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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 30

1. Lena Horne, Singer/Actress/and legendary beauty (Stormy Weather, Cabin In The Sky, The Whiz)

2. Thomas Sowell, economist, social and conservative political commentator, and author of dozens of books that never reached any best seller list. He often writes as an advocate of laissez-faire economics. He is currently a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

3. Ted Ross, actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in The Wiz. He won a Tony Award for the original 1975 Broadway production, and went on to recreate the role in the 1978 film version which also starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Ross went on to appear in the films Arthur and Police Academy, and on the television sitcoms The Jeffersons, Benson, The Cosby Show, and its spin-off A Different World. His final role was in the 1991 film The Fisher King.

4. Stanley Clarke, jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and electric bass guitar as well as for his numerous film and television scores. He is best known for his work with the fusion band Return to Forever, and his role as a bandleader in several trios and ensembles.

5. David Alan Grier, actor and comedian known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.

6. Paris K.C. Barclay, a two-time Emmy winning television director and producer. He has directed over 100 episodes of television to date, for series including NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, CSI, Lost, The Shield, House M.D., Law & Order, Monk, Numb3rs, City of Angels, Cold Case, and more recently The Mentalist, Weeds, Sons of Anarchy, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, In Treatment, and Glee.

7. Ronald Winans, Gospel singer who gained fame as a member of The Winans. He was a member of The Winans, which consisted of Ron and three of his younger brothers: Marvin, Carvin and Michael. The Winans were discovered by Andrae Crouch. They released their first album in 1981, entitled Introducing The Winans.

8. Al Newman, former infielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos (1985–1986), Minnesota Twins (1987–1991) and Texas Rangers (1992). Newman was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed.[1]

9. Mike Tyson, retired boxer. Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer, to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. He won the WBC title when he was 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old, after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. Throughout his career, Tyson became well-known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior both inside and outside the ring.

10. Fantasia Barrino, R&B/soul singer, Broadway and television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards.


Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 29

1. Emma Azalia Smith Hackley, classical singer, social worker, writer, philanthropist, and activist who championed the use of African-American spirituals as a tool for social change.

2. James Van Der Zee, photographer whose portraits chronicled the Harlem Renaissance.

3. Lloyd Richards, film, theater, and video director, In 1966, Richards became head of the actor training program at New York University’s School of the Arts. He was also Professor of Theater and Cinema at Hunter College in New York City before he was tapped to become dean of the Yale University School of Drama in 1979, and Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory Theater.

4. Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), one of the most effective and best-known activists in the Civil Rights movement,

5. Eva Narcissus Boyd (Little Eva), Singer (The Locomotion)

6. Michael Anthony “Mike” Nutter, Philadelphia’s third African American mayor, and Philadelphia is currently the largest city in the United States with an African American mayor. Elected on November 6, 2007, he was sworn in on January 7, 2008.

7. Stedman Pearson, Rhythm and Blues Artist singer and dancer, most notable for being a member of the pop group Five Star with his four siblings.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 28

1. Howard Drew, track and field athlete who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. Drew went on to become a Lawyer and later a Judge.

2. Ruth Attaway, actress, best known for her work in theater. She debuted on Broadway in 1936 and went on to work on various stages, on and off Broadway, for over 40 years. Attaway was the first director in the New York Players Guild. She also has experience working in radio and on television. When not acting, she worked for the American Red Cross and for the state of New York.

3. David (Honey Boy) Edwards, Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South. As of December 2009, Honeyboy Edwards, at age 94, and his close friend Pinetop Perkins (age 96) are the oldest Delta blues players still touring the United States. Edwards received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on January 31, 2010.

4. Tichina Arnold, actress and singer . She is known for her roles as Pamela James on the Fox sitcom Martin from August 1992 until May 1997, and as the matriarch Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris from September 2005 until May 2009. She also played the recurring role of Nicole Barnes on the television series One on One. Recent Stage credit includes The Wiz Revival at the NY City Center as the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 27

1. Paul Laurence Dunbar, short story writer, talented and versatile, succeeded in two worlds. So adept at writing verse in Black English that he will become known as the “poet of his people,” while also cultivating a white audience that appreciated the brilliance and value of his work. “Majors and Minors” (1895), Dunbar’s second collection of verse, will be a remarkable work containing some of his best poems in both Black and standard English.

2. Ruby Middleton Forsythe, educator from Charleston, SC. She began teaching in a one-room school on Pawley’s Island, the only educational facility available to Black people on the island.

3. Carl Holman, civil rights leader and president of the National Urban Coalition (1971-88) who promoted the need for a mutual partnership between industry and government to foster inner-city development.

4. Andrew Foster, Educator and administrator for the deaf.

5. Dr. Caldwell McCoy, Jr., Electrical engineer, served in the United States Air Force where he was a combat pilot with the Strategic Air Command.

6. Lucille Clifton, poet and author, From 1971 to 1974, she was poet-in-residence at Coppin State College, and in 1979, she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Maryland.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 26

1.  Gertrude E. Rush, an African-American attorney and activist.

2. William Lee Conley (Big Bill) Broonzy, Bluesman (House Rent Stomp)

3. Robert Louis Thompson, painter and one of the youngest black artists of his day to gain fame in the United States.

4. Billy Davis Jr., Singer (Fifth Deminsions)

5. Lloyd Newton, Air Force general, member the the famous Thunderbirds, the first African American pilot to join that elite team (retired), educator, and administrator.

