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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.



Chuck Berry “Bio & Facts” Celebrating Black History Month

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Source & Photo: Biography

Bio & Facts Written By Biography except *:

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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

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



Harry Belafonte Celebrating Black History Month (Videos)

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Source: Biography

Bio & Facts By: Biography

Media Credit: Photo (Harry Belafonte – eurweb.com) Photo 2 (Belafonte & Dandridge – multibeautiful-dreamwidth.org) / Video 1 (YouTube – better) / Video 2 (YouTube – HBO)

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.


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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Source & Photos: Biography

Facts & Bio: Biography

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

Pearl Bailey Celebrating Black History Month (Photos & Video)

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Source: Biography

Written By: Biography except for *

Media Credit: (Photo 1: peoplequiz.com / Photo 2: fishandspaghetti.com / Photo 3: vintagegal.tumblr.com / Photo 4:illkeepyoupost.com via Google) Video: YouTube (theosing)

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.



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
Pearl Bailey











Pearl Bailey







Louis Armstrong Celebrating Black History Month (Videos)

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Source: Biography

Video Credit: YouTube (FerriniProductions) / YouTube (osirisborn22)

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.


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

Louis Armstrong


Louis Armstrong Biography Part 1 of 8:

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

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Source: Biography

Media Credit (Photo & Video): Biography

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.


“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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Source & Facts:Biography

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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Source: Biography

Photo Credit: Allensworth Library (Park.gov) / Allen Allensworth (blackpast.org) / Charles Alston (jameslogancourier.org) / Charles Alston Art Work (provisionslibrary)

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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Source / Photo / Video: Biography

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


Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is still pretty and forever will be.

Black Singles Romance_Group

I have a WONDERFUL  place for Single Black Woman and Single Black Men to come together and talk about Black History, culture, romance etc.  I hate to see our black communities so apart.  It would be wonderful to see our children get a good education, stop gang violence, say NO to drugs, stop domestic violence. child abuse etc…  If you or know someone who would just love to have a place online to talk about how you feel,  about romance, stress, health in the black community then I have a place for you to come,   all you need is a Yahoo Account and that’s it….  This is Black History Month so,  come join me and let’s have fun….  You can also learn and discuss health issues in the black community and what can be done about it…..  Come join me and please spread the word,  Tweet and Re-Tweet… Thank you so much and I will be looking for you…

Here is the link to Black Singles Romance


 From: Actress De De Tillman / Scriptwriter / Celebrity Blogger

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