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First Black Woman to Clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada

#CamilleNelson (born 1968) is a Canadian-Jamaican academic who served as the 12th Dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in Jamaica, Nelson graduated with her Bachelors from the University of Toronto, her law degree from the University of Ottawa & an LLM from Columbia University. Camille Nelson was the 1st black woman to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, & is the 1st woman & 1st person of color to become Dean…

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A Unique Style African-American Painter

Ernest Eugene Barnes, Jr. #ErnieBarnes (July 15, 1938 – April 27, 2009) was an African-American painter, well known for his unique style of elongation and movement. His depiction of the African American experience is unique and his vivid imagination is reflected in his artwork. He was also a professional football player, actor and author. Many people recognize his painting called “Sugar Shack” from the classic TV sitcom Good Times & on the 1976 Marvin Gaye album I…

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She Is The Queen of the Cakewalk

#AidaOvertonWalker(February 14, 1880 – October 11, 1914), also billed as Ada Overton Walker & as “The Queen of the Cakewalk”, was an African-American vaudeville performer, actress, singer, dancer, & choreographer. (Black Broadway, musical theater, black theatre). Refused to be a stereotype in black entertainment & broke down barriers. In 1903, she played a command performance at Buckingham Palace for King Edward VII. The performance transformed her into an international star. Well known for her performance…

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One Of the Premier Stage Actresses of the 1940’s & 1950’s

#JosephinePremice (July 21, 1926 – April 13, 2001) was one of the premier stage actresses of the 1940s & 1950s. Her Broadway debut in a revue show was called Blue Holiday (1945). The show was choreographed by Katherine Dunham, with whom Josephine had studied dance & her co-star was Ethel Waters. She was in the pre-Broadway cast of the musical House of Flowers with Diahann Carroll & Pearl Baily. Josephine was nominated for a Tony Award…

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An African American Singer & Actress

#NellCarter (September 13, 1948 – January 23, 2003) was an African American singer & actress. Beginning her career in 1970, started in theatre; singing & later crossed over to TV. Best known for her role as Nell Harper on the NBC sitcom Gimme a Break! originally aired (1981-1987). She received 2 Emmy & 2 Golden Globe award nominations for her work on the series. She won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress…

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One of the most successful & popular Female African American

#DinahWashington(August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963) was an American singer & pianist, who has been cited as “one of the most successful & popular African American female recording artist of the 1950s”. Primarily a jazz vocalist, she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music, and gave herself the title of “Queen of the Blues”. She was a 1986 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of…

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She Is The Leader Of Famous Ward Singers

#ClaraWard (April 21, 1924 – January 16, 1973) was an American gospel artist & arranger who achieved great artistic & commercial success during the 1940s & 1950s, as leader of The Famous Ward Singers. Ward adopted the lead-switching style, previously used primarily by male gospel quartets, creating opportunities for spontaneous improvisation & vamping by each member of the group, while giving virtuoso singers such as Marion Williams the opportunity to perform the lead vocal in songs…

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He Was A Businessman & Inventor With A Difference

#AlfredCralle(September 4, 1866 – May 3, 1920) was an African-American businessman and inventor of the “Ice Cream Mold and Disher”. On June 10th 1896, Alfred applied for a patent on his invention. He was awarded patent 576,395 on February 2, 1897. The patented “Ice Cream Mold & Disher,” was an ice cream scoop with a built-in scraper to allow for one-handed operation. Alfred’s functional design is reflected in modern ice cream scoops. Alfred noticed that…

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A Renowed Inventor & Biochemist

#EmmettChappelle(born October 24, 1925) is an African-American scientist who developed a method using 2 chemicals, luciferase & luciferin, from fireflies which give off light when mixed with ATP (adenosine triphosphate), an energy storage compound found in all living cells, to detect the presence of ATP. This method for ATP detection can be used to detect life on other planets as well as microbiological organisms. He also proved that the number of bacteria in water can…

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She Is The Part Producer Of The First Popular Rap Song

#SylviaRobinson (May 29, 1935 – September 29, 2011) was an American singer, musician, record producer, & record label executive. Robinson was best known for her work as founder/CEO of the hip hop label Sugar Hill Records. Robinson is credited as the driving force behind 2 landmark singles in the genre; “Rapper’s Delight” (1979) by the Sugarhill Gang, & “The Message” (1982) by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five; which caused her to be dubbed “The Mother…

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