August 23: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Brock Peters
1900: The National Negro Business League was founded.
1902: Rosalie King was born. She was an actress, singer and was an original member of the Katherine Dunham Company. King was known for the timbre of her contralto voice. She became a favorite of playwright Langston Hughes, who wrote original material for her. She passed in 1997 at age 95.
1924: Wynona Carr was born. She was a gospel, R&B and rock and roll singer-songwriter, who recorded as Sister Wynona Carr when performing gospel material. She passed in 1976 at age 51.
1954: The father of the Internet, Philip Emeagwali, was born. He is an engineer & computer scientist/geologist. He turns 59 today.
1963: Lou Rawls performed at Detroit’s Twenty Grand Club.
1967: Cedella Marley was born. She is a singer, dancer, fashion designer, actress and entrepreneur. She turns 46 today.
1969: Ray Goodman & Brown’s cover of the Platters’ “My Prayer” (#47 pop, #31 R&B) charted, becoming the last of their fourteen Top 100 entries (including eleven as the Moments).
1969: ‘Share Your Love with Me’ by Aretha Franklin was the Number One R&B song this day.
1971: Wayne Hardnett, Jr. aka Bone Crusher was born. He is a rapper and singer and turns 42 today.
1975: Drummer Buddy Miles had his last of five R&B hits when “Rockin’ and Rollin’ on the Streets of Hollywood” charted, reaching #33.
1978: Kobe Bryant was born. He is an NBA player and Olympic Gold medalist. He turns 35 today.
1986: Skyler Gordy aka Sky Blu was born. He is a singer, rapper, producer, DJ and dancer best known as one half of the musical duo LMFAO, along with his paternal uncle Redfoo. He turns 27 today.
1986: New Edition’s “Earth Angel,” from the film Karate Kid II, reached #3 R&B and #21 pop. The song had originally been a hit and subsequent standard for the Penguins in 1954-55.
1994: Eugene Bullard, the only black pilot in World War I, was posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
2004: The Public Dedication of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center took place.
2005: Brock Peters passed away. He was an actor of film, stage and television. He was 78 years old.
2008: Andre Young Jr. passed away. He was the 20-year-old son of Grammy-winning rap impresario and multiple platinum record producer Dr. Dre.
2008: Lt. Col. Howard Lee Baugh passed away at age 88. He was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Baugh enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and joined the all-black fighter group that trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He flew 135 combat missions as part of the 332nd Fighter Group’s 99th Fighter Squadron in Sicily, Italy during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the USAF Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. In 2004, he received the French Legion of Honor.
2012: Byard Lancaster passed away. He was a jazz saxophonist and flutist. He was 70 years old.