But for many Kaepernick supporters like Vic Oyedeji, it’s already too little, too late. The 32-year-old Oyedeji is the black Houston native and die-hard Texans fan who started a rapidly-growing petition in July to boycott the NFL if Kaepernick doesn’t get signed to a team soon.
The American Revolution was a political upheaval that took place between 1765 and 1783 during which colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, overthrew the authority of Great Britain, and founded the United States of America.
Starting in 1765, members of American colonial society rejected the authority of the British Parliament to tax them without any representatives in the government, and resisted renewed British attempts to collect duties on goods such as sugar and molasses that for many years had gone uncollected through widespread smuggling by colonists. During the following decade, protests by colonists—known as Patriots—continued to escalate, as in the Boston Tea Party in 1773 during which patriots destroyed a consignment of taxed tea from the East India Company. The British responded by imposing punitive laws—the Coercive Acts—on Massachusetts in 1774 until the tea had been paid for, following which Patriots in the other colonies rallied behind Massachusetts. In late 1774 the Patriots set up their own alternative government to better coordinate their resistance efforts against Britain, while other colonists, known as Loyalists, preferred to remain subjects of the British Crown.
Tensions escalated to the outbreak of fighting between Patriot militia and British regulars at Lexington and Concord in April 1775, after which the Patriot Suffolk Resolves effectively replaced the Royal government of Massachusetts, and confined the British to control of the city of Boston. The conflict then evolved into a global war, during which the Patriots (and later their French, Spanish and Dutch allies) fought the British and Loyalists in what became known as the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). Patriots in each of the thirteen colonies formed a Provincial Congress that assumed power from the old colonial governments and suppressed Loyalism. Claiming King George III’s rule to be tyrannical and infringing the colonists’ “rights as Englishmen”, the Continental Congress declared the colonies free and independent states in July 1776. The Patriot leadership professed the political philosophies of liberalism and republicanism to reject monarchy and aristocracy, and proclaimed that all men are created equal. Congress rejected British proposals requiring allegiance to the monarchy and abandonment of independence. 
ModernMom - Popular Baby Names in the 1700s
British Baby Names - Curiosities of the Seventeenth Century
Medieval Naming Guides - Early 17th Century English Names
Internet Archive - Early census making in Massachusetts, 1643-1765, with a reproduction of the lost census of 1765 (recently found) and documents relating thereto;
Olive Tree Genealogy - Irish Passenger Lists: 1765, no ship name, arriving from Ireland in Boston, Massachusetts
Trail Of Our Ancestors - Names of German Pioneers to Pennsylvania: Passenger Ships’ Lists, 1750
USGenWeb Archives - Names of Pioneers from the Palatinate Germany to Pennsylvania, 1754
RootsWeb’s Guide - Given Names in Early America
GIGA - Name Chronological List, 1760 - 1779
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History.com - The American Revolution Begins: April 19, 1775
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History Channel - American Revolution History (Video)
PBS - Liberty! The American Revolution
PBS - Africans in American: The Revolutionary War, Part 2
The History Place - American Revolution
The History Place - Prelude to Revolution, 1763 to 1775
The History Place - The American War for Independence: 1775 to 1776 Conflict and Revolution
University of Houston - Overview of the American Revolution
Library of Congress - The American Revolution
Encyclopaedia Britannica - American Revolution
U.S. National Park Service - The American Revolution
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - The American Revolution, 1763-1783
On this day in music history: May 18, 1979 - “Street Life”, the twelfth studio album by The Crusaders (thirty-first overall) is released. Produced by Wilton Felder, “Stix” Hooper and Joe Sample, it is recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from February - March 1979. Highly successful throughout the 70’s, The Crusaders experience a major shake up in their solid line up, with the departure of co-founding member Wayne Henderson in 1976, to launch a successful career as a record producer and arranger. Missing their “brother” and friend, the other three members, Wilton Felder, Nesbert “Stix” Hooper and Joe Sample soldier on. Their once inseparable dynamic begins to change, as all three step away to record solo projects, with Joe Sample scoring back to back successes with “Rainbow Seeker” and “Carmel”. As recording gets underway on a new Crusaders album, the band’s label Blue Thumb folds as its parent label ABC is purchased by MCA. The Crusaders are supported in the studio with a number of R&B and jazz luminaries including Paul Jackson, Jr, Arthur Adams, Barry Finnerty, Roland Bautista (guitars), James Jamerson, Alphonso Johnson (bass), Oscar Brashear (trumpet), Jerome Richardson (saxophone), Garnett Brown (trombone) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion). Though largely instrumental, the songs follow a loose “concept” that reflects L.A.’s vibrant night life. Though the song that becomes the album’s centerpiece and title track, is at first inspired by something completely different. The initial idea for what becomes “Street Life” (#17 R&B, #36 Pop, #75 Club Play, #5 UK), comes to keyboardist Joe Sample while on a ski vacation. Learning how to ski at the Mammoth Mountain resort in California, Sample is standing on the beginner’s slope watching other skiers fall down and run into each other. He thinks to himself “It looks like a boulevard of madness. That’s what street life is”. Sample takes his idea to lyricist Will Jennings (“Higher Love”, “My Heart Will Go On”), who then paints a vivid picture of life along Hollywood Blvd. For “Street Life”, Sample asks jazz vocalist Randy Crawford, who he knows from having played on her first solo album, to sing the song. Crawford’s smoky and soulful vocals take the track to another level. It is an across the board hit, propelling the album to becoming their biggest seller. The song is later featured in the films “Sharky’s Machine” and “Jackie Brown”, also being sampled and interpolated in Hip Hop by 2 Pac, Masta Ace, and fellow Houston natives The Geto Boys. Originally released on CD in 1987, it is remastered and reissued in 1996. The album is also reissued by Culture Factory Records in 2014, in a mini-LP album sleeve replicating the original vinyl LP package. “Street Life” spends twenty one weeks at number one on the Billboard Jazz album chart, peaking at number three on the R&B album chart, number eighteen on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
So, I’m driving to the north side to get my bridal shoots done. I was pissed as hell because I had quite an unfortunate incident with the flatiron that morning. I actually burned off a section of my hair trying to curl it. Imagine the worst Bridezilla you ever saw and then multiple that times 14. I literally blacked out in anger. It was pretty ugly. I actually lost my friggin mind, people.
