December 21, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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    William H. Richardson In 1889, William H. Richardson patented a more functional baby reversible carriage — meaning the bassinet could be positioned to face both out and in. In addition to modernizing the carriage, … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Notable Black Indians

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This week's open thread topic will focus on  highlighting some notable Black Indians.   Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1844 – September 17, 1907) was an African American sculptor who worked for most of her career inRome. She gained fame … [Read more...]

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...]