November 24, 2015

Tuesday Open Thread: New Black History Facts


  Eartha Mary Magdalene White (November 8, 1876 - January 18, 1974) was an American humanitarian, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, White was the 13th child of a former slave. She was adopted by Clara … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: More African-American Scientists


Warren M. Washington (born 1936) is an American atmospheric scientist, a former chair of the National Science Board, and currently senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Washington was born in … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians


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


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


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

Joyce Cobb

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


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...]