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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 30


Oscar Pettiford

1. Oscar Pettiford, was a jazz double bassist, cellist and composer known particularly for his pioneering work in bebop. 

In 1942 he joined the Charlie Barnet band and in 1943 gained wider public attention after recording with Coleman Hawkins on his “The Man I Love.” He also recorded with Earl Hines and Ben Webster around this time. He and Dizzy Gillespie led a bop group in 1943. In 1945 Pettiford went with Hawkins to California, where he appeared in The Crimson Canary, a mystery movie known for its jazz soundtrack, which also featured Josh White. He then worked with Duke Ellington from 1945 to 1948 and for Woody Herman in 1949 before working mainly as a leader in the 1950s.

As a leader he inadvertently discovered Cannonball Adderley. After one of his musicians had tricked him into letting Adderley, an unknown music teacher, onto the stand, he had Adderley solo on a demanding piece, on which Adderley performed impressively.

Cissy HoustonSweet Inspirations

2. Cissy Houston, a Grammy Award–winning American soul and gospel singer.    She led a very successful career as a backup singer for such artists as, Mahalia Jackson, Wishbone Ash and Aretha Franklin, and is now primarily a solo artist. She is the mother of singer and actress Whitney Houston and aunt of Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick.

In 1963, then about to give birth to daughter Whitney Houston, she formed the Sweet Inspirations which yielded the hits “Sweet Inspiration”, “I’m Blue”, “Why Am I Treated So Bad”.  Additional founding members were Doris Troy and niece Dee Dee Warwick. Later members (and the ones she recorded with on the Atlantic label) were Sylvia Shemwell, Estelle Brown and Myrna Smith. Throughout the mid-1960s, the group provided backup vocals for several artists, including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Otis Redding, The Drifters, Dusty Springfield, Jimi Hendrix, and Van Morrison (for “Brown Eyed Girl”). Houston is the operatic soprano in the background on Franklin’s hit, “Ain’t No Way”. The group also sang backup for Elvis Presley in Las Vegas on his return to live performances during July and August 1969, and for Cissy’s niece Dionne Warwick.  Houston left the Sweet Inspirations in 1969 to pursue a solo career

Johnny Mathis

3. Johnny Mathis, Pop music singer. Starting his career with singles of standards, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status, and 73 making the Billboard charts.  Johnny Mathis has sold 350 million records worldwide.

Z.Z. Hill

4. Z. Z. Hill (Arzell Hill),  blues singer, in the soul blues tradition, known for his 1970s and 1980s recordings for Malaco. His 1982 album, Down Home, stayed on the Billboard soul album chart for nearly two years.  The track “Down Home Blues” has been called the best-known blues song of the 1980s.  This track plus the songs  “Someone Else Is Steppin’ In”, and “Open House” have become R&B/Southern soul standards.

Elombe Brath

5. Elombe Brath, political activist,talk show host and co-founder of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition and cofounder of the first Naturally Natural (hair)beauty contest is born.

Frankie LymonFrankie Lymon and the teenagers

6. Frankie Lymon, R&B/Doo-Wop Musician. A native of the Harlem district of New York City, New York, Frank J. ‘Frankie’ Lymon was considered one of the first African-American teenage pop stars. The multi-talented Lymon formed the music group, ‘Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers,’ in 1956, at the age of 13, and installed himself as there lead singer. The other members of the group included Herman Santiago, Jimmy Merchant, and the late Joe Negroni and Sherman Garnes. The group soon released there debut single, ‘Why Do Falls In Love,’ which landed on the music charts and became a Top 40 hit.

Marilyn McCoo

7. Marilyn McCoo, Songstress (5th Dimensions) and later teamed with her husband Billy Davis Jr. they both were former members of the fifth Dimentions

Patrice Rushen

8. Patrice Rushen, a Grammy Award-winning R&B and jazz vocalist, composer and pianist.

Events In African American History For Sept 30


 

1. In 1750, Crispus Attucks escaped from his master in Framingham Mass.

2. In 1975, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight in the “Thrilla in Manilla”. Ali wins.

3. In 1975, Virgie Ammons patents fireplace damper actuator, “Inside the fireplace chimney is a device called a “Damper”.

