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Capital Savings Bank: This Day In Black History




On this day in 1888, Capital Savings Bank, the first bank organized and operated by African-Americans, was founded in Washington, D.C. Capital Savings helped stimulate Black entrepreneurship by offering loans to Black-owned businesses and land owners when white-owned banks did not.

Levi Stubbs (June 6th 1936 – October 17th 2008)




IN TRULY LOVING MEMORY AND ON THIS DAY IN 2008 Mr Levi Stubbs June 6th 1936 – October 17th 2008

Happy Birthday Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr. (October 17, 1950 – December 8, 1996)



Remembering Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr. (October 17, 1950 – December 8, 1996)…television, film, and stage actor. He was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the film Ragtime, and as Virgil Tibbs on the NBC/CBS television series In the Heat of the Night.

Happy 112TH Birthday Irene Ryan (October 17, 1902 – April 26, 1973)




Remembering Irene Ryan (October 17, 1902 – April 26, 1973)
Irene Ryan was an American actress, one of the few entertainers who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television and Broadway.
Ryan is most widely known for her portrayal of “Granny,” the mother-in-law of Buddy Ebsen’s character, on the long-running TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971), for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1963 and 1964.

In 1972, Ryan starred in the role of Berthe in the Bob Fosse-directed Broadway musical Pippin, in which she sang the number “No Time At All”, which mentions, “a man who calls me Granny.” In 1973, Ryan was nominated for Broadway’s 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her performance in the musical. She lost to Patricia Elliott (A Little Night Music), in a ceremony held about a month prior to Ryan’s death.

On March 10, 1973, Ryan suffered a stroke during a performance of Pippin. She flew home to California on her doctor’s orders and was hospitalized. She died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California on April 26, 1973. Her body was interred in a mausoleum crypt at the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica beside her sister, Anna Thompson.

Happy Birthday Sharon Ann Leal




Happy Birthday to actress and singer Sharon Ann Leal She is known for her roles in movies such as Dreamgirls, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? and her roles on the television shows Legacy, The Guiding Light, Boston Public, and Hellcats.

Happy 48th Birthday Mae Carol Jemison



Happy Birthday to physician and NASA astronaut Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956). She became the first black woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actor in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities.

Lucy Ann Stanton: Ladies First!

Lucy Ann Stanton (Day Sessions) became the first black American woman to complete a four-year college course when, in 1850, she graduated with a Literary Degree from the Ladies’ Literary Course of Oberlin College.

Born free in Cleveland to Samuel and Margaret Stanton on October 16, 1831, Lucy attended her stepfather John Brown’s school and entered Oberlin in the mid-1840s. She became president of the Oberlin Ladies Literary Society and delivered the graduation address entitled “A Plea For The Oppressed”, an antislavery speech published in the “Oberlin Evangelist”.

After graduation Stanton taught in a black school in Columbus. She married WILLIAM HOWARD DAY† on 25 Nov. 1852 (divorced 1872) and returned to Cleveland. In 1854 Stanton wrote a short story on slavery for her husband’s newspaper, the ALIENED AMERICAN; the first time a black woman had published a fictional story.

In 1856 the Days moved to Buxton, Canada. In 1858 Stanton had a daughter, Florence. In 1859 William Day left for England, abandoning his family. Stanton returned to Cleveland and worked as a seamstress. Committed to aiding freedmen Stanton was sent by the Cleveland Freedmen’s Association in 1866 to teach in Georgia. During the 1870s she taught in Mississippi where she met and, in 1878, married Levi Sessions.

Stanton moved to Tennessee and, in the 1880s and 1890s, was an officer in the Women’s Relief Corps, a grand matron of the Order of Eastern Star, and president of a local chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Stanton belonged to the African Methodist Episcopal Church and died in Los Angeles, CA. ”



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Kathy Etchingham: “Through Gypsy Eyes”


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Rest In Paradise Tim Hauser (December 12, 1941 – October 16, 2014


 Tim Hauser (December 12, 1941 – October 16, 2014) was a singer and founder-member of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.

Happy Birthday Lerone Bennett, Jr





Lerone Bennett, Jr. (born October 17, 1928) is an African-American scholar, author and social historian, known for his analysis of race relations in the United States. His best-known works include Before the Mayflower (1962) and Forced into Glory (2000), about President Abraham Lincoln.

He was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the son of the Lerone and Alma (Reed) Bennett. He and his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he attended public schools. Bennett graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949. That same year, Bennett attended Atlanta University for graduate study. Bennett became a journalist for the Atlanta Daily World in 1949, continuing until 1953 and he worked as city editor for JET magazine from 1952-53.

