Black Culture Month Cultural Figure of the Day: Powhatan Beaty

Powhatan Beaty 1837-1916 Powhatan was born a slave, escaped, and received an education in Cincinnati, Ohio. Once the Civil War started, he was anxious to fight against the confederates. He started as a foot soldier. However, during the battle of Chaffin’s farm, Powhatan had a chance to step up, and that’s exactly what he did….

Black Culture Month Cultural Figure of the Day: Willie O’Ree

Willie O’Ree Willie was the first African American to play in the National Hockey League. He was a Boston Bruin, and his first game was against the rival Canadians. This was in 1958, in the beginning of the Civil Rights Era. He knew the risks that would be presented as he travelled around the country,…

Black Culture Month, #MushCrushMonday: Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is a professional Italian soccer player. This mush was born in Italy, plays for AC Milan, and is a member of Italy’s national team. He brings energy to the field and is known as a hot head, just like us mushes. Unfortunately, some Italians are still racist and give him hell. They throw…

Black Culture Month Cultural Figure of the Day: Madam CJ Walker

Madam C.J Walker, 1867-1919   Madam Walker was the first African American female millionaire in United States history. She was a self made entrepreneur and made her money by developing, manufacturing, and selling a line of beauty products for black women. She didnt settle down with her money and disappear as many do. Walker started…

Black Culture Month Cultural Figure of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996 Ella defines overcoming adversity. As a child, both her parents had died, and her stepfather abused her. She ran away when she was in 3rd grade, and became an orphan in Harlem. At the age of 17, she performed at the Apollo Theater, and blew the crowd away. Since that performance, she…

Black Culture Month: Invention of the Day

Golf Tee- George Franklin Grant, 1888 There are too many cultural figures from African American history that get unnoticed. George Franklin Grant is one of them.¬†George attended Harvard, just 5 years after the Civil War. Then, he became the first African American professor at Harvard, and later founded the Harvard Odontological Society. He was an…

Black Culture Month: Invention of the Day

Ice Cream Scooper- A.L Cralle, 1897 This is not a joke, but prior to A.L, ice cream used to be scooped by hand. The ice cream used to stick to spoons and whatever other utensil they tried to use, so the vendor would use two hands, grab ice cream out of the bucket, and put…

Black Culture Month: Cultural Figure of the Day

In honor of February being Black history month, TMC will honor the African-American culture. Every day we will post an invention, created by a black person, and a cultural figure, whom will be an African American as well. The contributions of the inventor, the figure, and black culture in general should never be ignored, and…

Black Culture Month: Invention of the Day

The Air Conditioning Unit- Frederick Jones 1949 Summers before Fred Jones must have been BRUTAL.But I bet that summer of ’49, all the burgahs flocked to Freddy’s house. Fresh Air Fred is what they called him. Thanks FAF, true American hero.