4. In 1991, Mike Powell broke the long jump world record when he jumped 8.95 meters at a meet in Tokyo. The previous mark-8.90 meters-was set by Bob Beamon at the 1968 Olympics.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 29


Bryant Charles Gumble

1. Bryant Charles Gumble, television journalist and sportscaster. He is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC ‘s The Today Show.  He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg Gumbel.

Ken Norton jr.

2. Ken Norton Jr, a former American football linebacker in the National Football League, former USC Trojan football team Linebacker Coach and Assistant Head Coach for Defense, and is the current linebackers coach for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.  He was the first NFL player to win a Super Bowl ring in three consecutive years.  He is the son of the former heavyweight champion Ken Norton.

Devante Swing

3. Donald Earle DeGrate, Jr., better known by his stage name DeVante Swing, is a record producer, singer, rapper and songwriter. Swing rose to fame in the 1990s as the founding member of the trendsetting R&B group Jodeci, one of the more popular R&B acts of its time. Swing served as the main songwriter, producer, and leader of Jodeci which also featured his younger brother Dalvin DeGrate.

4. Gwendolyn L. “Gwen” Ifill,  journalist, television newscaster and author. She is the managing editor and moderator for Washington Week and a senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS. She is a political analyst, and moderated the 2004 and 2008 Vice Presidential debates. She is the author of the book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Events In African American History For Sept 29


 

1. In 1784, First African American Masonic lodge is established by Prince Hall. Hall headed lodge #459 and was referred to as  “Worshipful Master.” He would also become a leading figure in the struggle for African Americans rights during this early period in U.S. history.

2. In 1864, Powhatan Beaty, 25 yr. old Union soldier ran 600 Ft. through heavy Confederate fire to regain the Union Army colors and rally his troops to victory during the bloody battle of New Market Heights in Richmond, VA.

3. In 1891, Elijah McCoy Received Patent for Drip Cup

4. In 1942, The SS Booker T. Washington was an American Liberty ship laid down on 19 August 1942 and launched on 29 September. Of the 2,700 Liberty ships built, this was the first of 17 that were named after African Americans.

It is also notable that its first captain was Hugh Mulzac, who was the first African American to command a U.S.  Merchant Marine Ship.The ship had an integrated crew of 18 nationalities. Between 1942 and 1947, it had made 22 round trip voyages ferrying troops and supplies to Europe and the Pacific theatre.  The ship was sold to a private owner in 1947 and scrapped in 1969.

4. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy orders federal troops in to force the integration of the University of Mississippi..

5. In 1975, WGPR-TV Detroit, first Black-owned station in US, went on the air.

6. In 1979, Nobel  Prize In Economics,  William Arthur Lewis, Professor of Economics Princeton University, became the first African Ameican to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. This award represents the highest level of accomplishment for an economist.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 28


David walker's appeal

1. David Walker, He  published  “David Walker’s Appeal”  on his 44th Birthday. Walker is not recognized in school textbooks for his contribution to ending chattel slavery in the United States, yet many historians and liberation theologians cite Walker’s Appeal as an influential political and social document of the 19th century.  They credit Walker for exerting a radicalizing influence on the abolitionist movements of his day and beyond.

“They think because they hold us in their infernal chains of slavery, that we wish to be white, or of their color – but they are dreadfully deceived – we wish to be just as it please our Creator to have made us, and no avaricious and unmerciful wretches, have any business to make slaves of, or hold us in slavery.”

                                                               — The Appeal, Article 1, p. 14

Houston Stackhouse

2. Houston Stackhouse (Houston Goff), a pivotal figure on the Southern blues scene from the 1930s through the 1960s, having worked with numerous significant blues musicians during that period, mentoring more than a few. He was a familiar figure in the small country juke joints, mainly in Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee, and was highly respected among his fellow musicians.

