Category Archives: Black History Month

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (Black History Month)

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Posted: Friday February 28, 2014 @ 12:50 p.m. PST

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made

Despite not being a household name today, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Her flamboyance, skill, and showmanship on the newly electrified guitar played a vital role in the conception of Rock & Roll as a genre of music. Featuring archival performances and using new interviews with fellow musicians, producers, friends, and colleagues, this film tells the story of a talented and determined woman that introduces spiritual passion of her gospel music background into Rock & Roll. Learn more about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, her life story, and lasting artistic legacy.

 

 

Rosetta Tharpe

George Washington Carver Developed Peanut Butter

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Posted: Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 4:47 p.m.

 

George Washington Carver (1860–1943) developed peanut butter and 400 plant products!

Fast Fact: Carver was born a slave. He didn’t go to college until he was 30.

CLICK HERE:   George Washington Carver Wikipedia

Jan Ernst Matzeliger Inventor Shoemaking Machine (Black History Month)

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Posted: Monday February 3, 2014 @ 1:43 p.m. PST

 

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

 

Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852–1889) invented a shoemaking machine that increased shoemaking speed by 900%!

 

Fast Fact: In 1992, the U.S. made a postage stamp in honor of Matzeliger.

Image Credits: United Shoe Machinery Corporation, http://www.blackinventor.com.
 

 

 

Madam C.J. Walker Entrepreneur The First Female Self-Made Millionaire In America (Black History)

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Posted: Sunday February 2, 2014 @  6:21 p.m. PST

 

  • Madam C. J. Walker
    Entrepreneur
  • Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Wikipedia

Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919)

“I got my start by giving myself a start.” – Madame CJ Walker

 

Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, better known as Madame CJ Walker or Madame Walker, together with Marjorie Joyner revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry for African American women early in the 20th century.

 

Early Years

Madame CJ Walker was born in 1867 in poverty-stricken rural Louisiana. The daughter of former slaves, she was orphaned at the age of seven. Walker and her older sister survived by working in the cotton fields of Delta and Vicksburg, Mississippi. She married at age fourteen and her only daughter was born in 1885. After her husband’s death two years later, she traveled to St. Louis to join her four brothers who had established themselves as barbers. Working as a laundrywoman, she managed to save enough money to educate her daughter, and became involved in activities with the National Association of Colored Women.

 

Inspired by Need

During the 1890s, Sarah began to suffer from a scalp ailment that caused her to lose some of her hair. Embarrassed by her appearance, she experimented with a variety of home-made remedies and products made by another black woman entrepreneur, Annie Malone. In 1905, Sarah became a sales agent for Malone and moved to Denver, where she married Charles Joseph Walker.

 

Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower

Changing her name to Madame CJ Walker, Sarah founded her own business and began selling her own product called Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp conditioning and healing formula. To promote her products, she embarked on an exhausting sales drive throughout the South and Southeast selling her products door to door, giving demonstrations, and working on sales and marketing strategies. In 1908, she opened a college in Pittsburgh to train her “hair culturists.”

 

The Walker System

Eventually, her products formed the basis of a thriving national corporation employing at one point over 3,000 people. Her Walker System, which included a broad offering of cosmetics, licensed Walker Agents, and Walker Schools offered meaningful employment and personal growth to thousands of Black women. Madame Walker’s aggressive marketing strategy combined with relentless ambition led her to be labeled as the first known African-American woman to become a self-made millionaire.

Having amassed a fortune in fifteen years, this pioneering businesswoman died at the age of 52. Her prescription for success was perseverance, hard work, faith in herself and in God, “honest business dealings” and of course, quality products. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success,” she once observed. “And if there is, I have not found it – for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”

 

Improved Permanent Wave Machine

An employee of Madame CJ Walker’s empire, Marjorie Joyner invented an improved permanent wave machine. This device patented in 1928, curled or “permed” women’s hair for a relatively lengthy period of time. The wave machine was popular among women white and black allowing for longer-lasting wavy hair styles. Joyner went on to become a prominent figure in Madame CJ Walker’s industry, though she never profited directly from her invention, the assigned intellectual property of the Walker Company.

 

Madame Walker on Herself

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground” – Madame Walker

  • I got my start by giving myself a start.
  • I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground.
  • I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.
  • One night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.
  • I am not satisfied in making money for myself. I endeavour to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race.
  • There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
  • Perseverance is my motto.

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CLICK HERE: MADAM C.J. WALKER WIKIPEDIA

CLICK HERE: MADAME C.J. WALKER OFFICIAL SITE

Nathaniel Alexander Inventor Of A Patented Folding Chair (Celebrating Black History Month)

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Posted: Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 8:50 p.m. PST

 

On July 7, 1911 Nathaniel Alexander of Lynchburg, Virginia patented a folding chair. According to his patent, Nathaniel Alexander designed his chair to be used in schools, churches, and other auditoriums. His design included a book rest that was usable for the person sitting in the seat behind and was ideal for church or choir use. Below you can view the patent drawing of Nathaniel Alexander’s folding chair.

 

Nathaniel Alexander - Folding Chair

_Nathaniel Alexander

Chuck Berry “Bio & Facts” Celebrating Black History Month

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Posted: Saturday February 11, 2012 @ 12:02 a.m. PST

 

 

*Celebrating Black History Month On Chuck Berry On Saturday February 11, 2012.
According to Biography, Fact #16  Before becoming a professional musician, Chuck Berry studied to be a hairdresser.
Fact #17

Chuck Berry’s famous “duck walk” dance originated in 1956, when Berry attempted to hide wrinkles in his rayon suit by shaking them out with his now-signature body movements.

Quick Facts

  • NAME:Chuck Berry
  • OCCUPATION:Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
  • BIRTH DATE:October 18, 1926 (Age: 85)
  • EDUCATION: Sumner High School
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
  • ZODIAC SIGN:Libra

Best Known For

Chuck Berry was one of the most popular and influential performers in rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll music in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

Mini Bio: Born October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry had early exposure to music at school and church. As a teen, he was sent to prison for three years for armed robbery. He began producing hits in the 1950s, and had his first number one hit, “My Ding-a-Ling,” in 1972. With his clever lyrics and distinctive sounds, he was one of the most influential figures in the history of rock music.

Chuck Berry

CHUCK BERRY MINI BIO:

CHUCK BERRY INTERVIEW PART 1:

Harry Belafonte Celebrating Black History Month (Videos)

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Bio & Facts By: Biography

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Posted: Friday February 10, 2012 @ 1:58 a.m. PST

According to Biography: Fact #14  Due to his acclaimed “Banana Boat” song, most people assume Harry Belafonte was born in the Caribbean; in fact, the internationally renowned entertainment icon and human rights activist was born in Harlem, New York.
Fact #15

Musician and activist Harry Belafonte originally devised the idea for “We Are the World,” a single that he hoped would help raise money for famine relief in Africa. The single became the fastest selling in history, making more than $20 million worldwide.

Quick Facts

  • NAME:Harold George Belafonte, Jr.
  • OCCUPATION:Civil Rights Activist, Actor, Musician
  • BIRTH DATE:March 01, 1927 (Age: 84)
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: New York City, New York
  • Nickname: King of Calypso
  • ZODIAC SIGN:Pisces

Best Known For

Harry Belafonte has achieved lasting fame for such songs as “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O),” and for his humanitarian work.

Quotes

Art. There’s nothing more powerful in the universe than it, because it is the recorder of the truth. – Harry Belafonte

Bio Synopsis:A multi-talented performer, Harry Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927, in New York City. As a youth, he struggled with poverty and a turbulent family life. Belafonte’s career took off with the film Carmen Jones (1954). Soon after, he had several hits—”The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” and “Jamaica Farewell.” In addition to his acting and singing career, Belafonte worked as a champion for many social and political causes.

Belafonte received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Joe in Carmen Jones, a soldier who falls for the title character, played by Dorothy Dandridge.

Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge

Video 1 Features His Daughter Gina Belafonte: 

Video 2 HBO’s Sing Your Song Trailer:

Benjamin Banneker & Romare Bearden Celebrating Black History Month (Photos)

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Posted: Wednesday February 8, 2012 @12:08 a.m. PST

Topic: Benjamin Banneker and Romare Bearden

Celebrating Black History Month On Benjamin Banneker and Romare Bearden

According to Biography: Fact #12 Scientist and mathematician Benjamin Banneker is credited with helping to design the blueprints for Washington, D.C.

Quick Facts
  • NAME:Benjamin Banneker
  • OCCUPATION:Astronomer
  • BIRTH DATE:November 09, 1731
  • DEATH DATE:October 25, 1806
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Baltimore, Maryland

Best Known For

Benjamin Banneker was a largely self-educated mathematician, astronomer, compiler of almanacs, inventor, and writer

Synopsis Bio:Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731, in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland. A free black who owned a farm near Baltimore, Banneker was largely self-educated in astronomy by watching the stars and in mathematics by reading borrowed textbooks. He became an active writer of almanacs and was appointed by President George Washington to the District of Columbia Commission.

