Black History

The Association of Black Women Historians have released a statement criticizing the controversial new movie, “The Help,” which tells the story of African American maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960s. Entertainment Weekly reports: “Despite efforts to market the book and the film as a progressive story of triumph over racial injustice, The […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA When: 5/8/1992 What: After two years of countersuits and trials, the Eleventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling that 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be was obscene and sale of […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 When: May 4, 1959 What: At the first ever Grammy Awards, legendary songstress Ella Fitzgerald and bandleader Count Basie become the first African Americans to win Grammy Awards. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Canton, OH 44702 When: 1958 What: Formed in 1958 in Canton, Ohio, the O’Jays were inspired to start their singing group after seeing a performance by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. First calling themselves the Triumphs and then the Mascots, they made their recording debut in 1961 […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Washington D.C., DC 20037 When: April 9, 1939 What: Marian Anderson wanted to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, but at the time African-Americans were not allowed to perform there. Instead, Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 75,000 people attended, and the performance […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 3717 Euclid Avenue When: March 21, 1959 What: Organized by Alan Freed, a disc jockey considered to have coined the term “Rock and Roll” at WJW-Radio, and generally accepted as the first major rock and roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball drew an estimated 20,000 people trying […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Maxine Elliot Theater 39th & Broadway New York, NY 10018 When: November 20, 1955 What: Bo-Diddley becomes the first black performer on the most popular program on American television, “The Ed Sullivan Show.” «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black Music” presents 100 Rewarding […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 1743 Academy Place, Dayton, OH 45406 When: 1959 What: The Ohio Players are one of the greatest R&B and funk groups to come out of the Dayton scene in the 70s. The band’s grooves, fortified in funk, are still being raided by Hip-Hop producers today. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » […]