Black History Month: Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge was a singer, dancer and actress from the 1930s through the 50s . She got into the show business alongside her sister Vivian. In the 50’s she scored the leading role in Carmen, in which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Award (The Oscars). Yes, Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman EVER to be nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in Gone with the Wind, and the first black woman to WIN that award; but Dorothy Dandridge was the first black woman to be nominated for a leading role. (Not knocking Ms. Hattie McDaniel)

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Even though Dorothy didn’t win, she did set the standard that African American women can be nominated for a leading role. She even turned down a few roles that portrayed black people in a bad light. She declined roles such as slaves, savages and servants that were only offered to black people. 

In 1954, Dorothy was featured on Life magazine AND she was the first BLACK woman to be on the cover.

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Ms. Dandridge definitely set the bar when it came to roles during that time and she should be remembered as a trailblazer.

 

Black History Month: Happy Birthday Huey Newton

Huey Newton was one of the founders of the Black Panther Party, alongside Bobby Seale, in 1966. The purpose of starting the organization was in response to police brutality against black people. The Black Panther Party wanted to demonstrate the need for black self-reliance. Read more about it here –> Black Panther Party Facts

Huey did live a life of crime but his accomplishments within the Black Panther Party overshadowed his wrongdoings, such providing social services to the community like health clinics and free meals for children.

 

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Huey even went back to school to obtain his Ph.D in social philosophy. His life was cut short when in 1989 he was killed in Oakland, California. His teachings will be remembered and the Black Panther Party is forever part of history.

 

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Black History Month

‘Tis the month that black people get the most recognition of their greatness. When you’re black, you celebrate the success of other black people all the time but when you aren’t, you mainly celebrate US in the month of February (and award shows sometimes ).

This month I’ll be highlighting some black history facts to educate you all, as well as others so be on the look out. ✊🏽