african american pioneers

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You Can Now Stream 22 Hard-to-Find Films From Black Cinema’s Earliest Pioneers on Netflix
In 2015, Kino Lorber released a treasure trove from American history in a DVD box set, Pioneers of African-American Cinema. Hours upon hours of feature ...

To see black people breathing, living, acting in these films in the early 20th century is kind of amazing. Watch if you have Netflix.

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b.t.s footage of the restoration of this essential box-set collection, Pioneers of African-American cinema

netflix has now made 22 of the 25 films in the series available for streaming! can’t underestimate what a gift this is for (black) cinephiles! 

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to stage a public flight in the United States in 1922 and was also the first black woman to earn a pilot license. 

When schools in the States denied her entry for being a black woman, she learned French by herself and move to France, where she entered the  Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation. In barely seven months, Coleman earned her license. She specialized in stunt flying and parachuting and worked performing aerial tricks, although she wanted to open a flying school for African Americans. 

in 1936, when she was 36 years old, an accident during a rehearsal killed her. She remains a pioneer for women in aviation. 

Google celebrates today what would be her 125 anniversary

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Janelle Monae: ‘Hidden Figures’ Of NASA Were ‘True American Heroes’ | TODAY

Singer Janelle Monae portrays Mary Jackson, NASA’s first African-American aerospace engineer, in the film “Hidden Figures.” Monae tells TODAY that she was embarrassed that she didn’t know anything about the women profiled in the film until she read the script, and adds that it is now her mission to educate others about pioneering African-American women in the U.S. space program. 



(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9wQXiIqWDA)

USS George Washington Carver (SSBN 656), named after the African-American scientist, pioneer, and inventor. She served from 1966 to 1993, and underwent 73 patrols until 1991. (NavSource)

This month, we are highlighting #Navy ships named after heroic #AfricanAmericans throughout American history, both in the military and in civilian life. #blackhistorymonth #navalhistory #history

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Raven Wilkinson & Misty Copeland…

Misty Copeland became the Principal Ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, the first Black Ballerina in the company’s 75 year history.

Raven Wilkinson was the first Black woman to dance full-time with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1955 - but racism stunted much of her career in the United States.

— re: last photo – The photo on the right was taken by Gene Schiavone. The photo of Ms. Wilkinson in the 1950s was provided by her to Pointe Magazine

Also see:

Raven Wilkinson: Pioneering African-American ballet dancer

Confession

I’m 17 and Sometimes I have moments when I feel extremely sad and I can’t tell anyone but post on this blog or write it down. Recently I’ve been feeling so emotional about things about myself and the world around me. I recently found a new genre of music called ‘Afro trap’ and it’s made by young Africans living in France. When I watched the music video I just felt so happy seeing black people just having fun. I know for a fact the conditions for black people in France are far from great due to racism/white supremacy. And it just made me tear up because even in the face of white supremacy and brutality black people still manage to pull through. Whether in the UK, Africa, america, Europe etc black people find a way to be happy. For example African Americans are the pioneers of a hip hop culture that has influence millions of people world wide. How and what influenced early hip hop? The brutality and oppression faced by black Americans. They used that hip hop as a way of expression and their fight against white supremacy and ultimately to be happy. I don’t know if this is making sense but (I feel the tears coming) I’m so proud and happy to be black/african because even in the worst times we still out here in this bitch. I’ve never felt ashamed of my blackness or wanted to be white, but I’ve always wanted to throw away the negative stigmas attached to being black so we can just live out lives. While black people are tryna progress some common becky and David are trying to drag us down, the irony. The longer I think about these things the more I see how pathetic this situation is. I look at my skin colour, my family’s skin colour, my friends skin colour and black people skin colour in general and I don’t see it?. I don’t see what has caused 400 years of slavery and brutality, lynchings, mass murder, torture, police brutality, mass incarceration, sexual abuse etc. I see normality in black skin. #FreeAfricaFrom Collonialism #BlackLivesMatter #FreeBlackPeopleAllArounTheWorld.
And if your feeling down about racism remember your working against a system (white supremacy) that will bring you down at any time, and you can’t afford to give in.