September 20, 2009 was the 25th anniversary the Cosby Show on television. Bill Cosby was the first African American actor to receive an Emmy Award (1966) for his role in the television series I Spy. The Philadelphia native has been extremely successful as a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and social activist. Listen to 1 minute of Bill Cosby being very funny. Enjoy the 4 vintage Cosby album covers in the video.
Eartha Kitt, (1927 - 2008), lived an amazing true-life story. She became the diva of Europe during the 1950's as an electrifying cabaret singer. Her dating exploits with contemporary playboys filled the gossip pages with celebrity news. Outspoken and independent, Kitt received a backlash from the African American community throughout her career for not being "black enough." Despite this challenge, Eartha Kitt eventually flourished in the USA on stage, on screen, and on records with Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award nominations. At just 16 as a member of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, Eartha toured Mexico, South America, and Europe. Follow this Eartha Kitt Timeline: Films - Accused (1957), Anna Lucasta (1959), and Syanon (1965) From 1968 to 1974 Kitt performed primarily in Europe. In the late 1970's, she focused on her recording career In the 1980's, she spent a lot of time on her Connecticut estate More films in the 1990's, including Boomerang, Ernest: Scared Stupid, and Fatal Instinct Kitt won the Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding performer in an animated program for Disney's The Emperor's New School (June 13, 2008) She's best remembered for her role as Catwoman on the TV series Batman Kitt proved to be a huge hit with the Paris nightclub crowd, and is known for her sultry, sexy cabaret act.
Friday, September 8, 2006, marks the twentieth anniversary of the Oprah Winfrey Show. The program entered national syndication in the USA on September 8, 1986. "Oprah" would eventually become the highest-rated talk show in television history. In 1988, Winfrey established Harpo Studios, a production facility in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third woman in the American entertainment industry (after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball) to own her own studio. The Oprah Winfrey Show is seen by an estimated 49 million viewers a week in the United States, and is broadcast internationally in 122 countries.
Direct from Canada, where the country miles stretch out to the horizon, and wheat fields abound a plenty, comes a Black History Trading Cards collection, from the picturesque urban enclave of Toronto. Luanga Nuwame, pictured below, a 28 year old entrepreneur, has created a 24 card collection featuring Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, George Dixon, Marcus Garvey, and more. Ancient African legends Shaka Zulu, Taharka and Makeda are also featured. Just 5000 copies are available, with a share of the proceeds donated to both one American and one Canadian charitable organization.