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Flash Black Photo: African Americans @ War, World War II

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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Todd Duncan: First Black Man to Sing With a Major Opera Company

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

Todd Duncan was a renowned American baritone opera singer and actor. In 1933, he debuted in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria at the Mecca Temple in New York with the Aeolian Opera, a black opera company. Duncan was born in 1903 in Danville, Kentucky, to John and Lettie Duncan. His father was a garage owner and his […]

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Black Portland: Albina

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

Located in Portland, Oregon, Albina is a historical neighborhood that once had the largest concentration of Black citizens in the state. The city was founded in the early 1870s by William Page, Edwin Russell, and George Williams. Named after Page’s wife, it experienced a lot of population growth in the 1870s and 1880s.   The […]

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Nelson Talbot Gant: Freed Slave Who Fought for His Wife’s Freedom

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

Nelson Talbot Gant was freed from slavery by the last will and testament of his owner, John Nixon, in 1854 in Loudoun County, Virginia. Although Gant was a free man, his wife Maria was still very much a slave to Jane Russell of Leesburg. Once Gant was granted his freedom according to Virginia law, he […]

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Black Then Mysteries: Charles Southern Jr. Pt. 2

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

In part one of missing Chicago English professor Charles Southern Jr., we went into the events leading up to his disappearance in 1987. We now go into the family’s search for answers and deaths related to Conscious Development of Mind, Body, and Soul.   Cults The idea that a college professor or anyone with influence […]

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Desegregating The University of Georgia: Two, Four, Six, Eight. We Don’t Want to Integrate!!!

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

The University of Georgia in Athens (UGA) was desegregated by Hamilton Holmes, as he was one of the first two black students admitted to UGA in 1961. Holmes was also the first black student admitted to the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Holmes was born July 8, 1941, in Atlanta to Alfred Holmes, […]

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The Dossier: “The Queen of Harlem” Madame St. Clair Pt. 2

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

Madame St. Clair came to America after a rough life in France only to find a rougher life in the U.S. Battling abusive boyfriends, Stephanie St. Clair would make her fortune in gambling and build on that by building her own criminal empire in Harlem.   The Roots of An Empire Numbers was a big […]

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Who Has More Money Than Oprah? The 9 Top Richest Black Billionaires in The World

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

There are over 1,600 billionaires on the planet. However, only nine of these 1,600 are black. With stories ranging from rags-to-riches to people who were born into wealth, this list supplies you with all the knowledge as to how these nine people built their empires. Many of them have made their fortunes in the telecommunications […]

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The Dossier: “The Queen of Harlem” Madame St. Clair

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

Queenie. The Queen of Harlem. Madame St. Clair. These are just a few of the names used to describe Stephanie St. Clair, a woman who ruled part of the Harlem underground during the early 20th century. Her main operation was in numbers and while she lived lavishly and comfortably on her earnings, she–like Casper Holstein–put […]

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Poet Anne Spencer’s, “White Things”

Apr 10, 2020 12:26 pm

White Things Most things are colorful things – they sky, earth and sea. Black men are most men; but the white are free! White things are rare things; so rare, so rare They stole from out a silvered world—somewhere. Finding earth-plains fair plains, save greenly grassed, They strewed white feathers of cowardice, as they passed […]

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