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Happy Birthday Towanda Braxton

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Happy Birthday to television personality Towanda Braxton!

Happy 123rd Birthday Dr. Bessie Delany ( August 3, 1891-September 25, 1995)

 

 

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Herstory: Dentist and author Dr. Bessie Delany was born on this day in 1891.

Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany was born in Raleigh, N.C., the third child of a former slave who became the country’s first black Episcopal bishop. Raised on the campus of St. Augustine’s College, she and her siblings (including her elder sister Sadie aka Sarah) were well-educated, nurtured and sheltered from the harsher edges of American racism.

Bessie graduated from St. Augustine’s in 1911 and worked as a teacher in North Carolina and Georgia to earn the money she needed to continue her education. The few months in 1912 that she and Sadie taught in different parts of the South was the only time they did not live together.

In 1917, the two sisters made their way to New York City. Bessie had planned to become a doctor but ultimately decided to go to dental school. She graduated from Columbia University in 1923 and became the second black woman to work as a dentist in New York.

Known as “Dr. Bessie, Harlem’s colored woman dentist,” Dr. Delany socialized with Cab Calloway, W. E. B. Du Bois and the doyennes of the Harlem Renaissance. But she treated many of Harlem’s poor, and in 27 years of practice never raised her rates. It was $2 for a cleaning and $5 for a silver filling, from 1923 until the day she retired, in 1950.

Like her sister Sarah, the first black home economics teacher in a New York City high school, she never married or had children. They referred to themselves as “Negro maiden ladies” and lived together in a Harlem apartment, in a Bronx cottage and finally in the Mt. Vernon home they bought in 1957.

In 1991, Delany and her sister Sadie were interviewed by journalist Amy Hill Hearth, who wrote a feature story about them for The New York Times. A New York book publisher read Hearth’s newspaper story and asked her to write a full-length book on the sisters. Hearth and the sisters worked closely for two years to create the book, “Having our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” which dealt with the trials and tribulations the sisters had faced during their century of life. The book was on The New York Times bestseller lists for 105 weeks. It spawned a Broadway play in 1995 and a television film in 1999. Both the play and film adaptations were produced by Judith R. James and Dr. Camille O. Cosby.

In 1994, the sisters and Hearth published “The Delany Sisters’ Book of Everyday Wisdom,” a follow up to “Having Our Say.”

Bessie Delany died in September 1995, at the age of 104

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/26/obituaries/bessie-delany-dies-at-104-co-wrote-having-our-say.html

Detroit: Underwater

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Dramatic images of extreme flooding in the Detroit area on Monday, causing historic flash flooding across the city; there was water up to 14-feet-deep in some places – ABC News Weather

Mike Brown: Hands up, Gunned down….

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Artwork by Adrian Franks.

 

Happy 18th Birthday JonBenet Ramsey (August 6, 1990 – December 25, 1996)

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was an American child beauty pageant queen who was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996. The six-year-Old’s body was found about eight hours after she was reported missing, in the basement of the family home, during a police search of the home. She had been struck on the head and strangled. The case remains unsolved, even after several grand jury hearings, and continues to generate public and media interest.

Colorado law enforcement agencies initially suspected JonBenét’s parents and her brother. However, the family was partially exonerated in 2003 when DNA taken from the victim’s clothes suggested they were not involved. Her parents were not completely cleared until July 2008. In February 2009, the Boulder Police Department took the case back from the district attorney to reopen the investigation.

Media coverage of the case has often focused on JonBenét’s participation in child beauty pageants, her parents’ affluence and the unusual evidence in the case. Reports have also questioned the police’s overall handling of the case. Several defamation suits have been filed against several media organizations by Ramsey family members and their friends over reporting of the murder.

On October 25, 2013, previously sealed court documents were released, showing that a Colorado grand jury had voted in 1999 to indict John and Patricia Ramsey in the murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and being accessories to a crime. However, then-District Attorney Alex Hunter decided not to sign the indictment, saying the evidence was insufficient.

Indian WestBrooke: Bae Of The Year!

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Happy Birthday Vincent Anthony “Vince” Guaraldi (July 17, 1928 – February 6, 1976)

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Remembering Vincent Anthony “Vince” Guaraldi (born Vincent Anthony Dellaglio; July 17, 1928 – February 6, 1976), jazz musician and pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip.

Happy Birthday Donald McPherson (July 9, 1941 – July 4, 1971)…

 

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Remembering Donald McPherson (July 9, 1941 – July 4, 1971)…original lead singer of the R&B group Main Ingredient.

