May 25: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jamaica Kincaid
1878: Dancer & actor of stage & film, Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson was born. He passed away in 1949.
1919: Entrepreneur & the first Black female millionaire in the U.S. Madame C.J. Walker passed away.
1935: Athlete Jesse Owens set six world records in 45 minutes at the Big Ten Championship in Ann Arbor.
1943: Happy Birthday to actress & singer Leslie Uggams who turns 71 today.
1949: Happy Birthday to writer, novelist & teacher Jamaica Kincaid who turns 65 today.
1949: Clarence Burke, Jr. of the Five Stairsteps was born. He passed away in 2013, age 62.
1951: The 1st R&B hit to crossover to the pop Top 20 was ‘Sixty Minute Man’ by Billy Ward & the Dominoes (#17)
1956: Jamaican reggae singer, producer and sound-system operator Sugar Minott was born. He passed away in 2010, aged 54.
1956: BITE YOUR TONGUE – British Band leader Ted Heath stated upon his return from a U.S. tour that Rock n Roll is mainly performed by colored artists for colored people and is therefore unlikely to ever prove popular in Britain.
1959: Dinah Washington made her pop chart debut with ‘What a Difference a Day Makes.’
1963: #1 Song – ‘If You Wanna Be Happy’ by Jimmy Soul.
1963: Otis Redding charted with his 1st release of ‘These Arms of Mine’
1973: Happy Birthday to actor & TV host Cory Tyler who turns 41 today.
1975: Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter, rapper and actress Lauryn Hill who turns 39 today.
1990: Barry White began his 1st world tour in 7 years starting in St. Louis, MO along with a 32 piece orchestra.
2006: The Dance Theater in Harlem received a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation through its education and community outreach program.
2011: Oprah Winfrey aired her last show after a 25 year run of the Oprah Winfrey Show.