Harry Belafonte | Black Hollywood Series Harold George Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American musician, actor and social activist. One of the most successful Jamaican musicians in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style in the 1950s. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing the "Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O".
LaVern Baker (1960) // The first Black artist to file a legal grievance against white artists who produced pop covers of their hits. This reminds me of "Hair Spray" how there would be a "Black channel" and a "white channel" and most of the white music was stolen from the African Americans and produced to cater to the whites, and the original artists couldn't do a thing about it.
"Educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown on her wedding day, 1912. Founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina, Ms. Brown was also a suffragist who worked for black women to have the same rights black men and white women were fighting for in the early 20th century. She was also the great aunt of singer Natalie Cole. She raised Natalie’s mother Maria and her sisters (her brother’s children) when their mother died in childbirth."
Liberated slaves were treated as contraband or captured property at this time. The confiscation act of 1861 allowed seizing Confederate property but did not clarify the fate of captured slaves. One Union general gained notoriety for general order No. 11 which freed all slaves in areas under his control. President Lincoln countermanded this order amid concerns of the political consequences in four slave holding border states that remained in the Union.