R&B singer Lloyd celebrated getting his GED (which he earned in December 2015) at Therrell High School’s graduation ceremony in Georgia (early May 2016). When he started the program he said: “Sometimes, moving forward involves taking a step backwards… When I moved to New York to sign my first record deal, I promised my 17 year old self that I would return to school to finish my education.” He also offered words of encouragement to remind people that it’s never too late to accomplish a goal: “I am neither ashamed nor embarrassed to say that i’ve taken my first step towards that goal…First-hand, money making experience is great and, in most cases, is what we go through years of school for anyway, but I just HAD to go back for my GED so I could at least show myself & others that there is no shame nor regret to be had or felt when you are making a conscience effort to become a better you.” (click for more BLACKAMAZING news)

Happy Birthday Eartha Kitt! (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) 

American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedian, activist and voice artist, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of “C'est Si Bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby”, which were both US Top 10 hits. She starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of singer Eartha Kitt. Undecipherable handwriting on front. Handwritten on back: “Eartha Kitt." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Happy Birthday Felicia Weathers! (born 13 August 1937) 

African-American opera and concert singer (soprano).

Portrait of soprano Felicia Weathers. Printed on front: “Louis Melancon. Metropolitan Opera House, New York City.” Stamped on back: “The use of this photograph is granted with the understanding that it is for your publication only, and will not be syndicated, rented, loaned, or used for advertising purposes without written permission. When published, the customary credit line will be appreciated with the name in full: Louis Melancon. Louis Melancon, New York, N.Y.” Label on back: “Metropolitan Opera Assn., Inc. Press Dept. Felicia Weathers, soprano." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library