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One year ago today we released “English Girls” the first new music from American Candy. The song become something really special to us while we were recording it and I remember how amazing it felt to finally have it out in the world. This song to me will always represent the start of a new chapter for the band. The way you all rallied behind the song has made us feel like anything is possible. Thank you for an amazing year. I have smiled more than I ever have before.   



Today in Black History

On this day in 1989 Ronald Harmon “Ron” Brown,  the United States Secretary of Commerce, became the first African-American elected as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Ron Brown was born in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Harlem, New York, in a middle-class family. He was a member of an African-American social and philanthropic organization, Jack and Jill of America, where he met many African-American friends.

He also played an integral role in running a successful 1992 Democratic National Convention and in Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential run. President Clinton then appointed Brown to the position of Secretary of Commerce in 1993.

On April 3, 1996, Ron Brown along 34 other people tragically died in a plane crash in Croatia while on a trade mission. Speculations as to the circumstances regarding the plane crash include government cover-up and conspiracy theories.

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Irene Bedard at the premiere of Disney’s ‘Pocahontas’ on June 11, 1995 at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California. Bedard provided the voice for Pocahontas. Most recently, she stars in the film “Songs My Brothers Taught Me.”

The groundbreaking Minnesota-born actress Hilda Simms (1918-1994) in a scene with Van Heflin from the 1954 film, “The Black Widow.” Ms. Simms was best known for her starring role in the first all-black, American Negro Theater production of “Anna Lucasta” on Broadway in 1944. Despite the tremendous momentum provided by the publicity behind the show, she only made two films (“The Joe Louis Story” in 1953 and this film) and just two more appearances on Broadway (including Langston Hughes’s “Tambourines to Glory” in 1963). Ms. Simms is in the “Sepia Dreamgirls, Pin-ups, & Hollywood Starlets” chapter of my book, Vintage Black Glamour, available at and Amazon.
Grand chief's charge of cultural insensitivity at Ottawa airport triggers investigation
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) says it is investigating after allegations were made by Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak that security staff at the Ottawa International Airport mishandled sacred objects in his carry-on luggage.

Here’s one of the reasons a lot of the spiritual people I know drive everywhere instead of flying. 

Feb. 9, 1995, Bernard Harris and Michael Foale Ready For a Spacewalk

STS-63 astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr., payload commander (right), and C. Michael Foale, mission specialist (left), are ready to exit space shuttle Discovery’s airlock for a spacewalk on Feb. 9, 1995. The pair would test modifications to their spacesuits to keep spacewalkers warmer in the extreme cold of space. The astronauts were also scheduled to practice handling the approximately 2,500-pound (1,134-kilogram) SPARTAN spacecraft to rehearse space station assembly techniques, but this task was cut short by Mission Control after the men reported feeling very cold in their suits.

On this extravehicular activity (EVA), which lasted 4 hours and 38 minutes, Bernard Harris became the first African-American to walk in space.

Credit: NASA

“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

- Satchel Paige

Did you know Satchel Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this day in 1971? Born in Mobile, Alabama, Leroy Robert Paige earned his nickname as a boy who carried satchels, or suitcases, at the Mobile train station. After being accused of stealing toy rings, Paige was sent at a young age to reform school in Mount Meigs, Alabama. It was here that he began to play baseball, assuming his place on the pitcher’s mound that would later take him to the major leagues. 

Beginning his career like many African Americans in the Negro League, Paige eventually found his way to the American League as a member of the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African American pitcher in the major leagues. By his own count, Paige threw fifty-five no-hitters and won over 2,000 of the 2,500 games he pitched.

Image Credit: “Satchel Paige 1949″ by Bowman Gum. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Sanders is first Jewish American to win a presidential primary
Sanders made history with his New Hampshire primary win on Tuesday night, also becoming the first non-Christian to win a state in a presidential primary
By Ben Jacobs

Regardless of your personal politics, this is an amazing first in American Jewish History.  Kol hakavod Senator Sanders!

James “Red” Moore passed away this Saturday at the age of 99. He played for the Atlanta Black Crackers for five years, and was widely recognized as the Negro Major Leagues’ premier first basemen. We are honored that his glove will be in our new permanent exhibition - Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta, opening July 2, 2016.

Learn more about Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta.


Born on this day…

February 10, 1907

Grace Towns Hamilton: Activist, Politician


Grace Towns Hamilton and the Politics of Southern Change

No history of the civil rights era in the South would be complete without an account of the remarkable life and career of Grace Towns Hamilton, the first African American woman in the Deep South to be elected to a state legislature. A national official of the Young Women’s Christian Association early in her career, Hamilton later headed the Atlanta Urban League, where she worked within the confines of segregation to equalize African American access to education, health care, and voting rights.

Additional Read:

Oral History Interview with Grace Towns Hamilton, July 19, 1974


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Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States of America. He is also the first African American president of the United States of America. He was elected as the president on November 4, 2008 and sworn in on January 20, 2009.

Before that, he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, while he attended law school. Before he started his law studies, he decided to visit Kenya in 1988. He went there because he knew very little about his father and wanted to know more about him so that he could know more about his own identity. That year, he started his studies at Harvard Law School. He got hired as a summer intern in Chicago at the firm, Sidley and Austin. While he was at the firm, he met the love of his life, Michelle Robinson, who was assigned to be his adviser. It wasn’t long before they started dating. In 1988, he went to Harvard and kept a long distance relationship with Michelle. In 1991, he graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree. After graduating, he returned to Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He married Michelle Robinson in 1992, making her Michelle Obama.

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Bernie's Win in NH

I’m extremely happy! Feel the Bern! I just have some points I want to get across

1. First non-Christian candidate to win any primary in American history (first Jew as well)

2. 4 out of 5 women voted for Bernie in NH

3. Slaughtered Hillary by almost 20 points (currently a 77% precinct reporting)


BUT this is not where it ends…it’s just the beginning and we CAN’T stop supporting Bernie. So FEEL THE BERN but this is just a fraction of what’s to come!

This stage coach station, depicted by Grafton Tyler Brown, was published in Moore & De Pue’s Illustrated History of San Mateo County (1878).

Brown (1841-1918) was arguably the first African American artist to paint scenes of California and the Pacific Northwest. At age 26, he established his own lithography business in San Francisco, G.T. Brown and Co.

Brown’s life and accomplishments are the topic of an evening lecture by Dr. Robert Chandler at the State Library on Wednesday, February 10. For more information, call 916-651-6466.


TEDx Talk | MERYL DAVIS | “The two sides of gold.”

Born and raised in Michigan, Meryl began skating at age five on a local lake in the winter, eventually leading to a highly successful career in ice dancing. Davis and her partner, Charlie White, teamed up in 1997 and are currently the longest lasting dance team in the United States. They are the first American ice dancers to win the World title, as well as the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dancing gold medal; in addition, their Olympic performance scored the highest point total ever recorded in ice dancing. In 2014, Davis won the eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Davis and White are the current world record holders for the short dance, free dance, and total combined score. (x)


Jolynes fixed and ready for Katsucon Friday I did some restyling to the wig, fixed parts of the outfit that broke AND made my own Green Dolphin St. Jail jacket❤️ Also updated my makeup a bit and used new lashes, they’re individual and take 5ever to put on OTL but they’re so worth! And I switched my lipstick a lil but, I used to use colour pop lippie in Charmed, but now I wear that with Nyx macaron lippie in Key Lime overtop (I layered the two because Nyx doesn’t have very good coverage, but it’s a better colour) Also whispers lmk if people are going to the Jojo shoot because I literally know nobody because it’s my first American con aaaAAAAA