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Jackson was born 29 August 1958, in Gary, Indiana, to an African-American working-class family. His father, Joseph Jackson, had been a guitarist but had put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family as a crane operator. Believing his sons had talent, he molded them into a musical group in the early 1960s. At first, the Jackson Family performers consisted of Michael's older brothers Tito, Jermaine, and Jackie. Michael joined his siblings when he was five, and emerged as the group's lead vocalist. He showed remarkable range and depth for such a young performer, impressing audiences with his ability to convey complex emotions. Older brother Marlon also became a member of the group, which evolved into the The Jackson 5.
First taking to the stage at the age of just 11 as part of his family's gig The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson grew quickly into the superstardom which would both reward and plague his life. An apparently unstoppable creative and financial force through the highs of his career, 'The King of Pop' struggled with a confused and turbulent private life that was often made appallingly public. In the wake of his shock death though, it is for his artistry - and not his controversies - that he will be remembered and sadly missed.
Author Philip Reiss of Blue Eyes on African American History will be my guest on 12/7/14 @3pm EST.
Our conversation will cover Philip's career and discussion about his book. We will also talk about the recent uprising in Ferguson Missourri and with Eric Garner.
Until Bayard Rustin’s lecture in the fall of 1962, no other person had brought author Philip Reiss so far toward gaining an understanding of what it was like for African-Americans living as second-class citizens in this nation, which sponsors a pledge calling for “liberty and justice for all.”
The Rustin lecture became Reiss’s point of departure on his quest to learn more fully of the African-American experience; it prompted him to become aware and to truly understand that the entire nation shared responsibility for the dilemma of deep-seated injustices that African-Americans constantly faced. In Blue Eyes on African-American History, Reiss provides an account of a white professor’s learning and teaching about African-American history from 1970 to 1999 at a SUNY community college.
Reiss includes specifics of how and why he took on the challenge of teaching African-American history and discusses the historical events he deems critical for understanding of that history. His study relates the impact of economic exploitation facilitated by racism and how these twin evils are central to the African-American historical narrative.
Along with factual history, this volume intersperses some of Resiss’s experiences as a young boy, as a young adult serving in the military, and as a professor teaching his course. It provides unique insight into a turbulent time in America.
Speak Life Radio ~ Remembering African American History!
Blessings family and welcome back to another amazing show. When most people think about African American History, the first thing that comes to mind is slavery right? Well our History is much richer and goes deeper than that, we were and still are a Great people with great minds and a fascinating culture. Unfortunately not much of our history is taught in school but that shouldn't stop us from learing it and teaching it to our youth! God says, "My People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge" and that's exactly whats happening to our people because we have no idea how great we are nor do we realize all that we have contributed to society.
Here are some Important and Famous African Americans you may or may not know: Benjamin Banneker ~1731-1806 Astronomer, clockmaker, publisher. Phillis Wheatly ~ 1753-1784 Poet, one of the first African American poets whose works were published. Frederick Douglass ~ 1818-1895 Abolitionist, editor, orator, author,statesman, reformer. Harriet Tubman ~ 1820-1913 writer, abolitionist, as an ablitionist, she acted as intelligance gather, refugee organizer, raid leader, nurse, revival speaker, and fund raiser. This is just a few but I pray this will give you a taste to study more!!!!
We are very pleased to have as guest tonight Mr. Donald L Dowridge jr ~ Historian, Motivational Guru, Founder of DLD (Determined to Learn and Develop) Enterprises and Founder of the DLD Black History Museum. Please join us plus invite others.
New Book Details Long-Forgotten and Controversial Civil War Battle in Louisiana Former Slaves’ Fight at Milliken’s Bend Led to Congressional Investigation Baton Rouge—At Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana, a Union force composed predominantly of former slaves met their Confederate adversaries in one of the bloodiest engagements of the war. This small yet important fight received some initial widespread attention but soon drifted into obscurity. In Milliken’s Bend, Linda Barnickel uncovers the story of this long-forgotten and highly controversial battle. Controversial charges made after the battle eventually led to a congressional investigation and contributed to the suspension of prisoner exchanges between North and South. Barnickel’s compelling and comprehensive account of the battle illuminates not only the immense complexity of the events that transpired in northeastern Louisiana during the Vicksburg Campaign but also the implications of Milliken’s Bend upon the war as a whole. The battle contributed to southerners’ increasing fears of slave insurrection and heightened their anxieties about emancipation. In the North, it helped foster a commitment to allow free blacks and former slaves to take part in the war to end slavery. And for African Americans, both free and enslaved, Milliken’s Bend symbolized their never-ending struggle for freedom. Linda Barnickel is an archivist and freelance writer with master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and The Ohio State University. Passionate about discovering the hidden and fascinating stories of history, she is interested in local history, military history, oral history, and the cultural power of archives.
Hitting the Headline News: GOP, Oklahoma University and Hillary Clinton addressing unauthorized emails.
Today's show is inspired by a piece on Charisma News concerning the misunderstanding of our First Amendment and especially that pesky establishment clause and notion of "separation of church and state". But it also comes down to something that I enjoy getting into because so much of our history is covered up, forgotten, or not brought up. More than likely unless something big happens in the news that I feel like I absolutely need to talk about, this will be a series of shows going forward, as some of the information, which is by no means all the information available, that I would like to present is very valuable and will indeed stretch over several shows. It may even hopefully stretch out into "good government God's way", as I believe if we practiced good government God's way, we wouldn't have anywhere near the messes that we have today that have built up over these many years. So buckle up and settle in for some references and examples going back hundreds of years and some going back even only 30-40 years as we take a ride down History Lane together, starting today at 4:30 PM and archived later.
American History X , a 1998 film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Two Venice, Los Angeles brothers involved in the neo-Nazi movement. The older brother serves three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, changes his beliefs and tries to prevent his brother from going down the same path. The film is told in the style of nonlinear narrative. It grossed over $23 million at the international box office.
Edward Norton and Edward Furlong
" I don't want a Black History month. Black history is American history." - Morgan Freeman
Black history began more than a million years before the "discovery" of the Americas. The statement by Morgan Freeman is a prime example of the lack of self knowledge experienced by the African diaspora globally.
Maafa, a continuing tragedy, is the entry of Europe and the Americas onto the pages of Black history.
"Until the lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." - African Proverb -
Have you ever heard a song that moved you to the point where you wanted to tell all of your friends about it? Well, that is the type of feeling you may experience when listening to gospel music. By its very definition, the term gospel means good news. Gospel music is one of the vehicles through which the ideals of Christianity have been spread to audiences all over the world.
Gospel Music is a shining beacon of hope, a fantastic journey of joy divine, and a triumphant victory in God that comes from deep down in the souls of God’s Chosen People. The greatest melodies and the most stimulating songs have been given to this Nation and the World through the African American experience.
Starting tonight and for the rest of this month we will explore the rich history of Gospel Music through the contributions of great pioneers like Andraé Edward Crouch, Mahalia Jackson, Thomas Dorsey, Albertina Walker, James Cleveland many others.
Join your host, Petula Beckles and explore Gospel Music, Black History or American History?
Call (917)932-8802 and tell her what you think.
Special Thanks to the following:
Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation
ZaDella "Mama" Curtis
Alan White and EarlyGospel.com
Jr. Giants Speak is the show for children, by children and about children. Listen in as the Jr. Giant reporters share their thoughts and view on the Black perspective of American history.
On this Episode We will talk to Mr. Tambuzi about the significance of African American History. Mr. Tambuzi is one fo the the people who influenced me to do more and be more.
Mr. Tambuzi is a co-founder of the Affordable Housing Coalition of San Diego and served as its first treasurer. Additionally, he served as consultant to the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. (SEDC); working on employment and job readiness issues, and Christ Church of San Diego, Inc., as program coordinator for their Supplemental Educations Services Program, an outgrowth of No Child Left Behind legislation initiated by the Bush Administration.
Mr. Tambuzi is a civic and community advocate/activist with a focus on social and economic justice issues. As such, he has been a member of the Organization Us, the founding organization of Kwanzaa and has been a practitioner of the holiday for as long. He also serves on the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Healthy Works Leadership Team and he is the co-facilitator of the County of San Diego Central Region Health Advisory Team.
Tambuzi helped organize many events, including the annual Cesar Chavez Walk in Lincoln Park, Kwanzaa celebrations, a farmer’s market and food co-op for seniors. Tambuzi is a graduate of LEAD San Diego and served as the president of African-American Writers and Artists, Inc. for two years.
Mr. Tambuzi attended San Diego City College, where his major focus of study was journalism, and the University of California, at San Diego, majoring in both Communications and Sociology. He has been married for the past twenty-eight years to Aminisha Tambuzi, co-founder and choreographer for the Teye Sa Thiosane African Drum and Dance Company. Mr. Tambuzi is the father of six adult children and has nine grandchildren.