Today In History We Honor Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
"Rubin Carter, professional boxer from New Jersey, was training for a shot at the world middleweight title, when he was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a triple murder in 1964 for nearly two decades.
While incarcerated, Rubin published his autobiography, The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472, to widespread acclaim. The story attracted the attention and support of many luminaries, including Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan who wrote the song “Hurricane.”
A teenager from Broonklyn, NY name Lesra Martin read his autobiography and initiated a correspondence. Carter developed a relationship with Martin and his benefactors, Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton, and Lisa Peters, who began to work with Carter’s legal defense team to seek a writ of habeas corpus from U.S. District Court Judge H. Lee Sarokin. In 1985, Sarokin handed down his decision to free Carter, stating that “The extensive record clearly demonstrates that [the] petitioners’ convictions were predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.” via about.com
(photo: Rubin Carter)
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August 13, 2014

Today In History We Honor Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

"Rubin Carter, professional boxer from New Jersey, was training for a shot at the world middleweight title, when he was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a triple murder in 1964 for nearly two decades.

While incarcerated, Rubin published his autobiography, The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472, to widespread acclaim. The story attracted the attention and support of many luminaries, including Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan who wrote the song “Hurricane.”

A teenager from Broonklyn, NY name Lesra Martin read his autobiography and initiated a correspondence. Carter developed a relationship with Martin and his benefactors, Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton, and Lisa Peters, who began to work with Carter’s legal defense team to seek a writ of habeas corpus from U.S. District Court Judge H. Lee Sarokin. In 1985, Sarokin handed down his decision to free Carter, stating that “The extensive record clearly demonstrates that [the] petitioners’ convictions were predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.” via about.com

(photo: Rubin Carter)

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August 12, 2014

Lupe Fiasco x Ty Dolla $ign | “Next to it”

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Today In History
'Madame Lillian Evanti, internationally famed opera singer, was born in Washington, DC, on this date August 12, 1891. Evanti founded the National Negro Opera Company in 1941.'
(photo: Madame Lillian Evanti)
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August 12, 2014

Today In History

'Madame Lillian Evanti, internationally famed opera singer, was born in Washington, DC, on this date August 12, 1891. Evanti founded the National Negro Opera Company in 1941.'

(photo: Madame Lillian Evanti)

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Today In History
'Alex Haley, author of Roots and the Autobiography of Malcolm X, was born in Ithaca, NY, on this date August 11, 1921.'
(photo: Alex Haley by Dennis Wile)
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August 11, 2014

Today In History

'Alex Haley, author of Roots and the Autobiography of Malcolm X, was born in Ithaca, NY, on this date August 11, 1921.'

(photo: Alex Haley by Dennis Wile)

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August 11, 2014

John Forté x Harry Belafonte Collaboration: Summer Screen Test Number 34 | Video Teaser

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Today In History We Honor Savion Glover
'Savion Glover, Tony Award winning tap dancer, choreographer and actor, is the epitome of a living legend. Savion began taking tap lessons at the age of seven and made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. At the age of 19, he became the youngest-ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and 1995, he choreographed and starred in the musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, a hugely successful Broadway show that chronicled African American history.’
(photo: Savion Glover)
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August 10, 2014

Today In History We Honor Savion Glover

'Savion Glover, Tony Award winning tap dancer, choreographer and actor, is the epitome of a living legend. Savion began taking tap lessons at the age of seven and made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. At the age of 19, he became the youngest-ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and 1995, he choreographed and starred in the musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, a hugely successful Broadway show that chronicled African American history.’

(photo: Savion Glover)

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Today In History
'Jesse Owens won his fourth Olympic Gold Medal in Berlin on this date August 9, 1936. Owens captured the Gold in the broad jump and the 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes.'
(photo: Jesse Owens)
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August 9, 2014

Today In History

'Jesse Owens won his fourth Olympic Gold Medal in Berlin on this date August 9, 1936. Owens captured the Gold in the broad jump and the 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes.'

(photo: Jesse Owens)

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Today In History We Honor Bethann Hardison
'In the 1960s, Bethann Hardison worked as a garment industry salesgirl. In the 1970s, she was an international runway model and assistant to some of the most important designers of the decade. In 1984, Bethann founded her own agency and became responsible for scouting, launching and managing some of the most famous models of our time, notably Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb and Tyson Beckford. In 1987, Bethann became an activist outright, founding the Black Girls Coalition with her close friend Iman. Bethann Hardison is a force to be reckoned with. Shedding light to the lack of diversity on the runways in recent years in her new documentary project, Invisible Beauty, Bethann Hardison additionally served as a contributing editor to the now infamous Vogue Italia, “black” issue.' via bethannhardisonfb
(photo: Bethann Hardison)
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August 8, 2014

Today In History We Honor Bethann Hardison

'In the 1960s, Bethann Hardison worked as a garment industry salesgirl. In the 1970s, she was an international runway model and assistant to some of the most important designers of the decade. In 1984, Bethann founded her own agency and became responsible for scouting, launching and managing some of the most famous models of our time, notably Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb and Tyson Beckford. In 1987, Bethann became an activist outright, founding the Black Girls Coalition with her close friend Iman. Bethann Hardison is a force to be reckoned with. Shedding light to the lack of diversity on the runways in recent years in her new documentary project, Invisible Beauty, Bethann Hardison additionally served as a contributing editor to the now infamous Vogue Italia, “black” issue.' via bethannhardisonfb

(photo: Bethann Hardison)

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Today In History
‘Alice Coachman, Tuskegee track star, set an Olympic record in the women’s high jump when she jumped 5’ 6 1/2” in London on this date August 7, 1948. Coachman was the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal.’
(photo: Alice Coachman)
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August 7, 2014

Today In History

‘Alice Coachman, Tuskegee track star, set an Olympic record in the women’s high jump when she jumped 5’ 6 1/2” in London on this date August 7, 1948. Coachman was the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal.’

(photo: Alice Coachman)

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August 6, 2014

Nike “The Baddest”

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