Benjamin Banneker
According to Biography: Fact #13 Before he was a renowned artist, Romare Bearden was also a talented baseball player. He was recruited by the Philadelphia Athletics on the pretext that he would agree to pass as white. He turned down the offer, instead choosing to work on his art.

Quick Facts

  • NAME: Romare Howard Bearden
  • OCCUPATION:Illustrator, Painter
  • BIRTH DATE:September 02, 1911
  • DEATH DATE:March 12, 1988
  • EDUCATION:New York University, Art Students League in New York City, Columbia University, Sorbonne
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • PLACE OF DEATH: New York City, New York

Best Known For

Romare Bearden is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. He depicted aspects of black culture in a Cubist style.

Synopsis Bio: Romare Bearden is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. Born in North Carolina, he landed in New York City and studied with George Grosz. His early paintings were realistic with religous themes. Later, his works depict aspects of family culture in a semiabstract collage and Cubist style. He was also a songwriter and designed sets for the Alvin Ailey Company.

Romare Bearden

Josephine Baker “The 1st Black Superstar” Celebrating Black History Month (Videos & Photos)

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Facts & Bio By: Biography

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Posted: Tuesday February 7, 2012 @  3:50 p.m. PST

Topic: Josephine Baker – Black History Month

Celebrating Black History With Josephine Baker On Tuesday February 7, 2012.

According to Biography: Fact #11 After African-American performer Josephine Baker expatriated to France, she famously smuggled military intelligence to French allies during World War II. She did this by pinning secrets inside her dress, as well as writing them in invisible ink on her sheet music.

Quick Facts

  • NAME: Josephine Baker
  • OCCUPATION:Civil Rights Activist, Dancer, Singer
  • BIRTH DATE:June 03, 1906
  • DEATH DATE:April 12, 1975
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Paris, France

Best Known For

Performer Josephine Baker dazzled her way through the 1920s and 30s, from the Cotton Club to the Folies Bergre

Biogrpahy’s Synopsis Bio: Born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, Baker began her career as part of a dance group in St. Louis before moving to New York to perform at Harlem’s Cotton Club. In 1925, she moved to Paris and was a huge success in the Folies Bergere.

Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker
JOSEPHINE BAKER – BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL MINI BIO VIDEO 1:
 JOSEPHINE BAKER THE 1st BLACK SUPERSTAR VIDEO 2:
JOSEPHINE BAKER FRENCH INTERVIEW VIDEO 3:
ACCORDING TO THE UPLOADER:A small interview during Bobino. Josephine talks about her decoration on her costume because of her resistance work and about her children.

Pearl Bailey Celebrating Black History Month (Photos & Video)

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Posted: Monday February 7, 2012 @ 2:10 a.m. PST

Topic: Pearl Bailey

*Celebrating Black History Month On February 7, 2012 On Pearl Baliey.

According to Biography:Fact #10 After a long career as an actress and singer, Pearl Bailey earned a bachelor’s in theology from Georgetown University in 1985.

Quick Facts

  • NAME: Pearl Mae Bailey
  • OCCUPATION:Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress, Singer, Journalist
  • BIRTH DATE:March 29, 1918
  • DEATH DATE:August 17, 1990
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Newport News, Virginia
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best Known For

Pearl Bailey was an American entertainer notable for her sultry singing. She played the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.

 

Quotes

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work – Pearl Bailey
Bio Synopsis: Pearl Bailey was an American entertainer remembered for her sultry stage voice. Bailey started off signing in nightclubs, later taking secondary roles in many films. She played the title role in the all-black Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. She wrote several books, including Hurry Up America and Spit. She earned her bachelor’s degree in theology from Georgetown University at age 67.
Pearl Bailey
Pearl Bailey
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Louis Armstrong Celebrating Black History Month (Videos)

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Posted: Sunday February 5, 2012 @ 11:25 p.m. PST

Topic: Louis Armstrong

Celebrating Black History Month With Louis Armstrong On February 5, 2012.

According to Biography: Fact #8  Louis Armstrong bought his first coronet at the age of 7 with money he borrowed from his employers. He taught himself to play while in a home for juvenile delinquents.

Fact #9

Musician Louis Armstrong earned the nickname “Satchmo” from his peers. The name was short for “satchelmouth”, a reference to the way he puffed his cheeks when he played his trumpet.

Quick Facts

  • NAME:Louis Armstrong
  • OCCUPATION:Singer, Trumpet Player
  • BIRTH DATE:August 04, 1901
  • DEATH DATE:July 06, 1971
  • EDUCATION: Fisk School for Boys
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York

Best Known For

Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star, and comedian. He is considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history.

