According to, Sony Music Entertainment announced today the promotion of Sylvia Rhone to Chairman and CEO of Epic Records. In this role, Rhone will lead the overall creative direction and management of Epic Records, overseeing Epic’s roster of hit-making artists such as Travis Scott, Future, Camila Cabello, 21 Savage, Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, and French Montana.  Rhone has been President of Epic […]

As a young child, Morris “Morrie” Turner had dreams of seeing his drawings in books and magazines. He wanted nothing more than to be a cartoonist. However, Turner knew the odds were against him. He was growing up during a time that white men dominated the cartoonist profession. However, that didn’t stop Turner from pursuing […]

Eva Bowman was a native Nashville, Tennessee. She was a civic leader, businesswoman and beautician. Bowman trained for cosmetology under Madame C.J. Walker’s Lelia College, Indianapolis, IN 1929; Pord College, Memphis, Tennessee, 1941; and the Institute of Cosmetology, Jersey City, Jersey, 1946. She became the first black beauty inspector and examiner of cosmetology for the […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  Born into slavery in 1818 on the eastern shores of Maryland, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was the son of an enslaved woman and an unknown white man. He was enslaved for twenty years in the city households in Baltimore and on Maryland farms. In 1838, he fled northwards and changed his name […]

BY WALTER OPINDE The 1968 Civil Rights Act, first enacted on 11th April, 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, was a landmark part of the U.S. legislation that provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin, and made it a federal crime to “by force or by threat of force, injure, […]

Adolpho A. Birch, became the first black man to hold several judicial posts in Nashville, Tennessee and the first to assume the chief justice position of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Birch was born in Washington, D.C., the first child of an Episcopal minister of the same name who had migrated in 1894 to the United […]

According to Enchanted Learning, a site that charts inventions, the potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. French fries were popular at the restaurant during that time, and one day a diner complained that the […]

Jackie Robinson was not the first to break the “color barrier” in baseball. In fact, the day that Jackie Robinson is credited with integrating baseball (April 15, 1947), came nearly 63 years after Major League Baseball’s color barrier was really broken. A man by the name of Moses Fleetwood Walker, a Michigan grad and catcher […]

William Sanders Scarborough is believed to be the first black classical scholar. Scarborough became a world-respected scholar of Greek and Latin literature and served as president of Wilberforce University between 1908 and 1920. Fluent in a number of classical languages, he wrote a popular university textbook in Classical Greek that was popular in the 19th […]

Known for her powerful voice and stage presence, singer Maybelle Louis Smith, also known as “Big Maybelle,” was one of the top R&B singers of the 1950s. Born in Jackson, Tennessee, she was no stranger to being on stage and in front of an audience. Smith grew up singing in the local Sanctified Church choir in […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  Daniel Hale Williams was an African-American general surgeon, who in 1893 performed the second documented successful pericardium surgery (open heart surgery) to repair a patient’s wound in the United States. He is also known to be the founder of Provident Hospital; the first non-segregated hospital in the U.S., located in Chicago, Illinois. Daniel Hale Williams entered the historical […]

Boston King was born 1760 close to Charleston County, South Carolina. He was the son of a driver or Black overseers on a plantation and a woman skilled in medicine. Young King’s trade was carpentry but he was often the target of his master’s rage. He would escape shortly after the Revolutionary War broke out […]

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