In 1953, he became associate editor for Ebony magazine, serving as executive editor. As an author, Bennett, moves between the worlds of research and reporting, wrestling with the history of race relations in the United States and the present political surroundings in which blacks continue to strive for equal opportunity. In his writings, Bennett establishes himself as a shrewd observer of society’s racial injustices, articulating how people of color can overcome bigotry.

Bennett Jr. is one of Mississippi’s most successful black writers of the twentieth century. His writing career includes “Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America, 1619-1966,” “The Negro Mood,” “What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.,” “Confrontation: Black and White,” “Black Power U.S.A.,” “The Human Side of Reconstruction, 1867-1877,” “Pioneers in Protest,” “The Challenge of Blackness,” and “Great Moments in Black History.”

Lerone Bennett also assisted with the movie “Amistad” and has recently written about Abraham Lincoln and American slavery.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Volume 1, ISBN #0-02-897345-3, Pg 175
Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West

Happy Birthday Jupiter Hammon (October 17, 1711 – before 1806)





Jupiter Hammon (October 17, 1711 – before 1806) was a black poet who in 1761 became the first African-American writer to be published in the United States. Born into slavery, Hammon, who died at age 79 never lived as a free man. He is considered one of the founders of African-American literature.

Born in a house now known as Lloyd Manor in Lloyd Harbor, Huntington, New York. Hammon was owned by four generations of the Lloyd family of Queens, New York. His parents were slaves owned by the Lloyds also. Unlike most slaves, his father, had learned to read and write and so he encouraged Hammon to attend school.
His father, Opium, had a reputation for frequent escape attempts; his mother was named Rose.

Little else is known about Jupiter’s life as a slave until he’s was published, however one can imagine the honoring that four generations of slavery can recall. On September 24, 1786, He expressed his views on slavery when he delivered his “Address to the Negroes of the State of New York”, also known as the “Hammon Address”, before the African Society. Hammon wrote the speech at age seventy-six after a lifetime of slavery. It contains his famous words, “If we should ever get to Heaven, we shall find nobody to reproach us for being black, or for being slaves.” That speech drew heavily on Christian motifs and theology. For example, Hammon said that Black people should maintain their high moral standards precisely because being slaves on Earth had already secured their place in heaven.

Hammon’s speech also promoted the idea of a gradual emancipation as a way of ending slavery. It is thought that Hammon stated this plan because he knew that slavery was so entrenched in American society that an immediate emancipation of all slaves would be difficult to achieve. His speech was initially published by the New York Quakers, and was later reprinted by several groups opposed to slavery, including the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, because the strong religious motifs and ideas of gradual emancipation were moderate enough to be taken seriously by whites, but still firmly rooted in abolition.

Hammon’s poetry are often anthologized. The first known Black to publish literature in the US (several years later in 1767, Phillis Wheatley had published her poems, but in England, not the US), Hammon was a favorite servant, clerk, farmhand, and artisan in the Lloyd family business. Hammon was allowed to attend school and was a fervent Christian, as were the Lloyds.

His first published poem was written on Christmas Day, 1760. “An Evening Thought. Salvation by Christ with Penitential Cries: Composed by Jupiter Hammon, a Negro belonging to Mr. Lloyd of Queen’s Village, on Long Island, the 25th of December, 1760” appeared as a broadside in 1761. Three other poems and three sermon essays followed.

In Hammon’s “Address to the Negroes of New York, to the African Society,” he said that while he personally had no wish to be free, he did wish others, especially “the young Negroes, were free.”


Michael Jackson Vs. Prince


Michael Jackson Vs. Prince: An Oral History

“I heard you were looking for me,” said a deep voice on the other end of the phone. It was the fall of 1996, and Michael Jackson was holding court in a posh suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York. The King of Pop had instructed his handlers to contact his old peer and rival Prince for a planned collaboration. The prospect for such a headline-making union was indeed intriguing. For much of the ‘80s, Michael Joseph Jackson and Prince Rogers Nelson took turns ruling the musical landscape. MJ, the gifted Motown child prodigy who made good on his ambition to become the biggest pop star to ever walk the earth with the release of the record-breaking landmark Thriller. Prince, the at times outrageous, androgynous, one-man-band performer and producer who backed up his genius rep by pulling off one of the most unlikely coups in rock history after unleashing the multi-platinum 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack and Oscar winning film. A rivalry was born.

