The death of Muhammad Ali on June 3rd at the age of 74, has brought about many tributes and condolences. Ali truly was an unapologetic and outspoken in his advocacy for African Americans. His legacy will continue to impact the world for generations to come. With so much about his life already in the news…..we thought it might be interesting to share some lesser known facts about his life. Click the link to learn more.
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaking at FSU as a presidential candidate – Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Donn Dughi)
Seeing a black person or woman running for the president nowadays isn’t that strange. Back in 1972 when Shirley Chisholm did it, however, it was both radical and unheard of.
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Throughout the 1960s Los Angeles, Hollywood transformed greatly from its previous existence. A”Second Great Migration” took place in the 1940s resulting in an influx of African-American dwellers which changed the culture of the city and its outskirts. Black women continued to grace the screens of Hollywood films through the 1960s though producing their own content through a Hollywood studio still remained a rarity. The women who starred in major motion pictures during this time deserve their fair recognition: Ruby Dee, Beah Carroll, Diahann Carroll, Diana Sands, and Abbey Lincoln. Neither of these women ever starred as a film’s main character alongside their male counterparts, especially with white actors. It should be noted that these women delivered spectacular performances that remain memorable in the minds of filmmakers and audience members.
Black men saw increasing perceptibility as Sidney Poitier’s fame skyrocketed allowing more films centered on the young Bahamian actor. His lead roles often bolstered his…
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