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  • 0 Cullen Jones is Big Swimmer in Beijing

    • Sports
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 08/13/2008

    In August of 2006, we wrote about swimmer Cullen Jones, and the role he would play on the 2008 US Olympic team. Jones swam the 3rd leg of the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay in Beijing to help the US team win the 2008 gold. Take another look at Cullen Jones, the first African American to hold a swimming world record.

  • 0 6 Black History People Create Olympic Game Highlights

    • Sports
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 08/05/2008

    As the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China get ready to role, we feature a blast from the past with 6 black history people who created Olympic Game highlights: Award winning Olympic athlete Willye White is the only American woman to participate in five different Olympiads and finish in the top 12 in her events. She competed at age 16 in Melbourne Australia in 1956 when she won a silver medal in the long jump. White was on the Olympic team in Rome in 1960.She won a silver medal in the 400 meter relay in Tokyo in 1964. White was also successful competing in 1968 (Mexico City), and 1972 (Munich, Germany). Muhammad Ali won an Olympic gold medal in Rome as a light heavyweight boxer in 1960. "Smokin’" Joe Frazier won the gold medal for boxing at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Ralph Metcalfe was a standout in track at the 1932 and 1936 Olympic games. In 1936, Jesse Owens made history in Berlin, Germany. A member of the U.S. Olympic track team, Owens became the first American to win four gold medals. Tennessee State University’s Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome (100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and relay team).

  • 0 Thurgood Marshall's Mark on Black History

    • Law
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 07/02/2008

    July 2, 2008, is the centennial of the birth of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who passed away in 1993. For more about Thurgood Marshall, check out our feature: 20 black history attorneys take the law into their own hands.

  • 0 Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami

    • News
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 06/25/2008

    Later this Summer, a new documentary, Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami, will find its way to a PBS television station near you. This 2008 production begins in 1960 as it traces the young boxer known as Cassius Clay through his training at Miami, Florida's Fifth Street Gym. The release of the one hour documentary is timed to coincide with the August 8 - August 24 Summer Olympics in Beijing, although many PBS stations will repeat the program this Fall. Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee talks about the role Miami played in launching the boxing great. Historian Manning Marable, journalist David Remnick, and Ali biographer Thomas Hauser offer commentary and insight during the program. Ali's Miami neighbors and friends also weigh-in with their recollections. Watch for Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami in the coming months.

  • 0 Ida B. Wells Crusades for American Justice

      Ida B. Wells-Barnett, (1862 – 1931), was a crusader for African American civil rights and for equal rights for women. Through newspaper articles, she wrote about discrimination she experienced and observed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Historian Paula Giddings has captured the essence of the life of Wells in Ida: A Sword Among Lions, a new 2008 publication. Giddings, a Smith College professor, has written two previous books: In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement, and When and Where I Enter: The Impact Of Black Women On Race and Sex In America. Her Wells biography is accurately documented as it rolls back the curtain on the fascinating odyssey of an American woman who fought for civil rights and justice. Highly recommended.

  • 0 10 Black History Artists Craft Great Collections

    • Art
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 04/16/2008

    Augusta Savage, (1892-1962), sculptor and art teacher, was the first Director of the Harlem Community Art Center in New York City. She studied at the Grand Chaumiere in Paris after receiving a Rosenwald grant in 1929. Savage also received a prestigious Carnegie Foundation grant. Her works have been exhibited at... The 1939 New York World's Fair New York's Anderson Galleries The New Jersey State Museum New York's Schomburg Collection The Societe Des Artistes Francais Beaux Arts in Paris Our 10 black history artists hold the distinction of crafting great collections in the USA and around the world... Augusta Savage - sculptor Charles Alston - muralist, sculptor, and artist Dr. Margaret Burroughs - painter, sculptor Elizabeth Catlett - sculptor and artist Adele Chilton - Painter and artist Richard Hunt - sculptor Lois Mailou Jones - artist Dr. Samella Sanders Lewis – painter, graphic artist James A. Porter - painter William E. Scott - murals and portraits

