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Josie Harris:Women Scorne

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Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955)

 

 

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In memory, Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955). Lynched this day in history. Till was crucified by the mainstream press. Headlines from newspapers such as the Washington Post referred to him as the “Wolf-Whistler.”

(A 9/19/1955 article in the Post begins: “Two white men, accused of killing a wolf-whistling Negro boy, went on trial in a steamy Mississippi Delta courtroom today, their two-year-old boys in their laps.”

Till’s mother’s courageous decision, to have an open casket funeral and share photos of his mutilated body with the world, helped inspire the modern civil rights movement. Here are classroom resources about Emmett Till: http://bit.ly/1mWtVm4 A key primary document is the Look Magazine interview with the murderers: http://to.pbs.org/1AXAqx9

The Supremes:Throwback Thursday!

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In 1967, at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas. Florence was sent home during this gig and Cindy Birdsong, who had been secretly rehearsing with Diana & Mary, stepped in. Florence would never return to the stage as a Supreme.

Three years later the group would record their final performance on January 14, 1970 at The Frontier Hotel. “Farewell,” a double-lp, is the rare Motown live album that is great from start to finish. Listening to it, it’s hard to believe they were barely speaking to each other at this point.

ELLA FITZGERALD – THE RACISM SHE FACED IN THE 50’S

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Apparently in the 1950s, a popular nightclub, Mocambo would not book Ella Fitzgerald because she was black. Fortunately for Ella, she had a powerful and unlikely benefactor, Marilyn Monroe.

“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she promised she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – and ahead of her time and she didn’t know it.” – Ella Fitzgerald

Kandi Burrus: Fairytail Wedding Dress!

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Kandi Burrus $20,000 wedding dress  custom Reco Chapple gown featuring a 12-foot train fit for reality royalty.

The Black Panther VS. The FBI

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On April 5, 1976, FBI documents, released in response to a freedom of information suit, revealed that the government mounted an intensive campaign against civil rights organizations in the sixties. In a letter dated August 25, 1967, the FBI said the government operation, called COINTELPRO, was designed “to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize the activities of Black nationalists, hate-type groups, their leadership, spokesmen, membership and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorders.” A later telegram specifically named the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as organizations having “radical and violence prone leaders, members and followers.”
A COINTELPRO document outlining the FBI’s plans to ‘neutralize’ Jean Seberg because of her financial support for the Black Panther Party.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:The $100,000 Hit?

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Little Known Black History Fact: Loyd Jowers

The shot that killed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day in 1968 was presumably fired from Jim’s Grill, a café on ground floor of a rooming house. James Earl Ray, King’s assassin, was staying there. But Loyd Jowers, who ran Jim’s Grill, stated he received $100,000 to arrange for Dr. King’s assassination and said that Ray was not King’s killer.

Read more about Jowers here on BlackAmericaWeb.com http://bit.ly/1fRmMPW.

Rihanna: Umbrella!

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On this day in 2007, Rihanna released her smash hit single “Umbrella” featuring Jay Z. The 3x platinum single went on to chart at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks.

Las Vegas Annual Jazz Festival!

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April 25th – 27th…  Las Vegas 22nd Annual Jazz and R&B Festival.  Click on the link for ticket info https://www.facebook.com/events/572002999519526/

20 Feet From Stardom: Oscar Winners!

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Legendary singers Dr. Mable John and Susay Green, picture holding there Oscars for the Documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Congratulation’s ladies!

Liv Warfield: New York State Of Mind!

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NY! We can’t wait for this show. First time @bbkingsbluesny! We need you to come out and join us! ‪#‎theunexpected‬ ‪#‎blackbird‬ ‪#‎npghornz‬

Michael Jackson: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Today in 2001, Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

Teddy Pendergrass: 32 Years after the accident

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On March 18, 1982, in the section of Philadelphia on Lincoln Drive near Rittenhouse Street, Teddy Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident. He lost control of his Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit – the car hit a guard rail, crossed into the opposite traffic lane, and hit two trees. Pendergrass and his passenger, Tenika Watson, were trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes. While Watson walked away from the accident with minor injuries, Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury, leaving him a paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.

On June 5, 2009, Pendergrass underwent successful surgery for colon cancer and recovered to return home. A few weeks later he returned to the hospital with respiratory issues. After seven months, he died of respiratory failure on January 13, 2010, with wife Joan by his side, while hospitalized at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia.

 

Shelia E: MONA LISA

1981790_759073470771733_1147546984_nSheila E. Releases a New Video ‘MONA LISA’ Tuesday, March 11th 2014. Sheila E. – “Mona Lisa” from the new cd “ICON”. Digital release March 25, 2014. Pre-order at iTunes.

Peter & Kordell:Guy Talk?

Watch again.: http://bravo.ly/1fQ7u2HWhat did you think about Peter and Kordell's conversation on last night's #RHOA?

Did Peter cross the line, when discussing Kordell’s and Porsche’s  Marriage troubles?

Watch again.: http://bravo.ly/1fQ7u2H

Lupita Nyong: Oscar Winner!

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Hattie McDaniel: Oscar’s First!

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Hattie McDaniel and her guests were forced to sit in a segregated section of the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub inside of the Ambassador Hotel on Thursday, February 29, 1940.

Nat & Maria: King & Queen Of The Oscars!

 

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Ms. Mavis Staples:Stax Princess!

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Be sure to join us at the Stax Museum tomorrow for a book signing for the new bio out on Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers! Author Greg Kot will be with us f…rom 2 – 5 pm. More details at link below!
http://www.staxmuseum.com/events/calendar/view/book-signing-for-i-ll-take-you-there-mavis-staples

Fantasia: Ms. Fanny!

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