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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.  

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