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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.

“Let’s Get It On”: This Day In Music






On this day in 1973, Marvin Gaye’s iconic “Let’s Get It On” hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, and spent 11 weeks at the summit.

Floyd Patterson VS. Sonny Liston: This Day In History




Floyd Patterson was knocked out by Sonny Liston in the first round and loses his world heavyweight boxing title, September 25, 1962.

“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”: This Day In Music




This Day In R&B Music History: 40 years ago today, on September 18, 1974 the number one cut on the R&B chart was “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” is a song written, recorded, and produced by Barry White.

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” is a song written, recorded, and produced by Barry White. Released as the first single from his album Can’t Get Enough in 1974, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. R&B charts and has since become one of his signature tunes. It was his second U.S. chart-topper, after “Love’s Theme”.

The song is a pop-soul track with lush string arrangements and a disco-influenced beat behind it. The single differs from the LP version in that White sings solo during the intro whereas on the LP version he performs background vocals. The single is also an edit and is mixed differently.

White performed this song live on The Midnight Special in 1974.

Jackie Robinson:This Day In History




Jackie Robinson was named National League Rookie of the Year, September 12, 1947.

Attica: The Day they rebelled.




From 9/9/71 – 9/13/71..Attica….The Day they rebelled.
On September 9, 1971, one of the most famous and important riots during the Prisoner Rights Movement occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York when about 1,000 of the Attica prison’s approximately 2,200 inmates rebelled and seized control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage! The riot was based upon prisoners’ demands for political rights and better living conditions, and occurred two weeks after the killing of SOLEDAD BROTHER GEORGE JACKSON at San Quentin prison.

The inmate’s 27 demands included; better medical treatment, fair visitation rights, and an end to physical brutality by facist RACIST PIGS!. The prisoners also requested better sanitations, improved food quality, and one set of rules for the state among numerous other demands.

Leader Elliott Barkley stated: “We are Men! We are not beasts and do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. The entire prison populace has set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States. What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those are oppressed.”
The prisoners continued to unsuccessfully negotiate with Correctional Services Commissioner Russell G. Oswald and then later with a team of observers that would include, civil rights lawyer William Kunstler, Minister Louis Farrakhan, H. Rap Brown, as well as numerous state senators and representatives.

Negotiations broke down and corrections commish Russell Oswald told the inmates that he was unable to negotiate with them anymore and ordered that they must give themselves up. Oswald later telephoned that ROTTEN Governor Rockefeller and begged him to come to the prison to calm the riot but the BASTARD refused. After the governor’s refusal, Oswald stated that he would order the State Police to retake the facility by force. Rockefeller agreed with Oswald’s decision. This agreement would be later criticized by a commission created by Rockefeller to study the riot and the aftermath. Imagine that!!

What happened on that last day, September 13, 1971 would later be called..”the bloodiest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War.”
After the tear gas and bombs & hundreds of rounds of bullets from shotguns were deployed, laying dead on the prison yard were at least 43 people, including ten correctional officers and civilian employees, and 33 inmates..All MURDERED by STATE TROOPERS, who were clearly heard on audio saying “let’s kill these monkeys” and “that’s one dead monkey now”. The LIARS even tried to say that the hostages were killed by inmates by slitting their throats..Not one knife wound could be found on the deceased..ALL BULLET WOUNDS!!!

Within four years of the riot, 62 inmates had been charged in 42 indictments with 1,289 separate counts. And just ONE state trooper was indicted for reckless endangerment!!!!
Inmates and families of inmates killed in the prison retaking sued the State of New York for civil rights violations by law enforcement officers during and after the retaking of Attica.

After years in the courts, in 2000, the State of New York agreed to pay $8 million ($12 million minus legal fees) to settle the case. The State of New York also recognized the families of the slain prison employees in 2005 with a $12 million financial settlement.

The Forgotten Victims of Attica have also asked the State of New York to release state records of the uprising to the public. In 2013, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he would seek the release of the entire 570-page Meyer Report, the state’s review of the uprising.

The report was prepared by former State Supreme Court justice Bernard S. Meyer and submitted in 1975. One volume was made public, but a State Supreme Court justice ordered in 1981 that the other two be sealed permanently.

At least three TV movies of the riot have been produced: Attica (1980), with George Grizzard and Morgan Freeman, Against The Wall (1994), with Samuel L. Jackson, Kyle MacLachlan, and Clarence Williams III; and The Killing Yard (2001), starring Morris Chestnut.



