May 30, 2015

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...]

Tuesday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

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  The Gullah people have been able to preserve much of their African cultural heritage because of geography, climate, and patterns of importation of enslaved Africans. Taken from the Western region of Africa in primarily the Krio and Mende … [Read more...]

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...]