Happy Birthday Missy Elliot

 

 

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Happy Birthday to rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliott (born July 1, 1971). A five-time Grammy Award winner, Elliott, with record sales of over seven million in the United States, is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction.

Happy Birthday:Maxwell

 

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Happy Birthday to singer/songwriter and musician Gerald Maxwell Rivera (born May 23, 1973), better known as Maxwell.

Kendal & Kyle: Billboard awards

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Happy Birthday:Butch Tavares

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Tavares (also known as The Tavares Brothers) are a successful American R&B, funk and soul music group, composed of five Cape Verdean-American brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Ralph — Ralph Vierra Tavares
Pooch — Arthur Paul Tavares
Chubby — Antone Lee Tavares
Butch — Feliciano Vierra Tavares, Jr.
Tiny — Perry Lee Tavares
The Tavares brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts, whose parents were of Cape Verde descent, started performing in 1959 as Chubby and the Turnpikes when the youngest brother was 9 years old. Future Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer appeared as the “token white-guy drummer” in an early incarnation of Tavares. Chubby and The Turnpikes signed with Capitol records in 1967 and had a couple of local hit records including “I Know The Inside Story” in 1967 and “Nothing But Promises” in 1968.
By 1973, they had changed their name to Tavares and scored their first R&B Top 10 (Pop Top 40) hit with “Check it Out” that same year, and soon began charting regularly on the R&B and pop charts.
Their first album included their brother Victor, who sang lead on “Check it Out”, but dropped out of the group shortly after. In 1974 Tavares had a #1 R&B hit with Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone,” (which became a hit for Hall & Oates as well two years later). Tavares followed up that success with “Remember What I Told You to Forget.”
1975 turned out to be their most successful year chart-wise, chalking up a Top 40 Pop album (In the City) and their biggest hit, the Top 10 Pop/#1 R&B smash “It Only Takes a Minute”, which was later successfully covered by both Jonathan King and Take That, and recently sampled by Jennifer Lopez.

They parlayed this success into a spot as an opening act for the Jackson 5. KC and The Sunshine Band was also on this tour. This was followed by a string of hits: “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” (1976), “Don’t Take Away the Music” (1976), and “Whodunit” (1977, another #1 R&B hit), among others.
In 1977 they also recorded “I Wanna See You Soon”, a duet with Capitol label mate Freda Payne which received airplay on BBC Radio 1 but failed to chart.

Many of their hits, however, underplayed their R&B background and gave the group the image of being a disco act. This perception was reinforced by their appearance on the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever in 1977. Tavares recorded the Bee Gees song “More Than a Woman,” and their version reached the Pop Top 40 that year. The soundtrack became one of the most successful in history, giving Tavares their only Grammy.

Later albums, such as Madam Butterfly and Supercharged, strayed from the disco format and were less successful on the Pop chart (although they continued to have Top 10 R&B hits such as “Never Had a Love Like This Before” and the popular socio-political “Bad Times” written by British singer-songwriter Gerard McMahon). At the start of the 1980s, Tavares left Capitol Records, signing with RCA. They had one last major hit, the ballad “A Penny for Your Thoughts”, for which they were nominated for a Grammy in 1982, and their last major release was Words and Music in 1983.

In 1984, Ralph Tavares stepped down from the group, and Tiny left in the mid 1990s, but the other three brothers continue to tour. In early 2009, Tiny Tavares rejoined and is currently touring with the group.

“It Only Takes a Minute” was later covered by British boy band Take That, becoming a Top 10 UK hit, and is featured in the soundtrack of Konami’s dancing game Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix.
“Out of the Picture” was sampled by 50 Cent in his 2003 song “Many Men (Wish Death)”.
Musician Feliciano “Flash” Vierra Tavares, the family patriarch and father of all five members of Tavares, died in 2008.
Chubby Tavares will release his first solo album, Jealousy, on July 17, 2012 a few months after Tavares, Four Tops and the Temptations tour the UK together.
Preceding the album a digital-only single was released called It’s Christmas. On December 17th it reached #5 on Amazon’s Acid Jazz (!!) singles chart

 

Happy Birthday:Maxine Sullivan(May 13, 1911-April 7, 1987)

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Jazz singer Maxine Sullivan was born on this date in 1911.