But that’s not what this post is about…lol. I put my curls up in a messy bun and left the house. When driving, I like to leave my windows down in the summer instead of turning on the air. I heard some lady next to me at the stoplight shouting “Ma'am?! Maaaaaaaam?!!!” I realized she was yelling to me and turned to look at her, prepared to give attitude, thinking “ugh omg this ghetto chick…ugh Houston…” When I turned to see this woman in her car, she pointed to her backseat to the cutest little girl, probably 4 or 5, clearly of mixed race with a little bun on her head. Her mom said “My daughter just wanted to say hi to you because she saw you and said ‘Look mommy, she has fluffy hair like us!’” Not gonna lie, that made me smile really big and I was able to wave to her before the light turned green.
Twenty years apart in age and coming to “Hamilton” at differing stages of their lives and careers, Soo and Goldsberry share a sisterly connection offstage, too. It’s a friendship intensified not only by the solidarity of being among the few women to play significant roles in the founding-father musical — but also by the unique, frequently astonishing experience of living in the middle of a cultural phenomenon.
A couple of hours before a recent performance, you could find the two of them huddled together on the stairs backstage, debating the sushi order they’d share. Later, enjoying some late-afternoon sun near the tiny urban garden that cast members have set up atop the marquee of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, they trade admiration and answer questions in unison. Their dressing rooms are right next to each other. “When my stage manager told me he was putting them in there, I said, ‘You might as well just take the doors off the hinges,’ ” Kail jokes.
“All I really do is just love on these two girls through the whole show,” Goldsberry says of Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones, who is double-cast as the third sister and as the woman who becomes the subject of Hamilton’s scandalous Reynolds Papers. “If you love what I’m doing, it’s because you love me loving them.”
Soo agrees. “If I didn’t have Renée and Jasmine with me in this experience, being the way that it is, I feel like I’d have to do a lot more thinking about how to create the relationship of these sisters. But because of our relationship, just as who we are, it all kind of just flows out onto the stage seamlessly. ”
Adds Goldsberry: “We both feel this way about the women that are in this business with us. We lean into each other, and we lean on each other, even just when we see each other in an audition room. They’re our resource and our strength and our sanity.”
Goldsberry, a 45-year-old Houston native, has a hefty amount of industry experience. Her résumé includes recurring TV gigs on “Ally McBeal” and “The Good Wife,” plus Broadway work in “Good People,” “The Color Purple” and “Rent,” in which she was part of the final Broadway cast. Her longevity in the business has informed her reaction to the hype of “Hamilton,” which, in the New York theater industry, began early. Goldsberry first noticed it in the audience response to a developmental workshop in 2014.
Between those workshop performances and the start of the 2015 Off Broadway run at the Public Theater, she ran into a fellow actor. “He said, ‘So I heard that you’re in the best show that ever was — ever.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, we’re screwed.’ Who can live up to that?”
“Hamilton” is only the second high-profile stage job for the 26-year-old Soo, so she didn’t feel the pressure as much. “Because I came at this from such a green place in my career, it didn’t really hit me,” she says. “I didn’t get it.”
Born and raised in the Chicago area, she landed the romantic lead in the buzzy Off Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” (coming to Broadway this season without Soo). After Kail saw her in “Great Comet,” she joined “Hamilton” with a reading of the second act in late 2013. Soo’s part as Eliza has one of the toughest emotional arcs of the show, in a role described in the audition breakdown as Alicia Keys meets Elphaba of “Wicked.”
For Goldsberry, the logline for Angelica — Nicki Minaj meets Desiree Armfeldt of “A Little Night Music” — seemed so intimidating, as was the rapping required in the role, that she almost didn’t show up for the audition that got her the part.
Soo recalls hearing Goldsberry rap for the first time in a reading of the show. “I was like, ‘Oh, she’s a rapper. She knows what she’s doing,’” Soo says, and Goldsberry screams like it’s the most delightful thing she’s ever heard. “Only me and my boom box from 1990 knew my rap ability before that,” she jokes.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Kyle Babbitt, 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, flies a combat sortie over northeast Afghanistan. Babbitt, is a Houston native. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces, and remains the most effective and efficient means of delivering that mission.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.)
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******Disclaimer!!!! Before all of the BeyHive Stans come for me, I encourage you all to please read to the end, this ain’t a dis blog, it’s a real blog. I really enjoyed “Beyonce” I purchased it the moment it dropped on iTunes and I plan to incorporate one of the tracks in my upcoming nuptials.*****Beyonce is Queen Bey….of the Basics. She is easily one of the most basic women in the history of the music industry. People give Beyonce credit for a lot of things that I don’t think she herself has much to do with. She isn’t very deep, as a matter of fact I would venture to say she could be shallow. There’s not much there.
BUT with that being said, it is her basic-ness thats makes her a genius, it makes people love and drip off her every word. When you think of the term, “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist” Beyonce really is the personification of this. She understands that hard work and dedication will take any skill you have to the next level. Let’s be honest: she can sing but there are better singers, she can dance but there are better dancers, and she is beautiful but….nah even I’m not fucking with that, she is gorgeous. You get the point though. She doesn’t really do one thing great except that she has mastered the art of doing a lot of things thoroughly. I do believe Fantasia is a better singer, but it doesn’t matter because her work ethic will never be anywhere near that of Beyonce’s.
There’s a part in the Bible where Paul says, “To all men, I became all things”. Beyonce speaks very little and that’s on purpose. First off, if she says too much, you’d figure out that she talks in circles and never really tells you anything (some people think it’s intentional, I believe they aren’t her thoughts so she can’t really expound on them). Also, by saying nothing, it allows us to assume everything.
Be honest: none of us really know Beyonce, we don’t know what she’s passionate about, we just try to put together our own ideal Beyonce that best suits our lifestyles. To the married women, she’s the model wife and mother, wearing a cape and handling it all. To the married men, she’s the perfectly balanced wife, bringing money to the table while still being arm candy and sucking penis in the backseat. To the single women, she is a beacon of hope, that they can tell these dudes to put a ring on it or move around, and that they don’t need a man to get it done. To the Gays she is Jesus.To white people, she’s mixed race and sorta not all black (reference L'Oreal commercials).
As a Houston native, I know Beyonce. I see versions of her everywhere. She is a regular Houston get it girl. Replace her globetrotting fashion sense with trips to the Galleria and Jay-Z with Top Dope Boy/ Club Promoter A. Replace her career with a beauty license and photo shoots with club pics on INDMIX / All the Parties. Keep everything about Blue Ivy the same, weird name, dressed in Jordans, hair unkept while momma is fresh to death and you have any girl from any hood in Houston.
Basic, it screams basic. that’s why the basics love her. She gives them hope. She makes the dream attainable. The Beyhive protects her because she is their one that made it, and deep down when she made it, they all made it. She is the storyteller of a generation lost. Not overly educated not overly privileged, just a regular girl who got a chance, and ran that bitch around the world.
She is so far up there now it seems silly to waste breath on hating her, who hates hard workers any fucking way?!?! Its the simple things that make life enjoyable and that’s what makes Beyonce perfect, her team has mastered simple, which isn’t easy and can be in fact complicated. I look forward to what’s next from the Queen Bey. It’s always love on my part, signing off Houston’s(other) Hometown Homegirl.
Curls 4D Gurls
*EDIT POST* It has come to my attention that many readers are viewing basic as negative, I meant it more in the way of simple. Sorry bout that confusion.
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Within the happy news that India has successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars, the BBC noted that a photo of the stereotypical control room success celebration of the nerds did not look like the photos we are used to seeing from NASA in Houston.
“I am Saundra Michelle, Houston, Native. My gift here on earth is to be a communicator. I feel like God put me here to network with other people, to basically shine light upon other people. That’s where SaundraTv comes into play. I’m going to use it to expose the talent, home base mostly but I’m not just limiting it to Houston. It’s bringing people who I believe in out to other peers of mine. Hopefully they fuck with them, they can network and make some money together. It’s all about climbing really. It’s just really good to see people from Houston flourish.”
Skye McCole Bartusiak, a native of Houston, died in her sleep Saturday. She starred with Mel Gibson in The Patriot in 2000. She was also known for Don’t Say A Word, Lost and my very favorite episode of House MD. She was 21.
My heart goes out to her family and friends. She was so talented and far, far too young. She will be missed.