But more than a decade later, both had found themselves in a battle to save their respective careers. MJ struggled mightily to fight unproven child molestation accusations as the tabloid brigade hounded him relentlessly. Prince declared war against his longtime label Warner Bros. and changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol as he headed deeper into obscurity. Indeed, a team-up between the two icons would be perceived as a brilliant masterstroke. “I think it would be just great,” MJ told Prince. Yet, the collaboration to end all collaborations would never happen. Both aging legends would achieve comebacks on their own terms. With the untimely June 25, 2009 death of Jackson, their connection grows even more profound. The fact that the public is still enamored with MJ and Prince speaks volumes for their cultural impact and influential contributions to music. But what did these two titans really think of one another? Was there a true rivalry or deep respect? VIBE presents the Oral History of a King and a Prince.—Keith Murphy

A KING AND A PRINCE (1970-1982)

AHMIR “QUESTLOVE” THOMPSON (Leader, producer and drummer for the Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots): I have an actual theory on why we started connecting Michael and Prince together early on. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that both were born in the summer of 1958 in the Midwest and both basically represent different phases of the coming-of-age life of black youth. Michael captured the imagination of post civil-rights America as a youth and he was their guiding light. And Prince captured the same post-civil rights America when they became teenagers and helped them mature into adulthood.

ALAN LEEDS (Former tour manager for Prince and James Brown; Co-editor of the book The James Brown Reader): I remember seeing Michael’s first big tour with the Jackson 5 in 1970. When I was out with James Brown we crossed paths in Dayton, Ohio. They were playing the O’Hare Arena in Dayton the night before we were scheduled to perform. Onstage he had a charismatic presence that very few people had. I remember we were staying at the same hotel. And before the gig, I happened to be in the hotel lobby when the J5 left to go to sound check. I saw them come through with their security; screaming kids were outside the hotel and I recall seeing Michael and he looked like a little pimp [laughs]. He had that confident walk and he was only 10 years old! He totally understood, “Hey, I’m the star. I’m the reason these kids are out here.”

CYNTHIA HORNER (Former editor of Right On! Magazine from 1976-2005; Currently writes and edits for Hip-Hop Weekly): I met Michael back in 1976 and he was one of the shyest people that I’ve ever dealt with. It was a little difficult to interview him because even though as a professional entertainer he realized he needed the press, he wasn’t somebody that knew how to relate to the media in terms of being open with information. He was just super shy unless he was around his family. But he picked up the fact I was shy as well, so he kind of embraced me and we became friends. He and Prince were quite similar because Prince was shy as well. If you were a journalist he would give you the same monosyllabic answers that Michael did. But Prince would also speak in riddles a lot of the time; he was very evasive. He would never answer any of my questions [laughs]. He wanted to keep his privacy protected at all cost.

BRUCE SWEDIEN (Michael Jackson’s studio engineer for Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, and Dangerous): It was very obvious to both me and Quincy [Jones] how great Michael was. He was somebody really special… the ultimate talent. We did a bunch of demos after listening to Rod Temperton’s music for Off The Wall. And Michael, in his typical fashion, went home, stayed up all night, and memorized the lyrics and we recorded those demos without a piece of paper in front of him. You tell me one other singer that could do that.

CYNTHIA HORNER: The first time I encountered Prince was in 1978. He kept calling me over and over again and I really wasn’t returning his phone calls because I didn’t know who he was and I really didn’t care. But he called me so much that I just wanted to get rid of him, so I agreed to meet with him down the street from my office, which was in Hollywood near the recording studio he was at. He wanted me to go to the studio to see a jam session. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that the jam session consisted of just one person: Prince! He played all of these different instruments. Prince was trying to prove to me that he was worthy of coverage and that he was more talented than probably a majority of the people who was appearing in [Right On!]. At that moment, Prince let me know that he was a songwriter that could produce, sing, and play all these different instruments. This was an once-in-a-lifetime talent. Once I saw that, I agreed to interview him.

ALAN LEEDS: Michael wasn’t a musician in the classic sense. He approached his music differently from the way Prince did although Michael could write a great song as well. But Prince was arguably a musician first. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Prince saw Michael as a symbol of where he wanted to go in terms [of notoriety]. Michael was one of the few artists on the planet that Prince did respect in that sense. Once we realized that he was in the process of writing what was the original idea for the film Purple Rain as he was scribbling in notebooks during his 1982 tour for 1999, we knew he wanted more. The word was beginning to spread: “Hey, Prince really thinks he’s writing a movie.” I don’t think any of us took it that seriously because it didn’t make sense that somebody who at that point only had a few pop hits was going to be able to get the funding for a film. But it certainly revealed an ambition he had and to his credit Prince would go on to pull it off.

