A Day in Black history

  On February 2nd, 1897 Alfred L. Cralle patented the Ice Cream Scoop. Before this, ice cream would stick unbearably to spoons and  ladles and required two hands and at least two instruments to serve the ice cream. His ice cream mold or disher, could be used with one hand. It was strong, inexpensive, and it could […]

Erica Atkins Campbell Turned 43 today!   Jazz Musician Duke Ellington would have been 116 years old!   March 30th Birthdays! Isaiah Thomas celebrates his 53rd birthday tomorrow! Chris (Choc) Dalyrimple, Brother and Member of R&B Group Soul For Real will be 42 tomorrow!   Happy Birthday Everyone!!  

Submitted by K.MiL – via FlyPaperNews.com Alfred L. Cralle (September 4, 1866–1920) was an African-American from Virginia who became an inventor and businessman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is best remembered for inventing the ice cream scoop in 1897, a practical design still nimsi widely in use over 100 years later.

Written by m. lauren – via FlyPaperNews.com Rubin Carter was a middleweight boxing champion once ranked as a top contender in the early 1960s. Nicknamed “Hurricane” for the speed and impact his punches could deliver, Carter stood at a mere 5 feet 8 inches, yet made a striking impression with his muscular build and commanding […]

Written by K.Moreland-Lee – via FlyPaperNews.com Carter G. Woodson, the son of slaves was self-educated until the age of 20 when he was able to attend and complete high school in two years. He went on to the University of Chicago where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree and was the second African American […]

Written by T. Cole – via FlyPaperNews.com Aretha Franklin -Singer Aretha Franklin found great success in music with her late-’60s hits with Atlantic Records–“Respect,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Chain of Fools,” “Baby I Love You,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Think,” “The House That Jack Built,” and several others– which earned her the title […]

VIA:  History.Com On January 18, 1958, hockey player Willie O’Ree of the Boston Bruins takes to the ice for a game against the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first black to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, O’Ree was the son of a civil engineer, in one […]

VIA:  ICDC.Com THE FBI’S COVERT ACTION PROGRAM TO DESTROY THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY INTRODUCTION In August 1967, the FBI initiated a covert action program — COINTELPRO — to disrupt and “neutralize” organizations which the Bureau characterized as “Black Nationalist Hate Groups.” 1 The FBI memorandum expanding the program described its goals as: 1. Prevent a […]

VIA:  JackieRobinson.Com Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie Robinson, single-handedly raised Jackie and her four other children. They were the only black family on their block, and the prejudice they encountered only strengthened their bond. From this humble beginning would grow the first […]

VIA:  TheKennedyCenter.Org (singer; born February 27, 1897, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Most Americans best remember Marian Anderson for her conscience-grabbing concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939 after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall, an arena that, from 1935 to 1952, opened its doors to white artists only. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, appalled […]

VIA:  RedHotJazz.Com Mamie Smith was the first to record blues songs in 1920 with her versions of Perry Bradford’s “Crazy Blues”, and “It’ s Right Here for You” on Okeh Records. The record was a wild success, selling over a million copies in less than a year, and finally ending up selling over two million […]

VIA:  NAACP.Org The NAACP was formed partly in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, the capital of Illinois and resting place of President Abraham Lincoln. Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald […]