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  • 0 Bessie Smith the Empress of the Blues

    • Music
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 12/12/2012

      Bessie Smith, (1898-1937), recorded over 80 records for Columbia. Her legendary recordings sold over ten million copies. "Down Hearted Blues," her first recording, sold over one million copies in 1923. She achieved her biggest hit in 1929 with "Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out." The influence of blues song stylist Smith can be heard in the music of Janis Joplin, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, and Billie Holiday. Smith, known as "The Empress of the Blues" was discovered by blues singer Ma Rainey in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1910.

  • 0 Black History the Music Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

    Are you ready for some spirited commentary and a frank warning with historical background written by Deeann D. Mathews about what happens when a music artist goes to work with a record label? Don't be shocked by Black History the Music Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know!

  • 0 Black History People Photo Slideshow

      Black History People Photo Slideshow   2018 update: this video was originally a quiz. We removed the quiz. Now the video is a straight 30 second slideshow.

  • 0 How The U.S. Supreme Court Influenced Black History

    • Law
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/19/2012

      Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857). Brown v. Board of Education argued by Thurgood Marshall (1954). Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)...just 3 of 10 landmark Supreme Court decisions that influenced black history in the USA. Caryn Freeman highlights 10 cases in a colorful slide show "Supreme Court cases that shaped black America." Take a look! (Thurgood Marshall is pictured here). 2018 update: the slideshow has been removed, but the article remains.

  • 0 The Real African American Cowboys

    Nat, "Deadwood Dick," Love, (1854-1921), was a famous cowboy. He first made a name for himself when he journeyed from his native Tennessee to Dodge City, Kansas. Love was a scout and range boss. He led cattle drives, participated in rodeos, fought the native American Indians, and developed into quite a legend. In 1907, he wrote his autobiography. Rodeo cowboy Bill Pickett, (1860-1932), was born in Texas. He developed the art of "bulldogging," the technique of twisting the neck of a steer by the horns and wrestling it to the ground. The brazen cowboy gained fame from his bulldogging practice of biting the lip or nose of steers. Pickett was a super star on the wild west rodeo show circuit. He toured with the 101 Ranch Wild West promotion throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and England. Pickett was kicked by a stallion and died in 1932. He was the first African American cowboy inducted into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma (1971). These are the Real African American black history cowboys.

  • 0 Black History Inventors App Celebrates Ingenuity

    Clever inventions, creative solutions, and smart answers to fix all kinds of problems. African American inventors throughout black history have dreamed up the impossible through innovation and hard work. Marjorie Stewart Joyner came up with the wave curl in 1928. Lewis Temple constructed a whaling harpoon in 1848. Valerie Thomas tackled the illusion transmitter 1980. It's a revelation reviewing these resources in Black History Inventors, a free Android smart phone App with sound narration, developed by Hugh Smith,, Available in the Amazon App Store, and from Google Play. 2018 Update: This is the original 2012 version of the app you see in the video. A new version is finished and will be released in 2018. 

  • 0 Tuskegee Airmen In their own words

      The Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan is a great online black history resource for all things Tuskegee Airmen. Discover more!

  • 0 A Nova Scotia Mountie Chronicles African Canadians

    Sergeant Craig Smith, a Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer has won an award for chronicling the Canadian black experience. He's published four books about the history of African Canadians, focusing on Nova Scotians. Find out why Smith wants to get his latest book, The Journey Continues: An Atlantic Canadian Black Experience, into classrooms in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Samantha Chown of the Herald News has more. Read her update.

  • 0 The Lost History of African American Inventors

    Basketball legend and now author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reveals an assortment of creative personalities in his book What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors. Discover them in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Children's Book Highlights Black Achievement from a Black Voices article.

  • 0 What Does Black History Month Mean to You?

      If you went out on the streets of Philadelphia, PA and asked complete strangers what Black History Month means, what responses would you get? Teacher Peter Tobias from the University of the Arts found out when his students, camera in hand, crossed cultures in the streets to get the real answers. You'll be surprised what you read!