  • 0 Martin Luther King Jr. Saluted with Song

    • Music
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 04/02/2008

    Friday, April 4, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here are 2 video tributes we created using a couple of albums, now out of print, that salute the Martin Luther King Jr. legacy.   In 1973, a 2nd annual Benefit Concert for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change was held at the Omni arena in Atlanta, Georgia. RCA Records was a big sponsor of the event. Many of their artists performed. Here's the rundown of the original double album. Keep The Dream Alive Side 1 Introduction: Mrs. Coretta Scott King "Precious Lord" - Linda Hopkins "It's My Belief" - Linda Hopkins "No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever" - Friends of Distinction Medley: "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely," "Going In Circles," "Time Waits for No One," "Grazing In The Grass" - Friends of Distinction Side 2 "Hey Leroy" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch "Betcha By Golly Wow" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch Geraldine struts her stuff (Flip Wilson) Side 3 "Make It With You" - Main Ingredient "Work To Do" - Main Ingredient Medley: "You've Been My Inspiration," "Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)," "I'm So Proud," "Everybody Plays the Fool" - Main Ingredient Comments: Mrs. Coretta Scott King Side 4 "Ain't No Sunshine" - Jose Feliciano "We've Only Just Begun" - Jose Feliciano "Oye Como Va" - Jose Feliciano Comments: Flip Wilson Funny Talk: Flip Wilson "Don't Knock My Love" pts. 1 & 2 - Wilson Pickett "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" - Wilson Pickett Keep the Dream Alive was a great concert featuring strong performances. The Atlanta community supported the effort with a large turnout.  Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered - Selma the Musical - 1976. Read the notes from playwright Tommy Butler about the Martin Luther King Jr. Selma Musical.

  • 0 Hallelujah for Quincy Jones at 75

    • Music
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 03/19/2008

    March 14, 2008 was the 75th birthday of the phenomenal Quincy Jones. Musical genius Jones was born in Chicago in 1933. He studied his craft at Seattle University and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a black history legend in music, Jones has been honored with 27 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, seven Oscar nominations, plus an honorary Oscar. Quincy has worn all of his industry hats as a musical director, film score creator, composer, musician, producer, conductor, arranger, and record company executive. In 1953, Quincy Jones was the first arranger/conductor to utilize the newly-invented Fender electric bass in audio recordings. He played and toured with jazz greats Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and Dizzy Gillespie. Jones has scored over 50 films. His first film score was "The Pawnbroker," in 1963. Jones has produced albums for the very best, including Michael Jackson. Besides winning all of those Grammy Awards, Quincy Jones has produced the actual network presentation of the Grammys on television. "Q" recorded "Hallelujah," Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, a contemporary version of the famous classical work in 1991. Released in 1992, the album featured Patti Austin, Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Clifton Davis, Charles Dutton, Kim Fields, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Linda Hopkins, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Marilyn McCoo, Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey Osborne, Phylicia Rashad, Joe Sample, Take 6, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. For his incredible story, discover Q - The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.

  • 0 Margaret Rosezarian Harris Conducts Key Movements

    • Music
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 03/05/2008

    Margaret Rosezarian Harris, (1944 – 2000), was the first black woman to conduct the symphony orchestras of 16 American cities, including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago. A child prodigy, she played piano at age 3, and at age 10, played a Mozart Concerto with the Chicago Symphony. Miss Harris started her career as a pianist, but achieved much more attention as a celebrated conductor. The Chicago, Illinois born Margaret won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She was also a graduate of New York City’s Julliard School of Music. Margaret Harris conquered Broadway as the music director of the musical Hair in 1970. She passed away this week, 8 years ago, at age 56. Classical Trivia: William Grant Still was the first African American to conduct a major symphony orchestra, (The Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1936).

  • 0 Out of Touch with History Highlights

    USA teens are out of touch with not just African American history, but with history and traditional culture in general. Common Core, an advocacy group pushing for the teaching of more liberal arts in schools, released the shocking report today as reported in USA Today. Out of 1,200 17 year-olds surveyed, only 43% knew that the Civil War was fought between 1850 - 1900. 30% did not know that President John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." It's troubling that real history is taking a back seat to the more seedy elements of today's popular culture. Most teens and adults are experts in the gossipy news of today. As Black History Month comes to a close, it's time to renew our commitment to real knowledge that matters, across cultural and ethnic divides. A trivia question as a final thought. In 1976, U.S. representative Barbara Jordan became the first African American to give the keynote address to a national party convention. Who gave the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004? Leave your answer in a comment!