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Fri, 02.02.2024

Mercedes Ellington, Dancer born

*Mercedes Ellington was born on this date in 1939. She is a Black Dancer and choreographer.  Mercedes Ellington was born in New York City to Ruth Silas Batts, trumpet player and conductor Mercer Ellington, son of composer and bandleader Duke Ellington. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Louise Petgrave Silas and Alfred Silas, who enrolled her in dance […]

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Fri, 02.02.2024

Maurice Hines, Dancer, Singer, and Choreographer born.

*Maurice Hines was born on this date in 1943. He was a Black actor, director, singer, and choreographer. He was Gregory Hines’ older brother. Maurice Robert Hines Jr. was born in New York City to a Catholic couple, Alma Iola (Lawless) and Maurice Robert Hines Sr., a dancer, musician, and actor. Hines began his career […]

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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

Matthew Beard Jr., Child Actor born.

*Matthew Beard Jr. was born on this date in 1925. He was a Black child actor. Beard was born near Los Angeles, California, to Matthew Beard Sr. and Johnnie Mae Beard (née Clay). His father was the founding pastor of the Beloved Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. Beard previously played baby parts […]

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Wed, 27.12.2023

Allen Hoskins, Child Actor born.

*Allen Hoskins was born on this date in 1920. He was a Black child actor and rehabilitation counselor.   Allen Clayton Hoskins was born in Boston, but his parents, Clayton H. Hoskins and Florence A. Fortier Hoskins, moved the family to Los Angeles, and in 1922, his acting career began. His younger sister Jannie also appeared […]

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Wed, 20.12.2023

Andre Braugher, Actor born.

*Andre Braugher was born on this date in 1962. He was a Black actor. Andre Keith Braugher was born in Chicago, the youngest of four children born to Sally, a postal worker, and Floyd Braugher, a heavy equipment operator. He lived in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep […]

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Sat, 16.12.2023

LeRoy Foster, Artist born

*LeRoy Foster was born on this date in 1925. He was a Black Gay painting artist. Foster was born in Detroit and lived there his entire life, except for a brief time when he studied Art in Europe in the 1940s. Foster began drawing at age five or six and was an exceptional art student, recognized by teachers […]

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Sat, 16.12.2023

Philip Simmons, Artist born.

*Philip Simmons was born on this date in 1912. He was a Black artisan and blacksmith specializing in the craft of ironwork. Philip Simmons was born in Daniel Island, South Carolina. His grandparents raised him before being sent to Charleston in 1920 to live with his mother when he was 8. Simmons resided on Vernon Street and […]

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Sat, 16.12.2023

Radcliffe Bailey, Mixed-Media Artist born

*Radcliffe Bailey was born on this date in 1968. He was a Black contemporary visual artist noted for mixed-media, painting, and sculpture works. Radcliffe Bailey was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey. At age four, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia. His interest in Art began with childhood visits to the High Museum of Art and drawing classes Bailey […]

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Wed, 06.12.2023

Treasured Career Moments as a Music Educator, Douglas Ewart

Douglas Ewart is a musician, composer, instrumentalist, sculptor, and musical instrument maker. In this segment, he shares a past class project he instructed with students.

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Fast breaks, Lay up, With Mercury’s Insignia on our sneakers, We outmaneuvered the footwork Of bad angels. Nothing but a hot Swish of strings like silk Ten feet out. ... SLAM, DUNK, & HOOK by Yusef Komunyakaa.
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