October 23, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread; History of Black Motorcyclists

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William Johnson broke down barriers as both the first African American Harley-Davidson dealer, and as the first African American licensed to compete in national motorcycle racing events. Born in Baltimore in 1890, Johnson moved with his wife in about … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Famous Blaxploitation Actors and Actresses

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  Frederick Robert "Fred" Williamson, nicknamed "The Hammer" (born March 5, 1938) is an American actor and former professional American football defensive back who played mainly in the American Football League during the 1960's. He has black … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

Continuing on with this week's theme... Native Americans.   What your history teacher told you : Native Americans were savages who were not civilized.  New Europeans arriving in the country taught Native Americans how to act … [Read more...]

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...]