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SAG Awards Winners 2016:

-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation 
-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder”
-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Orange Is The New Black”
-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Idris Elba, “Luther”
-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Queen Latifah, Bessie 

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman (2004)

When Bessie Coleman was a child, she wanted to be in school – not in the cotton fields of Texas, helping her family earn money. She wanted to be somebody significant in the world. So Bessie did everything she could to learn under the most challenging of circumstances. 

At the end of every day in the fields she checked the foreman’s numbers – made sure his math was correct. And this was just the beginning of a life of hard work and dedication that really paid off: Bessie became the first African-American to earn a pilot’s license.  

By Louise Borden, Mary Kay Kroeger Illustrator: Teresa Flavin

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“I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package people say you should. Keep fighting for it. Flip those rocks over. Keep pushing, keep turning. You can do it. You build your own boxes, not people. So knock that thing away, and do you!” -Actress/Singer Queen Latifah, winner of Best Actress in a limited series, for her role as Bessie Smith in HBO’s Bessie, at The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Award, January 30, 2016. 

Pioneering African American pilot Bessie Coleman was born on this day in 1892. Coleman was the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license and specialized in stunt flying and air shows. 

Learn more about Bessie and other groundbreaking “women with wings” in our exhibit on American Aviatrixes.

Image from @losangeleslibrary via California Digital Library.

1. Altamaha-ha — Georgia, US
2. Appalachian black panther — Eastern US
3. Batsquatch — US
4. Beaman — Missouri, US
5. Bear Lake Monster — Idaho/Utah, US
6. Beast of Bladenboro — North Carolina, US
7. Beast of Bray Road — Wisconsin, US
8. Beast of Busco — Indiana, United States
9. Bessie — Lake Erie, US/Canada
10. Bigfoot — US
11. Cadborosaurus willsi — Pacific Coast of North America
12. Champ — Lake Champlain, US/Canada
13. Chessie — Atlantic Coast of US
14. Dover Demon — Massachusetts, US
15. Elmendorf Beast — Texas, US
16. Enfield Monster — Illinois, US
17. Flatwoods Monster — West Virginia, US
18. Fouke Monster — Arkansas, US
19. Fur-bearing trout — Great Lakes region
20. Rougarou — Louisiana, US
21. Ghost deer — Northern California, US
22. Gloucester sea serpent — Massachusetts, US
23. Goatman — Wisconsin/Maryland/Kentucky, US
24. Grassman — Ohio/Iowa, US
25. Hodag — Wisconsin, US
26. Honey Island Swamp monster — Louisiana, US
27. Hoop snake — US/Australia
28. Iliamna Lake Monster — Alaska, US
29. Ivory-billed woodpecker — Southern US
30. Jackalope — Wyoming, US
31. Jersey Devil — New Jersey/Pennsylvania, US
32. Kingstie — Lake Ontario, US/Canada
33. Lake Worth Monster — Texas, US
34. Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp — South Carolina, US
35. Loveland Frogmen — Ohio, US
36. Melon heads — Michigan/Ohio/Connecticut, US
37. Memphre — Lake Memphremagog, US/Canada
38. Menehune — Hawaii, US
39. Michigan Dogman — Michigan, US
40. Minnesota Iceman — Minnesota, US
41. Mogollon Monster — Arizona, US
42. Momo the Monster — Missouri, US
43. Montauk Monster — Long Island, US
44. Mothman — West Virginia, US
45. Ozark Howler — Arkansas/Missouri/Oklahoma/Texas, US
46. Pope Lick Monster — Kentucky, US
47. Pukwudgie — Massachusetts, US
48. Rake — New York, US
49. Sharlie — Idaho, US
50. Shunka Warakin — Western US
51. Skunk Ape — Florida, US
52. Snallygaster — Washington, D.C./Maryland/West Virginia, US
53. Tahoe Tessie — Lake Tahoe, US
54. Thunderbird — North America
55. Trinity Alps giant salamander — California, US
56. Tsul ‘Kalu — Western US
57. Urayuli — Alaska, US
58. Wampus cat — Southern US
59. Wendigo — Northern US
60. Wild Man of the Navidad — Texas, US
61. Wog — Georgia, US