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Tue, 12.08.1925 story

Sammy Davis Jr., Entertainer born

This date marks the birth of Sammy Davis, Jr,. in 1925. He was an African American impressionist, actor, singer, and dancer.

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Mon, 08.30.1943 story

Altovise Davis, Dancer born

*This date in 1943 marks the birth of Altovise Davis. She was an African American actress and dancer. She also was the wife of Sammy Davis Jr.

Born Altovise Gore in Charlotte, North Carolina she was the only child of Altovise and John Gore. When she was very young her family moved to Brooklyn, N. Y. where she graduated from the School of Performing Arts in 1961. After school she began her career as a dancer on Broadway.

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Wed, 08.30.1944 story

Anna Lucasta Premiers on Broadway

On this date in 1944, the play “Anna Lucasta” opened on Broadway.

The American Negro Theater produced this first all-Black production with a non-racial theme. It starred Hilda Simms and Frederick O’Neal. The setting was the Lucasta living room in Pennsylvania and Noah’s Bar in Brooklyn, early 1941.

Written by Philip Yordan, the story about a waterfront prostitute had a very successful run of over 950 performances. The play with was filmed in 1958, starring Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis Jr.

Reference:
The African American Atlas
Black History & Culture an Illustrated Reference

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Sun, 09.05.1926 story

Faye Tredwell, Business Manager born

*Faye Treadwell was born on this date in 1926. She was an African American music business manager.

The oldest of four children of a Baptist minister father and a schoolteacher mother, she was born Fayrene Lavern Johnson in Okolona, Ark. She graduated from Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock and moved to Los Angeles in 1950 and was working for the Los Angeles school board when she met her future husband George Treadwell, a veteran music manager whose clients included Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sammy Davis Jr.

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Mon, 09.02.1946 story

Billy Preston, Versatile Musician born

*Billy Preston was born on this date in1946. He was an African American musician and singer.

From Houston, Texas, and raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. William Everett Preston in addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Tue, 08.08.1911 story

Rosetta LeNoire, Actress, and Producer born

*Rosetta LeNoire was born on this date in 1911. She was an African American actress and producer.

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Mon, 11.19.1973 story

Savion Glover, Dancer, Choreographer, and Actor born

Savion Glover was born on this date in 1973. He is an African American actor, tap dancer, and choreographer.

Glover was born in Newark, N.J., where as a young child he displayed an enthusiasm for rhythms and at age four he began taking drumming lessons. At age seven he began taking tap lessons and quickly developed a passion for rhythm tap, a form that uses all parts of the foot to create sound. Glover is a graduate of the Newark Arts High School.

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Thu, 02.22.1934 story

Gil Noble, Television Host born

*Gil Noble was born on this date in 1932. He was an African American television broadcaster and journalist.

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Tue, 12.04.1923 story

The Cotton Club (NYC) Opens

*The Cotton Club opened on this date in 1923.  This popular segregated New York City nightclub from 1923 to 1940 exemplified how American racial intersectionality and inequity lived together.  It was located on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue (1923 to 1935), then briefly in the midtown Theater District (1935-1940).   In 1920, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson rented the upper floor of the building on the corner […]

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Tue, 09.20.1921 story

Chico Hamilton, Bandleader born

*Chico Hamilton was born on this date in 1921, he was an Afro Mexican jazz drummer and bandleader.   From Los Angeles, CA, born Forestorn Hamilton, his father, Jesse was Black and white (Scottish) and worked at the University Club of Southern California. His mother, Pearl Lee Gonzales Cooley Hamilton, was a school dietitian she was Mexican, Native […]

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