May 22, 2015

Wednesday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers

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Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (January 4, 1916 – February 26, 1991), also known as McVouty, was an American jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called "Vout". (In … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Movie Producers

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Rob Hardy (born Robert Hardy, Jr. on July 22, 1971) is a film producer, screenwriter, television and film director. With partner Will Packer, he founded the production company Rainforest Films in 1994. Hardy's films include The Gospel, Trois, and … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Famous Black Painters

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Aaron Douglas (May 26, 1899 – February 3, 1979) was an African-American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas, to Aaron and Elizabeth Douglas. He developed an interest in art during his … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black History Facts

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  Early African-American elites traveled and lived abroad extensively... Pioneering African-Americans of the 18th and 19th centuries traveled and lived abroad extensively, even in Africa. They traveled for education, recreation, … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

Taharqa with Queen Takahatamun at Gebel Barkal.

Taharqa was a pharaoh of the Ancient Egyptian 25th dynasty and king of the Kingdom of Kush, which was located in Northern Sudan. Taharqa was the son of Piye, the Nubian king of Napata who had first conquered Egypt. Taharqa was also the cousin and … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

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When the U.S. Civil War began, the Union rushed to blockade Confederate shipping. White planters on the Sea Islands, fearing an invasion by the US naval forces, abandoned their plantations and fled to the mainland. When Union forces arrived on the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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Although he didn’t invent Crest toothpaste, he dramatically improved the Crest formula for protecting our teeth so we can smile in all those selfies  being taken nowadays. Smitherman’s distinguished career as an inventor at Proctor & Gamble, the … [Read more...]