August 31, 2015

Tuesday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians

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Did you know that America's first born magician was black? Harry Houdini was a big fan. Richard Potter, the first American-born stage magician and ventriloquist, black or white. Prior to Potter’s career in the early 19th century, the performance … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Nurses Who Changed the Course of History

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Mary Eliza Mahoney (May 7, 1845 – January 4, 1926) was the first African American to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States, graduating in 1879. Mahoney was one of the first African Americans to graduate from a nursing … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Female Jazz Musicians

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Lovie Austin (September 19, 1887 – July 10, 1972) was an American Chicago bandleader, session musician, composer, and arranger during the 1920's classic blues era. She and Lil Hardin Armstrong are often ranked as two of the best female jazz … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers

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Joyce Cobb (born June 2, 1945 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma) is an American singer specializing in jazz and R&B. She is closely associated with traditional blues and jazz artists, most specifically being in the style and lineage of Memphis Minnie, Bessie … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Movie Producers

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Debra Martin Chase (born October 11, 1956) is a two-time Emmy nominated motion picture and television producer and former lawyer who is the first African American woman to have a solo producing deal at a major studio. Her company, Martin Chase … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Famous Black Painters

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Lois Mailou Jones (November 3, 1905 – June 9, 1998) was an artist who painted and influenced others during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, during her long teaching and artistic career. Jones was the only African-American female painter of the … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840–17 October 1921) (pronounced YAA A-san-TE-WAA) was appointed queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire—now part of modern-day Ghana—by her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpese, the Ejisuhene—or ruler of Ejisu. In 1900, she led … [Read more...]