Quotes

“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.” – Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S WIFE LUCILLE ARMSTRONG:

Louis Armstrong Biography Part 1 of 8:

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrating Black History Month (Video Link)

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Posted: Saturday February 4, 2012 @ 11:46 p.m. PST

Topic: Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating Black History Month on Saturday February 4, 2012 with Martin Luther King Jr.  May He Rest In Peace.

According to Biography: Fact #7  Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on friend Maya Angelou’s birthday on April 4th, 1968. Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for many years afterward, and sent flowers to King’s widow every year until Mrs. King’s death in 2006.

Quick Facts

  • NAME: Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • OCCUPATION:Civil Rights Activist Minister
  • BIRTH DATE:January 15 1929
  • DEATH DATE:April 04, 1968
  • EDUCATION: Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, Boston University
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Atlanta, Georgia
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Memphis, Tennessee

Best Known For

Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

Quotes

“I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to  know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Wally Amos (Famous Amos) Celebrating Black History Month (Video Link)

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Posted: Friday February 3, 2012 @ 8:30 p.m.PST

Topic: Wally Amos

On Friday February 3, 2012,celebrating Black History Month on Wally Amos, best known for his delicious chocolate chip cookies “Famous Amos”.

Fact #6

According to Biography: 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 with the likes of The Supremes and Simon & Garfunkel.

Quick Facts

  • NAME: Wally Amos
  • OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur
  • BIRTH DATE:July 01, 1936 (Age: 75)
  • EDUCATION: Food Trades Vocational High School
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Tallahassee, Florida
  • ZODIAC SIGN:Cancer


VIDEO LINK:The Famous Wally Amos – Full Episode Biography Video Link (44:23)

  • Wally Amos

Allensworth and Artist Charles Alston Celebrating Black History Month “Facts”

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Posted: Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 9:30 pm PST

Topic: Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month on Thursday February 2, 2012.

According to Biography Fact 3, 4, and Fact 5:

Fact #3

Allensworth is the only California community to be founded, financed and governed by African-Americans. Created by Allen Allensworth in 1908, the town was built with the intention of establishing a self-sufficient, all-black city where African-Americans could live their lives free of racial discrimination.

Fact #4

Jazz, an African–American musical form born out of the Blues, Ragtime, and marching bands originated in Louisiana during the turn of the 19th century. The word Jazz is a slang term that at one point referred to a sexual act.

Fact #5

Artist Charles Alston founded the “306 Group”, a club that provided support and apprenticeship for African-American artists during the 1940s. It served as a studio space for prominent African-American artists such as poet Langston Hughes; sculptor Augusta Savage; and mixed-media artist Romare Bearden.

Allen Allensworth
Allensworth Library

 

Artist Charles Alston

 

Charles Alston Art Work

Muhammad Ali Bio & Facts ‘Celebrating Black History Month BHM (Video Link)

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Posted: Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 9:30 p.m. PST

Topic: Muhammad Ali

Celebrating BHM “Black History Month” for February 1, 2012 on Heavyweight boxing champ and legend Muhammad Ali.

According to Biography Fact 1 & 2: As a child Muhammad Ali was refused an autograph by his idol, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. When Ali became a prize-fighter, he vowed never to deny an autograph request, which he has honored to this day.

Fact #2

Muhammad Ali the self-proclaimed “greatest [boxer] of all time” was originally named after his father, who was named after the 19th century abolitionist and politician Cassius Marcellus Clay.

Quick Facts

  • Originally: Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
  • ZODIAC SIGN:Capricorn

VIDEO LINK TO MUHAMMAD ALI MIN-BIO:MUHAMMAD ALI MINI BIO VIDEO LINK

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is still pretty and forever will be.

Black History Month (February)

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Posted: February 2, 2011 @ 5:49 pm PST

Updated: Monday November 14, 2011 @ 7:59 pm PST

Updated: Sunday February 12, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Topic: Black History Month

February is Black History Month, for the month of FebruaryI will focus on Black History Entertainment….  The focus will be on all nationalities who help Black Entertainers be seen and heard such as Ed Sullivan, Dick Clark etc just to name a few.

LINK 1 Feb. 1, 2012: Muhammad Ali Bio & Facts Celebrating Black History Month

LINK 2 FEB. 2, 2012: Allensworth and Artist Charles Alston Celebrating Black History Month “Facts”

LINK 3 Feb. 5, 2012: Louis Armstrong Celebrating Black History Month Videos

LINK 4 FEB. 8, 2012: Benjamin Banneker & Romare Bearden Celebrating Black History Month (Photos)

LINK 5 FEB. 10, 2012: Harry Belafonte Celebrating Black History Month Videos

 

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH TO EVERYONE