Born Marietta Williams in Homestead, Pa., Maxine shot to fame in 1937 when she recorded ”Loch Lomond” in an arrangement by Claude Thornhill, the pianist, who led a small accompanying group on the recording. It was an immediate hit, and she followed it with a series of recordings of swinging folk songs, including ”Molly Malone,” ”It Was a Lover and His Lass” and ”If I Had a Ribbon Bow.”

Although singing folk songs appeared to be a novelty at that time, Miss Sullivan was doing it in the very earliest stages of her career, when she was singing at an after-hours club in Pittsburgh called the Benjamin Harrison Literary Society.

The success of ”Loch Lomond” led to an engagement for her at the Onyx Club on 52d Street. There she sang with a small band led by John Kirby that played in a light and airy style, once described as ”orchestrated finesse” that was an ideal complement to Miss Sullivan’s singing and to her manner when she sang, standing motionless, her chin tilted confidently upward and a slightly mischievous smile lighting her face.

She married bassist John Kirby in 1938 and later she and his band became the stars of a weekly NBC radio network series, ”Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm,” a precedent-setting event for black performers.

In 1938 Miss Sullivan went from the Onyx Club to Hollywood to appear in the film ”Going Places,” in which she and Louis Armstrong introduced ”Jeepers Creepers.” The following year she appeared in a second film, ”St. Louis Blues,” and also performed on Broadway with Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman in a jazz version of ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream” called ”Swingin’ the Dream,” in which she sang ”Darn That Dream.”

During the 1940’s she moved away from her early close association with folk songs, although until her death she could always respect – and respond to – requests for ”Loch Lomond.” She developed a fresh repertory of standard pop songs such as ”I’ve Got the World on a String,” ”Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” and ”I Got a Right to Sing the Blues.”

In 1950, after her marriage to Mr. Kirby had ended in divorce, she married pianist Cliff Jackson and temporarily retired from singing to raise her daughter, Paula. During these years she developed an interest in physical therapy and nursing and was active in local civic affairs in the Bronx. After Mr. Jackson’s death in 1970, she founded the House That Jazz Built, a community center at 1312 Stebbins Avenue in the Bronx.

In 1979 she received a Tony award for her performance in ”My Old Friends,” a musical on aging that was described by a reviewer for The New York Times as ”jolly yet touching.”

Maxine Sullivan passed away in April 1987. She was 75.

See the comments for a video of Ms. Sullivan’s performance of “Some of These Days.” (This is a must-see, with a band and beautiful dancing sisters and dapper brothers.)

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1987/04/09/obituaries/maxine-sullivan-75-is-dead-jazz-singer-won-tony-in-79.html

Happyb 88th Birthday: Donald Jay “Don” Rickles

 

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Happy Birthday to stand-up comedian and actor Donald Jay “Don” Rickles (born May 8, 1926). A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Rickles has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is best known as an insult comic.

Happy Birthday:Shawn Marion

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Sangria: The Best

 

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2 Bottles Cabernet
2oz (60ml) Brandy
Juice from 2 Oranges
2 Sliced Oranges
3 Sliced Apples
1 Cup Simple Syrup
1 Cup Raspberries

This traditional wine punch has many variations, but we think you’ll find that this one is the BEST! We take a nice red wine and add some brandy and orange juice, then allow oranges, apples, and raspberries to seep in it overnight. A healthy dose of simple syrup gives it the perfect amount of sweetness. Once the fruits have had adequate time to infuse into the wine, you’ll have a rich, flavorful, fruity blend that will make your taste buds go crazy! Allow mixture to sit 24hrs before serving!

Floyd Mayweather: I Woke Up In A New Bugatti!

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The best man in the world for luxurious cars FusionLuxury Motors. Not only does he have the best, he always delivers on time!

Debra Wilson:Happy Birtday!

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Happy Birthday to comedienne and actress Debra Renee Wilson (born April 26, 1962), also known as Debra Wilson Skelton or Debra Skelton. Wilson is likely most famous for being the longest-serving original cast member on the sketch comedy series MADtv, having appeared for the show’s first eight seasons. She has also done voice work for various productions including Avatar, American Dad!, Family Guy, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, The Proud Family, and The Boondocks.

 

The Gulabi Gang: Women’s Rights Gang

 

 

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The Gulabi gang was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, a mother of five, as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against… women.

Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them up with laathis (bamboo sticks) unless they stop abusing their wives.

The Gulabi gang is a group of Indian women vigilantes and activists originally from Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, but reported to be active across North India as of 2010

Gary Sinise: Happy Birthday!

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