6. Jean Knight, Soul, R&B and Funk singer, best known for her 1971 Stax Records hit single, “Mr. Big Stuff.”

7. Bernard Anthony Harris, Jr., former NASA astronaut. On February 9, 1995, Harris became the first African American to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk), during the second of his two Space Shuttle flights.

8. Derek Jeter, professional baseball player. He is a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has played his entire career for the New York Yankees. He has served as the Yankees’ team captain since 2003.   Jeter’s presence in the Yankees’ lineup, highlighted by his hitting prowess, played an instrumental role in the team’s late 1990s dynasty.

Troy Built 2600 max PSI pressure washer Model LB2600 XP Series

My wife purchased this machine from lowes in Lakewood, WA.  It was a Father’s Day gift.   I chose this one with the Honda engine as opposed to the 2700 psi with a B/S engine.

It seems to do the job and perform as expected.  However,  I can’t figure out why an engineer would suggest having that  thread type on the outlet for the pressure hose.  It seems to me that the more thread the tighter and more secure the fit.  But, for some reason they chose to eliminate the thread on either side of the outlet, leaving ample opportunity to mis-thread the hose while installing it.   It only take one time to gaul the thread, its aluminum as well as the hose connection.

The manual states to take the hose off when not in use which is a good idea since the hose extends pass the chassis and one bump will also cause some problems.

Another problem I have is the soap/Cleaner dispensers.  The hoses hang so low that they will easily snag and could come undone.   I fashioned a zip tie so as not to crimp or bend the hose.  It worked out fine, but then one of  the off/on valves got knocked off.   Seems that the unit could be raised up 3-4 inches.   FYI, I mentioned the hose dilema to a clerk at lowes and he suggested that I wrap the access around the pump.  NOT! a good idea.   I would have never thought of doing that because the pump gets very hot and thats not good for a plastic hose.   I haven’t used any soap or cleaner with this machine.  I’ll update when I do.

I attempted to update my comments about this machine at but it informed me that I had already rated this machine and apparently updates are not allowed.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 25

1. Clifton Chenier, Zydeco King (Black Snake Blues)

2. James Howard Meredith, the first Black person to be admitted to the University of Mississippi.

3. Eddie Floyd, Soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song “Knock on Wood” and “California Girl”

4. Willis Reed, professional basketball player for the New York Knicks after graduating from Grambling State University. An All-Star in his first seven professional years (1964-71), he will lead the New York Knicks to their first-ever title in 1970.

5. Jimmy Walker, Actor\Comedian Good Times

6. Dikembe Mutombe, professional basketball player, last playing for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He was the oldest player in the NBA at the time of his most recent season.

7.  Mel Waiters  (Hole In The Wall) was an American R&B singer born in San Antonio, Texas. In the early 1970s, he began singing in the church choir and nightclubs. Additionally, he was a radio DJ and entertainer on military bases around this time. In the mid 1990s, he achieved national fame with his first single “Hit It and Quit It.” He gave the only copy of his new CD, the soon-to-be “Got My Whiskey,” to Tommy Couch Jr. at Malaco Records in Jackson, Mississippi and was subsequently brought onto the label. Waiters became popular on the blues festival and touring circuit in the south, and was known for songs about partying and romance. In 1999, his fourth album “Material Things” made it to the Billboard Top 100 R&B charts. He claimed that Teddy Pendergrass was the main influence on his singing style. Waiters was featured in a cover story of the February 2007 issue of “Living Blues” magazine, and on May 28, 2015, Mel Waiters died of cancer.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 24

1. Portia May White, Singer who achieved international fame because of her voice and stage presence. Her popularity helped to open previously closed doors for talented blacks who followed.

2. Oscar Howard, businessman, activist, and minister. In 1956, he opened his own business, Howard’s Catering Co., which managed cafeterias in a number of industrial complexes in the state of Minnesota. In the mid-1960s, Howard took part in the “War On Poverty” program which provided home delivered meals to elderly residents in the inner-city of Minneapolis and St. Paul; some 62,000 were served during that summer.

3. Sam Jones, professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics after graduating from North Carolina Central College. Five time NBA All Star, inducted into the Basketball Hall of fame in 1983.

4. Garland Green, soul singer and pianist. (Let The Good Times Roll)

5. George Stanford Brown, Actor-Director, TV series, “The Rookies,” and the mini-series “Roots.” directed “The Jesse Owens Story,” “In Defense of Kids,” “Ava’s Magical Adventure” and many others. In 1980, he starred in the highly successful Stir Crazy opposite Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. He also had a supporting role in yet another miniseries North & South in 1985 as Grady.

6. Solange Knowles, who performs under the mononym Solange, is an American recording artist, actress and model. Knowles was born and raised in Houston, Texas along with her older sister singer Beyoncé.

7.  Danielle Spencer,  is without a doubt best known for her role as the sarcastic adolescent “Dee Thomas” on the 1970s sitcom  ‘What’s Happening!’ and then in the later ‘What’s Happening Now.’

This is my garden 2011

Strawberries, Peppers, Rasberries, Tomatoes, Peas and Potatoes.  Gonna be a good year.



2011 peppers are coming right along

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