The History of Black History

Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 9:08 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 9:08 AM

The History of Black History

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied-or even documented-when the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books.

Blacks Absent from History Books

We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.

Established Journal of Negro History

Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation's history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. However, February has much more than Douglass and Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history. For example:
  • February 23, 1868:
    W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, was born.
  • February 3, 1870:
    The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.
  • February 25, 1870:
    The first black U.S. senator, Hiram R. Revels (1822-1901), took his oath of office.
  • February 12, 1909:
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City.
  • February 1, 1960:
    In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter.
  • February 21, 1965:
    Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.

Irwin family returning to Animal Planet 20 years after ‘Crocodile Hunter’

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:52 PM

What You Need To Know About The Irwin Family

The Irwin family is returning to TV and Animal Planet 21 years after “The Crocodile Hunter” premiered in 1996.

In a Wednesday news release, Discovery Communications said Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will be working on TV projects on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery Communications.

The Irwins are carrying on the legacy of their late patriarch, Steve Irwin, who spent his life learning about and educating others about wildlife, particularly reptiles. He died in 2006 when a stingray’s barb pierced his heart.

“Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature,” Animal Planet general manager Patrice Andrews said in a statement. “Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today.”

Soul mates - in this life and every other. True love lasts always.

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Terri Irwin, Steve Irwin’s widow and mother of Bindi, 19, and Robert, 13, said in a statement that she and her children are excited to be returning to the network.

“We look forward to the year ahead as we embark on new projects and adventures with Animal Planet,” she said.

“The Crocodile Hunter” aired from 1996-2007. Husband and wife Steve and Terri Irwin co-hosted and their two children frequently made appearances. Other shows the Irwins hosted included “Croc Files” and “New Breed Vets.”

In addition to TV projects, the Irwins will be global ambassadors for Discovery Communications.

Family forever❤️

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Playboy features first transgender Playmate

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:55 AM

French model Ines Rau is the first transgender Playmate in the history of Playboy magazine.
Nicholas Hunt
French model Ines Rau is the first transgender Playmate in the history of Playboy magazine.(Nicholas Hunt)

Ines Rau became the first transgender Playmate, as the French model is in a pictorial and centerfold for the magazine’s November/December issue, the magazine announced.

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Rau previously appeared in the magazine’s May 2014 A-Z issue.

“It’s how I celebrated my coming out, actually,” Rau told the magazine. “I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency.”

Although Rau is the first transgender Playmate, she isn’t Playboy’s first transgender model, Cosmopolitan reported. The first was Tula, who appeared in the September 1991 issue. 

Hugh Hefner, the founder and publisher of Playboy, died on Sept. 27. He becomes the first man to appear solo -- and 11th overall -- on the cover of the magazine. A 1965 photograph by Larry Gordon was used to pay tribute to Hefner, the magazine said. The first six pages of the November/December issue are dedicated to Hefner, who published the first issue of Playboy in December 1953..

In a tweet Wednesday, Hefner’s son Cooper Hefner, the magazine’s chief creative officer, said that the magazine and society “should be fighting for a more open world.”

Nickelodeon fires ‘The Loud House’ creator over sexual harassment allegations

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:44 AM

From left, producer Karen Malach, writer Karla Sakas Shropshire and executive producer Chris Savino speak during
From left, producer Karen Malach, writer Karla Sakas Shropshire and executive producer Chris Savino speak during "The Loud House" event presented by Nickelodeon n 2016. Savino was fired from the show after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.(Vivien Killilea)

Nickelodeon fired the creator of its animated show “The Loud House” after he was accused of sexual harassment, CNN reported.

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Chris Savino was suspended earlier this week after several women came forward with allegations against the animator, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon,” a network spokesman said in a statement late Thursday. “We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct.”
A manager for Savino, Angela Cheng Caplan, did not respond to multiple requests for comment, CNN reported. A person who answered the phone at Caplan's office early Thursday told CNN they had "no comment" on the matter.
"The Loud House" is currently in its second season on Nickelodeon. The show revolves around the chaotic life of a young boy named Lincoln Loud, who is the middle child in a family of 11 children, CNN reported.
Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon Group, released a memo to staffers after Savino's firing, encouraging them to speak out if they experience or see mistreatment, CNN reported.
Nickelodeon said "The Loud House" will continue to air and proceed with production.
Season 3 is scheduled to premiere in early 2018.

You’re going to fall in love with this cheap late-night Oregon District eat 

Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

416 Diner is selling a cheap eat you are going to love. Video by Amelia Robinson

Dayton, your new late-night snack of choice has arrived. 

And it will set you back just $3 for one or $5 for two. 

I was into it when Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin said he’d open 416 Diner in that neighborhood and it would feature pepperoni rolls, a treat popular in West Virginia. 

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I didn’t doubt Guy when he said they’d be good, but boy are they good. 

I can definitely see grabbing a pepperoni roll or two from the restaurant as a nightcap following a night of fun in the Oregon District. 

But pepperoni rolls are far from the only thing at the restaurant.

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Amelia robinson)

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The diner will be open daily 7 a.m. 10 p.m. with patio service available Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

It serves breakfast, lunch and late-night comfort food like hoagie sandwiches, omelets and burgers. 

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The restaurant officially opened Friday, July 7 ,and I popped in to try out a pepperoni roll. 

The portable snack can be split open and filled with a list of toppings that includes provolone cheese and sweet peppers.

Being a novice to the pepperoni roll game, I elected to have my first one plain with ranch dressing and marinara sauce for dipping.  

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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The bread was fresh, soft, yeasty and crusty in the right spaces. 

The two pepperoni sticks contained within were slightly spicy. The dough soaked in the grease in the magical way dough on pizza soaks in grease.

Rating:  🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖

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Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner. It also sells a variety of sandwiches like this cheese steak hoagie pictured with potato twists.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Oregon District resident Guy Fragmin sales West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls at 416 Diner.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)