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Sun, 20.11.2022

The American Society of African Culture, a story

*On this date in 1957, we celebrate the American Society of African Culture (AMSAC). AMSAC was an organization of African American writers, artists, and scholars. The society was founded because of the Congress of Negro Writers and Artists in 1956 based on the idea of the French fr: Société Africaine de culture. In the summer of 1957, five […]

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Sun, 13.11.2022

Bobb Vann, Artist born

*Bobb Vann was born on this date in 1939. He is a Black artist, teacher, and lecturer. Vann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Timothy and Eleanor (Ashford) Vann. He started drawing at age six and, after high school, was a student at the Philadelphia College of Art from 1959-1962. Vann worked as a […]

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Thu, 27.10.2022

Blackface in America, a story

*Blackface in America is affirmed on this date in 1441. Blackface is a form of theatrical or media makeup. It is used mainly by white performers to portray a caricature of a black person of African descent. There is no agreement about a single moment that constitutes the origin of blackface. The journalist and cultural […]

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Sun, 09.10.2022

The Gospel at Colonus Premiers

*On this date in 1983, the Gospel at Colonus premiered.  This production is an African American musical version of Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus at Colonus.   It premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival until December 1983. The following year it received a production at the Arena Stage in Washington DC, running from November 23, 1984 […]

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Sun, 09.10.2022

Gordon Heath, Actor born

*Gordon Heath was born on this date in 1918. He was a Black Gay actor and musician. Heath was born in New York City, his parents only child. His father, Cyril Gordon Heath, had emigrated from Barbados to the US, where he met and married Hattie Hooper. Young Heath showed an early talent for music and art but opted […]

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Sun, 09.10.2022

Robert E. Jones, Actor born

*Robert E. Jones was born on this date in 1910. He was a Black actor and professional boxer. Robert Earl Jones was born in n Senatobia, or Coldwater, Mississippi, the son of Robert and Elnora Jones. He left school early to work as a sharecropper to help his family. Jones later became a prizefighter. Under the name […]

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Sun, 09.10.2022

LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club Opens

*La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club opened on this date in 1961. Also known as La MaMa ETC, they are an Off-Off-Broadway theatre founded by Ellen Stewart, theatre director, producer, and fashion designer. Located in Manhattan’s East Village, the theatre began in the basement boutique where Stewart sold her fashion designs. Stewart turned the space into […]

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Sun, 09.10.2022

Ellen Stewart, Theater Director and Producer born

*Ellen Stewart was born on this date in 1919. She was a Black theatre director and producer, and theater owner. From Alexandria, Louisiana, Stewart said that her father was a tailor from Louisiana, her mother was a teacher, and they divorced during her youth. Her family then moved to Chicago, Illinois. She moved to New […]

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Mon, 05.09.2022

James ‘Chip’ Thomas, Doctor and Artist born

*The birth of James “Chip” Thomas is celebrated on this date in 1945. He is a Black doctor and mural artist. Dr. Thomas graduated from the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in 1983. He works in TONALEA, AZ, and two other locations and specializes in Family Medicine. Dr. Thomas […]

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Thu, 01.09.2022

Cleavon Little, Actor born

*Cleavon Little was born on this date in 1939. He was a Black stage, film, and television actor. Cleavon Jake Little was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the son of Malachi Little and DeEtta Jones Little. He was the brother of singer DeEtta Little West; he had another sister, Rosemarie Little Martin, and two brothers, Everett […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

They say you were a farmer, I never heard your voice, I heard you were the oldest child, Did you ever have a choice? Did you ever have a... OLLIE by Clementine Pigford
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