July 24, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Recording Career, Con't Scott-Heron recorded and released only four albums during the 1980s: 1980 and Real Eyes (1980), Reflections (1981) and Moving Target (1982). In February 1982, Ron Holloway joined the ensemble to play tenor saxophone. He … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Perfomers

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  Dora Dean was born in Covington in 1872, and got into show business as the "Black Venus."  She was born as Dora Babbige; Dean was evidently her stage name.  Her initial job in show business was as a "statute girl" - essentially striking … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Top Black Restaurateurs

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  For more than 30 years, chef Marvin Woods has enjoyed a culinary journey that has taken him around the world, on TV and into bookstores as a published author.  He is a mentor as well as a trailblazer in the country’s fight against obesity, … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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Arthur Bertram Cuthbert Walker, Jr. (August 24, 1936 – April 29, 2001) was a solar physicist and a pioneer of EUV/XUV optics. He is most noted for having developed normal incidence multilayer XUV telescopes to photograph the solar corona. Two of his … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Pirates

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Abraham Samuel, also known as "Tolinar Rex," born in Martinique (or possibly in Anosy, Madagascar), was a mulatto pirate of the Indian Ocean in the days of the Pirate Round in the late-1690s. Being shipwrecked on his way back to New York, he briefly … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts

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It's Wednesday aka Hump Day! Today. Today's open thread is highlighting more than 5 facts.  FACT 1:Before Wally Amos became famous for his "Famous Amos" chocolate chip cookies, he was a talent agent at the William Morris Agency, where he worked … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Sundown Town

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An excerpt from a CNN online article about Vidor, Texas's past and present as a Sundown Town" Peggy Fruge told me she'd welcome blacks to her neighborhood. Then she said this:"I don't mind being friends with them, talking and stuff like that, but as … [Read more...]