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The History of Miss Black America (Video)

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

Originally found on YouTube. Studio: Block Starz Music Television In 1967, J. Morris Anderson, an African-American businessman from Philadelphia, was inspired to create Miss Black America after his daughters both said they wanted to be Miss America when they grew up. However, Black women were excluded from the Miss America competition — even after a rule […]

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From Mammy To Jezebel: The Portrayal Of Black Women In American Cinema

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

By the 1970s black moviegoers had tired of cinematic portrayals of blacks as Mammies, Toms, Tragic Mulattoes, and Picaninnies. In the 1970s blacks willingly, though unwittingly, exchanged the old negative caricatures for new ones: Brutes, Bucks, and Jezebels. These new caricatures were popularized by the two hundred mostly B-grade films now labeled blaxploitation movies. The portrayal of […]

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Schooled by Youtube: America’s Wealth……From the Backs of Our Ancestors

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcast to the masses and great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In a video posted on The Great Griot Youtube channel, we learn more about America was built off of the back […]

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Fannie Lewis: Member of Cleveland City Council & Strong Advocate of School Voucher Program

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

Fannie Lewis was a strong advocate of the school voucher program, leading several demonstrations in Columbus and Washington, D.C., and her stance garnered national attention. Lewis was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Lewis met and married her husband, Carlee Lewis at the age of 19. Fannie Lewis, who worked in laundry and as a […]

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Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley: The First Black Woman Fashion Designer in The White House

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

Elizabeth Hobbs KeckleyElizabeth Hobbs Keckley is best known as Mary Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidant and as the author of Behind the Scenes By Elizabeth Keckley, Formerly a Slave, But More Recently Modiste, and Friend to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House (1868). Elizabeth Hobbs was born into slavery […]

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Nine Lives: The Scottsboro Boys and the Sensationalization of the Black Criminal

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

  On March 25th, 1931, a fight broke out between white and black boys on a Southern Railroad freight train. The boys were riding as hobos, deep into the chaos of the Great Depression. Nine black boys were subsequently arrested and charged with assault. When two white women named Victoria Price and Ruby Bates were […]

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August 29: Today in 1979, the Mutual Black Network Became America’s First Fully Black-Owned Radio Syndicate

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

Photo credits: MBN Radio Network On Aug. 29, 1979, Sheridan Broadcasting Company, owned by African-American lawyer and educator Ronald R. Davenport, purchased the Mutual Black Network (MBN).  MBN previously distributed news and public affairs programming to Black-orientate stations around the country, reaching millions of listeners, Encyclopedia of Radio author C. Sterling writes. The merger marked the beginning […]

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George Herriman: One of America’s Greatest Cartoonists, Created “Krazy Kat”

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

George Herriman, noted as one of America’s greatest cartoonists, gained fame for his cartoon, “Krazy Kat.” Krazy Kat gained independence on October 28, 1913, and ran until the Herriman’s death. The cartoonist’s first success came with the cartoon, “The Family Upstairs.” Herriman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Creole parents. When he was still a […]

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David Hampton: Notorious Con Artist of the 1980s

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

David Hampton became some sort of a celebrity in the ’80s, as he managed to con a number of people, including actress Melanie Griffith and fashion designer Calvin Klein. During the 1980s, Hampton managed to convince a group of wealthy Manhattanites to give him money, food, and shelter, convincing them he was the son of […]

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The War on Drugs: How the Backlash Against The Civil Rights Movements Stunted Black Progress

Aug 31, 2020 12:04 pm

In the late 70s and early 80s, anger against the progress African Americans had made post-Civil Rights movement engendered a backlash from conservatives and angry white Americans. Racially-coded rhetoric became popular during Nixon’s presidency and was perfected by Ronald Reagan. During his presidency, Reagan’s administration pushed the image of the inner-city crack user and violent […]

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