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Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

According to SFGate.com, Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times. The move comes as Disney Plus seems to be an instant hit. It attracted 10 million subscribers in […]

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Charles Mingus, Jr: “The Angry Man of Jazz”

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

Charles Mingus, Jr. was an American jazz double bassist, composer, and bandleader. His compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop, drawing heavily from black gospel music and blues, while sometimes containing elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. He once cited Duke Ellington and his church as his main influences. […]

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East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club: 1950s African-American Outlaw Motorcycle Club

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

The East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club of Oakland, California, started in the 1950s as a car club. In 1959, Tobie Gene organized the Dragons, a loosely knit club for black men. The group was actually one of the first of its kind. It was originally created by Gene’s big brother as a way to help […]

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Malvin Russell Goode: First African-American With Regular Job On-Air in Journalism

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

News reporter Malvin “Mal” Russell Goode was the first African-American to hold a regular job on-air in journalism. Goode covered civil rights marches and made sure that the issues surrounding African-Americans were known to the public. Goode was born in White Plains, Virginia. He was educated in the public school system of Homestead, Pennsylvania, and graduated from […]

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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, is running for his seat in Congress

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

According to baltimoresun.com, Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings,  widow of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, is running for her husband’s seat in Congress. “I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me,” Rockeymoore Cummings, 48, said. “I’m going to run this race and I’m going to run […]

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Sarah Gammon Bickford: From Black Chambermaid to First Black Female Owner of a Utility Company

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

Sarah Gammon Bickford was a Black chambermaid who later became an administrator, entrepreneur, and owner of a water company. She was born a slave on the Blair Plantation near Greensboro, North Carolina. After the Civil War, she moved to live with her aunt in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she changed her last name to that of […]

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Cholly Atkins: The Man With “All the Moves”

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

Famed Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins was widely known as the “man with all the moves.” Whether he was dancing with William Porter, or coaching the Cotton Club Boys for their appearances, he was always somewhere on the dance floor or studio showing off his moves. Born Charles Sylvan Atkinson, and a native of Pratt City, Alabama, […]

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The Forks of the Road: Most Significant Slave Market In The Movement Of Slaves To The Deep South

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

By Jim Barnett and H. Clark Burkett In the decades prior to the American Civil War, market places where enslaved Africans were bought and sold could be found in every town of any size in Mississippi.  Natchez was unquestionably the state’s most active slave trading city, although substantial slave markets existed at Aberdeen, Crystal Springs, […]

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Big Quarterly: Religious Independence Day Gathering for Blacks on the Delmarva Peninsula

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

Big August Quarterly, also known as “Big Quarterly” and “August Quarterly,” is an annual religious festival held in Wilmington, Delaware. It began in 1814 with the quarterly meeting of the African Union Church led by Peter Spencer. The meetings were held four times during the year, and the one in August became the “annual conference.” […]

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Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., Ed.D: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Nov 17, 2019 02:07 pm

Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., Ed.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). Pijeaux began his tenure at BCRI in July 1995. Pijeaux received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; […]

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