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Fri, 16.08.2019

Impressionist Allan Freelon Sr. born

*Allan Freelon Sr. was born on this date in 1895. He was an African American artist(Impressionist), educator and civil rights activist.    Allan Randall Freelon Srwas born in Philadelphia to Douglas Freelon and Laura E. (Goodwin) Freelon, a “middle-class family,the oldest of three children.  He attended the South Philadelphia High School for Boys, followed by a four-year scholarship to the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art,now […]

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Tue, 02.07.2019

A first in Black portrait Art, Joshua Johnson

*The birth of Joshua Johnson in c.1763 is celebrated on this date.  He was a black artist (painter) from the Baltimore areaof African and European ancestry.   Joshua Johnson was the son of George Johnson, a white man, and a black slave woman whose name was undocumented.  His father purchased his son from his mother’s owner for 25 pounds and promised to […]

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Sat, 15.06.2019

Theater/Arts and E-12 education, Lewis Whitlock

Lewis Whitlock, educator, choreographer, producer shares his views on the important unused value of the Arts in education

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Tue, 07.05.2019

Dancer, Norma Miller born

*Norma Miller was born on this date in 1919.  She was an African American lindy hop dancer, choreographer, actress, author, and comedian known as the “Queen of Swing”.   Norma Miller was born in Harlem, New York into mother Alma and father Norman, a soldier, both from Bridgetown, Barbados. She was named after her father, who died from pneumonia a month before her birth. […]

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Tue, 07.05.2019

Career Advice, Dance, Toni Pierce-Sands

Dancer (retired), instructor, artistic director and arts entrepreneur Toni Pierce-Sands shares dance career advice for youth

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Fri, 22.03.2019

Treasured Career moments in Intersecting Hip Hop in Education, Devon Glover

Devon Glover, Spoken Word Artist, Educator and shares two treasured career moments Intersecting Hip Hop in Education.

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Sat, 09.03.2019

Willie Best, Actor born

*Willie Best was born on this date in 1916.  sometimes known as Sleep n’ Eat, he was an African American television and film actor. A native of Sunflower, Mississippi, William “Willie” Bestcame to Hollywood, California as a chauffeur for a vacationing white couple. He decided to stay in the region and began his performing career with a traveling show in southern California. He was regularly employed […]

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Wed, 29.08.2018

Creative Placemakers, Daren Hill

Daren Hill, artist, visual explorer, art entrepreneur shares his definition of Creative Placemakers

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Mon, 30.07.2018

Franklin meets Charlie Brown in Peanuts

*On this date in 1968, Franklin appeared in the Peanuts cartoon. He was the first African American character used by Charles Shultz the cartoonist creator of Peanuts. In the episode Charlie Brown had lost his beach ball, it was found and returned to him by a boy named Franklin.  The episode ended with the two proceeding […]

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Sat, 21.07.2018

Jalal Nuriddin born

*Jalal Nuriddin was born on this date in 1944. He was an African American poet and musician. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin was born Lawrence Padilla in the Fort Greene housing project in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth, Nuriddin ran with a local gang, the Fort Greene Chaplains, they fought a street rivalry with the Bed-Stuy […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

This is an African worm but then a worm in any land is still a worm. It will not stride, run, stand up before butterflies, who have passed their worm-like... THIS IS AN AFRICAN WORM by Margaret Danner.
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