Sidney Poitier Wins ...

Today in Black History       1964 – Actor Sidney Poitier was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as a laborer in the movie Lilies of the Field. Poitier was previously nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) in 1959 for his roe in The Defiant Ones alongside...

Marian Anderson Sing...

Today in Black History       1939 – Singer Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Anderson, an international renown performer was described by Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini as “a voice such as one hears once in a hundred years.” Despite such...

Marvin Gaye Shot and...

     1984 – Motown superstar Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father Marvin Gay, Sr. just one day before his 45th birthday. The Grammy award-winning singer, known for such hits as “What’s Goin’ On,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,”...

Halle Berry and Denz...

Today in Black History   2002 – Halle Berry and Denzel Washington were the big winners at the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Berry won the Best Actress award for her performance in Monster’s Ball, where she played the wife of a...

Vanessa Williams Bor...

    1963 – Vanessa L. Williams born Actress-singer and the first black Miss America Vanessa L. Williams is born in Millwood, New York. 1947 – Wilson Pickett born R&B singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Alabama. 1938 – Country singer Charlie Pride born...

Maurice Ashley Named...

[ad#336×280] 1999 – First Black Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, an immigrant from Jamaica, was 14 and living in Brooklyn, when he feel in love with the game of chess after reading a book about Paul Morphy, a 19th-century Louisianian who was America’s first great chess player....

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