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Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen – Black History Month

Debbie Allen hit it big in 1980, starring in a Broadway revival of West Side Story. Her performance gained her a Tony nomination and landed her a role as a dance instructor in the movie Fame (1980). The film developed right into a successful television spin-off in 1982, in which Allen co-starred and won three …

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Benjamin Banneker - Black History Month

Benjamin Banneker – Black History Month

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731, in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland. An absolutely free black who owned a farm near Baltimore. Banneker was mainly self-educated in astronomy by watching the stars and in mathematics by reading borrowed textbooks. Quote The colour of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind …

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Aaliyah Haughton - Black History Month

Aaliyah Haughton – Black Histon Month

Brooklyn-born Aaliyah Dana Haughton began voice lessons soon after she learned to talk. Determined to be a star, she signed an agreement with Jive Records at the age of 12 and became well known in 1994. On her way home from a music video shoot in 2001, a plane crash killed Aaliyah and eight members …

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Patricia Bath - Black History Month

Patricia Bath – Black History Month

Born in Harlem, New York, on November 4, 1942, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention …

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Chadwick Boseman - Black History Month

Chadwick Boseman – Black History Month

Given birth to in South Carolina in 1982, Chadwick Boseman went on to have a prosperous stage profession being an actor, writer and director. During the mid-2000s, Boseman made an appearance on TV in numerous guest spots and landed reoccurring roles on the shows Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown. Having been the lead on the …

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Allen Allensworth - Black History Month

Allen Allensworth – Black History Month

Allen Allensworth was given birth to in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 7, 1842, within the slavery system of the antebellum South. At the behest of his mother Phyllis, he learned to read from their master’s son. It was discovered and Allensworth was sent to a Quaker household, eventually sold through the Louisville estate in the …

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Alvin Ailey - Black History Month

Alvin Ailey – Black History Month

Alvin Ailey was a choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. His most well-known dance is Revelations, a celebratory study of religious spirit. Ailey received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. One year later, on December 1, 1989, Ailey died of AIDS in New York City. Early on in Life Born …

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Cedric the Entertainer - Black History Month

Cedric the Entertainer – Black History Month

Cedric the Entertainer appeared on It’s Showtime at the Apollo in 1992 and soon after on Def Comedy Jam. In 1994, he received BET’s Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award. Landing his first acting role on The Steve Harvey Show in 1996 and was featured in Spike Lee’s The Original Kings of Comedy. He …

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Jean-Michel Basquiat - Black History Month

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Black History Month

Jean-Michel Basquiat first attracted attention for his graffiti under the name “SAMO” in New York City. Prior to his painting career became popular, he sold sweatshirts and postcards showcasing his artwork on the streets. Quote “I am not a black artist, I am an artist.” ~Jean-Michel Basquiat” Early On In Life Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was …

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Ira Aldridge - Black History Month

Ira Aldridge – Black History Month

Ira Aldridge acted with the African Grove Theatre before making his 1833 London debut as Othello. Aldridge became a renowned thespian, touring countries like Austria and Russia and earning the nickname “African Roscius.” He also used his fame to call for slavery’s end. He died on August 7, 1867, while in Poland. Given birth to …

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Dwight David Howard - Black History Month

Dwight Howard – Black History Month

Dwight David Howard Jr. was a high school standout at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. Dwight selected to go without college and declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, where he was selected first by Orlando Magic. He became an instant driver of the franchise’s success, winning several awards for scoring, rebounding and defensive play. After …

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Lorraine Hansberry - Black History Month

Lorraine Hansberry – Black History Month

A Raisin in the Sun, a play about a struggling black family, which opened on Broadway to great success. Lorraine Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer. …

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Queen Latifah - Black History Month at Durwin Randle's Blog

Queen Latifah – Black History Month

Queen Latifah was given birth to on March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey. Her debut album All Hail to the Queen sold greater than 1 million copies, and the single “U.N.I.T.Y” attained Latifah her very first Grammy Award. Latifah earned her first Oscar nomination (best supporting actress) for her performance in the blockbuster musical …

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Chaka Khan - The Best of Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan – Singer Of Funk – Part 2

Read: Part 1 Success as a Solo Artist While she recorded with Rufus until the early 1980s, Chaka made an impressive debut as a solo artist in the late 1970s. In 1978, she released Chaka, which featured the hit “I’m Every Woman,” which was written by Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. In an odd twist …

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Chaka Chan - Singer of Soul Funk

Chaka Khan – Singer Of Soul Funk – Part 1

Read: Part 2 The singer Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953, in Great Lakes, Illinois. She achieved great success as part of the soul-funk band Rufus, including hits like “Tell Me Something Good” and “Sweet Thing.” Embarking on a solo career in the late ’70s with tunes like “I’m Every Woman,” “I Feel …

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Eubie Blake - Ragtime Pianist and Composer

Eubie Blake – Ragtime Pianist and Composer

Eubie Blake was born in Maryland on February 7, 1883. He became ragtime pianist and composer for American musicals. Eubie entered into a partnership with singer-songwriter Noble Sissle in 1915; the two would work together on the 1921 musical Shuffle Along, featuring the mega-hit "I'm Just Wild About Harry." Blake composed hundreds of songs and …

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Duke Ellington - History of Jazz Music

Duke Ellington – Black History Month

Born on April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. Duke Ellington, a major figure in the history of jazz music, his career spanned more than half a century, during which time he composed thousands of songs for the stage, screen and contemporary songbook. He created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in Western music and …

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Eugene Allen - Black History Month

Eugene Allen – Black History Month

Born on July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, Virginia, Eugene Allen was in fact a African-American butler who served under eight U. S. presidents, including Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. Eugene witnessed firsthand some of history’s major events, as well as the changing perspectives on race in political arenas. Growing up during …

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Angela Davis - Scholar, Civil Rights Activist

Angela Davis – Black History Month

Angela Davis is best known as a radical African American educator, activist for civil rights and issues surrounding the private prisons. She is currently a professor at the Unversity of California-Santa Cruz, a job she was once fired from for ties to communism. In 1970, she was imprisoned for charges related to her involvement with …

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Gordon Parks - Black History Month

Gordon Parks – Black History Month

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was given birth to on November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas. His father, Jackson Parks, was a veggie farmer, and the family lived modestly. Parks encountered cut-throat discrimination as a child. He went to a segregated elementary school and has not been permitted to get involved in activities at …

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