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Sun, 22.05.2022

Jennifer Beals, Actress born

*Jennifer Beals was born on this date in 1963. She is a Black actress and photographer. Early life Beals was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, in the Bronzseville community. She’s the daughter of Jeanne Anderson, an elementary school teacher, and Alfred Beals, who owned grocery stores. Beals’ father was Black, […]

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Sun, 22.05.2022

Lynn Whitfield, Actress born

*Lynn Whitfield was born on this date in 1953. She is a Black actress. From Louisiana, Whitfield made her film debut in Dr. Detroit in 1983. Three years later, she played the title character in the fact-based TV movie Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI, the story of the first Black female FBI agent. After gaining recognition […]

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Tue, 17.05.2022

Bob Dylan, Singer, Composer, and Artistic Activist born

*Bob Dylan was born on this date in 1941. He is a white Jewish-American folk music singer, composer, artist, and activist. He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Range west of Lake Superior. Dylan’s paternal grandparents, Anna Kirghiz and Zigman Zimmerman emigrated from […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

The Black Arts Movement In America, a story

*The Black Arts Movement (BAM) is celebrated on this date in 1965. They were a Black-led art movement active during the 1960s and 1970s. BAM created new cultural institutions through activism and art and conveyed another message of black pride. The beginnings of the Black Arts Movement focus on when Amiri Baraka moved uptown to […]

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Tue, 26.04.2022

William T. Williams, Artist born

*William T. Williams was born on this date in 1942. He is a Black painter and art educator. William T. Williams was born in Cross Creek, North Carolina. His family moved to Queens, New York City, at age 4, though he spent his childhood summers in Spring Lake, North Carolina. After the family’s move to […]

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Sun, 17.04.2022

Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Artist born

*Mary Lovelace O’Neal was born on this date in 1942. She is a Black artist and arts educator. Mary Lovelace was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and credits her father for nurturing her love of the arts. During her childhood and adolescence, O’Neal’s father, Ariel Lovelace, was the choir director and professor of music at Tougaloo […]

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Sun, 17.04.2022

Gilbert Moses, Stage, and Media Artist born

*Gilbert Moses was born on this date in 1942. He was a Black activist, theater, television, and film actor and director. Gilbert Moses III was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began acting as a child at Karamu House. He studied at Oberlin College and spent a year at Sorbonne University in Paris before leaving college […]

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Sun, 17.04.2022

The Free Southern Theater is Formed

*The Free Southern Theater (FST) is celebrated on this date in 1963. FST was a community theater group founded in 1963 at Tougaloo College by Gilbert Moses, Denise Nicholas, Doris Derby, and John O’Neal.  In White America, their first production toured 16 towns and cities ranging in size from Mileston in Holmes County, Mississippi, to New Orleans. Gilbert Moses […]

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Sun, 17.04.2022

John O’Neal, Playwright, and Activist born

*John Milton O’Neal Jr. was born on this date in 1940.  He was a Black playwright and activist. His father was a teacher from Mound City, Ill., as was his mother, Rosetta (Crenshaw) O’Neal. In 1962 he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English at Southern Illinois University. His daughter said that when he […]

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Sun, 13.02.2022

Ernest ‘Brownie’ Brown, Dancer born

*’Brownie’ Brown was born on this date in 1916. He was a Black tap dancer and was the last surviving member of the Original Copasetics. Ernest “Brownie” Brown grew up in Chicago, and he and his longtime partner, Charles “Cookie” Cook, started dancing as pickaninnies in a vaudeville act called “Mammy and Her Picks.” During the […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Wall to wall of foreign names, of places that I’ve been Time and time and time again, I’ve long prayed for my dream The journey of my true return, my brothers... I STILL LONG FOR YOU performed by Miriam Makeba,
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