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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.

Events In African American History For Sept 11

1. In 1959, Duke Ellington won Springarn Medal for his musical achievements.

2. In 1961, The Marvelettes make their chart debut with “Please, Mr. Postman”

3. In 1972 The New Bill Cosby variety hour Show,   made its debut  featuring Lola Falana on her 30th birthday.

4. In 1999, Serena Williams wins the U.S. Open Tennis Championship.

5. In 2001, To this date there is no information as to how many African Americans were killed at the world trade center, the Pentagon or on flight 93.

6.  In 2016,  Terrence LeDell Sterling, was fatally shot while unarmed and on a motorcycle by D.C. officer  Brian Trainer .

Events In African American History For Sept 09

1. In 1884, John R Lynch Presides over Republican National Convention

2. In 1915, The “Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson, leads the founding of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History during a meeting in Chicago. It was originally called the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The organization became the nation’s leading organizing center for the dissemination of information on black history. Woodson was also the founder of Negro History Week that grew into Black History Month.

3. In 1968, Arthur Ashe wins his way to became the first Black U. S. men’s Singles Tennis Champion when he won the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, defeating Tom Okker of the Netherlands at Forest Hills Stadium, New York.

4. In 1989, Rap Group 2 Live Crew makes its chart debut with  “As Nasty As They Wanna Be.”

5. In 1979, Robert Guillaume wins an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series for Soap.

On this date Terror struck African Americans

in 1962, Two churches burned near Sasser, Georgia. 

In 1957, Nashville’s new Hattie Cotton Elementary School with enrollment of 1 Black and 388 whites virtually destroyed by dynamite blast.

In 1957, Rev. F.L. Shuttlesworth mobbed when he attempted to enroll his daughters in “white” Birmingham school.

Events In African American History For Sept 08


1. In 1957, Althea Gibson, Tennis Champion, first Black to win a Major United States National championship when she won  the Wimbledon tennis championship.

2. In 1973, “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye top the charts.

3. In 1986, Oprah Winfrey Became first Black Female to host National Talkshow.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Aug 25

Althea Gibson

1. Althea Gibson,   was a World No. 1 American sportswoman who became the first African-American woman to be a competitor on the world tennis tour and the first to win a Grand Slam title in 1956. She is sometimes referred to as “the Jackie Robinson of tennis” for breaking the color barrier. Gibson was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority

Wayne Shorter

2. Wayne Shorter,  jazz saxophonist and composer, commonly regarded as one of the most important American jazz musicians of his generation. He is generally acknowledged to be jazz’s greatest living composer.  Shorter’s output within the field has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various commendations, including multiple Grammy Awards.[2] The virtuoso has recorded over 20 albums as a leader, and appeared on dozens more with others including Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the late 1950s, Miles Davis’s second great quintet in the 1960s and the jazz fusion band Weather Report, which Shorter co-led in the 1970s. Many of his compositions have become standards.

Walter Williams of o'jays

3. Walter Williams, singer, and is the baritone/bass multi-range vocalist of the R&B /pop/vocal group, The O’Jays. born in Canton, Ohio.
He met Eddie Levert currently god brother and music partner While attending high school, he met buddies William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. They were motivated to sing after seeing a performance from Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. They formed in 1958.

Oddibe McDowell

4. Oddibe McDowell, a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1985 to 1994 for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. McDowell was the first player to hit for the cycle for the Rangers when he accomplished that feat on July 23, 1985. Mark Teixeira, Gary Matthews, Jr., Ian Kinsler and Bengie Molina are the only other Rangers players to hit for the cycle.

Blair Underwood

5. Blair Underwood,  television and film actor. He is perhaps best known as headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins from the NBC legal drama L.A. Law, a role he portrayed for seven years. He has gained critical acclaim throughout his career, receiving numerous Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and 1 Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment and was in NBC’s The Event.

Albert Belle

6. Albert Belle, former American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and Baltimore Orioles. Standing at 6’2 and weighing in at 225 lbs, Albert was one of the leading sluggers of his time, and in 1995 he became the first player to hit 50 doubles and 50 home runs in a single season.

Belle was also considered a model of consistency, compiling a .295 career batting average, averaging 37 home runs and 120 RBI a season over the ten main years of his major league career from 1991 to 2000. Belle is also one of only six players in major league history to have nine consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

Events In African American History For August 01

1. In 1619, Slavery in America began with landing of twenty Africans at Jamestown, Virginia. The twenty Blacks were accorded the status of indentured servants.

2. In 1834, Slavery declared unlawful in British Empire.

3. In 1873, Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., Carolina is founded. Bennett is one of the over 100 Historical Black College and Universities in America, and one of only two that specifically educate women.

4. In 1879, Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first African American to graduate from a nursing school when she graduated from the nursing program at the New England Hospital for Women and Children.

5. In 1899, W. Purdy Received Patent for Device for sharpening edged tools

6. In 1909, Mechanics and Farmers Bank in Durham, N. C., opened for business. It is an African-American savings and loan institution.

7. In 1925, The National Bar Association is formed

8. In 1936, Benjamin E. Mays, who has been called “the greatest school master of his generation,” named president of Morehouse College.

9. In 1944, Adam Clayton Powell elected first Black congressman

10. In 1964, Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, becomes first Black person named to the US Davis Cup team

11. In 1979, James Patterson Lyke installed as auxiliary bishop of the Cleveland diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

12. In 2016,  Korryn Gaines, Was killed by swat team after braking in the looked door to sever a warrant for traffic tickets. Her son was also shot but he survived.   The Family was awarded 38 million but was later overturned Judge Mickey Norman.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 17

1. Thomas Ezekiel Miller, politician, educator, and lawyer. An African-American from South Carolina, he was a prominent leader in the struggle for civil rights in the American South during and after Reconstruction. He was a school commissioner, state legislator, U.S. Representative, lawyer, and college president.

2. James Weldon Johnson, author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.  The first Black executive of the NAACP, Co-authored with his brother John Rosamond Johnson the Black National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing).

3. Robert C. Maynard, newspaper editor, publisher, writer, and social commentator. (Oakland Tribune)

4. Kevin Thornton, Rhythm and Blues Artist (Color Me Badd)

5. Venus Williams,  professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and currently ranked World No. 29 in singles and World No. 20 in doubles as of 2011. Considered as one of the greatest women’s tennis players ever,  she has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first black woman to achieve this feat during the open era.

Her 21 Grand Slam titles ties her for twelfth on the all time list  and is more than any other active female player except for her younger sister Serena Williams. Venus Williams’ titles consist of: seven in singles, twelve in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. Those seven Grand Slam singles titles ties her with four other women for twelfth place on the all-time list. Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list. Venus Williams is one of only three women in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships through the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held. She is one of only five women in the open era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches.

Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm “V Starr Interiors” located in Jupiter, Florida. Williams’s company designed the set of the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, the Olympic athletes’ apartments as part of New York City’s failed bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, and residences and businesses in the Palm Beach, Florida area.

In 2001, Williams was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal.

In 2007, Williams teamed with retailer Steve & Barry’s to launch her own fashion line EleVen.

In August 2009, Venus Williams became part-owners of the Miami Dolphins with sister Serena Williams.

6. Herculeez, Rapp Artist-Actor (Herculeez and Big Tyme)

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