Category: Black History Month

Black History Month Post: Esther Rolle

Esther RolleEsther Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) was the tenth child of eighteen children born to Bahamian immigrants. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the sitcom “Maude” and the spin-off series, “Good Times,” from (1974–77, 1978–79).  (more…)

Who Is: Gordon Parks

Gordon ParksI took my daughter to see the ‘Outsiders’ exhibit today which included the work of famed photographer, Gordon Parks.  Never before have I been moved by photos (some literally brought me to tears) so I decided to explore this gem of a person a bit further.  (more…)

WGN’s “Underground” is being described as Amazing Must-See-TV

If you’re thinking “not another slave story” like me; WGN’s “Underground” (about the Underground Railroad) executive produced by John Legend is set to premiere one-week from today on March 9th.  The trailer is out and the series is being described as harrowing and compelling TV that will make you both uncomfortable and amazed.  Read on. (more…)

Who Is: Enoch The Ethiopian

EnochI thought I would end the last day of Black History Month with a post on the prophet Enoch.  In case you’re unfamiliar, Enoch the Ethiopian, Patriarch-Prophet, according to the Bible is the first perfect human being and first immortal man.  (more…)

Black History Month Post: Abolitionist Sojourner Truth

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist born into slavery in Ulster County, New York around 1797.  She was a striking woman standing almost six-feet tall becoming an advocate against slavery, fighting for prison reform, the abolishment of capital punishment, the rights of freedmen, women’s rights and a supporter of the Union Army during the Civil War by helping recruit black troops.  (more…)

Black Inventor: Norbert Rillieux

Norbert Rillieux
Norbert Rillieux March 17, 1806 – October 8, 1894

Although Norbert Rillieux was born to a slave mother in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1806; his father was a wealthy White engineer involved in the cotton industry.  He is credited with revolutionizing the sugar refining industry by improving efficiency, quality and safety.  Read on (more…)

Why We Celebrate Black History Month

Black History MonthToday is not only the first official day of February but also, Black History Month.   It was not until the 20th century, 1926 to be exact that Americans began to study the contributions of Blacks even though they had been in America dating back to the 1400s.

With that said, ask the average American about anyone outside the realm of entertainment and you might be surprised by how little is known.

This is why we celebrate the month with vigor highlighting the contributions of black inventors, activists, doctors, artists, poets, musicians, designers and the like. (more…)

Stacey Dash: So Right She’s Wrong!

imageIt pains me to post anything about Stacey Dash; however, I feel the need to point out she’s not saying anything new.  Her delivery is off-putting for sure but it’s her seemingly lack of regard for Black Americans that gets my goat.  (more…)