and singer who trained under Katherine Dunham and is credited as one of the first black performers to appear on stage with white dancers throughout the US and Canada. As a young woman, Idelle … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Top Black Restaurateurs

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Born and raised in New York, Wilson first started cooking with his brother while their parents worked.  Deciding to pursue cooking as a career, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. A master of French, New American and … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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George Robert Carruthers  is an African-American inventor, physicist, and space scientist. He has lived most of his life in Washington, DC. He is the inventor of the spectrograph, which is a moon-based observatory that was used on the Apollo 16 … [Read more...]