Elvis Presley:This Day In History




On this date in 1956, an estimated 54 million viewers tuned into the “The Ed Sullivan Show” to see Elvis Presley perform. He earned $50,000 for his appearance. And one female fan declared the 21-year-old “one big hunk of forbidden fruit.” This 1957 photo of Presley and the Jordanaires is from the L.A. Times files.

The Williams Sisters: This Day In History



On this day in 2001, two African-American women decided the women’s U.S. Open tennis tournament championship for the first time. The opponents were sisters, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Additionally this was the first Grand Slam final between African-Americans and the sisters had not played in a slam final since 1984 at Wimbledon. Venus Williams (21) and Serena Williams (19) played two sets at the Arthur Ashe stadium in New York City with Venus winning 6-2, 6-4.

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Foxy Brown: This Day In History


On this date in 2007, Foxy Brown was sent to jail for a year in New York for violating her probation.



That Girl: This Day In History



That popular ABC sitcom “That Girl,” starring Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie, a perky young woman who moves to New York to become an actress, premiered on this date in 1966. Ted Bessell played her boyfriend Donald Hollinger and Lew Parker and Rosemary DeCamp were her parents. The series lasted for five seasons. Photo courtesy of ABC.

September 8, 1996: The Morning After



September 8, 1996: 11AM: Suge Knight is released from the University Medical Center. 6:20PM: 2pac undergoes a second operation at UMC to repair damage from bullet wounds. Source: Las Vegas Sun, Cathy Scott.

The Oprah Winfrey Show:This Day In History



The Oprah Winfrey Show debuts Nationwide, September 8, 1986, making Oprah Winfrey the first African-American woman to host a nationally syndicated television talk show.

Tupac Shakure: September 7, 1996


September 7, 1996: 2pac and Suge Knight checks



Seldon vs. Mike Tyson, September 7, 1996 2pac Suge Knight The Outlawz


John Russwurm: Young, Gifted, & Black



September 6, 1826 – John Russwurm became the second Black man to graduate from a college in the U.S.

John Russwurm was a man ahead of his time. Centuries before scholars began debating such issues as “hegemony” and “the social construction of race,” Russwurm understood how the powerful used media to create and perpetuate destructive stereotypes of the powerless. He set out to challenge this practice, via a brand new form of media: African-American journalism.

Although he helped to change the terms of debate on race in America, Russwurm was not a native of America. Born in Jamaica on October 1, 1799, he moved to Quebec as a child and then to Maine, where he attended Bowdoin College and wrote term papers on Toussaint L‘Ouverture, fiery leader of the Haitian Revolution. On Sept 6, 1826 Russwurm became only the second Black man in the U.S. to earn a college degree. His graduation speech focused on the Haitian revolution.

The next year he moved to New York, where he met Samuel Cornish, an African-American Presbyterian minister and editor. On March 16, 1827, Cornish and Russwurm published the first issue of Freedom’s Journal. White publishers — specifically Mordecai Noah of the New York Enquirer – had long denigrated and attacked free blacks. Freedom’s Journal took direct aim at them.

“We wish to plead our own case,” the editors wrote. “Too long have others spoken for us. Too long has the public been deceived by misrepresentation in things which concern us dearly.” The paper was strongly abolitionist, and it also sought to give African-Americans pride in their communities. As such it included mini-biographies, poetry, sermons and birth, death and marriage announcements.

In September 1827, Russwurm assumed editorial control of the paper, but his tenure lasted only until early 1829. Frustrated over the seeming impossibility of ending slavery, he decided to relocate to Liberia, established in 1819 by the American Colonization Society. Russwurm spent the next 22 years learning African languages and actively participating in politics and journalism. He died in Liberia in 1851. At the time of his death, nearly 30 African-American newspapers existed in the United States, all devoted to ending slavery.

Barack Obama: “Let’s Paint The White House Black”




This Day in Black History: Aug. 28, 2008 – Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination.

Matthew Henson: This Day in history


Matthew Henson was one of the world’s greatest explorers. April 9th, 1909, six men made a mad dash for the North Pole. They were (in order from first to last) Matthew Henson, followed by four Eskimos pulling Robert Peary on a sled (his feet were frostbitten.) Henson out ran them all, becoming the first man in the world to reach the North Pole. Peary handed him the American Flag, which he planted at the site, in the snow. He then posed for a picture with the four Eskimo guides who led Peary and Henson to the top of the world.The explorers returned home to a divided public. Their claim to be the first to reach the North Pole was disputed by some and believed by others. Another explorer even claimed to reach the Pole first. Their claim was finally proven to be true but, not without consequence. Matthew Henson was shoved out of the limelight. Peary, his fellow explorer and “friend” claimed that he was the first man to reach the North Pole even though it was not true.

