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Antoine Fuqua & LeBron James Partner With HBO For Multi-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

The “Greatest of All Time” is getting the HBO treatment.  The cabler is partnering with director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) and LeBron James for a multi-part documentary about the life of Muhammad Ali. The as yet-untitled documentary, which will explore Ali’s greatest triumphs and comebacks, has started production. It hails from James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment and Fuqua’s Fuqua Films. No […]

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WGPR-TV – How This Son Of A Sharecropper Founded The First Black Owned Television Station In America

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

William Banks was dining at the White House with President Richard Nixon in 1972 when the conversation turned to African-Americans’ scant involvement in broadcast media. “Who can explain blacks better than blacks?” Banks often liked to ask. He already controlled Detroit’s first black-owned radio station (WGPR-FM), and now wanted to launch the first black-owned TV […]

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Emmy Award-Winning Actress Cicely Tyson Dead at 96 Years of Age

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

Photo credits: United Artists via MGM Distribution Co. Cicely Tyson has reportedly passed away at the age of 96. Her manager, Larry Thompson, confirmed the actress’ passing to Variety on Thursday (January 28), but did not provide further details. “I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” Thompson said in […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Heads of Hate #40: Ronald Reagan

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about Ronald Reagan earned hero status among many Americans because of his ability to restore the economy and American ideals. He was against big government and focused on cutting taxes, and rebuilding the people’s trust after the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War. […]

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Clarence H. Du Burns: Self-made Politician and Baltimore, Maryland’s First Black Mayor

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

Clarence H. Du Burns was a self-made politician who rose through grass-roots involvement in his native East Baltimore to become the city’s first African-American mayor. Burns never let the public forget his humble beginnings, growing up in a house at 424 N. Caroline St., his jobs hawking newspapers and vegetables, and getting hired as a […]

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Victorine Q. Adams: First African-American Woman to Serve on Baltimore City Council

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

Victorine Quille Adams was the first African-American woman to serve on the Baltimore City Council. Adams was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Joseph C. and Estelle Tate Quille, she graduated from Frederick Douglass and from there went on to attend Coppin Teachers College (now Coppin State University), as well as Morgan State College (now Morgan […]

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Happy Birthday to the Late John Witherspoon, a Beloved Actor, and Real Comedy King

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

Author: Victor Trammell Photo credits: © 2019 via CNN John Witherspoon (pictured), was an American actor and comedian who performed in various television shows and films. Witherspoon (born John Weatherspoon) is best remembered for his role as “Willie Jones” which he starred in for the rapper/film producer Ice Cube’s Friday film franchise. Witherspoon also appeared in […]

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Harriet Jacobs, Escaped Slave Who Authored One Of The First Discussions About The Sexual Harassment & Abuse Endured By Slave Women

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

It was not Harriet Jacob’s nature to give up without a fight. Born into slavery, Harriet Jacobs would thwart repeated sexual advancements made by her master for years, then run away to the North. She would later publish an account of her anguished life in her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. […]

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Legendary Opera Singer Leontyne Price Debuted at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera House Today in 1961

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

Photo credits: Sony Entertainment/Dave Hecht The Metropolitan Opera House (also called the Met) is located on Broadway at Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough within New York City, New York’s limits. Part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Met was originally designed by Wallace K. Harrison. It opened in 1966 and replaced the first 1883 Metropolitan Opera House at […]

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January 27: Novelist Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ Won the National Book Award Today in 1953

Jan 29, 2021 10:13 am

Photo credits: David Attie via Getty Images/Random House The narrator of Invisible Man is a nameless young black man who can survive only through pretense. He moves through the 20th-century United States where reality is surreal. The people he encounters “see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination.” The young black man is effectively invisible despite […]

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