Koko Taylor

4. Koko Taylor (Cora Walton), Chicago Based Blues Songstress (Wang Dang Doodle), She was known primarily for her rough, powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings.  She is known for her top 10 R&B hit “Wang Dang Doodle,” written by Willie Dixon.

Kenny Kirkland

5. Kenny Kirkland, Jazz Pianist and Keyboardist. He is most often associated with Sting, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Kenny Garrett.

Too $hort

6. Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by his stage name Too $hort, is a rapp artist who started his career at the age of fourteen in Oakland, California. Too $hort has sold about 11 million albums in the US alone with 17 albums released and an average of 600,000 copies per album.

Sean Levert

7. Sean Levert, (Levert) Rhythm and Blues Artist.  Levert was born in Cleveland, Ohio  and is the son of Eddie Levert, the lead singer of The O’Jays.  He formed the trio LeVert with older brother Gerald Levert and childhood friend Marc Gordon; together they scored several hits on the R&B charts in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1995, Sean launched a solo career with the album The Other Side on Atlantic Records.  The album yielded the charting singles “Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is” and “Same One”  that same year. Sean and Gerald Levert appeared in the film New Jack City (1991) Sean also played a part in the direct-to-video Dope Case Pending (2000).

Ray Emery

8. Raymond “Razor” Emery,  Professional ice hockey goaltender.  Emery has played with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2010-2011 season, Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Atlant Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).  He has been awarded multiple honors. Emery led the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007, making it the  Senators first trip to the finals since 1927.

Events In African American History For Sept 28


1. In 1829, Walker’s Appeal, antislavery pamphlet, published in Boston by David Walker.The Appeal denounced slavery and called for slave revolt.

2. In 1868, Opelousas Massacre, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Terrorists killed 200  Blacks although other reports put the number well over 300.

3. In 1897, J. H. Haines received Patent for Portable Basin

4. In 1961, Purlie Victorious, a play by playwright Ossie Davis, opened on Broadway.

5. In 1967, Walter E. Washington, Lawyer, became the first Black mayor of a major American city, Washington, DC.

I-1183 Update: The Taxes


Washington already have a 9.8% sales tax and tack on the 17% shake-down that the State will collect from retailers for selling the alcohol, comes to almost 27%.  

Also:  The proponents of this initiative didn’t find it important to mention that competition will drive the price down.  That’s exactly what we need, cheap alcohol readily available at any retail store.  

Foresight:  The parking lots will turn into venues for consuming alcohol.  “Meet me in the “you name it” parking lot for a quick drink”

Don’t think that just because it failed “I-1082” the last time, that it will also fail this time.  You must get out and vote and vote no on I-1183.  

Events In African American History For Sept 27


 

1. In 1876, Edward Mitchell Bannister upsets racist whites who believe blacks have no artistic skill by winning a bronze medal for a painting he displayed at the American Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

2. In 1877, John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.

3. In 1892, A. L. Lewis received Patent for Window cleaner.

4. In 1912, W.C. Handy published (Memphis Blues) the first Blues Song.

5. In 1915, Xavier University, the first Black Catholic college in the US, opens in New Orleans.

6. In 1950, Charles H. Houston awarded the Spingarn Medal posthumously for his pioneering work in developing the NAACP legal campaign.

7. In 1950, Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis in heavyweight championship fight in New York City.

8. In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize  for her book of poetry, Annie Allen. She was the first Black cited by the Pulitzer committee.

9. In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in mediating a conflict between Palestinians and the newly established Jewish state of Israel. Arabs had gone to war arguing the Jewish state had been established on land which rightfully belonged to the Palestinians.

10. In 1967, Washington D.C.’s Anacostia Museum dedicated to informing the community of contributions by African Americans to U.S. political, social, and cultural history, opens.

11. In 1969, Baby, I’m For Real” by the Originals is released, Until then the greatest piece of pure soul ever to come from Motown

12. In 1970, Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is the #1 pop single and Ross’ first #1 hit as a solo artist.

