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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 26


1. Mahalia Jackson,  gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel”.  Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world, and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist; entertainer Harry Belafonte called her “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”.   She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers.

In this Video She Sings Trouble of the World in the movie “imitations Of Life”

2. Edward Brooke, U.S. Senator 1967–1979, Republican from Massachusetts.  Politician and was the first African American to be elected by popular vote to the United States Senate[1] when he was elected as a Republican from Massachusetts in 1966, defeating his Democratic opponent,Endicott Peabody, 60.7%–38.7%. He was also the first African American elected to the Senate since the 19th century, when selection came from state legislatures, and would remain the only person of African heritage sent to the Senate in the 20th century until Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1993, and was the last Republican Senator elected from Massachusetts until the 2010 election of Scott Brown. He is also the only African American reelected to the Senate.

3. William (Bootsy) Collins, Musician (Bootsy’s Rubber Band/Parliament),  funk bassist, singer, and songwriter. Rising to prominence with James Brown in the late 1960s, and with Parliament-Funkadelic in the ’70s, Collins’s driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk.  Collins is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

4. Vice Admiral Regina Marcia Benjamin, USPHS, physician who serves as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States.   Dr. Benjamin previously directed a nonprofit primary care medical clinic in Bayou La Batre,Alabama.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 24


1. Kweisi Mfume (Frizzell Gerald Gray), Activist, Former NAACP President, five-term Democratic Congressman from Maryland’s 7th congressional district, serving in the 100th through 104th Congress.

2. Perry Lee Tavares, R&B Artist,  a member of  the Grammy award winning  R&B, funk and soul music group Tavares composed of five  brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

3. Monica Denise Arnold, professionally known as Monica, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Arnold was a member of Charles Thompson and the Majestics, a traveling 12-piece gospel choir prior to signing a solo recording contract with Arista Records in 1995. In 1991, at the age of eleven, Monica was discovered by music producer Dallas Austin at the Center Stage auditorium in Atlanta performing Whitney Houston 1986’s Greatest Love Of All.

4.  Betty Swann (born Betty Jean Champion) is an soul music singer, best known for her 1967 hit song “Make Me Yours“.

5. Adrienne Eliza Bailon, actress, singer-songwriter, dancer, and television personality. She was a member of former girl groups 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, and is also known for her roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name and latter sequels which brought the group to prominence. She is currently a solo artist via Island Def Jam, as well as hosts afternoon programming and other events for MTV.

Events In African American History For Sept 19


 

1. In 1865, Atlanta University was founded

2. In 1881, Booker T. Washington opens Tuskegee Institute in Alabama

3. In 1893, E. R. Robinson Received Patent for Electric Railway Trolley

4. In 1943, Actor and activist, Paul Robeson, portrays Othello for the 296th time at New York City’s Shubert Theater.

5. In 1947, Jackie Robinson is named 1947 (Rookie of the Year)

6. In 1956, 1st Intl conference of Black Writers & Artists meets (Paris)

7. In 1967, Nigeria begins offensive against Biafra

8. In 1986, (Captain EO) with Michael Jackson premieres

9. In 1989, First issue of Emerge magazine goes on sale.

10. In 1989, Gordon Parks’ film The Learning Tree is registered in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 11


Barbecue Bob

1. Barbeque Bob (Robert Hicks), Bluesman, was an early  Piedmont blues musician. His nickname came from the fact that he was a cook in a barbecue restaurant. One of the two extant photographs of Bob show him playing his guitar while wearing a full length white apron and cook’s hat.

Lola Falana

2. Lola Falana ( Loletha Elaine Falana) is an singer, dancer, and actress. With help from Sammy Davis, Falana brought her act to Las Vegas and became a top draw there. By the late 1970s, she was considered the Queen of Las Vegas. She played to sold-out crowds at The Sands, The Riviera, and the MGM Grand hotels. Finally The Aladdin offered her $100,000 a week to perform. At the time, Falana was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas. Her show ran twenty weeks a year and became a major tourist attraction.

While still playing to sell-out crowds in Las Vegas, Falana joined the cast of a short-lived CBS soap opera, Capitol as Charity Blake, a wealthy entertainment mogul.

Taraji P. Henson

3. Taraji Penda Henson, actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself as April, an alcoholic singer.

Ludacris

4. Christopher Brian Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an Rapp Artist and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Ludacris has won a Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice, MTV, and several Grammy Awards during his career.

Photo in Jet Magazine.

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