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Mon, 13.05.2024

Morris Karnofsky, Businessman born.

*Morris Karnofsky was born on this date in 1895.  He was a Jewish American tailor, coal and junk owner, and record store owner. He was born in Lithuania. His family, Jewish immigrants, had roots in New Orleans, LA.  This was near Girod and Franklin Streets, a few blocks from where the family of Louis Armstrong lived. When […]

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Mon, 06.05.2024

R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., Administrative Activist born.

*R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. was born on this date in 1944. He was a Black administration activist and author.  From Chattanooga, TN, Rufus Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. attended Chattanooga Public Schools and was a 1962 honor graduate of Howard High School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Math from Morehouse College. Thomas Jr. received an […]

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Wed, 10.04.2024

The East India Company (EIC) is founded

*On this date, 1600, the East India Company (EIC) was founded.  This Slave labor business was an English, and later British, joint-stock company. The East India Company was formed to trade in the Indian Ocean region, initially with the East Indies and later with East Asia. The company gained control of large parts of the […]

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Wed, 10.04.2024

Saint Helena, Slave Port Discovered

*On this date in 1502, the island of Saint Helena was discovered. Founded by the Portuguese Armada, it is a remote British overseas territory. Saint Helena is a volcanic and tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, some 1,165 miles west of mainland Africa. Geographically, Angola and Namibia are the closest nations. Between January and May […]

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Sat, 30.03.2024

Willie McGee, Laborer and Capital Punishment Victim, born.

*The birth of Willie McGee is celebrated on this date in c. 1916. He was a Black laborer who was executed in 1951 after being controversially convicted for the rape of a white woman during the Jim Crow Era. Early life Willie McGee was born in Pachuta, Mississippi, to Bessie and Jasper McGee Sr. at […]

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Sat, 16.03.2024

Joe Dudley, Entrepreneur born.

*Joe Dudley was born on this date in 1937. He was a Black businessman and hair-care entrepreneur. Joe Louis Dudley Sr. was born in Aurora, North Carolina, the fifth of 11 children. When he was in the first grade, he was mistakenly labeled as mentally retarded because of a speech impediment. He had twice been […]

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Sun, 07.01.2024

Black History and Colonialism, a story

*Black history and modern colonialism are affirmed on this date in 1415. The Ancient historical phenomenon of colonization stretches around the globe and across time. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Turks, and Arabs practiced age-old and medieval colonialism. Colonialism, in the modern sense, began in the 15th century with the “Age of Discovery.” The Portuguese were expansionists […]

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Sun, 07.01.2024

Henrique of Portugal, Slave Trader born.

*Henrique of Portugal, Duke of Viseu, was born on this date in 1394. Known as Prince Henry the Navigator, he was a white Portuguese slave trader and a central figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire. Henry was the third surviving son of King John I and his wife Philippa, sister of King […]

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Mon, 01.01.2024

Career Advice, Photography, Matthew Jenkins

Matthew Jenkins is a professional photographer. In this segment, he shares his career advice for this profession.

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Wed, 27.12.2023

Marie Coincoin, Businesswoman born.

*The birth of Marie Coincoin is celebrated on this date in 1742. She was a Black nurse, planter, slave owner, and businesswoman at the colonial Louisiana outpost of Natchitoches Parish. A Louisianan Creole, Marie Theresa Coincoin was born into the slavery of Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis. Her parents were François and Marie Françoise; she […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Don’t say goodbye to the pork-pie hat that rolled along padded shoulders, that swang be-bop phrases in Minton’s jelly-roll dreams. don’t say goodbye to... DON’T SAY GOODBYE TO THE PORK-PIE HAT by Larry Neal.
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