13. In 1973, Fashion Fair Cosmetics went on sale at Marshall Field’s, Chicago.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 27


Hiram Rhodes Revels

1. Hiram Roades Revels, was the first African American to serve in the United States Senate. Because he preceded any African American in the House, he was the first African American in the U.S. Congress as well. He represented Mississippi in 1870 and 1871 during Reconstruction. As of 2011, Revels is one of only six African Americans ever to have served in the United States Senate.

Greg Morris

2. Greg Morris, television and movie actor.Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Morris began his acting career in the 1960s making guest appearances on many TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and Ben Casey. In 1966, he was cast in his most recognizable role as the electronics expert Barney Collier in the TV series Mission: Impossible. Morris, Peter Lupus and Bob Johnson were the only actors to remain with the series throughout its entire run.  he went to see the film version of Mission: Impossible that starred Tom Cruise. The reports were that he disliked the movie so much (an opinion that was shared by several of his former co-stars) that he left the theater early. According to The Associated Press, he said of the movie: “It’s an abomination.”

Stephanie E. Pogue Cressent Moon

3. Stephanie Pogue, Was a Professor of art in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, Pogue taught printmaking and drawing and served as the Department’s Chair from 1993 to 1998.  A contemporary  painter and printmaker, Stephanie Pogue received her B.F.A. from Howard University, Washington DC (1963-1966), and her M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1968). She served as both a Professor and Gallery Director at Fisk University, Nashville, from 1968 to 1981.

Lil' Wayne

4. Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., better known by many as Lil Wayne, is Rapp Artist. Formerly a member of the rap group the Hot Boys, he joined the Cash Money Records collective as a teenager. Get It How U Live, released in 1997, was Lil Wayne’s first album with Hot Boys, and Tha Block is Hot, his solo debut, came out in 1999. After gaining fame with two other albums in the early 2000s, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004’s Tha Carter and its two subsequent albums Tha Carter II (2005) and Tha Carter III (2008).

Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius, Television show host and producer who is best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971-1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

Tamara Taylor, actress,  has made guest appearances on NCISNumb3rsLostCSI: MiamiWithout a TraceParty of Five and Dawson’s Creek. She portrayed Debrah Simmons in the 2005 romantic-comedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Taylor also had a brief role in Serenity, the movie conclusion of the TV series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Through her part in Serenity, Taylor was able to audition for a show with actor David Boreanaz, who had previously worked with Whedon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She also appeared in the TV series Lost, as the former girlfriend of Michael and mother of Walt.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 26


Ida Stephens Owens

1. Ida Stephens Owens, Biochemist, received a Ph.D. in Biology-Physiology from Duke University in 1967. At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), biochemist Dr. Ida Owens conducts studies in the genetics of detoxification enzymes

Lou Myers

2. Lou Myers, actor. Myers is typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he has appeared in many movies, stage plays, television sitcoms, and dramas. He got his first break as an understudy in the Broadway play, The First Breeze of Summer as Reverend Mosley. He is probably best known as the feisty Mr. Vernon Gaines in the sitcom A Different World. Myers is also an accomplished pianist.

Shawn Stockman

3. Shawn Stockman, R&B singer, best known as a member of the vocal group Boyz II Men.  He is also a judge on the television show The Sing-Off, alongside Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds.

Serena Williams

4. Serena Jameka Williams, Tennis Pro/Fashion Diva, professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002 and regained this ranking for the fifth time on November 2, 2009. She is considered to be one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time.  Her 27 Grand Slam titles places her ninth on the all-time list.  Williams has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles.  She has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history. Serena has played older sister Venus in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13. They have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. Beginning with the 2002 French Open, they played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, which was the first time in the open era that the same two players had contested four consecutive Grand Slam finals. The pair have won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together.

5. Christine Marié Flores, better known by her stage name Christina Milian, is an American recording artist, actress, dancer and model.  Although Milian is best known for her singing career, she originally wanted to be an actress. Her first lead role was in the 2003 film Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and subsequently had main roles in Be Cool and the horror film Pulse.

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