CYNTHIA HORNER: I would give Michael copies of the magazines and he would see certain people in the book and ask me lots of questions about the artists he was interested in. And that’s how he was introduced to Prince. After that, I started to let Michael listen to some of the Prince music I had and he was intrigued. At that point, I realized that there was somewhat of a rivalry developing. Michael had been in the business longer, so naturally he didn’t want to get replaced by the newcomer.…/michael-jackson-vs-prince-oral-history


Flash Back Friday!



Iman ,Tracee Ellis Ross posing with Grace Jones!

Happy 57th Birthday Russell Simmons



Happy Birthday to business magnate “Russell Simmons” (born October 4, 1957). He and Rick Rubin founded the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam. He also created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics.

Happy Birthday Zenobia Powell Perry (October 4, 1908-January 2004)




Composer and pianist Zenobia Powell Perry was born on this date in 1908.

Zenobia Powell Perry was born to a well-educated, middle-class family. Her father, Calvin Bethel Powell, was a physician, and her mother, Birdie Lee Thompson, was Creek Indian and black. Originally trained in piano by a local teacher, Mayme Jones, who had been a student of black pianist-composer R. Nathaniel Dett, Perry went, in 1931, to study music with Dett in Rochester, New York. Brief studies with Cortez Reece at Langston University in Oklahoma, encouraged her to think seriously about composition. Later she went to Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where she assisted the famous black choir director, arranger, and composer William L. Dawson. After completing her degree, she headed a black teacher-training program, supervised in part by Eleanor Roosevelt, who became a friend, ally and mentor and sponsored her graduate studies in education in Colorado. Additional studies in composition were with French composer Darius Milhaud, Allan Willman, and Charles Jones at the University of Wyoming and Aspen Conference on Contemporary Music in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Her first university faculty position was at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College [A.A.M.& N.] (later called University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff), from 1947 to 1955. From 1955 until 1982, she was a faculty member and composer-in-residence at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, where she was Faculty Emerita during her retirement. Her compositions have been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, West Virginia University Band and Orchestra, and other performing ensembles, as well as by many singers. Her opera, Tawawa House, based on the history of Wilberforce, Ohio, completed with a commission by the Ohio Arts Council/Ohio Humanities Joint Program, premiered in 1985. It was presented in a restored and re-orchestrated version in May 2014 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, in a production by the Townsend Opera Company.

Zenobia Powell Perry passed away in January 2004. She was 95.

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Barack and Michelle Obama:Anniversary



Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary to our President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama!

Happy Birthday Lyor Cohen


How To Make Turmeric Juice:A Powerful Healing Beverage





Raw honey colander 5-7 inches turmeric 5-7 tamarind 2 lemons water food processor pot mason jar or other glass jar with a lid Preparation: 1. Peel the turmeric and don’t worry when your hands turn yellow. In case your countertop gets dirty, apply some dish soup. Let it stay like that for 5 minutes and then wash it using a sponge. The blemish will disappear. 2. Open the tamarind. Double-check that you remove all the inner roots, because we’ll only be using te inner fruit. 3. Place the peeled turmeric in a big pot with water and let it boil for about 20 minutes while the water gets marigold color.

4. During the time of boiling, put 1 inch of water and the peeled tamarind in a pan. Stir the fruit with a wooden spoon until it melts into a jam. If it becomes dry, put some more water in it. By now, you should see the appearance of the seeds. When it looks soft enough, turn the heat off and let it chill.

5. The color of the tumeric water should be in line by now. Put some cold water to reduce the temperature. Pour the tumeric water and the tumeric into a food processor. After being boiled, the root becomes soft and has a better flavor, so it’s prepared for getting an even better flavor in the food processor. The color should now become blazing marigold.

6. The colander is located on a small pot in order to keep the tamarind, now pour the substance in the colander. Put the jam around the colander with the wooden spoon, we don’t want to use the seeds or the peels.

7. Place the kept tamarind and the tumeric water in the food processor. 8. You’re practically ready. Next, squeeze the lemons in the food processor, take the processor and pour the delicious jam in the mason jar. You can add some honey to improve the taste. Then, close the lid and mix it. 9. Put it in the fridge for 3 or 4 days and drink it daily.


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On This Day In Music:”This Will Be”, by Natalie Cole.





On This Day In Music: In 1975 the Number One Single on the R&B Charts was “This Will Be”, by Natalie Cole.

“This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” is a song performed by Natalie Cole and composed by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy. It was Natalie Cole’s debut single in 1975 and one of her biggest hits, becoming a number-one R&B and number-six pop smash in the U.S. and also reaching the UK Top 40. Cole won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, a category that had previously been dominated by Aretha Franklin. It would also help her win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

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