August 1, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron


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


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


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


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...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Pirates

Black Caesar

Blacks became pirates for the same reasons as other men did, but they also sought the freedom often denied them elsewhere. W. Jeffrey Bolster wrote in Black Jacks, “No accurate numbers of black buccaneers exist, although the impression is that they … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts


Continuing on with this week's theme, here are  5 more black history facts. FACT 1: Abolitionist Harriet Ann Jacobs published Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent. The book chronicles the hardships and … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Sundown Towns

Sundown Sign

Sundown Nation/ Sundown Towns are Recent   In 1884, it was rare for a town the size of Waverly Ohio (Population 1279) to be all-white. Beginning around 1890 and lasting until at least 1968, towns throughout Ohio and most other states began … [Read more...]