Henson, the first man in the world to reach the North pole was reduced to carrying luggage and parking cars to earn a living. Years after that famous expedition, Henson was accepted as a member of the Explorer’s Club. It was the club that gave Henson his well deserved recognition.
The club worked to get Henson recognized as the true discoverer of the North Pole. Their efforts paid off. In 1954, a year before Henson died, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented him with an award acknowledging his great accomplishment. Matthew Henson’s family was so grateful, that after his death, they donated half of his insurance money to the Explorer’s Club.


American Bandstand: 1952-1989


On this date in 1957, “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark became a nationally televised show on ABC. Previously, the music show had been seen in Philadelphia. Photo Clark and “American Bandstand” teens from 1957 courtesy of AP.

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962)


On this date in 1962, Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was found dead at the age of 36yrs old.

New York, August 5

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in bed this morning in her home in Hollywood, only a physical mile or two, but a social universe, away from the place where she was born 36 years ago as Norma Jean Baker. She died with a row of medicines and an empty bottle of barbiturates at her elbow.

These stony sentences, which read like the epitaph of a Raymond Chandler victim, will confirm for too many millions of movie fans the usual melodrama of a humble girl, cursed by physical beauty, to be dazed and doomed by the fame that was too much for her. For Americans, the last chapter was written on the weekend that a respectable national picture magazine printed for the delectation of her troubled fans a confessional piece called “Marilyn Monroe pours out her soul.”

The plot of her early life is as seedy as anything in the pulp magazines, and to go into the details now would be as tasteless as prying into the clinical file of any other pretty woman whose beauty has crumbled overnight. It is enough, for summoning the necessary compassion, to recall her miserable parents, her being shuttled like a nuisance from foster home to orphanage, the subsequent knockabout years in a war factory, her short independence as a sailor’s wife, the unsuspected first rung of the ladder provided by a posing job for a nude calendar.

She talked easily about all this, when people had the gall to ask her, not as someone reconciled to a wretched childhood but as a wide-eyed outsider, an innocent as foreign to the subject under discussion as Chaplin is when he stands off and analyses the appeal of ” The Little Man.”

Then she wiggled briefly past the lecherous gaze of Louis Calhern in John Huston’s ” Asphalt Jungle,” and his appraising whinny echoed round the globe. Within two years she was the enthroned sexpot of the Western world. She completed the first phase of the American dream by marrying the immortal Joe Di Maggio, the loping hero of the New York Yankees; and the second phase by marrying Arthur Miller and so redeeming his suspect Americanism at the moment it was in question before a House committee.

To say that Marilyn Monroe was a charming, shrewd, and pathetic woman of a tragic integrity will sound as preposterous to the outsider as William Empson’s Freudian analysis of Alice in Wonderland. It is nevertheless true. We restrict the word “integrity” to people, either simple or complex, who have a strong sense of righteousness or, if they are public men, of self-righteousness. Yet it surely means no more than what it says: wholeness, being free to be spontaneous, without reck of consistency or moral appearances. It can be true of forlorn and bewildered people as of the disciplined and the solemn.

In this sense, Marilyn Monroe was all of a piece. She was confused, pathologically shy, a straw on the ocean of her compulsions (to pout, to crackwise, to love a stranger, to be six hours late or lock herself in a room). She was a sweet and humorous person increasingly terrified by the huge stereotype of herself she saw plastered all around her. The exploitation of this pneumatic, mocking, liquid-lipped goddess gave the world a simple picture of the Lorelei. She was about as much of a Lorelei as Bridget, the housemaid.

This orphan of the rootless City of the Angels at last could feel no other identity than the one she saw in the mirror: a baffled, honest girl forever haunted by the nightmare of herself, 60 feet tall and naked before a howling mob. She could never learn to acquire the lacquered shell of the prima donna or the armour of sophistication. So in the end she sought the ultimate oblivion, of which her chronic latecomings and desperate retreats to her room were token suicides.

If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right” by Luther Ingram: This Day In Music




On This Day In R&B History: On July 17, 1972 the Number One Cut on Billboards R&B .

“(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right” is a soul song written by Stax Records songwriters Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson. It has been performed by many singers, most notably by Luther Ingram, whose version topped the R&B chart for four weeks and rose to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972.

In 1974, Millie Jackson released her version of the song which received two Grammy Award nominations, and in 1978 Barbara Mandrell’s version topped the U.S. country singles charts and reached number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Disneyland: This Day In History





Disneyland opened on this date in 1955! Photo courtesy of AP.

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