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Black Abolitionists: Alonzo Herndon Church Benevolent Society’s Angel

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom An African-American barber and entrepreneur, Alonzo Herndon was the founder and president of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, one of the most successful black-owned insurance businesses in the nation. At the time of his death in 1927, he was also Atlanta’s wealthiest black citizen, owning more property than any other […]

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Bolaji Badejo: Nigerian Visual Artist and Actor Known for Role in 1979 Film “Alien”

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Bolaji Badejo was a Nigerian visual artist and actor who became known as one of Hollywood’s most unlikely on-screen performers in the role of the Alien in Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien. Badejo was discovered in a bar by a member of the film crew of Alien (1979). The crew members felt Badejo would be […]

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Inez McConico: Renowned Gospel Singer, Songwriter & Recording Artist

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Inez McConico better known as Inez Andrews was an American gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist. Her soaring, wide-ranging voice — from contralto croon to soul-wrenching wail — made her a pillar of gospel music. The Chicago Tribune stated that “Andrews’ throaty contralto made her low notes thunder, while the enormous range of her instrument […]

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Poem: “The Teacher” by Poet Leslie Pinckney Hill

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Leslie Pinckney Hill  was an African-American educator, writer, and community leader. Hill was the son of a former slave, he was born in Lynchburg, Virginia where he attended primary school locally, and played the trumpet. His family moved to East Orange, New Jersey, where he attended high school. Hill excelled in his studies so much […]

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This Songstress, Not Marian Anderson, Was The First Black Woman To Secure A Contract With A Major American Opera Company

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

On May 15, 1946, an unknown singer named Camilla Williams took the stage at City Center in Manhattan as Cio-Cio-San, the doomed heroine of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Her performance would be the capstone of a night of glorious firsts. Miss Williams, a lyric soprano who began her career as a concert singer, had never been […]

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The Great Migration: Migrating To The Promise Of Economic Opportunity

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Though black people in the United States and all over the world have faced obstacles of racial discrimination in the past  present, black people have always had a resilience against oppression, continually pushing back against or finding ways around the bonds that restrain them. The Great Migration has been a historical event that exemplifies how […]

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Charles Eric Lincoln: Educator, Sociologist & Author

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Charles Eric Lincoln was an educator, sociologist, and author. Lincoln’s first book, The Black Muslims in America was released in 1961. Lincoln was born June 23, 1924 in Athens, Alabama.  Abandoned by his parents, Lincoln was raised by his maternal grandparents.  He attended the Trinity School in Athens, an institution created by the New England-based […]

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Jay Z Teams Up With Spike TV For Series Center On Kalief Browder

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

The man who famously said he “wrote his way out the hood” is turning toward a new medium to tell important stories. Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Weinstein Television have teamed up with Spike TV for a series that will rock the airways and forever change the way the justice system is viewed in this […]

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“The Battle Of Henry Johnson”: The First American WWI Vet To Receive France’s Highest Military Honor Has Finally Received America’s 

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

From the Sgt. Henry Johnson statue in Washington Park to the pocket park dedicated to the African-American World War I hero on Henry Johnson Boulevard in Arbor Hill to the 1972 mural of Johnson inside City Hall, joyful news rang out late Thursday afternoon of a long-delayed recognition and redemption of an injustice. Johnson, who died […]

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WATCH: Trailer For ‘Red Summer’ Released, New Film Covers Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Photo credits: The Bettmann Archive via Getty Images Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood Massacre was the most brutal race-related domestic terrorist attack in American history. National Geographic is marking the 100th anniversary of this 20th-century tragedy with a new documentary, which sheds light on the horrors that decimated an entire economically self-contained Black community. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nat […]

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