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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
NAME: Romare Howard Bearden
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.”
On Friday February 3, 2012,celebrating Black History Month on Wally Amos, best known for his delicious chocolate chip cookies “Famous Amos”.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.