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Guardian Angels on the NYC subway, 1980

Guardian Angels first made an appearance on the New York subway in 1979 in an attempt to quell rising levels of violence. As in all of New York, crime was rampant in the subway in the 1970s. Thefts, robberies, shootings and killings became more frequent. The subway cars were very often graffiti-painted or vandalism-damaged both inside and outside.
The subway system became New York’s most ravaged symbol of urban decay, deemed un-patrollable and unsafe even for the most street savvy commuter. In 1979, a group of angered residents led by Curtis Sliwa began taking crime prevention into their own hands, donning red berets – looking very much like a gang and calling themselves the Guardian Angels. Their membership were mostly young men, black and Latino, who had eschewed gang life in their own neighborhoods to better their city.

The Tahoe Tessie: Hidden in the Tunnel

The Tahoe Tessie is a water cryptid that resides in Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada. Sightings have determined the she is anywhere from ten to eighty feet long, and black to turquoise in color. Surprisingly, her skin is said to be smooth, even though they feel she has reptilian features. 

The original stories come from the Pauite and Washoe tribes during the late 19th century. They believe the creature resides in an aquatic tunnel under Cave Rock. Cave Rock is a highway tunnel on Route 50. 

More recent sightings began in the 1950s. Two police officers out boating claim to have seen a large, black hump come out of the water. In 1979, a group of four saw a massive, serpent-like creature feeding from a school of trout. In the 1980s, two fisherman reported seeing a serpent that was about fifteen feet long under Cave Rock. Shortly after, divers found the aquatic tunnel, and a creature shot out. In 2004, a gentleman photographed a black hump coming out of the water. In 2006, a family saw a large, black, scaly creature in the water. 

Many theories have proposed the identity of Tessie. Many suggest that she is Plesiosaur or Ichthyosaur, though Tessie supporters believe this is improbable, because Lake Tahoe was formed after these creatures became extinct. Some also believe it is a new species of Freshwater Eel or Sturgeon. 


Notable Black Graduates and Attendees of Juilliard - Drama Division

The drama division was founded in 1968. Those who complete the four-year program receive either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree (starting Fall 2012), or a diploma. Each year’s class is identified by a group number: Group 1 started in 1968 and graduated in 1972;Group 43 includes students completing their fourth year in 2014.

  1. Stephen Henderson - Group 1, 1968-70
  2. Franklyn Seales - Group 3, 1974
  3. Bern Nadette Stanis - Group 3, 1971-1973
  4. Janet Hubert - Group 7, 1974-?
  5. Keith David - Group 8, 1979
  6. Michael Genet - Group 9, 1980
  7. Penny Johnson Jerald - Group 11, 1982
  8. Lorraine Toussaint - Group 11, 1982
  9. Ving Rhames - Group 12, 1983
  10. Eriq La Salle - Group 13, 1980-1982
  11. Wendell Pierce - Group 14, 1985
  12. Andre Braugher - Group 17, 1988 (MFA)
  13. Lisa Gay Hamilton - Group 18, 1980
  14. Saundra Quarterman - Group 19, 1990
  15. Viola Davis - Group 22, 1993
  16. Leslie Silva - Group 24, 1995 (MFA)
  17. Kevin Daniels - Group 27, 1998
  18. Anthony Mackie - Group 30, 2001
  19. Traci Thoms - Group 30, 2001
  20. Daniel Breaker - Group 31, 2002
  21. Nelsan Ellis - Group 33, 2004
  22. Serena Reeder - Group 34, 2005
  23. Rutina Wesley - Group 34, 2005
  24. Nicole Beharie - Group 36, 2007
  25. Monica Raymund - Group 37, 2008
  26. Samira Wiley - Group 39, 2010
  27. Danielle Brooks - Group 40, 2011