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Gladys Bentley was a lively, piano-playing blues and jazz singer. Hailing from Trinidad, Bentley performed at speakeasies (including Clam House, the most notorious gay speakeasy) across the country, clad in her famous tuxedo and top hat, boasting her sexuality, raunchy lyrics, and play on gender identity. Bentley penned a memoir, "If This Be Sin," joining other queer black intellectuals and performers in Harlem.

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Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield (1824-1876) was called "the Black Swan" because of the elegance of her voice and grace of her state presence. Born a slave in Natchez, MS, she was freed when her mistress joined the Society of Friends. She began studying music in 1846. In 1854, she became the first African American singer to perform for Britain's royal family.

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THE REAL BETTY BOOP: Ms. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an ”African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the (The Cotton Club) in Harlem. Ms Jones’ ‘baby’ Singing Style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Ms. Jones’ singing style went on to become the inspiration for (Max Fleischer ) cartoon character’s Voice and SINGING style of BETTY BOOP, was a Black Woman. Read more by clicking photo.

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Actress Louise Beavers (born March 8, 1902) is best known for her performance in the 1934 film "Imitation of Life". She appeared in 160 other movies and the TV show "Beulah". #TodayInBlackHistory

Louise Beavers (1902 - 1962) - Find A Grave Memorial

Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was an internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer. She was a prominent jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950 she became the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, featuring a variety of entertainment. To evade the political persecution of artists in the McCarthy era, Scott moved to Paris in the 1950s and performed in France, not returning to the United States until 1967.

Vintage Vamp: Hazel Scott

Shirley Verrett, a special voice Date: Sun, 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett was born on this date in 1931. She is an African American opera singer and one of the leading sopranos in the world.

Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) « Ópera, siempre

Elaine Race Riot: Estimated 856 Black Sharecroppers Murdered Who Just Wanted Better Pay

Elaine Race Riot: Estimated 856 Black Sharecroppers Murdered Who Just Wanted Better Pay

Lois K. Alexander-Lane [b.1916 - d.2007] Lois Marie Kindle was born in Little Rock, Arkansas where as a young woman she liked peering into department store windows to sketch dress designs. She later started custom-wear boutiques in Washington DC and Harlem. She was a 1938 graduate of what is now Hampton University in Virginia. In the 1950s, she did freelance photography for black newspapers and was vice president of the Capital Press Club, an organization for black journalists. Sh...

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America's forgotten mass-lynching: When 237 people were murdered in Arkansas

America's Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas

The Red Summer refers to the race riots that occurred in more than three dozen cities in the United States during the summer and early autumn of 1919. In most instances, whites attacked African Americans.

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Macon Allen was the first African American to graduate was the first African American licensed to practice law in the United States, in Maine in 1844. He is also believed to be the first to hold a judicial position.

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Scipio Africanus Jones (3 August 1863 – 2 March 1943) was an African-American educator, attorney, judge, philanthropist, and Republican politician from the state of Arkansas. He was most famous for successfully guiding the appeals of the twelve men condemned to death after the Elaine Race Riots of 1919. Scipio Africanus Jones was born in Smith Township, near Tulip in Dallas County, Arkansas.

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A Forgotten Heroine: Civil rights activist Daisy Bates fought to dismantle Arkansas’ segregation laws.

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Zykiya Randall ("Z").......the youngest and First African American Female Golfer to win first place in US Womens Open Qualifier

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Dwight Eisenhower’s parents on their wedding day in 1888. | It is said that Dwight D. Eisenhower's mother, Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower was a woman of color. Eisenhower's maternal grandfather carried the surname of Link, there being only two Links families in the Virginia town they originated in ~ a black one and a white one. Many years ago, a black researcher discovered that Ida’s mother was from the black Links, a fact washed away in time.

The Black Roots of Ex President Dwight D. Eisenhower | Rasta Livewire

African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Bouvier, the bride of future president, Senator John F. Kennedy

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Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (aka Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh - the doctor that saved Nigeria from an Ebola epidemic.

Nigeria: Tributes to Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh -

Dr Claudia J. Alexander (1959-2015) was an American research scientist who oversaw the dramatic conclusion of NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter and managed the United States' role in the comet-chasing Rosetta project. In her spare time, she wrote two books on science for children and mentored young people, especially African American girls. "She wanted children of color to see themselves as scientists," her sister Suzanne said. She never married and had no children.

Claudia Alexander

Queen Ahmose Nefertari with vulture headdress! The mother of Ahmose I

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Queen Tiye was the grandmother of King Tut. Her son was Akhenaten, Tut’s father, husband of Nefertiti. Tiye reigned during the New Kingdom in the 18th dynasty—a period that is considered one of the most prolific eras of building and culture in Ancient Egypt (Kemet).

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Scholar John Henrik Clarke called Nzingha (or Anna Nzingha) the “greatest military strategist that ever confronted the armed forces of Portugal.” As queen of precolonial Angola, she sought to end the Portuguese capture and enslavement of African people, sending ambassadors and other representatives throughout West and Central Africa in an attempt to build a massive coalition of Africans to eject the Portuguese. Born c. 1582-1663.

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Moorish (Black) Kings of India – Pictures and Images | Rasta Livewire

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Imhotep, 2650–2600 BC, was one of the chief officials of Pharaoh Djoser. He is considered to be the first architect and engineer and physician in early history, and he was one of the chief officials of Pharaoh Djoser. Egyptologists ascribe to him the design of the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara in Egypt in 2630 – 2611 BC. Before Djoser, pharaohs were buried in mastaba tombs. He served as chancellor to the pharaoh and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis.

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Imhotep-Egypt World's first named architect who built Egypt's first pyramid, often recognized as the father of medicine, a priest,. scribe, sage, poet, astrologer, and a vizier and chief minister, though this role is unclear, to Djoser (reigned 2630–2611 BC), the second king of Egypt's third dynasty,

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Haller Tanner Dillion Johnson (October 17, 1864 - April 26, 1901) became the first female physician in Alabama when Booker T. Washington recruited her from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1891 to provide health care for Tuskegee Institute and the immediate area. She left Tuskegee three years later when she married Rev. John Quincy Johnson and she died in childbirth in Nashville where he pastored St. Paul A.M.E. Church. #TodayInBlackHistory

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