Posts in category "African American History"

Freedom isn't Free

Freedom isn't Free
This July 4th has new meaning for me, first I have a son now so I think of his future and look back to the ancestors whom helped us get this far. Pictured is my grandfather who fought in World World I, not only did he defend his country, he defended his family, originally from... Read more »

20 Years Since the Death Of R&B Diva Phyllis Hyman

20 Years Since the Death Of R&B Diva Phyllis Hyman
For those of us that are music fans there are moments in your life you can measure because a favorite artist died. The first time it happened to me was April 1, 1984 with the death of Motown legend Marvin Gaye, despite that I was eight years old I knew who Marvin was and was... Read more »

The Coronation of Hyde Park & The Barack Obama Library

The Coronation of Hyde Park & The Barack Obama Library
Early this morning I heard the official news that the Barack Obama Foundation has selected Chicago’s south side, specifically Hyde Park. For me growing up (and to this day), as a native south sider, Hyde Park is a special place. It’s the crown jewel of the south side. It’s where you took people from out... Read more »
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20 Years Since The Movie Friday

20 Years Since The Movie Friday
April 26th marks the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of the movie “Friday”. The urban comedy starred West Coast rapper Ice Cube, upcoming comedians Chris Tucker & Angela Means, veteran comedians John Witherspoon & the late Bernie Mac featured upcoming stars Nia Long and Faizon Love. And last but not least the young but... Read more »

20 Years Since The Death Of Easy E

20 Years Since The Death Of Easy E
In every music genre there’s moments of significant loss. Rock N Roll has “The Day Music Died”, February 3, 1959, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and JP “The Big Bopper”  Richardson died in a plane crash. There’s the losses of Jimi Hendrix & Janis Joplin in my mother’s generation in the fall of 1970. And for... Read more »

50 Years Since Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery Marches

50 Years Since Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery Marches
This weekend (March 7th), marks 50 years since the first of the Selma voting rights act marches in Alabama. The first march was the worst marked as “Bloody Sunday” as the marchers were beaten by police as they approached the now infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge. Two days later another march from Selma to Montgomery (54... Read more »
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50 Years Since the Death of Malcolm X (Malik El Shabazz)

50 Years Since the Death of Malcolm X (Malik El Shabazz)
Its was on February 21, 1965 that Malcolm X (aka Malcolm Little, aka El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), was shot and killed at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. This weekend marks 50 years since that fateful day on 165th Street and it was nice to see some of the new reports making note... Read more »

The Evolution Of Celebrating African American History Month

The Evolution Of Celebrating African American History Month
I’ve known the name Carter G Woodson my whole life, not that I’m that great of a African American history scholar but that was the name of the local Chicago Public Library at 95th & Halsted. Its a wonderful regional library by the way, spent a lot of time there growing up. Carter G. Woodson... Read more »

150 Years Since The US House Passed the Thirteenth Amendment

150 Years Since The US House Passed the Thirteenth Amendment
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” And 150 years ago today (January 31, 1865), the United States House Of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment making those words the law... Read more »
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I Wish I Could Have Met Some of The South Side's Renaissance Men

I Wish I Could Have Met Some of The South Side's Renaissance Men
I wish I could have met some of the old school south side Chicago renaissance men, I’ll start off with the late Dempsey J. Travis. He passed in 2009 but I heard of him most of my life, he was a south side icon and now that I’m grown I know we shared three loves,... Read more »
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