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Edmund “Eddie” Lincoln Anderson: Well-Loved Early Comedian & Actor

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Edmund Lincoln Anderson was an American comedian and actor. Anderson got his start in show business as a teenager on the vaudeville circuit and moved into film and radio during the 1930s. Anderson was born on September 18, 1905. His father, “Big Ed” Anderson, was a minstrel performer, while his mother, Ella Mae, worked as […]

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Houston Negro Hospital: Safe Haven for Black Healthcare Workers to Utilize Medical Skills

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

The Houston Negro Hospital opened to patients on May 14, 1927. It was created when the earlier Black Union-Jeremiah Hospital was no longer capable of accommodating the rapidly growing black population of Houston, Texas. The hospital sold families memberships for $6 a year using a prepaid system. Through the membership, family members were eligible for […]

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Port Chicago Mutiny: Lack of Adequate Procedures and Training Killed Hundreds of Black Sailors

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

During World War II on July 17, 1944, an ammunition ship exploded in Port Chicago, California, while being loaded. The blast killed 332 people and injured another 390. Two-thirds of those people killed were African-American sailors. The cause of the accident was deemed as lack of adequate procedures and lack of training. At the time, […]

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[VIDEO]Helen Humes: Noted as One of the Best Jazz Singers of the Swing Era

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Helen Humes was a singer known for having the best vocal style during her time. Along with other well-known jazz singers of the swing era, Humes helped shape and define the sound of vocal swing music. Humes was born on June 23, 1913, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Emma Johnson and John Henry Humes. She grew […]

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Slaves Lynched for Absurd Reasons: The Saxe Joiner Story

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Toward the end of the Civil War, with the Union Army moving south, a slave named Saxe Joiner was lynched. At the time, Saxe Joiner tried to assist the war efforts, but the way he did it infuriated white townspeople and ultimately resulted in his death. Most people thought lynching occurred after the civil war, but […]

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Memphis Riots of 1866: Ignited by Political, Social, and Racial Tensions

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

The Memphis riots of 1866 were violent attacks that occurred from May 1 thru May 3. The riots were ignited by social, political and racial tensions following the American Civil War in the early stages of the Reconstruction era. Social tensions in Memphis increased when the U.S. Army used black Union Army soldiers to patrol […]

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Jamie Foxx set to play first ever Black Lead in a Pixar Movie

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

A new animated film called Soul starring Jamie Foxx will be Pixar’s first ever animated film with an African American as the lead actor. The film will also feature the voices of Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Tina Fey. Directed by two-time Academy Award®-winner Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and produced by Academy Award®-nominee Dana […]

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BRIDGET “BIDDY” MASON ex slave turns California real estate pioneer

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Bridget “Biddy” Mason, born a slave in Mississippi in 1818, achieved financial success that enabled her to support her extended family for generations despite the fact that she was illiterate. In a landmark case she sued her master for their freedom, saved her earnings, invested in real estate, and became a well-known philanthropist in Los Angeles, California. Although born in […]

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Looking Black on Today: Rapper Ice-T was born

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Tracy Marrow, better known as Ice T is mostly celebrated for his rap songs concerning street life & violence. He has been an influential figure for the gangster rap genre. Highly controversial songs such as Cop Killer brought much fame to Ice T. He also pursued a career in acting, his most noteworthy character being […]

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Cornelius H. Charlton: Soldier in the United States Army During the Korean War

Feb 17, 2020 12:24 pm

Cornelius H. Charlton was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions near Chipo-ri, South Korea on June 2, 1951. Charlton was born to a coal mining family in West Virginia in July of 1929. He moved to The Bronx in New York […]

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